There should be another good slate of games this week and should clear up the playoff picture very soon.
1. Dallas Cowboys (10-1; Prev. 1)
The Dallas Cowboys played their most complete game on Thursday against the Washington Redskins. They took the lead four minutes into the first quarter and never gave it up for the rest of the game. Dak Prescott didn’t have the best game statistically, completing 71 percent of his passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, but also ran for 39 yards and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott was incredible again this week. He averaged nearly five yards per carry and had 120 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. Their defense gave up a lot to Kirk Cousins, but they made key plays when they needed to. They have another Thursday game next week when they travel to Minnesota.
2. Oakland Raiders (9-2; Prev. 2)
The Oakland Raiders were able to leave their game against the Panthers with another win this season. Derek Carr was able to throw for 315 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Their rushing attack was only able to rush for 55 yards and a touchdown. Their other touchdown came off of an interception return for a touchdown. Their defense did have trouble stopping the run on Sunday, giving up 129 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. They are still in control of their division and are still tied with the Patriots for the conference lead. They have the Bills coming to town this week in another interesting matchup.
3. New England Patriots (9-2; Prev. 3)
The Patriots didn’t look particularly good against the Jets on Sunday, but they were still able to come away with the win. Tom Brady was able to complete 60 percent of his passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but had some troubles in the first quarter of the game. Rob Gronkowski left the game early on Sunday with an apparent back injury and should be worrisome to Patriots fans. LeGarrette Blount and Deion Lewis were able to combine for 91 rushing yards and no touchdowns against one of the better defensive lines in the league. their defense had trouble stopping Ryan Fitzpatrick and gave up two passing touchdowns. They were able to force two fumbles against the Jets, but shouldn’t have had that much trouble with Fitzpatrick. This week they have the Rams coming to town and they should be able to win.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (8-3; Prev. 5)
The Kansas City Chiefs got a big overtime win on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Offensively, they only had two touchdowns and only kicked two field goals, both coming in overtime. Alex Smith threw for 220 yards and their running game was only able to get 83 yards, but they didn’t have any turnovers. Their defense let Trevor Siemian have his biggest statistical game of his career, but they were able to hold on for the win. They are still a game behind the Oakland Raiders, but are in sole possession of the first wildcard spot. They have a tough game this week when they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons.
5. New York Giants (8-3; Prev. 7)
The New York Giants were able to win again, this time against the Cleveland Browns. They didn’t look particularly good going into half time, only up eight points, but they didn’t need to do much more against this team. Eli Manning only threw for 194 yards, but also had three touchdowns, two to Odell Beckham. Their running game combined for 104 yards, but no one looked really good running the ball. Their defense was able to get seven sacks and force three turnovers against the Browns. Their offense needs to play better down the stretch and into the playoffs if they want to go far this season. They are going to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in what should be a big game.
6. Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1; Prev. 4)
The Seahawks did not look good on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Their defense allowed two passes from Jameis Winston to Mike Evans for touchdowns in the first quarter and Seattle couldn’t score one through the entire game. Russell Wilson had a terrible game throwing the ball, completing 51.5 percent of his passes for 151 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was able to rush for 80 yards, nearly twice as much as everyone else on this team combined, but it wasn’t able to help them win. Their offensive line didn’t help much either, allowing Wilson to get sacked six times in the game. they need to play better down the stretch if they have any hopes of catching Dallas and the number one seed in the NFC. The Panthers are coming to Seattle this week and the Seahawks need to come away from that game with a big win.
7. Detroit Lions (7-4; Prev. 8)
The Detroit Lions won another game in the fourth quarter and are now in the driver’s seat for their division. Matthew Stafford did a good job, considering the defense that he was going up against. He only completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 226 yards and a touchdown, but there were no turnovers from the Lions and was one of the reasons that they won this game. Defensively, they continue to look better each and every week. This week they are going to New Orleans to face the Saints.
8. Atlanta Falcons (7-4; Prev. 9)
The Falcons need to start playing like they did in the first half of the season if they don't want the Buccaneers to catch up with them. Their offense is still one of the top three in the league, but their rough defense is holding them back considerably. Their offense will have a tough matchup this week as they take on the Kansas City chiefs at homw.
9. Denver Broncos (7-4; Prev. 6)
The Denver Broncos lost a game that they desperately needed and are on the outside of the playoff picture at the moment, but played one of the best games so far this season. Trevor Siemian was able to throw for 368 yards and three touchdowns against a good Kansas City defense. Their running attack was able to rush for 124 yards and had their best game since CJ Anderson went down. The Broncos have a tough schedule down the stretch of this season, but this week they have a game in Jacksonville that they should win.
10. Baltimore Ravens (6-5; Prev. 13)
The Baltimore Ravens are in good position to make the playoffs, they just need to continue to win. They are still tied with the Steelers for the division lead and have the tie breaker, but that can turn around very quickly if things go sour for the Ravens. They have a tough challenge this week when they take on the Miami Dolphins.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5; Prev. 14)
The Buccaneers got a big win on Sunday when the Seahawks came to Tampa Bay. Jameis Winston looked good early, being able to connect with Mike Evans for two first quarter touchdowns and that was all that they needed to win the game. Doug Martin looked decent running for 87 yards, but had a fumble as well. The impressive thing about their win was how their defense played. They were able to sack Russell Wilson six times and force three turnovers to help with the win. With this win, they are only a game behind the Falcons for the division and half of a game behind the Redskins for the second wildcard spot. They have a tough game this week as they travel to San Diego for a game with the Chargers.
12. Houston Texans (6-5; Prev. 10)
The Texans had a bad game on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Brock Osweiler did not look good, throwing for 246 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. He was able to rush for one, but that doesn’t balance all of the bad play that he had. Lamar Miller was only able to rush for 57 yards and also had a costly turnover. Their defense was able to get an interception from Philip Rivers, but also gave up three touchdown passes as well. This team hasn’t looked particularly good lately and need to turn it around before they lose their grip on the division lead. They are going to Green Bay this week and need a big win to turn their fortunes around.
13. Washington Redskins (6-4-1; Prev. 11)
The Redskins played a tough game on Thursday, but couldn’t leave Dallas with the win. Kirk Cousins had a career day, throwing for 449 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Reed was excellent, catching ten passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. DeSean Jackson had 118 yards and a touchdown, but most of those yards came from his 67-yard touchdown reception. The problems with this team was their inability to was to run the football and stop the Cowboys offense. Rob Kelley only rushed for 37 yards and they couldn’t stop Ezekiel Elliott. Despite the loss, they are still in good position to make the playoffs and won’t be facing any team quite like Dallas for the rest of the season. This week, they are travelling to Arizona to face the Cardinals.
14.Miami Dolphins (7-4; Prev. 17)
If the regular season ended today, then the Miami Dolphins would be in the playoffs, thanks to how well they have played recently. Jay Ajayi didn’t have his best game of the season against the 49ers, but he was able to rush for 45 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Tannehill had his best game in recent history, able to throw for 285 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Their defense should cause some worry, giving up 193 rushing yards and letting Colin Kaepernick throw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, but they were able to get two turnovers in the game. Their defense needs to play better down the stretch if the Dolphins want to keep their playoff spot and this week they are going to Baltimore for a big AFC matchup.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5; Prev. 16)
The Steelers did a good job on Thursday against a wounded Colts team. Their defense was able to take advantage of the fact that Andrew Luck was out because of concussion protocol. They were able to force two interceptions and only allowed seven points to the Scott Tolzien led Colts. The Indianapolis defense was unable to slowdown Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Roethlisberger was able to connect with Brown for 91 yards and three touchdowns and Bell was able to rush for 120 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers have a tough game this week as the Giants are coming to town in what seems to be a must win game.
16. Minnesota Vikings (6-5; Prev. 12)
The Vikings gave up the game to the Lions on Thursday. They had several chances to win, but couldn’t get the job done. Sam Bradford completed 84 percent of his passes for 224 yards, but he couldn’t throw a touchdown and had one very costly interception. They had 82 yards and seemed to be running the ball well, but no one could really break out. Their defense did a good job, holding the Lions to thirteen points up until the interception from Bradford. They couldn’t get any turnovers of their own so the turnover battle was very costly. They have a tough game this week when the Dallas Cowboys come to Minnesota on Thursday.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6; Prev. 15)
The loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night really hurt the Eagles season. They are now five games out of the division with five games left. There is still hope for them to get a wildcard spot, but they have five teams ahead of them because of records and head-to-head wins. If they don’t win the rest of their games this season, they probably won’t make it because it looks like a team will need at least ten wins to get in.
18. San Diego Chargers (5-6; Prev. 18)
The San Diego Chargers were able to get a big win against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Philip Rivers looked good, throwing for 242 yards, three touchdowns and only one interception. Melvin Gordon only rushed for 70 yards, but they didn’t need anything more against the Texans. Their defense was able to take advantage of Osweiler, forcing three interceptions and not allowing a passing touchdown on their way to the victory. The Chargers have a bit of a challenge this week as the surging Buccaneers are coming into San Diego on Sunday.
19. Buffalo Bills (6-5; Prev. 19)
The Bills still have a chance to make the playoffs, but have to have a lot of things happen for them to get in. They need Miami and Denver to start losing to make it even possible for Buffalo. This week, they have a tough challenge as they are going to face off with the Oakland Raiders.
20.Tennessee Titans (6-6; Prev. 22)
The Titans have to hope for some losses to their division rivals this week, It is very possible that the winner of this division could end the regular season with only eight wins. The Titans have their bye week this week and can hopefully come out healthy for the homestretch into the playoffs.
21. Indianapolis Colts (5-6; Prev. 20)
The Indianapolis Colts had the misfortune of playing against the Steelers without their starting quarterback. Scott Tolzien was only able to throw for 205 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions and his running game didn’t help him any either. They were only able to combine for 91 yards on the ground and couldn’t get into the endzone. their defense had trouble against the Steelers and gave up three touchdowns through the air and one through the ground. Fortunately for the Colts, the Texans lost so they are still only a game behind, but now the Titans are half a game above the Colts as well. This week they are going to face off with the Jets and need the win to stay in the race.
22. New Orleans Saints (5-6; Prev. 25)
The New Orleans Saints are fighting for their season and need to pretty much win every game in order to make the playoffs. Drew Brees is playing some of the best football of his career, but it doesn't seem to be enough to get this team over the hump. they have a big game this week against the Lions in a big NFC game.
23. Green Bay Packers (5-6; Prev. 23)
The Packers still have a chance at saving their season, thanks to their Monday night victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. It won’t be easy, but with their last three games within their division, if the Packers can win out and the Lions slip up, then the Packers could steal a playoff spot. They need to take care of business this week against the Houston Texans in Green Bay.
24. Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1; Prev. 21)
It seems like the Arizona Cardinals have given up on the season. Carson Palmer cannot get on the same page with any of his receivers and it cost them on Sunday. Teams are starting to attack the run and make Palmer have to beat them. They have a tough game this week as they are facing the high powered Washington offense.
25. Carolina Panthers (4-7; Prev. 24)
The Panthers had a good offensive battle against the Raiders on Sunday. Cam Newton only competed 48.3 percent of his passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns, but had a very costly interception returned for a touchdown. Their running game did a pretty good job though, rushing for 129 yards and three touchdowns to keep them in the game with Oakland’s offense. Carolina’s defense did a pretty good job against the Raiders compared to other teams around the league. They held Derek Carr to just two touchdowns and were able to force two turnovers. The Panthers find themselves in a tough hole to climb out of and are now three games behind the Falcons for the division lead with only five games left. They have a tough game this week as they are going to face the Seahawks in Seattle.
26.Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1; Prev. 26)
The Bengals are playing for pride at this point and need to figure out what they have on this team. There are questions about Andy Dalton, especially without AJ Green. He needs to figure out a way to get the ball to Tyler Eifert or they are going to have a rough time for the rest of the season. This week, they have a matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
27. Los Angeles Rams (4-7; Prev. 27)
The Rams are looking really bad and they look like they won't even get to their standard seven wins this season. They have tough matchups for rest of the season, especially this week when they go to New England. The worst part is that they don't even have a first round pick this year so it is going to be really hard for them to rebuild this team.
28. New York Jets (3-8; Prev. 28)
The Jets lost another game, but they had their chances to win against the New England Patriots. Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of his better games of the season, throwing for 269 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. He did have a lost fumble in the game, but him only having one turnover is actually good compared to what he has done previously in the season. They had a lot of trouble running the ball as they were only able to get 64 yards and no rushing touchdowns. Their defense did a pretty good job, restricting Tom Brady and all of his weapons, but they just weren’t good enough to get the win. They have the Colts coming in for a visit this week in what looks like it might be a pride game.
29. Chicago Bears (2-9; Prev. 29)
The Chicago Bears are on pace for a top five pick. Their receivers can't catch and they are going to have to rely on Jordan Howard if they want to win another game this season. Luckily, they are going up against the worst rushing defense in the league this week when they go up against the San Francisco 49ers.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9; Prev. 30)
The Jaguars are out of the playoff picture and it is hard to imagine Gus Bradley keeping his job and it will be interesting if they pick up the fifth year option for Blake Bortles. They have the Broncos this week and they are going to have a hard time.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-10; Prev. 31)
The 49ers may not have a chance to make the playoffs, but that doesn't mean that they have given up on their season. Colin Kaepernick looks like he is coming back to form, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns to go with his 113 yards on the ground. They have a winnable game this week as they travel to Chicago for a game with the Bears.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-12; Prev. 32)
The Cleveland Browns lost their twelfth straight game and only have four more chances to get a win this season. Josh McCown looked decent, throwing for 322 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, but had two fumbles in the game. They were only able to rush for 58 yards, but neither of their running backs could get any touchdowns. Their defense had troubles in general, allowing Eli Manning to throw for three touchdowns and a total of 27 points. This week they are on a bye and hopefully, they can get healthy and maybe surprise a team for a win.
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