This week was one of the better ones this season. There were several overtime games, including a tie in London. No team made a big jump this week because most teams that won, should have, and the teams that lost close games, lost in overtime or in a good game. The only exception is Seattle who dropped five spots after showing that they are having a lot of trouble on offense. This next week has some interesting matchups that should get NFL fans excited.
1. New England Patriots (7-1; Prev. 1)
The Patriots have their redemption from their only loss of the season. Tom Brady is still the best quarterback in the league and made the Bills defense look silly. He was able to throw for 315 yards, four touchdowns, and has yet to throw an interception to this point in the season. He was also able to show why this team is one of the best in the league as his four touchdowns went to four different targets. LaGarrette Blount was able to run the ball efficiently and rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown. They have a bye week this week and should be even better afterwards.
2. Dallas Cowboys (6-1; Prev. 2)
The Cowboys look like the best team in the NFC after their overtime victory against the Eagles. Dak Prescott had his worst game of the season, but turned everything on at the end and brought them the Victory. His pass to Dez Bryant to tie the game up was incredible and his scramble to find Jason Witten in the endzone was something that good quarterbacks do. Him and Ezekiel Elliott make for one of the best quarterback/running back duo in the entire league. Elliott was able to run the ball efficiently and also did a good job catching the ball out of the backfield. The Cowboys are going to Cleveland this week to face off against a Browns team that they should be able to beat pretty easily.
3. Denver Broncos (6-2; Prev. 5)
The Broncos won a big division game against the Chargers. Their defense looked as dominant as ever, causing three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Those turnovers gave Trevor Siemian good field position throughout the game and allowed the Broncos to get two rushing touchdowns. The hit on their defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, was frightening, but he seems like he will be ok and should give their defense even more of a reason to play well in the coming weeks. They have a crucial matchup this week in Oakland in a battle for first place in the AFC West.
4. Oakland Raiders (6-2; Prev. 7)
Derek Carr played the game of his career on Sunday against the Buccaneers. He threw for 513 yards and four touchdowns against a decent Tampa Bay team. Their running game combined for 128 yards and just had a big offensive day. The one big negative for the Raiders this past week was that they had a record 23 penalties in the game. If they keep messing up, then this team won’t be able to go far against better teams in the league. They have the Broncos coming to town this week for a huge AFC West game.
5. Minnesota Vikings (5-2; Prev. 3)
The Vikings have lost their second straight game and have shown their offensive concerns for their second straight week. Stefon Diggs had a big game with 76 yards and a touchdown, but no one else was all that impressive. Their running back situation seems to be troubling as Matt Asiata was unable to do that much against a poor Chicago defense. Their defense had trouble containing Jordan Howard and Jay Cutler. They need to figure out their issues as soon as they can before they drop off more. Their defense has a big test this week as the Lions come to Minnesota.
6. Atlanta Falcons (5-3; Prev. 8)
Atlanta got a big win on Sunday against the Packers. Matt Ryan was able to throw for 288 yards three touchdowns and no interceptions. Devonta Freeman was only able to rush for 35 yard, but he was able to get a touchdown as well. One of the more impressive players for the Falcons was Adrian Clayborn. He had two sacks on a quarterback that tends to avoid getting hit and helped this defense as Aaron Rodgers looked to be playing one of his better games so far this season. The Falcons have a fairly quick turn around as they have to travel to Tampa Bay for a good Thursday night game.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2; Prev. 9)
The Chiefs were able to pull out a big victory against the Colts on Sunday, despite the time that Alex Smith got knocked out of the game, twice. Nick Foles did a good job in his absence and he threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns. The only problem was that they weren’t able to run the ball that efficiently against a poor defense. They only rushed for 88 yards as a team and didn’t have a single rushing touchdown. It looks like Alex Smith doesn’t have a concussion, but if he his out for any length of time, then Foles should be more than enough to take out the Jaguars when they come to town this week.
8. Green Bay Packers (4-3; Prev. 6)
The Packers lost a close game to the Atlanta Falcons this week. They had another tough week in the secondary, but were able to limit Atlanta’s rushing attack. Aaron Rodgers has looked really good recently and seems to be getting back to his MVP form. He completed 74% of his passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns against an average defense. Their rushing attack was troubling again as their leading rusher was Rodgers with 60 yards. If they can’t get a decent running game going, then they will be in trouble, as shown in the game against Atlanta. The Packers are going to welcome the Colts to Lambeau this week in a game that the Packers should be able to win.
9. Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1; Prev. 4)
The Seahawks lost a tough game against the Saints this past week and need to figure out their offense as soon as possible. Russell Wilson isn’t able to move like he used to because of that horrendous offensive line. Christine Michael was able to rush for 40 yards and a touchdown, but that was about all that they could do offensively throughout the game. Fortunately for Seattle, the rest of their division isn’t taking advantage of the fact that the Seahawks haven’t looked particularly good. This week, they have a desperate Bills team coming to Seattle for a big game.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3; Prev. 10)
The Eagles lost a heartbreaker against the Cowboys in overtime on Sunday. They had a ten-point lead at one point in this game, but couldn’t stop Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott when it mattered most. Darren Sproles had a big game as he rushed for 86 yards and made a big impact against the Cowboys defense. Carson Wentz didn’t have a huge game, but he didn’t make a lot of mistakes either. He only threw for 202 yards and a touchdown against an average defense. if he can step up a little bit more, then the Eagles should be an even scarier team. This week they are travelling to New York to face the Giants in another crucial NFC East game.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3; Prev. 11)
The Steelers had a bye week this past week and are going to go up against the Ravens this week in Baltimore. Ben Roethlisberger was able to practice during the bye week, but they are uncertain if he will start or not. The winner of this game will be in first place so it should be a pretty good matchup.
12. Houston Texans (5-3; Prev. 12)
Brock Osweiler had his best game in a win as a Texan, but his stats still weren’t great. He threw for 186 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Lamar Miller had 56 yards and a touchdown, but that was all they really needed offensively. The impressive thing about this team was that their defense was able to hold a good Detroit offense to only thirteen points. Ten of those points were in the fourth quarter, but the Texans were able to hold on for the win. They have a bye week this week and maybe Osweiler will be better after a week of rest.
13. New York Giants (4-3; Prev. 13)
The Giants are coming off of a bye week and are going to face the Eagles this week in New York. This is a big matchup because they are tied in second place and a game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East. The Giants are riding a two game winning streak, but haven’t faced a team like Philadelphia recently.
14. Washington Redskins (4-3-1; Prev. 14)
Kirk Cousins had a big game against the Bengals, but could only lead his team to a tie. He put them in position to win, but Dustin Hopkins missed a 34-yard field goal with the game on the line. Rob Kelley had a good game running the ball in the place of Matt Jones and can hopefully keep the momentum going forward. The biggest thing for this team is that Jordan Reed is back. He was able to catch the ball nine times for 99 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins have a needed bye week this week.
15. Buffalo Bills (4-4; Prev. 15)
The Bills looked terrible against the Patriots on Sunday. They have no offensive weapons outside of Tyrod Taylor and it is showing. Taylor was able to rush for 48 yards and a touchdown, but only threw for 183 yards. Defensively, they let Tom Brady do whatever he wanted against them. They gave up several big plays and lost their best defensive player, Lorenzo Alexander, for a good period of the game. They need to get healthy soon or they will be out of the playoff for another year. This week they are travelling to Seattle in a tough game against the Seahawks.
16. Detroit Lions (4-4; Prev. 16)
The Lions had a poor game in Houston on Sunday. They were unable to get much done in the first three quarters and were only able to manage three points off of an interception. Matthew Stafford was able to throw for 240 yards and a touchdown, but their running game was poor. They only rushed fourteen times for 58 yards and couldn’t get into the endzone. One of the really bad things for the Lions in this game was that they were only able to convert on three of their eleven third downs for 27%. They are travelling to Minnesota this week for a must win game in the NFC North.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4; Prev. 18)
The Buccaneers lost a close game in overtime against the Raiders. Jameis Winston didn’t have a big game as he completed half of his passed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, but didn’t have any turnovers. Jacquizz Rodgers had 69 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough for the team to get a win. Their defense couldn’t stop Derek Carr and there should be some concern for this defense going forward. They have a tough game this week as the Falcons come to Tampa Bay.
18. San Diego Chargers (3-5; Prev. 19)
The Chargers lost an important game against the Broncos in Denver. Philip Rivers had three interceptions and only two touchdowns. Melvin Gordon had another big game, rushing for 111 yards and receiving for 44, but couldn’t score any touchdowns. One bright spot was the defense. They were in a bad position for most of the game thanks to the turnovers, but they still played well and should give San Diego fans something to be excited about going forward. They have another important game this week as the Titans come to town.
19. Baltimore Ravens (3-4; Prev. 21)
The Ravens had their bye week this past week after a four game losing streak. They had a good bye week in the sense that neither of the other AFC North teams playing won on Sunday. They need to turn things around this week against the Steelers or they will fall further down the AFC North pecking order.
20. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1; Prev. 17)
The Cardinals keep falling and really have not been good for the majority of this season. They lost another big NFC game against the Panthers. They were unable to get David Johnson the ball and couldn’t stop Jonathan Stewart defensively. Carson Palmer had a big game statistically, but it was against a secondary that isn’t very good. There should be a lot of concern in Arizona if they can’t turn things around quickly. They have an important bye week this week and need to figure out the problems with their team before this season slips away.
21. Tennessee Titans (4-4; Prev. 23)
Tennessee had their biggest game of the season as they beat the Jaguars last Thursday night. Marcus Mariota was able to throw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions for his best game so far this season. DeMarco Murray was able to rush for 123 yards and a touchdown and their other running back, Derrick Henry, was able to rush for 60 yards and a touchdown of his own. The interesting stat for the Titans this week was that they ran the ball 43 times and threw it only 23 times. They were able to use their strength to lead them to second place in their division. They are only a game behind Houston and need a win this week in San Diego to keep up their pace.
22. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1; Prev. 20)
The Bengals met the Redskins in London and came away with a tie. They were able to rush the ball for 152 yards and three touchdowns. AJ Green had nine receptions for 121 yards and Tyler Eifert had a good comeback game as he caught the ball with 102 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals were lucky that the Redskins missed a field goal in overtime and need to play better defensively. They have a bye week this week in which they can finally try to get healthy.
23. New Orleans Saints (3-4; Prev. 25)
The Saints won a big game on Sunday against the Seahawks on Sunday. Tim Hightower was able to rush for 102 yards against the Seahawks defense. Drew Brees didn’t have a big offensive game as he only threw for 265 yards and a touchdown and was able to sneak in for another one. The one thing that they were able to do was take advantage of a hobbled Russell Wilson and his offense. They only gave up 253 yards, no touchdowns and were able to force an interception. They are only a game and a half behind the Falcons and should be able to get a win this week against the 49ers.
24. Los Angeles Rams (3-4; Prev. 24)
The Rams had a much needed bye week, but there are a lot of questions surrounding this team. Fans have to wonder why Jeff Fisher hasn’t made the switch to the number one pick, Jared Goff. Case Keenum has not looked good and Goff could gain a lot of experience for the future. They have a tough matchup this week as they welcome the Panthers to Los Angeles.
25. Indianapolis Colts (3-5; Prev. 22)
The Colts went up against the Chiefs and lost. Andrew Luck didn’t look like himself, only throwing for 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Then they couldn’t get the running game going as the leading rusher was Andrew Luck with 60 yards on the ground and the next highest, Frank Gore, rushed for a measly 37 yards. They need to find a way to be more balanced and get better protection as this team is on the brink of missing the playoffs for the second straight year. They are facing the Packers at Lambeau Field and it is hard to imagine the Colts coming away with a win.
26. Miami Dolphins (3-4; Prev. 27)
The Dolphins had a bye week this past week after two big wins against some AFC opponents. They were hopefully able to get Jay Ajayi some much needed rest for the second half of the season. They are going to need him thus week as the Jets come down to Miami for an AFC East game.
27. New York Jets (3-5; Prev. 28)
The Jets got a big win this past week against the Browns, but they did not look good for the first half of this game. Their defense let Josh McCown throw for 341 yards and two touchdowns. They were able to force two turnovers towards the end to help them win the game. Matt Forte was able to rush for 82 yards and two touchdowns against the Cleveland defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick did not look all that good against the Browns and should be concerning going forward. They have a big AFC East matchup this week against the Dolphins.
28. Carolina Panthers (2-5; Prev. 29)
The Panthers got a big win against the Cardinals coming off of their bye week. Cam Newton only threw for 212 yards and no touchdowns, but the strength of this team was their running game and their defense. Jonathan Stewart was able to rush for 95 yards and two touchdowns. They did let Carson Palmer throw for 363 yards and three touchdowns, but they were able to hold Arizona’s running back, David Johnson, to only 24 yards and no touchdowns. Carolina seems to be in do or die mode now and is travelling to Los Angeles to face a Rams team coming off of their bye.
29. Chicago Bears (2-6; Prev. 30)
The Bears won a big game against the Vikings on Monday night. Jay Cutler looked good for a quarterback that missed five games with a thumb injury. Jordan Howard had a huge game and had a combined 202 yards and a rushing touchdown. The biggest thing that the Bears did was that they didn’t give up any turnovers to a really good defense. The other impressive thing was their defense how they were able to hold Minnesota to three points in the first three quarters. They have a bye week this week where they can review and figure out away to keep playing in this manner.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5; Prev. 26)
The Jaguars lost another big game against another AFC South opponent. They let Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray do whatever they wanted for the entire game. The score at the end didn’t show how bad they were in this game. they were down 33 – 8 entering the fourth quarter and ended up scoring two touchdowns when the game was already over. Blake Bortles had a good statistical game as he threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns, but they were unable to run the ball efficiently. At this point, you have to wonder how much longer Gus Bradley will be the head coach in Jacksonville. They have another tough game this week as they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-6; Prev. 31)
The 49ers were on a bye this past week and had two of their division rivals lose and the other one was on a bye. They are still three and a half games behind the Seahawks and it is doubtful that they will make a comeback. They are welcoming the Saints to town this week in an NFC matchup.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-8; Prev. 32)
The Browns looked good for the first half of the game against the Jets, but ended up falling short at the end. They went into the half with a 20 – 7 lead, but gave up 24 points in the second half to lose the game. Josh McCown looked fairly good, throwing for 341 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. They got 68 yards on the ground and a touchdown by Isaiah Crowell, but couldn’t do much more than that. They should have run the ball more to kill the clock, but weren’t able to. They have a tough game this week as the Cowboys travel to Cleveland.
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