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The Now that we are over the mountain in the NFL season, the time for sorting out real contenders has come. In the coming weeks expect some of the teams to rise to the occasion and others to fall flat on their face.
Coaches will get fired and starters will lose their jobs. Division leaders will become division losers and we can definitely expect one team to come out of nowhere to make a hard playoff push.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0)
The Steelers are inching closer to an undefeated season and they can contribute a lot of that success to their defense. They are allowing a league low 17.0 points per game and they’ve forced 23 turnovers.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (10-1)
Patrick Mahomes is currently completing 68.3% of his passes and leads the NFL with 3,497 passing yards. Mahomes has 30 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. I’d say he’s the leader in the clubhouse for MVP of the league.
3. New Orleans Saints (9-2)
The Saints are averaging 29.6 points per game this season. They are averaging 27.5 points in two games with Taysom Hill at quarterback. Well, so much for that (perceived) drop off on offense with Drew Brees out.
4. Tennessee Titans (8-3)
Tennessee is ranked third in rushing and sixth overall in scoring offense. They sit in first place of the AFC South and they only have two teams left on their schedule with a winning record.
5. Seattle Seahawks (8-3)
D.K. Metcalf has already matched his catch total (58) from 2019. He leads the NFL with 1,039 receiving yards and he has nine touchdowns catches.
6. Green Bay Packers (8-3)
The Packers sit comfortably at the top the NFC North. They only play one opponent with a winning record in their last five games.
7. Buffalo Bills (8-3)
Buffalo has been pretty sloppy with the ball despite winning four out of five games. They have seven turnovers in that span.
8. Cleveland Browns (8-3)
Cleveland needs to keep running the football if they want to keep their playoff run going. They rank first in team rushing yards and they average 5.0 yards per carry.
9. Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
Indianapolis missed a golden opportunity to take control of their division. The loss to Tennessee put them a game out of first and it killed their head to head tie breaker.
10. Los Angeles Rams (7-4)
The Rams defensive effort has been getting wasted by offensive turnovers. They have turned the ball over in every contest this season.
11. Miami Dolphins (7-4)
The Miami defense has been the reason they have most, if not all of their victories this season. They rank second in the league in total points allowed.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
Are Tom Brady and Head Coach Bruce Arians on the same page offensively? Brady already has 11 interceptions on the season. His career high in any season is 14.
13. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
With Lamar Jackson under center, the Ravens were churning out 194.8 passing yards per game. With two different quarterbacks playing on Wednesday, they threw for a whopping total of 90 yards.
14. Arizona Cardinals (6-5)
Since DeAndre Hopkins’ miracle catch to end their week 10 game, the Cardinals have lost two games in a row. The good news is the only winning team they face on their remaining schedule is the Rams (two games).
15. Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
The Raiders recorded their worst loss of the season on Sunday and are now on a two game losing streak. They’ve fallen a full game out of a playoff spot.
16. New England Patriots (5-6)
The Patriots have won three out of their last four games. They have given themselves an outside chance at a playoff run.
17. Chicago Bears (5-6)
Is head coach Matt Nagy on the coaching hot seat? The indecision at quarterback, terrible offensive numbers, and five game losing streak could spell doom for Nagy.
18. Minnesota Vikings (5-6)
The Vikings have won four out of their last five games. They have an outside chance of the playoffs with only two remaining opponents with a winning record.
19. San Francisco 49ers (5-6)
Could the early season injury woes be turning around? San Francisco is starting to get players back healthy and could make a late season playoff push as a result.
20. Carolina Panthers (4-8)
The Panthers lost another close one on Sunday and it has become a type of theme of the season. Their playoff chances have all but dwindled at this point.
21. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)
The Falcons recorded their best defensive game of the season, allowing only two field goals to the Raiders. They have one of the toughest remaining schedules in the league.
22. New York Giants (4-7)
The Giants have pushed their win streak to three games, but it may be a bittersweet accomplishment. Starting quarterback Daniel Jones will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a strained hamstring.
23. Houston Texans (4-7)
Houston has now won two games in a row. The 41 they scored on Thanksgiving was their highest point total of three season.
24. Washington Football Team (4–7)
Washington is on a two game win streak after pummeling the Cowboys on turkey day. They have rushed for a total of 346 yards in those two victories.
25. Los Angeles Chargers (3-8)
The Chargers defense has struggled all season. In games that they seem to have in the bag, other teams just find a way to take the lead or pull away at the end of games.
26. Denver Broncos (4-7)
Denver played it’s game on Sunday without any of their quarterbacks available to play. To be fair, their record wasn’t stellar when they had an actual signal caller behind center.
27. Detroit Lions (4-7)
Matt Patricia’s tenure in Detroit has come to an end. He went 13-29-1 in 43 games as head coach.
28. Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1)
Carson Wentz continues to get excuses after excuses for a sub par season. He also continues to get loss after loss as a starting quarterback.
29. Dallas Cowboys (3-8)
Dallas continues to give up a ton of points this season. They have allowed 30 or more points six times this season and they haven’t held any of their opponents to under 20 points.
30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1)
Without Joe Burrow starting, you’d figure the Bengals would just lay down to its upcoming opponents. Well, they played as well as they could’ve under the circumstances and barely lost to the New York Giants.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)
Sunday marked the first time Jacksonville did not turn the ball over since week one. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, that was their last victory of the season.
32. New York Jets (0-11)
The Jets have played two games versus Miami this season and scored a grand total of three points. The Jets are dead last in points scored and total offensive yards.