Once a week, CBCSports.ca’s Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

1. GREEN BAY PACKERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 4-0
Streak: Won four
Green Bay’s offence just keeps on crushing the competition. Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 400 yards (408), toss four TDs and run for two more.
2. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won three
Slowly but surely the Saints are regaining their swagger. The even better news is receiver Marques Colston returning earlier than expected from a broken collarbone.
3. DETROIT LIONS [unchanged]
Overall record: 4-0
Streak: Won four
We will finally get to see the kind of team the Lions are when they host their first Monday night game in more than a decade against the Bears.
4. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won one
No team has had an answer for receiver Wes Welker, who is off to the greatest start of his career. Even if you put a corner on him, Welker finds a way to get open. Always.
5. BALTIMORE RAVENS [up from 6]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won two
The Ravens have the look of a team ready to finally host at least one playoff game. The defence is as strong as ever and the running attack has been solid.
6. HOUSTON TEXANS [up from 8]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won one
The victory against Pittsburgh may just be the most important in franchise history. The good: running back Adrian Foster's successful return. The bad: receiver Andre Johnson could be out three weeks with a hamstring injury.
7. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS [up from 9]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won two
Hey, they’re winning ugly, but who cares? This is the start we’ve all been waiting for.
8. N.Y. GIANTS [up from 11]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won three
Eli Manning is resembling his brother during the Giants’ three-game winning streak, throwing eight touchdowns against only one INT.
9. TENNESSEE TITANS [up from 16]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won three
What has gotten into Matt Hasslebeck? The veteran has already thrown for 1,132 yards and eight TDs. And he was missing his best receiver, Kenny Britt, against Cleveland.
10. BUFFALO BILLS [up from 15]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Lost one
The Bills kept saying the right things heading into their matchup against Cincinnati, but even a 14-point lead couldn’t prevent a letdown and eventual loss.
11. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [up from 14]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won three
Man, can that Legarrette Blount move a pile. He made mincemeat out of the Indy defensive line.
12. WASHINGTON REDSKINS [up from 15]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won one
The Redskins can solve a lot of their red zone problems against better competition if they can get Ryan Torain to run like he did in St. Louis.
13. N.Y. JETS [down from 7]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Lost two
Mark Sanchez is in his third year as Jets QB and he still has the same consistency issues he showed as a rookie. Not a good sign.
14. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [up from 21]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won two
I wasn’t expecting a 20-point comeback in Philadelphia. Jim Harbaugh is just four games into his NFL coaching career and he already has a signature win.
15. DALLAS COWBOYS [down from 10]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Lost one
Tony Romo “is what he is.” It’s that simple and it won’t change so deal with it, fans.
16. OAKLAND RAIDERS [down from 13]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Lost one
Easy with the “we’re going to win the AFC West,” talk, Hue Jackson. The Raiders are an up-and-coming team but the loss to the Patriots shows there’s still a ways to go.
17. PITTSBURGH STEELERS [down from 12]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Lost one
The offensive line is horrible, Ben Roethlisberger may not last the year, and I haven’t even gotten to the aging defence.
18.CHICAGO BEARS [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Won one
That’s how you protect your QB, Mike Martz. Run the football and good things will happen, especially to Jay Cutler.
19. ATLANTA FALCONS [down from 18]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Won one
Rookie receiver Julio Jones is proving to be worth all the draft picks Atlanta traded to Cleveland for in order to get him.
20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [down from 19]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost three
This is the worst tackling team in the NFL. With all the money spent on the defence, it’s amazing to watch players not being able to make the most rudimentary plays.
21.CINCINNATI BENGALS [up from 27]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Won one
The Bengals’ defence is a lot better that initially thought. The Bills found that out on Sunday.
22. CLEVELAND BROWNS [down from 20]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Lost one
Colt McCoy throws for 61 times and 350 yards yet the Browns only manage 13 points. What does that tell you?
23. CAROLINA PANTHERS [up from 22]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost one
Memo to head coach Ron Rivera: you of all people should know to never kick the ball to Devin Hester.
24. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [down from 23]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost three
Do you really want rookie Blaine Gabbert throwing the ball 42 times, Jack Del Rio? Give the kid a break, it was only his second start.
25. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [down from 24]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost one
The Seahawks give up way too many points in the first 30 minutes, making second-half pushes almost impossible.
26. ARIZONA CARDINALS [down from 25]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost three
Another blown fourth-quarter lead has the Cards in an early hole. Still, they play the 49ers twice so all is not lost.
27. DENVER BRONCOS [down from 26]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost two
I’m actually impressed the Broncos made a game of it in the first half at Green Bay. I was expecting the blowout to come a lot sooner.
28. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [up from 32]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Won one
Maybe quarterback Matt Cassel should get in to more fights with head coach Todd Haley. Seemed to work against the Vikings.
29. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [up from 31]
Overall record: 0-4
Streak: Lost four
They may be winless but the Colts continue to make life difficult for their opponents.
30. MIAMI DOLPHINS [down from 28]
Overall record: 0-4
Streak: Lost four
Ok, my prediction about Tony Sporano’s firing was off. But it made sense letting the guy go with the Dolphins on a bye week.
31. MINNESOTA VIKINGS [down from 29]
Overall record: 0-4
Streak: Lost four
Why are you staying with Donovan McNabb, Leslie Frazier? Your team has no shot at the playoffs and it’s better to start giving first-round pick Christian Ponder some work.
32. ST. LOUIS RAMS [down from 30]
Overall record: 0-4
Streak: Lost four
There are two big-time college receivers that should be on the Rams' radar: Oklahoma St.'s Justin Blackmon and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery.