Post bye week nothing has changed. This is still the best team in the NFL, end of story.
While the Patriots are no doubt the NFL's best team, Tom Brady may not be the best quarterback. Not, only is Aaron Rodgers the best quarterback overall right now, but there is certainly a debate to be made that he is having the best season also. The Packers may not be number one, but the Aaron Rodgers led Packers are still a great number two.
The Bengals soundly beat a very good Chiefs team and Andy Dalton is looking like a stud. The Bengals have never looked better and they don't look to slow down. What they do in the playoffs is up for debate, but this team is certainly not slowing down for a while.
This is a really good team and probably better than number five on any power ranking. But,that being said they lost to a Rams team that was inferior to them in many ways. I still think they will win the division and the Bruce Arians led Cardinals still have a lot going for them
Still this team finds a way to win games and I just don't get it, I really don't. This team is not as good as their play right now and eventually they will lose some of those close games, but they have proven they are a top 10 team, to this point, and they will stay until proven otherwise.
Yes, they are 4-0, but I predicted them to go 4-0, before the season started, because all the teams they have played thus far are ranked 23 or lower on these power rankings. They have a really great defense and Cam Newton is playing very good despite not having a lot on offense, but they need to beat some good teams first before I consider them elite.
The Chiefs have lost their last three games, but they were all to teams in my top six. Despite the brutal schedule early on, the chiefs are still a very good team and have a couple of studs on both sides of the ball. Look for them to win big at home against the far lesser Bears this Sunday.
Finish! Finish! Finish! The Vikings did exactly the opposite last Sunday, when T.J. Ward stripped the ball from Teddy Bridgewater to stop the Viking's game winning drive with 35 seconds left. That game should have been theirs and the Vikings should have been be 3-1, but instead they rest at 2-2 going into their bye. Despite the loss, I still really like this team and AP is still a game changer. Do yourself a favor Minnesota and learn how to finish.
12. Colts +1
Somehow the struggling Colts pulled a win out against the Jagaurs, without Andrew Luck, and are now leading the division at 2-2. With Andrew Luck possibly back in the saddle, against the Texans, the Colts instantly become a better team than with an aged Matt Hasselbeck at the helm. Regardless if he plays or not, the Colts are a playoff team because with, or apparently without, Andrew Luck the Colts are still the best team in the weak AFC South.
This team is still nothing but a great defense. When the defense is dominating Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't have to do a lot and only throws for 200 yards and a touchdown. When the defense isn't so hot, like against the Eagles, he throws for three interceptions.
The Ravens always seem to find a way to get it done and they did just that against the Steelers. 1-3 is not a good way to start the season, but if anyone can get out of that hole and nab a wild card spot, it is John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco.
I thought that the Cowboys could manage without Romo and Dez, but I was very wrong. The Cowboys have been unfairly hit with the injury bug and it just may put them into a hole deep enough that they can't get out of and allow the Giants to take the division
Without Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers are not the same and they proved it last Thursday night against the Ravens. While Michael Vick is proving to be a solid backup, he is just not enough. That being said, with Josh Scobee gone the Steelers may be able to make some field goals. I know Snoop Dogg agrees with me.
20. Lions - 2
Nothing has changed, this team is still talented, but for whatever reason they are unable to win games. I don't really know why, but one thing I do know is that this is not a playoff team. 0-4 in the NFC North does not bode well for the Lions and they will most likely spend there January on the couch. Still they are talented and better than a lot of teams and for that reason 20 is a good place for them.
Fresh off the bye Mariota and the Titans are trending in the right direction and I like them a lot. Look for them to gradually improve as the season goes along and the Titans will only get better.
You wanna be a playoff team Oakland? Then you don't lose to the Bears by two. The loss last week only confirmed my opinion that the raiders are better than last year but no where close to playoff level.
I can't decide who is having a worse season right now, ex-jags kicker Josh Scobee or current jags kicker Jason Myers. Both missed key kicks that would result in their teams losing in overtime. I would say the worst season belongs to Scobee because at least Myers is on a team right now. Jokes aside that game should have never gone into overtime in the first place because Blake Bortles should have put up more than 13 points and the Gus Bradly led defense should have held the 40 year old Matt Hasselbeck to less than 16 points. But, they are still more talented than a lot of other teams and in a weak division still have a fairly easy schedule that will provide them with a couple wins.
The Saints moved up five spots on my rankings for one reason and one reason only, they finally finished a game. Simple as that.
While firing Joe Philbin will help the Dolphins in the short term, they now have 12 games to fall in love with interim head coach Dan Campbell, who is not long term NFL head coach material. But, with the toxicity of Philbin gone, this talented roster can win some games. For the Dolphins sake I hope that they don't think those wins are because of Campbell.
Jay Cutler is playing a lot better than he did last year and is the only thing holding this Bears team together. That being said this team isn't going anywhere this year. The Bears are still a mess and in a tough division, like the NFC North, don't stand a chance to have a winning record.
Yes, they beat the Eagles, so what? This team isn't good and I don't care that they beat one of the most dysfunctional teams in the league. They need to prove to me and everyone else by beating some good teams. And no, the cocky (the week after beating Seattle) and Todd Gurleyless Rams at home don't count.