1. New England Patriots (Last Week: #1, -) - Another week, another Patriots win. This is the most complete team we’ve seen in a while.
2. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: #4, +2) - The Cowboys had a Bye week, but still have a lot of momentum coming out of their off week. The “Tony Romo Question” still looms in the background, though.
3. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: #3, -) - The Seahawks were half of the most boring NFL game in recent memory (or the most exciting, depending on what you like). Still, getting out without a loss against a tough divisional opponent is definitely a good thing.
4. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: #2, -2) - The last of the unbeatens has fallen. This is still a good, young team with a strong defense, and WR Cordarelle Patterson might finally be reaching his potential.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: #9, +4) - Speaking of the unbeatens, here’s the team that handed the Vikings their first loss. The Eagles were able to rebound nicely after two losses, so hopefully they are able to string some wins together and get back on the right track.
6. Oakland Raiders (Last Week: #11, +5) - The Raiders are slowly looking like the favorite to win the AFC East. Originally a dark horse candidate for a Wild Card spot, they might not take the whole division. RB Latavius Murray might finally be 100% next week, so that will help too.
7. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: #6, -1) - The decision to go for it on fourth down looks costly after it didn’t pan out. Had it worked, Dan Quinn might’ve looked like a genius. Still, this Falcons defense looks porous at best.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: #10, +2) - The Chiefs gave up a lot of yards to QB Drew Brees, but still managed to win. Still, but for a timely turnover from Saints RB Mark Ingram, the game might’ve turned a different way. We can’t live in “what-if’s,” though, and this team deserved the win.
9. Denver Broncos (Last Week: #14, +5) - The Broncos defense stepped up in a big way, making the homecoming of QB Brock Osweiller one to forget. If or when this offense is fully clicking, this team can make a deep run.
10. Washington Redskins (Last Week: #5, -5) - The Redskins, on paper, should have beaten the Lions. DB Josh Norman might miss the next game with a concussion and the Redskins defense had no answer for the Lions last week.
11. Buffalo Bills (Last Week: #7, -4) - The Bills were the next team to lose to the suddenly hot Dolphins, but they’re definitely still in the hunt for the post season.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: #8, -4) - A loss to the Patriots without your starting QB in Big Ben is no surprise. The Steelers can only hope to weather the storm.
13. Houston Texans (Last Week: #12, -1) - QB Brock Osweiller is not what he was cracked up to be when he signed that big contract to bring him to Houston. I’m sure after last week’s game, Broncos fans are not upset in the least.
14. Detroit Lions (Last Week: #17, +3) - The win over the Redskins definitely helped the Lions remain in the open NFC East. The Cowboys look to take the division, but at least one of the Wild Cards from the NFC will likely come from the East.
15. New York Giants (Last Week: #15, -) - The Giants beat the Rams. The Giants were supposed to beat the Rams.
16. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: #16, -) - The Bengals beat the Browns. Everyone has beaten the Browns. Poor Browns.
17. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: #13, -4) - The Ravens defense started the season strong, but just made Ryan Fitzpatrick (the previously benched Ryan Fitzpatrick) look like Tom Brady.
18. New Orleans Saints (Last Week: #18, -) - Losing on the road in Arrowhead is nothing to be ashamed of, and thankfully the Falcons lost to give Saints fans at least one more week of hope.
19. San Diego Chargers (Last Week: #22, +3) - Saints fans should thank the Chargers for their win over the Falcons. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but this team deserved a win like this after all of their tough losses.
20. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: #19, +1) - The Seahawks defense is no joke, and even still, David Johnson was able to get a ton of yards. The rest of the league should be terrified of facing the Cardinals offense with David Johnson in the backfield.
21. Green Bay Packers (Last Week: #21, -) - The Packers beat the Bears. The Packers were supposed to beat the Bears. Even still, the Packers need a running game to help bring balance to their offense. It’s hard to see if holes just aren’t opening, or if the backs simply aren’t taking advantage. Maybe the Packers miss John Kuhn more than they realized.
22. Miami Dolphins (Last Week: #27, +5) - The Dolphins now looks to be putting everything together. RB Jay Ajayi had a breakout monster game after the (surprise) return of Arian Foster. If this is a sign moving forward, the Dolphins might have just found their RB of the future.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: #25, +2) - The Bucs beat the 49ers. The Bucs were supposed to beat the 49ers.
24. New York Jets (Last Week: #28, +4) - The Jets beat the Ravens. The Jets weren’t supposed to beat the Ravens. The Geno Smith project might officially be over before it (re)started.
25. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: #29, +4) - Someone had to win in the game between the Colts and Titans. This time, it was the Colts.
26. Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: #20, -6) - You almost have to feel bad for Todd Gurley. He can’t do it all himself, but if WR Tavon Austin is able to string together a few more games like he had last week, he might not have to.
27. Carolina Panthers (Last Week: #26, -1) - The Panthers had a Bye week, but move down a spot because of wins from teams under them.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: #23, -5) - It’s hard to make sense out of the Jaguars offense. Strangely, WR Marqise Lee looks to be only offensive playmaker right now.
29. Tennessee Titans (Last Week: #24, -5) - Someone had to lose in the game between the Titans and Colts. This time, it was the Titans.
30. Chicago Bears (Last Week: #30, -) - Packers QB Aaron Rodgers took out his frustration on the Bears defense in the second half.
31. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: #31, -) - Goodness gracious.
32. Cleveland Browns (Last Week: #32, -) - Poor Browns.