No surprise at the top again this week is New England. The Patriots rolled over the Colts on the road this week. The game was a bit closer than the score would indicate. The Colts did not recover an onside kick that by all accounts looked like they recovered and then tried something of which I have never seen before on 4th down late in the 3rd quarter.
The big surprise to most are the Jets coming in at the second spot. The defense is ranked #1 overall on our rankings. Perhaps that defensive ranking surprises you a bit. Maybe you would have guessed Denver or Seattle to be ahead of the Jets but surely you didn’t think the Jets were much lower than 3rd or 4th. But where you may be surprised is where the Jets are offensively. The Jets are currently ranked 7th overall on offense. The main reason is their number one ranking rushing the ball. The Jets are back to ground and pound and playing tough defense. Will that be enough to surpass the Patriots? We find out more this week as the Jets head up to Foxboro for a big matchup with the Pats.
The other big surprise in the top 5 has to be Philadelphia. The Eagles get an easy win last night albeit an extremely ugly one. The Eagles turned it over 4 times but the Giants gave it back 3 times themselves. Add in some crucial penalties on third and fourth downs for the Giants and the Eagles were able to coast in the second half. This Eagle team is not how we imagined them to be. Chip Kelly’s system is predicated on up tempo high scoring games. That has not been the case this season. The Philly offense ranks 11th overall while the defense ranks 4th. In a division where the next closest competitor is 15th ranked Dallas the Eagles may have the inside track to the East title and a playoff birth.
Carolina Panthers fans have to be wondering why the Panthers can not crack the top 10 and the team they beat on the road is still ahead of them. The main reason is the lack of a passing game. The Panthers rank just 28th in passing. The defense is a very respectable 7th overall but until the offense improves this team will be not be enjoying a high ranking. Carolina has also benefited from the worst strength of schedule in the NFL so far. You can not fault the Panthers for their schedule but you have to take the 5-0 start with a grain of salt. Vegas agrees having the Panthers just a 2.5 point favorite at home to the Eagles this week. That tells you they feel the Eagles are slightly better than the Panthers and we tend to agree.
The shocker on the bottom has to be the NY Giants ranked 30th. At 3-3 and in every game except last night how can the Giants be ranked so low? The Giants are doing one thing well and that is stopping the run. But why are they so good at stopping the run? Because they can not stop the pass. The Giants are giving up 89 more yards than their opponents average in the passing game. That is horrendous. But it is something you should be looking to exploit in your daily fantasy. Having an opposing QB to the Giants who may be overlooked can prove to be beneficial.