1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (7-1)
The Eagles took their big win over Dallas into their bye week. They will look for another big win when they get back to action this Monday, when they will try to avenge their Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.
2. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2)
The Chiefs were off this week. Their next game will be a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl when they host the Eagles for Monday Night Football.
3. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (6-3)
The Niners were able to get back into the win column in impressive fashion. They dropped the Jags 34-3, snapping their 3-game skid.
4. BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-3)
The Ravens’ hot streak was bound to end, but the timing was surprising. The Ravens were at home against Cleveland and jumped out to a 17-3 lead after the 1st quarter. They also led by 14 in the 4th quarter, but the Browns were able to storm back to drop the Ravens, 33-31.
5. CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-4)
The Bengals’ 4-game win streak was snapped by Houston on Sunday. The Bengals trailed by 13 in the 2nd half, and were able to tie the game. However, they were unable to stop Stroud & company from marching down the field to kick the game-winning field goal as time expired.
6. MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-3)
The Dolphins had a bye this past week. They will get back to work against the Raiders this week, where the offense will try to get back on track after only managing 14 points against the Chiefs in Germany.
7. DETROIT LIONS (7-2)
The Lions found themselves on the winning side of a barn burner against the Chargers on Sunday, taking down the Bolts 41-38 with a winning field goal as time expired. This team continues to impress this season – especially in domes, where they average 32 points per game.
8. DALLAS COWBOYS (6-3)
The Cowboys ran it up on the Giants for the 2nd time this season. It wasn’t surprising with Tommy DeVito under center for New York, but it was still a great boost of confidence for Dallas, especially for Dak Prescott who threw for 400+ yards & 4 TD’s.
9. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (6-3)
The Jags didn’t come out with their best effort after their bye. The team struggled against San Francisco, as Trevor Lawrence failed to outduel fellow young, promising QB Brock Purdy.
10. BUFFALO BILLS (5-5)
The Bills’ slide continues. After falling to the Broncos by 2 at home, Buffalo has now lost 2 straight, and 3 of their last 4. Things are getting ugly in Buffalo, and their schedule isn’t doing them any favors. Their next 3 opponents will be the Jets, Eagles, and Chiefs. Although they have a bye before facing Kansas City.
11. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3)
The Seahawks didn’t put in their best effort on Sunday, but it was enough to escape with a 3-point home win.
12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (6-3)
The Browns were able to edge out the Ravens by 2, avenging their loss to Baltimore earlier in the season. The team posted 33 points, but Watson still doesn’t look sharp. It’s starting to look like he will never play at the level he reached in Houston, which would be a real blow to Cleveland considering they backed the money truck up for him.
13. HOUSTON TEXANS (5-4)
CJ Stroud continued his spectacular rookie campaign on Sunday. Led by Stroud, Houston picked up their most impressive win of the season when they defeated the red-hot Bengals on the road, 30-27. Stroud threw for 356 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT. This win got the Texans to 5-4, as well as elevated Stroud into the MVP conversation.
14. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-4)
Josh Dobbs is fitting in seamlessly in Minnesota. After a heroic victory last week, he got it done once again on Sunday against the Saints, as the Vikings secured an 8-point home win.
15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-3)
The defense loomed large once again in Pittsburgh. While nursing a 4-point lead, Damontae Kazee picked off a Jordan Love pass in the end zone to secure the Steelers’ win.
16. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-5)
The Chargers fell under .500 after a loss in a shootout against Detroit. This team is allowing nearly 24 points per game. The offensive talent that they boast won’t matter unless the problems on the defensive side of the ball get fixed. It’s tough to go far when you play games like this.
17. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-5)
Don’t look now, but the Raiders are in the playoff conversation. Their win on Sunday night got them to .500, and they are now 0.5 games back of the final wild card spot. They oughta enjoy it while it lasts, because if you look at the upcoming schedule, they probably won’t be hanging around the playoff picture for long.
18. NEW YORK JETS (4-5)
The Jets were missing Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. They fell 16-12 to the Raiders, which I imagine would have been a victory with Rodgers at the helm.
19. DENVER BRONCOS (4-5)
Has Sean Payton righted the ship? The Broncos are red-hot at the moment, as they are riding a 3-game win streak that includes victories over Kansas City & Buffalo. It’s not too late for the Broncos to chase down a playoff spot, but those early season losses could come back to haunt them.
20. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-5)
Under normal circumstances, a road loss to Minnesota isn’t something to be embarrassed by. However, it’s tough to feel good about losing to a Vikings team who is without Justin Jefferson and who has Josh Dobbs under center.
21. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (4-6)
The Commanders fell to the Seahawks, 29-26, but Sam Howell looked impressive once again. In his last 3 games he has thrown for 1034 yards & 8 TD’s. This season is becoming a very solid foundation for Howell, the question is can he keep it up and take another step forward next year?
22. LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-6)
The Rams fortunately had a bye this past week. They will try to get healthy for their game this Sunday against the Seahawks. They hope to see Stafford play, but if he can’t go then we will see Carson Wentz under center, who the Rams signed recently to back up Stafford.
23. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5)
The Bucs were able to snap a 4-game skid on Sunday, partly in thanks to a great defensive effort. They only gave up 6 points to the Titans and were able to walk away with a 14-point win.
24. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)
It was another ugly performance from Minshew, but thanks to the defense, the Colts were able to sneak by New England to get back to .500.
25. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-6)
The potential that the Falcons showed early on in the year is gone. They have now lost 3 in a row after blowing multiple 2nd half leads to the Cardinals. Arizona had Kyler Murray back, but that’s still a game the Falcons need to win.
26. TENNESSEE TITANS (3-6)
The Titans’ struggles on the road continued on Sunday. Will Levis, who looked good in his first two games, just couldn’t get his footing against Tampa, throwing for only 199 yards, no TD’s, and 1 INT. Derrick Henry was invisible against the Bucs defense, which made things tougher for Levis through the air.
27. GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-6)
The Packers fell victim a recent trend with the Steelers. Outplaying them on offense, but allowed the defense to take away the game. That’s what happened on Sunday when Green Bay lost 23-19. The Packers had opportunities to win this game, but your QB throwing 2 INT’s in the end zone is a tough thing to overcome – especially against Pittsburgh, as points are typically at a premium in their games.
28. ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-8)
Kyler Murray’s return wasn’t exactly awe-inspiring, but the Cardinals looked like a different team with him back at the helm. They were able to move the ball and put points on the board, as Murray earned a win in his first game back.
29. CHICAGO BEARS (3-7)
The latest diamond in the rough, and NFL darling, Tyson Bagent was able to get a win in a primetime game when the Bears defeated the Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Bagent only threw for 162 yards, but he didn’t make any costly mistakes. That, coupled with a great effort on defense, allowed the Bears to secure a 16-13 victory.
30. NEW YORK GIANTS (2-8)
The Giants’ nightmare season continues. They got trounced by Dallas once again to lose the season series by a combined score of 89-17. Yikes.
31. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-8)
I never thought things would look this ugly under Belichick. The Patriots only gave up 194 yards through the air, and had an INT to boot, but wound up losing in Foxborough. The Patriots aren’t supposed to lose games like that. It’s a big issue when your defense only gives up 10 points, but you still get handed the loss.
32. CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-8)
The Panthers found themselves on the losing end of a Thursday night slog-fest. They jumped out to a 1st quarter lead thanks to a punt return TD, but Bryce Young and the offense just couldn’t get going. It’s not like Young has an arsenal of weapons to utilize, but the Panthers have to be looking at what CJ Stroud is doing and wondering if they made the correct decision.