NFL Power Rankings: No. 1 … straight up

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts to his second touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game, in Kansas City, Mo, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 4 2018 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

Rank.Team (record) | Comment

1.Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) | 2 | No. 1 with a straight arrow up

2.Los Angeles Rams (3-0) | 3 | Very, very close to the top spot

3.Miami Dolphins (3-0) | 11 | Time for credit where it's due

4.Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) | 6 | Should get better as Wentz improves

5.New Orleans Saints (2-1) | 14 | Season taking on a heart-stopping feel

6.Carolina Panthers (2-1) | 13 | All Cam all the time

7.Tennessee Titans (2-1) | 21 | Somehow, some way

8.Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) | 1 | Oof

9.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) | 5 | The Fitzmagic disappeared

10.Baltimore Ravens (2-1) | 17 | Here they come again

11.Washington Redskins (2-1) | 24 | Quietly coming on strong

12.Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) | 9 | Still looking like season-long contenders

13.Chicago Bears (2-1) | 22 | Your first-place … Chicago Bears

14.Denver Broncos (2-1) | 10 | Lost ground to Chiefs that could be hard to make up

15.Minnesota Vikings (1-1-1) | 7 | Simply stunning

16.Green Bay Packers (1-1-1) | 8 | Looking surprisingly normal through three weeks

17.Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1-1) | 15 | Signs of life

18.Atlanta Falcons (1-2) | 12 | Oh-so close to 3-0

19.New England Patriots (1-2) | 4 | Wow

20.Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) |16 | Digging yet another early-season hole

21.Dallas Cowboys (1-2) |18 | Big D could be in big trouble

22.Indianapolis Colts (1-2) | 19 | Better than expected – much better

23.San Francisco 49ers (1-2) | 20 | Oh, no … not Jimmy G

24.Cleveland Browns (1-1-1) | 29 | Baker, Baker, Baker!!!

25.Detroit Lions (1-2) | 26 | Signs of life in the Motor City

26.New York Giants (1-2) | 27 | Saved season Sunday … for now

27.Seattle Seahawks (1-2) | 28 | Saved season Sunday … for now

28.New York Jets (1-2) | 23 | Crushing loss in Cleveland; up next: Jaguars

29.Buffalo Bills (1-2) | 32 | Moving on up

30.Houston Texans (0-3) | 25 | Need to win fast to fulfill expectations

31.Arizona Cardinals (0-3) | 29 | Looks like a long season in the desert

32.Oakland Raiders (0-3) | 32 | Settling in at No. 32

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