ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled at the 1-yard line by Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots late in the fourth quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Experts Say Bills Are Top 10 Team

We're entering Week 4 and SB Nation's 2011 NFL power rankings have a few surprises as a couple of upstarts remain undefeated and some preseason favorites continue to falter.

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NFL Power Rankings Week 4: Detroit Lions On The Other Side Of The List These Days

Despite being 3-0, the Detroit Lions have been mostly relegated to an "isn’t that nice" footnote. Don’t look now, but Matthew Stafford and his team are getting major notice in this week’s power rankings.

ProFootballTalk.com puts Detroit third on their list, behind the Packers and the Saints. Peter King puts them at number five on his list. The Lions land at number eight at SB Nation, where their comeback win against the Vikings is noted.

The old Lions go on the road, get down by 20 points in the first half and lose. The new Lions make a stunning comeback and win.

Pundits making the power rankings once reserved a spot for the Lions at the bottom of their list. Those days are over.

As for the worst team in the league, there is some room for debate with five teams still looking for their first win. Kansas City seems to be getting the most votes. Even SB Nation Kansas City puts the hometown team on the bottom.

We assume a historically poor start means a historically bad team until proven otherwise.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Buffalo Bills Continue To Impress

It's Tuesday which means various media outlets are coming out with their 2011 NFL power rankings for Week 4 and once again the Buffalo Bills (and the Detroit Lions) are the talk of the town. The Bills topped the New England Patriots after being down by 21 points -- a week after beating the Oakland Raiders after being down 18 points -- and firmly entrenched themselves as a top 10 team in the NFL.

SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings is full of Billievers who have smiles this morning as most media outlets place them in the top 10.
The highest we've seen them rated is No. 3 overall, whereCBS' Pete Prisco has them. Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com and the panel at NFL.com have them at No. 5. ESPN.com has put them at No. 6, just two weeks after having them No. 27. SI's Peter King and SB Nationhave them at No. 7. FOXSports.com's Brian Billick has them at No. 8.
The Bills sitting at No. 3 in some power rankings after three weeks is why the NFL is so great. There's parity in the NFL, to the point where (almost) every NFL team can legitimately claim they're contenders before the season starts.

Buffalo is a perfect example of that. 
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NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Bills, Lions Keep Climbing; Falcons, Eagles Stumble

We're entering Week 4 and SB Nation's 2011 NFL power rankings have a few surprises as a couple of upstarts remain undefeated and some preseason favorites continue to falter.

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