This was one of the most intriguing weeks of the season so far. There was a tie in one of the worst games played in recent memory. There are no more undefeated teams in the league, but there is still a winless team. Most of the games were lopsided, but there were a few comebacks and failed comebacks. There doesn’t seem to be a team that is clearly the best in the league and the power is shifting week to week. The Lions made a giant leap after winning their second straight game and seem like a real contender. The Titans and Steelers both dropped five spots after not looking good this past week.
1. New England Patriots (6-1; Prev. 2)
The Patriots were able to get a big win against a weakened Steelers team. Defensively, they had some troubles in the first half, but the second half, they held the Steelers to only two field goals. Antonio Brown was able to catch seven passes for 106 yards, but they kept him out of the endzone. Offensively, they relied on the running game more than they had in the previous two games. LaGarrette Blount was able to rush for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and looked really good at various points of the game. They have a big challenge this week as they have a rematch with the Bills in Buffalo.
2. Dallas Cowboys (5-1; Prev. 3)
The Cowboys had a good week in the sense that it looks like Dez Bryant will be back next week. It looks like Romo will still be out for at least another week, as he hasn’t been fully cleared for practice yet. Hopefully, Prescott used his bye to reflect and figure out ways to improve going forward instead of dropping off. They are facing another rookie quarterback sensation this week as they welcome their rival Eagles to town.
3. Minnesota Vikings (5-1; Prev. 1)
The Vikings are no longer unbeaten and they looked bad offensively against the Eagles. They scored one touchdown towards at the end of the game, but had four turnovers throughout the game and gave up a 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Their defense did another good job as they only allowed one offensive touchdown and got four turnovers themselves. They need to figure everything out quickly as they travel to Chicago next Monday night.
4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1; Prev. 4)
The Seahawks played in one of the ugliest games in recent memory and tied the Cardinals with only six points. Offensively, they looked really poor against Arizona’s defense. They had 257 combined yards and gave up 90 of those yards through penalties. That means they had a net total of 167 yards, that doesn’t win a lot of football games. Luckily for them, their defense played really good and held the Cardinals to six points as well. They had a blocked punt and a blocked kick and were only able to convert those into three points. The offense has a bit of an easier game next week as they travel to New Orleans to face off against the Saints.
5. Denver Broncos (5-2; Prev. 6)
The Broncos had a big game on Monday night against their former quarterback. They held him to 131 yards and no touchdowns and were able to force two fumbles. Offensively, they didn’t have their best game of the season, but they didn’t give the ball away to Houston at any point. Trevor Siemian only threw for 157 yards and a touchdown. CJ Anderson and Devonta Booker were able to combine for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead their team to the victory. They have the Chargers coming to Denver for a big division matchup.
6. Green Bay Packers (4-2; Prev. 8)
The Packers finally put together a complete game when they faced off against the Bears. The Packers only ran the ball 23 times, but they didn’t need a running game because Aaron Rodgers put together his best game of the season. He threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns as he lead the Packers to their fourth victory of the season. Their defense was able to hold the Bears to only ten points, but the Bears were using Matt Barkley for the majority of the game. They need to keep up their good play next week as they face off with the Falcons in Atlanta.
7. Oakland Raiders (5-2; Prev. 9)
The Raiders won a big game on Sunday in Jacksonville against the Jaguars. Derek Carr threw for 200 yards and a touchdown, but kept them in the game. Latavius Murray had his biggest game of the year as he rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns. They were able to cause three turnovers to keep the Jaguars at bay. Khalil Mack had a good game as he got to Blake Bortles for Oakland’s only sack of the game. They are travelling to Tampa Bay this week to face a good Buccaneers team.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2; Prev. 11)
Kansas City played one of their most complete games of the season, offensively and defensively. Spencer Ware deserves the game ball for this one as he rushed for 77 yards and had 54 yards and a touchdown through the air. Alex Smith was able to get the ball to all of his weapons and had a very efficient game. Their defense had a little bit of trouble against Drew Brees, but they were still able to cause two turnovers. It looks like the Chiefs should get a shot in the arm soon as Justin Houston looks like he is really close to returning to the team. They are traveling to Indianapolis this week to face off against the Colts.
9. Atlanta Falcons (4-3; Prev. 5)
The Atlanta Falcons should have won on Sunday, but their defense let them down in the end. They had a ten-point lead going into halftime, but Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon were able to make a comeback and win in overtime. Their defense was able to sack Rivers four times and cause two turnovers, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Offensively, they weren’t as dynamic as they had been up to this point in the season. Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and a touchdown and the running backs were able to combine for 122 yards and a touchdown, but those aren’t as big as they had produced prior to this game. Next, they welcome the Packers to Atlanta for a big NFC game.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2; Prev. 13)
The Philadelphia Eagles had the biggest win of their season so far when they beat the last undefeated team. Carson Wentz had the worst game of his young career as he only threw for 138 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, but he didn’t need to play great thanks to his defense. They were able to cause four turnovers throughout the game, one of which was a touchdown. They were also able to sack Sam Bradford six times for a total of 35 yards When a defense is that dominant, it is hard to lose. They need to keep it up this week because they are going to Dallas for a big NFC East showdown.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3; Prev. 7)
The Pittsburgh Steelers played a good game on Sunday against the New England Patriots. The score was lopsided in New England’s favor, but it was only a one point differential in the third quarter. Landry Jones was able to throw for 281 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but didn’t look uncomfortable going up against one of the best teams in the NFL. Le’Veon Bell had a total of 149 yards combined for the day, but was unable to score any touchdowns. The problem with the Steelers was that there was no way Landry Jones was going to beat Tom Brady in a gunfight. The Steelers are on their bye week this upcoming week and there are already rumors the Roethlisberger should be back after the week off.
13. Houston Texans (4-3; Prev. 10)
Brock Osweiler’s return to Denver was a terrible game for him. He can’t throw the ball more than 15 yards and only threw for 131 yards on 41 attempts. They were able to rush for 140 yards, but were unable to get any offensive touchdowns. They also fumbled the ball twice and their defense couldn’t get any turnovers themselves. They gave up 347 yards and 27 points to a subpar offense. They have the Lions coming to town this week and they need a win to stay on top of their division.
13. New York Giants (4-3; Prev. 16)
The Giants were able to leave London with a big win against the Rams. They didn’t have the biggest game offensively as Eli Manning threw for 196 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The team combined for 36 yards and one touchdown. All of this was thanks to the defense being able to cause four interceptions from Case Keenum. Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each had two interceptions and although Janoris Jenkins wasn’t able to get a pick, he looked really good. They have a bye week this week before they have a big division game in two weeks against the Eagles.
14. Washington Redskins (4-3; Prev. 12)
The Washington Redskins had a good 55 minutes of the game against the Lions, but gave it up at the end to an 18-yard touchdown pass. Josh Norman went down in the third quarter with a concussion and that hurt them. Kirk Cousins didn’t have a bad game and threw for 301 yards, a touchdown, and was able to rush for another touchdown, but lost a costly fumble. Matt Jones had a bad game by averaging 2.7 yards per carry and had a fumble as well. The Redskins are going to London this week for a tough game against the Bengals.
15. Buffalo Bills (4-3; Prev. 14)
Tyrod Taylor had a big game as he was able to throw for 221 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 35 yards and a touchdown. They weren’t able to get the running backs going in this game and they only rushed for 32 yards and one last minute touchdown. They had a really bad game on defense as they allowed 454 total yards and three touchdowns. They have another tough game this coming week as they have a rematch against the Patriots in Buffalo, but this time they are going against Tom Brady, not Jacoby Brissett.
16. Detroit Lions (4-3; Prev. 25)
The Lions won a close game against the Redskins. Matthew Stafford was able to throw for 266 yards and a last minute touchdown to get the win. They only had a combined 94 yards between Justin Forsett, Zach Zenner and Stafford. Their defense did a pretty good job against the Redskins as they forced two turnovers and held Washington to seventeen points. They need to keep that up as they are going to Houston this week to face off against the Texans.
17. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1; Prev. 15)
The Cardinals were one half of possibly the worst primetime game in recent memory. Carson Palmer was able to throw for 342 yards and David Johnson was able to rush for 113, but they only scored one field goal in regulation and one field goal in overtime. Their defense did a good job and held the Seahawks to only six points as well, but this team still has a long way to go to compete for a playoff spot. They are visiting Carolina this up coming week and need the win to stay in the AFC West race.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3; Prev. 19)
The Buccaneers got a much-needed victory over a poor 49ers team. Jameis Winston was able to throw for 269 yards and three touchdowns, but he did throw an interception. Jacquizz Rodgers was able to rush for 154 yards on 26 carries and take advantage of the 49ers defense. Their defense was able to beat up on the 49ers offense as well. They were able to hold San Francisco to 273 yards and force three turnovers. They need to keep playing at that level as the Raiders are coming to town this week.
19. San Diego Chargers (3-4; Prev. 24)
The Chargers won another big game on Sunday, as they were able to contain Atlanta’s high-powered offense and make a big comeback. They were then able to force the game into overtime where San Diego would make a key stop and then get the field goal for the win. Melvin Gordon had a big game and was able to rush for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Philip Rivers is quickly becoming an MVP candidate as he was able to facilitate the comeback for the Chargers and was able to throw for 371 yards and a touchdown. Joey Bosa got his third and fourth sacks of the season and has made a big impact on this defense despite only playing in three games to this point. The Chargers have a big game this week, as they travel to Denver to play the Broncos for the second time in three weeks.
20. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4; Prev. 21)
The Bengals got a needed win against the Browns this past week. Andy Dalton had his biggest game of the season as he threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns. It helped that he had AJ Green catch eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown and their running game had their biggest week of the season. Jeremy Hill rushed for169 yards and a touchdown and Giovanni Bernard rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown as well. They did have trouble against the run, but they were able to get two interceptions off of the Browns fifth quarterback of the season. They are going to London this week to face off against the Redskins.
21. Baltimore Ravens (3-4; Prev. 17)
The Ravens had a poor game on Sunday against the Jets. They couldn’t get the ball moving on the ground and Joe Flacco had troubles throwing the ball as well. The Ravens averaged half a yard per carry on twelve carries throughout the game. Flacco threw for 248 yards, but he didn’t have any touchdowns and had two interceptions. The best player for the Flacco on Sunday was their kicker, Justin Tucker. He ended up kicking three field goals and one extra point. Defensively, they couldn’t do all that much against the Jets offense and couldn’t stop them through the air or the ground. They have a needed bye week this week and can try to figure out a way to stop their four game skid.
22. Indianapolis Colts (3-4; Prev. 26)
The Colts got a big win against the Titans this past week as Andrew Luck was able to have one of his best games of the season. He was able to throw for 353 yards and three touchdowns against the Titans defense. Their defense had more troubles this week as they allowed DeMarco Murray to rush for 107 yards and a touchdown. They also let Marcus Mariota throw for two touchdowns and 232 yards. They were able to cause one fumble for a touchdown when they needed it the most to close out the game. They are going to welcome the Chiefs to town this week in a big AFC matchup.
23. Tennessee Titans (3-4; Prev. 18)
The Tennessee Titans had a big game against the Colts, but ended up giving the game away at the end. Marcus Mariota was able to throw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, but had a costly fumble at the end of the game that the Colts were able to take back for a touchdown. DeMarco Murray was able to rush for 107 yards and a touchdown as he kept up his big season. Their defense had a lot of trouble with Andrew Luck and was unable to keep up for the entire game. they have another divisional game this week as the Jaguars come to town.
24. Los Angeles Rams (3-4; Prev. 20)
The Los Angeles Rams lost an ugly game in London against the Giants on Sunday. Case Keenum had a really ugly game, he was able to throw for 291 and a touchdown, but he ended up throwing four interceptions in the game. Todd Gurley seems to be going through a bit of a sophomore slump this season. He is currently on pace to rush for 921 yards this season, 200 yards less than last season when he only appeared in thirteen games. Their defense did a really good job against the Giants, but the mistakes on offense were the downfall of this team. They have a bye week this week and need to comeback healthy entering the second half of their season.
25. New Orleans Saints (2-4; Prev. 22)
The Saints were down by fourteen points going into the half and did not look all that good. Drew Brees was able to throw for 367 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. They were able to rush for 104 yards between three backs, but couldn’t get into the endzone. Their defense was the biggest problem of the game, especially against the run. Spencer Ware was able to burn them for a total of 131 yards and one receiving touchdown. They were unable to cause any turnovers and didn’t do their offense any favors. They are going up against a good defense this week as the Seahawks come to New Orleans.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4; Prev. 23)
The Jaguars lost another game this week, this time against the Raiders. Blake Bortles threw a touchdown, but ended up throwing two interceptions. They were able to rush 105 yards between their two running backs and Bortles. They were only able to score one offensive touchdown against a defense that had been rather poor before that. Bortles seems like he hasn’t improved at all this season and needs to figure out how to fix some of his problems. They are travelling to Tennessee this week in a must win game for the Jaguars.
27. Miami Dolphins (3-4; Prev. 29)
The Dolphins had their second straight big win, this time against the Buffalo Bills. Jay Ajayi had his second straight 200-yard game and joins an elite group of running backs as the fourth player to accomplish that feat. The score of this game didn’t show how the Dolphins really dominated this game. They held LeSean McCoy to only eleven yards after he beat up the rest of the league for the last couple of weeks. They were able to get to Tyrod Taylor four times and set the tone for this game. The Dolphins have a bye this week and it seems to be a bad time as they are just now warming up.
28. Carolina Panthers (1-5; Prev. 27)
The Panthers had a much needed bye week. Hopefully, they were able to heal up and get ready for the second half of their season. They have a tough matchup this week as the Cardinals come to town for a big NFC matchup.
29. New York Jets (2-5; Prev. 28)
Last week, the New York Jets got a huge win against the Ravens. Ryan Fitzpatrick had his best game of the year as he completed nine of his fourteen passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Before he left the game, Geno Smith, threw for 95 yards and a touchdown of his own. Matt Forte carried the ball 30 times for 100 yards and a touchdown and had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Their defense was able to hold the Ravens to a total of six yards rushing for the entire game. The Jets are travelling to Cleveland next week for another game that they should be able to win.
30. Chicago Bears (1-6; Prev. 30)
The Bears lost another quarterback in the Green Bay game and now have to resort to starting Matt Barkley. Hoyer and Barkley combined for 130 yards, no touchdowns and Barkley threw two interceptions. They combined for 69 yards rushing as a team and just couldn’t do anything offensively. Their only touchdown came on a fumble recovery in the endzone by the Chicago defense. It doesn’t look like it is going to get any easier for Chicago this week as they welcome the Vikings into town on Monday night.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-6; Prev. 31)
The 49ers had another rough week this past week. Colin Kaepernick had a poor game as he only threw for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was able to rush for 84 yards on nine carries and the 49ers seemed to desperately miss Carlos Hyde. Their running backs combined for 76 yards on 19 carries and obviously need help on offense. Defensively, they were able to cause an interception, but they still could not stop the Buccaneers running game as they allowed 249 rushing yards. They have a much needed bye week to figure out their problems and try to fix them in the last eleven games.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-7; Prev. 32)
The Cleveland Browns lost their seventh straight game and it wasn’t even close. Cody Kessler didn’t look bad before he left with an injury, but Kevin Hogan did not look good as a passer as he completed half of his passes for 100 yards and two interceptions. Hogan did a really good job with his legs as he ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on only seven carries. Isaiah Crowell also looked good as he rushed for 63 yards and touchdown on only twelve carries. Defensively, they couldn’t stop the Bengals offense on the ground or in the air. They gave up four touchdowns and 559 combined yards. They have the Jets coming to town this week, but with all of the questions surrounding it could be tough for them to get their first win.
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