32. Jacksonville Jaguars
Previous Ranking: 32
To my knowledge, which is admittedly severely limited, there is not a Vegas prop bet on whether Baylor or Denver will score more points this weekend. There should be, and it would be fascinating to see where the money went.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Previous Ranking: 31
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Previous Ranking: 27
Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 15 times in four games. If the Steelers are not careful, they may not have a long-term solution at quarterback anymore.
29. New York Giants
Previous Ranking: 22
Seems like centuries ago New York was winning the Super Bowl. How this collapse has happened, and happened so suddenly, is mind-boggling.
Previous Ranking: 26
Josh Freeman is a really good pickup for the Vikings if they are able to keep him long-term. Unfortunately, the front office that acquired him may not have a chance to make that decision.
27. Carolina Panthers
Previous Ranking: 19
For those who believe defense wins championships: Behold, the Carolina Panthers.
26. St. Louis Rams
Previous Ranking: 18
Things are about to get really tough for the Rams over the next nine weeks. We’re about to find out how much Jeff Fisher has left in the tank as a coach.
25. Oakland Raiders
Previous Ranking: 29
Injuries and a lack of a passing game has hurt the Raiders, but this is not a team that a contender wants to have to play. Especially in Oakland.
24. Buffalo Bills
Previous Ranking: 25
E.J. Manuel’s injury is disappointing, because they were really turning into a team that could have picked off a wild card spot. Without Manuel and Cincinnati, Miami, New Orleans, and Kansas City coming up the next four weeks any shot of a playoff spot seems out of reach.
Previous Ranking: 28
The healthier Robert Griffin III gets, the more dangerous Washington becomes. Making the playoffs is not out of the question in the wide open NFC East.