Fox Sports has released its 2017 Power Rankings, revealing some surprising surprises.
We’ve highlighted five of the biggest storylines to watch in the coming months.1.
The Cleveland Browns are on a tear, but are still far from being a Super Bowl contender.
They had a good start to the season, but they’re only 2-4, and are currently tied for last place in the AFC North.
They’ll need to continue winning to avoid a second consecutive season without a playoff berth.2.
NFL players are taking their anger out on the Patriots.
With the Patriots’ defense in disarray, quarterback Tom Brady is throwing the ball more than ever.
New England was 3-2 in Brady’s starts and is on track for a 5-1 record entering Week 16.
Brady is averaging over 5 yards per attempt and is completing 68.6 percent of his passes.3.
The Bears are on their best run yet, with quarterback Mitch Trubisky finally getting the ball under center for Chicago to start the season.
He’ll get a chance to finally throw down with the Browns, but will the offense be able to keep up with the Bears’ defense?4.
The Jets have been an incredible run and gun team all season, and have finally broken through.
But can quarterback Quincy Enunwa and the running game carry them to a second straight playoff berth?5.
What happens when the Rams get a little bit better?
They have some good players on defense, but a lack of experience on offense could put them in a tough spot in the NFC West.6.
Can the Chargers beat the Patriots again?
It took a while, but Philip Rivers has finally found a groove with the offense.
He’s averaging nearly 6 yards per carry and throwing for over 300 yards.7.
If you’re looking for a new quarterback, you can get one from the Dolphins.
Ryan Tannehill was a huge disappointment last year, and has to be given a chance.
If he can get the offense going again, the Dolphins could have a good shot at winning a playoff game.8.
The Colts had a solid start to their season, then fell apart in the second half.
Will it bounce back?
Will they make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014?9.
It’s tough to pick just one team that will make the playoffs.
The Vikings, Eagles, Rams, and Lions are all good options for the second straight year.10.
It feels like the Broncos have won five straight and are just looking for more.
They’ve had to win the turnover battle a few times this season and haven’t been able to get anything done.11.
Will the Colts be able come back from a 7-0 start to win a playoff round?
Will Denver be able get back on track with a 5% chance of winning a Super 12 title?12.
How good is Matt Ryan?
Will he be able give the New York Jets the kind of win they need to get into the playoffs?13.
The Steelers are the most exciting team in the league right now, but there’s plenty of work to do.
They’re 6-0, have a dominant defense, and QB Ben Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the game.14.
Will a new coaching staff help the Bills get back to their winning ways?
It’s been a long time since a team won three straight and went to the Super Bowl.15.
Is this the year the Jets finally break through?
Will the Cowboys get to their third straight NFC East title?16.
Can we expect a big boost from rookie QB Sam Darnold?
He’s shown flashes of potential in the preseason, but has struggled with accuracy and accuracy-related injuries.17.
Will Cam Newton have another MVP season?
Newton is leading the Panthers in all-purpose yards, rushing yards, and touchdowns, and his receiving corps is already second to none.18.
Can Eli Manning keep up his career-high pace and make a run at another Lombardi Trophy?19.
Can a new offensive line help the Cowboys’ defense improve?
They’ve been so good, and they’ve been a team to keep an eye on in the playoffs, but it’s hard to know if this line can help them again.20.
Can Peyton Manning make a strong run at a second Super Bowl?
He’ll be playing in a division with a new head coach in Todd Bowles.21.
Is it time for the Raiders to take the next step in the evolution of the franchise?
The Raiders’ offense has been struggling with injuries and poor quarterback play, but coach Dennis Allen should be able change things around quickly.22.
Can Ben Roach keep his team together?
The Oakland Raiders have been playing some great football all year, but their offense has struggled to find consistency over the past few weeks.23.
Can Matt Schaub be as dominant as he was in the early going?
The former Texas A&M quarterback has been an absolute revelation