9. Atlanta Falcons (5)
Atlanta truly let one slip through their fingers here, allowing the Chargers to come all the way back from 17 points down on their home field. The Seahawks loss was acceptable, but this type of loss simply cannot happen if the Falcons are serious about competing for a Super Bowl. In any case, their division is very weak, and they still control their own destiny to the playoffs.
10. Arizona Cardinals (13)
Anyone who watched the Sunday Night game knows that the Cardinals highly outplayed the visiting Seahawks. However, miscue after miscue forced them to take a tie. They can’t be too disappointed after their kicker blew it in overtime, because they should have come away with a loss. Serious question—are the Cardinals currently working out kickers?
11. Philadelphia Eagles (14)
Just when you thought that the 3-0 start was a mirage, they come out and knock off the last undefeated team in the league. Carson Wentz had his struggles, but the kid is resilient. What was even more impressive was the defense. This was a bad defense a year ago, and Jim Schwartz has them playing really well. It’s still early, but one thing we do know is that the Eagles are a far better team then most predicted.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (7)
Let’s be honest, it wasn’t a terrible showing for the Steelers. They had their chances in the second half, and at the very least, were competitive against the best team in the NFL. But let’s be honest again—the Steelers are going nowhere without Big Ben.