The beginning of the regular season is officially over and for the next several weeks team will be in a fight for playoff positioning. Right now everybody thinks they know which team is good and which teams need to just pack it up.
History shows that outside of a few teams we have very little clue about the top and the bottom of the league. These upcoming weeks will definitely knock out a few candidates.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
The Chiefs have the number one ranked offense averaging 33.7 points per game. The defense is giving up a ton of rushing yards, allowing just under 150 yards per game.
2. New England Patriots (4-0)
The Patriots’ offense looked pedestrian for the first time this season. Good thing for them they have the number one ranked defense in the league.
3. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
The Seahawks have allowed only one of their opponents to go over 100 yards rushing and they have given up only three rushing touchdowns. They have forced at least one turnover in each of their four games.
4. San Francisco 49ers (3-0)
The 49ers’ defense has allowed only 208.3 passing yards and have racked up nine sacks. They will look to keep their offensive turnovers down coming off their bye week.
5. New Orleans Saints (3-1)
The Saints have won their last two games by a total of seven points. They have allowed an average of 76.5 rushing yards and forced four turnovers in that same span.
6. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
The Rams’ defense got chewed up for 464 total yards vs Tampa Bay. They still scored 40 points and they still wield one of the best offenses, averaging 397.7 total yards per game.
7. Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
The Cowboys had more turnovers versus New Orleans than they had the rest of the season combined. The defense has allowed a total of 18 points in the last two games.
8. Green Bay Packers (3-1)
The Packers’ defense has been opportunistic but terrible against the run. After week one they’ve allowed 523 rushing yards in three games.
9. Chicago Bears (3-1)
The vaunted Bears’ defense is allowing 11.2 points per game. They have forced eight turnovers on the season and they have at least one in each of their wins.
10. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
The Bills’ first loss was still impressive in they way their defense played. The offense has ten turnovers and 31 penalties for 251 lost yards.
11. Houston Texans (2-2)
Houston’s point differential on the season is zero: they’ve allowed as many points as they’ve scored. Houston has allowed five passing touchdowns while only coming up with one interception.
12. Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
Baltimore’s offense has dropped off slightly from the first two weeks but the defense has to be more of a concern. They’ve given up over 500 yards in total offense in two straight loses.
13. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)
The Lions have come to play this season and they still looked good in a loss. Mathew Stafford is having an efficient season with nine touchdowns against only two interceptions.
14. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Minnesota has not allowed a team to throw for 300 yards against them in four games. They allow a lowly 5.5 net yards per pass attempt.
15. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
The Colts continue to play close games as the season goes on. The injury to Marlon Mack has to be of concern: the team has struggled running the ball in the last two games.
16. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)
The Chargers’ defense allows a lowly 18.5 points per game. They are undefeated when they hold teams to under 200 yards passing.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)
The Eagles have given up only 62 rushing yards per game on the season. They’ve given up a league high 1,295 passing yards on the season.
18. Tennessee Titans (2-2)
It’s a tale of two Tennessee Titans teams (try saying that five times fast). One team is undefeated with a version of Marcus Mariota that has six touchdowns. The other team is winless with a version of Mariota that has been sacked 13 times with one touchdown.
19. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
The Browns are 2-0 when Baker Mayfield throws for 300 yards or more. The defense has forced four turnovers in those games.
20. Oakland Raiders (2-2)
Jon Gruden’s bright idea was to trade Khalil Mack and bring in Antonio Brown and Vontez Burfict. Well, Brown is gone and Burfict is suspended for the season. At least they got their second win this week so it could be worse.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)
Chris Godwin and Mike Evans have combined for 754 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in four games. They’ve taken turns dominating defenses this year.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
Jacksonville has won two straight games, averaging 23 points per game with zero turnovers. The defense has held both of those opponents to under 100 yards rushing.
23. Carolina Panthers (2-2)
In two straight wins, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 54-30. Christian McCaffrey has gained 367 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns during that stretch.
24. New York Giants (2-2)
The Daniel Jones Era in New York has started off 2-0. He’s thrown for 578 yards and three touchdowns, already leading the team to a fourth quarter comeback.
25. Atlanta Falcons (1-3)
You can blame it in offensive turnovers, penalties, or missed tackles on defense but regardless, the Falcons are struggling. They are one big play away from being winless this season.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3)
The Steelers finally broke through for a win, mostly thanks to their defense. The offense hasn’t eclipsed 300 yards passing or 100 yards rushing in any game this season.
27. Denver Broncos (0-4)
The Broncos’ defense has not forced a turnover all season. They have been solid against passing attacks but their run defense comes and goes.
28. Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1)
Kliff Kingsbury is finding life in the NFL is rough. His team has allowed ten passing touchdowns in four games and have only forced three turnovers.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-4)
The Bengals’ defense has given up 13 touchdowns while forcing only five turnovers. The offense has struggled with ten turnovers and only six touchdowns on the season.
30. New York Jets (0-3)
Coming off their bye week the Jets will have to do something about their pass defense. They allow 286.7 pass yards per game and they only have five sacks on the season.
31. Washington Redskins (0-4)
Jay Gruden really has no shot at finishing the season as Washington’s head coach. His latest plan was to throw Dwayne Haskins in the game behind an inept offensive line. The Redskins as a team have only 199 rush yards on the season.
32. Miami Dolphins (0-4)
The Dolphins played a competitive half for the second week in a row and they only lost by 20 points. Now that’s progress for a team that could only come as close as 25 points of winning their other games.