NFL Top 10 Rankings: Week 4

Story posted October 1, 2021 in Sports, CommRadio by Darian Capobianco

The conclusion of Week 4 brings with it a major shake up in rankings for all NFL teams. With five undefeated teams, who is a contender and who are only pretenders?

Only time will tell, with still 13 weeks of NFL action to go. As of right now, let’s take a deep-dive into the top-10.

1. Los Angeles Rams (3-0)

In a league with so many question marks, the Rams seem to be the lone exclamation point.

Sean McVay is one of the brightest minds in football, and it looks as if Matthew Stafford was the missing pièce de résistance for Los Angeles.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)

Tom Brady will remain winless in Los Angeles for now. But with that being said, he will be a man on a mission.

In his upcoming return to New England, Brady will face off against Bill Belichick and rookie Mac Jones.

Someone warn the Patriots.

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)

The Cardinals remain undefeated on the season, as Kyler Murray continued his MVP-caliber play.

Wide receiver A.J. Green showed us a glimpse of his former self, posting his first 100-yard game since Oct. 21, 2018. Arizona is on a roll, but its upcoming game against the Rams will truly showcase the kind of team they are.

4. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

One week after beating the Chiefs, the Ravens survived a scare from the Detroit Lions.

Lamar Jackson’s heroic 4th-and-19 conversion set up a game-winning field goal for Justin Tucker, who nailed an NFL record 66-yard field goal.

It’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Tucker in a gold jacket in the near future.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)

Now this is a surprise. The Chiefs sit at last place in the AFC West after a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

They have been battling the turnover bug in their last two games, with two fumbles lost and two interceptions thrown against the Chargers.

The Chiefs definitely aren’t a bad team. However, most games are won by whoever wins the turnover battle. With that being said, Kansas City needs to turn around its turnover tendencies.

6. Cleveland Browns (2-1)

The Browns defensive line looked like a pack of hungry dogs, sacking Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields a total of  nine times.

Myles Garrett led the pack with a hefty 4.5 sacks alone, en route to their second win of the season. The Browns sure did look good.

7. Buffalo Bills (2-1)

The Bills are certainly back, as they handled business against the Washington Football Team. Josh Allen and company scored 43 against Washington, including four touchdown tosses for Allen.

If they maintain this level of play, Buffalo will have the AFC East on lockdown in no time.

8. Los Angeles Chargers (2-1)

The Chargers bounced back from a Week 2 loss to Dallas by the means of an upset win in Kansas City.

Justin Herbert was on fire, throwing for four touchdowns. Coupled by the defense forcing four turnovers, the Chargers were able to pull off the upset over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on the road.

9. Las Vegas Raiders (3-0)

I never would have thought this, but the Raiders are actually undefeated so far this season. But I have to give them credit.

The Raiders sailed past the Dolphins in an overtime thriller, their second of the season. They are playing well on all aspects of the ball, but further tests loom in the future.

Time will tell if Las Vegas is a playoff-caliber team, or an unfortunate fluke. But either way, the Raiders are hot right now.

10. Green Bay Packers (2-1)

The 49ers should have known better than to leave Aaron Rodgers with 37 seconds left on the clock. Then again, it still seems unreal that a measly 37 seconds is STILL too much time.

Both teams certainly put up a great game, but it was Green Bay who ran away with the win this time.

Now with the Packers on a two-game winning streak, it seems as though the great Aaron Rodgers fiasco of the offseason is purely a figure of the past.

 

Darian Capobianco is a first-year student at majoring in journalism. To contact him email dpc5734@psu.edu.