Green Bay Packers: A-
The efficient Packers once again owns the top spot in the NFC North, one year after the club finished 13-3 and a division title under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been nearly flawless, throwing 24 TD passes and just two interceptions in eight games. The club is susceptible to the run and hasn’t done a very good job forcing turnovers. Green Bay has committed just three turnovers – zero in their six wins.
Houston Texans: D
The Bill O’Brien Era in Houston lasted six seasons and four regular-season games (via SI.com’s Jenna West) as the club opened 0-4 and has won just twice – both victories over the division-rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Deshaun Watson remains one of the most talented players at his position and the Houston offense can be explosive. But the defense is a major issue for the third consecutive year, ranked 30th in the league these days.
Indianapolis Colts: B-
Matt Eberflus’ defensive unit has risen to the occasion this season and has been the strength of the teams 5-3 record. The offensive line remains one of the best in the business. But veteran quarterback Philip Rivers has been an enigma and looks more like the player in his final season with the Chargers than someone taking advantage of a new lease on life. The early-season loss of Marlon Mack as put more pressure on rookie runner Jonathan Taylor.