21. Cleveland Browns (↓1)
DeShone Kizer had himself a debut against the Steelers, but the Browns came up short in their 21-18 loss to Pittsburgh. This was a big moral victory for Cleveland and the Browns.
22. Baltimore Ravens (↑7)
In the words of longtime ABC college football announcer Keith Jackson: “Whoa Nelly!” The Ravens used great defense and a solid outing from the offense to destroy the Bengals. For as many injuries as this team has dealt with this preseason, they used that as fuel this week.
23. Cincinnati Bengals (↓6)
Andy Dalton looked like Ryan Leaf against the Ravens, and the three-headed rushing attack of Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill did nothing. The Red Rifle looked like the Red Ryder BB gun with three interceptions.
24. Buffalo Bills (↑2)
So many changes in such little time, but Buffalo used a balanced offense and timely defense to upend the New York Jets and stake claim to first place in the AFC East.
25. Miami Dolphins (↔)
Hurricane Irma displaced their game but kept them in the No. 25 spot in the rankings.
26. Arizona Cardinals (↓13)
How do you fall 13 spots in one week? Easy, you have Carson Palmer as your quarterback and stud running back David Johnson is out for several weeks with a dislocated wrist. The game started off great for the defense until Stafford decided to play for all that money he just signed for.
27. Los Angeles Chargers (↓4)
Philip Rivers is a competitor, so no lead is safe. He made sure that the fans in Denver made for a better atmosphere, as the quarterback led the team back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter. A made game-tying field goal was nullified by a time out, and it cost them.
28. Chicago Bears (↓1)
So close to a win against the Falcons and so close to staying at the No. 27 spot.
29. New Orleans Saints (↓1)
There was a Brett Favre sighting in Minnesota. The only problem is that it was really Drew Brees disguised like the ancient one. It wasn’t necessarily his fault though, but that secondary is already famous on a meme level. You’ve seen them, they are the picture of the dumpster fire.
30. Indianapolis Colts (↔)
Blown out by the Rams, check. Scott Tolzien throwing a pick-six, check. Fans questioning if Chuck Pagano is a good coach, check. Did we miss anything?
31. San Francisco 49ers (↔)
The 49ers were hoping that a weather event could have postponed their game, but the inevitable would have happened anyway.
32. New York Jets (↔)
The team known for the butt fumble will also be known for the tackling teammates on an interception return. Salute’s Tony Williams said it best: J(ust)-E(nd)-T(he)-S(eason).