There is only five weeks remaining in the NFL season. Every down, every yard, every minute, and every game will matter down the stretch. Teams are looking to distance themselves in the standings as well. Who are the top 10 NFL teams entering Week 13 of the regular season?
10. Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1): If the season ended right now, the Vikings would be the first wild card in the NFC and they would play the Dallas Cowboys. I think Minnesota would have a favorable match up on the road. Kirk Cousins played well against the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay might be in danger to make the playoffs because of them. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen continues to impress in the receiving game. The defense is getting better. If they can beat the New England Patriots on the road, the Minnesota Vikings will be in great shape to make the postseason. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
9. Indianapolis Colts (6-5): Andrew Luck continues to sizzle for the Colts. He has thrown at least three touchdowns in the past eight games. That is an MVP like season for him. The offensive line is giving him wonderful protection. Indianapolis is set up in good position to possibly to get the second wild card in the AFC. The defense is still shaky, but it doesn't look as bad because of Luck and Head Coach Frank Reich. Last week's ranking: 10.
8. Houston Texans (8-3): The Texans have reeled off eight straight wins, but something doesn't feel right to me about this team. I don't think they have been battle tested much lately. The pesky Cleveland Browns will be ready for them. Houston might get a first-round bye in the AFC but they will still probably be underdogs against Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New England, and Kansas City. Last week's ranking: 8.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (8-3): Losing Melvin Gordon to injury will be critical for this team in the backfield. Austin Ekeler will be ready to step up. Justin Jackson could also see some extended time in the backfield as well. Joey Bosa has made an impact on the Chargers defense and so has Derwin James. Philip Rivers is having an amazing season. They could still win the AFC West title, but it will be tough for them to complete that task. The Los Angeles Chargers have a tough game on the road this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last week's ranking: 7.
6. New England Patriots (8-3): The Patriots moved into the number two spot in the AFC, but they have other problems right now. They are winning games, but New England doesn't look as dominant. If they don't get home field advantage, it will spell trouble for them. Rob Gronkowski returned from injury. Sony Michel has been an x-factor this offense. He rushed for 133 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown against the New York Jets, in a 27-13 win on the road. The defense doesn't create chaos. Last week's ranking: 5.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1): The Steelers slipped to the four seed in the AFC after losing to the Denver Broncos on the road this weekend, but Pittsburgh is a better football team than New England and Houston. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a nightmare to guard as the second receiver. He had a 97-yard touchdown reception in the third-quarter. He caught 13 passes for 189 yards receiving and a touchdown. Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 67 yards receiving. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a tough schedule coming up and they need to ace those games. Last week's ranking: 4.
4. Chicago Bears (8-3): The Bears didn't have Mitch Trubisky on Thanksgiving Day against the Detroit Lions on the road. Matt Nagy did an excellent job preparing Chase Daniel and he completed 73 percent of his passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Eddie Jackson had the game-winning pick six for Chicago in the fourth-quarter with under seven minutes remaining in regulation. The Chicago Bears lead the NFC North. They are the biggest threat to the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC. Last week's ranking: 6.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2): The Chiefs rested on the bye week. They should win on the road against the Oakland Raiders this weekend. Kansas City will look to be better defensively. They will be getting safety Eric Berry back at some point. Patrick Mahomes will be ready to sling the ball once again and the speed of Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt will haunt opponents. Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the league. Last week's ranking: 3.
2. Los Angeles Rams (10-1): The Rams will be coming off a bye this week against the Detroit Lions on the road. Los Angeles needs to be better defensively. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley will be ready to roll. Josh Reynolds will be a key weapon for this offense and so will tight end Gerald Everett. Last week's ranking: 2.
1. New Orleans Saints (10-1): The Saints continue to make opponents look like dust. Drew Brees has been amazing this season. He has thrown for 29 touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Brees completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 171 yards four touchdowns and one interception in a 31-17 win at home on Thanksgiving night against the Atlanta Falcons. The defense continues to look impressive. They have a big game on the road on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Last week's ranking: 1.