The NFL’s weirdest season ever continued this week, where we had a 5 p.m. Monday game get cancelled, a Tuesday night game, and a team with two backup quarterbacks is somehow 4-1 despite no one believing they are a real team at all.
Here is what happened this week.
More COVID hijinks
More changes had to be made for to the schedule this week to account for games lost due to COVID-19 outbreaks on the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. The Patriots were scheduled to play a Monday afternoon game against the Denver Broncos, but the game had to be postponed to another week. Tennessee finally returned to action and made a statement in doing so, smashing a previously undefeated Buffalo Bills team 42-16.
In response to all of these moved games, the NFL reworked almost the entire schedule for AFC teams, moving many games around to make the season work without having to ad additional weeks to the schedule.
Shake up at the top
Every single team in the Top 13 moved this week, signaling how many huge, needle-moving games there were with playoff implications this week.
First, the top ranked team fell, when Derek Carr and his Las Vegas Raiders topped Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs in a 40-32 shootout. Vegas still has a ton of problems on the defensive side of the ball, and those issues may damn them, but they clearly have the offense to keep up with anyone when Carr plays well.
Replacing the Chiefs up top is the Baltimore Ravens, who improved to 4-1 on the year after smashing their division rival Cincinnati Bengals. Right behind them is the Seattle Seahawks, who stayed undefeated after a comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Cleveland Browns continued their vacation in the top 10, as the team who seems foreign to that area of the power rankings improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 32-23. Cleveland gets all the up to seven in the rankings, and they look like real playoff contenders.