1. New England Patriots– They still come in at the top spot after the bye week. They’ve won four in a row and once again if they continue to win like they have been, the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC will travel through Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England was rolling without Brady in the first four games going 3-1. With him, they’ve been on a different level. It’s a super rematch tonight as they welcome the Seahawks to town for a Super Bowl 49 rematch on Sunday Night Football.
2. Dallas Cowboys– The Cowboys continue to roll as they’ve won seven straight games with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott has been considered by some to be the best running back in the game. Every week, it’s someone different stepping up for the Cowboys. One week it’s Cole Beasley and last week in Cleveland, it was Jason Witten and the savvy veteran still has it. This will be one of the toughest games for the Cowboys as they travel to Pittsburgh to face a Steelers team who’s been in a funk of their own.
3. Oakland Raiders– I picked this team to win the AFC West for a reason and last week, they showed just why I’ve been so high on them. Derek Carr is my league MVP right now because without him, these guys aren’t 7-2 and in first place in their division. Take him away from the equation and they are probably still in last place. They are in sole possession of first place for the first time since week 12 in 2011. The silver and black is back!
4. Atlanta Falcons– Their offense has been the best in the league this year. They average close to 34 points a game and their gameplan is simple: They want to spread your secondary out and stretch the field. Matt Ryan has put together a season that has him in the conversation for the league MVP and they’re atop the NFC South right now. The big question is, can they stay on top?
5. Seattle Seahawks– Heading into the tenth week of the season, there was no way that the Seahawks would be averaging only 75 yards rushing this season, was it? Well it is and that’s been their bread and butter and that’s honestly what’s taken them to the Super Bowl two straight years was the ability to establish a solid and consistent ground game. Tonight, they will enter their game against New England with a serious chip on their shoulder as this will be the very first time they are playing the Patriots since that epic Super Bowl.