Patrick Mahomes showed this week that he and his story is not going away. The young Kansas City Chiefs quarterback stormed back down 24-9 to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, turning Sunday night’s contest into an entertaining showdown.
Mahomes tossed four touchdowns after throwing two first half interceptions and eventually tied the game at 40-40. However, Brady is not yet ready to ride into the sunset. The five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP proved why he still sits on the throne even at the age of 41. In the end, Brady marched the Patriots to a game-winning field goal to win 43-40, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams didn’t let a blanket of snow and cold stop them from their offense participating in a track meet in Denver. Todd Gurley put on a show with 208 rushing yards, the most of his NFL career. The dominating win leaves the Rams as the lone undefeated team in the NFL and propels them back into the No. 1 spot after losing it in Week 6.
What’s happening to the Jacksonville Jaguars?
It’s hard not to argue Blake Bortles is the problem. The quarterback was bad, excuse me, awful for the second straight week, and the No. 1 ranked defense leading into Week 6 just could not stop the rushing attack of Ezekiel Elliot and quarterback Dak Prescott. The loss left the normally chatty Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey, speechless. And reshaped this week’s power rankings.
32. Oakland Raiders (1-5) – Last Week: 31 ⬇️
The Raiders suffered a London knockout. Not only were they throttled by the Seattle Seahawks 27-6, wide receiver Amari Cooper suffered a concussion and quarterback Derek Carr an arm injury. Now comes news the City of Oakland is set to sue the Raiders over their relocation to Las Vegas. Lately, the Raiders have been more black and blue than black and silver.
31. New York Giants (1-5) – LW: 29 ⬇️
Yeah, the jig is up on Eli Manning. His best days are behind him, that’s painfully obvious.
30. San Francisco 49ers (1-5) – LW: 32 ⬆️
The 49ers had a chance to reshape their season as they controlled Monday night’s game at Green Bay, however they gave Aaron Rodgers too many mulligans with late offensive miscue that ultimately led to a 33-30 loss on a last-second field goal. That effort was good enough to get them out the No. 32 spot despite not winning.
29. Arizona Cardinals (1-5) – LW: 30 ⬆️
With a season lost, it appears the Cardinals are ready to rebuild. Reports surfaced both cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker Deon Buchanon are on the trading block.
28. Indianapolis Colts (1-5) – LW 28 ↔️
Andrew Luck leads the NFL in completions, attempts and unfortunately interceptions. What he doesn’t lead the league in is passing yards and touchdowns. While there is a lot going wrong with the Colts before you get to Luck, its clear he is still working out the kinks after missing an entire season a year ago.
27. Denver Broncos (2-4) – LW: 25 ⬇️
The Broncos have now lost four straight since starting the season 2-0. Inconsistent quarterback play has been a large reason. Through six weeks, only four teams have a worse quarterback rating than the Broncos. Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Tennessee have had at least two quarterbacks throw passes, Case Keenum has had every drop back for Denver.
26. Buffalo Bills (2-4) – LW: 27 ⬆️
Nathan Peterman has thrown 79 career passes in the NFL. He has completed 44.3 percent of those passes with three touchdowns and nine interceptions with a quarterback rating of 29.9 following his relief performance Sunday against the Texans. He entered after Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury. Peterman threw a touchdown pass to give the Bills a brief 13-10 lead, but then threw a pick-six and another interception on back-to-back possessions leading to their 20-13 loss. Allen is reportedly out for this week’s game against the Colts, and he could miss more than that, giving Peterman more chances to stamp his path of being possibly the worst quarterback in NFL history.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) – LW: 18 ⬇️
The Buccaneers had to fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Only the Chiefs defense allows more total yards per game than the Buccaneers (439), and no one yields more passing yards per game. The defense’s woes have offset the offense which ranks No. 2 in the NFL and first in passing yards.
24. Detroit Lions (2-3) – LW: 23 ⬇️
Coming off a bye, the bad news is the Lions are set to play a stretch of seven games in which they face the Bears twice, at the Dolphins and Vikings and home games against the Seahawks, Panthers and Rams. The good news, they’re 2-0 against teams with winning records this season.
23. New York Jets (3-3) – LW: 24 ⬆️
The Jets have scored 76 points in the last two weeks to claim back-to-back wins. Sam Darnold has made improvements in both games, posting quarterback rating of 110.9 in the two wins. The rookie will have a tough chance duplicating the success as he faces the Vikings, Bears, and Dolphins in the next three games.
22. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) – LW: 26 ⬆️
When the Cowboys get in front on the scoreboard they are a different team. The run game moves more efficiently and the short dump passes by Dak Prescott are more on point. Their defense which now ranks fifth in yards allowed per game and second in points allowed per game has to control the flow of the game much like it did against the Jaguars, allowing for the Cowboys power-run offense to be more effective.
21. Houston Texans (3-3) – LW: 22 ⬆️
Houston has now won three straight, however, none of those wins came against a team with a winning record and all three were by one possession. Sunday’s win over the Bills was the Texans’ first win settled in regulation. Now they’ll look to build as they travel to Jacksonville to face a very angry Jaguars team.
20. Atlanta Falcons (2-4) – LW: 19 ⬇️
Despite Julio Jones not catching a touchdown pass all season and running back Devonta Freeman being placed on IR with a foot injury, the Falcons offense has been able to produce 27.8 points per game, however, its the defense that’s at the top of their issues. Atlanta’s defense ranks 30th in yards allowed per game and 31st in scoring defense.
19. Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) – LW: 11 ⬇️
Baker Mayfield and the Browns came back down to earth some, getting routed by the Los Angeles Chargers 38-14. The loss drops them eight spots back in this week’s rankings. But, its not surprising. Growing pains are expected with a rookie quarterback and a team that is young and not use to success on a pro level.
18. Tennessee Titans (3-3) – LW: 10 ⬇️
Marcus Mariota threw for 117 yards and was sacked 11 times Sunday against the Ravens. Mariota has now failed to throw over 129 yards in four of his five games this season. His struggles as a passer are now being laminated. He has to get better and expand the Titans offense if they want to become a true contender.
17. Green Bay Packers (3-2-1) – LW: 15 ⬇️
The Packers are vulnerable, as evident against the 49ers on Monday night. However, they still have Rodgers throwing the football and as long as he is upright, they’re never out of a game and they have a good chance of winning a good amount of football games. But they cannot compete with the Vikings and Chicago Bears for NFC North playing the way they have the first six games of the season.
16. Washington Redskins (3-2) – LW: 20 ⬆️
Ironically, the Redskins are a lot like their rivals the Cowboys. They are frontrunners. Against the Panthers Sunday a couple of rookie mistakes by wide receiver D.J. Moore led to Washington getting out in front on the scoreboard and they played their style of play riding Adrian Peterson to their third win of the season. Next week’s showdown against Dallas may be about who scores first.
15. Seattle Seahawks (3-3) – LW: 21 ⬆️
Despite the death of the Legion of Doom, the Seahawks defense has been still good. After six games, they rank sixth in total defense, third against the pass and fifth in scoring defense. And Russell Wilson still makes magic under center. This so-called rebuild may actually be just a retool.
14. Miami Dolphins (4-2) – LW: 17 ⬆️
Brock Osweiler just knows how to beat the Bears franchise. The QB, who filled in for an injured Ryan Tannehill, collected his third win over the Bears in three starts. All coming in his first start with each of the three teams he has played for. As Osweiler has repeated history once again, the Dolphins hope he stops repeating history as he may have to start under center a bit longer with the mystery surrounding Tannehill’s bum shoulder.
13. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) – LW: 16 ⬆️
The Chargers are trending upward. While they’ve proved they are not yet ready to compete with the elite with losses to the Chiefs and Rams, they have beat everyone else on their docket. Philip Rivers has quietly been superb this season with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions with a completion percentage of 68.6.
12. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) – LW: 5 ⬇️
Guess who is tied with Luck for the most interceptions this season? Yeah Bortles. Playoff Blake is greater than Regular Season Blake. And Regular Season Blake may be what gets in the way of the Jaguars getting to the playoffs.
11. Chicago Bears (3-2) – LW: 9 ⬇️
Amazing the Bears have yet to give up a rushing touchdown this season, even with the Dolphins taking a snap at the one-yard line. Kenyon Drake’s overtime gaffe that led to a lost fumble almost gift-wrapped a potential win for Chicago, however, a missed 53-yard field goal Cody Parkey led to Dolphins getting a second chance and the win. Now, the Bears get another challenge facing the G.O.A.T. as the Patriots visit the Solider Field.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) – LW: 13 ⬆️
Best prescription for turning around a season, the Giants. The Eagles pounded the G-Men to get back on track. The NFC East seems wide open but as long as Carson Wentz knocks off any mental and physical hesitations from returning from a torn ACL the Eagles are the team to beat in the division.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1) – LW: 14 ⬆️
Le’Veon Bell’s standing with the Steelers may still be up in the air, however, the Steelers offense seems to be moving on with James Conner. Ben Roethlisberger seems to have settled down and the showing sign was a game-winning connection with Antonio Brown to beat the Bengals, a team they’ve beat seven straight now.
8. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) – LW: 12 ⬆
The Ravens defense is now No. 2 against the pass, No. 3 against the run, and No. 1 total yards allowed per game. They also are first in sacks and opposing QB rating. Their defense is lethal and could carry the Ravens back to the playoffs.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) – LW: 6 ⬇️
Cincinnati is still the best team in the AFC North despite the Ravens defense and the loss to the Steelers. However, the headlines won’t be about accomplishments in Cincinnati, however, they will be on their knucklehead-yet-talented linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who consistently seems to do dangerous acts on the field. His latest questionable actions were reckless and childish. Yes, he may have played with a chip considering how JuJu Smith-Schuster laid him out a year ago, but let’s not start comparing cheap shots, Burfict is arguably the biggest culprit in the NFL.
6. Carolina Panthers (3-2) – LW: 3 ⬇️
Cam Newton and the Panthers fell into the FedEx Field trap against the Redskins. Can’t feel too bad, even Aaron Rodgers fell victim there this season. Nonetheless, the Panthers are still a serious threat in the NFC. They’re already poised with one of the best running attack in the league, now Newton is becoming an accurate passer, completing a career-high 65.9 percent of his passes. Look out NFC!!
5. Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) – LW: 8 ⬆️
There may not be a more lethal passing connection than Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen. Thielen leads the league with 58 receptions, 712 receiving yards, and 118.7 yards per game. Cousins 1,921 yards is fifth in the league. The offense is going and the Vikings defense appears to be settling down. Only thing that needs to be corrected is Cousins’ fumbling. He has a league-high five fumbles lost on the season.
4. New England Patriots (4-2) – LW: 7 ⬆
Brady… Yeah that’s about it. As long as No. 12 is still playing, the Patriots are still winning.
3. New Orleans Saints (4-1) – LW: 4 ⬆️
Saints enjoyed an early bye after their demolishing of the Redskins back on Oct. 8. They’ll take their No. 1 scoring offense into Baltimore to face the league’s top scoring defense. Should be a fun contrast of styles.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) – LW: 1 ⬇️
A three-point loss at New England isn’t too concerning. The loss only dropped them one spot in the rankings, however, that defense of theirs continues to get torched. In six games they’ve allowed at least 406 yards in five. Keep in mind the defense is still young and they’ve gone against Brady, Roethlisberger, Rivers, Garoppolo, and Bortles this season. Next week’s game against Cincinnati is expected to be another challenge facing Andy Dalton.
1. Los Angeles Rams (6-0) – LW: 2 ⬆️
As the lone undefeated team in the league, it’s time to peek at the Rams schedule to see how long they can go without losing. Next week they’re at San Francisco but after that they face a potentially brutal stretch with games against the Packers, at Saints, Seahawks (beat 33-31 in Seattle — Week 5), Chiefs, at Lions, at Bears, and Eagles. Surviving that stretch with one loss would be remarkable, but if there was any team in the league this season that could do it, it would be “The Greatest Show in Hollywood.”