The Kansas City Chiefs are the last undefeated team standing in the NFL. Nonetheless, they still have doubters across the nation. Our writers are not among them, as we have collectively voted the Chiefs as the No. 1 team in the NFL at this point. Let’s see how the rest of the rankings shook out.
- Kansas City Chiefs – There are no style points in the NFL, only wins and losses. Right now, nobody allows fewer points per game or has a higher turnover margin than the Chiefs. If Kansas City can continue to run the ball effectively, it’s going to be difficult for anyone to knock them off course.
- Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are almost a mirror image of the Chiefs, from the running game to the defense and right down to the quarterback play and noisy home stadium. The only weakness I see with this team to date is the lack of a playmaker on offense. The return of Percy Harvin should fix that.
- Denver Broncos – The Broncos got punched in the mouth in Indy but don’t be fooled. Denver is more than capable of beating any team in the league on any given Sunday. With the continued offensive onslaught they bring every week combined with the return of Von Miller on defense, I fully expect the road to the Super Bowl to go through Denver.
- Indianapolis Colts – The loss of Reggie Wayne is going to hurt, but I feel like Andrew Luck can almost will this team to where they need to be. T.Y. Hilton should go a decent job of filling in for Wayne. If the defense can turn in consistent performances, the Colts are a still a serious contender.
- New Orleans Saints – I consider the Saints to be “Denver Light” – a team who can outscore anyone they play so long as their defense makes a few key stops here and there. Look for them (especially Jimmy Graham) to get back on track after a bye week and continue to light up the scoreboard.
- San Francisco 49ers – San Fran has quietly won four straight after a 1-2 start. They are only going to get better as the season goes on. The returns of Patrick Willis and Michael Crabtree will make them a better team on both sides of the ball as they make a run at Seattle for the NFC West crown.
- Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals are one of the hottest and scariest teams in the league right now. With weapons all over the field on offense, a defense with as much talent to a man as anyone in the league and a quarterback coming into his own, the sky is the limit in Cincy.
- New England Patriots – The Pats let one slip away against the Jets. It’s too bad, as the return of Rob Gronkowski looked like it was the offensive spark New England needed for three quarters. Look for them to get it together for a date the Dolphins this weekend.
- Green Bay Packers – If the Packers can somehow win the division with all of the injuries they’ve sustained on offense, Aaron Rodgers is going to have to get serious MVP consideration. With so much attention paid to Tom Brady and New England’s receiving woes, Rodgers’ performance has been overlooked.
- Detroit Lions – If the Lions can get and stay healthy for any period of time, they are going to be a scary team down the stretch. Matthew Stafford looks like he’s on pace to have the best statistical season of his career and appears ready to make the jump to the next level of prestige among NFL quarterbacks.
Also receiving votes: San Diego Chargers
PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 23, 2013