Through ten weeks the NFL still has seven teams with seven wins or better. The Cowboys dropped this week after falling to the Falcons while the Titans climb back into the top 16.
1. Philadelphia Eagles: 8-1 (0)
The Eagles actually widened the gap in the NFC East this week thanks to losses by Dallas and Washington. They’re fresh off the bye week and can take a decisive lead in the division with a win over the Cowboys on Sunday night.
Week Eleven Matchup: Sunday Night at Cowboys
2. New England Patriots: 7-2 (0)
Dominant performance in all three phases of the game from New England on Sunday night as they dismantled the Broncos at Mile High. The return of Martellus Bennett gives Tom Brady yet another weapon and the defense continues to improve as the season goes on.
The Pats have their work cut out for them with four of their next five games on the road. That said, this team hasn’t lost an away game since December, 2015.
Week Eleven Matchup: at Raiders (in Mexico City)
3. Los Angeles Rams: 7-2 (+1)
The Rams made us worry a bit in the first half, but they wound up blowing out the Texans as was expected. Jared Goff is making a case for Comeback Player of the Year and Todd Gurley has Offensive Player of the Year aspirations as the Rams have now scored 30+ points six times in 2017.
They have a huge test this weekend in Minnesota against the NFC North leading Vikings. A win on the road against another 7-2 team should solidify L.A.’s presence among the league’s elite.
Week Eleven Matchup: at Vikings
4. New Orleans Saints: 7-2 (+1)
I fully expected New Orleans to take care of business in Buffalo on Sunday, but that was unexpected. New Orleans has won seven consecutive games and they aren’t relying on Drew Brees to get it done. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are insanely fun to watch and the defense continues to greatly outperform expectations.
The Saints have only lost games to the 7-2 Vikings and 7-2 Patriots in 2017. This is a legitimately great football team.
Week Eleven Matchup: vs Redskins
5. Pittsburgh Steelers: 7-2 (-2)
The Steelers came away with a come-from-behind victory over the Colts on Sunday, but you can’t trail a 3-7 football team for three quarters and not expect to drop spots to teams who blew away the competition on the same day.
Pittsburgh continues to play down to the competition and they’ve definitely cooled off in recent games. They have to turn around on a short week and play the quietly strong Titans on Thursday night.
Week Eleven Matchup: Thursday vs Titans
6. Minnesota Vikings: 7-2 (+1)
If it weren’t for a few errant Case Keenum passes in the second half, this game would was going to be a blowout. We expected the Minnesota defense to be this good, but the surprise has been the offense. If you had told me the Vikings would be starting Case Keenum and Latavius Murray in week 10, I would have never believed they would be 7-2.
Big game against the Rams on Sunday. With games against the Lions, Falcons, and Panthers looming, Minnesota needs to stay hot.
Week Eleven Matchup: vs Rams
7. Seattle Seahawks: 6-3 (+2)
The Seahawks did their thing on Thursday night and shut down the Arizona offense for much of the game. They move up in the rankings, but this team may be headed for trouble. Russell Wilson NEEDS help on offense. From someone, anyone at all.
The loss of Richard Sherman is going to be rough. Seattle was already starting a rookie opposite Sherman and now have to dig deeper into a thinning depth chart to fill his spot. They need Earl Thomas back badly.
Week Eleven Matchup: Monday Night vs Falcons
8. Kansas City Chiefs: 6-3 (0)
The Chiefs hopefully used the bye week to right the ship after losing three of their last four. Good news for them is they play the Giants this coming weekend. Better news still, the rest of the division is refusing to win football games. The Raiders are the closest threat at 4-5 and they play New England in week 11.
Week Eleven Matchup: at Giants
9. Carolina Panthers: 7-3 (+1)
The Panthers laid the lumber to Miami on Monday night. Not surprising. The cats have hit their stride and enter the bye week only a half game behind New Orleans in the AFC South.
Cam Newton is rolling and they’ve figured out how to use Christian McCaffrey in the offense. Carolina is going to be a tough out this year.
Week Eleven Matchup: BYE
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-3 (+1)
The Chargers gave Jacksonville everything they had, but the defense won the day in overtime thanks to A.J. Bouye’s big interception return. This was a big win for the Jags as they proved they could win even on a day where Leonard Fournette didn’t have much of an impact. Still, they shouldn’t make a habit of that. Blake Bortles looked very shaky in the fourth quarter.
Week Eleven Matchup: at Browns
11. Atlanta Falcons: 5-4 (+2)
Atlanta saved their season, again, against the Cowboys on Sunday. The Falcons have their problems, but they’re refusing to die, which is something we really haven’t seen from them in the past. Unfortunately for Atlanta, the NFC is absolutely loaded, and they’ll need to win some tough games to make the postseason. Step one: go into Seattle and beat the Seahawks.
Week Eleven Matchup: Monday Night at Seahawks
12. Dallas Cowboys: 5-4 (-6)
I know the popular thing to say is the Cowboys are done without Zeke Elliott. Hold your horses, people. Losing Zeke obviously hurts, but Alfred Morris was effective on limited carries against Atlanta. No, Dallas lost because they have no depth on their offensive line and Chaz Green and Byron Bell gave up 6 sacks to Adrian Clayborn. ADRIAN CLAYBORN.
Sunday night could very well be the season for Dallas. They either show up against Philly and prove they’re a postseason caliber team, or you can put a fork in the Boys.
Week Eleven Matchup: Sunday Night vs Eagles
13. Detroit Lions: 5-4 (+2)
Detroit was given all they could handle by a Browns team who, to their credit, isn’t giving up. Matthew Stafford had his second consecutive excellent outing, but it was Nevin Lawson who made the play of the game with his strip of Seth DeValve, which he returned for a touchdown.
The Lions find themselves on the outside looking in at the moment and have a divisional matchup against the Bears on Sunday. They need to find a way to get more consistent.
Week Eleven Matchup: vs Bears
14. Tennessee Titans: 6-3 (+3)
Amidst all the hype surrounding the Jaguars and Texans, the Titans have quietly made their way to 6-3 on the year. They hold the tiebreaker over Jacksonville for the lead of the AFC South and can make a statement with a win in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Their rushing attack, which is now apparently a four-headed beast with Adoree’ Jackson getting his share of carries, is still potent. They combined for 175 yards against the Bengals.
Week Eleven Matchup: Thursday Night at Steelers
15. Washington Redskins: 4-5 (-3)
The Redskins made it look interesting, but they were handled by the Vikings for much of Sunday’s contest in the nation’s capital. Washington still can’t find a way to run the football and their defense was shredded by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
They’re not eliminated, but Washington is in a hole and have to play New Orleans and Dallas in the next three weeks.
Week Eleven Matchup: at Saints
16. Buffalo Bills: 5-4 (-2)
The Bills were embarrassed for the second straight week on Sunday, this time at home at the hands of the Saints. Tyrod Taylor threw for only 56 yards and an interception before being replaced by Nathan Peterman, who threw a garbage time touchdown. The supposedly vaunted Bills defense was devastated by a Saints’ rushing attack who pounded them for 298 yards and 6 touchdowns on the day.
The once 5-2 Bills have been rocked two weeks in a row and play a competitive Chargers team this weekend before having back-to-back contests with Kansas City and New England.
Week Eleven Matchup: at Chargers
17. Los Angeles Chargers: 3-6 (-1)
18. Oakland Raiders: 4-5 (0)
19. Baltimore Ravens: 4-5 (0)
20. Green Bay Packers: 5-4 (+3)
21. Arizona Cardinals: 4-5 (+1)
22. Denver Broncos: 3-6 (-1)
23. Cincinnati Bengals: 3-6 (+2)
24. New York Jets: 4-6 (-4)
25. Chicago Bears: 3-6 (-1)
26. Miami Dolphins: 4-5 (-1)
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3-6 (+2)
28. Indianapolis Colts: 3-7 (-1)
29. Houston Texans: 3-6 (-1)
30. San Francisco 49ers: 1-9 (0)
31. New York Giants: 1-8 (0)
32. Cleveland Browns: 0-9 (0)