Rams hold top spot as only undefeated team

49ers move up despite Lambeau loss

Cameron McKeon, Sports Editor

Another week gone, and another loss from each the Raiders and the 49ers. It  hasn’t been a very exciting year for Bay Area football fans, as the two squads have combined for a 2-10 record, and the road ahead doesn’t necessarily provide hope, at least for this season.

Outside the bay, worry in Jacksonville and excitement in New England shuffle up the rankings in another enthralling week of football.


32. Oakland Raiders (-) The Raiders had no answers on either side of the ball in their 27-3 loss to the Seahawks in London. The season struggles continue for Amari Cooper and Derek Carr. Cooper exited during the first half with concussion concerns and Carr threw for just 142 yards. Marshawn Lynch is out for at least a month with a groin injury.


31. Indianapolis Colts (-) The Colts are off to their worst six-game start since 2011 when they began 0-6. They sit at the bottom of the AFC South with a 1-5 record. Andrew Luck threw his first of three interceptions (a pick-six) on the second play of the game, a bad way to begin the contest. It was his ninth career thrown pick-six and sparked the 42-point effort by the Jets.


30. New York Giants (-2) The fact that Saquon Barkley can have the type of day he had and the Giants still lose is not a good sign for New York. I think it’s apparent that Eli Manning is on the steep decline and it’s time for a new quarterback.


29. Arizona Cardinals (-) The Cardinals continue to wait for Josh Rosen to have a breakout performance as they fell to the Vikings 27-17 last week, and got stomped at home Thursday night by Denver. The young quarterback looks uncomfortable leading an NFL team to this point.


28. Buffalo Bills (-2) It’s a tough blow for the Bills as not only do they lose their fourth game, but Josh Allen left the game against the Texans with an elbow injury. Derek Anderson will enter as the Bills new quarterback.


27. San Francisco 49ers (+3) A surprising offensive outburst for the ‘Niners improve their ranking despite a 33-30 loss at Green Bay to the Packers. Running back Raheem Mostert came out of nowhere and shared productive carries with the consistent Matt Breida. I’m fairly confident that this could have been a San Francisco win if Jimmy Garoppolo was healthy.


26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7) The Bucs were a crazy lateral play away from escaping with a win in Atlanta, and they nearly pulled it off. Tampa Bay’s offense looked like it did in the first couple weeks, but the defense wasn’t enough for Atlanta’s high-powered attack.


25. New York Jets (+2) If you started kicker Jason Myers in fantasy, you probably won last week. He was 7/7 in field goals and tacked on 3 extra points in the 42-34 win over the Colts. Sam Darnold was accurate and on point in the victory but one of his bigger targets, Terrelle Pryor, just got released from the team in a move that mystified many.

24. Cleveland Browns (-4) The Browns took a step back in their 38-14 loss to the Chargers. Mayfield was relied on heavily but didn’t deliver, throwing a touchdown and a couple picks in the shaky performance. Cleveland traded Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars in exchange for a fifth-round pick, which will open up carries for Nick Chubb.


23. Denver Broncos (+2) Denver jumped two spots in the rankings despite a loss to the Rams. They entered the game below .500 and nearly upset the undefeated Rams. Emmanuel Sanders is quietly putting up big numbers for the Broncos, catching seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in a contest where the two young Denver running backs were held to very little. The Broncos rolled Arizona in the desert on Thursday.


22. Tennessee Titans (-6) Marcus Mariota had nowhere to go all game as he was sacked 11 times by the Ravens defense. There was absolutely nothing going on for Tennessee in this one, and they fall to 3-3 after a very promising start.


21. Atlanta Falcons (+3) After an impressive first half, the Falcons offense fell flat on their faces in the second and almost choked away the lead. Although Atlanta’s defense wasn’t spectacular, it was an improvement from previous weeks. Matt Ryan put on a show with 3 TDs and hasn’t thrown a pick since week 2.


20. Washington Redskins (+3) Josh Norman had an interception and a forced fumble against his former team, the Panthers, in a 23-17 win for the Redskins. Adrian Peterson had another productive game and as noted last week, it seems as though his performance dictates the outcome of the Redskins offensive fortunes.


19. Miami Dolphins (+2) Entering their game against the Bears as heavy underdogs, Miami’s offense flipped the switch on Sunday and surprised Chicago. Brock Osweiler started at quarterback and played well enough to carry a high-octane offense to victory in overtime.


18. Dallas Cowboys (+4) A monumental win for the Cowboys brought them back into contention discussion as they took advantage of a struggling Jaguars squad. Dak Prescott had an outstanding day for Dallas, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown as well as tossing a couple of TDs. Everything came together on defense as Blake Bortles was held to just 149 yards passing.


17. Detroit Lions (-) It was a bye week for the Lions. They play at Miami on Sunday.


16. Seattle Seahawks (+2) Putting away the Raiders early, the Seahawks cruised to a 27-3 victory. The defense held strong in Marshawn Lynch’s first appearance against his former team since he joined the Raiders.


15. Houston Texans (-) The theme for their 20-13 win over the Bills is consistent with their season: They don’t make it pretty. Deshaun Watson struggled again as he continues to try to find his rookie form. He fumbled three times but managed to squeak out a win. It was the right opponent for Watson to have an off day.


14. Chicago Bears (-7) Mitchell Trubisky looked great once again and has thrown nine touchdowns in the past two weeks. This was the first time the Bears defense faltered, as they lost in OT to the Dolphins 31-28. A couple costly fumbles by Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen contributed to the loss.


13. Jacksonville Jaguars (-4) The Jacksonville doubters emerge as the Jags got absolutely demolished by the Cowboys, 40-7. They’re hoping the addition of Carlos Hyde sparks the laboring Jags who desperately needed an offensive weapon. This week is a big one for Jacksonville as they need to bounce back against the Texans.


12. Cincinnati Bengals (-4) A final minute, game-winning drive by Ben Roethlisberger overshadowed a huge go-ahead touchdown by Joe Mixon that put Cincinnati in a good position to improve to 5-1 on the season. The 28-21 defeat showed that the Bengals can go toe-to-toe with some of the league’s best.


11. Baltimore Ravens (+3) The Ravens were able to get to the quarterback not once, not twice, but 11 times (a franchise record) in a 21-0 shutout victory over the Titans. Alex Collins averaged less than three yards per carry but recorded two touchdowns and Michael Crabtree had a big offensive day with 93 receiving yards and a touchdown.


10. Green Bay Packers (+2) The Packers are a questionable team. Yes, they picked up a win over the 49ers and Aaron Rodgers had over 400 yards passing, but it required a comeback in a game many expected to be a landslide. It’s the Packers defense that must perform better to solidify them as one of the top teams in their division, let alone the conference.


9. Carolina Panthers (-4) Greg Olsen returned to action and caught four passes for 48 yards in the 23-17 loss to the ‘Skins. Cam Newton couldn’t put together a game-winning drive in the latter portions of the fourth and it resulted in the Panthers second loss of the season.


8. Philadelphia Eagles (+5) Carson Wentz put on an offensive clinic in the Eagles’ 34-13 victory over the Giants. Philly took advantage of a Giants team in shambles despite allowing Saquon Barkley to have a career game. Besides Barkley, the Eagles prevented any sort of offensive consistency from the New York.


7. Pittsburgh Steelers (+4) The Steelers pulled out a massive divisional win over the Bengals to bring themselves back into the realm of “elite teams” that we expected them to be from the start. Antonio Brown came up big for Pittsburgh in the final drive that gave the Steelers the lead and the win.


6. Los Angeles Chargers (+4) It seems week after week Melvin Gordon flies under the radar despite being one of the most productive backs in the league. You can make a case for him being the second-best running back in the league. He ran for 132 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 38-14 win over the Browns.


5. Minnesota Vikings (+1) A solid Vikings win makes up for Kirk Cousins cringe-worthy touchdown celebration. Adam Thielen is establishing himself as a top-5 receiver in the league with yet another 100-yard performance. Latavius Murray went off for 155 yards on the ground and a touchdown.


4. New Orleans Saints (-) It was a bye week for the Saints. They look to pick up win number five in Baltimore this week.


3. Kansas City Chiefs (-2) A lot of spectators, myself included, ruled the Chiefs out of the game early after the Patriots dominated the first half. But Patrick Mahomes proved us wrong once again with a brilliant second half, giving the defense a chance to bring the game into overtime. Unfortunately for Kansas City, Tom Brady marched down the field and put the Pats in position to win the game 43-40.


2. New England Patriots (+1) The Patriots-Chiefs game went beyond expectations, a battle that required a game-winning field goal from Stephen Gostkowski to seal the deal. New England was in complete control the first half but allowed the resilient Chiefs to come back and tie it late. Sony Michel continues to alleviate the pressure on Tom Brady in a 100+ yard, 2 touchdown performance for the rookie.

1. Los Angeles Rams (+1) It’s hard to find words that describe Todd Gurley’s talent. The consensus top NFL running back surpassed 200 yards and tacked on two more touchdowns on Sunday. Nevertheless, the Broncos gave them a run for their money in a tightly contested 23-20 Rams win.