The contenders have begun to separate themselves as we continue through the first full month of the NFL Regular Season. Now with the trade deadline quickly approaching on November 2nd, how does the top ten shake out?
1. Arizona Cardinals 6-0
Previous ranking- 1
The Cardinals’ surprising undefeated season keeps on rolling along. Arizona easily handled Cleveland on the road 37-14. Kyler Murray tossed 4 TDs with DeAndre Hopkins catching two of them. Their defense meanwhile forced three turnovers from Baker Mayfield and sacked the Browns QB five times. The Cardinals are already active on the trade market as well, acquiring three time Pro-Bowl tight end Zach Ertz from the Eagles.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-1
Previous ranking- 2
The Buccaneers played a sloppy game (seven penalties and a turnover) in Philadelphia but still came away with a win. It wasn’t really as close as the 29-22 score would have suggested, but nevertheless the Tom Brady-Antonio Brown connection was productive (93 yards and a score) and iced the game when it appeared to get close.
3. Baltimore Ravens 5-1
Previous ranking- 5
It was the Ravens’ turn this week to collect a signature win after they completely overwhelmed the Chargers 34-6. The Baltimore defense completely shut down Justin Herbert and the Chargers’ 10th ranked offense. They limited L.A. to just 208 yards of total offense and one turnover with an interception of Herbert. Conversely, the Ravens offense racked up 187 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 38 combined carries.
4. Los Angeles Rams 5-1
Previous ranking- 6
The Rams took care of business on the road against the Giants with a 38-11 beat down. Matthew Stafford threw for 4 TDs and the L.A. rushing attack totaled 131 yards and a score. The Rams defense dominated Daniel Jones and the Giants offense, sacking Jones four times and forcing him into three interceptions and two fumbles with one lost.
5. Dallas Cowboys 5-1
Previous Ranking- 7
The Cowboys extended their winning streak in a wild overtime finish in New England. Once the dust settled on a chaotic back and forth in the final minutes, CeeDee Lamb caught his second touchdown of the game in overtime to wrap up a 9 catch day with 149 yards. Dallas’ number one ranked offense continues to look like a well-oiled machine and Dak Prescott is firmly in the MVP discussion.
6. Green Bay Packers 5-1
Previous Ranking- 8
Aaron Rodgers showed that he does in fact still own the Bears with a 24-14 win in Chicago. Rodgers finished with 3 total TDs and an efficient 17-23 for 195 yards passing to complement Green Bay’s 154 yards rushing. The Packer defense sacked rookie QB Justin Fields four times and picked him off once. Green Bay is now 5-0 after their ugly showing in week 1.
7. Buffalo Bills 4-2
Previous ranking- 3
Buffalo suffered a crushing defeat on the road in Tennessee after Josh Allen was stuffed on a QB sneak with 22 seconds left in a 34-31 loss. Allen had a good day through the air, finishing 35-47 for 353 yards and three TDs with an interception. But the Bills couldn’t handle Derrick Henry who scored two touchdowns in the second half to put the Titans in the lead.
8. Los Angeles Chargers 4-2
Previous Ranking- 4
This loss will surely sting for a bit, as the Chargers were outclassed by the Ravens on the road. Justin Herbert was held under 200 yards for just the second time in his young career and finished 22/39 for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The L.A. defense did pick off Lamar Jackson twice but they couldn’t stop the Ravens ground attack which outgained the Chargers 187 to 26.
9. Las Vegas Raiders 4-2
Previous Ranking- Unranked
The Raiders went on the road to beat a divisional opponent in the Broncos to stay in a tie for first place. The 34-24 win is even more impressive when you put their week into context. Their head coach resigned in disgrace and their new interim head coach Rick Biasaccia had no previous head coaching experience. Derek Carr had his fourth 300+ yard passing game of the season and threw for 2 TDs while the Raider defense forced Teddy Bridgewater into four turnovers.
10. Tennessee Titans 4-2
Previous ranking- Honorable Mention
Derrick Henry led the Titans to a 34-31 win on Monday Night Football with 3 TDs and 143 yards on 20 carries. Henry now leads the NFL in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, scrimmage yards, and total touchdowns for a non-QB. The rest of the Titans may have underperformed to this point based off of last season, but Henry is showing why he should be an MVP candidate despite being a running back.
Fell off- Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns
Honorable Mention- Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals