It's been three weeks since my last full ranking of each NFL team, so it's time to do it again. It feels like there isn't a particularly dominant team this year like there have been in years past, but there are several teams I would consider elite and have a legitimate chance to contend for the Super Bowl. On the other hand, there are a handful of teams that I would consider "F-tier," meaning the garbage heaps of the league. Most teams are somewhere in the middle of those groups and are therefore more difficult to place in order.
Like always, the following rankings will take into consideration overall records, strength of schedules, head-to-head matchups, and general competitiveness in games. Some squads have experienced significant movements one way or the other since my week 3 rankings, while others have remained relatively constant in relation to the rest of the field. The change in rank from last time to this time will be indicated in either green or red letters beside the team names.
1. Arizona Cardinals (6-0) - UP 2
Week 6 Result: W, 37-14 at Browns
âNext Up: vs. Texans
It's time for the first update to my preseason picks for the final standings of each division and the playoff teams for each conference. Like always, there have been some surprises through this point of the season which will impact my projections for how things will shake out by the end of the year. These predictions will be based on a combination of each team's performances through their first four games and their outlook going forward. I will provide a new update after every four weeks of the NFL season and describe my changes and reasons for them from update to update. Keep reading if you want to see what position your favorite team will be in at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
x - clinch division
y - clinch wildcard
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