11. Chicago Bears (3-1)
Besides the previously mentioned loss to Indy, the Bears have faced the Lions, Giants and Falcons who have combined for one victory so far this season. As predicted, Foles has grabbed the starting job from Mitch Trubisky and hopes to take them on a run similiar to the Eagles a few seasons ago. The Bears next five opponents are currently .500 or better so a month from now, it will be interesting to see where Chicago ranks.
Preseason ranking: 16
12. New England Patriots (2-2)
The Brady-less Patriots are a hard to team to figure out. They have convincing victories over the Dolphins and Raiders but they have clear losses versus the Seahawks and Chiefs. If quarterback Cam Newton recovers from his bout of coronavirus, the Patriots will contend for the playoffs. If he misses significant time, it doesn’t seem like even the great Bill Belichick can save the ship from sinking.
Preseason ranking: 12
13. Cleveland Browns (3-1)
I still don’t trust/buy the Browns as an upper level team. They got destroyed by the Ravens in week one (38-7) and the teams they have beaten are a combined 3-8-1. That said, they have convincingly won those three contests and are currently tied atop a suddenly competitive AFC North. The next two weeks they play Indianapolis and Pittsburgh so we shall see what the team is made of.
Preseason ranking: 22
14. Las Vegas Raiders (2-2)
Will the real Las Vegas Raiders please stand up? After beating Carolina and the Saints to start the season, they’ve gotten beat down by the Patriots and Bills. Quarterback Derek Carr has looked great to start the year (77 percent completions with 8 TDs and zero interceptions) but can he keep pace with the explosive offenses he will face the next two weeks in Mahommes’ Chiefs and Brady’s Bucs?
Preseason ranking: 23
15. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
A preseason pick by many to be in the NFL Championship game, the Saints have gotten off to a somewhat uneven start. Drew Brees’ and the offense has picked up where it left off last season; ranking 6th in points scored. The Saints defense, however, is an enigma. They are 6th in yards given up but 25th in points allowed.
Preseason ranking: 4