1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)
Yes this defense showed gaps in their win against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. However, the reason why these guys are atop the rankings is because of their unwillingness to lose. Patrick Mahomes was given the ball with 1:53 left on the clock, which he could have settled for a field goal. Instead, the man goes for the end zone to end the game. They know how to win
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)
The Steelers continue their undefeated season with a dominant win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, not much to say here.
3. Los Angeles Rams (7-3)
A close win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers push these Rams atop the NFC West, as well as #3 on our power rankings. While the offense is not as high-powered as the Chiefs, the defense in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey makes up for the average offense.
4. Tennessee Titans (7-3)
A big OT win over the opposing Ravens was a huge bounce-back win for the Tennessee Titans, after dropping a lackluster game to the red-hot Indianapolis Colts. Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill are a combination that will cause nightmares for opposing defenses.
5. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
6. New Orleans Saints (8-2)
A Drew Brees-less Saints managed to dominate against the Atlanta Falcons, with Taysom Hill under center. The defense stepped up, and that is a very good sign for a team who’s defense has been sub-par. However, with two consecutive solid outings by the Saints’ defense, and an 7-game win streak, look for the Saints to keep rolling. My only worry is that they simply can’t win in the playoffs.
7. Seattle Seahawks (7-3)
Seattle has a very easy next few weeks, which could push them atop the NFC West. They have arguably one of the best QB-WR duos in the game right now with Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf, and Lockett in the slot. The defense has been lackluster, but the offense is rolling.
8. Indianapolis Colts (7-3)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)
10. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
The Green Bay Packers need some work on defense. After holding a 28-14 lead at half, the Packers could only manage to put up 3 points in the second half, which came after a big pass by Rodgers in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. They gave up 34 points to an average offense, which isn’t going to cut it heading into the back half of the season
11. Arizona Cardinals (6-4)
12. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
13. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)
14. Cleveland Browns (7-3)
With a close win over the Eagles, the Browns continue to win these sloppy games. The only thing that matters is that they are winning. The concern is that Baker Mayfield is not a prolific quarterback. He has a fantastic backfield and wideouts, but he’s just not what the Browns need.
15. Miami Dolphins (6-4)
The Dolphins’ hot streak came to an end this week to the Denver Broncos. Tua just could not get the offense going. An awkward fall in the later half of the game sidelined Tua and Ryan Fitzpatrick took control of the offense. Could be an interesting for Brian Flores going into Week 12.
16. Minnesota Vikings (4-6)
The Minnesota Vikings continue to show their weak secondary in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Andy Dalton managed to throw for 3 TDs and Zeke ran for 103 yards, something that the Dallas offense has not been able to do since the injury of Dak Prescott. It is very unlikely that anyone in the NFC North will catch the Green Bay Packers
17. Chicago Bears (5-5)
18. Denver Broncos (4-6)
19. Carolina Panthers (4-7)
The Panthers defense held the subpar Detroit Lions offense to 185 yards and 0 points. A statistic that pays dividends to the Panthers’ solid defense and to the Lions’ weak offense.
20. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
21. Houston Texans (3-7)
The Houston Texans look fantastic in their win over the Patriots. Deshaun Watson is incredible, and it is unfortunate that he is in Houston because he deserves a better team. Watson accounted for 380 out of 399 of the total yards of offense for the Texans. He also scored all three of their touchdowns, 2 passing and 1 rushing.
22. New England Patriots (4-6)
23. Los Angeles Chargers (3-7)
A close 34-28 win over the New York Jets is a step in the right direction for the Chargers. Herbert is doing incredible things for LA, but the defense giving up 28 points to a Jets offense who is averaging 13 points per game is concerning.
24. San Francisco 49ers (4-6)
25. Detroit Lions (4-6)
26. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)
27. Philadelphia Eagles (3-7)
28. Washington Football Team (3-7)
29. New York Giants (3-7)
30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1)
With the unfortunate loss of star-rookie quarterback, Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals will look to simply re-enter the rebuilding process and hopefully acquire a valuable asset to Burrow’s offense, with his return next season.