32 (31) – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are still looking really bad. In fact, they’re almost worse than the Raiders, who picked up their first win on Thursday night.
31 (32) – Oakland Raiders
The Raiders finally got their first win of the season! What makes it even more amusing is that they almost screwed it up by celebrating sack while the Chiefs offense hurried up to the line.
30 (30) – Tennessee Titans
The Titans have been half-decent in the lsat two weeks, but the other half leaves what is the big gap between their skill and a good team’s.
29 (29) – Carolina Panthers
The Panthers finally reached their week of rest. While the division has continued to obliterate itself, we’ll see if the Panthers can get back on the right track to be the first team two be NFC South champions in back-to-back seasons.
28 (28) – New York Jets
The Jets got blown out so badly by the Bills that they had to switch quarterbacks again at halftime, going back to Geno Smith. This whole quarterback hoopla is started to lose its excitement.
27 (27) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lovie Smith’s return to Chicago didn’t exactly go as planned. The Bucs have had their fair share of ugly games this season.
26 (26) – Washington Redskins
With everything that’s been swirling around in DC, everyone expected Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense to struggle on Sunday.
25 (25) – New York Giants
If the Giants can take one positive from this season, it’s that Odell Beckham Jr. is ridiculous!
24 (22) – New Orleans Saints
The Saints have been close in many games this season, and that inability to do the little things to get ahead is what has kept them at four wins.
23 (23) – Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings season has been a huge roller coaster, winning one then losing a couple consistently.
22 (21) – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons keep finding ways for games to drift away from them when they’re in position to win. However, luckily, the Falcons are somehow still in first place thanks to their ability to win their divisional games. Those will be extremely important in the finishing stretch of the season.
21 (24) – Chicago Bears
The Bears have a little win streak going, even though they haven’t exactly played well to earn it. Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Lions is huge for the their playoff chances.
20 (20) – St. Louis Rams
The Rams almost beat the Chargers for what would’ve been their second big win in a row, but if we’ve learned anything from the m this season is that they can be a pretty good team if they’d get a quarterback.
19 (18) – Houston Texans
After a decent first start, Ryan Mallett had big accuracy issues and suffered a work pectoral in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. It’s been a very tough road for him, but it looks like the Texans need to Fitzmagic right about now.
18 (19) – Buffalo Bills
The Bills bounced back in a strong way on Monday night to stay in the AFC playoff race. However, the Bills have probably the most difficult finishing stretch of the season with games against the Browns, Broncos, Packers, and Patriots.
17 (17) – Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals offense was okay, and with the help of a very inaccurate Ryan Mallett, the Bengals still have only three losses. That may be enough to get them into the playoffs, but Andy Dalton won’t get his first win with the way they’ve been playing for the past month or so.
16 (16) – San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers didn’t have a great game, but that’s all you need against the Redskins. They really needed the win this week when the Cardinals finally lost (and the Seahawks won).
15 (15) – Pittsburgh Steelers
With the AFC North being so tight, it might actually be an advantage for the Steelers to have their bye so late in the season.
14 (14) – Cleveland Browns
Brian Hoyer didn’t have a good game, and there were chemistry issues with Josh Gordon, but that’s a work in progress. Good thing the Browns were playing the least advantageous team in the league.
13 (9) – Detroit Lions
Sunday’s huge loss to the Patriots was really bad, as the offense couldn’t get going at all and their top-rated defense was mute. Really, the Lions have declined in the past five games. This isn’t a good lead into a playoff run.
12 (11) – San Diego Chargers
After a shaky run before their bye, the Chargers are now on a two-game win streak. the Chargers really needed this and are now tied for second in the division and right in position for a chance at the playoffs. A healthy Philip Rivers would help, though.
11 (4) – Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have been very hot lately, so the Raiders weren’t a good team to cool down on. The loos puts a big dent in their division chances.
10 (10) – Miami Dolphins
They Dolphins didn’t win in a close, high-scoring matchup with the Broncos, but it shows they have a chance in this tough race for the AFC wild card.
9 (13) – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens keep winning when other teams in their division do too, and they’ll have to keep doing that and may not control their own destiny with only one divisional game remaining.
8 (12) – Seattle Seahawks
This win against the Cardinals was big for the Seahawks. They’ve been really shaky lately, so a division win will really help them. Next week’s Thanksgiving game against the 49ers will have the same effect.
7 (8) – Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy finally came back from the dead. The Eagles will need him to have big games when Mark Sanchez doesn’t play too well.
6 (7) – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts got a really easy win against the Jaguars. That’s the nice thing about their division — they get to face a couple of bad teams a couple times a year. Plus, the Colts get a couple of extra easy games thrown in: like next week’s game against the Redskins.
5 (6) – Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo had an excellent game agains the Giants and isn’t showing any signs of back problems. that should lead perfectly into a huge Thanksgiving matchup with the Eagles for sole possession of the NFC East.
4 (5) – Denver Broncos
The Broncos showed that they don’t need Julius Thomas in order to score nearly 40 points, especially against the Dolphins – a team with one of the top defenses in the league.
3 (2) – Arizona Cardinals
There was bound to be a time when the Cardinals would stumble with everything they’ve had to deal wit this season. Let’s how they’ll endure this loss through the continuation of their divisional championship run.
2 (3) – Green Bay Packers
The Packers didn’t blow out the Vikings on the scoreboard, but they outplayed them by a nice distance. Next week’s game against the Patriots should be the best of the season.
1 (1) – New England Patriots
The Patriots have the longest winning streak in the NFL by far. It shows they’re the only team not faltering, but they’re not only not faltering, they’re dominating.
This OTI Piece was written by Eli Bookstaber. Eli, born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a huge follower of all things NFL and an avid fan of the Redskins. He writes the weekly Power Rankings as well as “Bookie’s Playbook”, where Eli breaks down the X’s and O’s of various plays and things of the sort. He welcomes all feedback on his articles, and you can always talk to him about anything NFL-related. You can follow him on Twitter @Ebookstaber, but be prepared. He never shuts up.