1. Denver Broncos– There’s a new number one. The defending Super Bowl champions are 4-0 for the second straight season and for the third time in four seasons. The offense is looking more comfortable as the weeks pass along and the receiving tandem of Thomas and Sanders have grown to be more comfortable with Siemian under center. Today, we’ll see rookie Paxton Lynch make his NFL debut against the Atlanta Falcons with Siemian on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
2. Minnesota Vikings– In a span of three weeks, they’ve allowed only one touchdown pass as a defense but what I think is more impressive is who they’ve done this against. Week two, you face Aaron Rodgers, week three, the reigning league MVP and last Monday night, Eli Manning. That’s two league MVP’s and two winning Super Bowl quarterbacks. You would think they would struggle without Adrian Peterson, but it’s been the complete opposite. They’re 4-0 and Sam Bradford hasn’t looked bad and I’m starting to eat my words that I stated in week two about him.
3. Philadelphia Eagles– We can discuss Carson Wentz all day long and it looks like the Philadelphia Eagles have their quarterback of the future. I’ve seen such a big difference in their offense compared to what we saw during the Chip Kelly days. Now, they want to win the time of possession battle and balance things out offensively. Let me not forget the defense either. In three games, they’ve given up a total of 27 points and that includes holding a very prolific Pittsburgh Steelers offense to three points. Jim Schwartz maybe one of the best hirings of the offseason.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers– What a way to bounce back last week after embarrassing yourselves the previous week. The Steelers started quickly against the Chiefs and never let their foot off the gas. a 43 point effort will definitely erase what they did in Philly the week before. The Steelers offense was good without Bell for those first weeks, just imagine how they can be with him now that he’s back. They’re currently averaging 27 points per game right now.
5. New England Patriots– When I was on the radio this Summer previewing the AFC East on the Sportsden, the one thing I said was the Patriots will be 4-0 at best or 3-1 at the worst without Tom Brady during those first four games. Well, they’re 3-1 and the legend returns from his four-game suspension to make his season debut and I expect him to play with even more of a chip on his shoulder than we’ve seen in previous years. The twelve opponents on the Patriots schedule better be aware of what’s about to happen.