(Previous Rank; Previous Result; Rank Change)
1. New York Giants
(No. 1; W, 44-7 vs. Oak; No Change)
Kind of a tune-up game for the Giants last week against the Raiders. They’ve got bigger fish to fry this week against the Saints.
2. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 2; W, 31-9 vs. Ten; No Change)
Continuing to cruise without much resistence, after a bye week they face the winless Rams.
3. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 3; W, 38-10 vs. Stl; No Change)
Quickly took care of the Rams and now have a touch matchup with the Ravens in Minnesota.
4. New Orleans Saints
(No. 4; Bye; No Change)
It should be a great showdown to watch with the Saints and Giants and two of the top quarterbacks — and teams — in the league this week.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 7; W, 33-14 vs. TB; Up 2)
Steamrolled a bad Buccaneers team. Welcome back, McNabb. The Eagles will be tough with him in the lineup.
6. New England Patriots
(No. 5; L, 20-17 vs. Den; Down 1)
Tom Brady doesn’t look like himself and the Patriots fell to the red hot Broncos on the road.
7. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 6; L, 17-14 vs. Cin; Down 1)
After a hot start, they’ve dropped their last two and now go on the road to face the undefeated Vikings.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 8; W, 28-20 vs. Det; No Change)
Victory was never in doubt, but the Lions played the defending champions tough.
9. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 11; W, 45-10 vs. SF; Up 2)
After their bye week, the Falcons went into San Francisco and pounded the upstart 49ers. The run game might have finally got on track.
10. San Diego Chargers
(No. 10; Bye; No Change)
Bye week should do them good going up against the undefeated Broncos this week.
11. Denver Broncos
(No. 13; W, 20-17 vs. NE; Up 2)
I’m starting to finally believe in them but the last piece of the puzzle remaining is winning a divisional game on the road in prime time. What do you know? That happens against the Chargers this week.
12. Chicago Bears
(No. 12; Bye; No Change)
Certainly will need the extra week of preparation to take on a good-looking Falcons team in Atlanta.
13. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 14; W, 17-14 vs. Bal; Up 1)
I don’t know what is more unbelievable, the Bengals’ 4-1, division-leading record or Cedric Benson’s league-leading 487 rushing yards.
14. New York Jets
(No. 9; L, 31-27 vs. Mia; Down 5)
Have now dropped two road games in a row and are in danger of losing ground to the resurging Patriots.
15. Green Bay Packers
(No. 15; Bye; No Change)
Maybe the offensive line figured out how to block during the bye week. If they don’t figure it out soon, Aaron Rodgers may not finish the season standing up.
16. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 16; W, 26-20 vs. KC; No Change)
A much-needed victory over a winless Chiefs team. They need to play better or risk falling out of the division and playoff races.
17. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 18; W, 28-21 vs. Hou; Up 1)
The Cardinals outlasted the Texans in a battle of the high octane offense, no-defense teams.
18. Miami Dolphins
(No. 22; W, 31-27 vs. NYJ; Up 4)
The Wildcat offense gets it done against division rival New York. I don’t believe enough in the gimmick offense to move them too far up the charts.
19. Carolina Panthers
(No. 20; W, 20-17 vs. Was; Up 1)
Carolina just managed to squeeze past a bad Redskins team. A win is a win, I guess, but not a good enough performance to move too far up.
20. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 17; L, 45-10 vs. Atl; Down 3)
How in the world did this upstart team get punished at home? Maybe they’re not as good as we thought and the Falcons are much better than we give them credit for.
21. Houston Texans
(No. 21; L, 28-21 vs. Ari; No Change)
Had a decent offensive performance, especially through the air, but couldn’t get it done on the defensive end to beat the Cardinals.
22. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 26; W, 41-0 vs. Jac; Up 4)
Last week I said they’d immediately get better with a healthy Hasselbeck. I think 41-0 says it all.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 19; L, 41-0 vs. Sea; Down 4)
They were averaging 34 points per game over the past two weeks prior to getting spanked by the Seahawks. Once again, the Jaguars are an enigma.
24. Washington Redskins
(No. 23; L, 20-17 vs. Car; Down 1)
Almost grabbed a victory over the Panthers, but this Redskins team is very bad and in need of new leadership.
25. Tennessee Titans
(No. 24; L, 31-9 vs. Ind; Down 1)
Still scratching my head over this winless bunch. Have the Patriots up next.
26. Cleveland Browns
(No. 31; W, 6-3 vs. Buf; Up 5)
How does your starting quarterback complete 2 of 17 passes for 23 yards and 1 interception and yet your team wins the game? Unbelievable.
27. Buffalo Bills
(No. 25; L, 6-3 vs. Cle; Down 2)
This is a horrid team right now and Terrell Owens will start his tantrums awfully soon.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 27; L, 33-14 vs. Phi; Down 1)
Bad football team with a bad head coach. They have a lot of rebuilding ahead of them.
29. Detroit Lions
(No. 29; L, 28-20 vs. Pit; No Change)
Played the Steelers tough and weren’t that far away from the upset. Need to keep improving.
30. Oakland Raiders
(No. 28; L, 44-7 vs. NYG; Down 2)
Punished by the Giants, the Raiders didn’t even look like they belonged on the field. That, or any other Sunday of the season.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 30; L, 26-20 vs. Dal; Down 1)
Played the Cowboys tough, but what is that saying? Dallas isn’t very good this year.
32. St. Louis Rams
(No. 32; L, 38-10 vs. Min; No Change)
Lots of problems exist for this team, but who could really expect them to keep up with the mighty Vikings?
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