16. New York Giants (2-6)
Opponents: DAL, BUF, TB, WAS, MIN, NE, ARI, DET
ASoS: 26-24-2, .519%
Saquon Barkley has been impressive, but the real story in New York is the benching of Eli Manning for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones has shown flashes of greatness in his six starts, putting up his best game in a loss to Detroit while throwing for 322 yards and four touchdowns with a 68.3 completion percentage. At 2-6, the rest of the season becomes a chance for Jones to grow and learn and hope the team can continue to build around him into next season.
15. Denver Broncos (2-6)
Opponents: OAK, CHI, GB, JAX, LAC, TEN, KC, IND
ASoS: 28-25, .528%
The Broncos have been disappointing to say the least. Joe Flacco has not been good, but Elway is not ready to move on to rookie Drew Lock, saying he “ is not ready to go right now.” Maybe having Lock sit is best for his development, but something has to change on offense if Denver wants to stay competitive.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-4)
Opponents: NE, SEA, SF, CIN, BAL, LAC, MIA
ASoS: 25-21, .543%
The Steelers have won three of their last four games without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. At 3-4, Pittsburgh is only two games behind Baltimore in the division. And with an easier schedule coming up, the Steelers could make a push for the division leading up to a Week 17 bout with the Ravens.
13. Houston Texans (5-3)
Opponents: NO, JAX, LAC, CAR, ATL, KC, IND, OAK
ASoS: 29-24, .547%
Deshaun Watson is another MVP hopeful, leading the Texans to a 5-3 record. In games against teams with winning records this season though, Houston is 1-3, with their one win being an impressive win over the Chiefs in Kansas City. Their upcoming schedule doesn’t get much easier and they’ll likely have to beat the Colts in Week 12 if they want a chance to win the division.
12. Detroit Lions (3-3-1)
Opponents: ARI, LAC, PHI, KC, GB, MIN, NYG
ASoS: 27-22-1, .550%
In typical Lions fashion, Detroit suffered two heartbreaking losses after starting 2-0-1. Now at 3-3-1, the Lions have their work cut out for them if they want to make a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs. Fortunately the schedule gets a bit easier, with Dallas, Minnesota, and Green Bay being the only three teams left with winning records.
11. Carolina Panthers (4-3)
Opponents: LAR, TB, ARI, HOU, JAX, TB, SF
ASoS: 25-20-1, .554%
The Panthers won four straight games after losing Cam Newton on the backs of running back and MVP favorite Christian McCaffrey and second year undrafted quarterback Kyle Allen. Carolina will have to show some resiliency moving forward after being routed by the 49ers 51-13 in Week 8. Aside from two games against the Falcons and one against Washington, the Panthers have a pretty tough upcoming schedule. The sooner Cam Newton is ready the better, as Carolina will need to be nearly perfect to keep up with New Orleans in the NFC South.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)
Opponents: SEA, SF, BUF, PIT, ARI, BAL, JAX, LAR
ASoS: 27-21-1, .561%
Unlike Miami, it seems like Cincinnati is actually trying to win, which is actually sadder. They have been competitive in a few of their games so far, but overall the Bengals have been one of the worst teams in the league in their eight losses. The most exciting thing coming up for the Bengals is their Week 16 matchup in Miami in what could decide who gets the No. 1 seed in the 2020 NFL draft. Here’s hoping for two 0-14 teams in that game. Sorry Bengals fans.
9. Green Bay Packers (7-1)
Opponents: CHI, MIN, DEN, PHI, DAL, DET, OAK, KC
ASoS: 29-22-1, .567%
Aaron Rodgers is doing Aaron Rodgers things and the Packers are rolling under new head coach Matt LaFleur. We unfortunately missed a battle between two of the greatest passers in the league with Patrick Mahomes sidelined due to an injury in Green Bay’s 31-24 win in Kansas City in week 8. With an easier schedule coming up (only Carolina, San Francisco, and Minnesota left with winning records), the Packers will likely be fighting for home field advantage in the playoffs with the 49ers and Saints as the season comes to an end.