Now that the NFL is entering the quarter season mark, teams need to start realizing what their team is. Sure, injuries can make for a murky outlook but players and coaches should know what they want to do during a game.
The teams at the top are giving it their best every week and it’s showing. Teams that aren’t doing so well show up with a bag of excuses and a lack of results. In any event all of these teams are starting to show their true colors.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Patrick Mahomes is carving up defenses, the history books and other team’s chances at winning games overall. Do you really expect any contenders to stop the Chiefs’ offense?
2. New England Patriots (3-0)
It’s a shame how New England makes a mockery of the regular season. The Patriots have held a lead of 30 more points in all three of their games. To put it clearly: these other teams aren’t coming close to beating them.
3. Los Angeles Rams (3-0)
Teams will try and stop Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense thinking that’s the key. What teams are finding out is you can’t score against their defense.
4. Dallas Cowboys (3-0)
The Cowboys have gone over 200 yards rushing in their last two games. The defense is allowing only 14.6 points per game which ranks them fourth in the NFL.
5. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
Aaron Rodgers is averaging 215.7 passing yards per game with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. The offense has been balanced and the defense has been stout but my guess is the Packers will need Rodgers to crank it up as the season goes along.
6. San Francisco 49ers (3-0)
San Francisco’s defense has held a team under 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing twice this season. The 850 yards they have allowed on the season ranks second in the NFL.
7. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Lamar Jackson has 1,035 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on the season. Mark Ingram has 319 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. The Ravens’ number one ranked offense is still clicking, even during a loss.
8. Houston Texans (2-1)
The Texans have won two games straight by a total margin of eight points. Deshaun Watson has accounted for eight of the Texans’ nine offensive touchdowns.
9. Buffalo Bills (3-0)
The Bills have the fifth ranked defense overall and they have forced seven turnovers on the season. If they want to continue their undefeated ways they need to cut down on the 23 penalties they have.
10. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
Seattle’s offense is ranked ninth overall but they have outscored their opponents by only three points. They have scored eight touchdowns in nine trips to the red zone.
11. New Orleans Saints (2-1)
In one and a half games played, Teddy Bridgewater’s numbers don’t just look “pretty decent.” He’s completed 63.2% of his passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns.
12. Minnesota Vikings (2-1)
The Vikings have won both games where quarterback Kirk Cousins has failed to reach 200 yards passing. They’ve relied on a great run game and good defense to control the clock.
13. Chicago Bears (2-1)
The Bears’ defense hasn’t allowed a 300 yard passer or a 100 yard rusher in any game this season. They are allowing 13 points per game which is third among all NFL teams.
14. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)
The Colts have outscored their opponents by a single point this season. They have scored seven touchdowns through the air and two on the ground. Ironically they have given up seven touchdowns through the air and two on the ground as well (weird).
15. Detroit Lions (2-0-1)
Mathew Stafford is averaging 277 passing yards and two touchdowns per game. The Lions’ offense has been balanced with 88 rushing attempts and 107 passing attempts, keeping their turnovers down.
16. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)
The Chargers have been outscored by a total of four points on the season. They’ve had a chance to win every game this season and could easily be 3-0 right now.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
The Eagles have trailed at halftime of every game they have played this year. They’ve rushed for 299 yards as a team and none of their backs have eclipsed 100 yards rushing in a game this season.
18. Tennessee Titans (1-2)
After a week one explosion of 43 points, the Titans have scored only 24 points. They will need to find some offensive punch going forward but at least they only have one turnover on the season.
19. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked particularly sharp this season. He’s averaging 268.3 passing yards per game, with three touchdowns and five interceptions. With all the upgrades around him, his numbers should look better.
20. Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
Matt Ryan has thrown eight touchdowns and six interceptions this season. The offense is lacking balance, throwing more than double the amount they have run the ball this year.
21. Oakland Raiders (1-2)
After a week one victory, Oakland has regressed to a team that looks similar to the 2018 Raiders. They have scored only six touchdowns on the season and opponents convert 52.8 % of their third downs against them.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)
Jameis Winston and Mike Evans did everything in their power to get the Bucs a second win this season. Kicker Matt Gay missed two extra points early in the game which essentially set up his attempt at a game winning field goal. It was an attempt that went wide right.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew is the talk of the town down in Jacksonville. Second year wide receiver DJ Chark should get some praise as well. Chark has 15 receptions for 277 yards and three touchdowns.
24. Carolina Panthers (1-2)
Kyle Allen threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns in his second career start. The Panthers might have to play with him behind center for a few more weeks and this is a good indication they can win games if that’s the case.
25. New York Giants (1-2)
Daniel Jones started the game and scored four touchdowns including the game winner. Dexter Lawrence had a sack and fifth round pick Ryan Connelly had an interception. Somewhere Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman has the “I told you so” look on his face.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3)
After getting blown out in week one, Pittsburgh has lost two games by a total of six points. They have forced seven turnovers in that same span but can’t seem to pull out a win.
27. Denver Broncos (0-3)
Denver ranks 17th in the NFL allowing 22.3 points per game. Their opponents have outscored them by 21 points and they have given up six turnovers on the season.
28. Arizona Cardinals (0-2-1)
Arizona’s defense has allowed 444.3 total yards and 29.3 points per game. Opponents have scored nine passing touchdowns against them.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3)
The Bengals have a real problem when it comes to the run game. They allow 168.6 rush yards per game and they have rushed for a league low 126 yards all season.
30. Washington Redskins (0-3)
Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin has 16 catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns on the season. The Redskins fans are eager to see what rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins can do.
31. New York Jets (0-3)
Le’Veon Bell is tied for the team lead with 20 receptions. He has 284 total yards from scrimmage and one touchdown and seems to be the only way of moving the ball for New York.
32. Miami Dolphins (0-3)
Miami actually looked competitive in this one but penalties and mistakes killed them. Brian Flores could’ve acted like his team was winless and took a few chances. I guess winning his first game is not more important than the tank.