1) Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 1st = E)
Their win over the Washington Redskins cemented two things. One: They are the best team in football. In fact it really isn’t close. Never mind how far ahead they are of everyone else in the NFC.
What they have looks sustainable because it is. As long as they take care of business next week against San Francisco, we will be talking about a 7-1 team…let that sink in.
Carson Wentz is the second best quarterback currently in this league. No, seriously. I get it sounds weird, but other than the declining Tom Brady, who is better than him? I can give you stat after stat — including yards, touchdowns, and quarterback rating – – but what should impress you the most is the eyeball test. He can run, throw the short and deep ball, and is already the hardest to bring down QB in the league.
I’ll even take it one step further on the show today:
2) New England Patriots (Last week: 4th = +2)
Their game against the Falcons was (sorry Pats fan) more about the Falcons not showing up. It was clear from the very first drive that the Patriots comeback in the Super Bowl was clearly on Atlanta’s mind and New England was motivated to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
With that said, their defense that had, and still statically is, the worst in the league, shutdown the Falcons potent offense without two of their best secondary players out with injuries: Eric Rowe and Stephon Gilmore. Granted they certainly got some help from some terrible play calling by the Falcons, but still, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia deserves credit…for this week.
3) Pittsburgh Steelers (Last week: 5th = +2)
The teams in front of them keep losing and they keep winning which has resulted in their slow, but steady climb up the list. The past couple of weeks have been a reminder that as long you have the best wide receiver (and it’s not even close), the best running back, and a decent enough Big Ben, you will still win a lot of games. Thanks to their lackluster competition, the Steelers would have to crap their pants in order to not win the AFC North.
Pittsburgh looks to be on track to do what they do every year: get to the AFC Championship game to be the punching bag for New England.
4) Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 2nd = =2)
Their drop down the list has been consistent after back-to-back stunning *sarcasm alert* loses. They build you up just to let you down every single year. Two years ago it was a ten game winning streak, last year it was five, and this year it was five again.
With games against Dallas, Oakland, and Denver left on their schedule, I wouldn’t be a surprise at all if they end up being on the wrong side of the 10-win mark. It shouldn’t be a surprise that when you implement a play-not-to-lose system like Andy Reid and Alex Smith have, that eventually it comes back to cost you.
5) Los Angeles Rams (Last week: 7th = +2)
The Los Angeles Rams are 5-2. I get everything about that sentence just sounds wrong, but it’s true. If you don’t believe in the Jared Goff and Todd Gurley combo yet, that is the real deal as well. At this point the Rams are a 9-10 win team that is more likely than not to make the playoffs, according to ESPN. Hop on the bandwagon or watch it go by.
Now to be clear, a deep playoff run is at least a year away in LA, but this is way better than anyone expected them to be.
The rest of my top 10:
6) Minnesota Vikings (Last week: 9th = +3)
7) Washington Redskins (Last week: 6th = -1)
8) New Orleans Saints (Last week: NR)
9) Buffalo Bills (Last week: NR)
10) Seattle Seahawks (Last week: NR)