17. Detroit Lions (21)
Fresh off a bye, and now in first place in the NFC North, the Lions get to take on the porous Jaguars. This is a game that should be taken very seriously by the Lions. Yes, they should win. But they have already had a few losses this season in games very similar to this.
18. Baltimore Ravens (23)
It seems that the absence of Steve Smith was far bigger than they thought. Since his return, the Ravens have gotten back on track, and due to the struggles of the Steelers and the Bengals, the Ravens still lead the division—even after a four game losing streak not long ago. The Ravens will need to continue to get wins as the Steelers are only a game back, and now their quarterback is healthy once again.
19. San Diego Chargers (17)
The Chargers appeared to be on some sort of roll, and appeared to be closing in on yet another win. Then Rivers happened. This has been the type of mistake that has haunted Phillip Rivers throughout his career and made it hard to ever be considered a truly elite quarterback. Whatever slim hope the Chargers had of winning this division is likely squashed, and now with the Denver win, a wildcard would seem like only a remote possibility.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20)
The Bucs just earned a huge win as they made up a game on the first place Falcons. The Bucs are 4-5, but still right in the thick of things. The only bad thing is they don’t have the opportunity to get one back in a head-to-head match up, as they have already played the Falcons twice. The good news though is that they split the games, so the Falcons don’t own a head-to-head tiebreaker.