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Ah December, the most wonderful time of the year. College football will play their conference championship games this weekend and then disappear (for the most part) for a few weeks.
This gives us an ample opportunity to watch even more NFL games and even more days to do so. It’s usually a time where only a few things makes sense and everything is still not set in stone.
Every team has four games remaining and they will feature some shocking moments. Who will keep it going and who will drop out of position before the regular season is done?
1. Baltimore Ravens (10-2)
The Ravens have toppled every big challenge they’ve faced this season. They are the clear cut Superbowl favorites and it will be very interesting if they didn’t make it that far.
2. Seattle Seahawks (10-2)
Seattle has won five straight games, two of which were in overtime. They have forced 15 turnovers in those five games and they rank third with 27 turnovers forced this season.
3. San Francisco 49ers (10-2)
The 49ers have lost two games this season, each by a field goal. I’ve never seen a team solidify how good they are in two losses until now.
4. New Orleans Saints (10-2)
Despite a shaky offensive performance the Saints have pushed their winning streak to three games. Their next opponent is the 49ers who will be eager to get back in the win column.
5. New England Patriots (10-2)
The Patriots have a 2-2 record in their last four games. Tom Brady (and his usually clean jersey) has been sacked eight times in that stretch.
6. Buffalo Bills (9-3)
The Bills will really have a tough time winning down the stretch of the season. They face three teams with with winning records and two division leaders in their last four games.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)
Its almost hilarious to hear talks of Patrick Mahomes taking a step back this season. The guy has 20 touchdown passes with only two interceptions and he’s averaging 298.3 passing yards per game.
8. Green Bay Packers (9-3)
Green Bay seems to be that team sitting in a great position to make a Superbowl that nobody is even mentioning. Their last four games features only one opponent with a winning record.
9. Houston Texans (8-4)
Deahaun Watson is on pace to have career highs in completion percentage, passing yards and touchdowns. The Texans play the Tennessee Titans twice in their last four games and that could determine the division winner.
10. Minnesota Vikings (8-4)
The Vikings have multiple turnovers in three out of their four losses on the season. As a matter of fact half of their 18 turnovers have come in their four losses.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)
The Steelers’ defense has crept back up into the upper echelon of the NFL. They rank sixth in points and fifth in total yards allowed.
12. Tennessee Titans (7-5)
The Titans have won three straight games and five out of six. None of their final four games features an opponent with a losing record.
13. Los Angeles Rams (7-5)
The Rams have traded wins and losses in their last four games. They play great in spurts but turnovers have plagued them this season.
14. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
Dallas lost two straight games scoring a total of 24 points. They scored 24 points or more in each of their previous four games.
15. Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
The Colts will play one team out of their last four currently with a winning record. That’s not saying much seeing as how they’ve already lost to a few teams with a losing record.
16. Oakland Raiders (6-6)
The Raiders’ season has been great considering where we all had them at the beginning of the season. They are a game out of a playoff spot and have a real chance to get in with some good play down the stretch.
17. Chicago Bears (6-6)
Opponents find it very hard to squeeze out points and yards versus the Bears’ defense. Just about as hard as it is for the Bears’ offense to find points and yards versus their opponents.
18. Carolina Panthers (5-7)
Carolina has fired head coach Ron Rivera after nine seasons. He had three winning seasons, four playoff appearances and one Superbowl appearance in his time with the Panthers.
19. Cleveland Browns (5-7)
The Browns had their three game winning streak snapped with a futile effort versus the Steelers. They only have one opponent left on their schedule with a winning record but that’s the first place Ravens. Good luck!
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7)
The Buccaneers’ opponents have outscored them this season by a total of six points. They are among the league leaders in points scored and one of the very worst in points allowed.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)
Since Nick Foles got benched in Jacksonville and the Eagles seemed to play better when Nick Foles was there, should Philadelphia try to reacquire Foles in the off-season?
22. Denver Broncos (4-8)
Drew Lock’s NFL career starts off with him throwing for 134 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, it starts off with a good showing versus a division opponent and a victory.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
The Jaguars have scored a total of three rushing touchdowns all season which is the fewest in the NFL. Their defense has given up 17 scores on the ground which is the second most in the NFL.
24. Los Angeles Chargers (4-8)
The Chargers have a total of three turnovers in their four wins. They have a total of 19 turnovers in their eight losses.
25. New York Jets (4-8)
The Jets have now allowed two winless teams to gain their first victories of the season versus them. Their last four opponents feature three teams currently in the playoff picture.
26. Arizona Cardinals (3-8-1)
The Cardinals’ defense has not been able to stop anybody this season. They are last in the NFL, allowing an average of 426.3 total yards per game.
27. Miami Dolphins (3-9)
The 37 points Miami scored against Philadelphia was their highest point total of the season. The Dolphins are at the bottom of the league in forcing turnovers but they have forced five turnovers in three wins.
28. Washington Redskins (3-9)
The Redskins are now on a two game winning streak, rushing for an average of 167.0 yards per game in that span. The defense has forced six turnovers and has given up an average of 201.0 passing yards during that stretch.
29. Detroit Lions (3-8-1)
The Lions have lost five straight games, giving up an average of 25.8 points per game. They have eight turnovers during that stretch.
30. Atlanta Falcons (3-9)
The Falcons’ defense has forced only ten turnovers this season. The offense has given up the ball a total of 25 times.
31. New York Giants (2-10)
The Giants’ losing streak has reached eight games. Quarterback Daniel Jones has been sacked 28 times in that span and has been taken down a total of 33 times in his ten starts this season.
32. Cincinnati Bengals (1-11)
The Bengals have finally won and there are no more winless teams left in the NFL. They still have a one game lead for the first pick in the draft.