1. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) | Final week’s rank: 3
The Steelers appeared improbable within the first half Sunday in Nashville after which simply held off the beforehand unbeaten Titans within the second half. Pittsburgh is the NFL’s solely remaining undefeated staff and is worthy of the No. 1 spot. The Steelers have emerged as the first risk to the Chiefs, forward of the Ravens and Titans, within the AFC.
2. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (6-1) | Final week’s rank: 2
Le’Veon Bell was a contributor in his Chiefs debut in Sunday’s lopsided triumph at snowy Denver. The wealthy get richer. Or on this case, the richest get richest-er.
3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) | Final week’s rank: 5
The Ravens return from their bye for Sunday’s showdown with the Steelers in Baltimore. The juggling of the NFL schedule labored within the Ravens’ favor for this recreation, with them given an additional week to relaxation and put together whereas the Steelers are coming off a tricky win at Tennessee.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) | Final week’s rank: 7
Coach Bruce Arians advised Peter King of the Antonio Brown deal: “I do know everyone needs to say Tom Brady lobbied us to get this achieved. Tom Brady lobbied me again in, gosh, June, July, August. I stated no. It didn’t match then. Now, we’re within the hunt.” So Brady finally did get his approach on Brown after Arians reconsidered his rejection. Quibbling over the phrasing and timeline doesn’t change that.
5. Inexperienced Bay Packers (5-1) | Final week’s rank: 8
Aaron Rodgers rebounded from the shaky outing in Tampa with a four-TD, no-interception gem in Sunday’s win at Houston. Did anybody count on something completely different? WR Davante Adams had an enormous recreation, and the Packers received simply even with out RB Aaron Jones and left sort out David Bakhtiari.
6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2) | Final week’s rank: 11
The Cardinals completely are for actual. Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense works within the NFL and second-year QB Kyler Murray is a star. Issues are rugged within the NFC West, however Arizona is an element.
7. Seattle Seahawks (5-1) | Final week’s rank: 1
The protection merely isn’t getting it achieved, and QB Russell Wilson ran out of miracles within the late phases of the OT loss to the Cardinals. Nonetheless, WR Tyler Lockett’s efficiency was exceptional, and the enduring reminiscence of the sport can be DK Metcalf’s pursuit and sort out of the Cardinals’ Budda Baker on his 90-yard interception return. It was an all-time-great NFL chase-down.
8. Tennessee Titans (5-1) | Final week’s rank: 4
The Titans merely took too lengthy to get issues shifting Sunday towards the Steelers and ran out of time. This staff stays able to beating anybody within the NFL.
9. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) | Final week’s rank: 10
The Colts return from their bye to play Sunday at Detroit. They’d higher beat the Lions as a result of the November schedule toughens significantly: dwelling vs. the Ravens, at Tennessee, dwelling vs. the Packers, dwelling vs. the Titans.
10. San Francisco 49ers (4-3) | Final week’s rank: 12
Jimmy Garoppolo went again to Foxborough and beat the Patriots. That needed to be satisfying on a private stage, even when it’s a at present diminished model of the Patriots.
11. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) | Final week’s rank: 13
The protection was actually good Monday evening towards Nick Foles and the Bears, and punter Johnny Hekker was improbable with 5 punts dropped contained in the 20-yard line. It’s odd to ask a few Sean McVay-coached staff: Is the offense adequate?
12. New Orleans Saints (4-2) | Final week’s rank: 14
From the ankle harm to the disciplinary matter to the hamstring harm, the Saints simply can’t appear to get WR Michael Thomas again on the sphere. With out him, they’re merely not an upper-tier staff within the NFC.
13. Buffalo Payments (5-2) | Final week’s rank: 15
The Payments managed to win Sunday within the Meadowlands however the method through which they did it, with six FGs, is about as unsatisfying because it will get. Failing to get even a single TD towards the Jets is an indication that the current regression is ongoing.
14. Cleveland Browns (5-2) | Final week’s rank: 16
The season-ending torn ACL suffered by WR Odell Beckham Jr. deprives the NFL of 1 its star gamers. However how a lot it actually hurts the Cleveland offense stays to be seen. QB Baker Mayfield truly appeared to be higher with out Beckham on the sphere. Maybe Mayfield was not occupied with forcing throws to Beckham to get him his desired variety of alternatives.
15. Chicago Bears (5-2) | Final week’s rank: 6
The one Bears landing in Monday evening’s loss to the Rams in L.A. was scored by the protection. Coach Matt Nagy has already made a QB change from Mitchell Trubisky to Nick Foles. There’s in all probability no going again now. It’s going to be robust for Nagy to repair this offense.
16. Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) | Final week’s rank: 9
The Raiders don’t have any justification to be upset that Sunday’s recreation wasn’t pushed again a day or two. Their offensive linemen got here out of isolation and performed. And if the Raiders certainly violated coronavirus protocols, because the NFL appears to suspect, the scenario was of the staff’s personal doing.
17. Detroit Lions (3-3) | Final week’s rank: 21
The Lions benefited from the Falcons’ clock-management gaffe and obtained again to .500 with the unbelievable victory in Atlanta. Who is aware of, possibly the Lions’ luck is popping round.
18. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) | Final week’s rank: 25
Justin Herbert continues to impress, and he lastly obtained a victory as an NFL beginning QB. Dealing with the Jaguars didn’t precisely harm.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) | Final week’s rank: 26
The best staff in all of the NFC East? If that’s not condemning with faint reward, what’s? If solely the Eagles may get their greatest gamers wholesome, they is perhaps a authentic staff. However that has been elusive and it’s a fairly large “if” at this level.
20. Miami Dolphins (3-3) | Final week’s rank: 19
The Tua Tagovailoa period begins Sunday towards the Rams. The QB change from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Tagovailoa can’t be evaluated on one recreation, one month and even one season. That is about letting Tagovailoa play, study and make his errors, with a watch towards what the Dolphins hope can be a decade or extra of final success.
21. Carolina Panthers (3-4) | Final week’s rank: 20
The three-game profitable streak has been adopted by consecutive losses to the Bears and Saints. That’s okay. If the Panthers can hold across the NFC wild-card race and stay within the operating to be .500 or above, that’s greater than anybody ought to have anticipated from them this season.
22. Denver Broncos (2-4) | Final week’s rank: 17
The Broncos truly stored Patrick Mahomes principally in test in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. However permitting a landing on an interception return and a landing on a kickoff return in the identical quarter is just not precisely a system for beating a defending Tremendous Bowl champion. QB Drew Lock must be higher.
23. New England Patriots (2-4) | Final week’s rank: 18
It’s unattainable to say whether or not Tom Brady or Invoice Belichick was extra answerable for the Patriots’ success throughout their dynastic run collectively. However it actually might be stated that Brady is faring higher in Tampa with out Belichick proper now than Belichick is doing in New England with out Brady.
24. Washington Soccer Crew (2-5) | Final week’s rank: 30
LB Jon Bostic received’t be suspended by the NFL for his hit Sunday on Cowboys QB Andy Dalton. That doesn’t change the truth that it was an egregious unlawful hit worthy of the ejection that Bostic obtained and precisely the kind of play that the league is making an attempt to get out of the game.
25. Dallas Cowboys (2-5) | Final week’s rank: 22
Rookie Ben DiNucci might be the starter at QB after the concussion suffered by Andy Dalton, who was filling in for Dak Prescott. It simply retains getting worse. How a lot is on Mike McCarthy? A lot for that speak about him updating his teaching strategies throughout his time away.
26. Atlanta Falcons (1-6) | Final week’s rank: 23
Todd Gurley by chance scored a TD when he knew that he ought to have fallen in need of the purpose line to permit the Falcons to run down the clock and kick a profitable FG. These Falcons can’t do something proper, even after they rating a landing.
27. Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1) | Final week’s rank: 28
The Bengals, with Joe Burrow, are not completely dreadful. They’re simply an ordinarily unhealthy NFL staff. That’s progress. You are taking what you may get, proper?
28. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) | Final week’s rank: 29
The Vikings return from their bye to attempt to salvage their season, starting Sunday at Inexperienced Bay. It’s troublesome to love their possibilities.
29. New York Giants (1-6) | Final week’s rank: 24
Daniel Jones stumbled and fell on his personal throughout his 80-yard run in Thursday evening’s loss at Philadelphia. He may face a high quality if it’s decided that he violated coronavirus protocols along with his evening out Friday in Manhattan with Saquon Barkley. It wasn’t an awesome two days for the Giants’ younger QB.
30. Houston Texans (1-6) | Final week’s rank: 27
There’s no turning round this season now, even with the presents and aggressive will of QB Deshaun Watson. The horrible roster-construction choices by former coach and GM Invoice O’Brien merely grew to become an excessive amount of to beat.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) | Final week’s rank: 31
The opening evening of the NFL draft can’t arrive quickly sufficient for the reeling Jaguars. Within the meantime, sitting down QB Gardner Minshew would accomplish nothing. It’s not as if Mike Glennon goes to step in and switch this round.
32. New York Jets (0-7) | Final week’s rank: 32
The Jets will play the rest of their season. NFL guidelines just about require it. However there’s no different good purpose.