It’s hard to believe that a couple months ago, we didn’t know if there was even going to be football to talk about. Fast forward to the present and we are already coming up on week 4 of the NFL season. It is still far too early to know what the exact outcome of the season will be. However, multiple teams have separated themselves at the top of the standings while even more have fallen into the depths of the unmentionables. Check out our top 10 power rankings and game predictions ahead of this week’s action!
1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Well this one is a no-brainer. The defending Super Bowl champions have been heavy favorites to repeat since the start of the season and they haven’t shied away from the challenge that comes with getting every team’s best shot, week in and week out. Patrick Mahomes looks as though he was worth every penny of the almost $500 million contract he signed in the offseason. They may have looked a bit suspect in their week 2 overtime victory over the Chargers, but they rebounded well in week 3, trouncing the Ravens 34-20 and making a superstar in Lamar Jackson look mediocre. We expect nothing less from this team, who are averaging over 400 scrimmage yards per game on offense.
Week 4 Prediction: NE 24 @ KC 35
A great battle of two very good teams sees Kansas City continue their dominance in front of a raucous (for this season at least) crowd at Arrowhead.
2. Seattle Seahawks (3-0)
If it weren’t for the Kansas City Chiefs being the defending Super Bowl champions, the Hawks would be at the top of my list this week. Russell Wilson is going to win the NFL MVP this season and has one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Seattle has beaten two surefire playoff teams in back-to-back weeks in the Patriots and Cowboys and, despite being in the toughest division in football, they are still the favorites to win the NFC West. One of the calling cards for the Seahawks has always been their defense however that hasn’t been the case this season. There is no doubt that Pete Carroll will right that ship and take the Seahawks to the playoffs for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.
Week 4 Prediction: SEA 45 @ MIA 17
A cross country trip will have little to not affect on the Seahawks and they will rout the Dolphins to move to 4-0. Russell Wilson will continue his stellar play and the Seahawks’ defense will be reinvigorated.
3. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
Putting the Pack ahead of the likes of some of the other undefeated teams on this list might be a surprise to some people. However, the Packers have averaged over 40 points per game this season and Aaron Rodgers is a legitimate MVP candidate. In the backfield behind Rodgers is a very overlooked runningback in Aaron Jones, who has at least one touchdown in every game this season. If Green Bay’s defense can step up and keep them in games on days where the offense isn’t so good, this team can be scary in the NFC.
Week 4 Prediction: ATL 27 @ GB 45
Green Bay will continue it’s winning ways behind a multiple touchdown performance from Rodgers against an abysmal Falcons’ secondary.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
Picture this: the Steelers began last season 1-4, including a 33-3 humiliation at the hands of the Patriots. However, they won 7 out of their last 11 games to finish the season at 8-8. Their quarterback: Devlin Hodges. This team, headed by a stellar defense led by T.J. Watt, has all of the talent to be successful and they proved that last season, being led by a quarterback that isn’t even on their active roster anymore. Reintroducing Ben Roethlisberger into that equation takes Pittsburgh from a mid-lower level team to one of the better teams in the NFL. Make no mistake, the Steelers will only go as far as their defense takes them. But if Roethlisberger can continue his above-average play we’ve seen through the first few weeks of the season, this is a team to look out for.
Week 4 Prediction: PHI 14 @ PIT 24
The battle of Pennsylvania will see the Steelers come out on top in a game that they will dominate. Carson Wentz will turn the ball over to the Steelers defense multiple times and Roethlisberger will do just enough to make it a comfortable win for Pittsburgh.
5. Buffalo Bills (3-0)
Third-year quarterback Josh Allen has seen his name float around in early-season MVP conversations and with the offseason addition of Stefon Diggs as well as the surprising emergence of rookie wideout Gabriel Davis, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t continue. The Bills took a large leap forward in a too-close-for-comfort victory of the LA Rams last week and they will look to continue that momentum headed into week 4. The biggest problem for the Bills is also one of their biggest strengths; Josh Allen’s athleticism. He is determined to a fault and will do anything to keep a play alive and we’ve seen it cost his team possession of the football more than a few times. However, he has made significant leaps forward and behind him, and a decent defense, the Bills should be favored to knock the Patriots off of their AFC East thrown.
Week 4 Prediction: BUF 27 @ LV 23
Buffalo will have all that they bargained for with Derek Carr and the Raiders. I would expect Las Vegas to take the lead at some point in the 4th quarter. Regardless, Josh Allen will continue his 4th quarter dominance and keep the Bills unbeaten.
6. New England Patriots (2-1)
The Patriots are no stranger to being in the top 10 in the NFL. However, they are strangers to the way they’ve done it this season. Cam Newton, who back in May didn’t know if he would ever be a starter for an NFL team again, has led the Pats to an impressive 2-1 start. He’s been anything but stellar this season, amassing less than 170 years in two out of his first three games under center. But his athleticism and ability to stretch plays will always keep the Patriots in games, but like it did when he was in his prime in Carolina. Many people seem to forget that not too long ago, Newton was the MVP of the NFL. He may not be at that same level of play, however he is still an above-average quarterback for a very good team.
Week 4 Prediction: NE 24 @ KC 35
New England’s defense has been their hallmark the last few seasons and aside from a shootout against the Seahawks, they haven’t allowed more than 20 points this season. They will have a very difficult time with that on Sunday taking on the Chiefs and I would expect them to fall in a game that will show the large gap that exists between the first and second tier teams in the AFC.
7. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
It’s strange to see the Ravens this far down on the Power Rankings this early in the season. However, an early-season matchup with the best team in the league will do that to you. The first two games of the season, Baltimore looked invincible, dismantling the Browns by 32 before ripping apart a surprisingly bad Texans team. That all changed on Monday night when the Chiefs put up 517 yards of total offense on a stout Ravens’ defense. The lack of fight from the defense is not the reason for the significant drop for the Ravens though; Lamar Jackson’s mediocre play is. If you went into the game on Monday night with no knowledge of who Lamar Jackson is, you would have thought you were watching a rookie backup quarterback, not the defending NFL MVP. Jackson completed just 15 passes and passed as well as rushed for a combined 180 yards. That is inexcusable for a player that is one of the most explosive we have in the game. Jackson even admitted after the game that the Chiefs are his kryptonite and unless they find a way to dull that kryptonite, the Ravens won’t make it out of the AFC.
Week 4 Prediction: BAL 41 – WAS 10
Luckily for the Ravens, they have a perfect rebound game against the bottomfeeding Washington Football Team. I expect the Ravens’ defense to pick apart Dwayne Haskins, possibly forcing him to be pulled. I would also expect Lamar Jackson to account for over 300 yards of total offense and at least three touchdowns.
8. Tennessee Titans (3-0)
The Titans are one of the more interesting undefeated teams you’ll see in football. They have one of the best runningbacks in the NFL, a very good starting quarterback and a top-10 defense. However, they’ve only been a slightly above-average team this season. They are undefeated but the quality of the opponents that they’ve beaten this season and the slim margins they’ve beaten them by has me steering clear of the Titans bandwagon, for now at least. Ryan Tannehill has been a welcome surprise for me this season, throwing for over 800 yards in his first three games and just one interception. Derrick Henry is also averaging over 100 yards per game through the first three games of the season. Despite this, the Titans average margin of victory is just two points and the combined record of their opponents is just 2-8. Tennessee has all of the components of a team that could make a deep playoff run but they have yet to show it this season.
Week 4 Prediction: BYE
9. Los Angeles Rams (2-1)
Los Angeles is a team that should be on your sleeper radar if they aren’t already. They may have had an off year last season, but remember that this is a team that went to the Super Bowl just two seasons ago. They have a lot of the same weapons that were on that team and, despite losing Todd Gurley, one would argue that they have more talent this season than they did that season. The addition of Jalen Ramsey in the offseason added to an already well-off defense and the Rams have enough firepower on offense to compete. LA came back from a 28-3 deficit against Buffalo in Week 3, only to fall on a last-second Bills touchdown. They impressive thing about this though is that the prior week, the team played in Philadelphia and because of COVID-19, were not able to stay in Philly and were forced to travel back to the city of angels. They made 2 cross country trips in as many weeks and were a Tyler Kroft touchdown away from being undefeated. That is more than enough to crack into the top 10.
Week 4 Prediction: NYG 9 @ LAR 31
The Giants are one of the worst teams in the league and need to travel across the country to take on an angry Rams team. This will be arguably the biggest rout of the weekend, with the game likely being out of reach by halftime.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
Where would the NFL top 10 power rankings be without Tom Brady? Coming into the season, it was unknown how the Brady experiment in Tampa would go and despite a rocky start, Tampa has looked strong the past 2 weeks, winning by double digits each game against admittedly poor competition. Brady has continued to warm up to his new team, playing better each game and coming away with a near 300 yard and 3 touchdown performance against Denver. On the other side of the ball, the improved Bucs’ defense has been above average this season, only allowing 27 combined points in the last two weeks. I would expect Tampa Bay to continue to find chemistry as the season goes on and if they can stay healthy, they should compete for the NFC South crown.
Week 4 Prediction: LAC 24 @ TB 28
This game is the closest thing there is to a toss up this week, with both teams having the ability to steal this one. I would expect the experience of Brady to overpower Herbert and the Chargers. However, the loss of Chris Godwin this week as well as the impressive pass rush of the Chargers could lead to a long day for TB12. I have the Bucs winning in a tight one but this one could go either way.