Can you believe that some teams have played half their schedule? Those teams have not went unscathed. The ones who have had their bye week already, four of those remain undefeated, 7-0, through October. Where do I rank those teams?
32. Tennessee Titans (1-6) — The Titans, since beating the Buccaneers in week one, have the longest losing streak of the season with six games. Grant it, Marcus Mariota has missed the last two games, but he couldn’t have salvaged them on his own. It’s Marcus Mariota and nobody else. I foresaw this was coming.
31. Detroit Lions (1-7) — You could make a case why they’re 32 and not 31, if you really wanted to. They have lost the most games, they were a playoff team last year, they lose 45-10 to the Charles-less Chiefs, and their one win may or may not have been if the Golden Tate touchdown wouldn’t have counted. It’s bad in Detroit right now.
30. San Fransisco 49ers (2-6) — The Niners have the worst point differential in the league, scoring 98 points less than their opponents in eight games this year. They’ve went to Jim Harbaugh and an athletic stud Colin Kaepernick, to Jim Tomsula and a shell of Kaep’s former self, to now Jim Tomsula and Blaine Gabbert, who was a big bust for the Jaguars at quarterback. What did you expect?
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) — YES!! Whether your team won or lost this weekend, you enjoyed it, simply because there was no Jaguars football on. They remain at 29.
28. San Diego Chargers (2-6) — They’ve dropped four straight games now. I’m just waiting for Mike McCoy to get fired considering he was surrounded with all this talent, and you’re telling me he wins two games in half a year? Amazing how this guy was heavily sought after when he was Denver’s offensive coordinator, and he had a great first year, but now he’s bleh.
27. Baltimore Ravens (2-6) — The B-More Ravens beat the Chargers, so it’s fitting they’re just one spot ahead of them. Baltimore’s going to have it rough this year. They lost Terrell Suggs in the opener, and in the Chargers game, they just lost Steve Smith for the season with a torn Achilles. Not to mention the Ravens lost the likes of Haloti Ngata and Torrey Smith in the offseason. This is what happens when nobody stands from that Super Bowl team a few years ago.
26. Chicago Bears (2-5) — I’d love to say the Bears are fully capable of doing damage, but their momentum’s stopped in a two-game slide. If anything, they made it harder on themselves to acquire the number one overall pick in the spring.
25. Cleveland Browns (2-6) — The Browns are just a travesty, aren’t they? There’s still uncertainty about the quarterback position, dealing with injuries and immaturity. This team could look fantastic one week (Ravens) and then drop their next three games (Broncos, Rams, Cardinals) like they’ve done.
24. Dallas Cowboys (2-5) — “No Dez. No Romo. No Wins.” just turns into “No Romo. No Wins.” .. Not as catchy as that Kenny Chesney parody, but it’ll do in describing the disaster of the 2015 Dallas Cowboys season. Matt Cassel’s good and all, but he’s not Romo, and Cassel didn’t put six on the board all game against the Seahawks secondary, unless you count when there were 2 of the 4 Bailey field goals. This defense looks like it could do alright, but this offense is shot, being the reason they’ve lost five straight games.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) — Apparently if you beat the division rival Falcons, you move up eight spots. I look at this team’s record, and it’s come as a shock to me. Jameis Winston has Sims and Martin in the backfield and that’s proven to be a difference maker. There’s worse teams out there, but don’t expect Tampa Bay to get much higher than this.
22. Indianapolis Colts (3-5) — The Colts have dropped their past three games, and this is why they continue to make a drop back down. Andrew Luck is not himself, but there’s not much around him… But 5 of 14, 40 yards, and an interception at the top of the 4th quarter? It must have been a joke. No, oh wait, that’s the Colts season.
21. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) — Without Jamaal Charles, they’ve won two straight versus the Steelers and then the Lions in London. I decide to move them up five spots, because that’s impressive to do, beating an at-the-time 4-2 team, and then turning around and traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to beat another NFL team by 35 points. In my opinion, they should just tank, but these players still are convinced they can make this season count.
20. Houston Texans (3-5) — There are worse teams, but Houston ended up beating the Titans, and to win a game inside that division is huge right now. They possibly could win that division, despite how awful they’ve been, and defenses do win championships… That’s all I’m saying. Reader, move on to number nineteen.
19. Miami Dolphins (3-4) — I only drop them one game, because they lost to the Patriots in Foxborough, and that’s rough. They lost Ju’Wuan James that game for the next month-plus, and also Cameron Wake for the season. Those injuries will hurt, but Dan Campbell has to light a fire under this team, which he’s capable of doing. I don’t see it as a big deal losing on the road to the Patriots, so they’re still okay in my eyes.
18. Washington Redskins (3-4) — The Skins switched places with the Dolphins in a good week for staying in and watching football. Their rivals Cowboys lost, as well as the rival Giants, so the Redskins are jumping for joy, knowing they can still win this thing.
17. Buffalo Bills (3-4) — It’s rough just being on your bye week and dropped two spots in the #D46 Power Rankings. If Rex Ryan’s reading this, he can use this as motivation for his team against the Dolphins, which afterwards they have a short week before Rex returns home to play the Jets.
16. New York Giants (4-4) — What a great game by Eli Manning against the Saints, tossing for six touchdowns in a 52-49 loss. Not much you can do, except blame the defense, which I felt was going to be a significant part to the Giants success. Giving up 52 points will drop you four spots, but I still love this team to win the division if it’s too late for the Cowboys.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) — They drop only one spot this week on their bye, and they also are the highest team ranked under .500. Is it a coincidence the Eagles are playing the Cowboys this week? Nope, I want to be on their good side.
14. New Orleans Saints (4-4) — After putting up 52 points, they bailed out a defense that gave up 49 to the G-Men, and they moved up from that spot where the Giants are currently at now. This team has won their last three after starting the year 1-4, and I knew this would happen, yet nobody believed me. Could you believe in a world where Drew Brees and Sean Payton are dead in Week 8? THAT WORLD DOESN’T EXIST! The Saints, in a tough division, are now looking at their wild card hopes.
13. Oakland Raiders (4-3) — Can you imagine the Raiders over .500 at this point in the season? It’s been a shocker, yet Derek Carr is playing lights out right now, for whatever reason. My Uncle Rex must be proud of this team.
12. St. Louis Rams (4-3) — The Rams dominated the 49ers like we all thought they would. They move up one spot in these ranks, but I don’t know how long they stay up here. Three of their next four games are on the road, splitting against AFC North teams and NFC North teams, including road games versus the Bengals and Vikings. If the Rams come out of this four-game stretch 7-4, they will have earned my respect.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) — I won’t kill this team too much, but they have to drop a couple spots after dropping a couple games, because it’s only fair. I ache for this team because they were without Le’Veon Bell, and when he came back, Ben Roethlisberger went down, and when Big Ben came back this week, Bell suffered a torn MCL, ending his season. The Steel Curtain isn’t enough to protect from injuries this season, and it doesn’t help they just let the Bengals gain more ground in that division.
10. Atlanta Falcons (6-2) — Without a doubt, it’s impressive that Dan Quinn has taken this atrocious team and made them into 6-2 and vying for the NFC South, which is more competitive than it was in 2014. However, those two losses will come back to bite, as they were against the rival Saints and rival Buccaneers. Can you imagine what’ll happen when they meet the Carolina Panthers in December? They have to win three of their next four in hopes of challenging the Panthers that fifth game, that is, if the Falcons plan on winning the South.
9. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) — I told you not to lose hope in this team, and people called me crazy saying it’s not the same team. Well, it’s the Seahawks, and they even won on the road this week! I would have moved Seattle even higher, only if they had crushed the short-handed Cowboys, by about 13 to 17 points. Their offense struggled a little versus the Cowboys defense, but the Legion of Boom is still very much the same we’ve seen in years past.
8. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) — Where has this team come from?! The Vikings win their third straight, and with a blameless 3-0 record against NFC North opponents, they are seriously worth mentioning in the NFC North. Their remaining schedule, however, will be tougher than most would wish on their worst enemies. Their next six opponents, as of this moment, are all ranked in the top 13 of these rankings. We’ll see what this team is truly made of.
7. New York Jets (4-3) — But they lost to the Raiders, their second straight game. Yes, but look at what they’ve been faced with. Two road games, at the Patriots, when they fought hard and eventually lost. The Raiders game? They lost their starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, while putting in the guy he beat in the preseason, Geno Smith. Not to mention, cross-country meets are hard. I’m not one to normally defend the Jets, but they’ve had good cause to drop to 4-3. But if they drop a third straight game, I may be left with no choice but to take them out of the top ten… No, I will, considering it’s a home game versus the Jaguars.
6. Arizona Cardinals (6-2) — They went to Cleveland outside and won by two touchdowns, which I’d call impressive. The Cardinals have outscored their opponents by 110 points, so even if people are no longer talking about them, they still lead their division in firm control.
5. Green Bay Packers (6-1) — Under the circumstances of this team dropping a road game in Colorado at this point in the season, I might not drop them from two all the way to five, but they lost baaaaaad to the Broncos. Aaron Rodgers didn’t look like the Rodgers we know, but he was going up against a great defense. The Packers have another road test this week against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, so it’ll be easier to move back up than if they were playing a bottomfeeding team next.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0) — I’ll keep this team stationary at four after beating the Steelers, which was a huge win to create a huge gap in that division. Unfortunately, I still don’t see this team as one that can win the AFC, even without the Patriots in it. Truth is, I can’t trust the Bengals in January, but I can say their work in October is worthy of the four-spot.
3. Carolina Panthers (7-0) — They have been winning big game after big game after big game. They won in Seattle, they then beat the Eagles in a primetime game, and THEN they had another primetime game where they beat the Colts. They not only won, but looked dominant doing so. I’ll keep them a three this week, but if they can beat the Packers, the Panthers might just move up to Green Bay’s old spot at 2.
2. Denver Broncos (7-0) — After I was so critical of this team, I’ll move them up to where their play deserves. Peyton Manning stepped up this week against a Packers defense that was truly great beforehand. The ‘Orange Crush’ defense the Broncos have was amazing, making Aaron Rodgers look like Christian Ponder. After I was so critical of this team, they can rest at the second-best spot this week, which is no shot at them, but a high compliment of proving me wrong thus far.
1. New England Patriots (7-0) — This Patriots team is unreal. I thought the Dolphins game would’ve been close, but it got ugly from the get go. Tom Brady is making Dion Lewis look like the next big thing. The big story is the defense after losing Vince Wilfork, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, the Patriots have been able to withstand those losses and still go undefeated seven games in. They have the Redskins, and their next big test is at the Giants, simply because of the history between the two teams. They’ll have a winnable game against the Bills, before having that great matchup versus the Broncos, in Denver. Could Brady do what Rodgers couldn’t? Well, so far he is, by keeping his team unbeaten.
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