By Marc Lawrence — Dan Hanzus of the NFL.com put it best when he said, “Every week of football is a gift in this strange and unsettling COVID-19 world.” In Week 4, the Patriots and Chiefs were bumped out of their Sunday slot, while the Steelers and Titans taken off the week’s slate altogether. It makes for tricky times in the NFL, and it’s impossible to know how many other teams will see their season take unexpected detours before it’s all said and done. That being said, it’s mask up, cross your fingers and time to dig into another edition of the current Power Rankings where the Buffalo Bills move into the Top 5, while Seattle slips out. For a preview on each team’s current NFL Power Ranking click here.
ESPN Stats & Info reports that Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers sports a 92.8 Total QBR, the highest by any player through 4 games since QBR was first tracked in 2006. 2nd and 3rd on the list are 2013 Peyton Manning and 2007 Tom Brady. They both won MVP and set the NFL record for TD passes in a season in those years. Green Bay has scored 30 points with 0 turnovers in each of those 4 games. That’s tied for the 2nd-longest streak in NFL history.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: The Houston Cougars are still a 2020 pandemic-virgin. The Cougars have had no less than five opponents cancel games thus far this campaign due to COVID issues. For what it’s worth, Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen is 9-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in home openers, as well as 9-2 ATS in season openers. Yes, they’ll be Jonesing to play this Thursday.