nfl_rankings_945

Updated every Tuesday of the regular season.


Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 9-1
No Palmer? No problem? Drew Stanton threw two first-quarter touchdowns to Michael Floyd, and the defense took it from there. The Cardinals are 9-1 for the first time since 1948.
2 New England Patriots New England Patriots 8-2
If you didn’t know Jonas Gray’s name before, well, you know it now.
3 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 7-3
▲ 5
You probably don’t want to play Green Bay at Lambeau in the playoffs. The Packers have outscored the opposition 219-85 through five home games.
4 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 7-3
▼ 1
That’s the worst single-game injury bug we’ve seen all season. It was also the first time in 31 regular-season games that the Broncos were held under 20 points. With two double-digit losses in three games, the Broncos have some soul searching to do.
5 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 7-3
▲ 1
I wonder if Tony Romo sent a thank-you note to Aaron Rodgers. The Cowboys are back in first place.
6 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 7-3
▲ 5
Kansas City bullied Seattle down the stretch. The Chiefs have won seven of eight and still haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown this season.
7 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 7-3
▼ 3
Sunday’s game in Green Bay confirmed what we already knew: the defense is shaky, and Mark Sanchez is not a good quarterback.
8 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 7-3
▼ 3
Credit the Lions for keeping it close in the desert, but they didn’t find the end zone and were held scoreless in the second half.
9 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 6-4
▲ 1
San Fran responded to the Patrick Willis news by forcing five turnovers and limiting the Giants to 10 points. That’s great, but the offense is still struggling.
10 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 6-4
▼ 3
I don’t know about you, but the Colts never felt like they were in that game. All four of their losses this year are to teams with 7+ wins.
11 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 6-4
▼ 2
The Seahawks moved the ball against Kansas City, but they couldn’t make plays when they needed to. Seattle is 3-3 in its last six games, with all three wins coming against sub-.500 teams.
12 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 6-3-1
▲ 1
If the Bengals could never play on prime time or in the playoffs, they might go undefeated. An impressive win in New Orleans has the Bengals back atop the AFC North.
13 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 7-4
▲ 1
It was a little closer than it should have been, but the Steelers made plays when they had to. Also, Le’Veon Bell? Stud.
14 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 6-4
▲ 1
Monday’s matchup of Super Bowl MVPs (Joe Flacco and Drew Brees) should be a good one.
15 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 6-4
▲ 2
Ryan Tannehill was quiet for almost three quarters but rallied Miami past Buffalo. A Wild Card spot isn’t unreasonable.
16 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 6-4
▲ 2
If you lost three straight and then struggle against Oakland, you’ve got problems.
17 Houston Texans Houston Texans 5-5
▲ 4
J.J. Watt is a beast. That is all.
18 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 6-4
▼ 6
Brian Hoyer completed just 40 percent of his 50 throws against Houston, and Cleveland averaged just 2.4 yards per carry. The Browns are 5-2 in their last seven games, but both losses came to teams that entered the day below .500.
19 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 5-5
▼ 3
Not sure which is worse: not scoring a touchdown all game or allowing 19 straight points to end it.
20 St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams 4-6
▲ 4
The Rams have beaten Seattle, San Francisco and Denver. Props to Jeff Fisher.
21 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 4-6
▲ 1
The Falcons started 2-6. Two games later, they’re in first place.
22 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 4-6
▲ 6
After allowing 50+ points in back-to-back games, the Bears actually played a little bit of defense Sunday, limiting the Vikings to 13 points. First home win of the season.
23 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 4-6
▼ 3
Sean Payton hadn’t lost at home since 2010. Now he’s lost two straight. Nevertheless, the Saints – at 4-6 – are atop the NFC South.
24 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 4-6
▼ 5
The Vikings outscored the Bears 10-0 in the first quarter but were outscored 21-3 the rest of the way. They also gained just 243 yards for the game – barely half as many as Chicago’s 468.
25 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 3-7
▼ 2
Seven points? At home? Against Tampa Bay? The week after a bye? I’m not saying it’s time to throw in the towel on Robert Griffin, but we’re getting close.
26 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 3-7-1
▼ 1
The Panthers have averaged just 14.8 points per game over their last five games, during which they are 0-5.
27 New York Jets New York Jets 2-8
Fresh off the bye, Rex Ryan enters the home stretch in New York.
28 New York Giants New York Giants 3-7
▼ 2
I get that Victor Cruz is out, but five picks for Eli? Five?!
29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-8
▲ 1
Tampa Bay is 2-3 on the road and 0-5 at home.
30 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 2-8
▼ 1
When you allow a running back to rush for more than 200 yards, you’re not winning. It’s that simple.
31 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1-9
Goal for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis: Keep it within 14.
32 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 0-10
They’re seriously probably not going to win a game. That’s 16 straight losses.

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.