Another week of football, another week of great storylines. From Kevin Stefanski returning to Minnesota to Urban Meyer losing the trust of his team, the NFL will not let up. Additionally, who could forget about Brady’s return to New England? Week 4 offered a lot, now let’s overreact to these storylines. If you want to see previous articles, you can check them out here.
The Worst Division is the AFC South
Not too big of an overreaction, but it’s clear that the AFC South took the crown of the worst division after four weeks. Starting from the top, the Titans have been a massive disappointment. Two years removed from making the AFC Championship, the Titans lose embarrassingly to the New York Jets. Thus, moving their record to a mediocre 2-2. They still have time to turn their season around. However, with games against the Bills, Chiefs, and Rams within the next five weeks, they need to prove they’re worthy of a playoff spot. Next, the Colts have been just as disappointing. Despite their first win last week, they stand at 1-3 after middling offensive performances against the Seahawks, Rams, and Titans. Injuries have killed them up to this point, and it looks like it will kill their season.
The two bottom teams have faired even worse. At a 1-3 record, the Texans are horrible. Nobody expects them to win any games moving forward especially considering their pathetic 40-0 beating from the Bills. Additionally, Davis Mills may be the worst starting quarterback in the NFL right now. The 0-4 Jaguars are a dysfunctional, terrible mess. Urban Meyer is acting like the worst NFL head coach since Bobby Petrino, and it shows. If their losing continues any further, we might see Urban let go even before the season ends. In conclusion, the AFC South has proven itself as the worst division in the NFL.
The 49ers are the Worst Team in NFC West
After an offseason of high expectations and playoff predictions, the 49ers seem to have disappointed everyone with a mediocre 2-2 record. Despite regaining a healthy Nick Bosa, and Jimmy G, the 49ers have looked lost without a sincere rhythm. The secondary gave up easy yards against Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Additionally, they only have one takeaway on defense; tied for worst in the NFL. However, the 49ers still have plenty of chances to turn their season around and find a place within the playoffs. With two games against the Cardinals and one with the Rams, the 49ers need to prove they are worthy in a stacked NFC West within the next five weeks.
The Bengals Will Make the Playoffs
After an excellent comeback win against the Jaguars, Joe Burrow and the Bengals are surprisingly 3-1. While three of those wins have come against the Steelers, Vikings, and Jaguars, the turnaround has proven fantastic for them. For one, the Burrow-Chase connection scares every secondary in the NFL. With 297 yards, Ja’Marr chase has put himself into the conversation of offensive rookie of the year. Secondly, their ferocious defense has played surprisingly so far. They have only let up an average of 323 yards a game, which is 7th best in the NFL through four games. However, the Bengals still have thirteen games to play and need to prove their wins aren’t a fluke.
Baker Mayfield hates Odell
Against Minnesota this past week, Baker played horrible. Although it’s been an underwhelming season for him so far, I don’t think it’s fair to label him bad yet. However, I do believe it’s fair to think that Baker hates throwing to Odell. While Odell was targeted seven times against the Vikings, we could only bring in two for 27 yards. Nearly every pass throw Odell’s way was inaccurate and miss-timed. Baker and Odell clearly do not have the same connection Baker and Jarvis Landry had last year. However, the season is not over yet. The Browns need the Baker-Odell connection to gain some traction to make a deep run in the playoffs.