Perhaps for the first time this season, we had a rather quiet week in NFL action. Quiet meaning there wasn’t really too many upsets. If your borderline NFL fan were to make matchup predictions this week he could’ve easily went 13-0. Regardless, it was still an interesting week. As we hit the halfway point of the season this week, teams are starting to distance themselves from the competition. We’re getting a better idea of the contenders and pretenders. With the lack of surprises this week, we have a first time ever moment in the top five this week. Everything is the same! Here’s why…
On the brink
Since you already know what the top five will be, if you regularly follow the blog, I want to give a few teams that I consider “on the brink”. Minnesota is 6-2 but, to be honest, I just don’t really believe in them yet. They’ve beaten the Week 1 Saints, Bucs, Bears, Packers without Rodgers, Ravens, and Browns. Nothing too convincing, but that’s not their fault. The Seahawks had a crazy ending to the game against Houston this week, but not enough to put them in the top five just yet. The Saints are real close as they moved their win streak to 5. Finally, the Buffalo Bills may be making a comeback to the top five soon. They’re 5-2 and just traded for Kelvin Benjamin today.
Number Five – Los Angeles Rams
I didn’t feel any team had a definitive enough win to knock the Rams out on a bye week. They were seconds away from regaining the lead in the NFC West. They’ve got a favorable matchup against the Giants next, although it is in New York.
Number Four – Pittsburgh Steelers
Despite Matthew Stafford throwing for over 400 yards, the Steelers defense pulled through in helping them beat the Lions 20-15. Amid the Martavis Bryant controversy, JuJu Smith-Schuster showed out. 7 receptions for a ridiculous 193 yards featuring a 97 yard TD catch. They’ve got a very favorable next matchup in Indy.
Number Three – Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs found themselves back in the win column after defeating a reeling Broncos team 29-19. Defense was the name of the game for KC as they forced five turnovers in total. Travis Kelce had 133 yards and a touchdown, Denver’s solid run defense held true as Kareem Hunt only rendered 46 rushing yards. Their next matchup against my Dallas Cowboys could be an interesting one. But with the impending Zeke suspension, the Chiefs shouldn’t have a problem.
Number Two – New England Patriots
The offense wasn’t flashy but the defense, again, played a good game and stopped the Chargers 3 game win streak. It was a very balanced effort for the offense. Brady had a quiet 333 yards through the air, four receivers had 57 yards or more, and Dion Lewis and Mike Gillislee split carries for 44 and 34 yards respectively. The Pats now sit and enjoy their bye week and will play at Denver when they return to action on the 12th.
Number One – Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles notched another one in the win column in a 33-10 victory against the 49ers. Nobody on the offensive side really put up any flashy stats but a good all around effort. The defense obviously took advantage of a weak Niners team, they had one pick six. The Eagles have won six straight and look to keep it going in their next matchup against the struggling Broncos.