1. Cleveland Browns (0-5)
Hosting the Jets this was supposed to be the game where the Browns get on track, instead they lose and bench Deshone Kizer. I’ve really liked their approach to building this team, but at some point you have to win games.
2. New York Giants (0-5)
Not only did the Giants blow the lead but they lost Odell Beckham Jr in the loss. A reported ankle facture likely ends his season and takes away the only true weapon this team has. This will be a long long season for the Giants.
3. San Francisco 49ers (0-5)
Outside of their opening week game against the Panthers (game closer than score indicated) the 49ers have lost by a combined 12 points. This team isn’t terrible, but a lack of quality quarterback play might be the only thing holding this team back from two or three wins this season.
4. Chicago Bears (1-4)
There was plenty of hope in Mitchell Trubisky’s first regular debut but unfortunately it wasn’t a good day for the Bears as the same struggles they had with Mike Glennon continued with Trubisky. It goes without saying that the Bears need to go all in at receiver this off season.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)
After a couple of weeks of narrow losses, the Chargers finally were able to capitalize and get into the win column. However, it took four of the Giants receivers to get hurt and an Eli Manning fumble to do it. I don’t see this as a trend that will continue.
6. Indianapolis Colts (2-3)
Playing both the Browns and 49ers have helped the Colts get two early season wins, but it’s not like they are setting the world of fire. But that doesn’t matter to them as they are still in the hunt in the South and Andrew Luck will be returning soon.
7. Arizona Cardinals (2-3)
There had been a couple of narrow defeats to go with a couple of wins, but this game was never really close losing by 27 points. There are rumors that Bruce Arians may retire after this season, but if the season continues like many think, he’s not going to be the only one going.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
Watch out now the Bengals have won two straight including over the hot Bills. A big reason for that is the fact that the offense is finally getting on track. With the Steeler loss the Bengals are only a game back.
9. Tennessee Titans (2-3)
The good news is Marcus Mariota will likely be back next week only missing one game, however the bad news is the Titans lost a winnable game which could hurt them when it comes to trying to get a wildcard berth. But that won’t matter if the defense doesn’t play better.
10. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
This stat from the Elias Sports Bureau says it all concerning the Cowboys this year, “the Cowboys are the second team in NFL history to lose consecutive games at home despite scoring at least 30 points in both contests.” The defense still isn’t good, the offensive line has taken a step back and the off the field issues have played a role on Zeke.
11. Oakland Raiders (2-3)
Yes, they were without Derek Carr, but this is a flawed Raiders team that many (including myself) pegged to be a Super Bowl contender. The defense is still a mess, the running game has fallen apart and Amari Cooper is struggling mightily. Should we be surprised if this team misses out on the playoffs?
12. Houston Texans (2-3)
Deshuan Watson lit up the stat sheet once again but it that wasn’t enough to beat the Chiefs in Houston. What makes matters worse for the Texans is they lost both JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus to possible season ending injuries. The blueprint for this team was to play good defense and let Watson make plays. If the defense can’t do their job, then the losses may add up.
13. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
Cutler and the offense struggled for yet another game but they were still able to score enough to get the win. Dolphin fans won’t care that they beat the Matt Cassell lead Titans because getting wins is all that matters here.
14. Washington Redskins (2-2)
The schedule makers have not been kind to the Redskins whose first four games were against two of the best teams in the league (Eagles and Chiefs) while their two wins are over the good Rams and a Raiders team that should contend for the playoffs. The 49ers next week gives the Redskins a break but then playing the Eagles, Cowboys, Seahawks and Vikings is flat out brutal. This team is going to be better than their record.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)
Playing at home on a Thursday night in prime time, everything was in place for Tampa to get a huge win. Instead Winston struggled and the Bucs drop a winnable game. These are games that will come back to bite them at the end of the season trying to get a wildcard berth.
16. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
Two straight wins heading into the bye week has to make the Saints feel a lot better. But with games against Detroit and Green Bay coming up we should really see how good this team is. Look for some new wrinkles coming out and maybe getting Adrian Peterson going.
17. New York Jets (3-2)
Don’t look now but the Jets, a team that everybody thought was tanking to get the number one overall pick, is on a three game winning streak. Sure they’ve beaten the Dolphins, Jags and Browns but they’ve won three in a row. Heck many thought they won’t even win a game this year.
18. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
Sure their win over the Falcons in Atlanta was huge, but did we honestly think the Bills were going to go on a run this year and push for a playoff spot? Yes, they are playing well, but they’re playing over their heads right now. Next year could be interesting.
19. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)
After scoring the first ten points of the game the Rams went scoreless and were unable to hold onto a victory that would have put them solely in the West lead. The Rams are not likely playoff bound but they are no fraud either. If they continue to build up the roster they could be a team to watch out for over the next several years.
20. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)
In their first game without Dalvin Cook the Vikings sure felt his loss as the offense took a step back narrowly defeating the awful Bears with a last second field goal. Things were going good for the Vikings, but the loss of Dalvin Cook is going to be bigger than most assumed.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Despite being 3-1 there were definitely some concerns about the Steelers and losing big to the Jags is not going to make those worries go away. Pittsburgh needs to get their offense going, but they may be in the market for a first round quarterback come April.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
The Jags followed their recipe and it worked to perfection. The defense shut down the potential high scoring Steelers and the running game was going which meant that Bortles only threw 14 times. If Jacksonville can keep this up, maybe they can win the South which appears worse that initially thought.
23. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
Beating the Rams in Los Angeles was the Seahawks best win of the season so far (49ers and Colts were other two wins) which helps them get to the top of the division, but do we really know much about them yet? Sure won’t next week when they travel to New York to face the winless Giants.
24. Detroit Lions (3-2)
Detroit wasn’t able to recover from giving up 24 straight points and dropped a home game to the Panthers. The Lions are still a good team, but if they cannot get their running game going, their Super Bowl hopes will be for naught.
25. New England Patriots (3-2)
Even though it was the Bucs missing on some big plays the fact that the Patriots held them to only 14 points has to be considered a win. Is this finally the year where their willing to let players walk on defense hurts them?
26. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Taking advantage of struggling Derek Carr-less Oakland Raiders Baltimore was able to get a road win over a team that very well could be over .500 at the end of the season. Sure the offense looked better, but this win doesn’t change my view that the Ravens are just a middle or the road team.
27. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
Hopefully during their bye week, they can get some things figured out as they need have been inconsistent through their first four games. Atlanta needs to play more like they did against Green Bay and the Lions and stay away from how they played against the Bears and Bills.
28. Carolina Panthers (4-1)
You had to know that after all the drama that Newton started this week he was going to go out a ball. And that’s exactly what he did leading the Panthers to a huge win on the road over the Lions. This team goes as Cam goes, and when he’s on they’re very difficult to beat.
29. Denver Broncos (3-1)
Heading into the season the recipe for success for the Broncos was to play great defense and run the ball well allowing QB Trevor Siemian to limit his throws. So far so good through four games.
30. Green Bay Packers (4-1)
A fourth quarter Aaron Rodgers comeback helped the Packers get yet another win over the Cowboys in Jerry World. Despite a team littered with injuries the Packers continue to win. What is this team going to look like when they get everyone back?
31. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
The Eagles continue their roll easily crushing the Cardinals to a 34-7 victory putting themselves into the role as the best team in the NFC. If Philly can continue to get this production out of their running game they’re going to be very difficult to beat.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
Another week and the Chiefs continue to win this time beating a tough Texans team down in Texas. When you’re able to score touchdowns not just on offense, but also on special teams it’s going to make things a lot easier. With the Chiefs hosting the Steelers next week it looks like they should continue their winning ways.