It was a magical Sunday evening for Boston sports fans. That Tom Brady guy is pretty good. The Pats are not, however, as good as are the Broncos. Denver managed to disappoint despite nearly winning by 20 points and putting 35 points on the scoreboard.
32. New York Giants (0-6): Yes, apparently it can get worse, Giants fans. Odds are that trend is going to continue.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6): Jacksonville showed life against the best team in the league. Does anybody really believe the Jags wouldn't beat the Giants right now?
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5): So you're telling me that Josh Freeman wasn't the problem? I, for one, am shocked.
29. Minnesota Vikings (1-4): The Vikes may not be a winning team, but they also aren't as bad as they looked against Carolina. It was a rough end of the week for their biggest star.
28. Washington Redskins (1-4): Robert Griffin III looked a little more like himself on Sunday night. Now, he has to limit those costly turnovers.
27. Atlanta Falcons (1-4): What is being the best one-win team in the league worth? Nothing. The Falcons needed more than a Bye week to save their season.
26. Houston Texans (2-4): Wow. The Texans look like a lost cause. Apparently pick-sixes are contagious.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4): Good on Pittsburgh for picking up what had been an elusive first victory. Beating an average team is only worth so much in NFL power rankings, though.
24. Buffalo Bills (2-4): It looks like Buffalo is going to be a “close, but not close enough” side when facing top-tier opposition. I have doubts about Matt Flynn being the answer.
23. Oakland Raiders (2-4): Oakland just isn't in a place right now to beat a contender on the road.
22. Carolina Panthers (2-3): Cam Newton needed to have another monster game. Now, let's see him do it against a team that is above .500.
21. Arizona Cardinals (3-3): Larry Fitzgerald staying healthy is obviously a huge positive for the Cards. Too bad he can't play defense, though.
20. Cleveland Browns (3-3): The 2013 Browns are winless when Brandon Weeden starts. Go with Jason Campbell or just about anybody else, Cleveland.
19. New York Jets (3-3): Young quarterback has a breakout performance. Lose to a winless team the next week. Oh, the Jets.
18. St. Louis Rams (3-3): Earning a road victory is easy when the home side folds before halftime. St. Louis won't be able to beat up on Houston every weekend.
17. Tennessee Titans (3-3): Seattle gift-wrapped the win for Tennessee. That the Titans lost says a lot.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): I don't see how the Eagles have any quarterback controversy. Nick Foles has earned the gig for the foreseeable future.
15. San Diego Chargers (3-3): The roller coaster Chargers have to earn my trust to jump further up NFL power rankings. You can only count on them every other week.
14. Baltimore Ravens (3-3): The loss to Green Bay summed Baltimore up perfectly. The Ravens are a good team. They are far from great.
13. Dallas Cowboys (3-3): That Sunday night victory over the Redskins was very costly for the 'Boys. The NFC East champs could finish at 7-9. Seriously.
12. Miami Dolphins (3-2): Miami can't afford to look ahead to that October 27 showdown with New England. Buffalo is not an easy out.
11. Detroit Lions (4-2): Detroit picking up a road win without Calvin Johnson being anywhere near 100 percent is huge. The Lions could very well be 6-2 when their Bye week comes.
10. Chicago Bears (4-2): Big Blue made things easy for Chicago on Thursday. The Bears still nearly blew the game.
9. Indianapolis Colts (4-2): Losing in San Diego on Monday Night Football is no reason for any Indy fan to panic. The Colts are going to be just fine.
8. New Orleans Saints (5-1): New Orleans is still, in my eyes, the best overall team in the NFC. They'll be back in the top five of NFL power rankings sooner than later.
7. Green Bay Packers (3-2): Aaron Rodgers may have to pull off his best Tom Brady impersonation over the next two months if the Packers are to get through that stretch of games.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2): Style points mean nothing in the NFL. The Bengals keep sneaking past opponents, and they are now the best team in the division.
5. San Francisco 49ers (4-2): Vernon Davis could not be stopped on Sunday. Other teams had better be worried if he is finding his form.
4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1): Was Seattle trying to give the game to Tennessee? That was a wacky contest.
3. New England Patriots (5-1): Does anybody really need to be told about not giving Tom Brady multiple chances to win a game?
2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-0): I don't care at all about the quality of the opponent. Ten sacks against any NFL team is impressive.
1. Denver Broncos (6-0): Some may say that the kings of NFL power rankings showed weakness against lowly Jacksonville. Denver won that game by 16 points. Some weakness.