1. Philadelphia Eagles
It’s tough to not put the Eagles at number one. They have the best record in the league at 7-1 and they don’t look to be slowing down. Carson Wentz continues his MVP run, and with the newly acquired Jay Ajayi, this team just took another step forward.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
After a disappointing stretch, the Chiefs bounced back with a strong showing against Denver on Monday Night Football. Alex Smith has yet to throw a pick this season, and Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce keep dominating. Oh, don’t forget the defense too, they’re pretty good.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers keep on keepin’ on. JuJu Smith-Schuster is developing very fast and along with Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell (and maybe Martavis Bryant??) this Steelers offense can be unstoppable. Even with some concerns about Big Ben’s poor play, the Steelers should be just fine going forward.
4. Minnesota Vikings
These aren’t the same Vikings we’re used to seeing. The 2017 Vikings actually have a good offense. Even without Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford the Vikings offense is one of the best in the league. Case Keenum is playing just fine and the emergence of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs has helped tremendously along with a solid run game. The rest of the league should look out.
5. New England Patriots
What? It’s week 9 and the Pats aren’t the best team in the league? Yes, you read that correctly. These aren’t the same Patriots we’re used to. The defense is one of the worst in the league and the offense just isn’t quite like what it’s been. However, I really don’t see a reason for fans to worry because come playoff time, Tommy Touchdown will do his thing and lead the Patriots to a deep run and potentially get another ring. We’ve all seen it before.
6. Seattle Seahawks
There’s not much to say about the Seahawks. The defense is balling as usual and if Russell Wilson can stay healthy Seattle should be just fine. The only concern is a weak run game.
7. Los Angeles Rams
With the offense clicking like it has been so far this season, it’s hard to see the Rams slow down in the future. They’ve already almost scored as many points as they did all of last season and it’s only week 9. The defense and special teams have also been a key in the Rams success this season. They’re definitely a team to keep an eye on.
8. New Orleans Saints
After starting 0-2, it looked like another lost season for Drew Brees and the Saints. But after putting together five straight wins they look nearly unstoppable. The departure of Adrian Peterson and the emergence of Alvin Kamara has helped tremendously and turned a one-dimensional offense into a two-dimensional one.
9. Buffalo Bills
The Bills defense has quietly had a terrific season and the offense is also playing well, even without much production from the wide receivers. But with the trade acquiring Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers that should change. Tyrod Taylor now has a top target and LeSean McCoy won’t have to carry the load on offense.
- Houston Texans
The Texans are much better than their 3-4 record. Deshaun Watson has been nothing short of amazing along with Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins. Even with key injuries on defense, it still can hold it’s own. Expect the Texans to win more games the second half of the season and make a playoff run.
- Carolina Panthers
With arguably the best defense in the league, the Panthers find themselves competing for the division lead with the Saints. The offense has been underwhelming, but it shouldn’t be much of a problem when the defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the last two games.
- Dallas Cowboys
Originally the Cowboys were higher on this list but with the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott finally beginning, they’ve dropped to 12. Basing it off of last year, this season has been disappointing, already matching their total losses they had all last season (3). However, this is still a solid team and they’ll still compete for a playoff spot even with Elliott missing the next six games.
- Atlanta Falcons
Although they’ve struggled so far this season, the Falcons still own one of the NFL’s most talented and best offenses. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, the list can really go on. The talent is undeniable and it’ll all start to click soon for the dirty birds.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have the best-run game in the league and the best defense in the league. Both units have been playing lights out. The only problem for the Jags is Blake Bortles. He’s silently been awful this season carrying a QBR of under 50. Bortles has to figure it out soon because one-dimensional offenses can only go so far.
- Tennessee Titans
The Titans are one of the most questionable teams in the league. Nobody is sure what to make of them and it’s hard to tell whether or not they’ll contend for a playoff spot. They don’t do anything particularly well and they don’t do anything particularly bad. They’ve put up points against decent teams but have also struggled against the Browns and 49ers who are a combined 0-16.
- Detroit Lions
The Lions are another odd team. Personally, I think they’re better than their 3-4 record. They’ve gotten a little unlucky with failing to convert on fourth and short many times this season. If they converted, they might have a few more wins. They’ll still compete for the NFC North title along with the Vikings and Packers.
- Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens offense is terrible. Yes, they beat the Dolphins 40-0 however the defense scored 14 of those points with two picks 6’s. Joe Flacco has been very underwhelming this season and now with his concussion, he could miss another game or two. The Ravens strong suit is their defense, and that’s what’s keeping them alive in the playoff race.
- Washington Redskins
The Redskins can’t beat good teams. They can easily walk all over teams with a losing record, but their losses this year came from winning teams (Chiefs, Cowboys, and Eagles 2x). Kirk Cousins needs to figure out how to come up big in a key game before it’s too late.
- Green Bay Packers
With the tragic injury of Aaron Rodgers, Packers fans find themselves struggling to hold onto any hope of making the playoffs. They still have a winning record, but the life is out of this team and they’re forced to put their trust in backup QB Brett Hundley.
- Denver Broncos
The Broncos are falling fast. They’re 1-4 in their last five games and Trevor Siemian has only thrown three touchdowns and eight interceptions over that stretch. Things are so bad for Denver, Brock Osweiler is starting on Sunday against the Eagles, who own the league’s best record.
- Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers started off an abysmal 0-4 but rallied together three straight wins. They’ve managed to make themselves relevant again and kept it a close game against the Patriots. The number one problem with the Chargers is that they can’t win close games. They have a 9-22 record in games decided by eight points or fewer since the start of the 2015 season.
- Cincinnati Bengals
For a team with so much talent, the 2017 Bengals are very disappointing. Both sides of the ball are loaded with playmakers but they just can’t get the job done. Beating the Colts in a close game was a step in the right direction, but I don’t think much will be stemming for the Bengals this season.
- Chicago Bears
The Bears defense is one to be feared, but the offense is still developing. The run game is solid, but the passing game is struggling greatly. Nothing more was really expected with a rookie QB starting, but things in Chicago look to be headed in the right direction.
- Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins officially gave up on their season by trading Jay Ajayi for a 4th-round pick. They’ve thrown the white flag and are most likely looking to rebuild. It was wishful thinking if you thought Jay Cutler or Matt Moore were going to lead the team to the playoffs.
- Oakland Raiders
One of the more disappointing teams this season, the Raiders went from Super Bowl contender to potential top ten draft pick. The offense can’t get anything done and the defense hasn’t been too hot either. There’s little chance Derek Carr and company can salvage the season.
- New York Jets
With a season filled with disappointments, the 3-5 Jets are a bright spot. Many predicted for New York to not even win a single game. Josh McCown shows he can throw the ball like an average quarterback and the defense has shown up when they needed too.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs just aren’t producing like they should be. They have way too much talent to be struggling like they are on offense. Jameis Winston hasn’t helped the cause either turning the ball over in key moments of close games.
- Arizona Cardinals
With Carson Palmer and David Johnson both out for the season, all hope is gone in the desert. This is the worst rushing team in the league, and now with Drew Stanton taking snaps, it could be the worst passing one too.
29. New York Giants
The Giants season has been one big disaster, and the injuries to Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall pretty much solidified that. Ben McAdoo clearly doesn’t seem like a head coach and is losing the locker room game by game. Oh, and the defense hasn’t lived up to expectations either. Expect big changes to be coming in New York this offseason.
- Indianapolis Colts
Did anybody really expect the Colts to compete without Andrew Luck? Didn’t think so. Luck should just sit out the rest of the season and get healthy… Or find a new team. That would work too.
- San Francisco 49ers
It’s sad to think that only a few years ago the Niners were on top of the league. Now, it’s quite the opposite. However, I love the trade for Jimmy Garoppolo.
- Cleveland Browns
I don’t think much should be said here. The Browns are the worst franchise in sports right now. It’s hard to imagine them ever having another winning season again.