Season Preview: Denver Nuggets
Quietly, the Denver Nuggets have turned into an offensive juggernaut led by a budding superstar in center Nikola Jokic.
Ranking all 32 teams after four weeks of NFL action.
The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs remain perfect for the 2018 campaign, while the Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints emerged victorious for the third consecutive week. NFL teams have played 25% of their season, excluding the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins, both of whom had byes in Week 4.
The best team in the NFL put on a show on Thursday night behind Jared Goff. The QB threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns with a perfect passer rating.
The Chiefs are 4-0 for the second straight year behind Patrick Mahomes, the early favorite for MVP. Their defense remains a concern, ranking dead-last in nearly every statistical category.
The defense finally woke up—albeit against the Giants’ anemic offense—to give New Orleans its third consecutive victory.
The Panthers, who lead the NFL in rushing with 166 yards per contest on the ground, return from their bye week with a home tilt against the Giants.
Leonard Fournette (hamstring) went down again and will likely be sidelined a few weeks, but Blake Bortles bounced back after a dismal Week 3 showing, throwing for 338 yards and two TDs in a blowout victory over the Jets.
The AFC East still runs through New England, as evidenced by the Patriots’ beatdown over the previously-unbeaten Dolphins. Sony Michel broke out for 112 yards and his first career touchdown. Josh Gordon debuted Sunday and now fellow wide receiver Julian Edelman will return after serving his four-game suspension
Already establishing itself as one of the league’s best defensive teams, Chicago's offense showcased its talents in Sunday’s lopsided win versus the Bucs. Mitchell Trubisky recorded 354 passing yards and a whopping six touchdowns on just 26 pass attempts and added 53 rushing yards.
Fresh off beating the powerhouse Jaguars in Jacksonville, the Titans knocked off the defending-champion Eagles in a thrilling OT victory. Mike Vrabel is on pace to win Coach of the Year, leading his team to the top of the AFC South, despite a rash of injuries. Quarterback Marcus Mariota had his best game in a long time, completing 30 of 43 passes for 344 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for 46 yards and a score.
The inconsistent Andy Dalton showed poise in the Bengals’ game-winning drive against the Falcons. A.J. Green continued his torrid start by catching the go-ahead TD, Tyler Boyd (11 catches, 100 yards) had another strong showing and Giovanni Bernard (69 rushing yards with 2 TDs and four receptions for 27 yards) excelled in place of the injured Joe Mixon.
QB Joe Flacco and wideout John Brown are in full sync, while the defense delivered a terrific performance against the rival Steelers. Baltimore held the Steelers to just 284 total yards and fewer than 20 rushing yards.
The defense has been stunningly bad, but Kirk Cousins looks like an elite quarterback, giving the team hope for a revival.
The Eagles’ secondary is awful, but the champs’ offense finally played well in their loss on Sunday. If the pass defense can improve, the Eagles should find themselves back at the top of the NFC East.
The Chargers never make anything easy. Philip Rivers threw a brutal pick-six in the opening quarter, and needed to fire three passing strikes to get his team past the 49ers (1-3).
Rivers moved into 8th-place all-time on the NFL's passing yards list, passing Hall of Fame QB John Elway on Sunday.
The Redskins return to action on Monday Night Football at New Orleans to play the surging Saints.
The offense is not where it needs to be as Aaron Rodgers has not looked like his elite self.
The Steelers are a mess right now. On the bright side, Le’Veon Bell looks likely to return by Week 7 or 8.
The Dolphins laid an egg versus the Patriots. Ryan Tannehill was 11-of-20 for just 100 yards. The Dolphins had seven punts, two turnovers and 10 penalties for 89 yards.