(Previous Rank; Previous Result; Rank Change)
1. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 1; W, 18-14 vs. SF; No Change)
Remain unbeaten with a narrow victory over the visiting 49ers. Can’t overlook Texans this week to Week 10’s matchup against the Patriots.
2. New Orleans Saints
(No. 2; W, 35-27 vs. Atl; No Change)
Eventually staved off division rival Atlanta to put themselves up three games in the NFC South.
3. New England Patriots
(No. 3; Bye; No Change)
Bye week to prepare for back-to-back toughies against the Dolphins and Colts.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 4; Bye; No Change)
Bye week should have prepared them for tough road game against the Broncos.
5. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 5; W, 38-26 vs. GB; No Change)
Maintained their dominance in the NFC North and Favre picked up a sweep against his former team.
6. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 9; W, 30-7 vs. Den; Up 3)
Provided a blueprint for how to beat the upstart Broncos. Let’s see if other teams pick up on it.
7. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 10; W, 40-17 vs. NYG; Up 3)
Rolled over division rival New York and took a hold of the NFC East lead.
8. New York Giants
(No. 6; L, 40-17 vs. Phi; Down 2)
Have now dropped three in a row and still have a very tough schedule upcoming with games against the Chargers, Falcons, Broncos, Cowboys, and Eagles.
9. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 7; L, 35-27 vs. NO; Down 2)
Couldn’t keep up with the Saints and probably face a fight for a wild card spot as New Orleans will likely run away with the division barring a setback.
10. Denver Broncos
(No. 8; L, 30-7 vs. Bal; No Change)
Picked up their first loss of the season against a tough Ravens team and now have another difficult test against the Steelers.
11. San Diego Chargers
(No. 12; W, 24-16 vs. Oak; Up 1)
Did just enough to defeat their woeful divisional opponent and have a tough matchup on the road against the struggling Giants.
12. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 13; Bye; Up 1)
Went into the bye week with a lot of confidence and now come out of it to face a strong Ravens team that is playing with momentum.
13. Green Bay Packers
(No. 11; L, 38-26 vs. Min; Down 2)
Were handled with ease by the Vikings and look to be competing for a wild card at this point.
14. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 15; W, 38-17 vs. Sea; Up 1)
Tony Romo continues to put up monster numbers and the Cowboys can still make a run at the NFC East crown.
15. Chicago Bears
(No. 17; W, 30-6 vs. Cle; Up 2)
Rolled over the Browns, but the offense struggled mightily in the red zone. Running game still looks derailed.
16. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 14; L, 34-21 vs. Car; Down 2)
Somehow can’t find a way to win at home, but manage to win on the road. Kurt Warner threw 5 interceptions in loss to Panthers.
17. Miami Dolphins
(No. 18; W, 30-25 vs. NYJ; Up 1)
Wildcat offense beat the rival Jets for the second time in a month.
18. New York Jets
(No. 16; L, 30-25 vs. Mia; Down 2)
Didn’t have an answer for the gimmick Dolphins. Will probably be an up-and-down ballclub the rest of the season.
19. Houston Texans
(No. 19; W, 31-10 vs. Buf; No Change)
Matt Schaub and the Texans offense look like the real deal. Will the defense catch up and make them a winning — and playoff — team this year?
20. Carolina Panthers
(No. 20; W, 34-21 vs. Ari; No Change)
I don’t know how they did it, but the bad Panthers went into Arizona, created some turnovers and ran the ball well to knock off the Cardinals.
21. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 21; L, 18-14 vs. Ind; No Change)
Took the undefeated Colts to the limit but could not pick up the road victory.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 22; L, 30-13 vs. Ten; No Change)
It gets pretty bad when you lose to the winless Titans, but the Jaguars aren’t that good to begin with.
23. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 23; L, 38-17 vs. Dal; No Change)
Seahawks are still in rebuilding mode under new head coach Jim Mora.
24. Buffalo Bills
(No. 24; L, 31-10 vs. Hou; No Change)
Winning streak was snapped by a hot Texans team.
25. Oakland Raiders
(No. 25; L, 24-16 vs. SD; No Change)
Aren’t going to win many games with 180 net yards of offense.
26. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 26; Bye; No Change)
Bye week should do them some good as they get ready to face a bad Jaguars team.
27. Washington Redskins
(No. 27; Bye; No Change)
I don’t think there are enough bye weeks to help them get ready to face a good Falcons team on the road.
28. Tennessee Titans
(No. 28; W, 30-13 vs. Jac; No Change)
Picked up their first victory of the season following their bye week. Now they’re ready to string together six wins in a row, right? Eh, probably not.
29. Cleveland Browns
(No. 29; L, 30-6 vs. Chi; No Change)
Terrible franchise, fired their GM after another embarrassing loss. Will take a few years to get out of this funk.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 30; Bye; No Change)
Young and inexperienced and still looking for their first win. Probably won’t be this week against the Packers.
31. St. Louis Rams
(No. 32; W, 17-10 vs. Det; Up 1)
Finally… they got their first victory and moved up out of the cellar on The Depth Chart.
32. Detroit Lions
(No. 31; L, 17-10 vs. Stl; Down 1)
Poor Lions. Spent much of last year at the bottom of the rankings, moved up after picking up their first victory in nearly 20 games and after showing some signs of improvement. Now they’re back at the bottom.
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