If the playoffs started today, the Chiefs, Redskins, Bears, Buccaneers and Seahawks would be going to the playoffs. The Colts, Chargers, Packers, Vikings and Saints would not.
We have just three one-loss teams left, and they once again lead the way in the AMF Rankings.
1. New York Jets (5-1, 1st last week)
Beat Green Bay at home this week with two weeks to prepare and then the schedule is a breeze until December.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1, 2nd last week)
“A win’s a win” doesn’t count in Power Rankings, where we can apply circumstances and subjectivity. Pittsburgh got lucky.
3. New England Patriots (5-1, 3rd last week)
Speaking of getting lucky, the Patriots had 58 yards of total offence in the first half. A team hasn’t been handed a victory like that since the 1919 Cincinnati Reds.
4. Baltimore Ravens (4-2, 4th last week)
Make that three teams in a row that barely escaped with victories against inferior opponents. C’mon, NFL!
5. Tennessee Titans (5-2, 7th last week)
The league’s new hottest team has quite handily won four of their last five games. And they’ve yet to lose by more than a single score.
6. Indianapolis Colts (4-2, 6th last week)
Losing Dallas Clark changes the entire offence. I’m starting to think this just isn’t Indy’s year.
7. New York Giants (5-2, 8th last week)
Why hello, NFC. Nice of you to show up fashionably late.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3, 5th last week)
With Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson set to return after the bye, the Eagles should stick around with New York in the race for the NFC East crown.
9. Atlanta Falcons (5-2, 11th last week)
Honestly, who wants the No. 9 spot? It really drops off after Philly.
10. Miami Dolphins (3-3, 10th last week)
I don’t care how hard the schedule is, you can’t start 0-3 at home. They do get points, though, for the fact that they’re a couple good breaks short of 5-1.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2, 13th last week)
This is amazing. Between now and the end of the year, they play two teams with winning records. This is absolutely a 10-win team.
12. Washington Redskins (4-3, 15th last week)
Mike Shanahan has to be challenging Todd Haley for coach of the year. Shanahan has his guys playing extremely well against good teams every week. They’ll be in the playoff race for the long haul.
13. New Orleans Saints (4-3, 9th last week)
Carolina in Week 9 and then a Week 10 bye will be massive for a team that might fall to back to .500 at the midway point with a matchup with Pittsburgh Sunday.
14. Houston Texans (4-3, 14th last week)
It’ll be interesting to see what Brian Cushing’s move to middle linebacker does to his sack totals. While he might be able to replace DeMeco Ryans, who’ll replace him on the outside?
15. Green Bay Packers (4-3, 17th last week)
Who wants the NFC North? Considering the injuries and glaring weaknesses affecting each team, I wouldn’t be surprised if 8-8 won the division.
16. Minnesota Vikings (2-4, 16th last week)
There’s a small chance Brett Favre’s sad performance at Lambeau was the last of his career. And I don’t mean his last in Green Bay, I mean his last, period. Just throwing it out there.
17. Chicago Bears (4-3, 12th last week)
Poor Mike Martz. It’s not his fault his offensive line can’t block and his quarterback is an idiot.
18. Oakland Raiders (3-4, 28th last week)
I’m probably overreacting. Shoot me.
19. San Diego Chargers (2-5, 18th last week)
Please look at the record listed above and then let NFL.com tell the rest of the story…
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2, 20th last week)
Raheem Morris is talking to his team through the media, but even they know he’s full of crap.
21. Seattle Seahawks (4-2, 26th last week)
They make their money at home, but that won’t be easy down the stretch. They still have to host the Giants, Chiefs and Falcons.
22. Detroit Lions (1-5, 21st last week)
They’re getting healthier and have home games against all three division rivals down the stretch. The Lions aren’t done.
23. Dallas Cowboys (1-5, 22nd last week)
The Cowboys are.
24. St. Louis Rams (3-4, 24th last week)
Right when I start to believe, they do that against Tampa Bay. For some reason, their young tackles are struggling badly in road games.
25. San Francisco 49ers (1-6, 23rd last week)
Well I guess I was wrong about the Niners, but so were you.
26. Arizona Cardinals (3-3, 25th last week)
How the hell are they 3-3? Hard to believe how fast this offence has hit rock bottom.
27. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4, 29th last week)
The offence can explode out of nowhere, and that’s the only reason they’ll win six or seven games.
28. Cleveland Browns (2-5, 30th last week)
Shocking performance against the Saints has me thinking they could bust out of the AFC North basement for only the second time in eight years.
29. Denver Broncos (2-5, 18th last week)
By far the worst loss of the year. Does Josh McDaniels have to start worrying about his job?
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4, 27th last week)
Because Jack Del Rio sure as hell does.
31. Carolina Panthers (1-5, 31st last week)
Who’s going to watch the Panthers-Rams game this weekend? Anyone?
32. Buffalo Bills (0-6, 32nd last week)
Ryan Fitzpatrick will win them some games. They host the Bears and Lions in Weeks 9 and 10. Before that fortnight concludes, they’ll have a W.