1. New England Patriots– They were at the top of the mountain without Tom Brady, where do you think they’d be without him? At 7-1, they have the best record in football and haven’t missed a beat since #12 returned from suspension and they will stay put in this spot until further notice. The Jamie Collins trade surprised just as much as it surprised you. He was their best defensive player and their most versatile player. We’ll see how much his presence is missed within these next few weeks.
2. Dallas Cowboys– Another week, another win for America’s team. Let’s be blunt here: Dak Prescott didn’t look that great last week and neither did Ezekiel Elliott and to be even more honest, the Cowboys offensive line was dominated by the Eagles in the trenches. But, somehow and someway, they persevered and found a way to win the game. Sean Lee made some big time plays for them on Sunday night to seal the deal.
3. Denver Broncos– Last Sunday, you saw just why the Broncos could make yet another deep run in the playoffs. It’s just incredible how this defense makes plays in the clutch and how they make stops when it matters. They scored 14 points off takeaways last week and held the Chargers to under 20 points while doing so. It’s crazy for me to even say this, but they still seem like a dark horse in the AFC. Everything you want still travels through Denver at the end of the day.
4. Kansas City Chiefs– They are quietly sitting at 5-2 and in the mix of a very competitive AFC West divisional race. Nick Foles stepped in very nicely for Alex Smith and helped lead the Chiefs to victory in Indianapolis last Sunday. Just like last season, people threw the towel in on them after that beatdown they took at the hands of the Steelers in week four. It’s time to pay them some attention again.
5. Oakland Raiders– They are off to their best start in 15 seasons. The Oakland Raiders are back. Carr and Crabtree have been tremendous this year but let’s talk about Michael Crabtree who’s off to the best start in his career. Talk about a career revival. He’s tied for the league lead in receptions which nobody expected. This Raiders team is a group of warriors and they play with so much grit and toughness.