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NFL Top 10 Teams Entering Week 12

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams game was one for the ages. That was a classic for a reason. They are both elite teams in the NFL and they will both be ranked high in this week's top 10. There is only a few more weeks left in the regular season. Who are the top 10 teams entering Week 12?

10. Indianapolis Colts (5-5): The Colts are surging right now. They have one of the best offensive lines in football and Andrew Luck hasn't been sacked in the past five weeks. Luck is playing at an MVP level this season. Indianapolis is in the hunt for the second wild card spot in the AFC. They have a favorable schedule down the stretch. Frank Reich has done a tremendous job as of late coaching this team. Last week's ranking: not ranked.

9. Carolina Panthers (6-4): The Panthers road struggles continue. They made the right move by going for two late in the game, but unfortunately for them they failed. The defense was much better this week. Carolina currently holds onto the number five spot in the NFC. Last week's ranking: 10.

8. Houston Texans (7-3): For the **second straight game, the Texans needed a missed field goal by the opponent to escape with a win. Houston is a good team, but they don't exactly impress me. The Houston Texans have a favorable schedule and that is probably why they will win the AFC South. Last week's ranking: 9.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (7-3): The defense didn't do much in Joey Bosa's return. The Chargers lost at home 23-22 to the Denver Broncos. Melvin Gordon continues to be a beast in the backfield and Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns, but he was picked off twice. Los Angeles is still a dangerous team. Last week's ranking: 5.

6. Chicago Bears (7-3): The Bears are distancing themselves from the rest of the NFC North. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings 25-20 at home on Sunday night. Chicago's defense made Kirk Cousins uncomfortable for most of the night. Matt Nagy is doing a tremendous job coaching this team. Khalil Mack is a beast on the defensive side of the ball. The Chicago Bears could be a dark horse in the NFC. Last week's ranking: 7.

5. New England Patriots (7-3): With the Patriots on a bye week, they were able to move up in the rankings because of a loss by the Los Angeles Chargers. New England is still a very good team, but they need to get a first-round bye or it will be tough for them to reach the Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers come back against the Jacksonville Jaguars didn't help out the New England Patriots cause. Tom Brady will be on a mission after the bye. Last week's ranking: 6.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1): The Steelers might be the reason why the New England Patriots don't win the AFC this season. Pittsburgh's comeback win keeps them in the two spot in the AFC. Ben Roethlisberger is a leader on this team. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are headaches to deal with in the passing game. The Le'Veon Bell saga is behind the Pittsburgh Steelers now. The defense made key stops when it needed to against the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. They have an elite pass rush as well. Last week's ranking: 4.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2): Patrick Mahomes might have had the best five turnover game ever for a quarterback with 478 yards and six touchdowns. Tyreek Hill is one of the best receivers in the league. He had 10 catches for 215 yards receiving and two touchdowns, in a 54-51 loss on the road on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams. The Chiefs defense was exposed once again. Kansas City has lost two tough games on the road this season. This will be a perfect time for them regroup and focus during the bye week. Last week's ranking: 2.

2. Los Angeles Rams (10-1): The Rams offense was on fire against the Chiefs. The defense did score two defensive touchdowns. Aaron Donald has 14 sacks so far this season. That is scary for a defensive tackle. He could break Michael Strahan's record of 22.5 sacks. Sean McVay is a wizard when it comes to coaching. Last week's ranking: 3.

1. New Orleans Saints (9-1): The Saints continue to make opponents look foolish. New Orleans just puts their foot on the gas pedal from start to finish. Michael Thomas is turning heads this season in the passing game. Alvin Kamara is also a headache in the running and passing game. Drew Brees completed 73.3 percent of his passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 rout at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. The New Orleans Saints defense continues to turn it up. They are good at stopping the run but they also shut down the passing game. Carson Wentz completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 156 yards and threw three interceptions against the Saints defense. Last week's ranking: 1.

This article was originally published on @gk18