1. Green Bay Packers (8-2)
Last Week: 4
The Packers were the only team in the top 5 to catch a win this week and it came with a great showing from the Green Bay defense shutting out Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Sunday was our first illustration of the season of just how much of a game changer Lambeau Field can be in the cold.
2. Dallas Cowboys (7-2) Last Week: 6
A big thing that people pay attention to over the course of the season to see if a team is really all that is bounceback performances; and did the Cowboys ever have one on Sunday. After being embarrassed at home against the Broncos, Dallas demolished the Falcons 43-3, in which they led 36-3 at half.
3. Tennessee Titans (8-2) Last Week: 7
Even though it came as a tight victory against the Saints, the TItans are continuing to show that they can hang with anybody in the league. By beating the Bills, Chiefs, Colts, Rams, and Saints consecutively, Tennessee became the second NFL team to ever win five straight games against teams that made the playoffs the year before.
4. Arizona Cardinals (8-2) Last Week: 1
The Cardinals fell victim to a very exciting and motivated Carolina Panthers team and took a big 34-10 loss. That being said, losing two of their last three games doesn’t mean their 7-0 start was a fluke. Losing Murray, Hopkins, and Edmonds is reason enough to lose a big home game.
5. Buffalo Bills (6-3)
Last Week: 8
With the Patriots all of the sudden on their tail, the Bills are going to have to be more consistent. Sunday was a good starting point with a 45-17 win over the Jets. Josh Allen threw a couple touchdowns and the Buffalo defense forced five turnovers-including four interceptions from Mike White.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) Last Week: 2
Sunday in Washington is a game that Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are going to want to put out of their memory as quickly as they can. Brady at one point had 2 completions and 2 interceptions early in this game and Tampa just couldn’t mount a comeback. Not many excuses here, they just have to play better going forward.
7. Los Angeles Rams (7-3) Last Week: 3
Odell Beckham Jr.’s time in LA didn’t get off to a very great start as Matthew Stafford threw a wild interception when looking for his new receiver that can only be assumed to have been a big miscommunication. Things didn’t get any better for the Rams from their and it resulted in a 31-10 beating in San Francisco.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)
Last Week: 13
Let’s pump the brakes on the Chiefs' back rhetoric just long enough to remember that the Raiders have a middle of the line defense and just dropped a game against the Giants. That being said, it was their best game of the season with Mahomes throwing for 406 yards and five touchdowns. We’ll see how back the Chiefs really are when they host the Cowboys in America's Game of the Week Sunday.
9. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) Last Week: 5
Just as expected, when Lamar Jackson didn’t put up a jaw dropping performance, the Ravens lost to a far inferior team. Jackson had 238 yards in the air, 39 on the ground, and the team’s only touchdown but without any help, the Dolphins held Baltimore to only 10 points.
10. New England Patriots (6-4)
Last Week: 17
Alright it’s official, the Patriots are a threat. A contender? Not yet, but we’ll see. New England got a huge home victory in a 45-7 win against a Browns team that just looked like they were back in their groove. Next week for the Pats is another easy win against Atlanta, but after that it gets a bit more treacherous with two games against the Bills and one against the Colts. That’s where we’ll see if New England is a contender.
11. Minnesota Vikings (4-5) Last Week: 14
The Vikings continue to show they can hang with nearly any team in the league in any game and they’ll probably all come down to a close finish. This one went in Minnesota's favor with a 27-20 victory of the Chargers. Dalvin played great, Jefferson and Thielen played great, and Cousins did what he needed to do to get the team a win. The Vikings are better than their record indicates.
12. Carolina Panthers (5-5)
Last Week: 19
Cam Newton is back with two touchdowns in his first two players and Carolina looks like an entirely different team. This of course wasn’t all Cam though, the Panthers defense held the Cardinals to only 10 points and P.J. Walker deserves some praise. Next week will be a big indicator of where this Panthers team can go with Cam Newton officially at the helm.
13. Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) Last Week: 9
Justin Herbert and the Chargers continue to show huge inconsistencies throughout the year. Herbert only had 195 yards through the air and had as many interceptions as he did touchdowns. Austin Ekeler didn’t have a great game either, only putting up 44 yards.
14. New Orleans Saints (5-4) Last Week: 12
With two missed extra points resulting in a two point loss despite a great attempt at a fourth quarter comeback without Alvin Kamara against a red hot Titans team makes me think the Saints shouldn’t hang their heads too much. They still showed that there is a really good team in New Orleans. Mark Ingram II made history passing Deuce McAllister to become the Saints franchise leader in rushing yards.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3-1) Last Week: 10
Ouch. A four game win streak is snapped by a tie against the Detroit Lions. Pittsburgh committed error after error and deserved to lose, much less come away with a tie. But let’s not kid ourselves, Mason Rudolph is bad and that’s why they lost. They’ll be fine when Ben gets back.
16. Cleveland Browns (5-5) Last Week: 11
The post Odell era in Cleveland that seemed to have started so great came to a screeching halt with a 45-7 loss in New England. Baker Mayfield had a whopping 73 yards and a Rating of 56.3 and the defense wasn’t any better, allowing the Patriots to put up 452 total yards.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) Last Week: 15
The Bengals had a much needed bye week after getting beat 41-16 at home against the Browns. They now look forward to a game against the struggling Raiders.
18. San Francisco 49ers (4-5)
Last Week: 20
San Francisco needed a big win to jolt them back into being a playoff contending team and they may have gotten it with a 31-10 blowout at home against the Rams. Jimmy Garappolo only passed the ball 19 times but it came with 15 completions and a pair of touchdowns.
19. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
Last Week: 16
The Colts got a win but it had to come with a blocked punt and more to beat a sorry Jaguars team so not too impressive. But a win is a win and Jonathan Taylor is turning out to be one of the best backs in the NFL. He had another big game with 116 rushing yards and a touchdown.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
Last Week: 21
The Eagles are a mediocre team who beats mediocre to bad teams. They did it again in Denver with a 30-13 win over the Broncos. Jalen Hurts had another hard fought game that doesn’t always impress in the stat sheet but leads his team to a victory.
21. Seattle Seahawks (3-6) Last Week: 18
The Seahawks couldn’t handle the Lambeau cold and Russell Wilson still needs some time. Fans definitely expected a little bit too much in this game and they of course didn’t get it. Wilson threw 2 interceptions and the Seahawks were shut out 17-0.
22. Chicago Bears (3-5) Last Week: 24
The Bears are on a bye coming off of a loss against a tough AFC North team, and will probably take another loss against a tough AFC North team in the Ravens on Sunday.
23. Miami Dolphins (3-7)
Last Week: 28
The Dolphins won an ugly win last Thursday but any win is a beautiful one for Miami right now. Tua came in for Brissett midway into the game and had 158 yards passing through 8 completions on 13 passes. Miami’s defense looked like what we had hoped they would at the beginning of the season, holding the Ravens to only 10 points.
24. Washington Football Team (3-6) Last Week: 29
Last week I alluded that we all expected Washington to drop this game to Tampa Bay and if that was true, we were all wrong. The Football Team picked off Brady twice early in the game and Taylor Heinicke had an efficient outing throwing the ball 32 times for 26 completions resulting in 256 yards and a touchdown.
25. Denver Broncos (5-5) Last Week: 22
After a big win in Dallas, the Broncos are back to looking like the Broncos. Denver couldn’t get anything going against the Eagles defense and got blown out 30-13 at home.
26. New York Giants (3-6) Last Week: 25
The Giants have been able to show they have potential as a young team with injuries this season. We’ll see just how much potential they have when they play in Tampa Bay coming off a bye.
27. Las Vegas Raiders (5-4) Last Week: 23
The steep fall for the Raiders continues. After having to cut two young players due to off the field circumstances and the Jon Gruden resignation before that, the Raiders look like an entirely different team and not in a good way. The offense looked bad and the defense looked worse in an at home 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7) Last Week: 27
Don’t get me wrong, the Jags are bad. But they continue to show more and more potential and hope for the future each week. After coming off a huge upset against the Bills, Jacksonville kept it close with another team fighting to get into the playoffs in Indianapolis. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the Jaguars are on the right track.
29. Atlanta Falcons (4-5) Last Week: 26
After a big win on the road, the Falcons lose all momentum once again. Matt Ryan looked terrible throwing the ball 9/21 with 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. Once the 43-3 game was out of reach, the Falcons put in Josh Rose who had one completion and one interception on 6 passes.
30. Detroit Lions (0-8-1)
Last Week: 31
The Lions aren’t going to go 0-17! Heading towards 0-16-1 isn’t much better but they’ll take it.
31. New York Jets (2-7) Last Week: 30
The Jets looked like the Jets. Mike White threw 4 interceptions and his hype if officially gone. Joe Flacco is set to start for New York next week.
32. Houston Texans (1-8) Last Week: 32
The Texans had a bye so they didn’t lose this week, check in again next week for the weekly “Texans lost” report.