1. New England Patriots– Hey Bill, is there anything else you want to show us? Do you have any other tricks up your sleeve? You’ve won three games without Tom and he comes back next week. I can only imagine how this team will be after he returns. I loved the game plan against the Texans. They established LeGarrette Blount early on and the defense held its own shutting out a pretty good Texans offense. Jacoby Brissett gets the start again for the Patriots with Jimmy Garoppolo out with the injured shoulder. They could be sitting at 4-0 when Brady makes his season debut next week in Cleveland.
2. Denver Broncos– Let’s be calm about penciling Paxton Lynch in as the starting quarterback. Trevor Siemian is holding his own as the starter and last week, he passed his first true road test with a win over the Bengals and threw four touchdown passes. The defense may have lost a few pieces here and there, but they have seemed to pick up where they left off last season and that’s a scary site to even imagine. They are 3-0 for the third time in four years. I think it’s time we give the defending Super Bowl champions some more respect and credit.
3. Minnesota Vikings– Out of every 3-0 team that’s remaining, this is the one I’ve been the most impressed with. Let’s rewind and look at who they’ve beat in the last two games. They neutralized a very efficient Packers offense in week two and held them to 14 points and last week in Charlotte, they really clamped down and sacked Cam Newton a total of eight times and intercepted him three times. Both Green Bay and Carolina have been considered by many to be two of the best teams in the NFC and the Vikings have beat them both and they won last week without Adrian Peterson.
4. Seattle Seahawks– They finally got back to what’s made them the Seahawks. They started to run the football again and when they pound the ball and control the clock, they are very tough to beat. Russell Wilson is now battling a knee injury and a sprained ankle. On defense, they’re just simply handling business and still dominating. Moving forward, I’m concerned about Russell and these injuries. I’d sit him now and have him fresh for a nice run in December and January when there’s more on the line.
5. Philadelphia Eagles– They sit at the bye week with a 3-0 mark. What’s not to like about the Eagles and how they’ve looked so far? Carson Wentz has been worth the hype, the offense is better coached now and the defense is taking after Jim Schwartz. They’ve been physical and want to get a take away. If the offense can score, so can the defense, right? The crazy thing is, none of us saw this coming.