By Russell S. Baxter

So who is the best team in the NFL these days? For the majority of the season, it’s seemingly has been a debate between the Los Angeles Rams (11-11), New Orleans Saints (10-2) and Kansas City Chiefs (10-2). But there are certainly some other clubs to consider, especially those who are playing best their best football these days after sluggish starts.

Quite the trio

The Houston Texans lost their first three games this season. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers were 1-2 after three weeks of action. Each of these clubs now owns a 9-3 record and all have been quite impressive since getting off to those so-so starts. Bill O’Brien’s Texans are the hottest team in the league right now, winners of nine consecutive games. The club is attempting to become the first franchise since the 1998 Buffalo Bills to overcome a 0-3 start and reach the postseason.

Reigning dynasty

Speaking of the Patriots, they are the only team amongst the NFL’s final four of a year ago that hasn’t lost more games than they did a year ago. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are 6-6 and the Minnesota are 6-5-1. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a disappointing 4-8 this season. As for Bill Belichick’s club, they have won their last two games over the New York Jets and Vikings and allowed a combined 23 points in those victories.

Yes, the Eagles are the reigning champions and hold that crown until dethroned. And if they knock off the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday at Arlington, they will reclaim the top spot in the NFC East. Could Doug Pederson’s squad get hot again and make things interesting in the conference. And the Patriots came never be counted out given their pedigree.

So are the Rams, Saints and Chiefs really head and shoulders above the rest of the NFL? It’s going to be a very interesting final four weeks for this league.

Russell S. Baxter is the founder of and a member of the NFL media for 35 years and counting. You can follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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