As the Jets tumble down…down…down
1. New England Patriots (10-2) – Flexed their muscle as the NFL’s best team by thrashing the Jets in front of the whole country. If they can take care of business in Chicago, no reason they can’t finish with at least 13 wins.
2. Atlanta Falcons (10-2) – Not as dominant as New England but they find a way to keep winning each week.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) – Gutsy win in Baltimore, puts them in great position for a AFC North title and a bye week.
4. Chicago Bears (9-3) – The Bears have a chance to show they belong in the discussion as the NFL’s best team this week when they host New England.
5. Baltimore Ravens (8-4) – No shame in losing a hard fought game with Pittsburgh and settling for a season split. However, they will likely be stuck in the wild-card again.
6. New Orleans Saints (9-3) – They have kept themselves within striking distance of Atlanta.
7. Green Bay Packers (8-4) – The Packers took care of business this week but after next week’s match-up with Detroit, they have a brutal finish against New England, the Giants, and Chicago.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Cowboys to set stage for showdown with Giants.
9. New York Giants (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Vikings to set stage for showdown with Eagles.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) – The Chiefs can bury the Chargers by beating them for the second time this year.
11. New York Jets (9-3) – A little harsh? 45-3. They are lucky to be this high.
12. Tampa Bay Bucs (7-5) – Their inability to beat any team with a winning record will keep them out of the playoffs.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) – It is starting to look like they have an actual chance to steal the AFC South.
14. Oakland Raiders (6-6) – Impressive win over San Diego kept their slim playoff chances alive.
15. San Diego Chargers (6-6) – Brutal loss to the Raiders, took a big shot into their playoff hopes. However, they can make up for it by beating the Chiefs this week.
16. Indianapolis Colts (6-6) – If they can’t handle the imploding Titans on Thursday night, than it may be time to throw in the towel on them as a playoff contender.
17. St. Louis Rams (6-6) – Very interested to see how they play the Saints this weekend.
18. Cleveland Browns (5-7) – The Browns should be able to pull to .500 in the next two weeks with games against Buffalo and Cincinnati.
19. Miami Dolphins (6-6) – Can play the role of spoiler by beating the Jets on the road this weekend.
20. Houston Texans (5-7) – Any playoff hope they have left should be buried by Baltimore this week.
21. Minnesota Vikings (5-7) – T-Jack didn’t look so bad out there.
22. Seattle Seahawks (6-6) – It would truly pain me to watch this team in the playoffs this year.
23. Dallas Cowboys (4-8) – Not sure anybody wants to play them the rest of the year.
24. Washington Redskins (5-7) – Their season has quickly turned into an absolute disaster.
25. Tennessee Titans (5-7) – See above.
26. San Francisco 49ers (4-8) – Sadly, could very realistically only be 1 game out of first place after next week.
27. Denver Broncos (3-9) – That Josh McDaniels sideline celebration after moving to 6-0 last year feels like 100 years ago.
28. Buffalo Bills (2-10) – They were due to get blown out…they are a 2-10 team after all.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) – Time to draft a new quarterback.
30. Detroit Lions (2-10) – Have no idea how to win a football game.
31. Arizona Cardinals (3-9) – One of the hardest teams to watch in recent years.
32. Carolina Panthers (1-11) – No stops on the 1-15 train.