Quick look: Top 5 NFL teams so far this year


Mary Young, Staff Writer


  1. New England Patriots
  • The Patriots are 9-0 at the moment 
  • The Patriots remain perfect thanks to Stephen Gostkowski, who also remains perfect. Gostkowski is 21-of-21 on field goals and 34-of-34 on extra points this season, making him the only kicker perfect on both.
  1. Carolina Panthers
  • The Panthers are 9-0 at the moment 
  • Cam Newton has six games this season with at least one passing and one rushing touchdown. No other player has more than two games this season.
  1. Arizona Cardinals
  • The Cardinals are 7-2 at the moment 
  • After beating the Seahawks, the Cardinals have a commanding lead in the NFC West. The last time Arizona won the division was 2009.
  1. Cincinnati Bengals
  • The Bengals are 8-1 at the moment 
  • The undefeated season is over thanks to Andy Dalton’s kryptonite. Dalton is now 1-4 in his career against the Texans (including playoffs), his worst record against a team he played more than twice.
  1. Minnesota Vikings
  • The Vikings are 7-2 at the moment
  • The Vikings have won five straight games since their bye, the franchise’s first five-game winning streak since 2009. The Vikings went 12-4 and lost in the conference championship game that season.