nfl_rankings_945

Updated every Tuesday of the regular season.


Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 6-1
Five touchdowns from Emmanuel Sanders and Juwan Thompson? Truly, is there a better, more balanced offense in football?
2 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 6-1
▲ 3
A goal-line stand + a late 75-yard touchdown pass = another win for Arizona. Best start since 1974.
3 New England Patriots New England Patriots 6-2
▲ 5
After dismantling Chicago, the Patriots will face their stiffest – and most important – test of the year this Sunday against Denver. The winner will be in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage in the AFC.
4 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 6-2
▼ 2
Dallas got beat by a third-string quarterback. Is the sky falling in Texas yet?
5 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 5-2
▼ 2
The secondary allowed two touchdown passes of 75+ yards against Arizona. You can’t do that.
6 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 6-2
▲ 5
The Lions have overcome double-digit, fourth-quarter deficits in back-to-back games. They probably shouldn’t make a habit of that, but hey, they’re winning games.
7 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 5-3
▼ 3
Another rough day at the office for Green Bay’s rush defense. The Packers are now 0-3 when they score fewer than 27 points.
8 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 5-3
▼ 2
The Colts’ five-game winning streak was snapped – this after they allowed 639 yards and 51 points to Pittsburgh. Indy has allowed an average of 15 points per game in its five wins and 37.3 points in its three losses.
9 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 4-3
The 49ers are coming off a bye, and their next four opponents are 10-19. Should be a good month.
10 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 5-3
▼ 3
You’re not going to win too many shootouts with Denver, especially if you’re down 21 in the second half. The Chargers have lost two straight.
11 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 4-3
▲ 1
Seattle didn’t allow a touchdown, yet still needed a last-minute touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to get by the Panthers. It’s hard to believe, but this team could easily be below .500.
12 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 4-2-1
▲ 1
Andy Dalton atoned for two fourth-quarter turnovers with a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down to give Cincinnati a 27-24 win over Baltimore. As bad as the Bengals have looked recently, they’re back atop the AFC North.
13 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 5-3
▲ 1
Ben Roethlisberger had a historic day against the Colts, setting franchise records with 522 passing yards and six touchdowns. The 522 passing yards were the fourth-highest in league history, and, more importantly, the Steelers won consecutive games for the first time this season.
14 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 5-3
▼ 4
Joe Flacco has one touchdown and four interceptions in Baltimore’s three losses. He has 13 touchdowns and three interceptions in their five wins.
15 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 5-3
Kyle Orton threw four touchdown passes against the Jets, and the defense forced six turnovers. Doug Marrone just needs to tell Sammy Watkins to make sure he’s in the end zone before celebrating.
16 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 4-3
Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis are becoming quite the 1-2 punch. That duo combined for 265 all-purpose yards in a 34-7 over St. Louis.
17 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 4-3
The Browns got what they needed – a win against Oakland – but the ground game has disappeared. Cleveland has rushed 55 times for just 109 yards (2.0 yards per carry) in its last two games.
18 Houston Texans Houston Texans 4-4
▲ 1
Arian Foster, who had 173 total yards and three touchdowns (two rush, one receiving) in a 30-16 win over Tennessee, has been arguably the most underrated back in football this year.
19 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 4-3
▲ 1
Miami has won three of four – albeit against teams that are a combined 4-19 – and has a stiff test this Sunday against San Diego.
20 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 3-4-1
▼ 2
Carolina is 1-4-1 since starting 2-0.
21 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 3-4
▲ 3
Not only did the Saints win a must-win game, but they forced three turnovers and limited Green Bay to one touchdown in the final 57:57 of action.
22 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 3-5
▲ 3
Welcome home, Colt McCoy. Welcome home.
23 New York Giants New York Giants 3-4
▼ 1
Hopefully that bye did the Giants some good. Their next four opponents are a combined 20-10.
24 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 3-5
▼ 3
Three touchdowns in 57 seconds was all she wrote for Chicago. The 38 points allowed in the first half were the most in Bears history.
25 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 3-5
▲ 2
Anthony Barr is a beast, and Teddy Bridgewater is making strides.
26 St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams 2-5
▼ 3
Austin Davis (160 yards, one touchdown, one interception) certainly didn’t look like Tom Brady or Kurt Warner against the Chiefs.
27 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 2-6
▼ 1
It was a historic collapse for Atlanta, which didn’t score after halftime against Detroit and has now lost five straight.
28 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 2-6
Zach Mettenberger wasn’t terrible, all things considered. Nevertheless, the Titans enter the bye having lost six of seven.
29 New York Jets New York Jets 1-7
Geno Smith completed more passes to the Bills (three) than to his own teammates (two) before getting benched, and the Jets committed six turnovers. This franchise is in bad, bad shape.
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-6
The Bucs are 0-4 at home and have lost 16 straight games in which the opponent scores first.
31 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1-7
Needless to say, Blake Bortles’ two pick-sixes were back-breaking for Jacksonville. But, he’s a rookie. He’ll learn.
32 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 0-7
With upcoming games against Seattle, Denver and San Diego, that first win is likely a ways away.

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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