Another week of NFL action is in the books and this one brought a few surprises. The Chiefs lost for the second straight week, the Bears beat the Panthers, the Chargers blanked the Broncos, and the hyped up Super Bowl rematch wasn’t too competitive. With that, we have a few shakeups this week. For the first time this season there is a new number one, a familiar face is nearing the top, and a newcomer to the top five that is finally starting to garner some respect from NFL fans.
Number Five – Los Angeles Rams
Yes, the Los Angeles Rams are in the top five. It’s very rare that a team performs well enough to knock out a former top five team when they won, as the Rams are doing with the Saints, but the Rams earned it with a 33-0 drubbing of the Cardinals this week. The Rams now sit at 5-2, first place in the NFC West, and have scored more points this season than any team in the NFL (No, they haven’t had their bye week. But neither have a lot of teams). Jared Goff is 7th in total passing yards (1,719) and Todd Gurley is third in rushing yards (627). The Rams have earned it and shouldn’t have too much trouble in their next matchup against the Giants after a bye in Week 8.
Number Four – Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers continued their momentum of being the first team to knock off the Chiefs with a 29-14 victory over the Bengals. Le’Veon Bell had 134 yards on the ground and 58 more through the air. He currently only trails Kareem Hunt in rushing yards this season. Antonio Brown brought in a touchdown coupled with 65 receiving yards. He’s far and above the best receiver in the league yet again. He leads in receiving yards with 765 (second is AJ Green with 545) and receptions with 52 (second is Larry Fitzgerald with 45). They’ve got the next Sunday night game at Detroit.
Number Three – Kansas City Chiefs
For the first time this season, the Chiefs are not number one. The Raiders put up 10 points in the final quarter and scored as time expired to hand the Chiefs their second straight loss. The offense certainly isn’t to blame. Alex Smith threw for 342 yards, Kareem Hunt rushed for 87 and received 30, and Tyreek Hill had 125 yards through the air. The problem right now is the defense. Derek Carr threw for 417 yards on the secondary, that’s unheard of compared to last year. They don’t lose ground in the AFC West thanks to the Chargers beating the Broncos but they host the Broncos in a big game next Monday night. Based on recent events, this game is extremely important to notch a W in.
Number Two – New England Patriots
Tom Brady is starting to near the top of the league again, go figure. But this week the story wasn’t Tom Brady. This week the story was the defense. The Patriots mighty early season struggles was due in large part to the complete ineffectiveness of the defense. Now, in the last three weeks, the Patriots have only allowed 14, 17, and 7 points in that order. Their game this week had been hyped up since the schedules were released, the Super Bowl rematch. If you missed the game or your memory is a little foggy, (I had to get that reference in somewhere) the Patriots handled this game. They’re back on top of the AFC East and, if the defense can perform as they have been, could be very hot coming into the playoffs. They host the Chargers next, which could be a sneaky good game. The Chargers have racked off three straight wins after an 0-4 start.
Number One – Philadelphia Eagles
The new number one team is an NFC East team and it’s not the Cowboys, ugh. Bias aside, the Eagles have been playing great. Carson Wentz looks like a man among boys right now. He’s 4th in the league in passing yards (1,852) and leads the league in touchdowns (17). He’s helped the Eagles rank in the top five in offensive yards per game (381.4). Most importantly, he’s helped the Eagles to a 6-1 record and first place in the NFC East all with a middle of the pack level defense. Hosting the 49ers next, the Eagles should easily be able to move to 7-1.