Week 4 is in the books and here is how we see the power rankings going into the fifth week of the season. Who are we picking as the top team in the NFC, and how can this info help you make your NFL picks next weekend?

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 Atlanta Falcons –The Falcons proved on Sunday they are not only talented but resilient as well when they defeated the Panthers with a late field goal off the foot of Matt Bryant. But it’s the other Matt - Matty Ice - who is leading the charge and already has eleven TD’s on the young season.

2 San Francisco 49’ers –The Niners defense rose up and grounded the Jets with a 34-0 shellacking in front of the jeering New York faithful. Their offense is better than expected and their defense is as good as advertised.

3 Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers was money on Sunday when throwing the ball shorter than 15 yards, connecting on 30-of-34 passes, four of which were touchdowns. The Pack rallied against the best 0-4 team in history, the New Orleans Saints.

4.  Chicago Bears - If defense wins championships then the Bears should be fitted for an NFC championship crown.  The 30-something Chicago defenders proved on Monday night that with age comes wisdom as they picked off Tony Romo five times and ran back two picks for TD’s in a 34-18 road victory.

5 Arizona Cardinals – I keep waiting for thisrun to end as this team does not do anything particularly well, ranked 24th in passing yards, 30th in rushing, 21st in passing yards allowed and 15th in rushing yards allowed yet all they do is win. The Cards sit atop the NFC West with a perfect 4-0 record after defeating the gritty Dolphins in overtime.

6 Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Vick and the boys got a huge home victory over the defending Super Bowl champs on Sunday night and are slowly removing the specter of last season’s agonizing season.

7 Minnesota Vikings – The Cinderella story continued Sunday afternoon when the Vikings drove away with a 20-13 victory in the Motor City over the struggling Lions.

8 New York Giants – If it were not for a missed late field goal against the Eagles on Sunday Big Blue would have vaulted up the rankings. But they missed so here they are.

9 New Orleans Saints – As previously stated the best 0-4 team in history. The Drew Brees Express is picking up a head of steam and almost stole a victory at the fabled Lambeau Field in Green Bay before falling 28-27.

10.  Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys are not as bad as they looked against the Bears on Monday night but their performance reminded us…they’re just not that good.

11 Washington Redskins – RG3 coupled with a dynamic rushing attack has infused life into this moribund franchise. Now if the defense could just stop the pass.

Carolina Panthers12 Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton is getting slammed because of an offensive line that more closely resembles a row of tackling dummies rather than a unit of steadfast bodyguards. Change the faces on the line and you will see a change in the standings.

13 Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford leads the league in passing yards but cannot do it alone. These cats better start sharpening their claws or their hopes for a postseason will be extinct before they know it.

14 St Louis Rams – The Rams are better than expected but are they good?Not yet.

15 Seattle Seahawks – No question the ‘hawks have a decent defense but they lost to the Rams on Sunday and should have lost to the Packers the week before. They are not a terrible team but their passing game is a mess and in the NFL if you can’t pass, you don’t win. The fact that the NFL odds makers have labled them as dogs next week against the panthers should show you just about how much faith one should have in this team.

16 Tampa Bay Bucs –This year’s edition of the Buccaneers continues the franchise’s stranglehold on frustration and futility. But in my never-ending quest to say something positive, they’ve got a very good run stop unit (ranked 3rd) and the condos in Tampa are a bah-gain.