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1. Philadelphia Eagles (7-1)
Last week #1
The best overall team in the league, fourth in points scored and tenth in points given up. The rich get richer, with the team trading for pro bowl running back Jay Ajayi at the deadline.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
Last week #2
The Steelers’ defense has allowed 20 points or more in only two games this season. Second in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed. Their offense needs to catch up a little, but with their veterans, that will come in time.
3. New England Patriots (6-2)
Last week #3
The Patriots’ offense is great, first in yards gained and seventh in points scored. The defense has given up a lot of yards, but points are coming at a premium for opponents. They’ve allowed 12.7 points per game over their last four games.
4. Seattle Seahawks (5-2)
Last week #7
Russell Wilson is carrying this team with 15 passing touchdowns and four interceptions. The offense is now top ten in both points scored and yards gained.
5. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)
Last week #4
The defense has not allowed 300 yards of offense to any of their last five opponents. The Vikings’ offense has surpassed 300 total yards in four of those five games.
6. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2)
Last week # 5
The Chiefs’ offense continues to thrash opponents, ranking third in both points scored and yards gained. Alex Smith has 16 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions.
7. Los Angeles Rams (5-2)
Last week #6
The Rams continue to stay at or near the top of the scoring rankings. Their defense has forced seven turnovers in the last four games.
8. New Orleans Saints (5-2)
Last week #8
At one point this season the Saints’ defense was last in points allowed. They have now dug out of the grave to currently rank 12th in that category. Their offense is sixth in points scored. That’s a pretty tough combination to beat.
9. Buffalo Bills (5-2)
Last week #10
The Bills rank third in points allowed. They have scored at least 30 points in their last two games. The offense got a big boost this week by trading for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin at the deadline.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3)
Last week #9
The Jags rank first in points allowed, sixth in yards given up, eighth in points scored, and 12th in yards gained. A well balanced team that suffers from brain lapses from time to time.
11. Carolina Panthers (5-3)
Last week #11
The defense is top five in both points allowed and yards given up. The offense isn’t very good and they have seven turnovers in their last three games.
12. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
Last week #20
Top ten in points and yards on offense. Dallas has played a very uneven season, only being a game above .500.
13. Atlanta Falcons (4-3)
Last week #13
Atlanta’s offense has struggled this season. They gain a lot of yards (fifth), but they don’t really score a ton of points (15th).
14.Tennessee Titans (4-3)
Last week #14
Tennessee somehow finds ways to score when needed and plays defense when it counts. I don’t have any numbers to support this claim. They’ve won four games mostly due to their rushing attack, which is first in touchdowns and eighth in yardage.
15. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)
Last week #21
The Ravens are sixth in points allowed and tenth in yards given up. They are second to last in yards gained.
16. Houston Texans (3-4)
Last week #15
Another dazzling performance by Deshaun Watson, but another loss. Houston is first in points scored with Watson leading the league in touchdowns. His injury today will likely have them dropping in the weeks to come.
17. Denver Broncos (3-4)
Last week #16
Denver is ranked first in yards given up. Their offense is not scoring at all. The team has given up 11 turnovers in their last three games.
18. Miami Dolphins (4-3)
Last week #17
The league’s worst offense just traded away one of it’s best offensive players. I really don’t have to say more, do I?
19. Green Bay Packers (4-3)
Last week #12
Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers has a total of 27 points the past two weeks. The defense hasn’t helped much, giving up 49 points in that span.
20. Washington Redskins (3-4)
Last week #18
Washington is eighth in passing yards. That’s it. That’s the only impressive number they have.
21. Detroit Lions (3-4)
Last week #19
Detroit starts off slow and then can’t finish after a fierce rally. That has been their script all season.
22. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)
Last week #23 Chargers have only given up 37 points in their last three games. They are 3-1 since changing starting place kickers.
23. New York Jets (3-5)
Last week #22
The Jets have forced six turnovers the past three weeks. They’ve also given six away in that span, and have three straights losses.
24. Chicago Bears (3-5)
Last week #25
The Bears can run with the best of them, ranking fourth. Their overall offensive numbers are terrible though, at or near the bottom of the league.
25. Oakland Raiders (3-5)
Last week #24
Oakland is baffling to say the least. Their opponents don’t throw much against them, but they give up a bunch of pass yards when they do decide to go that route.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
Last week #28
The Bengals have a solid defense, but they can’t really seem to string wins together.
27. Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
Last week #27
Arizona has no streaks this season, whether winning or losing all year. It’s just lose one, win one. They don’t do anything particularly well.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5)
Last week #26
The Bucs might be the most disappointing team in football. They are fourth in yards gained but just 18th in points scored. Their defense is dreadful as well.
29. Indianapolis Colts (2-6)
Last week #29
The Colts might be one of the two worst teams in football. They have won more games than the last three teams on this list, which is the best compliment for them I could find.
30. New York Giants (1-6)
Last week #30
The Giants are simply bad. There are no numbers to throw at you, they’ve been terrible on both sides of the ball.
31. San Francisco 49ers (0-8)
Last week #31
The 49ers’ fortunes might have changed by trading for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The guys they had on their roster were inadequate starters.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-8)
Last week #32
They continue to have a tight grip on the number one draft pick. They don’t give up a lot of yards, just a lot of points.