1. New England Patriots– They’ve lost three key players to that offense, the offensive line is struggling to protect Brady and they’re coming off a game where they scored their fewest amount of points (20). Despite all of that, they sit at the top of the AFC at 10-0. They will face their toughest test tonight in Denver as they face a Broncos team with the best defense in the league.
2. Carolina Panthers– Right now, they continue to remain hot and they aren’t letting their foot of the gas anytime soon. The Panthers are sitting comfortably at 11-0, their best start in franchise history. They’re doing it all. They display balance on offense, the defense is getting takeaways and scoring points of their own and they are such a well coached team. Ron Rivera would be my choice for coach of the year.
3. Arizona Cardinals– They have a very strong grasp on the NFC west right now. Around this time a season ago, Carson Palmer was gone, the running game struggled and the Cardinals were going through multiple quarterbacks. This year, Palmer is finally healthy, they run the ball well, they have a stacked receiving core and the defense is taking care of business. This is a real that could represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50 and they play well at home and on the road. To many, this is the most complete team in the NFC.
4. Denver Broncos– Brock Osweiler got his very first start last Sunday in Chicago and for the first time all season long, the Broncos did something they hadn’t with Peyton Manning under center and that’s take care of the football. They didn’t turn the football over and they rushed for 176 yards, their highest total of the year. Home-field in the AFC could be on the line tonight with the Patriots coming to town.
5. Cincinnati Bengals– After that hot 8-0 start, they’ve cooled down and lost their last two games. Two nail biters at that to be exact. They’re still in first place in the AFC North. A win would be really good to restore their confidence.