Written by: Jack H. Day – Staff Writing Student Intern (@GrandstandDay)
The NFL season is a quarter of the way done, and there are three teams that remain unbeaten. The Vikings and Eagles are representing the NFC, while the Broncos are the only team left undefeated in the AFC. All three teams have won in similar fashion, showing off great defensive stats, with a learning offense.
| Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have shown that it is possible to win games strictly off great defensive performances. This defense is allowing just 12 points per game, which is a little more than five less than the 85 Bears through their first four games. The Vikings also have just three less takeaways than the 85 bears with 11 total. Obviously this comparison is a bit of a stretch, but it is impressive to say the least. This defense has made not one, not two, but three future hall of fame quarterbacks look flustered on the field. Going up against Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, and Eli Manning, the Vikings defense has given up just one touchdown, and snagged five interceptions. Being able to take away the skill set of an elite quarterback is going to help continue the greatness of this Mike Zimmer lead defense throughout the rest of the season.
| Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are the team that has shocked numerous analysts around the NFL. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is off to a great start, throwing for 769 yards, five interceptions and zero picks. Coming into week five, the Eagles are leading the league in scoring defense allowing just nine points per game. The true test starts for the Eagles in upcoming weeks, with their schedule becoming more difficult. Over the course of the Eagles next five games, they are on the road three times against divisional opponents, and at home against Minnesota. Philly has the chance to continue to prove that they are the real deal coming out of their week four bye.
| Denver Broncos
Coming off their Super Bowl win last year, the Broncos were not projected to have the start they’ve had in 2016. Denver started the season with their third string quarterback from 2015 under center. Trevor Siemian got off to a shaky start in 2016, but found his rhythm against Cincinnati in week three. Siemian did not practice on Wednesday after getting a shoulder injury in week four. Even though Siemian has gotten more impressive, the real reason this team is winning is defense. The Broncos lost some of their front seven in the offseason, but are adapting well just allowing 16 points per game on defense. It is clear that the loss of DE Malik Jackson and LB Danny Trevathan has hurt Denver’s rushing defense as they are allowing over 110 yards a game, but the secondary looks as good as ever allowing under 170 passing yards per game. With stellar defensive play, and a quarterback learning to limit turnovers, the Broncos will continue to be a contender in the AFC.