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I have to use the opening spot here to talk about how good the 49ers looked last night. I’ve been giving them limited credit because I wasn’t sure they were for real. They showed up on Monday night and proved they are for real. Baker Mayfield knows it. Cleveland knows it. The rest of the NFL will soon know it. Kyle Shanahan has Levi’s Stadium jumping right now. Sit back and enjoy the ride, San Francisco.

The rest of the NFL is mired in parity. It’s becoming harder and harder to separate the good or bad from the mediocre. Sure, there are a few exceptional teams and some teams that obviously are vying for the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there are more teams than not that legitimately believe they can make the NFL Playoffs. The next few weeks should be interesting as the NFL finally starts to separate more.

  1. New England Patriots (5-0)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
  3. Green Bay Packers (4-1)
  4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
  5. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)
  6. New Orleans Saints (4-1)
  7. Buffalo Bills (4-1)
  8. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)
  9. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
  10. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)
  11. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
  12. Houston Texans (3-2)
  13. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
  14. Chicago Bears (3-2)
  15. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
  16. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
  17. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)
  18. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)
  19. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
  20. Cleveland Browns (2-3)
  21. Oakland Raiders (3-2)
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
  23. Tennessee Titans (2-3)
  24. New York Giants (2-3)
  25. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
  26. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
  27. Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)
  28. Denver Broncos (1-4)
  29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-5)
  30. New York Jets (0-4)
  31. Washington Redskins (0-5)
  32. Miami Dolphins (0-4)

Biggest Surprise: Dallas Cowboys.

I’m always in a good mood when Dallas is losing. Their current two-game slide is all the sweeter after hearing how they were Super Bowl favorites after the first three weeks of the season. They still have a really good shot at the playoffs and they do have a lot of things to like, but let’s temper our expectations for now. Until Dak Prescott can consistently play like a top level QB, this team is somewhat limited. What’s more surprising is how bad the defense looked against Green Bay and Aaron Jones. Who knew Jones was the Aaron the Cowboys needed to be more worried about?

Team I’m Most Intrigued By: Seattle Seahawks.

Russell Wilson is having a really good season. Like MVP level good. This all culminated on Thursday night as he threw for 4 more TDs to put the Rams to sleep in prime time. For the season, Wilson has 12 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a passer rating of 126.3. If he keeps playing like this, the Seahawks are going to cause trouble in January.

Current MVP: Christian McCaffrey.

Most people didn’t even consider CMC to be the best running back to come out of his draft class, as Alvin Kamara has typically had that distinction over the last few seasons. This year, however, CMC is putting in work. He’s everything the Panthers need him to be and more. With Cam Newton out, the only reason that the Panthers are not playing a lost season right now is because CMC is the NFL MVP so far. If you want to see something special, go back and watch snaps from CMC this season.

Who is your biggest surprise? Team or player who intrigues you most? MVP candidate? Give us your picks.