12. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the most talented teams in the NFL, but boy are they broken right now. Patrick Mahomes is trying to do too much while Daniel Sorensen might be the most hated man in the state of Missouri.
They deserve credit for beating the Giants and the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers in consecutive weeks, but this does not look like a Chiefs team primed for a deep playoff run, let alone another Super Bowl appearance.
Mahomes needs to settle down and take what the defenses are giving him. He's suffering from Zach Wilson syndrome right now, and the Chiefs are hurting as a result.
More importantly, however, they need to find a replacement for Sorensen.
11. New England Patriots
If the season were to end today, the Patriots would be the No. 7 seed in the AFC. For as much criticism as they received before the season started, this is a Patriots team playing some good football at the moment.
They narrowly lost to the Cowboys in overtime, blew out the Jets, beat the Chargers, and blew out the Panthers. They're destroying bad teams and playing very competitively against good teams.
The Patriots' defense has carried them to this point while rookie Mac Jones is doing just enough to keep the offense going.
Realistically, New England is better than their 5-4 record would suggest, and they could even make a run at the AFC East before all is said and done.