1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (7-1)
The Eagles had a close call on Sunday when they turned the ball back over to Dallas late in the game. Ultimately the defense prevailed and the Eagles flew to 7-1 as they look to resolve their unfinished business from last season.
2. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2)
The Chiefs went to Germany after a shocking loss to Denver and were able to cool down Miami’s offense, allowing only 14 points. This was a big win for the Chiefs, not only for regaining momentum, but this was another win against an up & coming team (the other being against the Jaguars), which lets the would-be usurpers know that to be the king, you must kill the king.
3. BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-2)
This Ravens team is BUZZING. Since the loss to Pittsburgh they are 4-0, winning in dominate fashion. Over the past 4 games they are outscoring their opponents 130-49. They will face the Browns at home this week, a team who they blasted 28-3 before their win streak got started.
4. CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-3)
The Bengals remain hot. This week it was the Bills who fell prey in the jungle. Cincinnati’s goal is clear, and ever since Burrow got back to 100% this team has been doing a good job along the road to reaching their goal.
5. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (6-2)
The Jags had their bye this past week. They will get back to action this Sunday against a Niners team who is desperate to get things right.
6. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-3)
The 49ers were off this week. They will face Jacksonville at home on Sunday when they will try to snap their 3-game skid. They acquired Chase Young via trade this past week. I’m sure we all remember what kind of potential Young has
7. BUFFALO BILLS (5-4)
The Bills might be one of the most talented 5-4 teams of all time. Still though, after dropping a game to the Bengals, the Bills are in a spot that they do not want, nor expected, to be in: on the outside looking in. If the playoffs started today the Bills would not be participating. Of course all 3 teams in the wild card spots have played 1 fewer game than Buffalo, but the Bills just dropped the tie-breaker to Cincinnati. It’s only natural to assume that Buffalo will right the ship with all the talent they have on the roster, but will they? Their schedule isn’t going to do them any favors. The easiest games they have remaining would be the Denver game this week and the 2nd meeting with New England on New Year’s Eve. It’s tough to assume those are wins when the Broncos just took down Kansas City and the Patriots have already defeated the Bills this season. Other than those teams, Buffalo faces the Jets (who also beat Buffalo already this year), Eagles, Chiefs, Cowboys, Chargers, and Dolphins. Those aren’t really teams that you’d be happy to face in a do-or-die scenario – which the Bills may very well find themselves in before the season ends.
8. MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-3)
I think it’s time to start worrying in Miami. For all of the points and yards that this team has racked up, they have played 3 playoff teams – and are 0-3 in those games. On the bright side, all 3 were away from home and the Dolphins weren’t exactly at 100% health-wise in those games. That’s still no excuse – eventually you’re gonna have to beat teams like Buffalo, Philadelphia, Kansas City, etc. or they will end your season.
9. DETROIT LIONS (6-2)
The Lions had a bye this week. Let’s hope that the time off doesn’t disrupt their rhythm, as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers this Sunday in a game that will be of the utmost importance to LA.
10. DALLAS COWBOYS (5-3)
Dallas had a lead in Philly that they lost in the 2nd half. They also had a chance to win it at the end, but fell short. They outgained the Eagles by 114 yards. As far as losses go, this one wasn’t horrible – but I’m sure it felt that way since it came by the hand of a division rival.
11. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-3)
The Seahawks flew into Baltimore to meet the Ravens for a football game, but instead they showed up to a massacre. Actually, maybe I shouldn’t use the words “showed up”. You could make the argument that the Seahawks didn’t “show up” at all.
12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-3)
Deshaun Watson is back and is looking as mediocre as ever! But hey, you only need a field goal when your defense pitches a shutout.
13. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-4)
The Chargers played the Jets on Monday Night Football, winning the game 27-6. Despite the 21-point victory, the offense didn’t look great. Herbert threw for only 136 yards, and the offense as a whole only managed to gain 191 yards total. But a win is a win, and that win got the Chargers back to .500.
14. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4)
The Vikings were the feel-good-story of the week. Newly acquired QB Josh Dobbs, who is already a “journeyman” despite being only 28-years-old, entered the game after starting QB Jaren Hall left with an injury. He stepped into a new offense, who he hadn’t even practiced with yet, and led the Vikings to a victory. He would throw 2 TD passes and run another in himself. That’s a pretty good way to introduce yourself to your new teammates, right?
15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)
It’s shocking that this team is 5-3. They have been outgained by their opponent in every game this season, yet they are two games above .500. Hats off to Mike Tomlin. That being said, I just don’t see how winning games in this manner is sustainable. The offense needs to find consistency. George Pickens is taking up the mantle of past Steelers wide receivers in causing off the field drama. The Steelers currently hold a wild card spot, but this thing could fly off the rails – fast.
16. NEW YORK JETS (4-4)
The Jets hosted the Chargers on Monday night in a game that was a sludge-fest. The Jets managed to outgain the Chargers by 79 yards, but could not find the end zone. It’s tough to win games when your kicker is the only player putting points on the board.
17. HOUSTON TEXANS (4-4)
Have yourself a day, CJ Stroud! The rookie QB threw for a whopping 470 yards and 5 TD’s in a 39-37 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Not only that, but after falling behind by 4 points he mounted a come-from-behind, game-winning drive that he capped off with a 15-yard TD pass to Tank Dell with just 10 seconds remaining. The Texans are now at .500 and appear to have found their franchise QB. Things are starting to look up for Texans fans after some years of pain.
18. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-4)
The Saints climbed above .500 by beating the Bears at home 24-17. Taysom Hill threw the eventual game-winning TD in the 4th quarter, as the Saints will try to build on their current 2-game win streak.
19. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (4-5)
Sam Howell threw for over 300 yards, helping the Commanders earn a 2nd half comeback win over the Patriots in Foxborough. This was a win that the Commanders needed. They will play Seattle and the New York Giants in their next two games. Those are both winnable matchups for Washington – but things will get much more difficult after that.
20. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (4-5)
The Raiders posted their first double-digit win of the season, defeating the Giants 30-6. Backup QB Aidan O’Connell managed the game well, but the Raiders’ defense was who shined on Sunday, shutting the Giants out for 45+ minutes. New York would get their first points early in the 4th quarter, but thanks to the Raiders defense, the game was already out of reach.
21. DENVER BRONCOS (3-5)
The Broncos had a bye this past week. You could argue that the timing was both bad and good. On one hand, they seemingly were finding a groove after upsetting Kansas City for their 2nd straight win. On the other, maybe that momentum carries through their week off while also giving them extra time to prepare for the Bills, who are coming off a semi-embarrassing loss on the national stage.
22. LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-6)
The Rams were without Matthew Stafford on Sunday, and his absence was noticeable. The Rams lost 20-3 to the struggling Packers. Brett Rypien tried to fill Stafford’s shoes, but he didn’t do a good job. Cooper Kupp & Puka Nacua combined for just 80 yards. If those guys can’t get going, it’ll usually be a long day for the Rams.
23. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-5)
This was a debilitating for the Falcons. Not only did it drop the team below .500, but this was a home game against a Vikings team missing its two best offensive players (Jefferson, Cousins). Not to mention the fact that Josh Dobbs was at the helm for Minnesota the majority of this game, despite having no practice reps yet with his new team. This could be a costly loss for Atlanta considering the jumbled state of the NFC South.
24. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-5)
The Bucs got torched by CJ Stroud on Sunday, but found themselves ahead by 4 in the waning seconds. Ultimately they couldn’t stop the Texans passing game, as they blew a late lead to fall to 3-5.
25. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)
The Colts didn’t have a very pretty performance on offense, but Kenny Moore II had two pick-6’s, and those 14 points were enough, as the Colts limited the Panthers to just 13 points.
26. TENNESSEE TITANS (3-5)
Will Levis followed up his impressive debut with a mediocre game, but with hints of optimism. He didn’t throw any TD’s, and he had an interception, but he still threw for 262 yards and appeared to be the better QB in his matchup against Kenny Pickett and the Steelers. However, it was Pickett who walked away with a 4-point victory. On a side note, the Titans have yet to win away from home, which is shocking as it’s now November.
27. GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-5)
The Packers got back into the win column with a 17-point win over the Rams, who were less than 100%. This was a confidence booster for Green Bay, who was desperate for a victory, but it’s probably not much more than that.
28. NEW YORK GIANTS (2-7)
It was a rough day for the Giants. Not only did they lose by 24, but Daniel Jones’ return was short-lived, as the QB tore a ligament in the 1st half, which will end his season.
29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-7)
The Patriots’ nightmare season pushes on. The Pats are now 2-7 after dropping a home game to the Commanders. They will travel to Germany this week to take on the Colts, with a bye week following that. I’m sure the bye can’t come soon enough, as New England is desperate to start getting things right.
30. CHICAGO BEARS (2-7)
Tyson Bagent had his 15 minutes, but reality has come crashing down on the young QB. He threw 3 INT’s on Sunday, as the Bears fell yet again, this time to the Saints.
31. ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-8)
The Cardinals took another beating this week, this time at the hands of the Browns. There wasn’t much expected from Arizona, as they had traded away Joshua Dobbs, which put Clayton Tune under center. Tune didn’t look great. He threw for only 58 yards, as the Cardinals got shut out by the Browns 27-0.
32. CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-7)
The Panthers found their usual M.O. once again this week – losing football games. They hosted the Colts after earning their first win last week, but that momentum did not carry over. The defense held Indy to under 200 yards, but turnovers allowed the Colts to score 2 defensive touchdowns – and that was too much to overcome.