This extraordinary NFL season continues to amaze us.
The teams we thought were good might not actually be. The teams we thought were bad might actually be even worse than first feared. Offenses are scoring for fun and every week there is a crazy comeback. It really is manic at the moment and shows no signs of slowing down.
Who knows what the next slate of games will knock up?
This week’s voters were Kent Swanson, Matt Stagner, Pete Sweeney, Ron Kopp and myself.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (1st)
There were some dodgy moments, but overall, the Chiefs were very good Monday night against the Bills. The rushing attack was unconventional for Andy Reid but highly effective.
2. Seattle Seahawks (2nd)
The last of the NFC’s undefeated. A very good week for them despite not playing.
3. Baltimore Ravens (3rd)
Normally, when the Ravens jump out to a lead, they don’t let up. However, this week, they did put the brakes on and were almost forced into overtime against a far-less talented Eagles team.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5th)
Ben Roethlisberger owns the Browns. This team looks scary.
5. Tennessee Titans (6th)
Try telling Titans fans that running backs don’t matter.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8th)
Talk about coming out and proving a point. The defensive line was way too much for the Packers to handle.
7. Green Bay Packers (4th)
The Pack was my No. 1 team going into this week. I’m going to admit I was wrong.
8. Buffalo Bills (7th)
This was the team the Chiefs were supposed to be fearing? Mediocre at best Monday night.
9. New Orleans Saints (11th)
What’s there to say about a team that was on a bye?
10. Chicago Bears (15th) This week’s high riser
The Bears are 5-1. I repeat, THE BEARS ARE FIVE AND ONE! Welcome to the top 10, Chiacgo.
11. Arizona Cardinals (13th)
Kyler Murray is so much fun to watch.
12. San Francisco 49ers (18th)
Welcome back, Jimmy G. It’s such a shame this team can’t stay healthy because it is so well coached.
13. Los Angeles Rams (9th)
After beating up on the NFC East, the Rams we all expected coming into the season turned up.
14. Las Vegas Raiders (14th)
They were so happy with their win over the Chiefs, they gave themselves the week off.
15. Indianapolis Colts (16th)
The Colts are such a weird team. Are they actually good?
16. New England Patriots (12th)
A few weeks ago, everything looked promising in New England. How times have changed.
17. Cleveland Browns (10th) | This week’s big faller
The Browns need to figure out their Baltimore and Pittsburgh problem if they’re serious about challenging. It will be interesting to see how Mayfield reacts after being benched.
18. Carolina Panthers (17th)
Two interceptions for Teddy this week. Not his finest performance.
19. Miami Dolphins (21st)
How good was it to see Fitzmagic cheering on Tua as the rookie saw the field for the first time. The Dolphins are quickly becoming a very likable team.
20. Dallas Cowboys (19th)
Earlier this year, I floated the idea about how the Cowboys should roll with Andy Dalton and his much cheaper contract. That was a really bad take.
21. Los Angeles Chargers (20th)
A bye week in California sounds delightful, not going to lie.
22. Denver Broncos (25th)
They’re going to have to find a way to convert the field goals into touchdowns when Kansas City flies into town this week.
23. Houston Texans (24th)
Your opinion on analytics will probably shape your view on Romeo Crennel’s decision to go for two.
24. Minnesota Vikings (23rd)
The Kirk Cousins contract is looking worse and worse every single week.
25. Philadelphia Eagles (22nd)
They have to be proud of the way they fought back against a team that simply doesn’t allow comebacks, but they will be kicking themselves for getting the job done.
26. Detroit Lions (26th)
Matt Patricia is now 11-24-1 as the head coach of the Detroit Lions.
27. Cincinnati Bengals (27th)
Came out all guns blazing but soon ran out of ammo.
28. Atlanta Falcons (30th)
It’s mad how much better teams always look immediately after firing their head coach. How long will it last though?
29. New York Giants (31st)
First win on the board for Big Blue.
30. Washington Football Team (28th)
The 30th-ranked team was a two-point conversion away from first place in their division. That sums up the NFC East.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (29th)
All of a sudden, the Jaguars are very much back in the race for Trevor Lawrence.
32. New York Jets (32nd)
They don’t even look like a real football team right now. I wonder what the line will be when they face the Chiefs in two weeks?