I have decided that as the season goes on I will begin to drop teams of the rankings that have been eliminated from the playoffs. First off the list are the San Francisco 49ers who are currently 0-9. Technically they could win the rest of their games and finish 7-9 but they are not going to make the playoffs, so they have been evicted.
This week saw the top two teams (Eagles and Rams) both put up 50+ points against their opponents. Houston was devastated by the loss of Deshaun Watson during the week in a not contact injury. Not sure how they will make the playoffs with as many players as they have missing on both sides of the ball. Kansas City, after starting 5-0, has lost 3 of their last 4 games but they have the week off to address those issues.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (7-2)
It is hard to believe that the offensive output that the Eagles have turned into are led by a second year player. They are the class of the NFC right now, but the Rams are right behind them. They have the week off.
Last week: Defeated the Broncos 51-23
Up next: Bye
2. Los Angeles Rams (6-2)
The Rams have turned into the same kind of offensive team as the Eagles. Is this a return of the "Greatest Show on Turf" (without being on turf)? I am not really sure how this team struggled under Jeff Fisher the way they did. A lot of people always felt that the team was much better than they appeared. They host the Texans this week.
Last week: Defeated the New York Giants 51-17
Up next: at home against Houston
3. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)
The Vikings had the week off to heal some wounds and will travel to Washington this week to take on a team that has been hot and cold all season.
Last week: Bye
Up next: at Washington
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
The Steelers also had the week off and travel to the Colts this week. It should be a relatively easy win for the Steelers but the Steelers have been a team known to play down to it's competition, so we shall see.
Last week: Bye
Up next: at Indianapolis
5. New England Patriots (6-2) Last week: Bye; up next: at Denver
6. New Orleans Saints (6-2) Last week: Defeated the Bucs 30-10; up next: at Buffalo
7. Carolina Panthers (6-3) Last week: Defeated the Falcons 20-17; up next: at home against Miami (Monday, 11/13)
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3) Last week: Defeated the Bengals 23-7; up next: at home against Los Angeles Chargers
9. Dallas Cowboys (5-3) Last week: Defeated the Chiefs 28-17; up next: at Atlanta
10. Tennessee Titans (5-3) Last week: Defeated the Ravens 23-20; up next: at home against Cincinnati
11. Seattle Seahawks (5-3) Last week: Lost to Washington 17-14; up next: at Arizona (Thursday (11/9)
12. Buffalo Bills (5-3) Last week: Lost to the Jets 34-21; up next: at home against New Orleans
13. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) Last week: Lost to the Cowboys 28-17; up next: Bye
14. Washington (4-4) Last week: Defeated the Seahawks 17-14; up next: at home against Minnesota
15. Arizona Cardinals (4-4) Last week: Defeated the 49ers 20-10; up next: at home against Seattle (Thursday (11/9)
16. Detroit Lions (4-4) Last week: Defeated the Packers 30-17; up next: at home against Cleveland
17. Atlanta Falcons (4-4) Last week: Lost to the Panthers 20-17; up next: at home against Dallas
18. Green Bay Packers (4-4) Last week: Lost to the Lions 30-17; up next: at Chicago
19. Miami Dolphins (4-4) Last week: Lost to the Raiders 27-24; up next: at Carolina (Monday 11/13)
20. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) Last week: Lost to the Titans 23-20; up next: Bye
21. Oakland Raiders (4-5) Last week: Defeated the Dolphins 27-24; up next: Bye
22. New York Jets (4-5) Last week: Defeated the Bills 34-21; up next: at Tampa Bay
23. Chicago Bears (3-5) Last week: Bye; up next: at home against Green Bay
24. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) Last week: Bye; up next: at Jacksonville
25. Houston Texans (3-5) Last week: Lost to the Colts 20-14; up next: at Los Angeles Rams
26. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) Last week: Lost to the Jaguars 23-7; up next: at home against Los Angeles Chargers
27. Denver Broncos (3-4) Last week: Lost to the Eagles 51-23; up next: at home against New England
28. Indianapolis Colts (3-6)
With the 49ers falling out of the standings the Colts manage to stay in the Bottom Four despite winning their last game. They play the Steelers this week and have a chance of winning the game, mostly because the Steelers have a tendency to play down to their competition.
Last week: Defeated the Texans 20-14
Up next: at home against Pittsburgh
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
The Bucs at one point seemed to be a team that could compete for the playoffs but they have been sinking as of late and do not appear to headed up anytime soon. They host the Jets this week and may be able to squeak out a win.
Last week: Lost to the Saints 30-10
Up next: at home against New York Jets
30. New York Giants (1-7)
A comment was made after the Giants were destroyed by the Rams that they could win the rest of their game, finish 9-7 and make the playoffs. It is possible but it is not going to happen. The Giants could manage to win some games to get out of the Bottom Four but this team is a wreck right now. The only thing keeping them from the absolute bottom is that the Browns have yet to win a game. Luckily they get the 49ers this week, perhaps.
Last week: Lost the Rams 51-17
Up next: at San Francisco
31. Cleveland Browns (0-8)
The good news is that the Browns did not lose this week, the bad news is that is because they did not play a game. They play at the Lions this week. This could be the final week the Browns find themselves in the rankings as their next loss will guarantee a losing season.
Last week: Bye
Up next: at Detroit
Byes: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens