Well, it happened. Bill Belichick ran out of third-string magic. The Patriots might not have gone undefeated in Tom Brady’s stead but as capable as they’ve looked without him, they are the clear favorites with him. Let’s have a moment of silence for the Browns whom Brady is about to use to exorcise his demons.

Speaking of demons, opposing quarterbacks should do a whole lot of praying when preparing to face the Broncos. That defense is as terrifying as the unit that ended Cam Newton’s career in last year’s Super Bowl. What’s that? He’s still playing? Could’ve fooled me.

We were certainly all fooled by many teams this week, especially those baffling Cardinals. Carson Palmer, you alright, bro? Didn’t think so. We all floated dangerously close to .500 in this week’s PRI and that seems like a line I’d rather not cross. Here’s the current PRI and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should read the intro to this.

Week 5 NFL RPI


2016 Season NFL RPI


The season standings are tightening up with no more than a game difference between each spot. With just under a quarter of the season played, it remains to be seen whether these trends will hold. The same, of course, can be said about the teams we’re so busy ranking. How long can teams like Denver and Philadelphia keep up undefeated streaks with unproven quarterbacks? Is Carolina really this bad after a Super Bowl appearance? Here’s where the league stands through four weeks.

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