Drama was aplenty in Week 3 of the NFL season as many games went down to the wire. Some of these games include the Seattle Seahawks outlasting the Dallas Cowboys 38-31, the Chicago Bears rallying from a 26-10 deficit to win at Atlanta and the Buffalo Bills scoring a late touchdown to beat the Los Angeles Rams 35-32. After a tumultuous Week 3, let’s look at the top-10 teams entering Week 4.
10. Arizona Cardinals (2-1)
Previous Ranking: 9
The Cardinals fell to the Detroit Lions at home 26-23 on Sunday. It was a disappointing result as quarterback Kyler Murray threw three interceptions. Despite all the turnovers, Arizona still made it a game against a desperate team who got their top wide receiver back in Kenny Golladay. The Cardinals look to rebound from this loss as they head to Carolina to battle the Panthers.
9. New England Patriots (2-1)
Previous Ranking: N/A
The Patriots made a statement on Sunday as they handled the red-hot Las Vegas Raiders 36-20. After losing a shootout in Week 2 against Russell Wilson by one-yard, the Patriots’ defense put on a strong performance, pressuring Derek Carr all game long and making him uncomfortable in the pocket. Running back Sony Michel balled out with 177 yards on only nine carries. The Patriots look to build off this win as they head to Kansas City to face the juggernaut Chiefs.
8. Los Angeles Rams (2-1)
Previous Ranking: 5
The Rams may have lost to the Buffalo Bills 35-32 but when looking at the flow of the game, it is incredible the Rams had a late lead. They trailed 28-3 in the third quarter but rallied on the arm of Jared Goff and the legs of Darrell Henderson to take the lead 32-28 in the fourth quarter. Due to questionable calls and coverage breakdowns, the Bills stole the game back in the dying seconds to win. The fact the Rams came back showed the grit and resilience of this team and they look much better than last season. The Rams should rebound nicely as they face the 0-3 New York Giants at home on Sunday.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
Previous Ranking: N/A
Among the seven 3-0 teams, the Steelers have fallen under the radar more than most in part due to the fact they beaten three winless teams. Against the Houston Texans on Sunday, the Steelers trailed 14-3 but rallied to assume the lead in the fourth quarter, which they held to win 28-21. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns and running back James Connor ran for 109 yards on 18 carries. The Steelers look to prove their legitimacy as they play another 3-0 team in the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
6. Tennessee Titans (3-0)
Previous Ranking: 10
Speaking of those Titans, they won at Minnesota 31-30 on Sunday to improve their record to 3-0; the first time they started 3-0 was in 2008 when Kerry Collins was the QB. Despite getting torched by Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook, the Titans’ defense shut down the Vikings’ offense on their final drive to preserve the win. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski has rebounded from missing four kicks in their opener at Denver with three game-winning field goals already this season, including a total of six field goals against Minnesota. They look to improve to 4-0 as they face Pittsburgh on either Monday or Tuesday due to positive COVID-19 cases from Tennessee.
5. Buffalo Bills (3-0)
Previous Ranking: 6
If there was any doubt about whether Josh Allen was the right QB for the Bills long-term, he has silenced those critics so far in 2020. After back-to-back 300+ yard games in their first two, he stepped up once again on Sunday, leading the Bills to a game-winning touchdown drive in the final seconds over the Rams as he threw for 311 yards and four touchdown passes. However, the defense looks shaky as after Sunday’s game, the Bills are ranked 28th in pass defense, a concerning stat. Nonetheless, the Bills are 3-0 and look to make it 4-0 in Las Vegas as they face the Raiders.
4. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Previous Ranking: 2
There is no doubt the Ravens are still one of the NFL’s best teams. However, their championship legitimacy is once again called into question after a poor showing at home on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. What was supposed to be a duel between two superstar QBs resulted in laughter as Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 385 yards while Ravens QB Lamar Jackson only threw for 97. The Ravens fell 34-20 as the gap between the Chiefs and Ravens loom large. The Ravens will look for a bounce-back win as they head an hour south to face Washington.
3. Seattle Seahawks (3-0)
Previous Ranking: 3
Russell Wilson continues to make his early-season claim for MVP with another strong showing, throwing for five touchdown passes in Seattle’s 38-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He has thrown more touchdown passes in his first three games than anyone else in NFL history. However, injuries in the secondary are piling up and it showed as Cowboys QB Dak Prescott threw for 472 yards. Seattle will travel all the way across the country as they play the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday.
2. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
Previous Ranking: 4
Just by watching them, it is clear to see the difference between the Packers’ offense this year and last year is night and day. Despite not adding weapons for Aaron Rodgers this offseason, the Packers’ offense looks much better and efficient. Even without their top wide receiver Davante Adams at New Orleans, the Packers still put up 37 points on the Saints, winning the shootout over Drew Brees at New Orleans. The Packers look to roll heading into their Week 5 bye week as they face the beleaguered Atlanta Falcons on Monday.
- Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Previous Ranking: 1
The Chiefs may never leave this spot as they simply are better than everyone else. In a game many picked them to lose, they dominated the Ravens on Monday Night Football, winning 34-20 (one of the Ravens’ touchdowns came on special teams). Patrick Mahomes lit up the Ravens for 385 yards and four touchdowns. This result makes the Los Angeles Chargers’ feat of taking the Chiefs to overtime much more impressive. The Chiefs’ next victim looks to be the Patriots on Sunday.