- November 7, 2017 at 5:49 pm #18412Joe JohnsonKeymasterNewbieRank: Newbie
Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams. This week, Philadelphia and New England flip spots in the rankings, as the Eagles move up and the Patriots drop after two weeks on top. Dallas was the week’s big mover, jumping from No. 11 to sixth after a strong showing against Kansas City. That could change, however, with Ezekiel Elliott’s legal status still in limbo.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) | Last Week’s Rank: 2
There is no reason to doubt any longer that this is the NFL’s best team. It’s not an early-season illusion. It’s past the halfway point of their season, and the Eagles are the league’s most complete team. The offense hasn’t missed a step since losing left tackle Jason Peters. Newly added RB Jay Ajayi made an immediate contribution Sunday. The progress made by QB Carson Wentz and Coach Doug Pederson in their second year together is the key to all of this.
2. New England Patriots (6-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 1
The Patriots return from their bye to play a Sunday night game in Denver that once looked like it would be a marquee matchup. Instead, it’s a chance for the Patriots to take advantage of a Broncos team that is struggling mightily and couldn’t come close to keeping pace with the Eagles on Sunday.
- November 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm #18413Joe JohnsonKeymasterNewbieRank: Newbie
7. Minnesota Vikings (6-2) | Last Week’s Rank: 6
The Vikings have been winning with Case Keenum at QB. But they have some interesting decisions to make, with Teddy Bridgewater perhaps on the verge of being returned to the active roster and Sam Bradford still sidelined by knee problems. The Vikings play five of their remaining eight games on the road.
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