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A week of close margins and wild finishes has the second half of the NFL season looking better than expected. In-game heroics as well as failures can mean a whole heap more than it did a few weeks ago. We are now in a situation where the strongest might not survive these games (with a win) and the weak might be better than expected.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
Philadelphia comes off of their bye week right into the toughest stretch of their season. They’ll play Kansas City, Buffalo, Dallas and then Seattle in the next four weeks.
2. Detroit Lions (7-2)
The Lions won their first game when allowing 30 points in a game this season. Detroit is ranked 21st in total points allowed.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
The Chiefs are still at the top of a loaded AFC, but their post bye matchup versus the Philadelphia Eagles might be their hardest test of the season.
4. Baltimore Ravens (7-3)
Baltimore scored 30 or more points for the fourth game in a row, but this one came in a loss. They have a total of seven turnovers in their three losses.
5. San Francisco 49ers (6-3)
The trend of the 49ers scoring at least 30 points and winning a game continues. They have a total of two turnover in their six victories.
6. Miami Dolphins (6-3)
With Buffalo’s failures, the New York Jets’ inconsistencies and New England’s weekly bad performances, the Dolphins have a real chance to distance themselves from the rest of their division.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3)
The Jaguars are 0-2 when they allow 30 points or more in a game this season. They’re allowing an average of 29.3 games in their three losses.
8. Cleveland Browns (6-3)
The Browns have won four out of their last five games and a division lead is within striking distance. Cleveland has forced 12 turnovers in their last five games.
9. Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Seattle is ranked 14th in total points scored and 18th in total yards from scrimmage. They way they’re winning, you would think those numbers would be better.
10. Dallas Cowboys (6-3)
The Cowboys have completely dominated the New York Giants this season. They have swept the two game series and they’ve have outscored the Giants by a combined total of 89-17.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
The Steelers haven’t had a two game losing streak all season, but have now won two in a row for the third time in 2023. The Steelers are ranked second overall with eight total turnovers on offense, while the defense is tied for the league lead with 18 turnovers.
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-4)
After two games in Minnesota, Joshua Dobbs has already been a part of more wins than he was in eight games playing for Arizona. The Vikings have now won five games in a row and six out of their last seven games.
13. Houston Texans (5-4)
The Texans have won their last two games by scoring on the last drive. They’ve outscored those two opponents by a total of five points (69-64).
14. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4)
The Bengals snapped their four game winning streak after their a nail biting loss to Houston. It marked the first time they had multiple turnovers in the same game this season.
15. Las Vegas Raiders (5-5)
The Raiders have won two in a row, outscoring their opponents 46-18. They have two huge games coming up against Miami and Kansas City before their bye week.
16. Buffalo Bills (5-5)
The Bills have six turnovers in their last two games and a total of 18 this season. They have at least one turnover in eight of the ten games they’ve played.
17. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
The Colts had their lowest point total of the season, but they were fortunate that it came in the same game where they gave up their lowest amount of points this season.
18. New Orleans Saints (5-5)
The Saints allow an average of 24.4 points per game in their five losses. They allow and average of 15.2 points per game in their five victories.
19. Los Angeles Chargers (4-5)
The Chargers are (surprisingly) 1-2 in games where they score 30 or more points. They’ve only turned the ball over twice in those three games, but inexplicably have finished with a win only once.
20. New York Jets (4-5)
In the three games since the bye week the Jets are averaging 10.3 points per game. They have six turnovers, while only forcing two turnovers on defense during that three game stretch.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5)
The Buccaneers have snapped a four games losing streak, holding their second opponent of the season to single digits in scoring. Tampa Bay is ranked eighth in total points allowed.
22. Atlanta Falcons (4-6)
The debate of who should be the starting quarterback for the Falcons has taken another turn. Desmond Riddler versus Taylor Heinicke feels eerily similar to the debate on how you pronounce the word “tomato”.
23. Denver Broncos (4-5)
Denver has pushed their winning streak to three games, outscoring their opponents 67-48. They’ve forced a total of ten turnovers during the streak.
24. Washington Commanders (4-6)
Sam Howell currently has a league high 2,783 passing yards, with 17 passing touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Their rushing attack has struggled, ranking 28th overall with 879 yards on the ground.
25. Tennessee Titans (3-6)
Derrick Henry currently has four rushing touchdowns this season, after racking up 23 touchdowns in his previous two seasons combined (24 games). Henry has eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark in two out of the nine games he’s played.
26. Green Bay Packers (3-6)
Jordan Love has thrown 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while averaging 223.2 passing yards per game. He leads a Packers’ offense that is ranked 21st in both total points scored and total yards from scrimmage.
27. Los Angeles Rams (3-6)
The Rams entered their bye week on a three game losing streak. A road game versus Seattle will be a hard task in regards to snapping that streak.
28. Chicago Bears (3-7)
All of Chicago’s victories have come in games where they did not turn the ball over. They have a total of 18 turnovers in their seven losses.
29. Arizona Cardinals (2-8)
Kyler Murray looked a bit shaky early on, but by the end of the game he did not look like a guy coming off of ACL surgery. He had 33 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 249 passing yards.
30. New York Giants (2-8)
I could be positive here and tell you the Giants had their second highest scoring game of the season. The fact that the score was 17 and they lost by 32 points quickly destroys that positivity notion.
31. New England Patriots (2-8)
You can make the comparison of the Patriots of this year to the Patriots with Tom Brady, but this team’s problem are much bigger than who’s playing quarterback. Whoever will be taking snaps under center this week most likely won’t be doing so for the Patriots next season.
32. Carolina Panthers (1-8)
The putrid Panthers’ offense has scored a total of 12 offensive touchdowns. They have two rushing and ten passing touchdowns. They’ve scored one offensive touchdown in their last two games.
Offensive Player Of The Week
Dak Prescott – Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys: 404 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown
Defensive Player Of The Week
Sheldon Rankins – Defensive Tackle, Houston Texans: 5 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble