There are no AFC divisions ranked ahead of an NFC division. The NFC top to bottom is a much stronger conference right now. The weakest teams in the league are in the AFC. The Saints are currently the weakest NFC team and they would be a favorite over a lot of teams in the AFC on a neutral field.
A change at the top this week and it is Denver. Denver moves into the number 1 spot despite just a 4-3 record. Denver has rated high all season in our rankings and after handling the Saints easily they reach the top spot for the first time. While Denver played a great game against the Saints, a lot of the move was based upon who they played this year and how they also fared this week. Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Oakland and New England all had easy wins this week which moved them up the rankings. In doing so Denver’s performances in their games with those teams looks even stronger. Denver is my 3rd ranked defense and number 2 offense. At Cincinnati is one of the toughest games they have remaining which tells you how weak their upcoming schedule is.
New England finds it way into the top 5 after several weeks on the outside. The Pats went to London and man handled the Rams 45-7. New England is ranked number 1 in offense but just 22 in defense. They are however tough to run on ranked 5th. A lot of that has to do with teams passing against them to keep up with their offense and as such the pass defense is ranked dead last.
The Giants move up to 5 after winning on the road in Dallas. It was not easy and it took 6 turnovers by Dallas to do it but they got the victory. The Giants were not able to move the ball well, for a second time, against Dallas. This has dropped them to 5th in passing rankings and 10th in rushing. They still remain 3rd overall. The defense is ranked just 18th now.
Game of the Week
Pittsburgh @ NY Giants -3
Pittsburgh ranks 9 overall and is the top ranked team in the AFC North. The Giants are 5th overall and tops in the NFC East. Pittsburgh has the number 4 ranked defense. They are the toughest team in football to throw on. The Giants are the 5th best passing team. It is a battle of strengths. The Steelers can throw it also ranked 8th and the Giants do struggle stopping the pass ranked 27.
Worst game of the Week
Kansas City @ San Diego -8
San Diego ranks 22 while Kansas City is ranked 31 ahead of only Jacksonville. San Diego has been good on defense ranked 9th overall. The Kansas City offense ranks just 31. San Diego is 8th in stopping the run which is the one thing Kansas City does well ranked 5th in offensive rushing.
Biggest Mismatch of the Week
Buffalo @ Houston -10
Houston is the 3rd ranked team overall with the 6th ranked defense and 4th ranked offense. Buffalo has the worst defense in the league. Buffalo struggles stopping the run giving up 58 more yards than their opponents average while the Texans rush it 22 yards more than opponents give up.