nfl_rankings_945

Updated every Tuesday of the regular season.


Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 5-1
Congratulations, Peyton. Best quarterback in the business.
2 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 6-1
Another week, another heavy dose of DeMarco Murray, another win. That’s becoming the standard in Dallas.
3 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 5-1
▲ 1
Believe it or not, Sunday’s tilt in Arizona could have huge playoff-bye implications.
4 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 5-2
▲ 2
Four straight wins, including three by 21+ points. Despite the 1-2 start, the Packers are on schedule.
5 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 5-1
▲ 3
Arizona has a two-game lead on Seattle. Did anybody expect to say that at any point this season?
6 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 5-2
▲ 3
The Colts’ last four opponents are a combined 3-for-36 on third down. Five straight wins make Indy the hottest team in the AFC.
7 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 5-2
▼ 4
What can you say? Just a tough loss to a solid divisional rival that was coming off a bye. Don’t worry, Chargers fans. San Diego ain’t going nowhere.
8 New England Patriots New England Patriots 5-2
▲ 2
The Patriots have won three straight, but we’re going to find out a lot more in the coming weeks. Their next six opponents are a combined 27-13 (.675).
9 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 4-3
▼ 2
The defense got shredded for 42 points in three quarters, and Blaine Gabbert played. It’s never good when either of those things happen.
10 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 5-2
▲ 2
Joe Flacco has 13 touchdowns and three interceptions in the Ravens’ five wins, and he has one touchdown and two interceptions in their two losses.
11 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 5-2
▲ 2
Not a pretty win, but definitely a clutch performance by Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate. Detroit scored 14 points in less than two minutes to stun New Orleans, 24-23.
12 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 3-3
▼ 7
Between giving away Percy Harvin and losing for the third time in five games, this team has lost its identity – not to mention its swagger. There’s still time to recover, but in the NFC West, well, you best not dawdle.
13 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 3-2-1
▼ 2
The Bengals are winless in their last three games and have been outscored 70-17 in the two losses. They also had 10 three-and-outs against Indy. Yup.
14 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 3-3
▲ 3
The Steelers trailed the Texans 13-0 on Monday Night Football. Then they reeled off 30 straight points. Pittsburgh hasn’t lost on MNF since 1991.
15 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 4-3
▲ 5
The Bills are hanging around. For now, that’s all you can ask for.
16 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 3-3
▲ 5
The Chiefs have won three of four and just might make a run at the Wild Card.
17 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 3-3
▼ 3
A blowout loss to the Jags? Zero touchdowns? Shut out in the second half? I don’t think anybody saw all that coming.
18 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 3-3-1
▼ 3
The Panthers are undefeated when they allow fewer than 37 points. So there’s that.
19 Houston Texans Houston Texans 3-4
▼ 1
The Texans allowed 24 points in the final 3:08 of the first half against Pittsburgh. It’s amazing how quickly a turnover or two can change things.
20 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 3-3
▲ 3
After beating the Bears at Soldier Field, the Dolphins have won two straight road games. They’ll go for three in a row this Sunday in Jacksonville.
21 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 3-4
▼ 5
Jay Cutler threw one pick, fumbled three times and took three sacks against Miami. The Bears are now 0-3 at home.
22 New York Giants New York Giants 3-4
▼ 3
Well, at least they weren’t shut out.
23 St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams 2-4
▲ 5
A fake punt near your own end zone with the game on the line? Jeff Fisher has already won the Call of the Year Award.
24 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 2-4
▼ 2
Devastating loss for the Saints, who fell to 0-4 on the road. Only a woeful division is keeping this team in the mix.
25 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 2-5
▲ 1
Colt McCoy – not Kirk Cousins – rallied Washington to victory on Sunday. Is it possible for a team to have two quarterback controversies? Apparently, yes.
26 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 2-5
▼ 2
Remember Atlanta’s 56-14 thrashing of Tampa Bay? Well, the Falcons have since lost four straight – all by double digits.
27 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 2-5
▼ 2
Minnesota, which is last in the league in passing offense, has scored 16 points or fewer in all five of its losses.
28 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 2-5
▼ 1
The Titans have had three consecutive games decided by two points or fewer. Unfortunately, what could have been 3-0 was 1-2.
29 New York Jets New York Jets 1-6
The Jets have lost six straight games but could have won five of them. Percy Harvin? Eh, why not?
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-5
The silver lining? None of the next five opponents has a winning record.
31 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1-6
Blake Bortles threw three interceptions against Cleveland, but as he’s surely learned by now, a win is a win – and he’ll take it.
32 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 0-6
Still winless.

Tony Meale is the author of The Chosen Ones: The Team That Beat LeBron. He lives in Chicago and won’t be mad if you follow him on Twitter @TonyMeale.

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