1. Cleveland Browns (0-9)
Another week and the Browns continue to be winless. While a majority of the Browns games have been competitive, the Cowboys were just way too much even getting their backups in the game.
2. San Francisco 49ers (1-7)
At this point it’s not a stretch to say that the 49ers might be the worst team in the NFL. Hosting the Saints the 49ers were not match and suffered an embarrassing blowout. So much that Chip Kelly is having to answer questions if he’s going to bail to college football.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
In their first game since offensive coordinator Greg Olsen was fired the offense continued to struggle while Blake Bortles was still making the same mistakes. It’s clear that Gus Bradley will let go, it’s just a matter of when.
4. Chicago Bears (2-6)
Before last week the Bears were destined for a top three pick but with Jay Cutler coming back and the defense getting healthier they look like a totally different team. Was the Vikings game a perfect storm or could the Bears be a team that nobody wants to play in the second half of the season?
5. New York Jets (3-6)
After a Ryan Fitzpatrick touchdown pass to Jalin Marshall it looked like the Jets were going to escape with a win and keep a shred of playoff hope alive. Instead the ensuing kickoff was returned and the Jets couldn’t come back. As usual, you have to wonder why they aren’t getting Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenburg some snaps.
6. Los Angeles Rams (3-5)
You would think holding the Panthers to a single touchdown would mean a win for the Rams. However when they can only muster ten points themselves, it makes it hard to win. I know that Jeff Fisher wants to bring along Jared Goff slowly, but at this point he needs to get out there and get experience. I can’t be any worse than Case Keenum.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)
Two late touchdowns still were not enough to mask the blowout loss to the Falcons on Thursday night. While Tampa Bay has shown some glimpses of improvement this year, this loss further illustrates that they are not at the same level as the Falcons.
8. Carolina Panthers (3-5)
It wasn’t pretty, but at this point no Panther fan is going to be complaining about any wins. Their next four games should tell us everything we need to know about the Panthers as they face four teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1)
While this season has been a disappointing year the Bengals but are somehow still only a game out from leading the division. If the Bengals can get the offense back on track, they still could make the playoffs.
10. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)
It looked like the Cardinals were back on track but a bad loss to the Panthers continues to raise questions. Hopefully the bye week came at a good time and game against San Francisco will keep the Cardinals continuing to get back.
11. Buffalo Bills (4-5)
It was a wild game on Monday night football that saw the Bills travel to Seattle and put up 25 points on the vaunted Seahawks defense. In most cases that’s enough for the Bills to win, but their highly touted defense failed to stop the Seahawks through the air and they suffered a loss because of it.
12. Tennessee Titans (4-5)
Putting up 35 points in most games will get the Titans the win, however it was a costly pick six in the fourth quarter that proved to be the dagger. While the loss will sting, Titan fans have to be optimistic that the offense is putting up points.
13. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)
I don’t care that the Packers are having a down year but going to Green Bay and getting a win is nothing to scoff at. However the Colts have been alternating wins and losses, so does that mean they drop their next game to the Titans?
14. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
Their win over the Titans makes it their third in the past four games and positions the Chargers to still have a shot of making the playoffs. With winnable games the next three weeks their playoff hopes are in their own hands.
15. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
Since the Dolphins started giving running back Jay Ajayi more than twenty carries per game Miami has won three straight. Sure Ajayi didn’t rush for over 200 yards but the commitment to the run game has made it easier on Ryan Tannehill and their defense.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)
After their impressive 3-0 start, the Eagles have cooled down significantly losing four of their last five games. Next weeks game against Atlanta won’t be providing the Eagles any relief and could continue their slide.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
Not even getting Big Ben back into the lineup could save the Steelers offense from it’s current struggles. This loss continues the Steelers struggles in Baltimore (haven’t won since 2012) but also eliminates their divisional lead.
18. Green Bay Packers (4-4)
Remember that Thursday night win over the Bears were everybody was saying that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were back? That seems like years ago. Losing to a mediocre Colts team at home is not a good look. There is no R-E-L-A-X-I-N-G in Green Bay this week.
19. New Orleans Saints (4-4)
Watch out, the Saints are a team on the rise and making a serious run at the playoffs. Getting back first round pick Sheldon Rankins will help the pass rush while star cornerback Delvin Breaux improves a secondary that was ravished with injuries.
20. Detroit Lions (5-4)
The effort and athletic ability displayed by Golden Tate to score the game-winning touchdown was nothing short of amazing. Detroit is arguably playing like the best team in the North division and their win over the Vikings pulls the Lions within a half of a game of first place.
21. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)
It was a win-win scenario for the Ravens who not only beat rival Pittsburgh but snapped a four game losing streak. The win also gives the Ravens a tie with the Steelers for first place and in the drivers seat to make the playoffs.
22. Washington Redskins (4-3-1)
While the Redskins were sitting on a bye after their trip to London the rest of their division beat up on each other leaving Washington right in the playoff picture. Not too bad for tying the Bengals and then not playing.
23. New York Giants (5-3)
While some of the success the Giants receivers had this past Sunday can be attributed to the lack of talent of the Eagles corners, but getting Odell Beckham going was a sight for sore eyes. The win puts the Giants into the wildcard lead and they’ll need more games like this if they want to stay here.
24. Houston Texans (5-3)
For all the shade that the AFC South has gotten and the fact that Houston isn’t taken as a serious playoff contender, the Texans continue to win and put themselves in a position to make the playoffs again.
25. Minnesota Vikings (5-3)
For some teams byes come at the right time and for others they come at the worst possible time. Minnesota looked like the best team in football through the first five weeks but have been 0-3 since their bye. Sure injuries have caught up with them and they’ve been exposed, but it’s a drastic change for the organization that is barely holding onto a playoff spot now.
26. Denver Broncos (6-3)
It is always hard for a defending Super Bowl championship team to hold onto all of their top talent. However the Broncos are really missing both DT Malilk Jackson and ILB Danny Travethan who were integral parts of their run defense. Wade Phillips is a defensive wiz, but he needs to solve that problem fast or the Broncos will continue to slide.
27. Atlanta Falcons (6-3)
Atlanta started off week 9 with a dominating performance against Tampa Bay extending their lead within the division to two games. Atlanta’s explosive offense and improving defense have established the Falcons as one of the best teams in the NFC.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2)
In the past sixteen regular season games the Chiefs are 14-2 which means if you are not taking them seriously as a Super Bowl contender, you need to. With Justin Houston getting activated to the roster it should make them all the more deadly.
29. Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1)
The really good teams can pull out wins in the ugliest of games. If I had told you the Seahawks would have twelve total rushes and give up 25 points you would assume they’d lost. Instead they held on and continue to position themselves for a first round bye.
30. Oakland Raiders (7-2)
Now the Raiders are winning home games against quality teams? The Raiders showed that they are more than pass happy team and were able to grind out a win against a talented Broncos defense by going power and running the ball with six offensive lineman. Add that Khalil Mack is turning up and this is a scary scary team.
31. Dallas Cowboys (7-1)
It was easy sledding for the Cowboys who rolled through the Browns to an easy 35-10 victory. While the Cowboys have proven they are elite an upcoming schedule that has Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the Redskins won’t be easy.
32. New England Patriots (7-1)
It’s been an eventful season so far for the Patriots who have had to play without Tom Brady and then just traded away arguably their best defensive player. However the Patriots are still rolling and nothing likely is going to change that.