1. Cleveland Browns (0-8)
Not even Josh McNown returning could help the Browns get into the win column in their loss to the Jets. However the Browns did make a move in acquiring Jamie Collins from the Patriots for only a conditional 3rd round pick. The key is signing him long term which isn’t going to be easy.
2. San Francisco 49ers (1-6)
A week off for the 49ers after a disappointing first half of the season. San Francisco is clearly one of the worst teams in the league and should use the second half to figure out what they have in moving forward.
3. Chicago Bears (2-6)
Remember when everyone said that Brian Hoyer was a better choice than Jay Cutler? Anybody? Anybody? Yeah I didn’t think so. Getting Cutler improves the offense and with their front seven returning to health the Bears could go on a mini run.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
I’ve long been a fan of Gus Bradley and admired the Jaguars for staying patient with the building process. However it’s time for a new head coach. There seems to be talent on the roster, but they need someone else to lead them.
5. Carolina Panthers (2-5)
While making the playoffs is still a steep uphill climb, getting a big win over the Cardinals is at least a start. A big reason for the success was an offense that looked similar to last years putting up 30 points on a talented Cardinals defense.
6. New York Jets (3-5)
Down 13 at half to the Browns was not a good sight for the Jets, but were able to recover and get the win. But you have to wonder with the season lost already, why not give Petty or Hackenburg any snaps? They need to find out what they have.
7. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
It’s been up and down for the Colts who have won and then lost games the past six weeks. What makes matters worse is both Houston and Tennessee won, which puts the Colts yet another game back of first place.
8. San Diego Chargers (3-5)
San Diego put up a fight against the Broncos but couldn’t do enough to get their third straight win. The Chargers should continue to be competitive but they can only go so far with the injuries they’ve had.
9. Miami Dolphins (3-4)
Hopefully a week off allows head coach Adam Gase to figure out how to get the most out of Ryan Tannehill and for the defense to figure out how to stop the run. But it also gives Jay Ajayi some time to rest after consecutive 200 yard rushing outings.
10. Los Angeles Rams (3-4)
For a team that likely isn’t going to be making the playoffs you would have thought this would be a good time to insert first overall pick Jared Goff into the offense. Instead they’re continuing to bring him along slow and hope that Case Keenum can revert back to not throwing multiple interceptions.
11. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
No team has taken a bigger slide than the Ravens who went from 3-0 to losing their next four games. A week off could allow them to regroup and get back on track as they face divisional foes in back to back weeks.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
The Bucs have been on a roll the past couple weeks going to more of a ground and pound type offense with tight sets and a fullback. However they ran into the road warriors that are the Raiders and couldn’t make enough plays in overtime to get the win.
13. New Orleans Saints (3-4)
Home sweet dome for the Saints as they get an impressive win over the Seahawks in a close call at the end of the game. The win also puts the Saints within a game and a half of first place. They’re not out of this yet.
14. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1)
A couple of missed field goal games saved the Bengals from another loss in London. The tie saves the Bengals from falling too far behind and are still somehow still in the race for the playoffs.
15. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)
Everyone was very quick to call the Cardinals back after they tied the Seahawks, but they may need to revisit that after dropping a game to a Panthers team that has struggled all year. Making matters worse they lost Tyrann Mathieu for the next several games.
16. Detroit Lions (4-4)
In a prime spot to move to even with the Packers and only a game behind the Vikings, the Lions just looked flat against the Texans in getting their fourth loss of the season. This team has been so up and down.
17. Buffalo Bills (4-4)
With Tom Brady back you knew it was going to be much harder to get the sweep and we weren’t disappointed. Buffalo had a nice run there for a couple of weeks, but now they look like the same team that struggled before they fired Greg Roman.
18. Tennessee Titans (4-4)
While the Jaguars didn’t put up much of a fight, it was a great win for the Titans putting them within a game of the division lead. They may not make the playoffs, but another good draft and they could be the top team in the division.
19. Washington Redskins (4-3-1)
Sure they didn’t lose to the Bengals in London, but if Hopkins could have connected on one of the field goals they would be only two games back of the Cowboys and only a game out of the wildcard. Now their in a logjam within their division.
20. New York Giants (4-3)
The bye week comes and the Giants actually moved up two spots in their division with Philadelphia losing and the Redskins tying in England. We’ll see fi the Giants can build off of their four wins despite poor offensive line play all year long.
21. Houston Texans (5-3)
For as bad as the Texans have looked at times, their win over the Lions improve their record to 5-0 at home. Too bad that their 0-3 on the road. We’ll see which one breaks first.
22. Green Bay Packers (4-3)
Aaron Rodgers played well, but the lack of a rushing game and the injuries to their secondary continue to haunt this team and it cost them another game. Luckily both the Lions and the Vikings lost, so they really didn’t lose any ground.
23. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)
Up ten points in the fourth quarter the Eagles couldn’t hold on and then lost it in overtime. Wentz and the offense has come down a bit but the defense will have to keep playing at a high level if they’re going to continue to make a push for a playoff spot.
24. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Sure the Colts defense hasn’t been great, but the Chiefs were able to win despite Alex Smith leaving the game with a head injury. Despite some major injuries (Smith, Charles, Houston) the Chiefs have continued to play like a playoff team.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
This bye week couldn’t have been in a better place allowing the beat up Steelers some time recover. Mainly Big Ben who is still likely out a couple more weeks. Regardless it allows them some added time to adjust their game plan with Landry Jones moving forward.
26. Atlanta Falcons (5-3)
Their win in the final seconds against the Packers helped end a two game skid and put them right back in control of the South. However they must avoid the second half fall that they experienced last year.
27. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Going into the bye week the Vikings were the best team in football, but since then have looked bad in two straight losses. What makes matters worse is the Bears dominated the Vikings all game long.
28. Denver Broncos (6-2)
With quarterback Trevor Siemian coming back to earth and the absence of CJ Anderson, the offense has taken a step back. This likely means the defense is going to have to step up even more to take the pressure off the offense.
29. Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1)
Seattle was one foot away from getting their fifth win of the year and escaping New Orleans on top. Luckily the Cardinals also loss and the Seahawks still have two games up on them.
30. Oakland Raiders (6-2)
It’s only fitting that the Raiders got a tough win on the road since that’s where they excel. This week they needed overtime to get past the Bucs, but still stay unbeaten at home. Most teams are playing for home field advantage in the playoffs, Oakland may want the reverse.
31. Dallas Cowboys (6-1)
Just when you thought the Cowboys could drop a game and possibly open the door for Tony Romo to regain the starting spot, they break through in overtime to get a good division win. Dallas despite relying on two rookies is the best team in the NFC.
32. New England Patriots (7-1)
It’s been an interesting couple of days as the Patriots avenged their only loss of the season and then traded away arguably their best defensive player. We’ll see how their defense does without Jamie Collins, but we thought the same thing when they shipped away Chandler Jones.