8. Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 8
A beat up team that is limping into the playoffs. The LOB is no more and teams are figuring out how to stop Russell Wilson. If they can beat the Lions in the wild card round, don’t be too shocked by a blowout in the divisional round.
7. Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 7
This team was going to be the chosen ones, after years and years of disappointment they were finally back in the playoffs… and then their QB goes down. This team is going to be a fun one to watch next year and if they can do well in the playoffs this year, it could be some much needed experience for the team heading into next year.
6. Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 6
Aaron Rodgers is a man on a mission, he is looking like the MVP of the league these past few weeks and there is not much that opposing defenses can do to slow him down. His receivers are stepping up and if the run game can get going then there is not much that can stand in their way if Rodgers is on.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 4
The Chiefs have stepped up this second half of the season and teams should be worried. Alex Smith has come into his own since leaving San Francisco and he is going to be the future of this organization.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 3
When Le’Veon and Antonio Brown are on it’s tough to stop them. They can do almost everything and if Le’Veon didn’t miss the first four games of the season, this Steeler’s team could have finished even high in the AFC. Big Ben is getting older and is facing more injury problems, but he has still shown that he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL on any given Sunday.
3. Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 5
Matt Ryan is having an MVP caliber season and if Aaron Rodgers didn’t step up the way he has, Ryan probably would’ve been MVP this year. It’s tough to stop this offense and the defense has been able to step up every time they have needed it.
2. Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 2
How would you name @tonyromo‘s first TD of the season?
— NFL (@NFL) January 2, 2017
The offense is there, the highest paid O-line in football is doing it’s job and not many teams have been able to stop them this year. The questions that everyone has is on the defense, can they generate enough of a rush to get to opposing QB’s? Either way, this team can put up points in a hurry and beating Dak and Zeke is going to be tough.
1. New England Patriots
Last Week: 1
Still the team to beat. The Patriots have had more QB’s start this year than they had interceptions. That’s one of the most incredible stats I’ve ever heard.