Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams.
This week, the New Orleans Saints left no doubt that they’re a contender after destroying the Bills in Buffalo, 47-10, on the strength of six total rushing touchdowns and dual 100-yard performances from running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Saints creep up on the Eagles and Patriots, who remain atop the list in the top two spots. The Rams and Steelers, each winners on Sunday, round out the top five, while the Vikings, Jaguars, Panthers, Titans and Chiefs finish off the top 10.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) | Last Week’s Rank: 1
The Eagles return from their bye rested and clearly feeling good about themselves. They play Sunday night at Dallas against the Cowboys, who will be without Ezekiel Elliott and have key injuries at other positions. The Eagles have a great opportunity to all but wrap up the division title, which is already a near certainty.
2. New England Patriots (7-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 2
The win Sunday night in Denver was routine and the Patriots are spending the week in Colorado, practicing at the Air Force Academy, for this weekend’s meeting with the Raiders in Mexico City. The AFC East race is over. It’s all about the race with the Steelers for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
3. New Orleans Saints (7-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 5
The Saints are a very balanced and very good team. It’s time to put aside the old notions about their suspect defense and lack of commitment to the running game. They can play defense. And they can – and will – run the ball. They overwhelmed a Bills team that had been playing very well at home for their seventh straight win.
4. Los Angeles Rams (7-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 4
The Rams have games left against the Vikings, Saints, Eagles and Seahawks. It should be pretty clear by the end of the regular season exactly how they measure up against the NFC’s other top contenders.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 3
The Steelers emerged with the win in Indianapolis, but they simply have to play better. It shouldn’t be that difficult against the Colts for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
6. Minnesota Vikings (7-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 7
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Source:: The Denver Post – News