It sucks how fast the NFL season goes every year, but here we are at the halfway point. It has been well documented that the NFL’s ratings have dropped this year, which could be a large part due to the election, but at the same time, the product has not been very good. You realistically have about four to six teams that could actually contend for a Super Bowl, and the quality of play just has not been what it has been in years past.
Fortunately for me, my New York Football Giants are back, baby! And by back I mean that they’ve won two straight heading into their bye week, and now sit at 4-3 (still last place in their division)! As much as I love the G-Men, I’m not stupid enough to think they have a shot at winning the Super Bowl, let alone making the playoffs, so for this week they sadly do not make my top ten ranking.
1. New England Patriots
I mean, what else is there to say about the Patriots? They’re consistently the best team in the NFL year in and year out, and with a win in Pittsburgh this past Sunday, given Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t playing, they sit atop their division at 6-1, as well as the NFL. I’m starting to think that I may never see another quarterback play for New England, because at age 39, Tom Brady continues to get better with age. He’s yet to throw an interception this year, and can pretty much make anyone look like a good receiver. I don’t really care for the Patriots all that much, but dammit sometimes you just have to tip your cap to them.
2. Minnesota Vikings
I’m not going to freak out about Minnesota losing their first game on Sunday. All the talking heads are acting like it’s the end of the world for the Vikings because the Eagles got a ton of pressure on Sam Bradford and were able to stop the run. Hey, idiots, that’s pretty much every game plan to win a football game. Listen, I’ll admit they should be somewhat concerned with the play of their offensive line, but their defense is still the best in football and is going to be able to keep them in games for the remainder of the season Adrian Peterson should be back at some point this year which will benefit the offense greatly. Don’t worry Minnesota, I still believe in you, even if you did cost me money last weekend.
3. Dallas Cowboys
Thank God they had a bye week because I’m getting tired of watching Dallas be good this year. They have the league’s leading rusher in Zeke Elliot running behind the best offensive line in football, the probable Rookie of the Year in Dak Prescott, a defense that isn’t playing as bad as I’d like for them to be playing, and oh yeah, they’re doing this without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Go to hell, Dallas.
4. Denver Broncos
The Super Bowl Champs crack my top 5 with a nice win Monday Night against the Texans. There’s still room for improvement with their offense, but I’ll give quarterback Trevor Siemian the benefit of the doubt because this still is his first time as a starter in the NFL. Thankfully for Denver, they have one of the best defenses in the league that will carry them into the playoffs.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs really don’t do anything that wows you. They have a relatively stout defense to go along with a formidable offense, but they aren’t a team that I could see winning the Super Bowl. As I say all of that, they continue to win games, including a very impressive win on the road at Oakland a few weeks back, and currently sit at 4-2. The team finds different ways to win, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them playing in January at the start of next year (that’s the playoffs for all of the dummies out there).
6. Oakland Raiders
AFC West stand up! Three of the four AFC West teams round out the top six, in what looks to be the best division in football. As I mentioned earlier, the ratings are down this year for the NFL, one of its few bright spots belongs to the Raiders, as they’ve been the most fun team to watch week in and week out. While I don’t think they’re going to go to the Super Bowl this year, this team is going to be contenders in years to come.
7. Seattle Seahawks
Say what you will about their game with Arizona on Sunday, I thought it was so awesome. Two kicks inside 30 yards in overtime to win the game and each teams’ kicker missing them pretty badly is must-see television to me. Now having said all of that, the Seahawks defense continues to be one of the most feared in the NFL. The problem for Seattle is their weak offensive line, and a poor running game compared to years past, shout out to Marshawn Lynch for being awesome. I think they expect too much out of Russell Wilson, who is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, but he can only do so much. Having said all of that, they still only have one loss on the season, and will be a threat to anyone they face later on in the year.
8. Green Bay Packers
Hey Aaron Rodgers, thanks for showing up last week and getting my team a fantasy win, took you long enough. The problem for the Packers is that they have a pretty brutal schedule coming up, almost no running game, and their receivers have been having problems getting separation from defensive backs. Having said all of that, their defense has been playing very well this year, and I think/hope Rodgers’ three touchdown performance against the Bears last week help gets him back on track for the rest of the season.
9. Philadelphia Eagles
Like every other NFC East team, I hate the Eagles and wish bad things upon them. Now getting that off of my chest, their defense has been flat out awesome this year, and even though he’s starting to look like a rookie after his blazing hot start, quarterback Carson Wentz has surprised me this year with how well he’s played. I’m also hoping they beat up on the Cowboys Sunday night, but that’s to benefit the Giants.
10. Detroit Lions
DETROIT FOOTBALL!!! I actually don’t really think that the Lions are a top ten team, but I’ve always been a sneaky big Lions fan, and I have no idea why, and because I’m the one writing this article they get a spot in the top ten. Although they’ve had some bad losses this year, they also have some pretty big come from behind wins, all of which came on the arm of quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Staff Sergeant has been playing some of the best football of his career this year, and I hope it continues. Do I think the Lions are going to make the playoffs this year? Hell no, they’re the freaking Lions, but through seven games they’ve been one of the most surprising teams in the league this year.