For those of you that listened to the latest All In Podcast, I announced that I would be doing a weekly NFL power rankings article for our All In Network blog starting this week! So thanks for reading the first of many power ranking articles! Remember, if you're a member of the website, you can leave comments and give your thoughts on the rankings!
We're almost at the halfway point of the NFL season, and things are starting to take shape in both the AFC and NFC. The Steelers are the last remaining undefeated team after beating the Titans, and the Seahawks losing on Sunday Night to the Cardinals. So let's see where they rank amongst the NFL's elite.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-1, 1st in AFC West)
-Yes, you're reading this correctly, the only undefeated team in the NFL is not at the top of this list. Although they have a bad loss, the Chiefs have more quality wins so far then the Steelers. They're win against Baltimore stands out more than any win the Steelers have this season. And this weeks win against Denver, with Pat Mahomes really not having to do much, shows me this team is the best of the best.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0, 1st in AFC North)
-The last of the undefeated teams comes in at the 2nd spot this week after squeaking by the Titans with a 27-23 win. The Steelers have arguably the best defense in the league, and certianly have enough weapons on offense, but so far they have only beaten 2 teams who are above .500, incluidng this win over the Titans.
Next week they'll play division rival, the Baltimore Ravens, so a win there could get me to fully commit to the Steelers as the best team in the league.
3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1, 2nd in AFC North)
-The offense hasn't looked nearly as potent as it did last season, and maybe expecting it to be that good was unrealistic due to how historically good it was. However, they're still 5-1 with an elite defense. Next week's game against Pittsburgh will tell a lot about both teams.
4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1, First in NFC West)
-As bad as the secondary is, Russell Wilson is determined to carry them as far as he can. And I believe in him.
5. Green Bay Packers (5-1, First in NFC North)
-Aaron Rodgers is playing MVP caliber football again, and this time he actually has an elite running game to go with it. Their defense can't stop the run, but if the offense keeps the pace they're on, and Devante Adams stays healthy, they can win the NFC.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2, First in NFC South)
-They've got off to a rocky start offensively, but seem to have found their groove. Both Ronald Jones and Fournette (when healthy) have given them a great running game, and their defense is arguably playing better than any in the leage. Back to back blowout wins, against good teams have Tampa Bay looking like a super bowl contender.
7. Tennesse Titans (5-1, First in AFC South)
-With arguably the best running back in football, and Ryan Tannehill playing lights out, this could once again be a team that shocks people in the playoffs. The defense is the biggest question mark so far.
8. Chicago Bears (5-2, Second in NFC North)
-Not sure how much I trust Nick Foles, but Chicago's defense has been lights out so far. As long as the offense can score enough points (which is a big if), they can win games.
9. Arizona Cardinals (5-2, Second in NFC West)
-I was very high on this team in the preseason, and Sunday Night's win confirmed my feelings about this team.
The addition of DeAndre Hopkins has elevated this offense, and their defense has enough playmakers to hold down the fort. Watch out for this Cardinals team.
10. Los Angelos Rams (5-2, 3rd in NFC West)
-Sean McVay finds a way to get wins, his creativity on offense gets them to move the ball somehow, someway. And an Aaron Donald lead defense doesn't hurt either.
11- Buffalo Bills (5-2, first in AFC East)
12. San Francisco 49ers (4-3, 4th in NFC West)
13. New Orleans Saints (4-2, 2nd in NFC South)
14. Indianapolis Colts (4-2, 2nd in AFC South)
15. Cleveland Browns (5-2, 3rd in AFC North)
- Baker Mayfield holds this team back (depsite his late game heroics this Sunday), but their ability to run the ball gives them the ability to beat anyone worse than them.
16. Las Vegas Raiders (3-3, 2nd in AFC West)
-Derek Carr has silently had a very good season, and they did beat the Chiefs in a shootout. Possible playoff team here.
17. Carolina Panthers (3-4, 3rd in NFC South)
18. Detroit Lions (3-3, 3rd in NFC North)
19. Miami Dolphins (3-3, 2nd in AFC East)
-Tua time in Miami, and if they feel comfortable replacing Fitzpatrick (who was playing well), it must mean the kid is the real deal.
20. Los Angelos Chargers (2-4, 3rd in AFC West)
- Justin Herbert is the real deal and can only imagine how much better this offense could be with a healthy Austin Ekeler.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1, 1st in NFC East)
- The NFC East is so bad that the best team in the division comes in at #21 here, and could possibly be lower. Injuries have decimated this team, however I'm not sure even healthy recievers can fix the Eagles issues.
22. Denver Broncos (2-4, 4th in AFC West)
23. Washington Football Team (2-5, 2nd in NFC East)
24. New England Patriots (2-4, 3rd in AFC East)
-It looks really bad in New England, like scary bad. The offense is abysmal, and it is not just Cam Newton's fault. Receivers can't get open, they can't run the ball, and with all the players who sat out this year on defense, it doesn't look like it's gonna get any better in Foxborough.
25. Cincinatti Bengals (1-5-1, 4th in AFC North)
-Joe Burrow is ELITE, and almost pulled off a win for them this Sunday, too bad the rest of the team is still awful. However the future is bright with Burrow, Boyd, Higgins, and Mixon on offense.
26. Houston Texans
- Things should get better, they've had a rough schedule to start, but boy did Bill O'Brien ruin this promising team
27. Minnesota Vikings (1-5, 4th in NFC North)
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6, 4th in AFC South)
29. Dallas Cowboys (2-5, 3rd in NFC East)
-Things went from bad to worst this week with Andy Dalton getting hurt. The offense was the only thing giving them a chance at winning games since the defense can't stop a nose bleed. Now with a 3rd string QB, how do they win games?
30. New York Giants (1-6, 4th in NFC East)
- Not the worst team in New York, so that's something right?
31- Atlanta Falcons (1-6, 4th in NFC South)
-No one finds a way to lose games like the Atlanta Falcons.
32. New York Jets (0-7, 4th in AFC East)
-Hope Trevor Lawrence is ready for the big apple.