We were thankfully gifted football after a COVID scare across the league this week. Teams are now a quarter of the way through this unprecedented season (all but two of them). Most of the question we had entering the season have been answered. Crowds are starting to come back into stadiums and teams are getting a stranglehold of their current positions. So here are the top 10 teams after week 4.
10. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
We expected a more dominant win over the Giants, but a win is a win. The defense forced the Giants to do absolutely nothing on offense. The Rams offense, however, struggled to get going the entire game. They had a tough time overcoming the Giants blitzing and forcing the ball to come out sooner than Goff wants. Take the 55-yard touchdown from Cupp away and this offense only puts up under 200 yards. They got another chance to get right this week as they take on another NFC East opponent in Washington.
9. Cleveland Browns (3-1)
The Brownies are off to their best start since 2004! That’s all because of Kevin Stefanski. This team is finally running the ball rushing for over 300 yards against the Cowboys. Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson will take the reigns as Chubb will be on IR, but it was still very effective when Chubb left the field. That run game is allowing a moving pocket for Baker Mayfield. It’s also good that Odell showed why he was considered one of the games best receivers finishing with three total touchdowns on the day. The backend of the defense is still worrisome, but the front four is creating chaos especially Myles Garrett. The Browns are very happy with a 3-1 start.
8. Tennessee Titans (3-0)
Unfortunately, the Titans were hit with several positive tests within the organization that cause the postponement of their game against Pittsburgh. The good news is that they have back-to-back days of negative tests so it looks like they’ll be back in action this week against the Bills.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Tom Brady is still good. 5 touchdowns to 5 different receivers even with Chris Godwin out. Brady was vintage against the Chargers his accurate mid-range throws and some pretty deep balls to Evans. The offensive line is giving him time to work which is something he lacked in New England. The defense may have not been their best against Justin Herbert but they are still one of the best units in the league. They travel to the Bears on Thursday night where we will see Brady vs Foles part 2.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
An early bye week isn’t what they wanted but they’ll be fine with it. The Titans game was moved to week 7, and their game against the Ravens will now be week 8. The rearranged schedule means the Steelers will now play 13 consecutive games to close the regular season. If any coach is up for the challenge, it’s Mike Tomlin.
5. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
After a disappointing loss to the Chiefs, the Ravens dominated Washington in a 38-17 beat down. It was a bounce-back game for Lamar passing for 2 touchdowns while reminding everyone of his running skills with a 50-yard scamper for a TD. The Ravens forced a couple of turnovers that also led to more points on the scoreboard. They lead the NFL in points off turnovers this season with 38. They should have another dominant performance against the Bengals in week 5.
4. Seattle Seahawks (4-0)
The long flight to Miami resulted in a win but it may have been closer than expected for some. Russell Wilson didn’t have the most impressive game but still threw for 360 yards and 2 touchdowns. He now has 16 touchdowns to start the season that ties Peyton Manning’s 2013 season through the first four games. One positive takeaway was that the banged-up defense played better keeping Miami out of the end zone and creating a couple of turnovers. Seattle is 4-0 for the second time ever in franchise history.
3. Buffalo Bills (4-0)
Circle the wagons folks because the Buffalo Bills are legit! Josh Allen is playing out of his mind to start the season and is the front-runner for MVP in my eyes. He totaled for another 3 touchdowns and threw for 288 yards. The addition of Stefon Diggs is shaping up to be the best acquisition made by any team in the offseason. This Bills team doesn’t need to rely on the run-game or defense anymore. The defense is still very good forcing 3-and-outs and turnovers which allows the offense to strike quickly. The Bills are legitimate contenders.
2. Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Aaron Rodgers should bring back the discount double-check because he is checking off all the boxes for his haters. In Davante Adam’s absence, Rodgers has thrown for 814 yards and 9 touchdowns! Also with the absences of Adams and Lazard, playmakers like Robert Tonyan are stepping up to the plate. A dominant run game factored in with a red-hot Rodgers and young playmakers stepping up smells like a very dangerous team come January. The Pack are rolling.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
Nothing is slowing down the defending champs. Not even a change of schedule. A shift from Sunday afternoon to Monday night didn’t phase this team at all. The offense took a while to get going against a Bill Belichick prepared defense but found success throughout. The defense took advantage of Brian Hoyer and Jared Stidham even without Chris Jones suiting up. The Chiefs are 4-0 for the fourth consecutive year. I have no idea who will beat this team.