What More can be said about he rams that already hasn’t been said. They’re electric, dynamic, creative, star studded, and it’s insane to think about how they could have barely scratched the surface. This team has lost Cooper Kupp, and possibly Brandin Cooks for a bit, and I still expect them to at least put up 3 touchdowns a game. I can’t wait to see what Sean McVay cooks up for the weeks to come. The defense hasn’t looked particularly great, but Wade Phillips can produce creative schemes weekly, and expect Marcus Peters to step it up down the line. Todd Gurley is the best non-QB in football right now, and he is, in a word, unstoppable.
2) Kansas City Chiefs
I’m not going to move the Chiefs down because they lost a shootout to Bill Belichick; the Chiefs still looked great. Patrick Mahomes got off to a slow start, but finished with insane throws outside the pocket to make Sunday night anyone’s game. The game just came down to who had the ball last, and the Chiefs just didn’t. This game showed me that the Chiefs can come back after a slow start, and that Mahomes is the kind of QB that doesn’t let a slow start get to him. He continues to make plays on a weekly basis, and the Chiefs can win any shootout they want, even if this week they didn’t. Tyreek Hill is looking like a top 3 receiver in the NFL.
3) New Orleans Saints
The Saints were on a BYE this week. Hopefully they got time to heal up Kamara and figure out new ways to use Taysom Hill. The Saints are going to be an offensive juggernaut all season. Hopefully their defense can match up.
4) New England Patriots.
This game only proved to me what I already knew. Bill Belichick will game you into the dirt if he has to, even with a terrible defense. I watched this game and saw that Bill Belichick knew to keep it on the ground in order to keep control of the clock. It looked like Belichick was a genius, until Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill decided to answer the Patriots back with their own offensive frenzy. The game came down to the final possession, just like Bill wanted, and he sent the Chiefs home with a loss. The Patriots have so many options on offense, it’s not even funny. Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels can create any way to score with all the versatile playmakers they have on offense. Sony Michel looks like the second coming of Curtis Martin, he is for real, and so is the Pats offense.
5) LA Chargers
The other LA (still feels weird to say) is quietly becoming one of the elite football teams. The offense has a plethora of options in the pass game they can pick from any given week to feature, and Melvin Gordon is proving himself to be an almost elite RB. The defense is no slouch either. They were all over Baker Mayfield, destroying one of the better O-Lines in football in the process, all without Joey Bosa. Melvin Ingram is becoming one of the best watches in football. No one is playing with more intensity on the defensive side, and it is clearly pervasive on the Chargers sideline. This team has a chance to be one of those flawless teams, once Bosa and Liegant come back to solve their run defense problems. Expect the Chargers to give the Chiefs a legit fight for the AFC West crown.
6) Baltimore Ravens
Any team playing the Ravens will be sore after playing them. They destroyed a power-run based Titans team that found out how big the Ravens trenches truly are. They are filled with Giants like Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce on the line making it hard for any team to run on them, while CJ Mosley is becoming one of the best do-it-all linebackers in the game. Joe Flacco is playing some of his best football ever in his probably last year with the Ravens. I think this team is a nightmare week in and week out for any team to face, and could make legit noise come playoff time.
7) Chicago Bears
One of the more disappointing outings this week was the Bears loss in 80% humidity in South Beach. The defense looked uncharacteristically awful last week, possibly because they came off a BYE. They got their customary 2 INTs from Brock Osweiler, but still looked a step slow all game. Khalil Mack looked like a non-factor in this game, and Osweiler went unpressured for most of this game. EXPECT THAT TO CHANGE. I expect the defense to return to its usual self and be a dominant force after this embarrassing loss. On the bright side the Bears offense looks impressive. Trubisky looks like he is coming into his own and Tarik Cohen is looking like a special weapon on offense. In addition, the offense is one of the more creative and risk-taking offenses in football, which should give defenses worry because Tayor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen are threats to score every down.
8) Philadelphia Eagles.
Carson Wentz is back and out for all the haters. Wentz looked like himself again in week in Week 6 and the defense didn’t look too bad Thursday night, even with Saquon being Saquon. This is not the same team as last year, but they can still win any week, now that Carson Wentz has his Favorite Target in Alshon Jeffery back. I expect the Eagles to run away with the NFC East now that the team is healthy. However, the team does need to make a move for a workhorse running back immediately.
9) Pittsburgh Steelers
Regardless of whether or not Le’Veon comes back this team is still dangerous. This team can beat you on offense any way they want. Unfortunately, they can be beat in any way too. This defense is one of the worst in the NFL, and unlike the Patriots and Chiefs, I’m not confident that they can always put up enough points to cover their defense. That’s what happened this week where they weren’t getting their way on offense all game and let Cincinnati walk all over them for a while. It took a hero play from AB to win the game, which isn’t always that farfetched. Still, the offense is elite and the Steelers know how to win games, just don’t expect too much out of their defense.
10) Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals looked average for a lot of that game against the Steelers. I don’t exactly know what the team was thinking throughout the game. They had Joe Mixon, and just decided not to use him for most of the game. Other than him, AJ Green or Geno Atkins, nothing on this team strikes me as elite. I worry that this team might lose games due to the team not being special and too average to hang with elite talent in their division, because there is a lot of it. Hopefully they realize the stud the have in Joe Mixon before they slug their way to a 9-7 record.
11) Carolina Panthers
If not for 2 key fumbles from rookie DJ Moore, the Panthers could be as high as five this week, but it happened and here we are. The Panthers look good on both sides of the ball and have potential now that Thomas Davis is truly back. I think DJ Moore can be expected as a breakout candidate for the rest for the season, despite the fumbles. The only thing really keeping this team from being an elite team is a pass rush. Kuechly, Davis, Thompson, Shot and Poe provide for one of the best run defending groups in football. If this team finds pass rush outside of Julius Peppers, they could be one of the 5 best teams in football easy. Cam Newton is playing like a top 7 QB.
12) Minnesota Vikings
I am not sold on the Vikings, and no win against the Cardinals is gonna show me different, especially since Mike Hughes tore his ACL adding injury to an already insulting secondary this season. The Vikings have underperformed all season, and the secondary looked alright against the Cardinals, but it was was the Cardinals. I think this team is fools gold. A possibly elite offense and a supposedly elite defense can’t click at the same time, and I don’t see that fixing itself anytime soon.
13) Green Bay Packers
I am not impressed by Rodgers come back win against the 49ers, because it was a bad defense and a questionable call. All I know is that this team can win any game they want just because Aaron Rodgers can do it for them. This team is bad on defense (being without Jaire Alexander doesn’t help them), the run game isn’t all that impressive, and the pass catchers aren’t really all that great either. Rodgers himself, is the only QB that can make a team a contender with the team he has.
14) Jacksonville Jaguars
The Blake Bortles situation has gone from, boring, to crazy, to indefensible, to being okay at best and now it is just pathetic. This QB is not only a bad player, he is going to lose you most games you play. The Jaguars have to play really good defense just to stop him from losing the game on his own. They need to get Teddy Bridgewater right now, I don’t care how. The defense isn’t off the hook either. They played like they knew Bortles was gonna be as bad as they were. This week should be a reminder to them that they cannot be complacent just because they have talent. This team needs a reality check now.
15) Washington Football Team
I think this team is flying under the radar and their win against the Panthers was no fluke if you look at their defense. The defensive line is legit and the Alabama duo up front are a real problem to block. Not to mention the perennially underrated Ryan Kerrigan. Even without Chris Thompson this team found a way to dink and dump there way to scoring points. This team is any aspiring team’s biggest nightmare. This team is classic trap game each week, and they proved why Sunday.
16) Miami Dolphins
I dislike having to put them this high, but they beat a good team with Brock Osweiler and are now 4-2. It shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Minkah Fitzpatrick has been playing well, and Xavien Howard is playing like a top 10 CB. The D-Line isn’t too shabby either with some okay talent to fill in place of Suh. The offense still would give me any hesitation to think that this would not be the peak of the Dolphins this season.
17) Dallas Cowboys
Their win against the Jags was impressive. Impressive, but we know it was the Jags who beat themselves, not anything special the Cowboys did. Dak Prescott proved he should at least start in the NFL, that’s something. The Defense of the Cowboys is sneaky good, especially on the defensive line. All Dallas needs to do is make sure their best WR isn’t Cole Beasley, and maybe they can be an 8-8 team
18) Houston Texans
Quietly the Texans are 3-3, tied for the lead in the AFC South. This team probably has the best shot to win the South. Their defense is electric with Clowney and Watt on the Edge, and with Benardrick and Zach Cunningham being standouts at linebacker. Kevin Johnson has shown what he can do at safety. As bad as the offensive line is, I have faith that DeShaun Watson will be able to cover it. They have just to challenge the Jaguars for the division, but that may just be it.
19) Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions intrigue me. They have a good secondary, and a barely average Linebacking core. The offense looks like it could be Steelers level effective in terms of playmakers. They are just, well, the Lions. I don’t know how else to put it. This team has an opportunity to be an upper echelon type offense and with an above average defense that could be enough to do something, yet I just don’t see them fully realizing their potential. Also their run defense is atrocious and fully relies on Jarrad Davis to make any and all plays, which he is just not capable of doing yet. Positive side, Matt Patricia looks like a decent Head Coach, yay!
20) Cleveland Browns
The Browns are a team on the rise in a division that is a slugfest. They found that out against the Ravens. The Browns have a star pass rusher in Garrett, and stud CB in Denzel Ward and their franchise QB in Baker, and a really good O-Line. Next year this team will be a surprise winning team with Head Coach Lincoln Riley. Right now, they might just have to bask in their potential.
21) Tennessee Titans
If a team overachieved this season so far, it would be the Titans. They are what the Bengals are with no elite talent anywhere on the football field. Derrick Henry looks more and more like a miss, and the offense looks incredibly stale. Not to mention how pedestrian Marcus Mariota has looked all season. I don’t suspect this defense to figure out their issues and I really don’t expect the offense to figure out theirs. The only positive for this team is that Harold Landry has a ridiculous bend.
22) Seattle Seahawks
I hope this week silenced any criticism coming Russell Wilson’s way. He showed that he is an ELITE QB option, and his connection with Baldwin looks pretty much the same. However, this was London and this was the Raiders. London is infamous for the better team blowing out their opponent, and it isn’t hard to be better than Oakland. Russell is still running for his life and the defense remains suspect. I am curious to see who will be the next, “Starting RB for the season” following their BYE week.
23) Atlanta Falcons
This team’s season is over, doesn’t matter if Devonta comes back or not. The offense is lazy an uncreative, and the defense can let up 30 to any team they play. It’s a bad situation for a team that had Super Bowl aspirations this year. Matt Ryan has looked as good as we have ever seen him this year, but the defense has not done him any favors. Good luck next year, and try to trade Vic Beasley before everyone realizes he was a one hit wonder.
24) NY Jets
The NY Jets are good team waiting for a good draft next year. They will not contend, they will not impress, they will not win a lot. As long as you see Darnold take strides as a starter and you see some of the diamonds in the rough pop out, you should be happy as a Jets fan. I will say this and I have said it before and think it needs to be reiterated until it is common knowledge, Jamal Adams is the best Safety in the NFL.
25) Indianapolis Colts
I love watching Andrew Luck play football, it makes me happy that even in garbage time he just slings the ball around. This team could still possibly win the division which is bananas. The offense is serving up some Eagles like RPOs which is… nice. This team won’t win a lot of football games, but it can be a headache for any team it plays. Man does Luck throw a good spiral.
26) Tampa Bay Bucs
The Bucs got a spark plug in Jameis Winston this week, throwing for almost 400 yards in a loss. Still, the Bucs have real problems in what might be the worst secondary in football, and Lavonte David is the only linebacker impressing me this season. The Buccaneers need to win shootouts just to win a game, and I am not certain that even that is plausible. At least they fired Mike Smith, that’s something I guess.
27) Denver Broncos
The Broncos are not what they could be and are just treading water right now. Any team can run on this defense, and even for all the draft capital they spent on their line, they can’t protect Case Keenum. Vance Joseph is maybe the worst Coach in football and will 100% lose his job at the end of the year. All the Broncos can do right now is hope that Lindsay becomes the true star he knows he can be, and draft well next year before the organization asks if Elway is a good GM or not.
28) Buffalo Bills
The ultimate A for effort team. This team has no right to win or be close to winning any games this season, and with Allen out and Nathan Peterman back and then out and then Derek Anderson in you should not expect that to change. Still, they are a hard defense to throw against and Sean McDermott seems to have a decent enough gameplan to keep it close. Bills fans, it’s not pretty, but next year may be different. You guys got great wings and a great coach.
29) NY Giants
It seems the rest of the world has picked up on what I have been saying for 3 years. Eli Manning is bad, REAL bad, like worse than Blake Bortles bad. I have never seen a QB more scared to take hits in my life. Thank god the NY media finally thinks so because I get an aneurysm everytime I talk about this. Please be nice to Odell, he is trying to hold in his feelings about Eli, and is just venting his frustrations out, just like Sheppard last week. Odell will be fine. Now Saquon has officially become the best watch on offense in the NFL. You just can’t tackle that guy, and he changes directions so well, he is already a top 2 RB, and he is a gift from the football Gods. NY should stop being mad they took him over Darnold. Be happy with Herbert next year.
30) San Francisco 49ers
This is how good Kyle Shanahan is. He is so good that Aaron Rodgers had to score to keep up with his offense. I don’t care if he lost in the end, I am sold that Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive minds since, well his dad. CJ Beathard hasn’t looked too bad throwing to open receivers, and Marquise Goodwin is fast, Real fast. This season may not be pretty, but if you like creative football watch the 49ers each week.
31) Arizona Cardinals.
Josh Rosen looks good. David Johnson looks okay. Patrick Peterson still can be explosive. That is about as good of news as it gets for the Arizona Cardinals. There is not much to look forward to for the Cardinals, so I would just wait till next season when they can pick Jonah Williams in the draft and move from there.
32) Oakland Raiders
This team is just Pathetic. No one is safe from the hellfire the media is about to put on Jon Gruden and for good reason. This team has given up, they look slow and old. Derek Carr is their best player, and that is an insult. Amari Cooper needs to be traded so he can drop balls somewhere else. The team needs to blow this whole thing up, which is probably what the Mack trade was about anyway. I just feel bad for the city of Oakland. They have to endure the terrible rebuild for a team that will leave them anyway. But then I remembered the Warriors are in Oakland, so I suddenly don’t feel so bad anymore.