With a quarter of the season through, two teams that started in the top five have completely fallen down the rankings, as a few teams who started mid pack or further, have moved into the top 10. Where do they stack up? Let’s find out.
Paxton Lynch came in and played well for injured Trevor Siemien. As long as Thomas and Sanders are getting the ball and this defense forces turnovers, Denver will continue to win.
The Vikings did a good job shutting down Odell Beckham Jr and the Giants offense. Bradford seems to be a perfect fit for Norv Turners offense.
A BYE week and still able to move up in the power rankings? Green Bay has a Sunday Night date with the banged up and “distracted” Giants. Who knew you could draw two BYE weeks in a single season.
The Eagles had a week off to rest up and prepare for the lowly Lions. Jim Schwartz will have a chip on his shoulder this week going against his former team.
The sky was falling in Week 3 as the Steelers got destroyed by the Philadelphia Eagles. A week later and the Steelers are back on top after a 43-14 win over Kansas City.
For the first time in over three decades, the Patriots were shutout. To make it even worse, it was to Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. There’s good news for everybody in Patriot Nation. Tom Brady is back!
Seattle seems to have knocked the rust off and are in a groove now. With a BYE week this week, Russell Wilson will be able to get some much needed rest to heal up.
This young team is finding ways to win. If they can continue to stay level headed and work together, this won’t be the highest they go in the rankings.
After being blanked a week ago, Houston put up 27 points against a good defense in the Tennessee Titans. Houston is starting to run away with this division.
Baltimore fought back but it wasn’t enough last week against Oakland. With games against Washington and both New York teams in the next three weeks, Baltimore will get back to winning.
Out of nowhere, the Falcons are exploding on offense, Matt Ryan is protecting the ball, and they have a two game lead on everybody in the NFC South. Didn’t we see this movie last year though?
The Bengals got relentless pressure on Ryan Tannehill Thursday night. They just have to get better on offense.
They may have been in a tough battle with the downed 49ers, but Dallas got the job done. Dak Prescott has yet to turn the ball over and Ezekiel Elliott has posted yet another 100 yard game. You know that Dallas defense that is supposed to be horrible? Well they have a bend don’t break style and rank 11th in the NFL in points allowed per game.
The Rams are 3-1 and 99% of the world didn’t see that coming. The defense is playing good and Case Keenan is doing just enough.
One week Kansas City’s defense looks like the best in the league. The next week they look like the worst. With Denver and Oakland winning, the Chiefs are falling behind in the AFC West.
You know Rex Ryan partied hard after his defense blanked the Patriots last week. Two straight wins has this team feeling good.
Another team with two straight wins is the Washington Redskins. The offense seems to be in sync and the running game is coming alive. The true test will be this week against Baltimore this week.
Carolina has three losses to teams with a combined 11-1 record. The reality of this is they are 1-3 and fading fast. With games left on the schedule against Oakland, Green Bay, Kansas City, and Atlanta agin, the Panthers need to do some soul searching and get this turned around soon.
Nobody saw this coming from a team that seemed to be loaded both offensively and defensively. A 1-3 start will have Arizona playing catch up with Seattle all season long.
Another week of tirades by OBJ and costly turnovers for the New York Giants. In two weeks they have gone from division leaders to basement eaters. McAdoo seems to be losing control of this team so early on in the season.
Is it time for a change at QB for the Jets? Ryan Fitzpatrick as thrown nine interceptions in the past two games, and the Jets are struggling to score points. This may be Todd Bowles last season as head coach.
A win finally came for the Saints in impressive fashion as Drew Brees came from behind to defeat the San Diego. Chargers. They are clinging to life to stay relevant in the NFC South.
The offensive line is horrible in Miami. Ryan Tannehill is horrible in Miami. The defense isn’t what they expected it to be in Miami. Adam Gase is probably wishing he chose another team.
If Jameis Winston could protect the ball, Tampa Bay could win some games. It’s looking like a long season for the Buccaneers.
They still haven’t won in America, but Sunday’s win in London had flashes of what most people thought the Jaguars would look like. Maybe this young team can build on that and get back into the thick of things.
26. Chicago Bears
Brian Hoyer came in and shows the Bears that Jay Cutler is the problem. Chicago got their first win of the season, and with more of those without Cutler, he may be cut after this year.
They played the Texans hard but ultimately came up short. Parrish Cox is an absolute liability and Andre Johnson can no longer catch the ball.
Detroit had many believing in them after week 1. Since then, it’s been all downhill. Once this organization puts an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball is when Detroit can make some noise in this league.
Speaking of putting an emphasis on defense, Indianapolis once again shows us that you can have all the weapons you want on offense, that still won’t win you games. They are allowing 28 points per game. That won’t get it done.
The Chargers blew it once again this week. In their three losses this year, San Diego has lost by a combined 11 points. They are in all the games they’ve played, San Diego just has to learn how to close it out.
A huge loss to the defense was sustained last Sunday as LB Navarro Bowman ruptured his Achilles. This 49er team has fight in them, but losing the heart of their defense may be to much to overcome.
Cody Kessler is playing well, other than that late interception thrown last week. The Browns running game is thriving as well. If this defense could make some stops, Cleveland could win some games.