We are almost at the halfway point of the NFL season. Now that some division winners have started to show separation from their counterparts, the top 12 teams in the NFL have become a little clearer. The reason why we are doing 12 teams is because that’s how many teams make the postseason. Still, the rankings do not have to be split evenly between the conferences.
Without a doubt, the most impressive team early in the season has been the Denver Broncos, but they are not the only team to display championship material. There is a team in their own division that may have the kryptonite to thwart Denver’s destiny. The Kansas City Chiefs have been every bit as impressive on the defensive side of the ball.
The NFC has some powerful teams, but the conference seems down on the surface. One reason is due to the Giants and the Falcons combining for one win in the first six weeks of the season.
The New Orleans Saints have had a nice bounce back season. Even though they lost last week to the surprising Patriots, Drew Brees has the Saints trending upward.
Here’s a look at the top 12 NFL teams.
1. Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning has the offense running smoothly. They are a perfect (6-0), but their defense has had some dicey moments. Denver is starting to get more pieces back to help with the pass rush and coverage. Next game vs. Indianapolis Colts.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: You can say what you want about the offense, but Kansas City is dominating defensively. They’ve given up 65 points this season. Are they the one team that can slow down Peyton and the Broncos. Next game vs. Houston Texans
3. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have one blemish on the road, but they look unbeatable at home. Russell Wilson and the rushing attack have shown dominance at times. Next game vs. Arizona
4. New England Patriots: Does anybody know how the Patriots are getting it done? The answer is with defense. They’ve given up 97 points so far. Their only loss was to Cincinnati on the road. Next game vs. Jets
5. New Orleans: Drew Brees and the Saints were undefeated until a late Tom Brady touchdown on Sunday. We still think they’ll be okay in the NFC South. It still was concerning that Jimmy Graham was completely taken out of the game. Bye week.
6. San Francisco: The 49ers have quietly won three straight games. Yeah their ship has been righted. The ground attack is looking good, but San Francisco must get better in the passing game. Next game vs. Tennessee Titans.
7. Cincinnati Bengals: Overall, the offense is not that bad. When the Bengals lose, it’s because they don’t score enough. They have been stout defensively all year. They lead the AFC North by one game. Next game vs. Detroit.
8. Indianapolis Colts: The Colts dropped a dud on Monday night, but they have a huge opportunity next week. They left San Diego without a touchdown. If they don’t find the end zone next week, they’ll have lost two in a row. Next game vs. Denver.
9. Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson in the lineup, the Lions are a playoff team. Without him, they scored nine points against Green Bay. Still tied for the NFC North lead with Chicago. Next game vs. Cincinnati.
10. Chicago Bears: Three interceptions of Eli Manning helped get Chicago on this list. Jay Cutler and the offense have had some nice offensive performances as well. Still, this team thrives on a lot of turnovers. Next game vs. Washington.
11. Green Bay Packers: Injuries have mounted up on Green Bay, so this ranking could be short lived. The Packers have found a running game with Eddie Lacy. Aaron Rodgers has to raise his level of play. Next game vs. Cleveland.
12. Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys were so close to becoming a top five NFL team. Instead, they are at the bottom of this list. They have a big month of games coming up. Four out of the next five are on the road. Next game vs. Philadelphia.
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