Carson Palmer and his Cardinals join the Patriots and the Packers as one of the NFL's three elite teams in SI.com's Week 4 Power Rankings.
October arrives on Thursday, just in time for the first game of Week 4: Ravens–Steelers on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. As it does, the lay of the NFL land is starting to become clearer, at least when it comes to distinguishing each conference's favorites.
The Patriots and Broncos are creating some space in the AFC, joined by the North-leading Bengals. Over in the NFC, everyone is looking up at the Packers and Cardinals, with undefeated squads in Carolina and Atlanta stating their cases to jump into the “favorites” category.
The middle of the pack is far more muddled ... and has been far more inconsistent.
How the Power Rankings stand as Week 4 arrives: