NFL Power Rankings: The momentum tier
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots enjoyed a classic 22-17 victory over the New York Jets thanks to three takeaways by the defense. One good game does not erase weeks of woes though. Still, the Pats could be building some momentum.
The Patriots are still the last-placed team in the AFC East. Mac Jones is still recovering from a high ankle sprain, and Bailey Zappe, though popular, may not be the answer. The Patriots have faced uphill battles before and won, but this time they have to do it with different and less talented soldiers.
The Tennessee Titans are a 5-2 team with a 2.5-game lead in the AFC South. It didn’t seem like that would be the case when the season began.
Yes. The AFC South is incredibly flawed, and while the Titans may currently be its best team, they aren’t on par with the class of the AFC.
The Titans may be riding a five-game winning streak, but their wins have come against the Colts (twice), the Raiders, the Commanders, and the Texans. That hardly makes them a contender.
All five of their wins have been by less than ten points, and the Titans also find themselves dead last in total offensive yards and bottom ten in total points, and it seems unlikely that they’d make noise in the postseason.