Can any contending team be trusted? That’s the theme this week after another week of games that jumbled up the top ranked teams. Once there seemed to be a select few top ranked teams. Now, as we sit a week away from Thanksgiving, the true Super Bowl contenders have never been murkier.
1. Tennessee Titans 8-2
Previous ranking- 2
The Titans advance one spot because, unlike their previous counterparts in the top five, they didn’t lose. That’s because they were on a Bye Week. They will play the Texans at home this week.
2. Dallas Cowboys 7-2
Previous ranking- 7
Dallas followed up its worst game of the season with arguably its best, a 43-3 beat down of the Falcons at home. Dak Prescott and the offense rebounded from their miserable Week 9 performance with 431 total yards and the Dallas defense totaled three picks.
3. Green Bay Packers 8-2
Previous ranking- 6
The return of Aaron Rodgers didn’t result in a total offensive turnaround, but it did bring a 17-0 win over the Seahawks. In a game that was 3-0 at the half, running back A.J. Dillion was the only person to reach the end zone with two second half scores. The Packer defense held the returning Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to 201 yards and picked Wilson off twice.
4. Buffalo Bills 6-3
Previous ranking- 10
The Bills dismantled the Jets on the road 45-17. Josh Allen’s seesaw season continued with another strong performance, this time throwing for 366 yards and 2 TDs on 21/28 passing. The Buffalo ground attack pitched in another 139 yards and an astounding four touchdowns. Speaking of four, that was also the amount of times the Bills picked off Jets QB Mike White.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-3
Previous ranking- 3
Tom Brady and the Bucs weren’t able to overcome a nightmare first quarter where Brady was picked off twice in a 29-19 loss. Brady was able to come back and throw 2 TDs to pull the game within one score late. But an 80-yard, 19 play touchdown drive from Taylor Heinicke and Washington killed almost ten and a half minutes of clock to ensure Brady couldn’t complete the comeback.
6. Arizona Cardinals 8-2
Previous ranking- 1
The Cardinals couldn’t handle the return of Cam Newton with the Panthers and lost 34-10. Newton scored two touchdowns, one by air and one by ground, to finish off the first two Carolina drives. Arizona struggled mightily to muster any offense without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins this week, as they totaled just 169 yards and had two turnovers.
7. Los Angeles Rams 7-3
Previous ranking- 5
The Rams dropped a divisional game on the road to the 49ers 31-10. Matthew Stafford struggled again, as he was picked off twice and threw for 243 yards on 26/41 passing. Just 52 total yards rushing didn’t help either, nor did a 1-4 showing in the red zone. Odell Beckham Jr. caught two of three targets in his Rams debut for 18 yards.
8. Baltimore Ravens 6-3
Previous ranking- 4
The Dolphins stunned the Ravens by handing Baltimore a 22-10 defeat on Thursday. The Ravens offense was plagued by sacks (4 total) and turnovers, including a fumble that was returned 49 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter by Xavier Howard. An injured Tua Tagovailoa come on in relief of Jacoby Brissett at QB for Miami after the latter also suffered an injury and snuck in the win-sealing touchdown late in the fourth.
9. New England Patriots 6-4
Previous ranking- Unranked
The Patriots find themselves on the rankings for the first time after demolishing the Browns at home 45-7. Rookie of the year contender Mac Jones threw for 3 TDs and 198 yards on 19/23 passing. Rhamondre Stevenson, another rookie, added 100 yards on the ground and two scores. The New England defense totaled five sacks, two of Baker Mayfield before he left with an injury and three on backup Case Keenum.
10. Kansas City Chiefs 6-4
Previous ranking- Honorable Mention
The Chiefs offense came back to life at least for one half in a 41-14 win in Oakland. Patrick Mahomes has his best game of the season with 406 yards and five TDs. However, the most notable statistics for Mahomes were no turnovers and no sacks. Conversely, the Kansas City defense forced two turnovers, including s fumble from DeSean Jackson in his first game with the Raiders.