Clock Dodgers NFL Split
(Top 5 – Bottom 5)
1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)
The last undefeated team falls! I won’t sugarcoat it, Sunday was bad for the Chiefs. Pittsburgh came into their house and took home a victory with a well balanced offensive attack. Kansas City may have lost, but I still have them as the most balanced team in the league. I expect them to bounce back on Thursday night against the Raiders. *Chiefs lost to the Raiders on Week 7 TNF
2. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
Could they be for real? Philadelphia has done an outstanding job of creating dominant lines on both sides of the ball. Carson Wentz is getting the Dak Prescott experience behind an offensive line capable of giving him the time he needs to succeed. I see no reason why this Eagles team can’t continue the early success they’ve had.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
Roethlisberger has been listening to his critics………. i.e. himself. It wasn’t a lights out performance, but 250 yards and one touchdown was enough for his team to get the win on the road. If Pittsburgh has figured out how to keep the drama from negatively impacting what happens on the field, they could very well represent the AFC in the Superbowl.
4. New England Patriots (4-2)
U-G-L-Y is the only way to describe the patriots Sunday. In the end a win is the only thing that matters, but my defensive worries for the Patriots have still not been eased. Especially after seeing Austin Sefarian-Jenkins get pretty much anything he wanted(except a call from the ref) on the field. They remain in my Top 5 for one reason only, and you know damn well who he is. Mr. Thomas Brady, who has continued to defy the laws of time. As long as he is under center, they will remain a top team in my eyes.
5. Atlanta Falcons (3-2)
Maybe I’m crazy for not hopping on the Panther train just yet, but I still like this Falcons team. They have real offensive weapons, and they just got last year’s sack leader back from injury. Don’t look past them just yet. They face a tough challenge going on the road for their Superbowl rematch, but they may just be able to exploit the Patriots defense in the same way lesser teams have previously.
Outside looking in:
28. Chicago Bears (2-4)
Win number two! Let’s be honest guys, the Bears just have the AFC North’s number. Watch out Bengals and Browns fans, they’re coming……. Seriously though, new Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was less than stellar in the Bears win on the road. Give me heat for the skepticism after a win, but I still don’t see the Bears as much of a threat in the league.
29. New York Giants (1-5)
Another bottom tier team defeats a high ranking opponent. As discussed in my intro, New York was able to run on what many regard as the best run defense in the league. Additionally, Eli Manning avoided throwing one of his head scratching interceptions in this game. Still, the Giants without their top three wide-outs and a struggling O-line is not something I’m willing to keep out of the Bottom 5.
30. Indianapolis Colts (2-4)
They almost had them. The Colts failed to finish and remain one of my worst teams in football. We’re getting closer and closer to a time where it’s not crazy to ask about shutting Andrew Luck down. Let’s think about it. Luck just hit a setback, and they are quickly approaching mid-season with a losing record. Will they turn it around against the Jaguars and Bengals?
31. San Francisco 49ers (0-6)
Once again, the 49ers remain defeated in a close loss. Will C.J. Beathard be the hero San Francisco needs? There is nothing to lose, and it’s time to see what they have in the young rookie. The 49ers once again find themselves in the race for the number one overall pick in next years draft. Good enough for 31st in the Split 10.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-6)
Back to Kizer Hue goes! 140 yards and three interceptions is good enough to get anybody benched. You know, over two years of doing the Split 10, my fondness of Hue Jackson has gotten tougher and tougher to defend. It’s possible, he is destined to be a great coordinator, and that’s what his success will be limited to………. BUT I STILL BELIEVE IN HUE! See what I did there?
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There it is folks! As always feel free to leave a comment below or attack me on Twitter. You can find me at @eddiecee23!