1. Cleveland Browns (0-6)
So the Browns throw out DeShone Kizer before he’s ready, throw everything at him and then when he struggles they bench him for Kevin Hogan. The same Kevin Hogan who goes out there and bombs. While Kizer isn’t the second coming of Joe Montana, this whole QB situation has been mismanaged. But what should we expect from the Browns.
2. San Francisco 49ers (0-6)
At this point in the season the 49ers have it the best of both worlds. Not only do they have consistently good games going down to the wire, they keep losing and have a great shot at the first overall pick. Just imagine if they’re able to get Cousins or Garropolo.
3. New York Giants (1-5)
It was a bold strategy for the Giants to negate the strength of the Broncos defense by not posing any threat at receiver and taking out two of the best cornerbacks in the game. But with all joking aside the Giants finally get one in the win column. But don’t expect many more.
4. Chicago Bears (2-4)
While winning games won’t do anything to improve the Bears draft slot, it does much better wonders for the future of this franchise as Mitchell Trubisky continues his development. It wasn’t perfect, but Trubisky did win his first road start and helped engineer the go ahead drive. Now if they can get him some weapons.
5. Indianapolis Colts (2-4)
After a pick six by John Simon it looked like the Colts were on their way to their third victory of the season. Instead they fall for the fourth time this season. Jacoby Brissett hasn’t played bad, but this team needs Andrew Luck back.
6. Oakland Raiders (2-4)
Getting Derek Carr back and playing the one win Chargers at home, all was right for a bounce back game. Instead the Raiders lose their fourth straight and have to host the Chiefs on a short week. Yeesh, it’s can get worse.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4)
Break up the Chargers who are now 2-0 after starting the season 0-4. Sure it was wins over the then winless Giants and the struggling Raiders. But that won’t matter to Los Angeles as they finally have something to cheer about.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
It was a little too late for the Bucs who rallied for 27 4th quarter points to make it a game. But when you spot the Cardinals 31 straight points it going to take a miracle to win. Tampa Bay has some serious sole searching to do as their only two wins are against the hapless Bears and Giants. Because their schedule doesn’t get any easier.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
A two game winning streak has the Bengals theoretically back into the North Division hunt. But we’ll really see if they are a contender as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers who just gave the Chiefs their first loss. We’ll see if the extra prep work can be a factor.
10. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
If the Cowboys didn’t have enough issues, losing the Ezekiel Elliott appeal was their latest blow. Now Dallas will have to lean even more on Dak Prescott which could be too much for the second year pro. But on the Brightside, maybe Zeke can use the next 6 weeks to get his six pack back.
11. New York Jets (3-3)
Halfway through the first half it looked as if the Jets were going to pull off another upset and take a firm control of the AFC East. Then Gronk happened and the Jets had no answer. While I’m not ready to say the Jets are going to be wildcard contenders, I will say again that Todd Bowles deserves coach of the year.
12. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
Normally the Ravens feat on the bad teams but just can’t beat anybody over .500. Maybe, just maybe this loss will wake others up to seeing that the Ravens are closer to picking in the top 10 than contending for the playoffs.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
It’s a well-documented blueprint for the Jaguars to win. Play good defense and run the ball effectively. Jacksonville did that against the Rams but maybe they forgot to read the fine print where it says, “Don’t give up big plays on special teams.” A kickoff and a block punt for touchdowns ruined the Jaguars day and cost them a chance to lead the South outright.
14. Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Sunday was all about the elder Cardinals showing they still have something left in the tank. Whether it was Adrian Peterson running all over the Bucs or Carson Palmer throwing touchdowns to Larry Fitzgerrald the Cardinals used a 31-0 start to get yet another win.
15. Tennessee Titans (3-3)
Even though he was still hobbled, Marcus Mariota was able to give the Titans a threat in the passing game throwing for over 300 yards and a touchdown. As soon as Mariota can get his hamstring back to 100%, this team could live up to their preseason hype.
16. Detroit Lions (3-3)
Just two weeks ago the Lions were riding high with only a single loss and sitting in the 31st slot in our rankings. But since then the Lions have lost two and questions abound. But when you have 5 turnovers in a game, it’s impossible to win.
17. Atlanta Falcons (3-2)
After losing to the Bills at home you could maybe chalk it up to a bad week, but to lose for a second straight week at home to the struggling Dolphins really brings up those questions if this team has what it takes to get back to the playoffs. With three straight road games coming up it could either fully expose the Falcons or allow them to get back on track.
18. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
Twenty straight points in the second half allow the Dolphins to rally for a good win on the road in Atlanta. The Dolphins were looked pretty weak after losses to the Jets and Saints but two straight victories could have the Dolphins back in the right direction. Especially with three winnable games coming up.
19. Washington Redskins (3-2)
Sure beating the winless 49ers isn’t anything to brag about, but San Francisco is pesky tough team to deal with. This gives the Redskins going heading into their huge Monday Night showdown with division rival Philadelphia.
20. New Orleans Saints (3-2)
After the first two weeks of the season the Saints were left for dead and thoughts of tearing down the team and doing a compete rebuild. However, that all changed with three straight convincing wins with the defense really stepped up. With games against the Packers, Bears and Bucs the next three weeks the Saints could easily be 6-2.
21. Denver Broncos (3-2)
How do the Broncos lose at home to give the Giants their first win of the season? Especially since New York had zero weapons on the outside giving up 148 rushing yards when everybody knew they had to run the ball. Denver is still holding onto a playoff spot, but it’s fading fast.
22. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
Through the Bills first five games they have been one of the big surprises playing beyond their talent. A week off could allow the Bills to regroup and continue to figure ways to win games or it could cool their momentum and bring them back to earth.
23. Los Angeles Rams (4-2)
You know teams are real when they are able to win games in different ways. Instead of the offense ruling the roost it was their special teams that stepped up with a kickoff return and punt blocked returned.
24. Green Bay Packers (4-2)
A collarbone break is sending Aaron Rodgers into surgery and likely ending his season. This could be a death knell for Green Bay as Hundley didn’t look bad, but Rodgers masked a lot of the Packers flaws.
25. Houston Texans (3-3)
Playing against the winless Browns it could have been easy for the Texans to take a step back but instead the offense continues to progress and look good. It’s just too bad that they lost both Watt and Mercilus earlier because this could be a team that makes a big run into the playoffs. Now they could be one and done.
26. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
An early bye after an up and down start to the season this could allow the Seahawks to rest up and regroup to make a run at the number one seed in the NFC. And with a game next week against the Giants it looks like Seattle should improve to 4-2.
27. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
Winning over the Packers is always a good thing and the Vikings continue to win without Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook. Getting Bradford back will help but they need McKinnon to keep playing like this if they want to win the division and make it to the playoffs.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
Winning on the road against a Chiefs team that has been rolling is a huge win for the Steelers and could be the jump start this team desperately needs. The big question will be whether they can keep this going or will their struggles creep back up.
29. Carolina Panthers (4-2)
After struggling through the first couple of games the Panthers got their mojo back and sure losing at home to the Eagles wasn’t good, but the Panthers were still playing at a high level. This team is a contender.
30. New England Patriots (4-2)
Patriots fans had to be sweating a bit as the Jets got out to a 14-point lead against the Patriots struggling defense. At that point New England turned to Gronk who dominated rookie Jamal Adams to the tune of 83 yards and two touchdowns.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)
Sure the Chiefs finally lost their first game but that doesn’t change much about how I feel about Kansas City. For all the offensive success they’ve had so far this year, they were due for a down game. No panic here.
32. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
After scoring to start the third quarter, the Eagles never looked back to improve to 5-1. Philadelphia is running on all cylinders and with their only loss being a close game on the road in Kansas City, the Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC.