The odds are forever against your favor.
By: Jimbo X
New England Patriots
Season Point Differential: (+134)
It took the Pats a last second field goal, but they still managed to slip past Eli and the Giants in their toughest game of the season thus far, 27-26. Tom Terrific surpassed 300 yards again in his two touchdown game, which included a 76-yard TD zip to Gronk, who finished the contest with 113 yards on five catches.
Season Point Differential: (+117)
Carson Palmer posted 363 yards, three touchdowns and a solo INT in the Cards 39-32 win over NFC West rivals Seattle. Although Larry Fitzgerald had more yardage, receiver Michael Floyd was clearly the offensive MVP, wrapping up the game with 113 yards on seven receptions -- two of which resulted in trips to the end one.
Season Point Differential: (+83)
Cincy tasted defeat for the first team all season, when the lowly Texans upset 'em on Monday Night, 10-6. "Bad Andy Dalton" made his long-awaited return to the gridiron, as the Bengals QB had no touchdowns, an INT and only 197 passing yards; despite their star-studded receiving corps, the only person on the team who could post any points was kicker Mike Nugent.
Season Point Differential: (+80)
The only undefeated team in the NFC continued their winning ways Sunday, as Cam Newton and Company beat up border state rivals Tennessee 27-10. The Panthers QB passed and ran for touchdowns, while the stellar defense really put a hurtin' on the Titans; they limited the boys in two-tone blue to just 185 receiving yards and only 64 on the ground.
Season Point Differential: (+45)
After back-up QB Landry Jones went down with an injury, in came injured starter Big Ben to save the day for Pittsburgh. In the Steelers' 30-9 win over Cleveland, Roethlisberger had three touchdowns and 379 yards, ultimately competing 22 out of 33 passing attempts. Meanwhile, the dynamic duo of Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown continue scorching the field, teaming up for a ridiculous 317 yards and three touchdowns hauls.
Season Point Differential: (+44)
Season Point Differential: (+39)
The Falcons took the week off, as they look to snap a two-game losing streak this weekend against a Luck-less (and I mean that in more ways than one) Colts squad. Posting 402.2 yards per game, Atlanta possesses the League's fifth best offense; allowing 342.3 yards per contest, they own the NFL's 14th ranked defense.
Season Point Differential: (+37)
Talk about a bittersweet day; despite breaking the all-time NFL record for passing yards, Peyton Manning proceeded to have one of the WORST games in recent NFL history, as he went five for 20 on passing attempts, for 35 yards, AND FOUR INTERCEPTIONS. Eventually, backup Brock Osweiler got called up; with 146 yards and a one-to-one TD-to-INT ratio, he played noticeably better than Frankenstein head, although the Broncos still bested the Chiefs, 29-13.
THE PLAYOFF HOPEFULS
Green Bay Packers
Season Point Differential: (+34)
The losers of three games in a row, the Packers are slowly slip-sliding into mediocrity. The latest setback for Green Bay? An unfathomable 18-16 home loss to the lowly Lions, despite A-Rod's 333 passing yards and two touchdowns.
New York Jets
Season Point Differential: (+33)
The struggling Jets dropped to 5-4 on the season following last weekend's 22-17 loss to divisional foes Buffalo, which sets them up for an interesting showdown against the much-improved Texans this Sunday. Posting 360.6 yards per game, the J-Men possess the League's 11th-ranked offense; allowing their adversaries just 318.4 yards per contest, they own the fourth best defensive numbers in the NFL.
Kansas City Chiefs
Season Point Differential: (+29)
After a slow start, K.C. is 4-5 and looking very solid, offensively and defensively. After crushing the Lions two weeks ago, they made life miserable for the Broncos last Sunday, picking Peyton off four times in a 29-13 victory. Charcandrick West proved a multifaceted threat in the contest; he had 69 yards and a TD on 24 carries, while collecting another touchdown, and another 92 yards, on just three receptions.
Season Point Differential: (+28)
Neither Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez played all that well in the Eagles' narrow 20-19 loss to Miami. The former Rams QB had 236 yards and a solo TD, while the former Jets ball-slinger (and butt-fumbler) had just 156 yards and an INT. The defense did a good job stopping the Fins' passing and rushing attack, but the Eagles just couldn't find a way to turn their aerial yards into points; despite racking up almost 400 yards in the air (averaging 11.9 yards per catch), Philly's receivers could only find the end zone once in the contest.
Season Point Differential: (+24)
The Bills move to 5-4 following their 22-17 win over the Jets. While the team's defense did very well - limiting New York to 128 yards rushing and 193 yards passing - Buffalo's offense still struggled. By the game's end, they had just 148 yards on the ground, and only 158 yards by air.
New York Giants
Season Point Differential: (+20)
The G-Men came close, but their defense just didn't hold up down the stretch in their narrow 27-26 loss to New England Sunday evening. With two touchdowns and 361 yards sans an INT, Eli actually had better passing stats than Tom Brady, as Odell Beckham Jr. and Dwayne Harris combined for two scores and 196 yards on 10 receptions.
Season Point Differential: (+20)
Russell Wilson was ho-hum in the Seahawks' 39-32 loss to the Cardinals, going 1-for-1 in touchdowns-to-interceptions and racking up just 240 yards on 32 pass attempts. Receiver Doug Baldwin looked downright pimp, though, accumulating 134 yards and a TD on seven catches.
Season Point Differential: (-04)
It sounds crazy now, but with a few lucky breaks, the 'Skins might just find themselves the unlikely divisional champs of the NFC East come January. Their latest victory, a 47-14 mauling of the pass-happy Saints, is easily the team's most impressive showing of the season. Not only did Kirk Cousins lob four TDs and rack up 324 yards in the air, Matt Jones averaged an absurd 43.7 yards per catch, finishing the game with 131 yards and a TD haul on just three receptions.
THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK
Season Point Differential: (-14)
While Derek Carr had 302 passing yards and two touchdowns, he also had two interceptions in the Raiders' 30-14 loss to the Vikings. Their defense played the exact opposite of the way it has been playing all season; despite holding Minnesota's receivers to just 140 yards, the Raiders' D-line inexplicably became incapable of preventing the run, allowing A.P. and pals to put up 263 yards on the ground.
St. Louis Rams
Season Point Differential: (-17)
Nick Foles flat-out sucked in the Rams' 37-13 loss to Da' Bears this past weekend, finishing the game with just 200 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Even worse? Rookie-of-the-year candidate Todd Gurley really underperformed; despite scoring a TD, he racked up just rushing 45 yards.
Season Point Differential: (-26)
Dropping any game to Jacksonville is rough, but when it is a 22-20 loss, it REALLY has to sting. Needless to say, Joe Flacco was rather inconsistent at QB; despite throwing three touchdowns and racking up 316 yards, he also tossed two interceptions and had a costly fumble. The aerial attack was OK (three different receivers had TD hauls) but the run game was lackluster, resulting in no touchdowns and just 89 yards on the day.
Season Point Differential: (-27)
Season Point Differential: (-27)
With Andrew Luck sitting out with a lacerated kidney, the 4-5 Colts will have to try and win this Sunday's game against Atlanta with none other than THE Matt Hasselback behind center. Averaging 353.7 yards per game, they are the League's 15th ranked offense;allowing 394.2 yards per game, however, they rank 28th overall in terms of defense.
Season Point Differential: (-34)
While the offense sputtered - 217 yards receiving and 99 rushing - the Fins still found a way to surmount the Eagles, 20-19. Although the trifecta of Rishard Matthews, Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller were effective (combined, they had almost 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns), this is really more of a game Philly lost more than the Dolphins earned.
Season Point Differential: (-35)
The 4-5 Bears looked pretty solid against St. Louis, pounding the Ram 37-13 over the weekend. Jay Cutler went 19 for 24 on passing attempts, ultimately producing 258 yards and three aerial touchdowns. Zach Miller posted two touchdown hauls and 107 yards, while Jeremy Langford had 73 yards on the ground and a TD to complement his 109 receiving yards and touchdown catch. and on top of that? The Bears defense limited Todd Gurley and the rest of the Rams running back corps to just 94 yards on the day.
San Diego Chargers
Season Point Differential: (-39)
I don't know if you all noticed this before, but the Chargers' logo is a bolt of lightning. Well, the team, sitting at a pitiful 2-7, certainly need to be super-charged following their bye week, as they lock horns with the surging Chiefs this Sunday. Despite their lowly record, the Chargers actually possess the League's fourth-ranked offense, averaging 413.9 yards per game. Alas, their defense is pretty lackluster; allowing 372.1 yards per game, they rank 24th overall.
ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE DRAFT
Season Point Differential: (-45)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Season Point Differential: (-46)
Jameis Winston looked pretty bad in the Bucs' 10-6 win over the Cowboys, passing for 264 yards and lobbing two interceptions. Of course, he did have a three-yard TD rush, which was the only time ANYBODY found the end zone in Sunday's snoozer of a contest.
Season Point Differential: (-48)
The Cowboys' woes continue, as Matt Cassel threw for 186 yards and no touchdowns in a 10-6 loss to the Buccaneers. The run game was just pathetic, with the team posting just 42 yards on 21 rushes; the aerial offense hardly did any better, as Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrence Williams combined for 116 yards on 12 catches, while Tampa Bay wideout Mike Evans finished the game with 126 yards on just eight catches all by his damn self.
New Orleans Saints
Season Point Differential: (-60)
After some impressive offensive performances as of late, the Saints reverted back to the Aints on Sunday, as Drew Brees had a two and two TD-to-INT ratio and just 209 yards in New Orleans' backbreaking 47-14 loss to the Redskins. The silver lining? Receiver Brandin Cooks looked tremendous, collecting two touchdowns and 98 yards on just five catches.
Season Point Differential: (-63)
Blake Bortles didn't have the most impressive stats - two touchdowns, one interception and just 188 passing yards - but he nonetheless did enough to lead the Jags to a 22-20 win over the Ravens. Although the Jacksonville run game was a bore (90 yards, no scores), receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson shined; combined, the two Allens had 113 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 catches.
Season Point Differential: (-91)
In the Browns' 30-9 ass-kicking at the hands of Pittsburgh, Johnny Football actually outpassed Big Ben in terms of yardage. Alas, while America's favorite Rust Belt rapist had three touchdowns in the contest, Give 'Em Hell Manziel went 1-and-1 on touchdowns-to-interceptions. Oh, and the Browns' run game? It only put up a pitiful 15 yards, once you factor in backs getting dropped behind the line.
Season Point Differential: (-94)
Detroit what!?! The Lions celebrated their first victory in the state of Wisconsin since 1991 last weekend, as Stafford and pals bested the Pack 18-16. Even with the "W," however, there are plenty of things to be concerned about if your are a Detroit die-hard; Megatron and Golden Tate had no TDs, the run game only accumulated 45 yards and the defense still let the Packers light 'em up down the stretch, as A-Rod tossed the rock for 333 yards.
San Francisco 49ers
Season Point Differential: (-97)
If it felt like there was a lot less "LOL" going on in pro football this past week, it was because the Niners had a bye. Heading into this Sunday's divisional clash against the Seahawks, San Fran ranks dead last in offense, posting a puny 286.2 yards per game. Allowing 392.4 yards per contest, they also find themselves resting at the bottom of the list when it comes to total defense -- only five teams in the League are giving up more yards per game than the 49ers.