San Francisco 49ers @ Buffalo Bills
The 49ers have lost four in a row and have decided to make the switch to Colin Kaepernick for the first time this season. They are going to have to rely on the run against a team that has only allowed 97 yards per game so far. The Bills have been able to run the ball pretty well, especially given that they have LeSean McCoy looking better than ever. This should be a fairly low scoring game from both sides, but the Bills will make more stops and win this game.
SF 14 – 17 BUF
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Chicago Bears
These two teams haven’t looked all that good to start the season. Jacksonville has only averaged 21 points per game and the Bears have only 17 points per game. Brian Hoyer has looked better than Jay Cutler so far and there are rumors that Cutler might not return. Their biggest hope is the Jordan Howard continues playing the way that he has. He is averaging nearly six yards per carry and is facing off against a Jaguars team that has given up 106 rushing yards per game. Both of these teams have been pretty bad defensively as the have both given up at least 25 points per game. Jacksonville should win this with a more dynamic offense and the fact that they should be rested, coming off of their bye week.
JAX 31 – 24 CHI
Los Angeles Rams @ Detroit Lions
The Rams and Lions have looked like complete opposites at this point in the season. The Lions are focused on their offense and attacking through the air and the Rams are focused on their defensive front and cause problems for opposing offenses. Detroit was able to take care of Philadelphia and their good defense last week so they should be ready for the Rams. This should be a close low scoring game that the Lions should win a close one at home.
LA 27 – 20 DET
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins
This game shouldn’t even be close. The Steelers are averaging 28 points per game while only giving up 18 and the Dolphins are only averaging 17 points per game and giving up 24. Pittsburgh can do anything that they want offensively and that does not bode well for an average Miami defense. The Dolphins have a good line, but once Ben Roethlisberger open up the air game, Le’Veon Bell should be able to run all over the Dolphins. This should be a blow out quickly as the Steelers win handily.
PIT 35 – 9 MIA
Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots
The Bengals look like they have fallen off and the Patriots look even better now that Tom Brady is back. The Bengals couldn’t stop two rookies last week and they could very well have problems with the best quarterback in the league and a veteran runner. It looks like the tight end combination of Gronkowski and Bennett looks like a dream for Brady and could be nearly impossible for anyone to stop. The key for Cincinnati is for them to get the ball to AJ Green, something they weren’t able to do last week. If they don’t, it will be a long day and probably another loss. The Patriots should be able to take this one at home.
CIN 24 – 31 NE
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
The Panthers look like a shell of themselves from last year and the Saints are coming off of a needed bye week. It sounds like Cam Newton could be out this week and that could spell more trouble this week for the Panthers. Derek Anderson is a solid backup quarterback, but he shouldn’t get into a firefight with Drew Brees, especially with their weak secondary. Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and Michael Thomas should all have really good games. With that attack they should be able to beat a down Panthers team, especially since they are coming off of a bye.
CAR 12 – 21 NO
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Giants
The Ravens have lost two straight and the Giants have lost three straight. Both teams are averaging around 18 points per game, but the Giants are giving up four more points per game. With the Ravens changing offensive coordinators, it will be interesting to see how they attack the Giants defensive front seven. The Ravens have been able to average 99 yards per game with their old scheme and should be able to get something like that this week against the Giants. The Ravens should win a close one in New York.
BAL 20 – 17 NYG
Cleveland Browns @ Tennessee Titans
The biggest question for the Browns is who is going to play quarterback. It looks like Cody Kessler should be able to go, but if he gets injured again this team could be in for even more trouble. The Titans have looked better and better each week and should do the same this week. The Browns have given up 115 yards per game while the Titans have been one of the best rushing offenses in the league. DeMarco Murray should have his way with this Browns team and lead the Titans to another victory.
CLE 10 – 21 TEN
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
This should be a really good division matchups between the Redskins and Eagles. Carson Wentz is still looking really good, despite throwing his first interception of his career last week. The biggest problem will be the loss of one of their biggest targets, Jordan Reed. That will eliminate their biggest redzone threat and could limit what they can do against this Philadelphia’s defense. At the end, Philadelphia just seems like a better team and should be able to win a close one against their NFC East rivals.
PHI 24 – 20 WAS
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
This is an interesting AFC West matchup them at the Chiefs need to win. Derek Carr continues to impress as he has been able to throw for eleven touchdowns to his two interceptions. Kansas City needs to run the ball effectively with their two running backs and control this game. Oakland should be able to come out on top and stay in the driver seat for their division.
KC 17 – 23 OAK
Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers
The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers are slated to face off in a big NFC matchup. Dallas has the best rushing offense in the league and the Packers have the best rushing defense. They haven't faced a team like Dallas this season as the only team with a good running attack that they have faced was Minnesota, but that was when Adrian Peterson went down. The biggest question mark for the Packers is their running attack. It looks like Starks and Lacy will be limited if they even play at all. This should be a close one that Dallas just squeaks out of with a win.
DAL 27 – 23 GB
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
The matchup between the Atlanta offense and Seattle defense might be the best of the weekend. Atlanta has averaged 35 points per game and the Seahawks have allowed an average of 13.5 points per game. One of these two things has to break and it is probably going to be the Falcons offense in Seattle. The Seahawks should win his close game.
ATL 20 – 21 SEA
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
Neither of these teams have been particular good so far this season. Andrew Luck has been the strength of the Colts and Brock Osweiler has been the weakness of the Texans. Osweiler still hasn't been able to figure out his offense and has thrown seven interceptions and hasn't been able to include his best weapons to this point in the season. Unfortunately for Indianapolis, no one outside of Luck and Hilton has been particularly good and will probably have problems this week. Houston should win a close one.
IND 22 – 24 HOU
New York Jets @ Arizona Cardinals
NYJ 17 – 24 ARI
Bye Week – Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There is a new number one team again because of the Broncos and Eagles are no longer unbeaten. The biggest jump this week belongs to the Falcons as they showed that they can be a serious threat in the NFL and the biggest drop belongs to the Giants as they lost another key NFC game.
1. Minnesota Vikings (5-0; Prev. 2)
The Vikings are the best team in the NFL right now. They are a team that doesn’t make many mistakes on offense, but allow their defense to make plays for them. They didn’t allow the Texans to score a touchdown until the game was already over. They forced only one turnover, but were able to sack Osweiler four times and return a punt for a touchdown. If this team continues to dominate, it will be hard for any team to stop them. They will remain unbeaten for at least another week as they enter their bye week.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1; Prev. 3)
3. New England Patriots (4-1; Prev. 4)
Tom is back and all is right with the NFL again. He didn’t look like he was at his best yet, but luckily he was playing against the worst team in the league and was still able to throw for 406 yards and three touchdowns. The most promising thing that he was able to do in this game was getting his tight ends involved. Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett were able to combine for 176 yards receiving and three touchdowns. This is a team that should scare any of their AFC opponents. They have a tough game this week as a desperate Cincinnati team is coming to town.
4. Denver Broncos (4-1; Prev. 1)
5. Green Bay Packers (3-1; Prev. 5)
6. Seattle Seahawks (3-1; Prev. 6)
7.Dallas Cowboys (4-1; Prev. 10)
It is hard to write about anything other than the rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, but these two are setting the world on fire. They are the first rookie tandem to throw for 1,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in their first five games. Dak Prescott is only eight pass attempts away from breaking Tom Brady’s record of 162 passes to begin a career without an interception. This might be one of the best Cowboys’ draft classes in the history of the franchise and it should be exciting for Cowboys fans. This week they have a tough test as the travel to Lambeau to face the Packers.
8.Atlanta Falcons (4-1; Prev. 14)
9.Oakland Raiders (4-1; Prev. 11)
10.Philadelphia Eagles (3-1; Prev. 7)
The Philadelphia Eagles are no longer unbeaten after a tough game against the Lions. Carson Wentz threw his first interception, but it was on a bomb that he threw, trying to win the game. The fumble by Ryan Mathews was the play that caused this team to lose. If they can't run the ball effectively then th Eagles could fall off more by the end of the season. Next, they are going up to Washington to face a Redskins team that has started to turn the corner and is on a three game winning streak, so Philadelphia needs to stop them in order to hold washing down and to keep up with Dallas.
11. Houston Texans (3-2; Prev. 9)
The Texans lost to one of the best teams in the NFL when they faced off against the Vikings. Brock Osweiler has still yet to pay off so far this season and the Houston offense is averaging 16.4 points per game so far this season, the worst in the NFL. They also rank in the bottom five in passing and total yards per game contributing to their woes. This week they must win against their divisional rival, the Colts.
12. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2; Prev. 12)
13.Cincinnati Bengals (2-3; Prev. 8)
14.Washington Redskins (3-2; Prev. 16)
15. Los Angeles Rams (3-2; Prev. 17)
16. Buffalo Bills (3-2; Prev. 18)
17.Baltimore Ravens (3-2; Prev. 15)
18. Arizona Cardinals (2-3; Prev. 19)
19. New York Giants (2-3; Prev. 13)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3; Prev. 22)
21.Tennessee Titans (2-3; Prev. 28)
The Titans have looked better and better each week and they are in position to make a move on the weak AFC South. They were able to score more than 20 points this past week for the first time this season. The win came against a bad Miami team, but the reemergence of DeMarco Murray makes this team better and gives them a chance to compete for a playoff spot. They have another winnable game this week as the Browns come to town.
22. Carolina Panthers (1-4; Prev. 20)
23.New York Jets (1-4; Prev. 21)
24.Indianapolis Colts (2-3; Prev. 23)
25.New Orleans Saints (1-3; Prev. 24)
26.Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3; Prev. 25)
27.San Diego Chargers (1-4; Prev. 26)
28.San Francisco 49ers (1-4; Prev. 27)
29.Detroit Lions (2-3; Prev. 29)
30. Chicago Bears (1-4; Prev. 30)
31.Miami Dolphins (1-4; Prev. 31)
The Dolphins haven’t looked good at any point this season. Ryan Tannehill is on a pace to throw the least amount of touchdowns since his rookie season with 19 and the most interceptions of his career with 22. Adam Gase needs to figure out a way to fix his quarterback or look to move on in the offseason. This week they have the tough challenge of having to keep up with one of the best offenses in the league when the Steelers come to town.
32.Cleveland Browns (0-4; Prev. 32)
The Browns had the misfortune of being Tom Brady’s comeback game. They lost, potentially, two more quarterbacks in Cody Kessler and Charlie Whitehurst and now have to use their quarterback that converted to receiver, Terrelle Pryor. This does two horrible things to this Browns team. First, Pryor is their quarterback, and second, Pryor is no longer their biggest receiver threat. Surely, they will bring in a quarterback if Whitehurst and Kessler can’t go next week, but it is still a bad situation for the worst team in football. They are travelling to Tennessee this week to face a Titans team that is rolling and might be tough for the Browns to stop.
We are already a quarter of the way through the season and there have been some good and bad surprises so far. Since all of the teams have played at least four games, it is a good time to see who is in the lead for the NFL league awards.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Dak Prescott
There were other options for the best offensive rookie of the first quarter of the season, but Dak Prescott has had one of the best campaigns in the history of the league. He has done a good job all season of putting his team in position to win games. He has had the most completions without an interception for a rookie starting from week one and second to only Tom Brady for completions to start their career. There are already grumblings around the media wondering if Tony Romo will even get his job back when he is healthy. The fact that there are even those types of conversations going on around the league just show how much of an impact Prescott has had on the league in the short time that he has been in Dallas. The idea of him being under center should have Cowboy fans just giddy thinking about the future.
Carson Wentz, Will Fuller, Ezekiel Elliott
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jalen Ramsey
There was no one that really stood out for this category to this point in the season, except Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey doesn’t have amazing stats, but he shows up on the screen every time that you watch the Jaguars play. He has gotten under the skin of certain receivers and will eventually be able to take advantage of some of those players. He seems like he will develop into a key secondary piece for this team for years to come.
Comeback Player of the Year: Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck missed a majority of last season with various injuries, but he looks like he is back to form this season. He hasn’t had much help around him, but he has still been able to complete 64% of his passes for 1,469, ten touchdowns, and only three interceptions. The only reason that he might not win this award at the end of the season is because he can’t get the protection that he needs from his line in order to stay healthy. There are already questions about his shoulder and how much he will play in the coming weeks, but to this point, Luck is the one of the few bright spots of the Indianapolis Colts.
Joe Flacco, Steve Smith, Victor Cruz, Kelvin Benjamin
Executive of the Year: Jerry Jones
It was hard to think of any other executive than Jerry Jones, just because of his the 2016 Cowboys draft class is paying off so early in the season. Their first round pick, Ezekiel Elliott, took two weeks to learn the NFL and is now the leading rusher in the NFL and seems to be as good as advertised. Their fourth round compensatory pick, Dak Prescott, is having one of the best rookie quarterback campaigns in the history of the NFL. Their third round pick, Maliek Collins, is a solid rotational player along an underrated defensive line. Their sixth round pick, Anthony Brown, has looked good filling in for one of their best defensive players, Orlando Scandrick. Two of their picks top four picks, Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper, probably won’t see the field this season, but anytime a team can get some good contributions from their two of their rookies, that is a success. This team is looking good now, and has a really bright future.
Coach of the Year: Mike Zimmer
Going into this season, the Vikings were thought to be one of the best teams in the NFL. Then they lost their starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, at the end of the preseason and their star running back, Adrian Peterson, in week two. When Bridgewater went down, this team traded for Sam Bradford and got him up to speed by week two of the season. When Peterson went down, Jerrick McKinnon was able to take the ball and run with it. Those two things topped with one of, if not the best, defense in the NFL makes this team the last unbeaten in the NFL. A significant portion of their success is because of the excellent job that Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff has done to make this team one of the most feared in the NFL.
Bill Belichick, Gary Kubiak, Doug Pederson
Offensive Player of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott has been really good through his first five games of the season. He is leading the league in rushing with 546 yards through five games and is only fourth all time for rookies through five games. He is trailing Billy Simms, Adrian Peterson and Eric Dickerson in most yards by a rookie through five games. There is no reason to believe that, barring injury, Elliott won’t be at least sniffing Dickerson’s record of 1,808 yards in a rookie season. He is a game changer in the way that DeMarco Murray was in 2014, but Elliott is a little more dynamic in the way that he runs. If the Cowboys can continue their success, Elliott should be able to win the same award that Murray did two years ago.
Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, LeGarrette Blount, Antonio Brown
Defensive Player of the Year: Von Miller
Von Miller has been the consistent piece of the Denver defense, week in and week out. He has been able to get 6.5 sacks and 20 combined tackles through five games this season, but his impact is much more than his numbers. The Broncos as a team have 19 sacks, four fumbles, and five interceptions and most of that is thanks to Von Miller causing opposing offenses to make mistakes. He has also impacted their offense in a positive way too. Their ability to stop opposing offenses has given Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch a little bit of breathing room so they don’t have to be so pressured to play perfect games. This team is 4 – 1 and could be worse if not for Von Miller.
Harrison Smith, Aaron Donald
Most Valuable Player: Matt Ryan
It is hard to argue how good Matt Ryan has been to this point in the season. He has completed 69% of his passes for 1,740 yards, twelve touchdowns, and only two interceptions so far this season. He is on pace for 5,500 yards and roughly 38 touchdowns and is currently making everyone around him better. A good portion of his production is thanks he top target, Julio Jones, but the way that he is able to incorporate the running game in with his passing game has been a thing of beauty. He probably won’t be able to sustain this level of play for a whole season, but he has been good thus far.
Dak Prescott, LeGarrette Blount, Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, Antonio Brown
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It has been an exciting start to the 2016 season and week five should provide for some good entertainment. There are some really intriguing games and some big returns that could change the way this season goes. Enjoy!
Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens
The Washington Redskins are on a two game winning streak and the Ravens lost their first game last week. The Redskins have been better in almost every offensive statistical category this season with the exception of rushing yards per game, time of possession. Defensively though, the Ravens are better in every way. It seems like the Ravens are comfortable going forward with Terrance West as their main running back as they cut ties with Justin Forsett this week. West should have a big game considering that the Redskins have given up an average of 133 rushing yards per game this season and almost 28 points per game. The Ravens should control the ball for most of this game and win a close one at home.
WAS 23 – 24 BAL
New England Patriots @ Cleveland Browns
Tom Brady is back and facing possibly the worst team in the league. Without Brady, the Patriots were able to go 3 – 1 and average just over 20 points per game. This obviously includes the shutout last week when their Quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, was unable to move the ball at all. With Brady back in, this team should score more than 20 points given that they are facing a Browns team that has given up an average of almost 29 points per game. It will be interesting to see how Bill Belichick handles with Cleveland’s x-factor, Terrelle Pryor. He is Cleveland’s only hope, but Belichick is too good to let him take the Patriots down single handedly. Look for the Patriots to dominate this game and Brady to make a big statement in his return.
NE 31 – 13 CLE
Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions
The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the biggest surprises to this point in the season, especially their rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz. They have averaged just over 30 points per game, thanks to Wentz’s poise and ability to move the ball like he is a ten-year veteran. Their defense has been intimidating as well as they have only allowed nine points per game through their three games this season. Detroit, however, has not looked as good as they were projected to. They have been able to move the ball, but most of that has come in garbage time. Jim Bob Cooter was supposed to be the savior for Matthew Stafford, but so far hasn’t been that. They have had trouble running the ball and that probably won’t change this week. The rested Eagles should be able to beat Detroit without much of an issue.
PHI 27 – 20 DET
Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts
The Chicago Bears finally got their first win and looked good against the poor Lions and the Colts looked bad in London against Jacksonville. The Colts have averaged 27 points per game so far, but most of that has come in the form of failed comebacks. Neither of these teams have been particularly good at running or protecting against the run this season so it will be interesting to see if one of these teams can control the clock and get a much needed victory. Ultimately, the Colts will probably look bad after travelling back from London and the Bears should squeeze out their second victory of the season.
CHI 23 – 21 IND
Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins
The Titans have looked good running the ball and the Dolphins haven’t looked good at anything thus far. DeMarco Murray has looked just as good as he did in 2014 and has kept the Titans in al of their games this season. He should have no problems against a poor Miami run defense that has given up almost 130 rushing yards per game this season. The only hope for the Dolphins is that Ryan Tannehill is able to move the ball through the air and get some cheap plays against the Tennessee defense. That will be tough for them to do and they will probably lose a low scoring game to the Titans.
TEN 17 – 13 MIA
Houston Texans @ Minnesota Vikings
The Texans won a close game against the Titans last week and the Vikings continue to look like the best team in the NFC. The Viking defense has given up 12.5 points per game and has had two or three turnovers this season. That is bad news for Brock Osweiler who has given up six interceptions this season and hasn’t really looked good at all so far. He hasn’t been able to get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins as much as he should and that has hurt this team significantly. Look for Minnesota to shut the Houston passing game down and destroy the Texans in this game.
HOU 13 – 24 MIN
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers look like they are back to being the best offensive team in the NFL. Le’Veon Bell was able to rush for 144 yards in his season debut and open up the passing game for Ben Roethlisberger to do whatever he wanted through the air. It will be interesting to see what Bell is able to do this week when he faces one of the best run stopping teams in the league. The Jets have only allowed an average of 70 yards per game and 285 passing yards per game. That keeps them in more games than not. Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t looked good so far and that has been the downfall of this team. He should be able to turn it around at some point and this game will be closer than most people would think as the Steelers pull out a close one.
NYJ 30 – 31 PIT
Atlanta Falcons @ Denver Broncos
Julio Jones had the game of his life last week and is putting himself in the conversation as best wide receiver in the game right now. That was against one of the worst secondaries in the league and this week they face one of the best defenses. The Broncos are only giving up an average of 169 yards through the air this season and it will be interesting for these two teams to matchup. Offensively, the Broncos have been able to step up recently and shown signs of improvement over the last two games. The Atlanta defense isn’t really that good and will be the downfall for this team in this game. Denver should win this one in a good matchup at home.
ATL 21 – 29 DEN
Cincinnati Bengals @ Dallas Cowboys
This is one of the better matchups this week of games. Cincinnati is coming in off of a big win against Miami and has had some extra rest and Dallas is coming off of a needed win in San Francisco against the 49ers. The matchup to watch will be Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas offensive line against the Cincinnati run defense. Cincinnati hasn’t given up 100 yards or a rushing touchdown in any game this season. Ezekiel Elliott has started looking like the number four pick in the draft and is currently leading the league in rushing yards with 412 yards. This will be a hard fought battle, but the Cowboy defense might not be good enough to slow down AJ Green and the Bengals passing attack and wil cause the Bengals to win a close one.
CIN 24 – 23 DAL
Buffalo Bills @ Los Angeles Rams
The Bills and the Rams are two of the more surprising teams so far this season. The Bills are coming off of a big win against their rivals, the Patriots, and the Rams are on a three game winning streak. The Rams defense has been the key to their success as they have only given up 19 points per game. The Bills are kind of the same story as they have only given up 17 points per game and have been surprisingly good this season. The battle between these two teams will be on the ground as LeSean McCoy is back to his old self and it looks like Todd Gurley is suffering from not having any good players around him on the offense. That should be the difference in the game and the Bills should take this one in Los Angeles.
BUF 20 – 17 LA
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
The Chargers and Raiders have played similarly so far this season except that the Raiders have been able to win their close games. The Raiders have been able to rush for 126 yards per game this season between their three running backs and the Chargers have only averaged 95. Their rushing defenses, however, match up quite nicely as the Raiders have given up an average of 134.5 yards per game, whereas the Chargers have given up an average of 82 yards per game. This will be a close matchup that the Raiders squeak out at home.
SD 20 – 23 OAK
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers
The Giants have lost two straight games and the Packers are coming off of a bye week and a big win the week before. This will be the biggest test for the Giants defense that they bought in the offseason. They haven’t faced a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers so far this season and probably won’t for the rest of the year. Aaron Rodgers has a 7 – 2 record coming off of a bye week and generally dominates upon his return. This game should be no different, as the Giants have not looked good recently. The Packers have only given up an average of 42 yards on the ground per game this season so Eli Manning is going to have to step up and beat the Packers. He will probably fall short and the Packers will win this one.
NYG 24 – 31 GB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
These two teams have been very disappointing so far this season. Carolina was expected to pick up where they left off last year, but they haven’t been able to do so and the Buccaneers were supposed to make a big jump this season and haven’t done so yet. Both of their defenses have been suspect to this point as the Panthers have given up 29.5 points per game this season and the Buccaneers have given up 32. It doesn’t look like Cam Newton will play in this game and that will be the downfall of this team in this game. Tampa Bay should win this game unless Newton plays, but it will be close regardless.
TB 29 – 27 CAR
Bye Week – Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars
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There is a new number one team now that the Patriots are no longer unbeaten. There is another team that is no longer unbeaten in the Baltimore Ravens and one less winless team in the Chicago Bears. The biggest jump this week belongs to the Bills after they were able to shutout the Patriots and the biggest drop belongs to the Lions after they lost to a winless team.
1. Denver Broncos (4-0; Prev. 2)
The Broncos are the new number one team in the league. Trevor Siemian left the game with a shoulder injury after throwing for 68 yards and a touchdown and then Paxton Lynch then came into the game. Lynch was then able to throw for 170 yards and another touchdown. C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker were able to combine for 79 yards and a touchdown. Their defense was able to cause three turnovers and lead their team to another victory. At this point this team is going to be tough for anyone to beat, but they face an Atlanta team that is playing really good offensively.
2. Minnesota Vikings (4-0; Prev. 3)
The Minnesota Vikings are clearly the best team in the NFC and their defense looks really good right now. They haven’t allowed more than 16 points in any game this week and have forced eleven turnovers so far this season. Jerrick McKinnon had looked better and better since Adrian Peterson went down with his injury. If he can continue to get better, this team might be able to make a good playoff run. They have a tough challenge this week as the Texans are coming to town, but their defense should be able to force a few more turnovers.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1; Prev. 4)
The Steelers are back. This team absolutely dominated the Chiefs on Sunday night. Le’Veon Bell was able to rush for 144 yards in his return. Ben Roethlisberger was able to benefit of the pressure being taken off of him and was able to throw for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Their defense was also able to hold the Chiefs to 14 points and both of those touchdowns came in garbage time when the game was already over. This week they have the Jets coming to town for a god matchup.
4. New England Patriots (3-1; Prev. 1)
Jacoby Brissett wasn’t able to duplicate the success that he had in week three and the Patriot defense was unable to slow down LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo offense. They need to get back to good defense if they want to get back to the top of the league. Tom Brady is coming back this week though and he should be on fire coming out of the gate. Anytime fans or the league are down on Brady, he plays better than anyone in the league. This is bad news for the Browns as they will be his first victim of the season.
5. Green Bay Packers (2-1; Prev. 5)
The Packers had the week off after their best game of the season. Their team was able to rest and get ready for the rest of the season. They have the Giants coming to town this week and need to win in order to keep up with the Vikings.
6. Seattle Seahawks (3-1; Prev. 6)
The Seahawks might have been the best team in the league for the last two weeks. They were able to travel to New York to face a good Jets team and beat them pretty handily. Russell Wilson was able to throw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and was able to connect with Jimmy Graham for his best game since coming over from New Orleans. Christine Michael has really impressed and has taken over the number one running back role on this team. This week they have a much needed bye for Russell Wilson to get healthy and let their line figure out how to protect Wilson better.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0; Prev. 8)
The Eagles were able to jump a spot without even playing this week. Carson Wentz had some time to reflect and learn from the three games he has under his belt as he is looking toward the future. They should have a fairly easy time this week as they travel to Detroit team that hasn’t looked good recently.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2; Prev. 9)
The Cincinnati Bengals had their best game of the season last week against a poor Miami team. AJ was able to catch ten passes for 173 yards and the only touchdown of the game. They were able to kick five field goals, but that won’t do that much against a better team. Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard were able to rush for a combined 89 yards. They have a tough game this week as they travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys.
9. Houston Texans (3-1; Prev. 10)
The Houston Texans were able to get their third win of the season, but they did not look good against the Titans, especially for a team that had an extra three days to prepare. They weren’t able to get the ball to their best receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, until late in the fourth quarter. Brock Osweiler threw for another two interceptions, bringing his total to six on the season. He is going to have some more problems this week as go to Minnesota to face one of the best defenses in the league.
10. Dallas Cowboys (3-1; Prev. 14)
Ezekiel Elliott had his best game of his young career when he ran for 138 yards and a touchdown. He was able to show the patience, vision, and fight that the Cowboys were expecting when they drafted him. Dak Prescott has still not thrown an interception and was able to play another good game and this time without the left side of his offensive line and his number one receiver, Dez Bryant. This team is getting their best pass rusher back this week as Demarcus Lawrence returns from his suspension and they are going to need him when the Bengals come to town.
11. Oakland Raiders (3-1; Prev. 12)
There are only two unbeaten teams left, thanks to the Oakland Raiders defeating the Baltimore Ravens. Michael Crabtree had another good game when he caught seven passes for 88 yards and three touchdowns. He seems to be finding his groove as a Raider and should start to make Amari Cooper better on the other side. There are two major concerns with this team right now though, their running game and defense. They are currently splitting carries amongst three running backs and none of them are overly effective. Their defense gave up 27 points to a Ravens team that hadn’t scored more than 25 at any point this season. If the Raiders don’t figure out a way to turn their team around, they could fall off very easily. They have the Chargers coming to town this week and it should be a closer matchup then some people might think.
12. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2; Prev. 7)
The Chiefs got completely demolished by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. They weren’t able to score until the fourth quarter when they were already down by 36 points. Spencer Ware was able to rush for 82 yards on thirteen carries, but that doesn’t do much when your defense isn’t making any stops. They allowed LeVeon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger to do whatever they wanted throughout the entire game. Luckily, they have a much needed bye week to figure out their defensive woes and should come back stronger.
13. New York Giants (2-2; Prev. 13)
The Giants have quickly gone from first to worst in the matter of two weeks in the NFC East. They got beat up on Monday night by one of the best defenses in the NFL and allowed Jerick McKinnon to run them over. He was able to rush for 85 yards and a touchdown as the Giants could not stop him. Orleans Darkwa was able to rush for 48 yards and their only touchdown of the game, but they weren’t able to do much else against the Minnesota defense. It should be another tough week for the Giants this week as they travel to Green Bay to face a well-rested Packers team.
14. Atlanta Falcons (3-1; Prev. 18)
Julio Jones is amazing and the Carolina secondary isn’t good. Therefore, Julio Jones + Carolina secondary = 300 yards and a touchdown on twelve receptions. The Atlanta defense was poor again, but anytime Julio Jones is able to take over a game like that, the Falcons don’t even really need a defense. This week should be interesting as their powerful offense is going to face one of the best defenses in the league when they travel to Denver.
15. Baltimore Ravens (3-1; Prev. 15)
The Baltimore Ravens lost their first game of the season when the Raiders came to town. The Terrance West was able to rush for 113 yards and a touchdown while Joe Flacco was able to throw for 298 yards and another touchdown. This was their best offensive performance so far as they scored 27 points, but their defense gave up 28. They were able to slow down Oakland’s poor running game, but weren’t able to prevent Derrick Carr from throwing four touchdowns. They need to improve their pass defense soon because their opponent this week, the Washington Redskins, have an offense that revolves around the pass.
16. Washington Redskins (2-2; Prev. 19)
The Redskins have looked stronger and stronger in the last two weeks. This past week they were able to get Jordan Reed more involved in their game plan against the Browns as he was able to score two touchdowns on 73 yards receiving. Kirk Cousins is still struggling a bit, but the more that they win, the more confidence that he will gain, and this offense could be frightening for other teams. This week, they will travel to Baltimore with a big matchup against the Ravens.
17. Los Angeles Rams (3-1; Prev. 23)
The Rams have looked better and better each week that they have played. They have won back-to-back road games against some good competition. Aaron Donald played his best game of the season last week and if he can keep up his momentum, then opposing offenses should be scared. This week they face off with the Bills in Los Angeles in a matchup with two surprisingly good teams.
18.Buffalo Bills (2-2; Prev. 29)
The Bills are quickly climbing these rankings as they have had two impressive wins in a row. Both of their wins have been surprising and decisive and they were playing two of the better teams in the league. LeSean McCoy looks more and more like the guy that everyone saw in Philadelphia and their defense has been impressive. With the exception of the Jets game, the Bills have allowed an average of ten points per game. That is especially impressive given their competition. This week they travel to Los Angeles for a defensive battle against the Rams.
19. Arizona Cardinals (1-3; Prev. 11)
The Cardinals just keep falling. They lost Carson Palmer on Sunday and could miss this Sunday as well while under the concussion protocol. Drew Stanton came in for Palmer and threw two interceptions to lead the Cardinals to their third loss of the season. David Johnson is still able to run, but he isn’t enough to bring up the passing game. Their defense did a good job of holding Todd Gurley to 1.7 yards per carry, but Case Keenum was able to throw for two touchdowns to take out the Cardinals. This week, the Cardinals are going to San Francisco for a matchup with another division rival in a must win scenario.
20. Carolina Panthers (1-3; Prev. 16)
The Panthers are in a freefall at the moment. Granted, they have lost to three above average to good teams, but their secondary hasn’t looked good for an entire game this season. Now Cam Newton is having concussion issues and is uncertain to play this weekend. The longer that he is out, the less likely this team returns to the playoffs this season. They have the Buccaneers coming to town this week and if they lose another division game then they can almost kiss their chance goodbye. If they were to win and Atlanta falls to the Broncos, then they will still be in the race.
21. New York Jets (1-3; Prev. 17)
The Jets have looked better than their record presents, the main problem has been quarterback play. Ryan Fitzpatrick has not looked good and isn’t doing his defense any favors. Their defense is good, but they can’t make up for all of the offense’s mistakes. They have a tough matchup this week as they go up against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their high octane offense.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3; Prev. 20)
The Buccaneers had the misfortune of playing against the Broncos. Jameis Winston hasn’t had the sophomore campaign that Tampa Bay fans had hoped for. He has had nine interceptions in the last three games, but those were three of the better defenses in the league. They are facing another one this Sunday when they play a Carolina team that needs a win just as bad as the Buccaneers do.
23. Indianapolis Colts (1-3; Prev. 21)
The Colts looked really bad for three quarters of the game on Sunday in London against the Jaguars. This team needs to do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck otherwise he won’t make it through the season. He has already been hit 32 times, which is second most in the league, and he has been sacked 15 times, the most in the league. If the Colts offensive line doesn’t fix this soon, this team could be in trouble for the remaining twelve games. They have an easy opponent this week in the Chicago Bears, but it will be interesting to see how they adjust after a week in London.
24. New Orleans Saints (1-3; Prev. 25)
The Saints were able to get their first win of the season in Drew Brees’ first game in San Diego in eleven seasons. He didn’t have his best game statistically, passing for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, but it was a much needed win by him and his team. Mark Ingram was able to rush for 56 yards and a touchdown and their fullback, John Kuhn, was able to score three combined touchdowns on twelve total yards. They have a bye week this week.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3; Prev. 26)
Jacksonville got their first win of the season in London against a spiraling Indianapolis team. Blake Bortles was only able to throw for 207 yards and two touchdowns, but he was able to rush for another one and he didn’t throw any interceptions. Their defense was able to dominate for three quarters of the game, but they did let the Colts score 21 points in the fourth quarter as they attempted their comeback. The Jaguars need to do a better job of closing out games if they want a chance at their weak division. They have a much needed bye week this week and they need to come out of that on fire to start the second part of their season.
26. San Diego Chargers (1-3; Prev. 24)
The Chargers lost a tough game on Sunday because of some costly mistakes. Travis Benjamin and Melvin Gordon both fumbled the ball late in the game to give New Orleans the ability to come back and win. Philip Rivers had another good game as he threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw for an interception. Melvin Gordon was able to rush for two more touchdowns, bringing his total to six so far this season, but they haven’t been enough. Their defense needs to make some more stops and give Philip Rivers more chances to win games for this team. This week they travel to Oakland where the Chargers need to win or their season could be gone.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-3; Prev. 27)
The 49ers looked really good in the first quarter against the Cowboys, but they couldn’t stop the two rookies when it mattered. Then Blaine Gabbert wasn’t able to lead his team the way that they desperately needed. The only reason for hope with this team so far is Carlos Hyde and was able to move the ball effectively, but the 49ers were unable to capitalize. The 49ers also lost their best defensive player for the season when NaVorro Bowman went down untouched with a torn Achilles. They have a tough challenge this week as a desperate Cardinals team comes to town.
28. Tennessee Titans (1-3; Prev. 28)
The Titans lost a close game against their rivals, the Houston Texans. They have been able to run the ball effectively as DeMarco Murray ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Mariota was only able to throw for 202 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. They need to figure out a way to get their passing game going if they want to have a chance at their weak division. Next week, the Titans will travel to Miami where they should win and get their team back on track.
29. Detroit Lions (1-3; Prev. 22)
Detroit is in a freefall at the moment. They have lost three straight games and haven’t looked good in any of them. They lost to an injured Chicago team that has no business beating anyone at this moment. Matthew Stafford only threw for 213 yards and two interceptions and it looks like they are really missing Ameer Abdullah. Their only touchdown of the game came off of an 85-yard punt return from Andre Roberts. Next up, they have a really hot Eagles team that is coming off of their bye week.
30. Chicago Bears (1-3; Prev. 31)
The Chicago Bears finally won a game this season. Jordan Howard looked really good against the Lions and seems to be a good replacement for Jeremy Langford. Brian Hoyer was able to throw for 302 yards and two touchdowns to lead this team the way that they desperately needed. The most impressive thing about this team was their defense. they were able to hold the Detroit offense to zero touchdowns and forced two interceptions. If they can build on this momentum, they could win some more games this season. This week they are facing a Colts team that has looked bad recently and is returning from their London trip.
31. Miami Dolphins (1-3; Prev. 30)
The Dolphins got beat up by the Bengals last week. Ryan Tannehill was only able to throw for 189 yards a touchdown and an interception. They were able to run for a combined 62 yards between four runners. This team hasn’t looked good at any point this season and need to find a way to win some games. Hopefully, Arian Foster can return soon to give them some relief. They welcome the Titans to town this week and hopefully the extra rest will help them be competitive.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-4; Prev. 32)
The Cleveland Browns came close to winning their first game again this week, but fell just short against the Redskins. Terrelle Pryor continues to be the most exciting player on any of the bad teams and should continue to be the focal point of the Cleveland offense. Isaiah Crowell was able to be productive when he ran for 120 yards and a touchdown and Duke Johnson was a good compliment back as he ran for 45 yards on eight carries. The Browns may be the worst team in the league, but they have plenty of players to make this team exciting in the future. They have a huge challenge this week as they face the returning Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
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