16. Las Vegas Raiders
It's been a rough month for the Raiders. From the Jon Gruden scandal to off-field issues that saw both Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette released after a little over a year with the team, this organization hasn't generated many positive headlines.
Couple that with a loss to the New York Giants in Week 9 and they're certainly falling down the rankings. Yet, they are still 5-3 and tied for first place in the AFC West with a quarterback who has played very well this season.
The Raiders will need to look past the off-field headlines and recapture some of the magic they found earlier in the year to compete for a playoff spot. How they respond over the next few games will be crucial.
15. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks may only be 3-5 through their first eight games, but they're set for a major boost with quarterback Russell Wilson set to return this week.
With Wilson sidelined, the Seahawks haven't been able to find much success on offense. But his return should allow them to climb back into playoff contention if all goes according to plan.
The fact that they managed to win a game without Wilson, even against the Jaguars of all teams, should be commended. Now that Wilson is back, expect them to start winning some games again.