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The whirlwind that is the NFL season is progressing rather quickly. We’re nearing the halfway point and not much has been determined. This year it seems each team is judged more by the quality of win, not necessarily the amount of wins.
Who’s really going to be contenders by the time the playoffs roll around? How many of the current top teams will still be on that list?
1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)
Kansas City’s defense has been the catalyst for their 5-1 start. They rank second in total points allowed and sixth in total yards allowed.
2. Miami Dolphins (5-1)
The Dolphins rank first in passing yards and rushing yards. They rank first in total points scored and total yards gained. It seems like they rank first in everything on offense, but the same can’t be said for their defense.
3. Detroit Lions (5-1)
The Lions are 3-0 versus the NFC South so far this season. They’re averaging 27.3 points per game against that division.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-1)
Sunday was the first time this season the 49ers failed to score 30 points in a game. It was also the first time they failed to gain at least 350 yards of total offense.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
Jalen Hurts now has seven passing touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season. The Eagles have turned the ball over nine times on offense and have only forced eight turnovers on defense.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-2)
The Jaguars have pushed their winning streak to three games. They’ve outscored their opponents 85-47 during that stretch.
7. Buffalo Bills (4-2)
Buffalo’s last two games came down to five points at the end, winning one game and losing one game. They average 15.5 points per game in their two losses this season.
8. Dallas Cowboys (4-2)
The Cowboys split their last four games with two wins and two losses. In the two victories, they have given up an average of 10.0 points per game. They have given up an average or 35.0 points the two times they were defeated this season.
9. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
Baltimore is ranked fourth in total points allowed and second in total yards allowed. They’re 2-2 in their last four games.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
The Steelers come off of their bye week to face the Los Angeles Rams on the road and then Jacksonville at home.
11. Cleveland Browns (3-2)
The Browns have have given up an average of 7.6 points per game in their three victories this season. They rank fifth in total points allowed and first in total yards allowed.
12. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
Seattle ranks 18th in total points allowed and 16th in total yards allowed. Outside of their dominant performance against the New York Giants, they’ve allowed an average of 26.2 points per game.
13. Los Angeles Rams (3-3)
The Rams got big performances from running back Kyren Williams and wide receiver Cooper Kupp against Arizona. Los Angeles has won two out of their last three games.
14. New York Jets (3-3)
The Jets’ vaunted defense has not allowed a quarterback to throw for 300 yards in any game this season. New York is a few missed plays (maybe a bad call or two) away from being 5-1.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Tampa Bay has lost the two games they’ve played versus teams with a winning record. They’ve averaged 8.5 points per game in those two losses.
16. Houston Texans (3-3)
The Texans have scored 10 touchdowns through the air and just one on the ground. They’re going to need more balance on offense if they want to make a legitimate playoff push.
17. New Orleans Saints (3-3)
The Saints have struggled to score this season. They rank 24th in total points scored and they average 13.0 points per game in their three losses.
18. Atlanta Falcons (3-3)
The Falcons have turned the ball over a total of seven times in their three losses. They have a total of three turnovers in their three victories.
19. Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)
The Bengals have won three of their last four games, averaging 23.3 points per game in the victories. They average 16.6 points per game overall this season.
20. Indianapolis Colts (3-3)
The 37 points given up to Jacksonville was the most points they’ve given up in a game all season. They also had four turnovers on Sunday, which is the same amount of turnovers they had through their first five games combined.
21. Washington Commanders (3-3)
Sam Howell threw three touchdown passes while the Commanders’ defense forced three interceptions against Atlanta. Washington snapped a three game losing streak with the victory.
22. Las Vegas Raiders (3-3)
The Raiders have won two in a row, outscoring their opponents 38-30. They’ve forced four turnovers during that stretch.
23. Green Bay Packers ( 2-3)
Green Bay comes off of their bye week to face the Broncos on the road and then Minnesota at home.
24. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)
Brandon Staley and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore have not done a great job at in game adjustments. There’s too many plays on offense that involves long routes and not enought short yardage plays through the air.
25. Minnesota Vikings (2-4)
The Vikings have won two out of their last three games, but their two victories came against opponents who have combined for one win.
26. Tennessee Titans (2-4)
The Titans were already having a hard time maneuvering through this season and now quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday’s game versus Baltimore. Luckily, Tennessee is entering a bye week and Tannehill could be healthy enough to play by week eight.
27. Arizona Cardinals (1-5)
The Cardinals have lost three games in a row and their schedule doesn’t get any easier in the next few weeks. A road game at Seattle and a home game versus the Ravens won’t be an easy task to improve their record.
28. New England Patriots (1-5)
The Patriots rank 31st in total points scored. They’ve been outscored by a total of 80 points so far this season.
29. Chicago Bears (1-5)
The Bears have 11 turnovers in their five losses this season. They didn’t turn the ball over in their lone victory.
30. Denver Broncos (1-5)
It seems like every week brings a new low for the Broncos. This past week, they scored their lowest amount of points (eight) in a game this season.
31. New York Giants (1-5)
The Giants have pushed their losing streak to four games. They have averaged 10.0 points per game during that streak.
32. Carolina Panthers (0-6)
The Panthers have given up a total of 84 points to their last two opponents. Those opponents have a combined record of 10-2. At least Bryce young has shown improvement in those two games.
Offensive Player Of The Week
Cooper Kupp – Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams: 7 catches, 148 yards, 1 touchdown
Defensive Player Of The Week
Danielle Hunter – Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings: 7 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 pass deflection