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We are now officially past the halfway point of the NFL season and the rest of the journey is looking like a tough stretch. The playoff picture is starting to materialize and all 32 teams can start to look towards a postseason plan.
Who will be playing for the Lombardi trophy and who will be playing for top draft positioning?
1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
Jalen Hurts has thrown for an average of 268.3 yards per game and eight total touchdowns in his last three games. The Eagles have won all three of those games.
2. Baltimore Ravens (7-2)
Baltimore has pushed their win streak to four games and they’ve eclipsed the 30 point mark in their last three. Right now, they are ranked sixth in total points scored and total yards from scrimmage.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2)
Jacksonville was the hottest team headed into their bye. Let’s see how hot they remain against a hungry San Francisco team this week.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
The Chiefs shut out the Miami Dolphins in the first half, but they didn’t score in the second. They’re averaging 15.0 points per game in their last two games.
5. Detroit Lions (6-2)
Detroit’s lead in the NFC North has suddenly tightened up. Their schedule after this bye week isn’t necessarily a “murderers row” lineup. They’ll play three games against teams with a current winning record.
6. Miami Dolphins (6-3)
The Dolphins are 0-3 against teams with a winning record. They’re going to have to fix a few things during their bye week, especially with their offensive line.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)
The Bengals have won four games in a row, outscoring their opponents 106-68. Their defense has now climbed up to 12th overall in total points allowed.
8. San Francisco 49ers (5-3)
Despite a three game losing streak, San Francisco is still ranked fourth in total points scored and total yards from scrimmage. They come off of their bye week to face a red hot Jacksonville team.
9. Cleveland Browns (5-3)
Deshaun Watson led the Browns to five scoring drives and threw two touchdown passes in his return. The Browns are now ranked first in total yards allowed.
10. Seattle Seahawks (5-3)
Seattle suffered their worst loss of the season with a (putrid) three point effort versus Baltimore. They had 151 yards of total offense, recorded only six first downs, and they turned the ball over twice.
11. Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
The Cowboys have a total of six turnovers in their three losses. They have a total of two turnovers in the five wins. Coincidentally, they have forced only one turnover in their losses and a total of 12 in their victories.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)
All of Pittsburgh’s wins have come by a margin of seven points or less. They’ve won three out of their last four games.
13. Buffalo Bills (5-4)
Buffalo has lost three out of their last five games. They’re still (somehow) ranked fifth in total points scored, total yards from scrimmage and total points allowed on defense.
14. New Orleans Saints (5-4)
The Saints’ defense is ranked seventh in both total points allowed and total yards allowed. They’ve won their last two games, outscoring their opponents 64-44.
15. Minnesota Vikings (5-4)
Joshua Dobbs was inserted into the game after starting quarterback Jaren Hall suffered an injury. Dobbs proceeded to engineer five scoring drives and then sealed the game with a touchdown pass to Brandon Powell. Talk about heroics.
16. Los Angeles Chargers (4-4)
The Chargers have won two in a row and don’t look now, but their defense has started to come alive. They’ve allowed a total of 19 points during the streak, while forcing five turnovers.
17. New York Jets (4-4)
The Jets could very well have the most menacing defense in the NFL, but their offensive line has been atrocious. They haven’t cracked 100 yards rushing since week five. They only have three games over 100 rushing yards all season.
18. Houston Texans (4-4)
The Texas average 31.5 points per game in their four wins. They average 15.2 points per game in their four losses.
19. Atlanta Falcons (4-5)
The Falcons have to be kicking themselves for losing another game they probably should’ve won. Arthur Smith’s job can’t be considered secure after these first nine games.
20. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)
The Colts have scored 27 points in a game for the second week in a row, but this time around they were victorious. The Colts are ranked seventh overall in total points scored and they’ve scored 20 points or more in all of their games this season.
21. Washington Commanders (4-5)
Washington snapped a two game losing streak, by squeaking out a win versus New England. They’ve outscored their opponents by a total of 17 points in their four wins.
22. Las Vegas Raiders (4-5)
Interim head coach Antonio Pierce went up against his old team, the New York Giants, and totally obliterated them. It’s the first time this season the Raiders scored over 30 points and held an opponent to single digits.
23. Tennessee Titans (3-5)
Tennessee has been good in some spots, like only allowing eight passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns on defense. Unfortunately they’ve only thrown for seven touchdowns.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)
After a promising 3-1 start, the Buccaneers have lost four in a row. They’re allowing an average of 24.7 points per game during that four game losing streak.
25. Green Bay Packers (3-5)
The Packers snapped a four game losing streak by allowing the lowest points in a game this season. They’ve moved up to 10th in total points allowed and 11th in total yards allowed.
26. Los Angeles Rams (3-6)
Brett Rypien couldn’t muster up any real offense replacing the injured Matthew Stafford. Rypien threw for 130 yards and one interception. The team couldn’t score a touchdown and pretty much no chance to beat Green Bay. The team has signed Carson Wentz in an attempt to salvage their season.
27. Denver Broncos (3-5)
Denver entered their bye week on a high note with a two game winning streak. Can they continue their good play versus an inconsistent Buffalo team?
28. New York Giants (2-7)
Daniel Jones is out for the season with a torn ACL. Backup quarterback Tommy DeVito came in the game to get sacked six times and throw two interceptions. This game marks the fourth time this season the Giants have scored single digits in points.
29. New England Patriots (2-7)
The Patriots have turned the ball over in eight of the nine games they’ve played this season. They have 14 total turnovers this season.
30. Chicago Bears (2-7)
Chicago has lost two in a row and they’ve been outscored 54-30 in those losses. They are ranked 19th in both total points scored and total yards from scrimmage.
31. Carolina Panthers (1-7)
Carolina is ranked eighth overall in total yards allowed and fifth overall in passing yards allowed. This is very surprising, since they’re ranked 31st in total points allowed.
32. Arizona Cardinals (1-8)
The Cardinals have hit rock bottom, by failing to score a single point versus the Cleveland Browns. The good news is quarterback Kyler Murray is set to make his season debut versus Atlanta, barring any setbacks this week.
Offensive Player Of The Week
C.J. Stroud – Quarterback, Houston Texans: 470 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns
Defensive Player Of The Week
Kenny Moore – Cornerback, Indianapolis Colts: 8 total tackles, 2 interceptions (115 return yards), 2 touchdowns