Season Preview: Denver Nuggets
Quietly, the Denver Nuggets have turned into an offensive juggernaut led by a budding superstar in center Nikola Jokic.
There are only two teams that remain undefeated in the NFL: the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams. With already one quarter of the season over, who are the top 10 teams in the NFL entering Week 5 of the NFL season?
10. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1): Andy Dalton torched the Atlanta Falcons defense last week by completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 337 yards three touchdowns and one interception. He threw the game-winning touchdown pass to A.J. Green with six seconds remaining. Tyler Boyd is becoming a solid number two receiver. The Bengals will continue to be a team to be reckoned with as the season goes on. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
9. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2): Carson Wentz looked sharp in the Eagles 26-23 loss in overtime against the Tennessee Titans on the road. Philadelphia is banged up right now. They did get wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey back this week and he did score a touchdown. The Philadelphia Eagles need to stay alert the next two games against the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. Last week's ranking: 3.
8. Carolina Panthers (2-1): The Panthers were on a bye this week and they face a limited New York Giants offense this week. Cam Newton could have a tough time against a good Giants defense, but he could have plenty of opportunities to flourish. Carolina is good on both the offensive line and the defensive line. Last week's ranking: 5.
7. Tennessee Titans (3-1): The Titans are starting to establish an identity of their own under Mike Vrabel. All of the games they have played in so far this season have been close. Marcus Mariota got into a groove in the second half, including a game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 11 seconds remaining in overtime to beat the Eagles. Mariota completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 344 yards two touchdowns and one interception. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
6. Chicago Bears (3-1): Mitchell Trubisky completed 73.1 percent of his passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns in a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chicago Bears are the best team in the NFC North at the moment. They have one of the best defenses in the league and they also lead the league in sacks. Chicago is starting to develop some swagger under Matt Nagy. Last week's ranking: 9.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1): It is no surprise the Jacksonville Jaguars bounced back at home against the New York Jets this past week. They will have a tough match up on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. Blake Bortles has been very good so far this season, but injuries to running back Leonard Fournette is a major concern. They are limited on offense to begin with, but their defense is legit. Last week's ranking: 8.
4. Baltimore Ravens (3-1): Joe Flacco sliced the Pittsburgh Steelers defense by completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 366 yards and two touchdowns, in a Ravens 26-14 win over the Steelers. Baltimore's defense shutdown Pittsburgh's offensive attack. The Ravens could be a dangerous team soon. Last week's ranking: 10.
3. New Orleans Saints (3-1): Michael Thomas was limited in the Saints 33-18 win against the Giants, but Alvin Kamara carried the load by scoring three touchdowns. Taysom Hill is already a valuable player on the Saints roster. He is running some read option and he also completed a pass for a first down on a fake punt. Hill is also good on special teams. In ways, it does help out Drews Brees, but Brees is still Brees. The Saints defense showed some signs of life with a forced fumble and a recovery, along with three sacks. Last week's ranking: 4.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0): The Chiefs came back to beat the Denver Broncos 27-23 on Monday night. Kareem Hunt had a big night with 175 rushing yards and a touchdown. Despite Patrick Mahomes being rattled early, he stayed confident. Mahomes completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 304 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for seven yards on three carries and a score. The defense is the worst in the league. The offense is the reason why they remain unbeaten and the Kansas City Chiefs will have a tough test at home this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last week's ranking: 2.
1. Los Angeles Rams (4-0): Goff was a magician against the Minnesota Vikings defense. He completed 78.8 percent of his passes for 465 yards and five touchdowns, in a 38-31 win on Thursday night. Their offense is effective on so many levels. The defense got sliced a little bit but when the game was on the line, they made a key play and that is why the Los Angeles Rams remain unbeaten. Last week's ranking: 1.