1. Cleveland Browns (0-12)
Another week and another loss for the Browns as they continue to march towards a winless season. However not is all lost as rookie receiver Corey Coleman found the end zone again showing they have at least one building block.
2. San Francisco 49ers (1-10)
They were supposed to be an easy win for the Dolphins however Colin Kaepernick played his butt off putting the 49ers to be in a position to tie the game on the final play. While Kaepernick has elevated his game it doesn’t take away he’ll be gone and this team is devoid of elite talent.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)
With a lead in the fourth quarter it looked like the Jaguars were about to end their five game losing streak but couldn’t hold on. While the season is lost we are starting to see some younger players emerge and could be nice weapons for whoever is coaching this team next year.
4. Chicago Bears (2-9)
It was two drops in the end zone on the final two plays of the game that would have given the Bears the win. But at this point with the Bears playoff hopes LONG gone you have to wonder if continuing to lose will be better for this organization long term.
5. New York Jets (3-8)
Heading into the two minute warning the Jets actually had the lead on the Patriots, but were still in the process of allowing Tom Brady to march the field to get the go ahead touchdown. I get that Fitzpatrick gives them the best chance to win, but they’re not winning and they need to find out what they have in Bryce Petty.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1)
Bengals fans need to look on the upside. Despite having a terrible season they’ll likely get a top ten pick and no matter how many more games they’ll lose, they still won’t be in last place in the division.
7. Los Angeles Rams (4-7)
While he didn’t look like Payton Manning in his prime first overall pick Jared Goff did improve in his second start throwing for three touchdowns in the Rams loss. Hopefully those calling him a bust earlier this season because he hadn’t started yet will quiet down.
8. Carolina Panthers (4-7)
The offense put the Panthers in a position to beat the red hot Raiders, but defensively they just couldn’t hold on. Sure injuries have cost the Panthers this season but you have to wonder if GM Dave Gettleman will go away his draft philosophy and target some major areas of needs.
9. Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1)
It’s been the offense that has really hurt the Cardinals this year but against the Falcons is was the defense that couldn’t stop anybody. You have to wonder if the beat up Cardinals have packed in the season already?
10. Indianapolis Colts (5-6)
Playing in Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving night was going to be a tough place to win but add that Andrew Luck wasn’t playing due to a concussion made it impossible. While they lost it’ all for naut. At least the Colts found out that Scott Tolzein is a legit backup quarterback.
11. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)
After an impressive 3-0 start the Eagles have come back to earth going 2-6 since. With a five game schedule that Baltimore, Washington and Dallas we could see the Eagles continue to slide.
12. Green Bay Packers (5-6)
Beating the Eagles was crucial for the Packers because it keeps them within striking distance of the Lions for the divisional lead. Green Bay still has the Vikings and Lions on their schedule and really besides the Seahawks the rest of the schedule is winnable.
13. New Orleans Saints (5-6)
Any questions on whether Sean Payton holds a grudge were answered on Sunday with the Saints putting up 49 points up on former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Let’s hope this outbreak can spurn a late season surge with the division still technically within their grasp.
14. San Diego Chargers (5-6)
San Diego’s impressive season continues as they knocked off the South leading Texans in Houston. Their five wins put them in a distant last place in the AFC West but would be in contention for the division lead if they were in the AFC North, NFC North or AFC South.
15. Tennessee Titans (6-6)
A couple of drops in the end zone by the Bears helped keep the Titans moving in the right direction and within striking distance of the Texans South lead. But with the Broncos and Chiefs on the horizon it will be put up or shut up time.
16. Minnesota Vikings (6-5)
With a chance to regain the North Division lead the Vikings threw away the game on a late interception which lead to the game winning field goal. Next week the Vikings will run into the Cowboys buzz saw but the remaining schedule is very winnable.
17. Buffalo Bills (6-5)
Beating Jacksonville and getting back Sammie Watkins has Bills fans feeling good about their playoff chances. However, with Oakland and Pittsburgh the next two weeks will either show if the Bills are true playoff contenders or pretenders.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
While it was easier beating Indianapolis without Luck it was a much needed win for a Steelers team getting back on track. Especially with three of their remaining five opponents in playoff contention.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5)
Their might not be a hotter team in the NFL right now than the Bucs who have won five out of their last seven games including holding the Seahawks without a touchdown. If the Bucs can win at San Diego the schedule sets up well to make a run at the Falcons South lead.
20. Denver Broncos (7-4)
While it’s easy to criticize Gary Kubiak for going for the 60-yard field goal to win the game in overtime you have to give him some props for going for the win rather than the tie. While the loss hurts having Trevor Siemen play as well as he did against a talented defense has to make you feel better.
21. Houston Texans (6-5)
For quite a while the Texans were winning despite quarterback Brock Osweiler but that has come to a screeching halt. If the Texans are going to hold onto this lead their gonna need the offense and running game to up their game.
22. Miami Dolphins (7-4)
While Jason Garrett and Jack Del Rio are going to get most of the attention for coach of the year, the true winner should be Adam Gase who has quickly changed the culture of this organization. They’ll be tested next week traveling to the North leading Baltimore Ravens.
23. Detroit Lions (7-4)
Death, taxes and Matthew Stafford playing well on Thanksgiving. While Stafford didn’t light up the stat column he was huge leading the Lions to a victory and securing first place. We’ll see if he can fill up that stat sheet and get the win in New Orleans next week.
24. New York Giants (8-3)
While it looked a lot closer than it should have the Giants extend their winning streak to six and continuing to extend their stranglehold on one of the wildcard spots. But it won’t get easier facing off against Pittsburgh and Dallas the next two weeks.
25. Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
In typical Ravens fashion they beat up on the Bengals and won an ugly game. While they get the red hot Dolphins next week the Ravens top ranked rushing defense will come in handy against the Dolphins run attack.
26. Washington Redskins (6-4-1)
While Washington may have lost to the Cowboys it wasn’t for a lack of offensive output. Kirk Cousins continues to evolve as a franchise quarterback which makes their offense difficult to stop.
27. Atlanta Falcons (8-3)
Behind the electric speed of Taylor Gabriel the Falcons ran past the Cardinals for their eighth continues their pace and put the Falcons in contention for a first round bye. If the Falcons can beat the Chiefs their remain schedule stacks up very nicely.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (8-3)
What a way to win a game surviving a long field goal attempt before nailing their own off the upright. While the defense bailed them out it was the coming out show for WR Tyreek Hill.
29. Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1)
What an egg the Seahawks dropped. Sure the Bucs are on a roll but not scoring a touchdown and losing 14-5. While this loss stings it doesn’t change much in that Seattle is still one of the elite. But this does leave the door open for Atlanta to possibly steal the two seed.
30. Oakland Raiders (9-2)
It would have been easy to move the Raiders to the 31st spot ahead of the Patriots but it’s just too hard to bet against Brady and Belichick. However, it’s also hard to ignore the clutchness of the Raiders and with Khalil Mack heating up it’s scary for opposing quarterbacks.
31. New England Patriots (9-2)
While they had to rally late to get past the three win Jets, the Patriots still won and have the inside track to home field advantage. With that said the Patriots are far from the elite team that we’ve seen in the past.
32. Dallas Cowboys (10-1)
At some point you think the Cowboys rookies will have to play like rookies, or will they? You’d think yes but the offense continues to improve while the defense makes just enough plays.