1. New Orleans – An impressive win over the Giants has the Saints looking like they could play deep into January.
2. Minnesota – The Vikings survived a missed kick vs the Ravens, but they are 6-0 for a reason. This week in Pittsburgh won’t be easy.
3. Denver – Who would have ever guessed this one?! The Broncos looked solid on Monday night with two special teams scores, and a defense that abused Philip Rivers.
4. New York Giants – Don’t let Sunday’s disaster in New Orleans make you think this team isn’t going to be there in January when it counts. They were not going to go 16-0, but do have some concerns.
5. Indianapolis – Got a week off after an impressive win two weeks ago vs the Titans. Jim Caldwell has this team playing like champions, and they will be tough to overcome in the South.
6. New England – What can you say about a 59-0 win over the Titans? This team seemed to get a little peeved about their OT loss vs the Broncos, and the poor Titans were the ones that felt it.
7. Atlanta – The Falcons have won solid back to back games vs the 49ers and then Sunday night took care of the Bears. Matt Ryan is not having any issues being a 2nd year QB.
8. Pittsburgh – They piled on over 500 yards of offense vs the Browns this week, yet still only won 27-14. This week is a big statement game at home vs Favre and the Vikings.
9. Cincinnati – One week after beating the Ravens on the road, the Bengals laid an egg at home vs the Texans, showing how far they still have to go. Cedric Benson has been reborn with this club.
10. Baltimore – Our third straight AFC North team finishes the top 10. They had a shot at a huge comeback vs the Vikings, but left it on the foot of a kicker, and we all know how that ended up.
11. Arizona – The Cards made a statement this week in beating the Seahawks 27-3 in Seattle. Their defense has been getting better, and the offense now seems to be back on track.
12. San Francisco – A bye week for the Niners to lick their wounds after the beating at the hands of the Falcons last week. Let’s see how they come back after that flat showing.
13. New York Jets – A shot to stay with the Pats up top the AFC East was blown as they lost at home to a not so good Bills team. Mark Sanchez stays at QB despite an awful outing.
14. Houston – The Texans showed up and played a solid game in Cincy, and while they have been an up and down team this year, they are finally showing some signs of being a team you can’t dismiss.
15. Green Bay – The Pack was back in full force Sunday, pounding the Lions 26-0 at home. They still have O-line issues, and need to run better, but that shouldn’t be a problem Sunday in Cleveland.
16. Chicago – Sunday night the Bears lost their second in a row to the Falcons, in a game they really could have won. They are not running well at all, and Jay Cutler is going to get killed if they don’t start to protect him better.
17. Philadelphia – Losing to Oakland is unacceptable. This club is way too good, and the Raiders are way too bad for that to have happened. But – it did, and now the Eagles have to suck it up and figure out what is wrong.
18. Dallas – A week off to try and correct some things as the team still has plenty of work to do. Look for them to try and shut up the nay sayers this week as they take on a good Falcons team.
19. Jacksonville – Beating the Rams at home isn’t exactly a shock, but they could have been a bit more impressive in doing it. Maurice Jones-Drew was a beast, and should be given every chance to carry the load even more.
20. Miami – The Fins two straight wins got their season back on track, but coming off the bye they will have a tough test with the Saints coming to town.
21. San Diego – They are going nowhere fast, as against the Broncos they were not able to stop the Denver pass rush, and couldn’t stop a late Bronco drive to save the game. Their window is closing fast.
22. Carolina – When this team runs the ball, they can be good. Problem is, they don’t do it enough, and against the Bucs, did it barely enough to win, and they are not very good.
23. Buffalo – Give them credit after the disaster vs Cleveland they bounced back and played a gutsy game with a backup QB in New York vs the Jets, and pulled out a big win to get the heat off Dick Jauron for a week.
24. Seattle – What happened? Sunday vs the Cards they were never in the game, and Matt Hasselbeck was abused. They have to run better, and that’s a tall order for a team with a lack of talent at running back.
25. Detroit – They couldn’t do much vs the Packers in Green Bay. Daunte Culpepper was fragile, and the run game was nowhere to be found. If Matthew Stafford’s out for a long time, things are going to go back to 08 standards in Motown.
26. Kansas City -They got their first win of the year Sunday, getting some key kicks and they were able to play way better than they had on D in stopping the Skins. Let’s see if this gives them a lift the next few weeks.
27. Washington – Jim Zorn is dead coach walking right now, as he’s going to be gone at the latest at years end. Jason Campbell is terrible, and the defense can only make up for a lack of offense for so long. Look for a really long year in DC.
28. Tennessee – Wow. What can you say about a team that was 13-3 last year, and now is 0-6. The heat is going to start to turn up on Jeff Fisher, and everyone wants to see what Vince Young can do as a starter again.
29. Oakland – An impressive win vs the Eagles this week, and it’s hard to believe they already have two wins. JaMarcus Russell gets the heat off him – at least for one week.
30. Cleveland – They allowed over 500 yards of offense, and dropped close to double digits in balls this week. This club is going to have problems doing anything on offense all season.
31. St.Louis – They played better vs the Jags, taking them to OT, but still have major problems on the offensive and defensive lines.
32. Tampa Bay – They are a simply not a good team, and while they had their shots at home vs the Panthers, they will struggle to win three games this year.