18. Pittsburgh Steelers
Don't look now, but the Steelers sit at 5-3 and are right in the thick of things in a tight AFC North race. This is despite the obvious regression showed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this season.
The defense is starting to click and rookie running back Najee Harris looks like the real deal. Their lack of a consistent passing attack could come back to bite them, but for now, they should remain competitive in most games.
Don't be surprised to see the Steelers sneak into a wild card spot this season, even with subpar quarterback play.
17. Denver Broncos
The Broncos traveled to Dallas in Week 9 and thoroughly whooped the Cowboys in a game that no one saw coming. Denver has now won two in a row after losing four straight proving to be perhaps the streakiest team of the season so far.
The Broncos we saw in Week 9 looked a lot like the team we saw over the first three weeks of the season. Was this a one-off performance or a sign of things to come? It's too early to say.
Still, it's hard not to feel like the quarterback position is still an issue. Teddy Bridgewater might hold the roster back from reaching its true potential.