1) Philadelphia Eagles
At this point it really isn’t even close. Now do I buy into them going forward? I think so. Yes, I saw that cautiously because I think Carson Wentz will be a top five QB consistently at some point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he struggled for a couple weeks. More importantly, I haven’t bought into their defense at all.
With that said, the addition of Jay Ajayi is a big one and a home game next week against the Broncos has them in position to be 8-1. Yes, the 2017 Eagles could be 8-1.
2) Pittsburgh Steelers
I have been reluctant (an understatement) to buy into this year’s Steelers team. I have said it before I will say it again, this team is going to end up being the punching back for the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. However, now I would like to add a probably into that sentence.
Yes, it was a one week thing, but the emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster (or Martinis Bryant if the sides can work things out) would be huge. Adding a legitimate number two option behind Antonio Brown could reek havoc on a Patriots secondary and defense that has struggled to say the least.
The real reason I am excited about Pittsburgh really has little to do with their offense and more to do with their defense which ranks second in points allowed and passing defense. If they can figure out a way to improve their running defense (16th in the league) than this potentially elite could carry this team when the offense has a down today. With that said, I need to see a lot more to totally buy in.
3) New England Patriots
I get they won, but talk about an unimpressive win. The Chargers literally ran a punt back into their own end zone, thought the wild cat would work, and had an offside penalty given New England the game-sealing first down.
Yes, they are 6-2 and are well on their way to another 11+ win season, but if you don’t believe this start feels different than others in New England, you need to take off your red and blue colored lenses.
4) Kansas City Chiefs
Another typical Alex Smith and Andy Reid type win: playing not to lose. The Broncos had not one, not two, not three, not four, but five, yes five, turnovers on a night when Trevor Siemian was out there looking like Santa Claus for the Chiefs. Yet still, somehow, the game was well within doubt into the fourth quarter.
I get they are a good team, I am not denying that, just look at were they are in my rankings, but as I have said all year long, they are going to let you down in disappointing fashion eventually. Get ready.
5) Seattle Seahawks
All of a sudden here they are, the Seattle Seahawks are sitting at 5-2. More importantly to me is that they are winning games in different ways. Sure, they still have the typical low-scoring win that they do every season (12-9 in week 2 over the 49ers) but they are also finding a way to now when their defense isn’t as good.
Oh and by the way, if you didn’t think Russell Wilson was a top five, maybe top ten, QB still that is a real threat for MVP this year, he reminder you of that yet again, didn’t he? Yes, this team is for real, and games against Washington and Arizona over the next two weeks give them more opportunities to boost their record.
The rest of my top 10:
6) Los Angeles Rams
7) New Orleans Saints
8) Minnesota Vikings
9) Buffalo Bills
10) Dallas Cowboys