Week 4 of the NFL season was a strange one as COVID-19 started to mess up the schedule as two games were pushed back. The Steelers/Titans game was pushed to Week 7 while the Patriots/Chiefs game was pushed to Monday evening, creating a second Monday night doubleheader. After a bizarre week in the NFL, here are the top 10 teams entering Week 5.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Previous Ranking: N/A
After two comfortable victories over the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, the Buccaneers engaged in a shootout with Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers. After trailing 24-7 in the second quarter, Tom Brady exploded by throwing four touchdowns in a little over a half, leading the Bucs to a thrilling 38-31 win. Brady threw for 369 yards and five touchdowns, showing he still can perform well at his age. Running back Ronald Jones chipped in 111 yards rushing, a promising sign of a three-dimensional offense going forward. The Bucs head to Chicago for a matchup against the Bears this Thursday night.
9. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
Previous Ranking: 8
The Rams, as expected, defeated the New York Giants on Sunday but it was not as easy as many expected. They never led by more than one possession, winning by an ugly score of 17-9. While Cooper Kupp caught a 55-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give LA a cushion, they were never in full control against one of the NFL’s worst teams. They are still on the right path and sit at 3-1 with a perfect 3-0 record against the NFC East. They look to make it 4-0 as they head to Washington this Sunday for their third East Coast game in five weeks.
8. Indianapolis Colts (3-1)
Previous Ranking: N/A
After an embarrassing Week 1 loss at Jacksonville, which saw Indianapolis get torched by Jaguars’ quarterback Gardner Minshew, the Colts became an afterthought in the grand scheme of the NFL picture. Since then, the Colts’ defense has become elite, taking out their frustrations on the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Chicago Bears. They have allowed a combined 29 points in those games, 16 of which came in the fourth quarter of games already decided. They hold the top total defense and passing defense through the NFL’s first quarter of the season. They next play a huge matchup on Sunday as they face the red-hot Cleveland Browns.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
Previous Ranking: 7
Their game against the Titans was postponed to Week 7 due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Tennessee Titans organization. This means the Steelers/Ravens Week 7 matchup will now take place Week 8. Despite not playing in Week 4, these two teams did not deserve to drop in the rankings after undefeated starts to the season. The Steelers will face their cross-state rivals in the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
6. Tennessee Titans (3-0)
Previous Ranking: 6
Due to a COVID-19 outbreak within their organization, their game against the 3-0 Steelers was postponed to Week 7, which was the original bye week for the Titans. The Titans remain 3-0 as they will next play a different undefeated team in the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, which will be the third straight season the Bills and Titans square off in Week 5.
5. Buffalo Bills (4-0)
Previous Ranking: 5
Josh Allen continues to make his case as a permanent, proven franchise QB with another solid performance on Sunday, throwing for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-23 win at Las Vegas.
The first-round pick the Bills traded to Minnesota for wide receiver Stefon Diggs is paying off as Diggs is tied with Seattle Seahawks’ DK Metcalf for the most receiving yards in the NFL. The Bills head to Nashville to face the Titans in a battle of unbeatens.
4. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Previous Ranking: 4
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens bounced back from a crushing loss to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football as they took care of business at Washington, winning 31-17. Tight end Mark Andrews caught two touchdowns and the Ravens controlled the game despite 314 passing yards from Washington QB Dwayne Haskins. The Ravens should continue their winning ways as the Cincinnati Bengals come to town on Sunday.
3. Seattle Seahawks (4-0)
Previous Ranking: 3
Even though the Seahawks had to travel over 3,000 miles to Miami, their air-raid offense didn’t feel any jet lag as Russell Wilson continued his hot start to the season, throwing for 360 yards and two touchdowns. RB Chris Carson added two touchdowns on the ground in a 31-23 win. The defense continues to struggle as Dolphins’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick kept Miami within reach for most of the game. Shootouts are becoming the norm as the Seahawks prepare for their Sunday Night Football matchup with the Vikings.
2. Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Previous Ranking: 2
Aaron Rodgers is having a historic start to 2020 as his QBR in the first four games is the highest of any other QB in the past 15 seasons through the first four games. He looks loose and despite missing wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, Rodgers continues to dominate, channeling his MVP form. Tight end Brett Tonyan stepped up with three touchdowns in the Packers’ 30-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers now get to rest and heal up during their bye week.
- Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
Previous Ranking: 1
The Chiefs’ 26-10 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday night was strange for multiple reasons. First, playing a nationally-televised game on CBS two hours before Monday Night Football with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on the call was bizarre but also, the game was not a typical one for the Chiefs. The offense was held to six points (two field goals) at halftime and faced Patriots’ backup QBs in Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. The defense shined, forcing four turnovers and sacking Hoyer to end the first half. Cam Newton’s positive COVID-19 case forced a short week for the Chiefs as they welcome the Las Vegas Raiders to town on Sunday.