21. Miami Dolphins (1-3)
The first quarter of the Dolphins schedule was as brutal as expected. Their three losses have been to teams currently 10-2. A blowout of the Jaguars helped the morale of the team and fans. The team needs to find some creativity on offense, especially in the red zone, while the defense works on stopping their mental lapses. (Getting CB Byron Jones back wouldn’t hurt either.)
Preseason ranking: 24
22. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
The Vikings also suffered from a brutal opening month of the season but appear to be improving with each game. After being noncompetitive versus Green Bay and Indy, they gave the Titans all they could handle and beat the Texans last week. With games coming up at Green Bay and at Seattle, the road doesn’t get any easier for the Vikings.
Preseason ranking: 8
23. Detroit Lions (1-3)
The Lions hit the ground running to start the season…for three quarters. Alas, they blew a 17-point lead in the 4th quarter to loss to the Bears. Only a come-from-behind victory versus Arizona has stopped the Lions from being winless. The good news? Their schedule appears pretty soft for the foreseeable future. Other than a game versus the 3-1 Colts, their next six opponents have a combined record of 5-19.
Preseason ranking: 29
24. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1)
The Bengals have been alot more competitive than many, myself included, thought they would be. Burrow has hit the ground running and he’s kept the team in every game this season. That said, their ranking and record are in serious jeopardy with their next five opponents combining for a 15-3 record.
Preseason ranking: 30
25. Dallas Cowboys (1-3)
Let’s be honest, Dallas should be 0-4 right now. They were being blown out by Atlanta 29-10 at halftime and would’ve lost if the Falcons knew the rules of how to play an onside kick. As much as I don’t like the Cowboys (they get way too much press), they have too much talent to be this bad. Maybe they’re victims of a tough opening month of games? Or maybe the culture is disrupted by the team’s treatment of QB Dak Prescott? Good news Cowboys fans! Since you play in the putrid NFC East, you’re only a half game out of first.
Preaseason ranking: 10
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
Just like the Vikings appear to be ascending, the Jaguars seem to be regressing. After what’s looking like a good win versus the Colts, the Jaguars lost on a late field goal versus the Titans. Since then, they were whipped by the Miami Dolphins and got run over by the Bengals.
For a team that everybody predicted was ‘Tanking for Trevor”, they are definitely not the worst team in the league and have played hard so far. With two of their next four games versus the Houston Texans, however, the Jaguars can still contend for the top pick if they try hard enough.
Preseason ranking: 32