NFL 2020 Week 4 Power Rankings – Every Team is a Sports cliche

Before diving in to the power rankings, here are the Week 3 Results as well as Passing, Rushing and Receiving Leaders.

Week 3 Results
  • Dolphins def. Jaguars
  • Bills def. Rams
  • Bears def. Falcons
  • Steelers def. Texans
  • Eagles tie Bengals
  • 49ers def. Giants
  • Patriots def. Raiders
  • Titans def. Vikings
  • Browns def. Football Team
  • Panthers def. Chargers
  • Colts def. Jets
  • Seahawks def. Cowboys
  • Buccaneers def. Broncos
  • Lions def. Cardinals
  • Packers def. Saints
  • Chiefs def. Ravens
Top 5 Passing, Rushing and Receiving Leaders After Week 3

Passing
1. Dak Prescott – 1,188 yards
2. Josh Allen – 1,038 yards
3. Matt Ryan – 961 yards
4. Russell Wilson – 925 yards
5. Patrick Mahomes – 898 yards

Rushing
1. Derrick Henry – 319 yards
2. Aaron Jones – 303 yards
3. Dalvin Cook – 294 yards
4. Nick Chubb – 292 yards
5. Josh Jacobs – 252 yards

Receiving
1. DeAndre Hopkins – 356 yards
2. Calvin Ridley – 349 yards
3. D.K. Metcalf – 294 yards
4. Stefon Diggs – 288 yards
5. Alvin Kamara – 285 yards

Week 3 Power Rankings

32. New York Jets (0-3)

Last Week: 32
Cliche: “They are a dumpster fire.”

Plain and simple. They suck. Adam Gase is inevitably gone. You can’t even say the rebuild effort failed because it never really happened.

31. New York Giants (0-3)

Last Week: 21
Cliche: “It’s going to be a long plane ride home.”

They are without Saquon Barkley, not that I think it makes a massive difference in the win column. But, it will be a long season for the G-men.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1)

Last Week: 30
Cliche: “Control the line of scrimmage.”

The Bengals are winless coming off a tie. Joe Burrow has thrown the most passes in 2020 thus far. He is running for his life and the Bengals aren’t doing much to establish the run. No one expected them to be good this year. Don’t get your prized rookie QB killed.

29. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1)

Last Week: 29
Cliche: “They have to control the ball.”

Considering Carson Wentz has never thrown more than 7 interceptions in a season. In 2020, he already has 6 ints with only 3 TDs. Not good.

28. Detroit Lions (1-2)

Last Week: 31
Cliche: “I am really proud of our guys the way they hung in there.”

They got their win against the Cardinals after being demolished by the Packers in week 2 and blowing a big lead in the 4th against the Bears in week 1.

27. Houston Texans (0-3)

Last Week: 28
Cliche: “The ball just didn’t bounce our way.”

That is going to continue to happen with Bill O’Brien’s Texans. This team isn’t very good. They can’t protect Deshaun Watson who they just paid a large contract to. He is being pressured on 12% of his snaps. Second most in the NFL behind Jeff Driskel, who has only played a game and a half.

26. Denver Broncos (0-3)

Last Week: 18
Cliche: “They came out flat.”

I had high hopes for the Broncos in 2020. After losing young QB Drew Lock temporarily, this offense looks like absolute dog shit. Once they get their guy back along with a few other pieces, I am still hopeful we can see a formidable football team.

25. Washington Football Team (1-2)

Last Week: 24
Cliche: You don’t get one because you don’t have a fucking name.

Just go away.

24. Carolina Panthers (1-2)

Last Week: 26
Cliche: “Give them all the credit.”

There is going to be a lot of “give the other team credit” in 2020 for the Panthers. They’re rebuilding so they should expect to lose more games moving forward.

23. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)

Last Week: 19
Cliche: “These guys have nothing to be ashamed of.”

They dropped this past week to the Panthers after coming up just short against the Chiefs. They’ve been competitive in every single game. Justin Herbert looks to have some promise.

22. Minnesota Vikings (0-3)

Last Week: 25
Cliche: “You can’t win if you can’t stop them.”

The defense is hot garbage this year. 21 of 30 drives have resulted in points against the defense. The offense does have some deficiencies. However, the Titans made a late comeback scoring on their final 5 drives before being able to implore the victory formation.

21. Miami Dolphins (1-2)

Last Week: 23
Cliche: “We’ve got a good, solid foundation to build on.”

Everyone understands Miami is rebuilding. The offensive line has been solid thus far, which was a focal point of the draft.

20. Atlanta Falcons (0-3)

Last Week: 22
Cliche: “No lead is safe.”

No explanation needed.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)

Last Week: 17
Cliche: “He’s the best player you’ve never heard of.”

It doesn’t really apply anymore because everyone knows who he is at this point. But, Gardner Minshew is the truth. He is a high floor quarterback which is something that can’t be said for many guys under center. This roster is supposed to be tanking and Minshew is keeping them afloat despite the man-handling by the Dolphins this week.

18. Chicago Bears (3-0)

Last Week: 20
Cliche: “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have a quarterback.”

The good news. They are undefeated. The bad news, they are likely going to have another season where their quarterback situation doesn’t lead to 4,000 yards passing.

17. Cleveland Browns (2-1)

Last Week: 27
Cliche: “You really want to come away with points when you’re this close.”

The Browns are converting 80% of their Red Zone trips into paydirt (8 of 10). The biggest problem for the Browns last season was they only scored 29 Redzone touchdowns in 50 trips.

16. Arizona Cardinals (2-1)

Last Week: 11
Cliche: “He’d like to have that one back.”

Kyler Murray made some costly mistakes this week in the Cards loss to the Lions throwing 3 interceptions. One of them was in striking distance after the pass rush deflected his arm. The second was a bad read on a curl. The third was a great play by Jeffrey Okudah who maintained tight coverage on Hopkins. Nonetheless, still a throw he made not set attempting to get downfield.

15. Las Vegas Raiders (2-1)

Last Week: 16
Cliche: “The final score was not a true indication.”

The Patriots scored a late touchdown to extend their lead and essentially put the game on ice only for the Raiders to fumble on the next possession deep in their own territory after a penalty.

14. Dallas Cowboys (1-2)

Last Week: 15
Cliche: “We don’t play these games on paper.”

The roster looks so much better than they are. They weren’t able to beat or close out games against good teams last season. Here we are in 2020, they are a Falcons meltdown away from being 0-3.

13. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)

Last Week: 14
Cliche: “He won’t retire until he gets that ring.”

Obviously I am referring to the great Philip Rivers. The Colts look solid beating down the Vikings last week and Jets (as expected) this week. I am not alone as a football fan when I saw I would love to see Rivers get a deep run. I think it is possible in 2020.

12. Los Angeles Rams (2-1)

Last Week: 13
Cliche: “They have to remember what got them here.”

Keep running the football. Jared Goff isn’t special in any stretch of the imagination. Mask it by letting him thrive off the running game. McVay is cooking up a solid offense with Henderson, Brown and Akers (once he returns). Keep feeding the hot hand with those 3 guys.

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-1)

Last Week: 5
Cliche: “They’ve been riddled with injuries.”

The good news is that they are 2-1. The bad news is that the injuries aren’t going anywhere.

10. New Orleans Saints (1-2)

Last Week: 7
Cliche: “It’s time to start working on the golf game.”

Insert shot at Brees. The numbers on paper looked great against the Packers. In all fairness, he was much better than last week. But, he still isn’t throwing downfield. Relying on YAC yards isn’t going to be a reliable option down the stretch. Especially if the defense isn’t playing up to par. Read more on that in this week’s Monday Not So Morning Thoughts.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)

Last Week: 8
Cliche: “He’s a wily veteran.”

He’s cleaned up his passing from last year through the first three weeks. His on target percentage has gone up by 6%. He is pushing the ball downfield ranking in the middle of the pack of the league. He is still getting it out faster than most QBs (5th). As the team continues to play together, it will continue to get better.

8. New England Patriots (2-1)

Last Week: 10
Cliche: “We’re taking it one game at a time.”

Classic Belichick here. Of course there was intrigue in what Newton would do with New England. So far, run heavy, pass heavy and run balanced for the first three weeks.

7. Tennessee Titans (3-0)

Last Week: 12
Cliche: “They have to establish their running game.”

All roads lead through Derrick Henry. Feed the beast.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

Last Week: 6
Cliche: “Defense wins championships.”

As long as Big Ben stays healthy, that defense should be able to carry them pretty far. Ben has looked solid for the first three weeks. Certainly not what he once was. The Steelers is just fucking stupid three games through the season. They are first in rush yards (161) and yards per carry (2.7). That is all well and good, but their pass rush is insane. They are pressuring QBs on 46.5% of their snaps. The second place team is New England at 33.7%. They have 59 total pressures in 2020, 22 more than second place. They are averaging 7 more pressures per game than the next best team.

5. Buffalo Bills (3-0)

Last Week: 9
Cliche: “They’ve answered the call.”

After being swept under the rug by everyone (myself included) last year, they look damn good in the year where there are expectations.

4. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

Last Week: 2
Cliche: “They look out of synch.”

Obviously I used the cliche referring only to the loss against the Chiefs. They are still great. Lamar Jackson is fun to watch and I enjoy every second he is on the field. He needs to be better if they want to win in the postseason. I recently compared to Russell Westbrook of the NFL. I love both. Both will get you to the postseason. The question is what happens they get there. So far, exactly what happened against the Chiefs. Just underwhelming in a loss.

3. Green Bay Packers (3-0)

Last Week: 4
Cliche: “They’re playing for pride.”

I have already talked about angry Aaron Rodgers coming out in 2020. He has a fuck you attitude once he is doubted. He is still riding that train into week 4 looking like the early 2010s version of A-A-Ron.

2. Seattle Seahawks (3-0)

Last Week: 3
Cliche: “They’re putting on a clinic.”

Russell Wilson is having a career year. Plain and simple.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)

Last Week: 1
Cliche: “The team is running like a well oiled machine.”

They are just a better team than everyone. They have the best QB who is three years and running operating the best 3rd down offense in the league. They wear you down by staying on the field and pummeling people because they are good in every single phase of the game that matters. They have a great QB. They are great situationally (redzone and third downs). They generate pressure on defense (4th in pressure rate and total pressures). They don’t turn the ball over often.

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