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The ultimate equalizer in all sports is injuries. The NFL season is long and grueling, with injuries as the cherry on top of the sundae. Most teams are limping into these final weeks, desperate to get some of their players back onto the field.
It might come down to a case of who can survive the rest of season instead of who the best team is.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-1)
The Eagles held Derrick Henry to 30 yards rushing on 11 carries. With their run defense improving, do the Eagles have any vulnerabilities?
2. Buffalo Bills (9-3)
The Bills have been on a roll lately, winning three games in a row. They can really put a lock on the division by winning their next two games.
3. Dallas Cowboys (9-3)
The Cowboys have won three games in a row. They’re allowing 14.0 points per game during that stretch.
4. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
The Vikings have scored 60 points in their last two games, winning both by less than a touchdown. Their game versus Detroit this week should be a high scoring affair.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)
The Chiefs will play Denver and then Houston in the next two weeks. I’m sure this loss to Cincinnati won’t kill them in the standings.
6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
Jimmy Garoppolo will be out for the rest of the season, but Kyle Shanahan always has a 300 yard passer on his bench somewhere.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
Is Joe Burrow the best quarterback in the AFC? Probably not, but he keeps beating the best in the conference.
8. Miami Dolphins (8-4)
Tua Tagovailoa didn’t look sharp even before the 49ers’ pass rush got to him. We’ll continue to watch his progress with both of his starting tackles injured.
9. Baltimore Ravens (8-4)
Lamar Jackson suffered a knee injury and is listed as week to week on the injury report. How long can Baltimore go without him in the middle of a tight playoff race?
10. Tennessee Titans (7-5)
The Titans should feel good that they held the Eagles’ rushing attack in check over the weekend. They shouldn’t feel good about much else.
11. Seattle Seahawks (7-5)
Geno Smith has gone from has been to fan favorite this season, Pete Carroll has that kind of effect on quarterbacks (ask Russell Wilson).
12. New York Giants (7-4-1)
The Giants ended a two game losing streak, but hey haven’t won a game since week 10.
13. New York Jets (7-5)
Quarterback Zach Wilson might as well put his job resume on the internet for review. It seems his job as the New York Jets quarterback has been taken by Mike White.
14. Washington Commanders (7-5-1)
Washington has pushed their undefeated streak to four games heading into their bye week. They are ranked tenth in total points allowed and sixth in total yards allowed.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
Tom Brady gives you a realistic chance to win any game he plays. Even the games that he plays like crap.
16. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)
Just when you want to pick the Chargers to do anything of merit, you remember they are the Chargers. You’ll even call them San Diego by mistake.
17. New England Patriots (6-6)
Bill Belichick has lost his magic of late. In years past, he would’ve had some nondescript players going all-pro and leading them to playoff success. He’s only getting the first part right lately.
18. Green Bay Packers (5-8)
Aaron Rodgers has a career record of 24-5 versus Chicago in his career. Some things just stay the same.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8)
The Steelers have won three out of their last four games. They’ve forced seven turnovers during that stretch.
20. Detroit Lions (5-7)
Detroit continues its torrid scoring streak as of late. They’ve scored 127 points in their last four games.
21. Cleveland Browns (5-7)
Deshaun Watson returned to action on Sunday. Just in time for the Browns to run the football and play defense to win the game (like they were already doing).
22. Atlanta Falcon (5-8)
Has Marcus Mariota been more responsible for Atlanta losing games than winning games? Is it time to make a change at quarterback or maybe better yet, head coach?
23. Las Vegas Raiders (5-7)
The Raiders have pushed their win streak to three games. They won’t play a team that currently has a winning record until week 17.
24. Arizona Cardinals (4-8)
The Cardinals come off of their bye week to face the Patriots and then the Broncos.
25. New Orleans Saints (4-9)
The Saints have now lost four out of their last five games. They’re averaging 13.2 points per game during that stretch.
26. Carolina Panthers (4-8)
At first glance, we saw the news that Carolina planned on cutting Baker Mayfield. At second glance, we’re wondering why it was news at all.
27. Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1)
It’s starting to become a weekly theme, but Matt Ryan needs to consider retirement at the end of the season.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
Has Doug Pederson gotten the most out of Trevor Lawrence? They really haven’t protected him up front and it’s still unclear if you’re getting the best of Lawrence week in and week out.
29. Los Angeles Rams (3-9)
Despite popular belief, it’s the Rams who claim Baker Mayfield off of waivers. For what remains to be seen.
30. Denver Broncos (3-9)
Denver is one of two teams that has failed to score 200 total points this season. They are dead last in the NFL in points per game (13.8).
31. Chicago Bears (3-10)
The Bears have been outscored 59- 29 in their last two games. They allow 25.6 points per game.
32. Houston Texans (1-10-1)
Houston has the inside track on the first overall pick in the NFL draft. They have 12 picks in the upcoming draft , including two in round one. They’ll need to hit on a bunch of these picks.