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  • The ranks of the unbeaten have been trimmed down to three teams, and while all have benefited from surprising QB play, the other side of the ball has vaulted them to the top of the NFL.
By Chris Burke
October 05, 2016

There have been a stream of explosive offensive performances this season, including Ben Roethlisberger’s five-TD show on Sunday night and the Falcons’ dismantling of Carolina’s defense earlier in the day.

The top of this week’s Power Rankings, though, pay tribute to defense. That is what won last season’s Super Bowl, and it could be the ticket back to the championship again, if the teams currently atop the AFC and NFC are any indication.

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Here’s how everyone stacks up a quarter of the way into the season:

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)