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Coaching plays a big part of the NFL experience (obviously) and this season it’s really been evident. Intricate game plans have been deployed and certain teams have been falling under the pressure. Other teams are steadily (and shockingly) rising against the same pressure.
With a quarter of the season now finished, the separation of these teams will start to show.
1. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)
The 49ers look like a team with zero flaws. They’re ranked third in both points scored and points allowed.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0)
The Eagles needed overtime to beat the Washington Commanders. They gave up 31 points and 107 rushing yards, easily their worst defensive performance of the season.
3. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
Buffalo is ranked second in the NFL in both points scored and points allowed. They’ve scored a total of 15 touchdowns while only allowing five on defense.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1)
The Chiefs squeaked by the New York Jets on Sunday night. They’ve shown a lack of big plays in most of their games and they have turned the ball over eight times this season.
5. Miami Dolphins (3-1)
After handing out a 50-point beat down a week ago, the Dolphins took one on the chin. It shouldn’t be considered a knock out blow but it has definitely made some of their weaknesses more apparent.
6. Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
Dallas’ defense is now ranked first in points allowed and second in total yards allowed. They have forced 10 turnovers and only turned it over once on offense.
7. Detroit Lions (3-1)
The Lions defense is allowing an average of 13.0 points per game during their win streak. They haven’t allowed a team to eclipse 100 yards rushing this season.
8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Lamar Jackson leads the Ravens in both passing and rushing yards, scoring a total of eight touchdowns. The Ravens have scored a total of 12 touchdowns on offense.
9. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
The Seahawks have won three games in a row, outscoring their opponents 98-61. They’ve forced six turnovers during that stretch.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Tampa Bay has forced 10 turnovers on defense while only giving it up three times on offense. They are allowing an average of 17.0 points a game.
11. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)
The Chargers defense isn’t ranked very high in points allowed and total yards allowed. They have done a good job forcing seven turnovers and sacking opposing quarterbacks 16 times.
12. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
It seems Dorian Thompson-Robinson was not ready for the starting quarterback role. He threw for 121 yards and three interceptions versus the Baltimore Ravens.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
The Jaguars are having an up and down season and it’s really hard to figure them out. They’ve looked like either a complete team or a complete disaster depending on which one of their games you’re watching.
14. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
The Saints have given up an average of 21.0 points per game on their two-game losing streak. They’re averaging 73.5 rushing yards in those two games.
15. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
The Falcons are showing a systematic problem on offense that has started with head coach Arthur Smith and trickled it’s way down to starting quarterback Desmond Ridder. The defense has been terrific, holding three out of their four opponents to under 20 points.
16. Los Angeles Rams (2-2)
Puka Nucua now has 39 receptions for 501 yards and he finally scored his first touchdown of the season on Sunday.
17. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Anthony Richardson is averaging 159.7 passing yards and 43.7 rushing yards per game. He has seven total touchdowns so far this season.
18. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
The Packers are having a hard time running the football. They are ranked 30th in rushing yards and they’ve only scored three rushing touchdowns.
19. Washington Commanders (2-2)
Washington scored 30 or more points for the second time this season. They’ve split those two games with a win and a loss.
20. Houston Texans (2-2)
The Texans have won two games in a row outscoring their opponents 67-23. They’ve forced three turnovers and they haven’t given the ball up during that stretch.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
The Steelers had their two-game win streak snapped by failing to score double digits for the second time this season. They’re winless when they allow 30 points or more.
22. Tennessee Titans (2-2)
Derrick Henry had his best performance of the season, with 122 rushing yards and a touchdown. He had more rushing yards on Sunday then he did in his previous two games combined.
23. New York Jets (1-3)
The Jets have forced six turnovers but they’ve turned the ball over six times themselves. They have allowed a total of six touchdowns on defense but they’ve only scored five touchdowns on offense.
24. Las Vegas Raiders (1-3)
The Raiders have lost three games in a row after winning their first game of the season. They haven’t scored more than 18 points in any game this season.
25. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Justin Jefferson has 33 receptions for 543 yards and three touchdowns this season. Kirk Cousins is now up to 11 passing touchdowns on the season.
26. New England Patriots (1-3)
The Patriots suffered their worst loss in the Bill Belichick era. Could he actually be in jeopardy of losing his job?
27. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)
The Bengals officially have the worst offense in the NFL. Beavis and Butthead would have a better chance at scoring.
28. Arizona Cardinals (1-3)
The Cardinals hung in there with San Francisco right until about half time. They’ve been good rushing the football but pretty bad stopping the run on defense.
29. Denver Broncos (1-3)
Russell Wilson has 1,014 passing yards with nine passing touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s quietly having a good season, while his team has struggled overall.
30. New York Giants (1-3)
The Giants have allowed Daniel Jones to be sacked 22 times this season. There’s no quarterback playing football that can operate successfully under those circumstances.
31. Chicago Bears (0-4)
The Bears are on pace to have the first and second overall picks in the draft as a result of their trade with the Carolina Panthers last year. These two definitely look like the worst teams in the NFL.
32. Carolina Panthers (0-4)
Is it way to early to say the Panthers drafted the wrong quarterback in Bryce Young? The recent play from the other signal callers taken in the top five will certainly start that type of conversation.
Offensive Player Of The Week:
A.J. Brown, Receiver – Philadelphia Eagles: Nine catches, 175 receiving yards, two touchdowns
Defensive Player Of The Week:
Kahlil, Mack Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers: 10 total tackles, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles