32. St. Louis Rams (0-4)
Considering the mess he has to clean up, you can argue that Jim Haslett is the highest paid janitor in America.
31. Detroit Lions (0-3)
Is it too early to start thinking about the ’09 draft?
30. Cincinnati Bengals (0-4)
Remember that receiver they used to have?
29. Oakland Raiders (1-3)
Al Davis held a press conference to confirm that he is indeed senile.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3)
So now you decide to run the ball?
27. Cleveland Browns (1-3)
Can’t help but be pissed at this team for the four primetime games they’re destined to ruin this season.
26. Houston Texans (0-3)
Facing the Colts is not exactly the best way to get off the snide.
25. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
They’re starting to establish an identity in South Beach.
24. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
Just a matter of time until people realize Mike Martz’s system doesn’t work here.
23. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
Credit Mike Smith for having his team well-prepared in all four games thus far.
22. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
Lost in a real-life Madden video game against the Jets last week. They have a lot of bouncing back to do.
21. Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
Best thing this team has going for it right now: San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis.
20. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Record is bad, but fortunately for them, so is their division.
19. New York Jets (2-2)
Well, it looks like they got that whole “Brett Favre and the system” thing figured out.
18. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
Just treading water until Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey get back.
17. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Joe Flacco looks better than expected early on, but there’s still not enough offense here.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
A win against Pittsburgh on national television would generate huge momentum.
15. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Are teams starting to figure out Aaron Rodgers?
14. San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Ted Cottrell’s unit needs to pick it up. Now!
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Offensive line is a major concern.
12. Denver Broncos (3-1)
Half of this team looks great. Can you guess which half doesn’t?
11. New England Patriots (2-1)
They’re allowed one bad loss every now and then. Bill Belichick is going to have to do the best work of his career from here on out.
10. Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
Colts ranked in the top 10? Crazy right? Not when you consider that the rest of the AFC is down, and the rest of the AFC does not have Peyton Manning.
9. Chicago Bears (2-2)
The defense is back to looking like the Super Bowl unit it was a few years ago.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Monte Kiffin once again has that defense playing at an extremely high level. He might be the most underrated assistant coach in football.
7. Washington Redskins (3-1)
Another divisional win this week and you’ll see them ranked in the top four.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)
Just wait until Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis, Shawn Andrews and L.J. Smith get healthy.
5. Buffalo Bills (4-0)
They’re beating teams they’re supposed to beat. That’s the sign of a good team.
4. Carolina Panthers (3-1)
They’ll be the NFL’s dark horse all season.
3. Tennessee Titans (4-0)
An absolutely stifling defense – and it’s full of players that this team developed from scratch.
2. Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
If it were about being fair, then the Redskins would be ranked in this spot. But it’s about being right. In the grander scheme of things, Dallas is better than Washington.
1. New York Giants (3-0)
Defending Super Bowl champs, undefeated and playing in football’s toughest division.