By: David Scanlan
#10: New England Patriots – (2-2)
At Number 10 I have the Patriots clocking in. The Patriots were a team that many people didn’t have high hopes for before the signing of Cam Newton and the many losses from opt-outs, due to COVID-19. Not many people believed the Patriots could compete with the best of the best in this league, but they have turned heads since the start of the year with wins over the Miami Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders. Even in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Patriots have shown great potential. Expect them to continue competing and make a push to fight for the division title.
#9: Los Angeles Rams – (4-1)
Coming in at Number 9, I have the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams have been off to a fantastic start and look like they’re returning to Superbowl form like they had in 2018. The reason I have them this far down is because I’m not entirely sold on the Rams just yet. Their 4 wins have come against the pathetic NFC East as they have a win over each team. The NFC East has a combined record of 4-15-1. Granted, I think the Rams have looked good so far, but I won’t dare move them higher until I see them get a statement win against a playoff team.
#8: Cleveland Browns – (4-1)
After a disappointing year in 2019, the Browns have bounced back and landed themselves the number 8 spot in the power rankings after 5 weeks. The Cleveland Browns looked to be headed toward another rough season in 2020 after an awful outing in week 1, losing 38-6. Since then, the Browns have won four straight games with their most recent win coming against the Indianapolis Colts who have a great defense. Another impressive outing from the Browns came in week 4 when they put up 49 points against the Cowboys in a shootout game in which they ultimately walked away victorious. The Browns have a legitimate test in week 6 against the Steelers and I am excited to see how they perform.
#7: Pittsburgh Steelers – (4-0)
This may come as a surprise to some, but I am not anywhere close to being sold on this team. Through the first four weeks, their opponents record combined to a whopping 3-15-1. In each of these games the Steelers haven’t pulled away and sealed the deal until the final few minutes in the game and that is why I am hesitant to put them much higher at the moment. The defense is elite and I will credit them with that so far, but for how much people are hyping this team up, they really have not shown much. A main reason I am not sold is the fact that only one of their first four opponents has a shot to make playoffs this early on and it is the Philadelphia Eagles. Maybe this is how the Steelers will play throughout the entirety of the year, but if they do, don’t be surprised when they lose a game or two that they should’ve had. The fact they are playing in one of the better divisions in football doesn’t help their case to play close games but they have a chance to prove they can win against a good Browns team this afternoon.
#6: Buffalo Bills – (4-1)
After a successful offseason that included acquiring stud WR, Stefon Diggs, the Bills looked poised to breakout and fight to have a deep playoff run after last year’s disappointing playoff loss. The Bills started off an impressive 4-0 with good team wins over the Rams and Raiders, but seemed to face their match this past Tuesday night against the Tennessee Titans, losing in dramatic fashion with a score of 42-16. After their high explosive offense and very competitive defense in the first four weeks, it was almost hard to watch them collapse like this. Granted, they were missing All-Pro corner Tre’Davious White, LB Matt Milano, and CB Levi Wallace. The Bills have a tough matchup this weekend against the defending champs and I am curious to see how they bounce back after a rough game.
#5: Baltimore Ravens – (4-1)
As many expected, whenever you have the reigning MVP, you won’t see much of a difference carrying over from year to year. As crazy as it sounds, the Ravens got even BETTER from last season after a tremendous season in which they went 14-2. In the offseason they picked up Calais Campbell who has produced for them every game so far and is looking like a steal. Throughout the first 5 weeks, the Ravens have been looking like last year’s team except for the one outlier game in week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. This was undoubtedly the worst game Lamar Jackson has had in awhile. He was unable to record over 100 yards passing or rushing, leaving him with 97 passing yards and 83 rushing yards. Since then, they have had blowout wins against the Washington Football Team and Cincinnati Bengals. Lamar had a bounce back game in the air completing 19 of his 37 passes for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Expect this Ravens offense and defense to continue on a roll this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles.
#4: Tennessee Titans
As you can see in the picture, this was a representation of how Tuesday nights’ game versus the Buffalo Bills went. After a surprise bye week due to a COVID-19 outbreak within their organization, the Titans had to come back and face a tremendous defense. Days before the game, the Titans had another outbreak and many were calling for them to be forced to forfeit the game but ultimately, they were told that the game would be played Tuesday. For the Titans case, this worked in their favor. For the Bills on the other hand, not so much. Ryan Tannehill continued his great play this season completing 21 of his 28 passes for 75% and 3 Touchdowns. Derrick Henry once again was a monster and the highlight of the night was the stiff arm heard around the world when he threw Josh Norman to the ground. But, do not to forget his 57 yards and 2 Touchdowns as well. This team is the perfect example of chemistry because besides Henry, they don’t have many big name players but they can dominate anyone on any given Sunday afternoon. I expect the Titans to continue this play today against the Texans and for the rest of the year.
#3: Seattle Seahawks – (5-0)
After a nail-biting victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks find themselves undefeated and at the top of the league. Russell Wilson is balling out this season, throwing for 1,502 yards, 19 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions. Could this be the year Russell finally wins the MVP award? Soon enough we will find out, but Russ hasn’t done it all himself thus far. D.K. Metcalf has the third most receiving yards this year at 496 and also has collected 5 Touchdowns. Chris Carson has bounced back as well after his year was ended early due to injuries last year. He has produced 3 rushing touchdowns, while adding 140 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. This team had a statement win over the Vikings this past week, proving they can still rely on their defense in key moments. The Seahawks have an upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals, who have been fluctuating so far this season with their play. I expect the Seahawks to continue their winning streak, but the Cardinals will not just lay down to die.
#2: Kansas City Chiefs – (4-1)
In what I think you could call a shocker, the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Chiefs 40 – 32 this past Sunday. Patrick Mahomes only completed a little over 50% of his passes for 340 yards, 2 Touchdowns, and the game sealing interception. Despite losing, the Chiefs expectations haven’t decreased in the slightest bit because of the man who plays QB for them. This year, Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 1,474 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only one interception. Not to mention, he has 2 rushing touchdowns and 129 rushing yards. The Chiefs have beaten some pretty good teams so far such as Baltimore, New England, and dare I say the Chargers, mainly because of their defense. Tyreek Hill has helped this team as well, racking up 4 touchdowns through the air. Let’s not forget about the rookie RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has totaled 344 yards on the ground, 1 rushing touchdown, and 169 receiving yards so far. How could I forget about the monster TE they have as well? Travis Kelce leads all Tight Ends with 405 receiving yards and he is tied for 5th with three touchdowns. The Chiefs also recently added RB Le’Veon Bell to add even more depth to the league’s best offense.
#1: Green Bay Packers – (4-0)
After a dysfunctional off-season where the Packers drafted Jordan Love in the first round to be Aaron Rodgers replacement and they didn’t make any effort to surround Arod with weapons, Aaron Rodgers has kicked it back into high gear and found his former self while playing like an MVP once again. Throughout their first four games, the Packers have put up over 150 points without a single turnover. Keep in mind that Aaron Rodgers has only had Davante Adams for about 1 and ½ total games out of four. After his big week one game, Davante injured his hamstring in week 2 and hasn’t seen the field since. Even without Adams, this offense and Aaron Rodgers haven’t missed a beat. Aaron Rodgers has a total of 1,214 yards, 13 touchdowns and 0 interceptions thus far. Another big member of the offense has been Aaron Jones, who is playing out of his mind at the moment with 374 Rushing yards, 4 Rushing Touchdowns, 135 Receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. Another name who stepped up in Dante’s absence was Allen Lazard. Unfortunately, he went down with an injury as well, but Adams is expected to play in tomorrow’s game against the Buccaneers.
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