8. Seattle Seahawks, 6-3 (7)
Maybe things are starting to get a little iffy in Seattle, but trust Russell Wilson. Always trust Russell Wilson. They have an explosive offense that got sidetracked this week against the Rams. They have a big matchup coming up with the Cardinals.
7. Buffalo Bills, 7-3 (6)
That Hail Mary was a tough way to lose a football game, but it was also horribly unlucky, and that should be taken into account, as well. This is a good team that is well-coached and Josh Allen is proving to be a legitimate player in this league.
6. Baltimore Ravens, 6-3 (3)
This arrow, if we’re being honest, might be moving down if recent weeks are a sign of things to come. They got beat by the Patriots because they were sloppier than the Patriots, and they couldn’t stop their run game, even though everybody on the planet knew they would be running the ball.
Defending MVP Lamar Jackson is catching a lot of heat, but to be honest, it’s not like he’s playing bad this year. Check his stats. He’s just not performing like an MVP candidate this year. Is it because of the injury-plagued line in front of him? Poor weapons? Scheme? Regression?
There is still plenty of time in his career to figure it out.
They have a tough two-game tilt ahead with the Titans and Steelers, and then they enter an easy part of their schedule. We’ll have a much better idea of what this team is over the next two weeks. They stay this high out of respect. There are a lot of very good teams nipping at their heels.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7-3 (8)
When they are clicking on offense, they are clicking on offense. And when they are clicking on defense, they are clicking on defense. See why this team is scary? They put up 46 on Carolina this week, and that was with a slow start. They are frightening at their best.