9. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
Last Week: 6 (-3)
Eh. I don't know. I like what the Seahawks have, but I am not sold that they can hang with teams like the Cowboys and 49ers. They defeated a bad football team this week and there isn't much more to say about it.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
Last Week: 14 (+4)
Jacksonville has all the makings of a great football team. After beating up on the Falcons this week, they seem like they might be just starting to put it together. If they can find their offensive rhythm, they are going to be a tough team down the stretch.
11. Los Angeles Rams (2-2)
Last Week: 22 (+11)
The Rams are another one of those teams that I don't completely understand. They seem like they have a lot of no-name type players that consistently play really hard-nosed football. With Los Angeles, you know that they will give you their best at all times. I fully expect them to be a team fighting for playoff position at year's end.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Last Week: 18 (+6)
Okay... Maybe I need to start buying in on the Bucs. Baker Mayfield is not going to take them to the next level, but they are certainly a team that can win some games. This week they took it to the Saints. Next week, they are on a bye to get right before they take on the Detroit Lions.
13. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
Last Week: 12 (-1)
The Falcons are starting to crash back to earth. Even after a great start, it is still clear that they are not a team that is contending for a deep playoff run. Desmond Ridder is not the guy. I'm not even sure if Arthur Smith is the guy, either.
14. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Last Week: 17 (+3)
Anthony Richardson is explosive and still has so much room to grow. If he finds his accuracy on 10 to 15-yard out routes, this Colts team is going to be very, very good in the future. While they came up short this week in overtime to the Los Angeles Rams, they have serious reason for optimism.
15. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
Last Week: 10 (-5)
Cleveland can't be faulted for seeing their offensive production cease to exist this week with Dorian Thompson-Robinson making his first career start at quarterback. The good news is that they still have a very good defense. If they can get a functional player at quarterback in Deshaun Watson's absence, they will still win games. It just wasn't their week.
16. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Last Week: 13 (-3)
We can stop the Packers' hype train now. Jordan Love is not going to take the Packers above the level that they were a year ago with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. Offensive production is not consistent and their defense is not quite good enough to overcome offensive deficiencies. The Packers, however, have two of the worst teams in the NFL hosting them in the next two weeks: the Raiders and Broncos. This should help the fan base find confidence again.