NFL Week 4: Trends which will decide each game

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DENVER, COLORADO – SEPTEMBER 27: Running back Melvin Gordon #25 of the Denver Broncos rushes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Empower Field At Mile High on September 27, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Seven teams have won their first three games as NFL 2020 enters Week 4.

Following Monday night’s showdown/turned domination of the Baltimore Ravens by the Kansas City Chiefs, a total of seven teams in the league own a 3-0 record. And before one goes digging deep to find out when was the last time that many clubs got off to such a start, it actually marks the second straight year exactly that many teams have won their first three contests.

This is the final week of action before teams start taking time off. So how many of the aforementioned seven teams will finish the quarter mark of 2020 with four victories?

NOTE: All times ET

Thursday, Oct. 1

Denver Broncos (0-3) at New York Jets (0-3), 8:20 pm

Broncos: For the third consecutive week, Vic Fangio’s club will have a different starting quarterback (via Jeff Legwold of ESPN) in Brett Rypien, who saw some action in last week’s 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers. It’s been a dreadful start for the Broncos, who won seven of their final 12 games a season ago but is off to a 0-3 start for the second straight year. So can offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur take advantage of a shaky New York Jets’ defense that is ranked 24th in the league against the run? Former Chargers’ Pro Bowler Melvin Gordon has rolled up 208 yards from scrimmage (174 yards on the ground on 42 carries) and has scored two of Denver’s five touchdowns.

Jets: So much for the momentum that Adam Gase’s team built at the end of 2019. A year ago, the Jets settled down after a 1-7 start and won six of their final eight games. Sam Darnold finished strong after dealing with a medical issue earlier in the year. There was optimism heading into this season but injuries have played a role in the team’s miserable start in which the club has scored an NFL-low 37 points and the New York offense has managed only four touchdowns. No team has gained fewer total yards per game and only the Ravens have gained fewer yards through the air. And a struggling Darnold has thrown more interceptions (4) than TD passes (3).

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