The regular season is four weeks in and the dust is beginning to settle. The Patriots (3-0) are the new team atop our rankings this week, replacing the Broncos (4-0) who enjoyed a three-week reign at No. 1.
The Broncos’ 23-20 win over the Vikings (No. 9) is what ultimately caused their slide. Though the Vikings lost, they arguably gave the Broncos their most competitive game of the season.
The Vikings’ performance didn’t surprise us as we’ve been tracking their campaign to enter our Top-10 for the last two weeks. They’ve moved into ninth place after losses by the Steelers (No. 10) and Cowboys (No. 12) provided the upward propulsion.
Elsewhere, the Seahawks (2-2) jumped from No. 23 in our Week 3 Rankings to No. 18 this week. We previously speculated that safety Kam Chancellor would make a positive impact on their team , evidenced by their 2-0 record since he ended his holdout. He arguably made the defensive play of the year in their controversial 13-10 win over the Lions in Week 4.
Lastly, the Chiefs (No. 23) are 1-3 which is far below preseason expectations where many pundits lifted them as the favorite to claim the AFC West title.
To the Chiefs credit, they suffered three consecutive losses against teams in the BES Top-5: Week 2 vs Broncos (No. 3), Week 3 @ Packers (No.4) and Week 4 @ Bengals (No. 5). That’s the toughest three-game stretch for any team in the league during that same span based on our data.
Things lighten up a bit for them over the next four weeks with three games at home: Week 5 vs Bears (No. 32), Week 6 @ Vikings (No. 9), Week 7 vs Steelers (No. 10) and Week 8 vs Lions (No. 31).
Nevertheless, here’s how all 32 teams stack up as of Week 4: