Remember earlier this year, we were talking about the NFL season broken up into questions? Well many have been through the first two quarters of their seasons, and we’re beginning to see what some teams truly are. Bill Parcells believes your record tells everyone what you are, but we’ll see about that.
32. Detroit Lions (1-7) — Harsh bye week, dropping one spot to being the worst team in the league. Let’s face it, they haven’t convinced anyone yet this season they’re any better than the Lions squad who went winless, 0-16 in 2008, the only NFL team to go through one season without a win. They’ve made front office moves, which I think is a band-aid over a gunshot wound. Attention Detroit, the bullet’s still in there!
31. San Diego Chargers (2-7) — This Chargers team is disappointing on a whole other level. Normally, they wait until December or January to disappoint, but they’ve lost five straight and are taking themselves out of the playoff picture. San Diego got as high as number four in my #D46 Power Rankings this year, and now they’re the second-worst team in the league, in my eyes. And for the record, there two losses came against Cleveland and Detroit. So, yeah.
30. Tennessee Titans (2-6) — Applaud the Titans and rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota for going to New Orleans and winning. As a matter of fact, applaud Mariota, he was the one who earned the victory. I expected a big game out of Mariota in my #WeeklyFood Picks, and I was right. Despite this team still being in their weak division race, they aren’t moving up that far in my ranks yet. Just two spots, but it’s enough to get them out of the most-despised 32 spot on my ranks.
29. Cleveland Browns (2-7) — What can you say about the Browns? No, really. Well, they started Johnny Manziel because McCown was hurt, and their entire secondary was hurt against a Cincinnati offense which isn’t half bad. They were in it, right? The Bengals then pulled away and the “Browns looked like the Browns“, according to SAL. I agree. They drop four spots because of this.
28. San Fransisco 49ers (3-6) — You don’t think just because you beat the Falcons on a cross country game, that I’d let this team off the hook? Well, they did move up two spots, but this team is the worst, and the luckiest, three-win team in the entire league. The 49ers still have the worst point differential in the league, including the Lions in this horrifying stat! They’ll get humbled in Seattle this week.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) — They lost on the road, but move up two spots. Why? Because the Browns and Chargers were worse, but the Jaguars are still bad in their own right. Jacksonville’s actually performing better on the field than they normally do, except they can’t draw wins out. This offense looks like it can be a threat if it ever gets out from being the 30th-best defense in the NFL. There’s not 64 teams, not 32. The Jaguars offense may be good, but they still need a defense to rank in the top half of the league.
26. Dallas Cowboys (2-6) — “No Romo. No Wins.” This team had everything going for them, with a 2-0 record and Super Bowl aspirations. With the NFC East being as weak as it is, those aspirations are still alive, but dropping games to the Giants and Eagles, things aren’t looking very good in Big D. The Cowboys have the longest active losing streak in the NFL at six games. If they can’t beat the Buccaneers this upcoming week in their final game without Tony Romo, we can call them dead, drop them in the only ranks that matter, and look to the spring where they draft either Hargreaves or Nkemdiche.
25. Baltimore Ravens (2-6) — Able to climb up a couple spots on the bye week. Don’t get me wrong, this team is still ugly to watch, but they get off with some teams being bad in Week 9. However, their two losses came against the Chargers and short-handed Steelers. Luckily, this team can still vie for a wild card spot if they can overcome their injuries. Look at their remaining schedule, it’s weak. If the Ravens can rally and win three of their next four, they’re definitely wild card contenders.
24. Chicago Bears (3-5) — A Monday Night Football victory versus the Chargers brings them up two. Jay Cutler is having a better season than he did in 2014, and that’s the reason they’re 3-5 instead of 0-8 right now. Despite a primetime win, I can’t rank them higher than 24. As a matter of fact, they’re the only team Detroit’s beaten!
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) — They’ll lose a game road game to the Giants, but I’ll keep them put at 23. I’d put all the blame on Jameis Winston, but he’s added a few more wins to this team. Their defense is giving up 28.9 PPG and to put up 29 points as a rookie to win games, that’s a lot to ask.
22. Miami Dolphins (3-5) — Back to earth, Dolphins fans. The team won their first two games under Dan Campbell against easy competition (Texans and Titans), and I told you it would be their next two games against rival Patriots and rival Bills that’d tell if this team was legitimately contending this year, or if they’ll need an entire offseason under Campbell, and we’ve got our answer. They’ve dropped two division games back-to-back, and that’ll kill any chances they had of keeping this season alive with the coaching change.
21. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) — Bye week and no movement. You can check last week’s #D46 Power Rankings if you want to see where I ranked them. Trust me, they were at 21 last week. #RankGate
20. Houston Texans (3-5) — Okay, so if you didn’t believe me with the Chiefs and you DID check last week’s Power Rankings once again, you would have seen the Texans were 20, but didn’t move either. Yes, that’s because they were on their bye week. Keep up!
19. Washington Redskins (3-5) — I drop the Redskins a spot this week, not just because they lost to the immortal New England Patriots, but because of how they lost. I thought with a decent defense, Washington would maybe lose two possessions, but no, because they lost 27-10. Jay Gruden could have kept himself around for the 2016 season if he was able to go head-to-head with Belichick, but now Dan Snyder should be questioning Gruden’s future with the team.
18. Indianapolis Colts (4-5) — Ending Denver’s undefeated season will get you love from me, even if it forced me to lose a game on my #WeeklyFood picks, but hey! I think what’s bigger than beating the Broncos, having Peyton Manning fall short of the all-time career passing yards record, and winning a regular season game, is that the Colts have put themselves in position to win the AFC South and manage to get in the playoffs. Can the Colts capitalize on a weak division though?
17. Buffalo Bills (4-4) — No movement for the Bills after a win against the Dolphins. While impressive, I still want to see what this Bills team can do on the road. They’re at the Jets, at the Patriots, and follow those two division games at Arrowhead Stadium versus the Chiefs. If they can finish this road trip 6-5, I’ll begin to buy into this team again. Those two wins likely have to come at the expense of the Jets and Chiefs, so they have to win this upcoming week.
16. New Orleans Saints (4-5) — They lose to the Titans at home in overtime, so I’ll drop this team a couple spots. Drew Brees and this offense isn’t the problem. The problem is the defense, giving up 49 points to the Giants, and then 34 points to the Titans. Someone explain me that? They actually give up the second-most points in the entire NFL with 29.8 PPG. You can’t seriously believe Drew Brees will win you games if you’re asking him to put up 30 points every week.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) — This is a .500 team. They beat the Cowboys to get back to .500. If the Eagles win their next two games, I’ll begin to buy into the idea they’re better than the middle of the pack.
14. New York Giants (5-4) — I move the Giants up this week ahead of the Eagles, switching places with the Saints, because of their road trip to the Buccaneers, winning in convincing fashion. I told everyone that if the Cowboys weren’t going to contend, the Giants pose the biggest threat, and all have you know, the G-Men are leading the NFC East nine weeks through.
13. Oakland Raiders (4-4) — Stationary after a road loss in Pittsburgh. The Raiders are so impressive to me offensively. For the Raiders to travel from California to Pennsylvania to only lose by three points, that’s pretty good. If they won this game, I wouldn’t have hesitated to push them inside the top ten… Did I just say that about the Raiders? If this was any other year, my article series would’ve likely been discontinued.
12. St. Louis Rams (4-4) — The Rams also lost by three, but stay at 12 after an overtime loss on the road. They played the Vikings, who have been impressive in themselves. The Rams, I don’t know how they’ll stay here, but they’re more than capable of getting a wild card spot. Stedman Bailey just got popped four games, so Wes Welker is signed. If Welker can help Foles out, the Rams might just be better off for this stretch.
11. Atlanta Falcons (6-3) — A six-win team is going to be found outside the top ten. Why? The Falcons have dropped three of their last four, and that’s not a good sign, especially when you lose to the disarrayed 49ers. I’ll give them a tiny break with having to travel cross country, but if the Falcons can’t beat the Colts at the Georgia Dome, I’ll have to pull them lower, and label them as pretenders and give Dan Quinn an Oscar.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4) — The Steelers are back inside the top ten! That comes after a 38-35 win against the Raiders, who have been hot. The Steelers did this without Le’Veon Bell, but they may also miss Ben Roethlisberger once again. Pittsburgh’s 0-2 against AFC North teams, and they’re hosting the Browns up next. Pittsburgh, if they win this division game without Bell or Roethlisberger, they will likely move up inside the top ten, proving to be more of a good team. Tough thing to ask of Landry Jones and DeAngelo Williams.
9. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) — No movement for the Hawks who served their bye week. Photos surfaced of Russell Wilson and Ciara’s vacation, so hopefully Wilson comes back ready to play. Or was it just a photoshoot?
8. New York Jets (5-3) — Turns out when you’re a top ten team in the #D46 Power Rankings, a simple win won’t suffice. The Jets were able to beat the Jaguars at home, but only by five points. I’m a little concerned, but this defense is still a legit squad. I see this much like the Cardinals team, which Todd Bowles was apart of last year, but I don’t see them on the same level, and the records indicate they aren’t.
7. Green Bay Packers (6-2) — When you lose two road games to good defenses, that may be a good excuse, but that isn’t a good sign. The Packers defense gave up 37 points to Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense, which baffles me. The Packers were actually manhandled that entire game, but the final score doesn’t indicate such because the Panthers failed to step on Green Bay’s throats. The Packers can easily bounce back, but they need to get back to their winning ways. Don’t be too worried this regular season.
6. Arizona Cardinals (6-2) — Much like other bye week teams, the Cardinals remain at the same spot of last week, being listed at number six. This defense is still allowing green triple digits to show in the point differential, and Carson Palmer proved me wrong. I believed Palmer’s career was in the toilet three or four years ago, but that isn’t the case. The Cardinals are more than capable of contending for a Super Bowl, and I believe this Cardinals team is better than the one that went to the Super Bowl in the 2008 season.
5. Minnesota Vikings (6-2) — Normally I’d rank this team lower than the Packers, but the Vikings are tending upward with a four-game win streak, while the Packers have dropped their last two. I don’t know how long this will keep up, but the Vikings better enjoy being the most respected NFC North team while it lasts… How long does it? My bet is not long, but for Week 9, the Vikings are a top five team with a four-game winning streak.
4. Denver Broncos (7-1) — I genuinely hate this team. I keep banking on them losing plenty the first half of this season, and the ONE time I predict them to win, they lose to the Colts? THE COLTS?! But anyways, if this wasn’t just an emotional victory for the Colts, this is where the team begins to unravel. The team will miss Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware for at least one week, and that’s going to hurt. Perhaps the Broncos become the Packers, dropping their undefeated streak, plus one?
3. Cincinnati Bengals (8-0) — The Bengals had a scare against the Browns, but eventually took care of business in the second half. I love how the Bengals tricked everyone in thinking the Browns had a shot. They can move up on humoring me alone!
2. Carolina Panthers (8-0) — If you recall last week, I said if they could beat the Packers, they might just move up to the 2-spot… I didn’t expect the Broncos to lose, but it worked out. The Panthers not only beat the Packers, but they proved to be the better team by a mile. Carolina, as a young team, needs to learn not to let up against good teams like the Packers. It became a game at the end, but Carolina maintained their perfect season, being the only NFC team to be so. Josh Norman believes the Panthers are underrated, and he might be right, but not in this case. Panthers fans, share this on your Facebooks, and rejoice as your team is here.
1. New England Patriots (8-0) — They have had this incredibly long reign at the number one spot of my ranks, and quite frankly, I’m getting tired of it. With the Patriots dominating through the first half of their schedule, it makes my rankings less interesting. You know who’s going to be number one! I just hope Tom Brady decides to sit out a game, so I can gain a few clicks one week. A 27-10 victory over the Redskins would make me feel this way.
Do you agree or disagree this week with the #D46 Power Rankings? Comment below your thoughts as it pertains to these ranks! Are the Patriots still number one?