1. Cleveland Browns (0-7)
For all the hope the Browns had with a good draft class, a rookie QB playing well in camp and big time FA acquisitions, this has been an epic mess. Then you add in Joe Thomas being done for the season. I like the Browns philosophy of accumulating draft picks, but is it time for someone else to oversee it?
2. San Francisco 49ers (0-7)
For most of the season the 49ers have been competitive and in a position to win at the end of the game, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday as the struggling Cowboys ran wild crushing San Francisco 40-10. This game doesn’t change anything because everybody knew the 49ers are going to contend for the number one pick and need significant pieces.
3. New York Giants (1-7)
After beating the Broncos last week, the Giants reverted back to their old ways losing big to the Seahawks. Changes are coming this offseason but the real question is whether they come sooner rather than later?
4. Indianapolis Colts (2-5)
For the most part the Colts have been competitive, but that wasn’t the case against Jacksonville as Indianapolis got boat raced losing 27-0. Adding injury to insult the Colts also lost Malik Hooker to an ACL injury. If it wasn’t clear before (and not that he’s ready), Andrew Luck shouldn’t play this season.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
Tampa Bay’s struggles continue losing to the Bills and extending their losing streak to three straight. For a team that many (including me) had making the playoffs it has been a disappointment so far. While there is still time, the Bucs need to get things figured out fast.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)
Not being able to stop Le’Veon Bell was a big reason the Bengals lost and ended their two game winning streak. Making things worse was rookie running back Joe Mixon popping off that he needs to carry the ball more. You have to love his desire, but saying it in the media is not the way to go.
7. Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
So much for last week’s offensive explosion and the addition of Adrian Peterson turning the Cardinals fortunes around. Not only was the offense a dud but Carson Palmer’s arm fracture all but ends their season.
8. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
Nothing too new here as the Ravens the past several years struggle to beat the quality teams and that is what the Vikings are. Ozzie Newsome is regarded as one of the best General Managers and John Harbaugh is a well-respected head coach, but something needs to change in Baltimore because they’ve struggled for years.
9. New York Jets (3-4)
In the Jets rebuild they’ve made it a point to draft high character football players who have had leadership roles and a strong desire to win. That has shown this season as the Jets were many peoples favorite to have the 1st overall pick but have scratched and clawed all season long winning three games and coming close on others.
10. Chicago Bears (3-4)
Don’t look now but the Bears have won two out of their three games since turning the offense over to Mitchell Trubisky. While it hasn’t looked pretty at all times the Bears have something going. Upgrading their receiving core has to be priority number one this offseason.
11. Oakland Raiders (3-4)
A huge win for the Raiders beating division rival Kansas City to end a four game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes still alive. Getting Derek Carr back and scoring 31 points was big for the Raiders as they’re offense has sputtered during their losing streak.
12. Los Angeles Chargers (3-4)
Their win over the Broncos makes it three straight and a nice bounce back after starting 0-4. At this rate the Chargers may end up with more wins than fans at their games. I’m kidding, or am I?
13. Denver Broncos (3-3)
Going into the season the Broncos looked like a playoff team minus a playoff caliber quarterback. But over the past four weeks they look like a mediocre team. The flaws on this team are greater than many thought they were.
14. Atlanta Falcons (3-3)
Hiring Steve Sarksian was splash hire because he was a former prominent college head coach, but I really questioned the move since Sark had never called plays in the NFL before. Now after losing three straight Dan Quinn is having to make statements in support of him. This is not going to end well.
15. Washington Redskins (3-3)
The roller coaster season for the Redskins continues as they drop a divisional game against the Eagles on Monday night. Nothing has really changed from my preseason evaluation where I thought the Redskins would be just an average team.
16. Houston Texans (3-3)
A bye week off can really help the Texans by allowing them to retool their defense after losing Watt and Mercilus and also giving Deshaun Watson time to continue his development. Getting Daune Brown back will help once he gets into football shape.
17. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)
Look what happens when you have a motivated Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys offense looks like the dominant unit we saw most of last year. The big question will be whether we see Elliott for more than next week.
18. Detroit Lions (3-3)
The bye week couldn’t have happened at a better time for the Lions as they’re coming off two losses and have seemed to lose their mojo. They’ll be tested when they get back as they host a Steeler team that is getting back on track.
19. Green Bay Packers (4-3)
While Brett Hundley didn’t play horrible the Packers had a noticeably big drop off from missing Aaron Rodgers (duh). With games against the Lions and Bears coming up the Packers have an opportunity to keep themselves in the North race, but I’m not sure I have too much confidence in them.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3)
Even without Leonard Fournette the Jaguars were able to still run the ball down the Colts neck cruising to an easy 27-point victory. The fact that we are deep into October and the Jagaurs are in the thick of the playoff hunt is a nice change of events.
21. Carolina Panthers (4-3)
The momentum the Panthers had built up winning four of their first five games took a huge win losing to a Bears team that should be contending for a top 3 pick. This team goes as Cam goes and he wasn’t on his game causing two turnovers that resulted in touchdowns and not putting more than a single field goal on the board. The questions if this team is a pretender just started up again.
22. Tennessee Titans (4-3)
Tennessee got the win and it wasn’t pretty having to defeat the Browns 12-9. But we have to remember that when it’s all said and done it’s about getting the win and style points don’t matter.
23. Miami Dolphins (4-2)
After a miserable two week stretch the Dolphins have righted the ship in route to three straight wins to put themselves in the lead for the wildcard race. With a trip to Baltimore coming up the Dolphins could make four straight and it doesn’t matter if it’s Jay Cutler or Matt Moore.
24. Los Angeles Rams (5-2)
If you don’t think the Rams are for real, then I don’t know what to tell you. Completely blistering the Cardinals to improver to 5-2 continues to prove that Sean McVay is one hell of a coach. But now they have to hope that they can continue this momentum coming out of the bye week.
25. Buffalo Bills (4-2)
Buffalo’s success early this season continues holding onto a victory over the Bucs coming off a bye week. Can they keep this up or will it only go so far? Next week’s game against the Raiders could be telling.
26. New Orleans Saints (4-2)
In the 2017 draft the Saints went all in on defense adding plenty of pieces to their secondary and those moves are paying off as for the first time since maybe their Super Bowl run the Saints have a quality defense. Add that to the offense really hitting their stride all the talk of a rebuild were for not.
27. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Another week and another win for the Vikings with Case Keenum as their quarterback. With no timetable for Sam Bradford to come back and possibility of Teddy Bridgewater returning it may not matter if they keep winning. And when you play the Browns next week, you assume they will.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
If your completely results oriented, then the Chiefs losing two straight games is going to make you concerned. On the other side it took several flags at the end of the game for the Raiders to beat the Chiefs in Oakland. Those two losses don’t change much, but Kansas City needs their offense to be more consistent.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)
A week after knocking off the Chiefs the Steelers kept their momentum going beating the resurgent Bengals. A game against the Lions next Sunday night should be a fun game that tells us a lot about both teams.
30. Seattle Seahawks (4-2)
This is a typical Seahawks season as they’ve rebounded from their early season struggles to start to roll and work their way to a first round bye. Seattle wasted little time jumping on the Giants to control the game and get out with an easy win.
31. New England Patriots (5-2)
New England didn’t need an epic comeback win to beat the Falcons this team cruising to an easy 23-7 victory. Holding the Falcons offense to only 7 points is noteworthy but with the struggles the Falcons have been having does it really tell us much?
32. Philadelphia Eagles (6-1)
What more can we say about the Eagles as their winning streak continues with an impressive win over division rival Washington sweeping the season series. Hosting the 49ers and the Broncos the next two weeks the Eagles should be 8-1 entering Cowboys week.