32 (32) – Oakland Raiders
The Raiders didn’t bring it this time around against the Chiefs. At least that still gives them a good shot at the number-one pick.
31 (31) – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars had their fair share of chances to tie the game, not surprisingly they couldn’t succeed. At least it’s good to see them in that position.
30 (30) – Tennessee Titans
Jake Locker got one last shot to prove himself, but getting injured (again) proved that he can’t stay up for very long.
29 (29) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs had a chance to get their third win of the season facing a Panthers team with Derek Anderson starting, but they still feel short. There isn’t much left to see from this team through the rest of the season.
28 (28) – Washington Redskins
RG3 keeps finding his way back onto the field. This time he was better, though still not completely back in his good ways. As if Jay Gruden needed to make another big quarterback decision next week.
27 (27) – New York Jets
The Jets finally got another win, which dropped them a few spots in the draft for now, but it’s encouraging that Geno Smith had two straight decent games.
26 (24) – Chicago Bears
The Bears’ season has crumbled as much as possible. There’s a lot to fix next season.
25 (23) – Minnesota Vikings
Overall, this has been a decent first season for Mike Zimmer’s Vikings, but one thing he really has to improve on is the team’s divisional record — right now 0-5.
24 (21) – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons keep coming close to winning but they just can’t get the W to get a comfortable lead in the division. Still, the Falcons have the proverbial control of their destiny by winning out.
23 (25) – New York Giants
The Giants have locked up third place in the NFC East. That doesn’t mean much except that they’ve played well sparingly. It’s good to see their upside, however.
22 (26) – Carolina Panthers
The Panthers got a huge win this week over the Buccaneers but sit in second place due to a Saints Monday nigh win. All they need to do now is win out to make the playoffs, hopefully with a healthy Cam Newton.
21 (20) – San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers haven’t been able to scrape up much recently. What a drop down it’s been from the last few seasons to this one. Hopefully next year, with healthy players, they can climb back up the ranks.
20 (22) – New Orleans Saints
The Saints finally had a completely impressive game. All they had to do was face a struggling team. They’ll have to do it again next week gains the Falcons in their biggest game of the season.
19 (17) – Cleveland Browns
Johnny Manziel didn’t play better than Brian Hoyer would’ve. That pretty much torched the Browns’ playoff hopes.
18 (19) – St. Louis Rams
The Rams were in another tight game with a good team, but scoring more in a low-opportunity game is not the Rams’ forte.
17 (16) – Houston Texans
Despite the loss, the Texans still have a shot at the playoffs, but they’ll have to do it with either Case Keenum or Thad Lewis. Too bad they couldn’t really see what they have in Tom Savage.
16 (12) – Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins can’t fool the Patriots twice, so it’s not yet their time to win this division. The loss also puts them in a very tough position to make the playoffs.
15 (18) – Buffalo Bills
The Bills kept their slim playoff chances alive with a big win over the Packers, which didn’t include an offensive touchdown. It’s hard to see exactly where the Bills stand, but after they pick up what should be a win next week over the Raiders, we’ll get a clear picture.
14 (15) – Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs needed the win over the Raiders this time to have a shot at the playoffs. Right now they’re sitting one spot behind the last Wild Card, but they have a say in what happens with meetings against the Steelers and Chargers.
13 (11) – San Diego Chargers
After losing to the Broncos, the Chargers will now need some help in order to make the playoffs. They’ve really dropped a level ever since Philip Rivers got nicked up.
12 (13) – Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are still playing strong, and if they continue this good run they’ll claim their division by winning out.
11 (14) – Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were fortunate to have an easy game against Johnny Manziel, but their road to lock up a playoff spot through the Broncos and Steelers is still very tough.
10 (6) – Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles may have dropped back out of first place, but they have an easy road ahead of them for a chance at the division title or at least a Wild Card with remaining games against the Redskins and Giants.
9 (9) – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens came away with a narrow win against the Jaguars, but with an extremely favourable schedule: the Texans and their third-string quarterback then Johnny Manziel and the Browns, making the playoffs practically looks like a given.
8 (10) – Detroit Lions
With a scrappy win over the Vikings, the Lions are now in first place of the NFC North. All they have to do now is beat the Packers in Week 17 to make it in.
7 (7) – Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals locked up a playoff spot on Thursday night. The bad news is that they’ll have to do it all with their third-string quarterback.
6 (8) – Dallas Cowboys
This time, the Cowboys were able to dominate the Eagles instead of vice versa. However, they still have one more tough roadblock when they face the Colts next week.
5 (5) – Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks keep winning, but everything is on the line next week agains the Cardinals and Ryan Lindley.
4 (4) – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts locked up the division with a win over the Texans. Now comes the quest for Andrew Luck to get his first first-round bye.
3 (3) – Denver Broncos
The Broncos had a scare with Peyton Manning going down with an injury while blocking, which would’ve been a huge setback for their playoff run, but Manning came back and led the Broncos to another win.
2 (1) – Green Bay Packers
The Packers always struggle in Buffalo. Thanks to that bad karma, they now dropped to the 6th seed spot. We’ll have to see if that bad game offensively was only a one-time thing.
1 (2) – New England Patriots
The Patriots yet again won the AFC East. Now all the Patriots have to do to lock up home field advantage is to win two more divisional games, which is pretty simple for them.
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.