17. Green Bay Packers (23)
They have awoken. The Packers have climbed their way back to .500, and still have a fighting chance to win the NFC North. Jordy Nelson has been fantastic the past two weeks, and will have to be brilliant again. The up and down Seahawks come to town this week. A win would go a long way for the confidence of this team.
18. Minnesota Vikings (15)
This was a tough blow for the Vikings who drew the short end of the stick on a blatant missed call on their game-tying, two point conversion attempt. An even bigger blow is losing Harrison Smith to a grade 3 ankle sprain—an injury that may keep him out the remainder of the year.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (16)
The wheels have come off in Philly—which is just fine. This team extremely overachieved early in the year and it was a great learning experience for them. Now they are taking their lumps. Next year will be their time to compete—this year was all about learning. They’ve learned how to win and are now learning from the losses.
20. New Orleans Saints (18)
A week after scoring a season high, the Saints came back and laid an egg against the division leading Lions. It was just another example of the up and down nature that this Saints team has displayed all season long.