- Arizona Cardinals (7-0)
Last Week: 1
The league’s only remaining undefeated team has given up more than 20 points in just one game this year. The Cardinal’s defense has held four of their opponents to 14 points or fewer.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1)
Last Week: 2
There are few remaining weeks where the Bucs will not be expected to roll over their opponents. This week in New Orleans is one of those trips that could pose a reasonable challenge. Health seems to be the only thing that could keep the Bucs from a long run in the playoffs.
- Los Angeles Rams (6-1)
Last Week: 3
It must be tough being the third strongest team in the entire league but only the second best in your own division. The good thing about the Ram’s remaining schedule is that they have a bottom feeder team before each of their toughest games. If they can stay focused, they have a good shot to be more than a wild card in December.
- Green Bay Packers (6-1)
Last Week: 4
The Packers may have to travel to play the undefeated Cardinals without Davante Adams following a positive Covid test. The Packers will need all their weapons to compete in the desert. Only Aaron Rodgers means more to this team’s success than Adams.
- Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
Last Week: 5
The Cowboys find themselves four games ahead in the loss column in the pathetic NFC East. It would take an historic collapse for Dallas not to win the division.
- Buffalo Bills (4-2)
Last Week: 7
The Bills got an extra week to rest before taking on the Dolphins, Jags and Jets. It hardly seems fair. Things get considerably more difficult after that, but we can pencil in the Bills as the AFC East champs right now.
- Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)
Last Week: 10
The Bengals had the week’s most impressive performance. Throttling the Ravens put Cincinnati in front in the AFC North. The much-improved baby Bengals will need to avoid a letdown this week against the hapless Jets.
- Tennessee Titans (5-2)
Last Week: Unranked
The Titan defense had its best effort of the year on Sunday holding the Chiefs to just three points. The Titans now enjoy a two-game lead in the AFC South. Tennessee has a chance to further extend that lead this week in Indianapolis.
- Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
Last Week: 6
The Ravens five-game win streak came to a crashing halt Sunday at home against the Bengals. The loss dropped the Ravens from first in the division and squarely into the dogfight in the AFC North.
- Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)
Last Week: 8
The Chargers had an extra week to think about the drubbing they received from Baltimore. It should help with the Patriots coming to town this week. Four very winnable games are now lined up for the Chargers off the bye week. If they found any answers during the week off, they should play themselves into the thick of the AFC race in the next month.