3. CINCINNATI BENGALS (4) 10-2
Jumping into the Top 3, or should I say pouncing, the Bengals avoided an epic melt-down in Cleveland, which is about the only thing that would have helped the Browns even have a chance in that game. Without Tyler Eifert, Leon Hall, and George Iloka the Bengals were able to improve to double-digit wins on the season, which speaks to the depth Marvin Lewis has built in Cincinnati during his tenure.
4. DENVER BRONCOS (5) 10-2
Joining the double-digit win club after their win over the Chargers, Denver jumps up a spot from last week. The defense was dominant once again, returning an interception back for a TD curtesy of LB Danny Trevathan. When the Broncos take on Oakland next week Chris Harris Jr. will look to duplicate his performance when the returned a pick-six against the Raiders the first time these division rivals met this season.
5. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2) 10-2
It would be so ideal if we could just have the Patriots play Cincinnati this week – instead the Houston Texans will earn the chance to take advantage of an extremely rare two-game losing streak in New England. For ranking sake, I had to drop them a bit more than I would have liked, but the losses to Denver and a bad Philadelphia team deserves some type demotion.
6. GREEN BAY PACKERS (7) 8-4
Thanks to yet another controversial call by the officials, Green Bay was able to run another play with time expired to win the game on a Hail-Mary pass to TE Richard Rodgers. If the Packers lose that game, the landscape of the NFL looks a lot different than what it is this week.
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