Here’s our staff power rankings, each offering their own input on what’s going on around the league.
1. Carolina Panthers (12-0) – Do I really need to explain this?
2. Arizona Cardinals (10-2) – As long as Carson Palmer is healthy, there isn’t an offense out there better than Arizona’s. So many weapons…
3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-2)– One of the most well balanced rosters in the league. I dare you to find a glaring hole.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) – Consistency is key with them, but when Ben is playing at his best, this team is unstoppable… Not a single secondary in the league that can match up against this receiving corps.
5. Denver Broncos (10-2) – As long as Brock doesn’t royally screw up, it’s tough to beat this team. This defense rivals the 2013 Seahawks for the best we’ve seen in the last 5 years.
6. Seattle Seahawks (7-5) – Speaking of those Seahawks… Russell Wilson is putting his critics to rest with his play. He’s been unbelievable.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) – 6 game winning streak, and they’ve looked dominant in all of them. The offensive line deserves a lot of credit, as does Alex Smith.
8. New England Patriots (10-2) – Maybe an overreaction… But they looked LOST without Gronk. There’s a difference between losing a good receiver like Edelman and losing the most dominant force in all of football.
9. Green Bay Packers (8-4)– They got the victory, that’s what matters. But Rodgers and his receivers still appear to be on different worlds right now, they need to find some sort of connection.
10. New York Jets (7-5) – Just such a balanced team. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker deserve a ton of credit, they’ve been phenomenal.
11. Minnesota Vikings (8-4) – In the end, they’re just too one dimensional on offense to beat the elite teams in the league.
12. Buffalo Bills (6-6) – When Tyrod Taylor is on, this team is tough to beat. They’re pretty much stacked at every other position.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) – This feels a bit high, but they’re just winning football games right now… Isn’t that the ultimate goal?
14. Detroit Lions (4-8) – Their season is done, but honestly, they still look scary. This is a team that has dominated their past few opponents, and that looked to dominate the Packers until choking. They’ll be playing the role of “spoiler” going forward.
15. Houston Texans (6-6) – Just not enough at the QB position… Simple as that.
16. Indianapolis Colts (6-6) – The Steelers just have their number… They still have looked better lately aside from that awful Sunday Night showing.
17. Chicago Bears (5-7) – It’s a real shame, this team looked like it found it’s identity. Then they got a taste of BLAINE GABBERT THE GOAT.
18. Oakland Raiders (5-7) – 1-4 in their last 5. The youth on this team is just finally catching up.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) – … WHAT THE HELL EAGLES? WHERE WAS THAT ALL SEASON? YOU WAIT UNTIL NOW TO DO THAT??? YOU LOSE BY 8000 POINTS TO THE LIONS AND BUCS AND THEN GO AND WIN IN THE TOUGHEST ENVIRONMENT EVER. WHY?!?!?! Watch them get romped by Buffalo next week too…
20. New York Giants (5-7) – Just so average… So painfully average… But Odell is awesome.
21. Washington Redskins (5-7) – As you can see, I kinda just bunched the NFC Least all up together.
22. San Francisco 49ers (4-8) – Gabbert looks nice… Not like a future franchise QB, but a nice viable backup, which is good for now.
23. Miami Dolphins (5-7) – How are they 5-7? They’re so bad…
24. Dallas Cowboys (4-8) – Matt Cassel Super Bowl run?
25. Atlanta Falcons (6-6) – What a disgrace… Going from 6-1, looking like a future playoff force, to being this…
26. New Orleans Saints (4-8) – Poor Drew Brees…
27. St. Louis Rams (4-8) – Things need to change in St. Louis… They refuse to address the QB position seriously.
28. Baltimore Ravens (4-8) – Matt Schaub, king of the Pick 6.
29. Tennessee Titans (3-9) – It may look gloomy now, but we’re watching a future star be born in Marcus Mariota.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) – Ditto, except with Bortles and Allen Robinson.
31. The Los Angeles Chargers (3-9) – What a mess of a franchise…
32. Cleveland Browns (2-10) – Maybe Cleveland should try something new. Like art? Music? Something besides sports because aside from Lebron, things haven’t been great lately.
1. Carolina Panthers (12-0) – Cam Newton is an elite quarterback. He makes everyone around him play better, even Ted Ginn Jr. The biggest fear I would have at this point if I was a Panthers fan, is for someone like Ginn to make a costly mistake in a playoff game.
2. Arizona Cardinals (10-2) – Carson Palmer is playing out of his mind, and David Johnson shows just how much depth this team has on offense. Also having one of the best defenses in the league makes this team look like a true contender as long as Palmer stays healthy.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-2) – Second only to Arizona in number of offensive weapons, Andy Dalton showed this week he can still score without his red zone favorite of Tyler Eifert. We’ll get to see how strong this team really is in what are basically two playoff games against the Steelers next week and the Broncos two weeks later.
4. Denver Broncos (10-2) – Osweilier looks like the type of QB that can run the Bronco’s offense efficiently enough to let the defense suffocate the other team. Though if injuries keep racking up as fast as they are for the Broncos, they could be in serious trouble come January.
5. Seattle Seahawks (7-5) – The Seahawks are one of the hottest teams in the NFC right now. Russell Wilson looks determined to make it into the playoffs, and with how well guys like Rawls are playing around him they could be ready to make another run.
6. New England Patriots (10-2) – Finally all these significant injuries start to show for the Patriots. It’s understandable to lose to a good team like the Broncos, but you cannot drop games to teams of the Eagles caliber.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) – The combination of Brown, Bryant, and Wheaton is arguably the best receiving corps in the NFL, and they have one of the best quarterbacks throwing to them. If the Steelers can take a game off either the Bengals or Broncos in the next two weeks, I feel like they’ll be heading to the playoffs.
8. Green Bay Packers (8-4) – DeVante Adams continues to disappoint, and this team is missing Jordy more than ever. If Aaron Rodgers wasn’t one of the best quarterbacks in the league this would be a very different team.
9. Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) – The Chiefs are really finding their stride on defense, absolutely destroying a promising offense in the Raiders. With the easiest stretch of games in the league coming up, they’re staring a wildcard spot right in the face right now.
10. Minnesota Vikings (8-4) – The Vikings showed how they perform against the upper echelon of teams this week, and got trounced by Seattle. If they could somehow fix the revolving door that is their offensive line, Bridgewater and AP would have a lot less to worry about.
11. Buffalo Bills (6-6) – Tyrod Taylor shows once again shows that he can run the Bills offense exactly how they want. They just have to lean heavy on the run and throw the ball for big plays when they can. Also with Taylor’s speed and shiftiness the threat of him breaking away on a run is always there.
12. New York Jets (7-5) – The Jets definitely missed Revis against OBJ, and if they don’t get him back soon the back to back games against the Pats and Bills could take them out of contention. Thankfully Marshall and Decker continue to make Ryan Fitzpatrick look like a much better quarterback than he actually is.
13. Houston Texans (6-6) – The Bills kept Hopkins relatively quiet on Sunday, but he unsurprisingly still managed to snag a touchdown. The Texans certainly have a chance to take the division if the South continues to be such a mess.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) – The Buccs really seem like they’ve found their answer in Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay being a .500 teams a year ago seemed like a pipe dream, and now it’s possible they can finish above that. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of this team.
15. Detroit Lions (4-8) – Jim Bob Cooter makes all the difference for this offense, and brought them one miracle away from beating the Packers. I can’t help but think that if this team had him running things earlier, this could have been a very different season for Matt Stafford and the Lions.
16. New York Giants (5-7) – Each week this team seems to play to the levels of whoever they are playing. They really need consistency to win the NFC East, but at this point there’s no telling which of those teams are going to come out on top.
17. Oakland Raiders (5-7) – Derek Carr showed against the Chiefs that he still is only a sophomore QB and still needs some time to improve. Raiders fans should be excited about how much improvement they’ve made, but not excited about what happened this past week.
18. Indianapolis Colts (6-6) – Charlie Whitehurst taking the field is not something any Colts fan wants to see at this point in the season. Hasselbeck showed his age against the Steelers and the question must be asked, when will Andrew Luck be back?
19. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) – The Eagles finally got back to what made them successful last year, big special teams and defensive plays. Now if they could finally figure out what they’re doing on offense they might be able to take the NFC East.
20. New Orleans Saints (4-8) – The Saints certainly gave the Panthers a run for their money, but that’s more so because of divisional match-up competition and an off day for Carolina. Drew Brees continues to perform big, but you can’t expect to win if the defense allows teams to drop over 40 points on you.
21. Miami Dolphins (5-7) – There are some signs of life in this team, but I doubt they can beat many teams besides the bottom feeders of the league right now.
22. Chicago Bears (5-7) – The Bears return to their true form after getting all of their fans hopes up. Losing to the 49ers isn’t something I would wish on any team.
23. Atlanta Falcons (6-6) – This team is just straight up in a slump. After one of the best starts out of any team in the league this season, everyone else just seems to have their number now.
24. Washington Redskins (5-7) – When you have players who pull stunts like what DeSean Jackson did, you don’t deserve to win football games.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) – Bortles shows that he can lead the offense to huge games. If only their defense didn’t allow more than 20 points in 77% of their games.
26. Baltimore Ravens (4-8) – Buck Allen looks mighty impressive, Matt Schaub and the rest of the offense does not. The Ravens should already be looking towards the draft to better contend with the Bengals and Steelers next year.
27. Dallas Cowboys (4-8) – The Redskins managed to mess up enough to let the Cowboys win this week. If this team somehow sneaks into the playoffs (anything is possible in the NFC East) and Romo comes back, who knows what the end of the season could look like for them.
28. Tennessee Titans (3-9) – Mariota finally gets his first win at home, and in a rematch against the Jags too. We’ll see how he is progressing at playing legitimate defenses in the next few weeks.
29. San Francisco 49ers (4-8) – Blaine Gabbert looks a lot better in San Fran than Jacksonville, but that really isn’t saying much. This whole organization needs to figure out what it is doing.
30. St. Louis Rams (4-8) – When you have one of the most exciting young running backs in the NFL and you only give him 9 carries, you might have some problems. Gotta feel bad for Gurley, as he could be having a legendary rookie year on any other team.
31. San Diego Chargers (3-9) – You have to feel bad for the entire situation in San Diego. I don’t foresee Rivers having a good time the rest of the season with the schedule the Chargers have left.
32. Cleveland Browns (2-10) – The only good thing happening in Cleveland is Johnny Football is getting the starting job back…again. Can’t help but wonder how long he’ll stay a Brown.
- Carolina Panthers (12-0): Nothing needs to be explained here. This time continues to find ways to win, and I don’t see anyone on their schedule getting in their way anytime soon…
- Arizona Cardinals (10-2): Led by MVP candidate Carson Palmer, this offense seems to only be getting better each week. Oh and by the way, their defense is pretty good too. This might be the most complete team in the NFL.
- Cincinnati Bengals (10-2): Very balanced on both sides of the ball and with Andy Dalton playing at a high level, this team could be destined to make a deep playoff run.
- Denver Broncos (10-2): Brock Osweiler has quickly forced management to inform Peyton to take his time recovering from a foot injury. Led by a stellar front seven, the Broncos will be a handful to deal with come playoff time.
- New England Patriots (9-2): I understand these guys lost two straight, but this is Tom Brady and Bill Belichek. Do you really expect them to take the gas?
- Seattle Seahawks (7-5): Just when everyone counts them out, this team responds. The “Legion of Boom” is back and Russell Wilson is playing the best ball of his career. Look out…
- Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5): Big Ben is finally healthy and this is the most talented offense in the NFL when clicking on all cylinders. The defense has steadily improved as well.
- Kansas City Chiefs (7-5): No Jamaal Charles? No problem. As bad as it sounds, this team has been rolling since his injury. 6 game winning streak and soon to be 7. This is a playoff team.
- Green Bay Packers (8-4): They haven’t looked great, but this is still an offense led by Aaron Rodgers…
- New York Jets (7-5): Well balanced team, and Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall are continuing to build a strong rapport that’s taking this offense to another level.
- Minnesota Vikings (8-4): This is still a really good football team, particularly on defense. But too one-dimensional offensively to beat the elite teams.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6): This may seem a little high, but this team is finding ways to win. With a rookie quarterback who continues to get better…
- Houston Texans (6-6): If only they had a quarterback…
- Buffalo Bills (6-6): Tyrod Taylor is the ultimate key. If he can be consistent in the passing game, this is a dangerous team.
- Detroit Lions (4-8): This is one of the most talented 4-win teams I’ve ever seen. Their season is over, but this is a scary football team.
- Chicago Bears (5-7): This team has seen to have found an identity, and Jay Cutler has been taking care of the football this year. Good recipe for success in the future with added talent.
- Philadelphia Eagles (5-7): This may be too high or too low, but this team is impossible to figure out. Giving Sproles more snaps will only improve this offense moving forward.
- New York Giants (5-7): Just an average football team with inconsistent quarterback play. Luckily their in the NFC East…
- Washington Redskins (5-7): Another inconsistent team that doesn’t do anything special. Story of the NFC East Division…
- Oakland Raiders (5-7): Losing 4 of their last 5, the youth is finally catching up to them.
- Dallas Cowboys (4-8): Their defense has been solid this year. It’s a shame Tony Romo’s been injured…
- Miami Dolphins (5-7): Talented team that’s underachieved all season long. Is Ryan Tannehill the answer? I don’t think so.
- Indianapolis Colts (6-6): This may be a tad too low, but I’m not impressed with this team. Just haven’t shown enough to warrant a higher ranking.
- San Francisco 49ers (4-8): Give this team credit for not completely throwing the towel in. Credit Blaine Gabbert.
- Atlanta Falcons (6-6): After an incredible start to the season, it’s been all downhill ever since. This team is folding like a tent…
- New Orleans Saints (4-8): I feel your pain, Drew.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8): This is a young team that has pieces to build around. AKA Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson. Great duo.
- St. Louis Rams (4-8): Wasting a talented defense once again by getting NOTHING from the quarterback position.
- Baltimore Ravens (4-8): A combination of poor play and injuries. It’s been a rough year for Ravens fans.
- Tennessee Titans (3-9): Marcus Mariota needs more help. But when he gets more players around him, the Titans could be the future kings of the AFC South. Oh yeah, the defense needs work too.
- San Diego Chargers (3-9): This franchise is in shambles. Hello, 2016 NFL Draft.
- Cleveland Browns (2-10): Bye, bye, Mike Pettine. With the #1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…..???
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