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The News Tribune NFL rankings -- Week 4

I'm headed to South Bend, Ind. to help our Huskies beat reporter Todd Milles cover the Washington-Notre Dame game this afternoon. I'll post some pictures from there later on today.

Here are The News Tribune's rankings heading into Week 4. I dropped the Seahawks down to 20th overall. Last week's rankings are in brackets. as Seattle ranked 23rd overall. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has the Seahawks ranked 21st overall.

Pete Prisco of CBS ranks Seattle 19th overall. And Clifton Brown of the Sporting News places the Seahawks at 24th overall.

1. N.Y. Giants (1): Blanked Tampa Bay on the road and now looks to do the same against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

2. Minnesota (4): Brett Favre proved he still has a little more magic left in his arm. Now he faces his former team, the Packers, in biggest game of the week.

3. Indianapolis (5): Seahawks could be in for a long day against Peyton Manning and the rest of the Colts’ offense.

4. Baltimore: (6): Traditionally defensive-led team is averaging 34.3 points a contest, second overall in the league. 5. New Orleans (7): Saints host the Jets in the second biggest game of the week.6. N.Y. Jets (8): Rex Ryan’s defense faces stiffest test yet in pass-happy Saints.

7. New England (9): Pats got back on track with win at home over the Falcons.

8. Philadelphia (10): Eagles have a bye, which means McNabb gets another week to rest his rib injury.9. Atlanta (3): Falcons get a break after first loss of the season against Pats.

10. Cincinnati (16): Chad Ochocinco is a deep threat again, with five catches over 20-plus yards.

11. Green Bay (13): Will Packer fans be able to stomach seeing Favre in purple?

12. Denver (14): First real test for this undefeated team, with ‘Boys traveling to Denver.13. Chicago (15): Cutler gives this defensive-oriented team some offensive punch.

14. San Diego (17): Should get a boost to the running game with LT returning this week.15. Dallas (18): They have talent, but still not clicking on all cylinders.

16. San Francisco (12): Vikings game proved they can compete with an elite team on the road.

17. Pittsburgh (2): Steelers defense struggling late in games. Pittsburgh has allowed 27 points this year in fourth quarter.

18. Arizona (11): Super Bowl swoon continues for Cardinals. They get a much-needed week off. 19. Tennessee (21): A loss against he Jags would put Titans at 0-4, and likely out of the playoff picture.

20. Seattle (19): RB Julius Jones giving running game an added boost.

21. Buffalo (22): Marshawn Lynch’s return should give Bills run game added boost.

22. Miami (23): The Chad Henne era begins with QB Pennington (shoulder) done for the year. Not a good sign for the winless Dolphins. 23. Jacksonville (26): RB Jones-Drew finally got going, finishing with his first, 100-yard rushing game against Texans last week.

24. Houston (20): QB Schaub making plays, but Texans defense struggling against the run.

25. Carolina (24): Even after 0-3 start, QB Delhomme remains starter.

26. Washington (25): Seat getting warmer for Zorn; Holmgren and Shanahan circling.

27. Oakland (29): Raiders anemic offense is ranked 31st in the league. 28. Detroit (32): Got off the snide against Washington and face rival Bears in the Windy City. 29. Tampa Bay (28): Bad on offense (25th overall) and defense (second-worst in the league).

30. Kansas City (27): QB Matt Cassel might not be the answer for the Chiefs. 31. St. Louis (30): Averaging a league-worst eight points a game offensively.

32. Cleveland (31): Mangini’s QB carousel spins back to Derek Anderson, but does it really matter?