32. San Francisco 49ers (27)
Without Jimmy G, this team is nothing and has completely given up, this just proves how important quarterbacks in this league. A big draft would help this team to the next level anyways, so just chalk this year up and build towards next. That doesn’t mean completely give up, just give guys chances that wouldn’t normally, try out new things in practice, treat this as a learning season.
31. Arizona Cardinals (32)
They are the leagues worst team and they beat the 49ers, sooooo now they’re second to worst. Don’t be shocked if this is the only game Arizona wins this year, they need a top 3 draft pick so they shouldn’t exactly be trying to rack up wins either.
30. Oakland Raiders (29)
Is this team getting worse or am I drunk? I shouldn’t be writing teams off so early in the season, but there are some dumpster fires and this is one of them. I feel real bad for Carr, he was showing so much promise and then Gruden shows up. This is a tragic story of a team on the verge of being elite, now ends up being years away from any sort of winning.
29. Atlanta Falcons (22)
BARF! These guys suck, injuries to the defense, have crashed this squad. The Falcons seriously can’t stop anyone and facing a good Pitt offense, they showed it to the world. Both teams were struggling so this game was a true test of grit, and the Falcons showed they’ve just given up. Time to start scouting the top of the draft, because this team was looking low first round, now they’re looking top 10.
28. Indianapolis Colts (25)
They have been competitive every week and have a trio of winnable games up next (at the Jets, Buffalo and at Oakland), but the NFL is all about results. They seem like the best 1-4 team in the league, but that’s nothing to brag about. These guys have 8-8 written all over them.
27. New York Giants (28)
They bumped up only because they got beat on a miracle 63 yard field goal, they were seconds away from beating a very good team. Lets not forget though, a lose is a lose. Add that in with OBJ, not being happy, this maybe a huge hole to climb out of.
26. Buffalo Bills (30)
Disgusting game, but Buffalo needs to be careful. Win to many of these trash games, they fall out of a high draft pick that they desperately need.
25. Houston Texans (26)
Thanks to the overtime heroics of wideout DeAndre Hopkins and a game-winning field goal, the Texans are 2-3 and just a game out of first place in the AFC South. It’s a remarkable turnaround for a team that looked better on paper than its September record. The schedule looks favorable for the Texans coming up, lets not be shocked if the Texans are in first place in a month.
24. Dallas Cowboys (18)
Been saying it all season, this team just isn’t that good. They HAD to win games like this against Houston and even though it went to OT, there was just a feeling the Texans would win. Lets not be surprised if the Jason Garrett era is over sooner rather than later.
23. New York Jets (31)
When this team wins, they win big and with style. This is going to be a rocky season for New York, but a rout of Denver gives these guys a lot to look forward to. They’ve at least proved if Darnold is consistent they can play with anyone in the league.
22. Denver Broncos (15)
Case Keenum isn’t the answer, but I don’t think Denver expected him to be. Start targeting a qb for the next draft, because this team seems one Jared Goff/Patrick Mahomes away from a playoff run. The problem with that, is the defense is getting old, so it needs to be quick.
21. Detroit Lions (23)
Miami is on the rocks, so a .500 Lions team could be a possibility. They have beat the Patriots and Packers, who would would have thought that and if they did think that, then who would have predicted they lost all their other games. Detroit still has hope and big wins to build off of, the season’s far from over for the Lions
20. Seattle Seahawks (20)
It can be argued that Sunday’s home loss to the undefeated Rams was actually a step forward for the team. The Seahawks gave the Rams all they could handle, and it looks like Seattle has found an offensive identity as a smashmouth, power-running team. Lets not forget though, the defense was this teams life blood, now its giving up almost 500 yards to the Rams. They will stay put at 20 until we see more from them.
19. Miami Dolphins (14)
The 3-0 start is falling apart, plus they have Chicago next week. A massive collapse is on the horizon, and the Dolphins have a long way to go to proving us wrong. They will only be favored in, maybe, 4 more games this year. After how the Jets looked this week, they may only be favored in 2.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16)
Tampa was on a Bye week, they really only dropped because of Pittsburgh and Cleveland deserving some credit for their wins. Should be interesting to see how this team plays with Jameis back full time.
17.Philadelphia Eagles (11)
Don’t these guys remember they won the Super Bowl last year? They have to be so pumped their division is trash right now, because they still have a legit chance at the playoffs. Still plenty of time to get on the correct path.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (21)
The Steelers proved that their slump could merely a fluke, and exposed Atlanta as being a fraud. I said this before but the key to victory is Conner, he was an animal, because they actually gave him the ball. This team lives and dies on Big Ben, but he has to have some sort of running game to help.
15. Cleveland Browns (24)
For a team that could be 5-0, this isn’t a terrible place to be. This team has a very realistic chance of making the playoffs, but on the other hand have to play Cincy twice then Carolina and KC once. There’s also another match-up with Pittsburgh, which should be electric.
14. Tennessee Titans (7)
This team magically still leads the division, but an we get a read on this team? They have a tough stretch of schedule coming up so they better remember how to score a touchdown. That’s 2 games this season without a touchdown, turning the ball over doesn’t help either.
13. Green Bay Packers (13)
Week 5 had some weird moments, but Green Bay getting dumped on by the Lions may be the biggest surprise. Crosby is an easy scapegoat for all his misses, but the defense looked bad here. Kerryon Johnson looked like a stud against the Pack’s D, and maybe he is going to be a stud, but this defense gave up a big lead early and the team couldn’t recover. If you really want to break it down, then if Crosby makes all of his kicks the Packers win, but this team is good enough it should have never got to that point.
12. LA Chargers (17)
This team just beats who they are supposed to, it isn’t pretty, but they are the closest thing in the West to competition to the Chiefs. It will be very interesting next week against Cleveland, these teams are very even at this point.
11. Washington Redskins (9)
Ok, they got destroyed by the Saints after a bye week. I’m not as up on this team as I once was, but they still lead the division. More time will tell if this blowout was the real Washington team or if the Saints are just that good.
10. Minnesota Vikings (19)
The Vikings looked dead, but they proved they are giving up. They have zero run game, that needs to be fixed, but they still have a good defense and Cousins can sling the rock. All is not lost in Minnesota, they just have to adapt and overcome. This is where they want to be, back under the radar, now when no one notices they rack up 6-7 straight wins.
9. Baltimore Ravens (6)
This team is so hard to figure out, they hang up 47 then this last week they put up 9. The schedule moving forward is favorable, only a few games they wont be favored to win. Then again, as we saw this week, no team is safe from a lose.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (3)
If Jacksonville couldn’t stop KC’s offense then who can? They drop because of how bad the offense looked, they made a mediocre Chiefs defense look like world beaters. This teams good and needs to adjust, because they can easily win out the rest of their games. They could also take this loss to hard and stumble for the next few weeks.
7. Carolina Panthers (8)
Carolina’s schedule tightens up from here. Of the team’s next five games, just one is against a team that presently has a losing record. If the Panthers want to keep pace with the Saints, they need to tighten things up as well. They shouldn’t need a walk off kick against the Giants, so we will see where things go from here.
6. New Orleans Saints (12)
The Saints played their most complete game of the season in blasting Washington in Week 5. With Mark Ingram back from suspension and rookie Tre’Quan Smith emerging as a complementary deep threat, the offense might be even scarier than we thought. Brees will get some time to enjoy his achievement, as the Saints are headed into the bye. I apologize for ever putting this team out of the top 10, if the leagues new all-time leading passer keeps this up then no ones stopping these guys.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (5)
This team once again proved it deserves to be top 5, but I don’t think they are at the status of the teams ahead of them. The season has a ways to go, but the Bengals confidence has to be sky high, that exactly what you need to get through the grind of a season. They play in a tough division so this wont be easy, but right now they look to be the most complete team in the AFC North.
4. Chicago Bears (4)
The Bears have BYE week so no reason to move them in the rankings, they are a top 5 team right now.
3. New England Patriots (10)
A so-so New England defense will be tested in a big way against the Kansas City Chiefs next week, but for now, it appears the Patriots are back on track after their September stumble. They may not have as good a record as a few teams below them, but the Pats are the Pats. This next week matchup is shaping up to be epic. Can the defense stop Mahomes? Can the offense score enough to keep up?
2. KC Chiefs (2)
Everyone thought this was a battle of best defense vs best offense, well it turned out to be the best offense also playing really good defense. KC exposed Jacksonville and simply picked apart Bortles. You would have to think that having Fournette would have been a game changer, but he wasn’t there and the Chiefs forced Bortles to make the plays. If the defense plays even half this good going forward, there’s really no stopping them.
1. LA Rams (1)
Even the best teams get tested and that happened to the Rams. They passed that test with flying colors, a tough road environment, the first game outside of the state of California and injuries to a few key players. The schedule stays relatively easy for a few weeks as well, LA just has to keep their eye on the prize.