Some NFL teams have found their way out of the dreaded hole of losing week after week, while other teams are sinking lower and lower.
The improved teams are enjoying finding a new identity as their continued success could mean a divisional or wild-card playoff berth. With the season practically halfway over now, a clear-cut picture of the competitive teams has formed .
Here's a look at the five most improved teams from Week 7.
Which NFL team has improved the most?
#5 - New England Patriots
Believe it or not, the Patriots are now beginning to head into winning territory and rookie Mac Jones is starting to become the quarterback that Bill Belichick put all his confidence in. Although they only beat the New York Jets in Week 7, they have still found ways to keep pace with some of the most dangerous teams in the league.
The Patriots nearly beat the Buccaneers and barely lost in OT to the Cowboys. With a new 3-4 record and a stomping of the Jets, the Patriots may have the confidence that they can take them into a winning record and beyond.
Mac Jones's 70% completion rate is top five in the league and that means a great deal in comparison to the titans that usually lead that category.
#4 Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are said to be in year one of their rebuilds. For a team that is going through a rebuild, their 3-3 record doesn't speak in this regard. They were able to leave South Beach with a win against the struggling Miami Dolphins. The Falcons are currently on a two-game winning streak and are far from the worst team in the NFC.
With Matt Ryan, Kyle Pitts, and Calvin Ridley at their disposal, the Falcons will soon be playoff contenders. They are a good draft away from being one of the toughest teams in the entire league.
Who are the top three most improved teams?
Here are the top three most improved teams after Week 7.
#3 - Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are finding ways to keep pace with their opponents, and they have now found a way to win some games. Carson Wentz and Johnathan Taylor have come alive for the offense. With a win over the 49ers, the Colts are now starting to look like a competitive team.
At 3-4, they could even have a shot at making the playoffs, especially with how underwhelming the bottom half of the AFC teams are. The Colts nearly did beat the Ravens, Titans, and Rams. All of which are playoff contenders.
#2 - Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans lost to the Jets in Week 4, and everyone began to wonder if they were a legit team. The jury is still out in regards to the talent that Ryan Tannehill still has in comparison to the rest of the team.
Derrick Henry is a one-man wrecking crew and the Titans will be looking to him to carry the season, literally.
The Titans are currently on a three-game winning streak. With big wins against the Bills and Chiefs, the tune quickly changed when speaking about the legitimacy of their playoff hopes. The Titans are a tough team, especially because they have Derrick Henry.
#1 - Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are 5-2 and now looking to be the top team in the AFC. Many analysts predicted the Bengals to be better than last year, but only slightly. Now Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase have ignited their offense to a new height.
With the Jets, Browns and Raiders as their next opponents, the Bengals might balloon their record to 8-2. Right now, the Bengals look to be running away with the AFC North crown.