nfl_rankings_945

Updated every Tuesday of the regular season.


Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 4-1
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The Broncos deserve the top spot, but they’ll be tested mightily in the next three weeks with games against San Francisco and San Diego and at New England.
2 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 5-1
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Tony Romo’s scramble and throw on 3rd-and-20 was the best play of the weekend. Dallas, which has won five straight games for the first time since 2007, can beat anyone, anywhere, anytime.
3 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 5-1
The 31-28 final against Oakland was closer than you thought it would be. Still, that’s five straight wins for San Diego.
4 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 5-1
The Eagles delivered their first shutout of the Giants since 1996. More importantly, LeSean McCoy (149 rushing yards) finally got rolling.
5 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 3-2
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Seattle has allowed 30 points in both of its losses and needed overtime to beat Denver. The Seahawks are darn good, but they’re certainly beatable.
6 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 4-2
You have to admit: Aaron Rodgers’ fake spike was pretty sweet.
7 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 4-2
Slow start, strong finish. The Niners have won three straight.
8 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 4-1
Larry Fitzgerald found the end zone for the first time since Week 14 of last season, the defense forced four turnovers and Carson Palmer is back. There’s a lot to like here going forward.
9 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 4-2
Andrew Luck has thrown for exactly 370 yards in three of six games. That’s just weird.
10 New England Patriots New England Patriots 4-2
The Patriots have scored 80 points in their last two games, but make no mistake: they’re going to miss Stevan Ridley, and they’re going to miss Jerod Mayo.
11 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 3-1-1
Mike Nugent picked a bad time for his only miss, and that once-dominant defense – the Bengals allowed 33 points in their first three games but have given up 80 in their last two – is now looking for answers.
12 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 4-2
Joe Flacco threw five touchdowns in the first half against Tampa Bay – just one shy of the NFL record (Daryle Lamonica, 1969).
13 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 4-2
Detroit dominated without being dominant. That’s fine; 4-2 is 4-2.
14 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 3-2
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That wasn’t just a victory; that was a rout. Cleveland is now 3-20 in its last 23 games against Pittsburgh.
15 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 3-2-1
Great day from Cam Newton, but the defense has allowed 37-38 points in three of the last four games.
16 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 3-3
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The Bears, 3-1 on the road, can notch their first home victory of the season this Sunday against Miami.
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 3-3
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The Steelers allowed 31 unanswered points in Cleveland and have yet to win back-to-back games this season.
18 Houston Texans Houston Texans 3-3
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J.J. Watt has scored three touchdowns this season. Think about that.
19 New York Giants New York Giants 3-3
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The Giants lost both a divisional game (27-0 to Philadelphia) and their top playmaker (Victor Cruz). Just a bad night all around.
20 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 3-3
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The Bills shut down New England’s running game (27 carries for 50 yards) but had no answer for Tom Brady (361 yards, four touchdowns).
21 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 2-3
First up after the bye? San Diego, which has won five straight.
22 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 2-3
The Saints play their next nine games against teams currently .500 or better.
23 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 2-3
Miami has lost three of four and plays five of its next seven on the road. This season could spiral pretty quickly.
24 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 2-4
The Falcons have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns this season – most in the NFL.
25 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 2-4
Zero touchdowns, three interceptions. Tough day for Teddy Bridgewater. As a rookie, you’ll have that.
26 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 1-5
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I still have no idea who Kirk Cousins was throwing to on that pick-six. That’s nine straight road losses for Washington.
27 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 2-4
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Oakland is downright awful, but kudos for winning with your backup quarterback – even if it was by just two points at home.
28 St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams 1-4
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The Rams scored just three points after the first quarter Monday night and have now lost three straight games. They also have a brutal slate upcoming: Seattle, Kansas City, San Francisco, Arizona, Denver and San Diego.
29 New York Jets New York Jets 1-5
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With five straight losses, Rex Ryan’s days are officially numbered.
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-5
I don’t care who you play; if you’re down 38-0 at halftime, especially at home, you’ve given up.
31 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 0-6
The Jaguars couldn’t beat Charlie Whitehurst, and their leading rusher was Blake Bortles. It’s going to be a long season.
32 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 0-5
Derek Carr’s four touchdowns against San Diego matched his total through his first four games. Improvement is good; wins are better.

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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