Kyle Orton's Mediocrity Continues To Shine Through, As The Broncos Slowly Slide [NFL Power Rankings]
1. Saints, 8-0, Last week: 1
For the second week in a row, they came back from a big deficit and ended up winning by double digits. They're showing remarkable resiliency, but one of these days, they'll lose a game like that.
2. Colts, 8-0, Last week: 2
They benefited from a last second missed field goal by Kris Brown, which saved them from going into overtime against the Texans. This week, their injury-depleted secondary will be tested big time against the Patriots.
3. Vikings, 7-1, Last week: 3
They're coming off their bye week, and have a ridiculously easy second half schedule. Their only tough game is against the Bengals at home. 14-2 wouldn't surprise me at all.
4. Bengals, 6-2, Last week: 6
It's time to admit that this team is for real, whether you want to or not. The defense is stout, the offense is explosive again, and they're looking at double digit wins.
5. Steelers, 6-2, Last week: 7
Their convincing win over the Broncos on the road shows that this team is definitely beyond their early struggles, and are on track for a repeat Super Bowl appearance.
6. Patriots, 6-2, Last week: 5
They've had the Colts' number during the Tom Brady Era... will they be the ones to finally give the Colts their first loss? Don't be surprised if it happens on Sunday night.
7. Broncos, 6-2, Last week: 4
Their defense is still good, but it's safe to say that their offense has been officially exposed. Kyle Orton is a decent game manager, but he's not going to scare anyone. Ever. Except maybe with his neckbeard. But that's the scariest thing about him.
8. Cowboys, 6-2, Last week: 8
Tony Romo is looking better than ever sans Terrell Owens, and Roy Williams even got into the act last week with 75 receiving yards. This team could do some damage in the NFC East, but I still don't think they can compete with the Saints.
9. Chargers, 5-3, Last week: 17
They're on the upswing, with 3 straight wins. The rest of the teams in their division have all lost 2 straight. But can they continue that, and pass the Broncos? We'll probably find out in 2 weeks when they play each other.
10. Eagles, 5-3, Last week: 10
They hung in there against the Cowboys, and it looks like they're currently a close 2nd place in their division. However, I'm thinking the NFC East isn't normally as impressive as ESPN would like you to think.
11. Cardinals, 5-3, Last week: 18
They put a pretty vicious smackdown on the Bears this week, and Kurt Warner redeemed himself a little bit after an embarrassing effort against the Panthers last week. Some consistency would be nice, however.
12. Atlanta, 5-3, Last week: 13
This team has 3 losses, but they were all to quality teams. The Patriots, Cowboys and Saints... there's not shame in that. At least they're winning the games they're "supposed" to win.
13. Texans, 5-4, Last week: 11
They couldn't close the deal, but at the very least, they proved that they can compete with the Colts. They'll get another chance in 3 weeks at home, and I wouldn't be shocked if they won.
14. Ravens, 4-4, Last week: 9
Get ready for the hype machine next week. They'll destroy the Browns on MNF. Everyone will watch, and think they're great. They're not, but they could probably win either West division.
15. Giants, 5-4, Last week: 12
Either Eli Manning needs to get his foot healthy, or they just need to start playing crappy teams again. Otherwise, their season is screwed. 4 straight losses after 5 straight wins? Wow.
16. Bears, 4-4, Last week: 16
They got beat up and down the field by the Cardinals, but their schedule should give them a solid chance to go at least 8-8. The real trouble is in the next few years, when they'll have no top draft picks.
17. 49ers, 3-5, Last week: 14
This team appeared to have some potential, but things have been pretty awful as of late. That being said, would it shock me to see them win the division? Not really.
18. Jets, 4-4, Last week: 20
The Jets are on the fast track to another 8-8 or 9-7 season. They're an awful lot of bark, but not much bite. But give Rex Ryan another couple years, and they'll be formidable.
19. Packers, 4-4, Last week: 15
There was a time when it seemed like this team might be able to overcome their horrific offensive line. But after a loss to the Bucs, it looks like they're in for a long year.
20. Dolphins, 3-5, Last week: 19
Hopefully Joey Porter talks some more smack before their next game against the Patriots. Their offense is just one big gimmick, and their defense is a big sieve.
21. Jaguars, 4-4, Last week: 24
If they had a QB, they might actually be a little intimidating. But their one-dimensional offense isn't going to get them anywhere any time soon.
22. Seahawks, 3-5, Last week: 23
The Seahawks have too many injuries, and not enough talent to do much of anything this year. It's time to figure out a long term plan for life after Matt Hasselbeck.
23. Titans, 2-6, Last week: 28
Somehow, they've won 2 games straight. Could they actually make a miraculous comeback and make the playoffs? No? Yeah, I didn't think so either.
24. Panthers, 3-5, Last week: 21
Jake Delhomme's name is synonymous with interception, and the Panthers have no possible way to fix the problem. Until it happens, they'll continue to suck.
25. Bills, 3-5, Last week: 22
They managed not to lose this week... only because they have a bye. No worries, though. The Titans will probably pick up their 3rd win in a row against the Bills.
26. Raiders, 2-6, Last week: 25
Al Davis + JaMarcus Russell = unintentional comedy of epic proportions. For everyone who's not a Raiders fan, at least. For them, it's just sad.
27. Redskins, 2-6, Last week: 27
The Redskins are so bad, the fans are actually traveling to their road games just to hold signs protesting the horrible ownership. Partially because Dan Snyder banned signs at home games.
28. Chiefs, 1-7, Last week: 26
Chris Chambers looks like a solid pickup, and maybe another semi-legit WR is exactly what Matt Cassel needed in KC. They still have issues, but things are looking up. Kinda.
29. Lions, 1-7, Last week: 30
They are 1-24 in their last 25 games. The rebuilding process will be a long, LONG time, Lions fans. But at least know that it won't get too much worse, if that's any consolation.
30. Buccaneers, 1-7, Last week: 32
They beat the Packers, and Josh Freeman actually looks like the Bucs might not have made a huge mistake by drafting. He was still a reach, and they should have addressed one of their many other issues, but this kid might be alright.
31. Rams, 1-7, Last week: 29
The Rams play the Saints this week. Get ready for one of the biggest blowouts that you've ever seen. I wouldn't be surprised to see a spread of 20+ in this one. I'll still take the Saints.
32. Browns, 1-7, Last week: 31
Eric Mangini needs to be fired. He's a solid coordinator, but there is no reason whatsoever to believe that he's a competent head coach. None. At all. Fire him.
Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and tell me where I went wrong, or why I'm a complete genius. Enjoy.