NFL power rankings, post-Week edition:
1. Ravens (3):NFL’s most explosive offense deserves its accolades. But ascending defense is first to record TDs of 65 – plus yards in three straight games since (merger.)
2. Patriots (4):Super Bowl LII rematchin Philadelphia looms all the more important with Baltimore now one game from moving into top slot of AFC’s projected playoff field.
3. 49 ers (2):Gut-wrenching way to suffer season’s first defeat, but don’t forget San Francisco didn’t get help from injured George Kittle or (mostly) Emmanuel Sanders.
4. Saints (1):They laid egg size of a New Orleans hangover Sunday, but let’s not read too much into it. Nine points their fewest scored at home with Drew Brees at helm.
5. Seahawks (9):They upended Niners courtesy of their most impressive performance of uneven season. Acquisitions of Josh Gordon and Quandre Diggs could really help team that needed play makers beyond Russell Wilson.
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6. Packers (6):It sounds heretical, but Aaron Jones – now tied for league lead with 14 touchdowns – is currently the top-performing “Aaron” for this bunch.
7. Vikings (8):Don’t look now, but Kirk Cousins is 2-0 in prime-time games this year. Good thing because Minnesota is scheduled to have at least three more.
9. Chiefs (7):Patrick Mahomes now owns most passing yards (8, 007) and TDs (68) in any quarterback’s first 25 NFL starts … but it may not be enough to save Kansas City when it counts.
10. Cowboys 12):They’re 4-0 in divisional games, 1-4 otherwise. Good news, bad news situation … bad news being Dallas only has two NFC East games left.
11. Eagles 13):Backing the Brinks truck up for a guard often a questionable move … but giving Brandon Brooks a $ 54 million extension could be a bargain.
12. Steelers (16):Minkah Fitzpatrick now entering defensive player of year conversation, swiping league-best five passes in seven games with Pittsburgh.
13. Panthers (14): (NFL-high) sacks accomplished by copious committee. Carolina has eight players with at least three, but only Mario Addison (7) has surpassed 4½.
14. Colts (11):In case you hadn’t realized how capably Jacoby Brissett has filled Andrew Luck’s shoes … welp, now you probably have pretty good idea.
15. Raiders 17):Unfair to compare rookie Clelin Ferrell and departed Khalil Mack, but let’s do it anyway. Ferrell has 3½ sacks … Mack had four his entire rookie year.
16 . Rams (10):Defense accounted for nine of 12 points Sunday … which pretty much explains why Sean McVay suffered first regular-season loss to AFC team.
17. Bills (15):Their play is getting incrementally worse, and schedule forecasts incrementally harder with Miami, Pittsburgh among opponents that no longer project as lay-ups.
18. Titans 24):Ryan Tannehill would be league’s sixth-rated quarterback if he’d played enough to qualify in the rankings. He definitely qualifies as a season saver.
19. Chargers (19):Key injuries … Philip Rivers trying to do too much … off-field distractions … we’ve definitely entered “same-old Chargers” territory.
20. Jaguars (20:Fun fact – over course of his career, Nick Foles’ passer rating improves each successive month … so November / December exactly when you want him.
21. Bears (22):Mitch Trubisky is fair game, but remember that Chicago’s 36 takeaways in 2018 greatly aided him and offense. Team has 12 takeaways so far this year .
22. Buccaneers 26):Fair or not, NFL’s Next Gen Stats can be really unkind. Bucs’ Breshad Perriman currently has league’s worst catch percentage (32 .1%).
23. Cardinals 21):Christian Kirk snagged three TD passes Sunday, matching output from his first 18 games. If he gets going, “Air Raid” could reach new level.
24. Falcons 28):Too little, too late for this team … almost surely too little, too late for Dan Quinn, maybe even GM Thomas Dimitroff. But this teamcanplay.
25. Broncos 23):We could be in for the quarterback battle America never wanted – Brandon Allen vs. Drew Lock with rookie set to resume practicing this week.
26. Browns (27):Odell Beckham had three red-zone targets all year prior to Sunday, then got three in a single drive – two resulting in pass interference penalties.
27. Lions (18:Is Kenny Golladay most dangerous deep threat we don’t discuss? Back to those Next Gen Stats, no player averages more targeted air yards than his
28. Dolphins 30):Now just imagine if they’d held on to Minkah Fitzpatrick … they’d be – what – very possibly 3-6?
29. Jets (31: (Through) career starts, Sam Darnold has 24 TD passes and 24 INTs. Lots of work to do if he’s to get well clear of the dreaded Sanchez Line.
30. Giants (25):Real bummer watching Saquon Barkley get squandered to the tune of 27 yards over his past 28 carries. No wonder his dad roots for the Jets.
31. Redskins (29):Probably right call to start Dwayne Haskins down the homestretch – though given supporting cast’s state, how much can be gleaned from his performance?
32. Bengals 32:Sorry, Ryan Finley, but NFL ain’t fair (ask Andy Dalton). Bet here is you’ve got seven more games to convince Cincinnati not to draft another QB No. 1. *************
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
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