Entering Week 11, nine of 32 teams are sitting with a record of 6-3. Here’s a look at what each team does best and what each team does worst.
Arizona Cardinals, Pro: The Kyler Murray–DeAndre Hopkins connection
As shown on Sunday, Murray and Hopkins can single-handedly win games for Arizona. While they may not be the best team, they have the ultimate trump card compared to the other teams that are 6-3.
Con: Inconsistent Defense
Arizona has a good defense of players such as Budda Baker, but they have allowed 30 points on several occasions. Despite beating Seattle and Buffalo in such games, it is asking a lot of the offense to score 30 points consistently.
Baltimore Ravens, Pro: Opportunistic Defense
Before Sunday Night Football, Baltimore had forced a turnover in 20 straight games. They seem to magically force fumbles every week, and the likes of Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey are keen to intercept passes. When Baltimore can turn you over, the offense can operate in a short field.
Con: Flawed Offense
Teams have been able to slow down Baltimore’s offense by loading up with defensive backs. Not every team is capable of throwing out six or seven competent defensive backs at a time, but those that can seriously hamper what Baltimore can do offensively.
Cleveland Browns, Pro: Trenches
Cleveland has an elite offensive line, and they have one of the best defensive players in the NFL in Myles Garrett. Football is still often a game one in the trenches, and Cleveland can beat nearly anyone with offensive and defensive line play.
Con: Baker Mayfield
Of the 6-3 quarterbacks, Mayfield is the worst quarterback. Quarterback play matters more than ever in the NFL, and Mayfield could lose critical games for Cleveland down the stretch.
Indianapolis Colts, Pro: Studs
The Colts have three great talents on defense at the moment with DeForest Buckner, Darius Leonard, and Xavier Rhodes playing well. Offensively, Quenton Nelson drives one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.
Con: Philip Rivers
Similar to Mayfield, quarterback play matters so much that Rivers would be a liability compared to the other eight quarterbacks. Rivers is prone to throwing fourth-quarter interceptions that end any chance Indianapolis has of winning.
Las Vegas Raiders, Pro: Jon Gruden
Gruden is one of the most experienced head coaches on the list, boasting five trips to the playoffs and a Lombardi trophy. He has called a great game plan offensively, and he could get his team ready for any circumstance, unlike some of the younger teams with newer head coaches like Arizona or Cleveland.
Con: Star-less Defense
While the pass rush has been better than expected, the Raiders still have a relatively porous defense. They don’t have a true superstar unlike most of the other teams in this pack, and that could hurt if Las Vegas is in a situation that they need to force a turnover in a key game.
Los Angeles Rams, Pro: High Floor
The defense has been playing phenomenally well, and the offense under Sean McVay always seems to have a good floor. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey are two of the best players in the NFL, and Darious Williams has been a breakout star. Offensively, the Rams have a good rushing attack and playmaking wide receivers.
Con: Jared Goff’s Alter Ego Jared Goof
As seen against the Miami Dolphins a few weeks ago, Goff can turn into Goof at any time. Goff is the ultimate self-destruct player out of these teams.
Miami Dolphins, Pro: Coaching and Special Teams
Brian Flores would be the runaway coach of the year if the Steelers were not undefeated. He has done a masterful job of squeezing every ounce of talent out of a fairly barren roster. Miami only has two players that would likely be considered stars, Byron Jones and Xavien Howard, but they have rattled off five wins in a row and are looking for more.
Con: Lack of Offensive Depth
Offensively, the Dolphins are rolling with rookie Tua Tagovailoa, undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed, and a cobbled-together pass-catching core with the likes of DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki. The group does not have a high upside, and they could be prone to malfunctioning in a big spot.
Seattle Seahawks, Pro: Russell Wilson
Outside of Aaron Donald, Wilson is likely the best player on any of the nine teams. On any given day, Wilson can be the best quarterback in the NFL. He makes several incredible throws a game, but he needs to fix the turnover issues that have plagued him in three of his last four games.
Con: Pass Rush
Reader, please find three people around you. You and those three people form a better pass rush than Seattle has had all season.
Seattle runs a heavy cover three scheme, but the scheme unravels if the front four cannot get consistent pressure. Seattle gets zero pressure unless they actively hurt their back end by blitzing the likes of Bobby Wagner or Jamal Adams.
Tennessee Titans, Pro: Derrick Henry
As seen in the 2019 playoffs, Henry can single-handedly demolish teams. Even with inconsistent blocking, Henry can run over and through people every week. He is the most dominant offensive weapon of any player among these nine teams. Until……
Con: Derrick Henry
Henry is effectively useless in the passing game. If the Titans trail by more than one possession or are forced to throw the football, Henry is a liability. For as great of a runner as Henry is, he offers nothing in the passing game. Every other team on the list can have their best offensive player* on the field when they need it. Tennessee does not have such a luxury.
*Cleveland’s best offensive skill position player is Nick Chubb, another back who does not offer much as a receiving threat. Chubb’s replacement is Kareem Hunt, another top-10 running back and one that is dynamic as a pass-catcher.