1. New England (7-1) – Will New England lose another game this year?
2. Dallas (6-1) – The Cowboys look like the best team in the NFC. They are well balanced and Dak Prescott is here to stay.
3. Oakland (6-2) – The Raiders find ways to win. That’s the mark of a good team. Derek Carr is coming into his own.
4. Denver (6-2) – Denver’s defense was all over Phillip Rivers and forced multiple turnovers. The Broncos will have a chance every week if their defense plays like that.
5. Kansas City (5-2) – The Chiefs have quietly won 3 in a row. We’ll see if it continues.
6. Minnesota (5-2) – They probably should be even lower but not enough good teams below them won this week. Two bad outings in a row. They have to figure things out quickly.
7. Atlanta (5-3) – Despite their injuries on offense, the Falcons were able to get a big 33-32 win over the Packers and keep pace with the big guns of the NFC.
8. Seattle (4-2-1) – I know they lost, but they’re still a good team and could be much higher by season’s end.
9. Philadelphia (4-3) – The Eagles are still very good and have a big match this week against the Giants.
10. Washington (4-3-1) – The Redskins should be 5-3, but they are looking better than they have.
11. Green Bay (4-3) – Despite the injuries, the Packers played the Falcons tough. Just not sure they will be much better than 9-7 this year.
12. Houston (5-3) – The Texans held off the Lions, but you could make a case they should be number 15 on this list.
13. New York Giants (4-3) – They were off but face the Eagles this week.
14. Pittsburgh (4-3) – They could drop lower if Big Ben is out awhile.
15. Buffalo (4-4) – The Bills weren’t able to win but are still very much alive in the Wild Card race.
16. Tennessee (4-4) – DeMarco Murray has found a home and this offense has played very well.
17. Detroit (4-4) – The Lions took a step backward but has a chance this week against the now-struggling Vikings.
18. Cincinnati (3-4-1) – The Bengals had their chances against Washington, but continue to let games slip through their fingers. Getting Eifert back could be big for the Wild Card race.
19. Arizona (3-4-1) – Losing at Carolina was a gut punch, but the Cardinals are still very much alive for a Wild Card. We’ll see if they can get it together.
20. New Orleans (3-4) – The Saints jump up 6 spots after a big home win against the Seahawks. It’s hard to see consistency in this team, but they are capable.
21. Tampa Bay (3-4) – The Bucs are still trying to find ways to win, but they have the tools.
22. Miami (3-4) – If Jay Ajayi can continue to play well, Miami can win some games.
23. Los Angeles Rams (3-4) – The Rams seem to be forever trapped at .500 with Jeff Fisher.
24. Baltimore (3-4) – We’ll see if a week off helped things.
25. New York Jets (3-5) – Well, Fitzpatrick is back. Not sure it will be any better than it was.
26. San Diego (3-5) – The Chargers don’t have enough in key spots to win a lot of games.
27. Indianapolis (3-5) – The Colts have serious offensive line issues and that will be their undoing all season.
28. Carolina (2-5) – The Panthers got a big win this week. Need to get it going if they’re going to get back in this division race.
29. Chicago (2-6) – Somehow the Bears showed up, but I doubt we will see this very much.
30. Jacksonville (2-6) – Still a major disappointment.
31. San Francisco (1-6) – Incomplete rebuild mode.
32. Cleveland (0-8) – I actually believed they could win this week.