With seven weeks remaining in the regular season, teams are starting to build momentum toward the playoffs. That is vividly illustrated in this week’s rankings where multiple four-win teams in our Top-20 appear to be revving up for the stretch run. However, we still have well-established contenders who continue to assert their worthiness of postseason glory.
The Patriots (9-0) reclaimed the No .1 spot atop the BES after a Super Bowl-esque, come-from-behind victory on the road over the Giants (5-5) in Week 10. Meanwhile, the Bengals (8-1), after rising to No. 1 in our Week 9 rankings, fall back to No. 2 after being stripped of their “Undefeated” badge by the Texans (4-5) on Monday night.
The Texans, however, catapulted up the rankings from No. 18 last week to No. 7 this week. After a 1-4 start, the BES likes how the Texans secured a pair of divisional wins over the Jaguars (3-6) and Titans (2-7) to add to their monumental upset of the Bengals. They host the Jets (5-4) and Saints (4-6) in Weeks 11 and 12 respectively. Those games will further gauge the Texans legitimacy as a BES Top-10 team.
Another sharp-rising squad is the Chiefs (4-5) who shot up from No. 28 to No. 13 after a thoroughly dominant road conquest of the Broncos (7-2) in Week 10. The win completed a three-game streak highlighted by a Chiefs defense currently ranked No. 3 in the BES with a score of 2.80.
The Broncos, consequently, find themselves having fallen to No. 10 from No. 5 after suffering back-to-back losses to the Colts (4-5) and Chiefs. Of note, the Broncos, Panthers, Bengals and Patriots are all that remain of the BES Top-10 that launched our rankings in Week 2.
It’ll will definitely be interesting to see what our top-1o looks like in Week 17.