After a long, four-week reign atop our rankings, the Vikings (5-3) have fallen from their lofty perch, replaced by the Cowboys (7-1), winners of seven straight games.
Motored by their offensive line and a pair of electric rookies in quarterback Dak Prescott and halfback Ezekiel Elliot, the Cowboys No. 4 BES Offense has proven highly capable of clutch plays and carrying a defense ranked 15th by the BES. The Cowboys draw a volatile Steelers (4-4) team on the road in Week 10, a game in which their offense might again be called upon for heroics.
The Chiefs (6-2) have cracked the top-5 with a fourth-place ranking that mirrors their placement in NFL league standings. They’ve landed one spot above the Raiders (7-2) whom they soundly defeated 26-10 on the road in Week 6.
The Chiefs’ offense is impressively ranked No. 5 in the BES but has taken some critical hits recently with injuries to quarterback Alex Smith (ear/head), halfback Spencer Ware (concussion) and receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin). The health of those three will be vital to any success the Chiefs hope to have on the road against the surging Panthers (3-5) in Week 10.
The Saints (4-4) enter the BES Top-10 for the first time this season after going 4-1 in their last five contests, falling only to the aforementioned Chiefs in Week 7. Quarterback Drew Brees has averaged 325.4 yards passing over that five-game span while tossing 13 touchdowns against four interceptions for a passer rating of 107.7. Brees leads a Saints offense ranked No. 1 in the BES and will host the Broncos (6-3) No.1-ranked BES Defense in Week 10.
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