It's also that time of the year when playoff races -- and the proverbial seats of certain coaches -- really start to heat up. Guessing John Fassel will not be the only interim head coach we see this season.
While I don't expect teams to plummet or ascend 10 spots over the next couple of weeks, much of the volatility in this week's rankings spawns from the fact that many of the second-tier squads won, or keep winning (think: Giants, Redskins, Bucs, Packers, Dolphins, here). Can't always keep teams in the same locale when everyone behind them is taking care of business (sorry, Ravens).
Those are my initial thoughts. What about yours?
Maybe they were all out at a Candlebox concert. They're dropping, dude.
Let the dissension commence!
**A)** [LeGarrette Blount](/player/legarretteblount/497149/profile) is destroying dudes on the other side this year. The man already has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns.
**B)** Do you think anyone besides [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) fans know that Matt Patricia's defense [allows the second-fewest points in the league](http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=2&season=2016&seasonType=REG&role=OPP&d-447263-n=1&d-447263-o=1&d-447263-p=1&conference=ALL&defensiveStatisticCategory=GAME_STATS&d-447263-s=TOTAL_POINTS_GAME_AVG)? Best QB + power RB + stingy D = top contender. </content:power-ranking>
One last thought: Don't blame Dez Bryant's fumble for the loss. Bryant almost never fumbles, and that was a bang-bang play that happened in a millisecond -- whereas both quarterbacks had 3-5 seconds before making some of those errant throws.
**1)** First thought after [the loss in Tennessee](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2016121109/2016/REG14/broncos@titans) is that the [Broncos](/teams/denverbroncos/profile?team=DEN) have an uphill battle to snag [an AFC wild-card slot](http://www.nfl.com/playoffs/playoff-picture). With the [Dolphins](/teams/miamidolphins/profile?team=MIA) winning, grabbing that last spot in the AFC will be challenging.
**2)** [The impending sked](http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2016/REG/Broncos) is quite imposing: vs. [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE), at [Chiefs](/teams/kansascitychiefs/profile?team=KC), vs. [Raiders](/teams/oaklandraiders/profile?team=OAK).
**3)** [Demaryius Thomas](/player/demaryiusthomas/497328/profile) played his butt off in Nashville.
**4)** [Trevor Siemian](/player/trevorsiemian/2553457/profile) received plenty of credit for his 300-yard game, but it took more than 50 attempts to get there, which means dink-and-dunk heaven.
**5)** [Aqib Talib](/player/aqibtalib/1302/profile) gave up one pass -- one stinking ball -- to [Rishard Matthews](/player/rishardmatthews/2532903/profile) late, [and it was costly](http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000754901/Mariota-makes-Aaron-Rodgers-like-pass-for-26-yard-gain). With the [Broncos](/teams/denverbroncos/profile?team=DEN)' offense as clunky as it is, there is just too much pressure on the defense to *always* be perfect. Too much to ask. </content:power-ranking>
ballgame, as well as any fleeting hopes New Orleans had of making a playoff run. Lost in the recent struggles is the competitive play of Dennis Allen's defense, which, frankly, kept the
Saints viable Sunday.