Donovan’s Redskins jumping his former team?
1. Kansas City Chiefs (15) – Only unbeaten remaining. The most innovative team in the NFL. So many different pieces and parts in the equation. Weapons aplenty. Consistent, yet assertive.
2. New York Jets (12) – Mark Sanchez is an MVP candidate. Couldn’t be performing any better. Sanchez gets Santonio back Monday night against Minnesota. Tomlinson looks the best he has since his record-breaking 2006 year. Confidence sky high in Big Apple.
3. Baltimore Ravens (13) – Offense has barely scratched surface. Flacco showed me something in game-winning touchdown drive. Made up for prior miscues. Come back against Pittsburgh proved team is a legitimiate Super Bowl contender. Secondary surprising, worthwhile play, better than run defense. Haloti Ngata is my AFC defensive MVP. Easily the most dominant interior defensive lineman in the league. If you had an all NFL players draft, you draft him Top 10, maybe Top even Top 5.
4. Minnesota Vikings (7) – Brett-Adrian-Randy. Front four. Jets showdown could be Super Bowl preview. Peterson holds the keys to NFC.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (2) – Big Ben returns. Rashard Mendenhall is Hawaii-bound. If I had to redo my SB pick (New England, Moss trade) I would go Steelers.
6. Indianapolis Colts (1) – Defense is hit or miss. Pierre Garcon should play Sunday against Kansas City. Can team withstand Melvin Bullitt blow?
7. Dallas Cowboys (6) – I don’t how they dropped. Out of any team, I will continue to say they possess the most talent. Yet, what does that signify? Romo is never talked about, why? Romo: this year’s Brees? He’s that good. 11 or 12 wins attainable. #1 defensive ranking within reach.
8. New Orleans Saints (3) – Where’s the big play pass? Could use Meachem or Henderson to show up. Reggie Bush’s value to team? Pierre Thomas? Injuries hurting Saints more than we think. Sharper? Too much?
9. Green Bay Packers (11) – Defense scaring me. No run game. Answer to woes: Aaron Rodgers. He’s unreal. Three bonafide receivers that can do anything. Why do they need to run? Saints/Colts showed us why.
10. Houston Texans (16) – Arian Foster. Can’t say enough. Best RB in AFC period. Andre Johnson can rest easy. Cushing’s return boosts defense.
11. Atlanta Falcons (14) – Balls bouncing their way. “Matty Ice” and Roddy White, clutch against SF. Curtis Lofton is player. He’s everywhere. Christmas list: Garrett Hartley, Nate Clements.
12. New England Patriots (4) – Dominant performance against Miami Monday night overshadowed by Moss move. Tom Brady has done it before without a clear-cut #1. Run game, defense better than people think.
13. Cincinnati Bengals (5) – Can we see more Cedric Benson? Defense struggles against Cleveland?
14. Washington Redskins (22) – Defense returned to form against Vick-less Philly. Ryan Torain is the real deal. Donovan gets some support. Shanahan’s squad rising.
15. Tennessee Titans (9) – Weird loss against Denver. Offense sputtering. Chris Johnson, quiet? Still have faith in defense, Fisher, and Vince.
16. New York Giants (21)
Vicious, ferocious front line on D. Eli to Hakeem hook-up, can we see more of this connection?
17. San Diego Chargers (19) – Rivers-Gates: unstoppable. Defense shows life at home. Tolbert is a force to be reckoned with.
18. Chicago Bears (10) – Two words: offensive line. Even worse, three more: no Jay Cutler. Thankfully, three winnable (two at Soldier) games ahead before Bye.
19. Denver Broncos (28) – Kyle Orton is playing better than Cutler. Royal/Lloyd look electric. McDaniels is a gutsy coach. Just a hunch: Top 10 ranking in near future? Who said the AFC West was weak?
20. Philadelphia Eagles (8) – Overreaction. Without Vick, team is toast. LeSean is hurt too. Trouble looms.
21. St. Louis Rams (24) – Sam Bradford: remarkable. Defense: shocking, shockingly solid. 1st place. Jackson’s a warrior.
22. San Francisco 49ers (17) – Nate Clements, hold on to the ball. Promising play against Atlanta offers hope.
23. Miami Dolphins (18) – Chad Henne experiment at its wits end. More Ricky Williams will help.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (31) – Scobee from 59. Garrard silences all Edwards talk.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (23) – Josh Freeman is a franchise QB.
26. Detroit Lions (26) – Stafford due soon. Calvin needs the rock. Give him the rock. Jump balls.
27. Carolina Panthers (27) – DeAngelo Williams touchdown run against New Orleans was as impressive as it gets.
28. Oakland Raiders (29) – Bush-McFadden combo is promising.
29. Seattle Seahawks (20) – Marshawn Lynch doesn’t solve anything. Earl Thomas is sensational.
30. Arizona Cardinals (25) – Post-week 1 defense: 41, 23, 41.
31. Cleveland Browns (32) – Peyton Hillis, next Mike Alstott?
32. Buffalo Bills (31) – Good news: More C.J. Spiller.