The fourth week of the NFL season is over. After a wild week full of news and schedule changes, where are each team to enter Week 5?
Let’s dive in.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
Last week: win over New England 26-10
Next week: against Las Vegas
The Chiefs offense had its problems against a robust Patriot defense, so it was the defense that made the bets, with a Frank Clark strip-sack and Tyrann Mathieu pick-six being the two biggest plays in the second consecutive win. by KC on Bill Belichick.
2. Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Last week: Atlanta 30-16 win
Next week: BYE
The Packers continue to look more well-rounded than they have in years and Aaron Rodgers continues to look excellent. Sometimes, getting your quarterback’s help doesn’t necessarily mean buying him a receiver.
3. Seattle Seahawks (4-0)
Last week: Win in Miami 31-23
Next week: against Minnesota
Russell Wilson wasn’t at his best, but the defense (finally) was better – and corner star Shaquill Griffin made the plays in the end, with a big overdue break to silence the road win.
4. Buffalo Bills (4-0)
Last week: Win in Las Vegas 30-23
Next week: in Tennessee
Josh Allen is growing up, Stefon Diggs is growing up and Buffalo is pulling all cylinders right now. We’ll see if they perform in Nashville this week, no certainty yet under the circumstances.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
Last week: BYE
Next week: against Philadelphia
So this was weird, with the clumsy and forced Bye of Week 4 followed by a visit from a limping, but still resourceful, Philly group on tap. Things don’t lighten up from there. They have Cleveland, Tennessee, Baltimore and Dallas on the bridge.
6. Tennessee Titans (3-0)
Last week: BYE
Next week: against Buffalo
Another Titan was placed on the COVID-19 list on Monday, and time is running out before the bleeding stops if they plan to enter the house date on Sunday.
7. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Last week: Washington 31-17 victory
Next week: against Cincinnati
On Sunday the Ravens were right against their neighbors to the south. And while it wasn’t the most impressive victory, many people contributed.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Last week: Win over Los Angeles Chargers 38-31
Next week: in Chicago
The Bucs looked scary from the last minute of the first half against the Chargers, and have a chance to reverse the momentum, even with the emergence of tight end O.J. Howard … now, with a Thursday night against the Bears on tap.
9. Indianapolis Colts (3-1)
Last week: Win in Chicago 19-11
Next week: in Cleveland
The best defense in the NFL was stifling again and Jonathan Taylor became the focus of the attack. The Colts are already good and are improving.
10. New England Patriots (2-2)
This week: defeat in Kansas City 26-10
Next week: against Denver
The Patriots really controlled the pace of the game, and if it weren’t for a couple of mistakes between Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham, this could have come to the limit.
11. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
This week: win against the New York Giants 17-9
Next week: in Washington
Brandon Staley’s defense played repeatedly during the first quarter of the season, and so it was again on Sunday, with a pick from Darious Williams who put the Giants away.
12. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
Last week: Win in Detroit 35-29
Next week: against the Los Angeles Chargers
I’m cautiously optimistic about where the Saints will come out of Detroit, with Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders emerging as legitimate options for Drew Brees in the passing game, which is exactly what he needed.
13. Cleveland Browns (3-1)
Last week: Dallas 49-38 win
Next week: against Indianapolis
Bill Callahan is a wizard, and Jedrick Wills seems like a home draft pick, and suddenly all that lost optimism has returned to Cleveland.
14. Chicago Bears (3-1)
Last week: defeat to Indianapolis 19-11
Next week: against Tampa Bay
The schedule tightens from here and the validity of their 3-0 start will continue to be tested, as will Nick Foles.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1)
Last week: Win in San Francisco 25-20
Next week: in Pittsburgh
Injuries decimated Philly again, which meant a who’s who of who? starring again for Philly. Jordan Mailata, Alex Singleton and Travis Fulgham (?) All played a big part in Sunday’s big road win.
16. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
Last week: defeat to Philadelphia 25-20
Next week: against Miami
If Jimmy Garoppolo can’t go on Sunday, we have a new quarterback controversy on our hands: Mullens vs. Beathard!
17. Las Vegas Raiders (2-2)
Last week: Defeat to Buffalo 30-23
Next week: in Kansas City
The Raiders have come back to Earth for a while but have shown they struggle to play the 60 Minute Bills to get their victory in Las Vegas.
18. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Last week: Houston 31-23 win
Next week: in Seattle
The passing game kicked off on Sunday, and Justin Jefferson appears to be ahead of schedule as a replacement for Diggs.
19. Dallas Cowboys (1-3)
Last week: defeat to Cleveland 49-38
Next week: against the New York Giants
Dak Prescott managed to get away with some would-be choices, preventing the loss of Cleveland from being even worse. Defending the Cowboys is a problem, and not in a good way.
20. Carolina Panthers (2-2)
Last week: win against Arizona 31-21
Next week: in Atlanta
The Panthers were exuberant in weeks 1 and 2 and have been good ever since. And regardless of the early results, Matt Rhule’s program is in a good position.
21. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
Last week: Defeat in Carolina 31-21
Next week: New York Jets
I may have gone a little further than myself on the Cards in two weeks. I still really like their young talent.
22. Los Angeles Chargers (1-3)
Last week: defeat at Tampa Bay 38-31
Next week: in New Orleans
The Chargers seem to have found their quarterback: will they continue to play him?
23. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1)
Last week: 33-25 win over Jacksonville
Next week: in Baltimore
Nothing has upset Joe Burrow so far. We’ll see on Sunday if a trip to Baltimore will.
24. Washington (1-3)
Last week: Defeat to Baltimore 31-17
Next week: against the Los Angeles Rams
That was a brave effort trained by Ron Rivera on Sunday
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
Last week: defeat in Cincinnati 33-25
Next week: in Houston
The team’s encouraging start has become a thing of the past and we are once again asking ourselves about the future of the team.
26. Detroit Lions (1-3)
Last week: defeat to New Orleans 35-29
Next week: BYE
If there’s any good news here, it’s that the schedule softens up a bit in the month following the goodbye so Lions can build some momentum.
27. Houston Texans (0-4)
Last week: Defeat to Minnesota 31-23
Next week: vs. Jacksonville
The team certainly could end up rallying behind Romeo Crennel, as did the 2011 Chiefs when he hired as an interim manager in KC.
28. Miami Dolphins (1-3)
Last week: lost to Seattle 31-23
Next week: in San Francisco
Hear coach Brian Flores address the QB situation now, compared to a month ago. It seems that the moment of Tua Tagovailoa is coming.
29. Denver Broncos (1-3)
Last week: Win at the New York Jets 37-28
Next week: in New England
Not the best place to go in Foxborough, with the Patriots suffering a defeat.
30. Atlanta Falcons (0-4)
Last week: defeat at Green Bay 30-16
Next week: against Carolina
At least this week they haven’t lost a lead, I guess.
31. New York Giants (0-4)
Last week: Los Angeles Rams 17-9 defeat
Next week: Dallas
The struggle against effort is still there, the victories are not.
32. New York Jets (0-4)
Last week: defeat to Denver 37-28
Next week: against Arizona
There isn’t much to say here.