(Previous Rank; Previous Result; Rank Change)
1. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 1; W, 20-17 vs. Hou; No Change)
They were down late in the game but managed to come back to beat their division rival. They now have a showdown with the Patriots on Sunday night.
2. New Orleans Saints
(No. 2; W, 30-20 vs. Car; No Change)
The Panthers had their number early but the Saints are a good enough team to come back and they did. Should roll over the Rams this week.
3. New England Patriots
(No. 3; W, 27-17 vs. Mia; No Change)
After struggling early this season, the Patriots have been on fire lately and that sets up a great matchup against the Colts this week.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 4; W, 28-10 vs. Den; No Change)
Were too much for the Broncos to handle. They, like the Patriots, struggled early in the season but are playing great football at this point in the season.
5. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 5; Bye; No Change)
Must have enjoyed further distancing themselves in the NFC North while watching the Bears and Packers lose bad games.
6. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 9; W, 31-17 vs. Was; Up 3)
Beat up on a bad Redskins team. Should be one of the NFC’s wild card teams.
7. San Diego Chargers
(No. 11; W, 21-20 vs. NYG; Up 4)
Handed the Giants their fourth-straight loss. Great road victory for the Chargers.
8. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 12; W, 17-7 vs. Bal; Up 4)
They’re a legitimately good football team this year. They’ll be pushing for the AFC North crown all season.
9. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 6; L, 17-7 vs. Cin; Down 3)
They are no longer one of the NFL’s top run defenses. They’re a good football team and will be in a fight for the playoffs the rest of the season.
10. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 14; W, 20-16 vs. Phi; Up 4)
Took control of the NFC East division lead with a good road win over the Eagles.
11. Denver Broncos
(No. 10; L, 28-10 vs. Pit; Down 1)
Have now dropped two in a row and teams might have learned how to stop the vaunted Kyle Orton-led offensive attack in Denver.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 7; L, 20-16 vs. Dal; Down 5)
Dropped an important division game to the Cowboys and now have a tough road game in San Diego.
13. New York Giants
(No. 8; W, 21-20 vs. SD; Down 5)
They dropped their fourth straight game — this one at home — and could struggle to make the playoffs if they can’t right the ship.
14. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 16; W, 41-21 vs. Chi; Up 2)
The Cardinals took the blueprint used by the Bengals to systematically pick apart a bad Bears defense. They remain unbeaten on the road this season.
15. Green Bay Packers
(No. 13; L, 38-28 vs. TB; Down 2)
Somehow found a way to lose to the previously winless Buccaneers. Will be in a fight to get a wild card spot, but they have problems on both sides of the ball, specifically the offensive line, though.
16. Chicago Bears
(No. 15; L, 41-21 vs. Ari; Down 1)
Can’t seem to stop anybody defensively and the offense has trouble climbing out of these huge holes that the defense puts them in.
17. Miami Dolphins
(No. 17; L, 27-17 vs. NE; No Change)
Wildcat no match for the better-prepared Patriots. They’ll compete with just about everybody, but they have talent voids to fill.
18. New York Jets
(No. 18; Bye; No Change)
They’re hoping the bye week can help them get back on track. They should pick up a win over the Jaguars this week.
19. Houston Texans
(No. 19; L, 20-17 vs. Ind; No Change)
Had the lead late in the game against the Colts but couldn’t hang on. They’ve got a great offense with a solid quarterback.
20. Carolina Panthers
(No. 20; L, 30-20 vs. NO; No Change)
Took an early lead on the Saints and were looking for an upset, but couldn’t hang on. They look a lot better now than they did at season’s beginning, though.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 22; W, 24-21 vs. KC; Up 1)
Pulled off a close win over a bad Chiefs team.
22. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 21; L, 34-27 vs. Ten; Down 1)
Have now dropped four in a row, but they have a chance to rebound with a home prime time game against the Bears.
23. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 23; W, 32-20 vs. Det; No Change)
Playing Detroit is always a good pick-me-up.
24. Buffalo Bills
(No. 24; Bye; No Change)
After their bye week, they now travel to Tennessee to face a rejuvenated Titans team.
25. Oakland Raiders
(No. 25; Bye; No Change)
A bad team hovering around the bottom of the league with a chance at picking up a win at home against the Chiefs this week.
26. Tennessee Titans
(No. 28; W, 34-27 vs. SF; Up 2)
They lost their first six games and then had their bye week and have since won two in a row. Winning streak coming? Probably not. But they have Buffalo coming to town this week.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 30; W, 38-28 vs. GB; Up 3)
Picked up their first win of the season against the Packers and now have a tough, in-state road game against the Dolphins.
28. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 26; L, 24-21 vs. Jac; Down 2)
Could have a chance at a victory this week traveling to Oakland, but any game is tough for them.
29. Washington Redskins
(No. 27; L, 31-17 vs. Atl; Down 2)
Still struggling to play consistent football… except for when they’re consistently bad.
30. Cleveland Browns
(No. 29; Bye; Down 1)
Bye week necessary for them, but it won’t accomplish much.
31. St. Louis Rams
(No. 31; Bye; No Change)
After beating Detroit for their first victory, they had a bye week and now will host the undefeated Saints. Daunting task.
32. Detroit Lions
(No. 32; L, 32-20 vs. Sea; No Change)
Seattle is a tough place to play and they were handled by the Seahawks this week.
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