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Evan’s Guide to All Things NFL – Recapping Week 14
Evan Dorian, Co-Editor-in-Chief
#1: Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)
The Chiefs seem like the clear best team in the league now that each of the last two weeks has featured a loss by either the Saints or the Rams, and Patrick Mahomes and friends show no signs of slowing down.
#2: New Orleans Saints (11-2)
The Saints didn’t play the prettiest game against the Buccaneers on Sunday, but after the Rams lost, it seems like the Saints and Chiefs are on a level of their own.
#3: Los Angeles Rams (11-2)
This is where the top five gets a little clustered – the Patriots beat the Bears, who beat the Rams, but ultimately I still think the Rams are the best team of the three.
#4: Chicago Bears (9-4)
The Bears may have demolished the Rams on Sunday night, but I attribute much of their defensive success to Jared Goff’s rustiness in the cold weather in primetime. That being said, the Bears are still an elite team.
#5: New England Patriots (9-4)
The Patriots have a huge game against the Steelers coming up this week, and they must win to start their annual late-season surge.
#6: Los Angeles Chargers (10-3)
Despite playing well all season, the Chargers’ fate essentially rests on their performance this Thursday night against the Chiefs – if they win, their future and playoff chances look very bright.
#7: Houston Texans (9-4)
The Texans couldn’t extend their winning streak to 10, but luckily for them, they’re still in a great position to win their division and even make a playoff run.
#8: Dallas Cowboys (8-5)
After having been doomed to irrelevance in 2017, the Cowboys are back and almost assuredly in the playoffs, thanks in large part to Amari Cooper’s emergence since joining the team.
#9: Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
The Seahawks played horrible on offense in their Monday night showdown with the Vikings, but their defense was good enough, as it often is at home, to secure the win.
#10: Baltimore Ravens (7-6)
Despite the loss, the Ravens still land in the top 10 thanks to staying competitive with the Chiefs. Lamar Jackson looks like a fine NFL quarterback, and I’m impressed by the Ravens for letting him play the way he did in college.
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