The NFL concluded the first month of the season with the New England Patriots receiving a beat down on Monday Night football. It highlighted a month where two divisions don’t have a team worthy of making the NFL Top 12 rankings. The AFC East and NFC South have been way below average early on. Neither division has a team with a winning record, therefore (1-3) teams like the Jets, Saints, and Buccaneers are right in the middle of the division race. Even you have noticed, each team has played some horrible football along the way.
The NFL still has two undefeated teams rolling along. The Cincinnati Bengals have had some of the best victories this season, including an opening season win at Baltimore. The Arizona Cardinals have taken the early lead in the NFC West, and they’ve done it in grand fashion. Both teams have tremendous road games coming up, and they have a chance to solidify their top spot in the coming weeks.
Here are the NFL rankings. Check out the previous Week’s rankings.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0): The Bengals lead the AFC North, and they had an early bye. Cincinnati gets to put another hammer down next Sunday. Next game vs. New England
2. Arizona Cardinals (3-0): Arizona continues to roll along without starting quarterback Carson Palmer. They haven’t been great offensively, but they’ve scored enough points to remain undefeated. Next game vs. Denver.
3. Seattle Seahawks (2-1): Seattle was part of the top three teams that all had a bye week. The Super Bowl champs have an opportunity to get their first road victory of the season. Next game vs. Washington
4. Detroit Lions (3-1): The Lions have been a nice surprise early in the season. Their one loss was at Carolina, but their defense has been dominant the first month of the season. Next game vs. Buffalo.
5. San Diego Chargers (3-1): The Chargers have withstood injuries to jump out early in the AFC West. Currently, San Diego is on a three game winning streak and their only loss was to Arizona by one point. They also beat Seattle. Next game vs. New York Jets.
6. Denver Broncos (2-1): The Broncos are trying to build a new brand of football defensively. It’s been working so far, but they’ll have another great match up with an NFC West power. Next game vs. Arizona.
7. Baltimore Ravens (3-1): Quietly, the ravens have turned their opening game loss into three straight wins. With two blowouts under their belt, Baltimore takes another team coming on strong. Next game vs. Indianapolis Colts
8. Green Bay Packers (2-2): The highest rated team with a .500 record. Aaron Rodgers told the fans to relax, then proceeded to punish the Bears in a 21 point win. Next game vs. Minnesota
9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1): The Eagles scored in every way imaginable except for offensively. The running game has been nonexistent in 2014. Still, the Eagles are in a tie for first place in the NFC East. Next game vs. St. Louis.
10. Dallas Cowboys (3-1): Dallas has won three games in row after losing to San Francisco to start the season. Who cares who they have beaten. As long as Dallas picks up wins. Right. Next game vs. Houston.
11. Indianapolis Colts (2-2): The Colts started slow with close losses. Then they placed two beat downs on AFC South foes. Now the Colts face their biggest game of the year. Next game vs. Baltimore.
12. New York Giants (2-2): The Giants have won two straight games and they are starting to hit their stride offensively. Could this be the start of something special? They have a big one coming up. Next game vs. Atlanta.
13. Houston Texans (3-1): The Texans lead the AFC South, but their schedule hasn’t been the toughest yet. The defense carries this team with J.J. Watt leading the way. Next game vs. Dallas.