With week 4 now in the books, we are now roughly at the quarter point of the 2019-2020 NFL season. Here’s how all 32 teams stand:
#32 Miami Dolphins| Current Record: 0-4
- Week 4 Result: 10-30 L vs Los Angeles Chargers
- Offensive Rank: 32nd in Points For, 31st in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 32nd in Points Allowed, 32nd in Yards Allowed
The Dolphins have been predictably awful this season. So much so that if you allowed them to combine all the points they scored this season together (26) to act as their total points scored for any one week, the Dolphins would still be 0-4. As a legitimate threat to go 0-16, it seems like the number 1 overall pick is already a lock for the Dolphins just 4 games in.
#31 Washington Redskins| Current Record: 0-4
- Week 4 Result: 3-24 L @ New York Giants
- Offensive Rank: 28th in Points For, 28th in Yards Allowed
- Defensive Rank: 31st in Points Allowed, 28th in Yards Allowed
Another 0-4 team, the Redskins have also been pretty terrible to start the season, but they have at least managed to stay competitive in a few of their games. Rookie receiver Terry McLaurin has been a pleasant surprise for the Redskins showcasing his impressive speed and play-making ability. First round pick QB Dwayne Haskins’ pro debut was not so pleasant however, as he threw 3 interceptions including a pic-six after coming on for relief for the veteran Case Keenum. They’ll have their best chance to win a game in week 6, when they travel to Miami to play the Dolphins in what should be the toilet bowl match-up of the season.
#30 Cincinnati Bengals| Current Record: 0-4
- Week 4 Result: 3-27 L @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Offensive Rank: 30th in Points For, 27th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 28th in Points Allowed, 24th in Yards Allowed
The Bengals have had some nice moments this year playing competitive games in two of the toughest road venues in the league (CenturyLink Field in Seattle and New Era Field in Buffalo), but have ultimately looked lackluster most of the season. With one of the weakest rosters in the league, the Bengals will likely continue to struggle.
#29 New York Jets| Current Record: 0-3
- Week 4 Result: BYE
- Offensive Rank: 31st in Points For, 32nd in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 9th in Points Allowed, 4th in Yards Allowed
The Jets’ week 4 bye could not have come any sooner as they’ve been ravaged by injuries to start the season with key players QB Sam Darnold and LB CJ Mosley both missing their last 2 games. While they are getting close to returning, the brutal upcoming schedule for the Jets likely means they will remain win-less for awhile with games against the Eagles, Cowboys, and Patriots in the next 3 weeks.
#28 Arizona Cardinals |Current Record: 0-3-1
- Week 4 Result: 10-27 L vs Seattle Seahawks
- Offensive Rank: 25th in Points For, 22nd in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 29th in Points Allowed, 31st in Yards Allowed
1st Overall pick Kyler Murray has helped the Cardinals move the ball down the field better this year, but poor decision making and inexperience highlights the Cardinals struggles this season as they’ve lost some close games this year. The biggest downfall of Murray’s young season is his inability to throw the ball away, taking a league worst 20 sacks, many of which have come when trying to extend the play with his legs. The defense has also struggled mightily as it sorely misses the presence of their All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson.
#27 Denver Broncos |Current Record: 0-4
- Week 4 Result: 24-26 L vs Jacksonville Jaguars
- Offensive Rank: 27th in Points For, 17th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 18th in Points Allowed, 16th in Yards Allowed
The Denver Broncos are the best win-less team in the league, but unfortunately for them that still means that they are without a win on the year. After another heartbreaking loss to a game-winning field goal at home, Broncos fans will be aggrieved at the refs who helped extend those final game winning drives with some controversial penalties. The Broncos defense remains quite strong and Flacco has proven to still be a serviceable QB, so they should be able to find some wins eventually, but will likely remain at the bottom of a tough AFC West.
#26 Atlanta Falcons |Current Record: 1-3
- Week 4 Result: 24-31 L vs Tennessee Titans
- Offensive Rank: 26th in Points For, 10th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 23rd in Points Allowed, 10th in Yards Allowed
The Atlanta Falcons have probably been the most disappointing team of season thus far, opening the year with a porous 1-3 record. One of the main issues for the Falcons this year has been Matt Ryan’s carelessness for the football, having thrown 6 interceptions already. These turnovers have proven costly, as the Falcons rank 10th in the league for both yards for and yards allowed, but close to the bottom in both points for and points allowed.
#25 Pittsburgh Steelers | Current Record: 1-3
- Week 4 Result: 27-3 W vs Cincinnati Bengals
- Offensive Rank: 24th in Points For, 29th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 14th in Points Allowed, 20th in Yards Allowed
The Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a rough start, first getting routed in New England and than losing QB Big Ben Roethlisberger to a season ending elbow injury. Backup QB Mason Rudolph has shown some promise though, throwing for 2 touchdowns in a tough road loss against the 49ers and 2 more in a convincing win against division rival Bengals. With an adjusted game-plan focusing on wildcat formations, the Steelers appear to have reemerged as AFC North contenders given their tough defense.
#24 Indianapolis Colts |Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 24-31 L vs Oakland Raiders
- Offensive Rank: 11th in Points For, 18th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 25th in Points Allowed, 17th in Yards Allowed
It seemed like doom and gloom for Colts fans when the season started with franchise QB Andrew Luck unexpectedly retiring, but Jacoby Brissett has proven to be a more than capable starting QB leading the Colts to victories over the Falcons and the Titans. Relying on explosive play-makers Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton, the Colts hasn’t seemed to miss Andrew Luck too much as they’ve managed to put up 23.5 points per game.
#23 Oakland Raiders| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 31-24 W @ Indianapolis Colts
- Offensive Rank: 21st in Points For, 20th in Yards Alloed
- Defensive Rank: 24th in Points Allowed, 22nd in Yards Allowed
The Oakland Raiders are 2-2 on the season after a gritty victory in Indianapolis this weekend. Despite the win, the Raiders have been unconvincing thus far with really poor performances vs the Chiefs and the Vikings earlier this season. And with their only other win against the 0-4 Broncos, the Raiders still have a lot to prove in their upcoming games. TE Darren Waller seems like the real deal though, beginning the season with an impressive 33 catches and 320 reception yards.
#22 Carolina Panthers |Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 16-10 W @ Houston Texans
- Offensive Rank: 11th in Points For, 16th in Yards Allowed
- Defensive Rank: 12th in Points Allowed, 5th in Yards Allowed
The Panthers have found some success with back-up QB Kyle Allen, with impressive road wins against the Cardinals and Texans in back-to-back weeks. Do-it-all running back Christian McCaffery has led the way with 367 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns in the two games. The defense played their part too, forcing 4 turnovers in the past two weeks. The Panthers appear to be breaking out of their early season funk, but it remains to be seen how far the team can go without Cam.
#21 New York Giants |Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 24-3 W vs Washington Redskins
- Offensive Rank: 16th in Points For, 5th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 21st in Points Allowed, 25th in Yards Allowed
Rookie QB Daniel Jones has silenced a lot his doubters with 2 wins to begin his NFL career. He’s gotten a bit lucky with a missed field goal from Buccaneers K Matt Gay and an easy match-up against the Redskins in week 4, but Danny Dimes has looked like a star thus far. He’ll be relied upon heavily with Barkley ruled out for at least the next couple weeks, but there is definitely reason for excitement in New York as this no longer looks like a lost season for the Giants.
#20 Jacksonville Jaguars| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 26-24 W @ Denver Broncos
- Offensive Rank: 18th in Points For, 13th in Yards Allowed
- Defensive Rank: 13th in Points Allowed, 19th in Yards Allowed
Minshew Mania continues to gain steam this week, after he led the Jaguars down the field to set up a game winning field goal by Josh Lambo in Denver. RB Leonard Fournette was also able to find success in Denver, rushing for a career high 225 yards. With the Jaguars offense finally hitting their stride, they could become players in the AFC again given their tough defense.
#19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 55-40 W @ Los Angeles Rams
- Offensive Rank: 3rd in Points For, 9th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 30th in Points Allowed, 21st in Yards Allowed
The Buccaneers pulled off the upset of the season thus far in their thrilling 55-40 win against the Rams this week. A missed field goal away from a 3-1 start, the Bucs have looked good so far this year. Winston, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin have been firing on all cylinders as the trio have connected for over 700 yards and 8 touchdowns. However it seems like shootouts the rest of the way for the Bucs, as the defense has allowed a 3rd worst 29.25 points per game thus far.
#18 Minnesota Vikings| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 6-16 L @ Chicago Bears
- Offensive Rank: 19th in Points For, 23rd in Yards Allowed
- Defensive Rank: 6th in Points Allowed, 7th in Yards Allowed
RB Dalvin Cook has shredded defenses for 410 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns as the Vikings have transitioned into a run first offense. And with one of the best defenses in the league, the Vikings have been able wear down opponents with their tough ground and pound style play. However, poor loses against the Bears and the Packers have shown that they’ll still need Kirk Cousins to make some throws, if they’re going to compete in a highly competitive NFC North.
#17 Houston Texans| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 10-16 L vs Carolina Panthers
- Offensive Rank: 22nd in Points For, 21st in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 11th in Points Allowed, 18th in Yards Allowed
The Houston Texans have looked a bit sluggish to start the season as their offense has struggled to really get going thus far. Not much has changed from last year as the offensive line has failed to provide QB DeShaun Watson with adequate protection, allowing the 3rd most sacks in the league. The goods news for Texans fans though is that they’re also getting plenty of sacks on the defensive end with the duo of edge rushers J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus producing 8 sacks and 5 forced fumbles between them.
#16 Tennessee Titans| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 31-24 W vs Atlanta Falcons
- Offensive Rank: 13th in Points For, 24th in Yards Allowed
- Defensive Rank: 5th in Points Allowed, 15th in Yards Allowed
Its been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde season for the Titans so far. The Titans had dominant performances against the Browns in Cleveland week 1 and at Atlanta this past week, but fell a bit flat against the Jaguars and the Colts in weeks 2 and 3. Despite being known mostly as a defensive ground and pound team, its been the play of QB Marcus Mariota that has been setting the tone for the Titans most of the season. Nevertheless, the Titans figure to be in the mix of what appears to be a wide open AFC South this year.
#15 Detroit Lions| Current Record: 2-1-1
- Week 4 Result: 30-34 L vs Kansas City Chiefs
- Offensive Rank: 9th in Points Allowed, 7th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 20th in Points Allowed, 29th in Yards Allowed
The Detroit Lions lost a tight one against the Kansas City Chiefs in an exciting back-and-forth contest. Despite the lost, the Lions played well all-around with the Lions secondary even earning the distinction of being the first team to prevent Pat Mahomes to throw for a touchdown in a start. Armed with a balanced offense attack with plenty of weapons and a capable defense, the Lions should be players in what will likely be a tightly contested NFC North.
#14 Los Angeles Chargers| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 30-10 W vs Miami Dolphins
- Offensive Rank: 14th in Points For, 4th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 10th in Points Allowed, 13th in Yards Allowed
The Chargers have relied heavily on WR Keenan Allen and RB Austin Ekeler to start the season with the two accounting for more than half of the teams total yards this year. Reinforcements are on the way though with RB Melvin Gordon finally ending his holdout this week and receivers Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin practicing again. The Chargers have one of the most talented teams in the NFL and should improve as it gets its play-makers back on the field.
#13 Baltimore Ravens| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 25-40 L vs Cleveland Browns
- Offensive Rank: T-1st in Points For, 1st in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 23rd in Points Allowed, 27th in Yards Allowed
Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens has been one of the most exciting offenses in the league this year averaging a league leading 33.75 points per game and 482.5 yards per game. Jackson has proved all of his doubters wrong this year throwing the ball at an impressive 64.9% completion percentage with 10 touchdowns on the year building a good rapport with rookie receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and TE Mark Andrews. The defense however has unsurprisingly regressed after losing many of their key linebackers.
#12 Cleveland Browns| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 40-25 W @ Baltimore Ravens
- Offensive Rank: 15th in Points For, 11th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 16th in Points Allowed, 14th in Yards Allowed
Its been all about the big plays for the Cleveland Browns this year. As an 89 yard touchdown catch for Odell Beckham Jr. and an 88 yard touchdown run for Nick Chubb have been the catalyst for their two wins this season. The Browns came into the season with a lot of hype, but the inexperience from the young Browns team and Head Coach has been at the forefront of their early season struggles as bad penalties and poor play-calling has proven costly.
#11 Philadelphia Eagles| Current Record: 2-2
- Week 4 Result: 34-30 W @ Green Bay Packers
- Offensive Rank: 6th in Points For, 15th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 27th in Points Allowed, 24th in Yards Allowed
The Eagles have opened their season with a string of highly contested games, most of which have gone down to the very last play. They’ve come out of those games a respectable 2-2, despite dealing with heavy injuries to their receiving corps. However, its the Eagles’ banged up secondary that should be their main concern as they rank dead last in pass defense. A week 5 match-up against the injury plagued Jets should give them some respite, but the Eagles will need to get healthy quick as they have to lay some of the best in the NFC afterwards.
#10 Buffalo Bills| Current Record: 3-1
- Week 4 Result: 10-16 L vs New England Patriots
- Offensive Rank: 23rd in Points For, 8th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 7th in Points Allowed, 3rd in Yards Allowed
The Bills started the season 3-0 behind their stingy defense and some big plays from QB Josh Allen. While their defense held up and limited Tom Brady and the Patriots to 16 points when they came to town, Josh Allen did not. Allen struggled all game throwing for 3 interceptions and was eventually knocked out of the game with a concussion on a dangerous helmet to helmet collusion as he tried to fight for more yardage in the 4th quarter. With a relatively easy schedule featuring the Dolphins twice in the next few weeks, the Bills are a good bet to challenge for the wild card.
#9 Seattle Seahawks| Current Record: 3-1
- Week 4 Result: 27-10 W @ Arizona Cardinals
- Offensive Rank: 8th in Points For, 12 in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 15th in Points Allowed, 9th in Yards Allowed
Russell Wilson has been close to perfect to open the season completing over 72% of his passes for 8 touchdowns and 1141 passing yards as he leads the Seahawks to a inspired 3-1 start. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about their normally formidable running game, as RB Chris Carson has coughed up the ball 3 times already. And while the Seahawks defense isn’t what it used to be, newly acquired edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney made his presence felt this week with a spectacular pic-six against first overall pick Kyler Murray.
#8 Los Angeles Rams| Current Record: 3-1
- Week 4 Result: 40-55 L vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Offensive Rank: 5th in Points For, 6th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 26th in Points Allowed, 11th in Yards Allowed
The Rams opened the season strong with wins against the Panthers, Saints, and the Browns, but then suffered a shocking defeat to the Buccaneers at home. Their dynamic trio of receivers Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Brandin Cooks have all enjoyed success thus far, combining for almost 1000 receiving yards between them. While star RB Todd Gurley has struggled to get going as he splits carries with backup Malcolm Brown.
#7 Chicago Bears| Current Record: 3-1
- Week 4 Result: 16-6 W vs Minnesota Vikings
- Offensive Rank: 29th in Points For, 30th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 2nd in Points Allowed, 6th in Yards Allowed
The formidable Chicago Bears defense has continued their dominance early this season holding opposing offenses to just 11.25 points per game and forcing 8 turnovers in their first 4 games this season. Their kicking woes seem to be over as well, with the emergence of K Eddy Pineiro who has made 8 of 9 field goals this year, including a dramatic 53 yard game winner with time expiring in Denver. The offense however remains a work in progress; even more so now, after already struggling QB Mitchell Trubisky has sustained a shoulder injury.
#6 Dallas Cowboys| Current Record: 3-1
- Week 4 Result: 10-12 L @ New Orleans Saints
- Offensive Rank: 7th in Points For, 3rd in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 4th in Points Allowed, 8th in Yards Allowed
The Dallas Cowboys cruised through their first 3 weeks with wins against the Giants, Redskins, and the Dolphins, before running into the buzz-saw that is the Saints defense. The duo of QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper has been in-sync connecting for four touchdowns in the first 3 weeks. Despite their uninspiring Sunday night performance in New Orleans, the Cowboys still look like one the best teams in the NFC and seem primed for a play-off run.
#5 New Orleans Saints| Current Record: 3-1
- Week 4 Result: 12-10 W vs Dallas Cowboys
- Offensive Rank: 20th in Points For, 25th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 17th in Points Allowed, 7th in Yards Allowed
Its a bit surprising for the Saints to be this high up after losing star QB Drew Brees early in their week 2 match-up against the Rams, but they’ve managed to grind out two wins in his absence, proving just how good this team is. Buoyed by offensive superstars RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas, the Saints won two hard fought games against fellow 3-1 opponents in the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys. The Saints defense and special teams have come up big as well with a pair of touchdowns vs the Seahawks and an inspiring performance against the Cowboys this past week.
#4 San Francisco 49ers| Current Record: 3-0
- Week 4 Result: BYE
- Offensive Rank: 10th in Points For, 26th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 3rd in Points Allowed, 1st in Yards Allowed
The 49ers are off to an impressive 3-0 start, but have had a pretty cushy schedule thus far, with wins against the Buccaneers, Bengals, and the Steelers. Upcoming match-ups against the Browns and the Rams figure to give the upstart San Francisco team a much tougher challenge. Boasting a balanced offensive attack and a pretty stout defense, the 49ers should be one of the major contenders in the NFC.
#3 Green Bay Packers | Current Record: 3-1
- Week 4 Result: 27-31 L vs Philadelphia Eagles
- Offensive Rank: 17th in Points For, 19th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 8th in Points Allowed, 12th in Yards Allowed
The Green Bay Packers are looking like a more complete team this year with a strong defense to go with their normally exceptional offense. The Packers are coming off a tough home loss against the Eagles, but still shape up to be one of the best teams in the league with a balanced offense and a stout defense.
#2 Kansas City Chiefs| Current Record: 4-0
- Week 4 Result: 34-30 W @ Detroit Lions
- Offensive Rank: T-1st in Points For, 2nd in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 19th in Points Allowed, 30th in Yards Allowed
Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs offense has been just as explosive this year, despite losing star WR Tyreek Hill to a shoulder injury in week 1. Averaging 33.75 points per game, the Chiefs boast the best offense in the game with receivers Demarcus Robinson and Mercole Hardman emerging as dangerous options. And with an improving defensive unit, the Chiefs have proven themselves as a force to be reckon with in the AFC.
#1 New England Patriots | Current Record: 4-0
- Week 4 Result: 16-10 W @ Buffalo Bills
- Offensive Rank: 4th in Points For, 14th in Yards For
- Defensive Rank: 1st in Points Allowed, 2nd in Yards Allowed
The New England Patriots have begun the season in dominating fashion once again as they started the season 4-0 with an astounding winning margin of 23.75 points per game. A trip to Buffalo this past week represented their toughest test as they narrowly escaped with a 16-10 victory, behind their robust league leading defense and special teams. The Patriots seem well on their way to another AFC East title as Tom Brady and company look as strong as ever.