Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.
While there are some familiar faces in the top five, we have a bit of a shakeup thanks to some surprisingly good and bad QB play. Plus, how will Peyton Manning’s cranky ankle affect the Broncos? 1 Broncos 8-1
The Broncos scored just seven points in the second half against the Chargers on Sunday. That is more than two touchdowns fewer than their second-half scoring average of 23.9.
2 Chiefs 9-0 +1
In their last five games, the Chiefs have beaten Ryan Fitzpatrick, Terelle Pryor, Case Keenum, Jason Campbell, and Jeff Tuel. That’s not an impressive list. They will get their first test of the season this weekend against the Broncos.
3 Seahawks 9-1 +1
The Seahawks have now won 14 of their last 15 and have started a season 9-1 for the first time in franchise history. Their five road wins so far this season are already two more than they had all of last year.
4 Patriots 7-2 +1
The Patriots are starting to hit their offensive stride but will face their toughest challenge yet at defensive juggernaut Carolina this weekend.
5 Panthers 6-3 +2
Beating the 49ers on the road might be the most impressive win so far in the NFL this season. I like the Panthers to finish the season 11-5 or 10-6 and earn the fifth seed in the NFC.
6 49ers 6-3 -4
The NFL’s best rushing offense was held to just 105 yards on the ground and just 151 total yards. That won’t win very many games.
7 Saints 7-2 +2
The Saints set a franchise record of 625 yards of offense on Sunday and racked up 40 first downs — also an NFL record.
8 Lions 6-3 +2
The Lions are alone atop the NFC North and have the easiest remaining schedule in the division. Smells like playoffs.
9 Colts 6-3 -1
What in the heck was that? Someone please remind the Colts that the season didn’t end when they beat Peyton Manning in the house that he built.
10 Bears 5-4 +2
It will be up to Josh McCown this weekend against the Ravens; both teams desperately need a win to stay in contention for the playoffs.
11 Packers 5-4 -5
Wallace, Tolzien and Flynn, oh my. But what happened to this defense?
12 Jets 5-4 +2
I’ve been down on the Jets for most of the season, but the way I see it, the Jets make the playoffs as the 6th seed.
13 Bengals 6-4 -2
At least the Hail Mary to force overtime was cool.
14 Eagles 5-5 +5
Usually when you say a team is totally different on the road, it’s a bad thing, but not for the Eagles. They are 5-1 on the road with a plus-8 turnover differential and 0-4 at home with a minus-6 turnover differential.
15 Cowboys 5-5 -2
The Cowboys gave up a franchise-worst 623 yards two weeks ago against the Lions, so they hit a new low on Sunday by surrendering 625 to the Saints.
16 Chargers 4-5 -1
The Chargers’ five losses this season have come by a combined total of 30 points.
17 Giants 3-6 +3
The Giants have won three in a row and are now just two games back in the division. I wouldn’t count them out.
18 Ravens 4-5 +7
Ray Rice had 18 rushing attempts on Sunday, the second most carries for him this season, but he averaged just 1.7 yards for a total of 30. That is poor.
19 Cardinals 5-4 +3
The Cardinals’ four home wins match their entire win total of 2012; 5-4 teams have qualified for the playoffs 52 percent of the time.
20 Rams 4-6 +8
Welcome to the NFL, Tavon Austin. The electric talent had touchdowns of 98, 57, and 81 yards against the Colts on Sunday.
21 Dolphins 4-5 -3
Losing to the last winless team left in the NFL is only going to add to the drama in Miami.
22 Redskins 3-6 -6
The 2012 Redskins were 3-6. The 2013 Redskins are 3-6. But I wouldn’t bet on another seven-game winning streak to win the NFC East and earn a spot in the playoffs this year.
23 Titans 4-5 -7
Jake Locker is lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury, and I’m not sure we know more about him after this season than we did in the previous two. It will be interesting to see if the Titans believe he is truly a franchise QB or if they will address the position in the offseason.
24 Browns 4-5 -3
The Browns are in second place in the AFC North and just two games back of the Bengals, with a chance to close the gap as they travel to Cincinnati this weekend.
25 Vikings 2-7 +4
Christian Ponder was an efficient 17 of 21 and threw two touchdowns. So of course he would have to leave the game with a dislocated shoulder. The QB carousel continues in Minnesota.
26 Steelers 3-6 +4
This is starting to look more like the Steelers of old. They have rushed for over 100 yards in three of their last four games and had their second-highest total of the season on Sunday.
27 Bills 3-7 -4
In E.J. Manuel’s first game back after suffering a knee injury in Week 5, the Bills produced their lowest yardage and point totals of the season.
28 Texans 2-7 -4
in three starts, Case Keenum has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions and has a passer rating of 105.1 on the season. But the only thing that matters are wins, and he has yet to get his first.
29 Falcons 2-7 -3
The Falcons have allowed 100 or more yards rushing in six consecutive games, and Sunday was the second time this season they allowed over 200.
30 Raiders 3-6 -3
Dennis Allen is just 1-11 on the road as the Raiders head coach, and Terrelle Pryor has gone three straight games without throwing a touchdown.
31 Jaguars 1-8 +1
The Jaguars scored a season-high 29 points. More importantly, their win snapped a 13-game losing streak that dated back to Week 12 of last season.
32 Buccaneers 1-8 -1
The only thing the Bucs lost on Monday night was the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.