1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-1)
Although Patrick Mahomes threw three interceptions in their 33-27 win over the Miami Dolphins, you never got the feeling that the Chiefs would lose. This offense has an uncanny way of being able to put points up in a hurry. The Chiefs have taken the top spot in the AFC and have tough test in the #6 New Orleans Saints in Week 15.
2. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
The Green Bay Packers have taken over the NFC top seed, and Aaron Rodgers has narrowed the gap between him and Patrick Mahomes in the MVP race. While the defense ranks 17th in allowed points per game and 8th in yards allowed per game, the offense ranks 1st in points per game and 2nd in yards per game. Yes, the defense needs to step up, but there is no arguing that the offense is firing on all cylinders going into the last stretch of the season.
3. Buffalo Bills (10-3)
The Buffalo Bills made a statement in their dominant 25-16 win over the #5 Pittsburgh Steelers. Josh Allen has proved to be a star-on-the-rise, and the defense can make big plays in key moments. The Bills now have big wins over the Rams, Seahawks, Steelers, and a Hail Mary pass away from beating the Cardinals. With a pretty easy schedule the rest of the way out, look for the Bills to make a promising playoff run.
4. Los Angeles Rams (9-4)
The Rams shut the Patriots offense down on Thursday Night with a 24-3 win. While the offense is not the most powerful, the defense ranks 1st in yards allowed per game, and third in points allowed per game. After an average 2019 season, Jalen Ramsey has returned as one of the best corners in the league in 2020. Also, they have arguably the scariest player in the league in Aaron Donald.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)
Following 2 consecutive losses, you have to question if the Steelers have the ability to close out a season that no one expected. They do have arguably the best defense in the league, but their offense has proved to be uncertain at times. The Bills’ defense pushed Big Ben and the offense to the brink and gave them all that they can handle. However, they clearly are a threat to the AFC.
6. New Orleans Saints (10-3)
The New Orleans Saints fell short to the Philadelphia Eagles’ with their rookie quarterback, Jalen Hurts, making his first career start. Jalen Hurts looked phenomenal in his first start, but there is uncertainty in the Saints’ offense only putting up 21 points to an Eagles defense who ranks 19th in points allowed per game. Hopefully Drew Brees can return in their big Week 15 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
7. Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
The Seattle Seahawks regained their footing in their 40-3 win over the New York Jets. Yes, the Jets are 0-13, and clearly the worst team in the NFL, but the team regained that much needed confidence. With Jamal Adams back and a nearly healthy defense, the Seahawks seem to be back on their feet. They’ll have a crucial must-win game in Week 15 in a matchup against a red-hot Washington Football Team.
8. Tennessee Titans (9-4)
With Derrick Henry closing in on a 2,000 yard rushing season, he is arguably in the MVP race. The Titans are a tough matchup for any team, which they proved last year in the playoffs. The team is simply tough. They play tough defense and they will march the ball downfield with Derrick Henry. Also, they know how to play when the lights shine the brightest.
9. Baltimore Ravens (8-5)
First off, the Ravens-Browns Monday Night game was incredible. We saw Lamar Jackson do it all with 124 rushing yards with 2 rushing TDs and 163 passing yards with 1 passing touchdown in a crucial moment to win the game. With the Jaguars, Giants, and Bengals remaining in the season, look for the Ravens to make a push for an AFC wildcard spot and become a threat in the postseason.
10. Indianapolis Colts (9-4)
While Philip Rivers is not the most glamorous quarterback in the league, there is no arguing that he can’t make big plays in big moments. The rushing attack in Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines seems to put opposing defenses on skates as well. They made a tough Raiders team look silly in their 44-27 win in Week 15.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)
A big 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings put the Brady and the Bucs that much closer to a wildcard spot. However, Brady, Arians, and this offense just does not look playoff-ready. They have arguably the most talented offense in the league and they just do not look like they are clicking. If they can pull it together on offense, they can make a serious run for the Super Bowl.
12. Cleveland Browns (9-4)
Even with a heartbreaking 42-47 loss to the Ravens in Week 14, the Browns have shown us that their offense can make things happen. With the duo in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, they have one of the most explosive backfields in all of football. Not to mention that Baker Mayfield threw for 4 TDs last week in their matchup against a tough Titans defense, as well as 2 TDs this week. They also have one of the best pass rushers in Myles Garrett on the defensive side of the ball. This team might be one of the worst matchups for the #1 Kansas City Chiefs because of their offensive firepower and unrelenting pass rush.
13. Arizona Cardinals (7-6)
14. Miami Dolphins (8-5)
You can tell that rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa simply wants to win. In their 27-33 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Tua kept on pushing the Chiefs’ defense putting up 316 yards and 2 TDs, with all of his starting targets leaving the game due to injuries. In addition, their defense was incredible, as they have been all season. They forced Patrick Mahomes into throwing 3 interceptions, more than he has all season long (2), as well forced Mahomes into a 30-yard sack. The Dolphins continue to win ugly but prove that they hang in there, even against the best team in the league.
15. Las Vegas Raiders (7-6)
16. Washington Football Team (6-7)
The Washington Football Team is one of the hottest teams in the league right now. Their defense is incredible, scoring all of their touchdowns in their 23-15 win over the 49ers. Alex Smith exited the game early with a right leg injury, and Antonio Gibson did not play in Week 14. With all that being said, this team poses a lot of danger to opposing teams in the playoffs and arguably possess one of the most dangerous matchups for their Week 15 matchup in the Seattle Seahawks.
17. Minnesota Vikings (6-7)
18. Detroit Lions (5-8)
The Detroit Lions pushed Aaron Rodgers and the #2 Green Bay Packers to the brink in their 24-31 loss in Week 14. Matthew Stafford showed his toughness and grit and made big throws in big moments. However, the defense could not slow the Packers’ offense.
19. Chicago Bears (6-7)
20. New England Patriots (6-7)
21. Denver Broncos (5-8)
22. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1)
The Philly Eagles posted a big 24-21 win over the #6 New Orleans Saints in rookie-quarterback Jalen Hurts’ first start. They shredded one of the best defenses in the league on the ground in Miles Sanders’ 115 yard, 2 touchdown game. Jalen Hurts also added 106 yards on the ground and 167 passing yards and 1 passing touchdown. Could the Eagles have found their new franchise QB?
23. New York Giants (5-8)
24. Los Angeles Chargers (4-9)
Justin Herbert continued his stellar rookie campaign with 243 yards and 2 TDs against the Falcons, which included a 49-yard drive with 0:30 left on the clock to setup Michael Badgley’s 43-yard game-winning field goal.
25. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)
26. San Francisco 49ers (5-8)
27. Houston Texans (4-9)
The Texans’ struggles continued in Week 14 in a tough 36-7 loss to the Chicago Bears. With Will Fuller V suspended for the rest of the season, Deshaun Watson had no where to throw the ball. Deshaun is arguably a top-5 quarterback in the league and the Texans need to put some surrounding pieces around him this coming offseason.
28. Dallas Cowboys (4-9)
29. Carolina Panthers (4-9)
30. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1)
After star-rookie QB Joe Burrow went down with a season-ending knee injury, the Bengals have fallen apart since. However, there are some intriguing possibilities with the Bengals getting a top-5 draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, including a reunion of LSU talents in top-wide-receiver in Ja’Marr Chase.