1: Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 1)
Am I a homer for keeping the Chiefs at #1? Maybe, but the Chiefs were so far ahead that even with a drop they should still be #1. Overall I’m comfortable saying that was a one-off result, as the Chiefs unusually gave up a number of huge plays on defense, the kind that can tend to be flukey, and which they haven’t done a lot of before. But it’s obviously concerning that we lost a game that we had no business losing.
3: Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 3)
2: Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 2)
Fine, I’ll join everybody else and put the Packers as the top team in the NFC. It’s close, but they’ve looked better than the Seahawks or any other NFC team, so far.
4: Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 4)
5: Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 5)
6: Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 6)
7: Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 9)
8: New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 7)
9: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 8)
10: Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 10)
11: Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 11)
I really want to drop the Bucs and Saints, but it’s hard to justify anybody else above them, besides maybe the Rams. The NFC is looking more and more like the Packers and Seahawks, then everybody else.
This group is otherwise static yet again because of bye weeks and the fact that the Titans-Bills matchup was so unusual that it’s hard to draw much of a conclusion from it.
12: Los Angeles Chargers (Last Week: 12)
13: Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 13)
14: Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 15)
15: Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 16)
16: Las Vegas Raiders (Last Week: 23)
17: Chicago Bears (Last Week: 24)
18: New England Patriots (Last Week: 30)
19: Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 14)
The Chargers are 1-4, but 3 of those losses were close games to teams ranked above them, so it’s hard to argue they’re significantly worse than those teams. Although, it is weird how they manage to constantly find ways to lose close games, isn’t it? I always thought it was Rivers’ fault, but perhaps not.
20: Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 26)
21: Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 18)
22: Houston Texans (Last Week: 19)
23: San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 17)
24: Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 20)
25: Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 21)
26: Detroit Lions (Last Week: 22)
The Texans won by 16, but this may have been the most concerning game of the year. The Jaguars missed 2 field goals, then went for it on 4th down in the red zone and failed. Those go the other way and it could have very easily been much closer. Now that’s not too bad (they still would have won, and a win is a win), but Watson threw two interceptions against an already weak defense missing 3 of it’s best players. There were already questions starting to pop up around Watson this year, and this only takes it to a higher level.
27: Washington Football Team (Last Week: 25)
28: Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 27)
29: Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 28)
30: Denver Broncos (Last Week: 29)
31: New York Giants (Last Week: 31)
32: New York Jets (Last Week: 32)
Alex Smith should win comeback player of the year even if he doesn’t take another snap for the rest of the year. To go from almost losing his leg to playing in the National Football League is unbelievable.