The unbeaten Cardinals are the only team left with a perfect record, writes Joseph Gergelics.
1. Arizona Cardinals 4-0
The league’s only undefeated team, who have scored more than 30 points against all of its opponents, even the highly-rated Rams. Even more surprising is how they have mastered defense.
2. Buffalo Bills 3-1
The Bills started with a completely unexpected loss to the Steelers, but in their three games that followed, they loaded all their rivals with at least 35 points, and the defense beat the Dolphins and Texans. Elite defenses with elite attackers give you a very bold dream. The real test of strength, however, is just coming up against the Chiefs.
3. Los Angeles Rams 3-1
With the acquisition in the summer of Matthew Stafford the last piece of the puzzle, the new quarterback is the limit for the offense. What’s a little troubling is the elite defense has yielded 61 points and more than 900 yards in the past two games, although the defending champions the Buccaneers and undefeated Cardinals were the opponents.
4. Green Bay Packers 3-1
A disastrous start against the Saints quickly bought the team to its senses. What’s most impressive about the three wins is that the two best players in the offensive wall were injured, so the unit, with two rookies and a sophomore, were able to protect Aaron Rodgers against the pass-surging Steelers and the 49ers.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-1
The defending champions haven’t played their best game yet, but it doesn’t have to be the best in September. No one knows that better than seven-time champion Tom Brady, who jumped to the top of the all-time list last week in passing yards at home to the Patriots.
In his @Buccaneers 19-17 defeat of the Patriots on Sunday night, Tom Brady made a very memorable return to Foxborough as against his former team he fittingly enough became the #1 all-time passer in NFL history via the 68th of 269 through the air (passing Drew Brees on this list) pic.twitter.com/5oiWJsO9jS
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) October 4, 2021
6. Los Angeles Chargers 3-1
The other team in the City of Angels could be a potential champion. It’s not a coincidence that they’re on the right track. Quarterback Justin Herbert has so far avoided the usual sophomore setbacks, and the defense hasn’t conceded more than 24 points so far, even though the Chiefs, Cowboys and Raiders have better offensive lines. What’s more, unlike last year, the Chargers have learned to win tight games.
7. Baltimore Ravens 3-1
With Lamar Jackson, the Ravens still look like regular-season leaders. With the quarterback running, he can add something into the game, but his pass game is still not effective enough to make the playoffs, as he’s already on five balls sacked. The kicker Justin Tucker, on the other hand, is saved his team from defeat with an NFL-record 66-yard field goal in the final seconds against the Lions.
8. Kansas City Chiefs 2-2
One of the pre-season favourites have started only 2-2, mainly due to the unexpectedly poor performance of the defense, which have given opponents at least 29 points each match. But while Patrick Mahomes is the quarterback, he can counteract that at any time, especially with team-mates Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Mahomes leads the league with 14 TDs.
9. Cleveland Browns 3-1
The Browns have won their last three but when they came up against a serious opponent, the Chiefs, they lost. The defense looks good, but quarterback Baker Mayfield still can’t make any progress. Without it, it’s hard to imagine the team getting far.
10. Dallas Cowboys 3-1
Quarterback Dak Prescott has recovered, running back Ezekiel Elliott is in top form, and the offense is bringing the right numbers. But what really lifts “Team America” is that sophomore Trevon Diggs has already scored five interceptions. So far, these big performances have been sorely lacking in the Dallas defense.