Charlie’s picks

Charlie McNeil, Staff Reporter

1.Philadelphia Eagles-(8-1)

The number one spot of the power rankings has to go to the best team in football. The Eagles have steamrolled their last three opponents with a combined score of 108 throughout the three games. Carson Wentz has panned out and now is one of the better QB’s in the league.

2.New England Patriots-(7-2)

Despite their defense being very bad this year, the Patriots have pulled through and have looked like a Super Bowl contender with the help of Quarterback Tom Brady, arguably one of the best players of all time. The Patriots are going to be the toughest team to beat come playoff time and are ending strong.

  1. Los Angeles Rams- (7-2)

The Rams are having a bounce-back year this year and are showing their strength. They haven’t played the toughest schedule but they have had a very good past few games, with every part of their team firing on all cylinders.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers-(7-2)

The only reason that the Steelers are this high on the ranking is because they beat the Vikings earlier in the season with the power of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger is having a decent season and they will probably win the division.

  1. Minnesota Vikings-(7-2)

The Vikings are off to a great start behind the rookie season of Case Keenum who is having a very good season. Teddy Bridgewater is back and ready to play and their defense is arguably the best in the league.

  1. New Orleans Saints-(7-2)

The Saints are having a good season, the problem is that they’re playing a bunch of teams that aren’t very good. Drew Brees is having a decent year,  but nothing to get excited about. I see the team dropping a few rankings in weeks to come.

  1. Carolina Panthers-(7-3)

The Carolina Panthers entered this season expecting to be doing very poorly, after their Super Bowl defeat they had a lackluster season and weren’t expecting much. Cam Newton is having a very good season and they will be moving up in rankings.

8.Seattle Seahawks-(6-3)

Russell Wilson is having a great year and Jimmy Graham is playing in very good form. The Seahawks also boast a three and one record at home and are slowly catching up to the Rams at the head of the division.

9.Tennessee Titans-(6-3)

The Titans are on fire with four straight wins and a perfect record at home. Marcus Mariota is having a great season and is basically carrying the team. DeMarco Murray and Rishard Matthews also are highlights in the roster.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars-(6-3)

The only reason the Jags are this low is because the Titans and Seahawks have very deep and star studded rosters. The Jags have a great roster, but they are all stars who developed this year. I don’t see the Jags going too far in the playoff picture.

11.Kansas City Chiefs-(6-3)

The Chiefs started hot, with Kareem Hunt and Alex Smith carrying the team but as of late they have done poorly compared to the other teams. In order to rise in the rankings they will have to turn back to early season form.

  1. Atlanta Falcons-(5-4)

With players such as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, it is very surprising that they are only five and four, they are playing a pretty easy schedule throughout the rest of the year so I foresee them rising in the rankings.

  1. Buffalo Bills-(5-4)

Tyrod Taylor and Lesean McCoy are having fantastic seasons for the Bills. They are second in their division and probably won’t win but they win be close to playoff contention.

14.Detroit Lions-(5-4)

There isn’t many things to point out about this team, they are pretty average or below average in every category. If I could point out one bright spot it’s Matthew Stafford, he has had a decent season and is looking to end well.

15.Dallas Cowboys-(5-4)

With the loss of Ezekiel Elliott the Cowboys season isn’t looking to good, now their running game will surely be falling apart. The last loss to a decent Falcons team shows how the defence was really falling apart.

16.Oakland Raiders-(4-5)

The Raiders aren’t doing too well, but it is looking up for them. Their Quarterback Derek Carr is back and is starting to heat back, the defence isn’t doing well but it will be better in the upcoming weeks.

17.Green Bay Packers-(5-4)

The Packers were held together by Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was having a really great year until he was injured in the game against the Vikings. They will be dropping in the following weeks.

18.Washington Redskins-(4-5)

The Redskins are doing better than they expected, they came in off of a decent season and haven’t looked good in their past through matchups. The one bright spot has been their Quarterback Kirk Cousins.

19.Baltimore Ravens-(4-5)

WIth the loss of their Quarterback Joe Flacco, the season is falling apart quickly for the Ravens, they went from hopeful to make the playoffs to tanking in the span of 10 weeks.

20.Arizona Cardinals-(4-5)

The Cardinals only have one bright spot on the roster, that is their Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who got 113 receiving yards last week.

  1. Miami Dolphins-(4-5)

The Dolphins are having a lackluster season and are deserving of second to last in their division. Their Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry is the core of their team and I suggest that they hold onto him as long as they can.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals-(3-6)

The Cincinnati Bengals looked really solid coming into this season and are severely underperforming their potential. AJ Green, their Wide Receiver has played really well and doesn’t deserve the team.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers-(3-6)

The Chargers are having a really good season, if you forget their six losses which were against awful teams. To be completely honest they should be lower on the list but they at least have Quarterback Philip Rivers and Wide Receiver Keenan Allen.

  1. Denver Broncos – (3-6)

After the loss of Quarterback Peyton Manning, who was the best QB they have ever had. They have slowly gone down in quality, lately they cannot find a single thing to look at as a positive.

  1. New York Jets – (4-6)

The Jets are having a decent season compared to last year, where they went 5-11. Their team has a few bright spots with Bilal Powell being number one.

  1. Houston Texans – (3-6)

In their last five games, the Texans are an awful 1-4 against teams that, if they had a full defensive roster, they would win easily.

  1. Chicago Bears – (3-6)

Mitchell Trubisky is one of the better pickups the Bears have made in the past few seasons. Still, he is very bad at being QB and will need a lot of work in the offseason.

  1. Indianapolis Colts-(3-7)

With the loss of Quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts season hopes have gone straight down the drain. As of late, they haven’t been playing well at all and only hope Luck gets back ASAP.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-(3-6)

This team is below average at almost every position and is looking to finish close to the bottom of the NFL, the reason they aren’t the lowest is because of the final three teams.  

  1. San Francisco 49ers-(1-9)

The biggest reason that the 49ers are higher ranked than the Giants is because of the fact that they beat them last week. If they hadn’t they would still be second to last in the division.

  1. New York Giants – (1-8)

With the loss to the 49ers the Giants have shown how poorly the have fallen apart from last year, in which they went 11-5.

  1. Cleveland Browns-(0-9)

There is nothing positive to say about this team, and they will either end 1-15 or 0-16