The Top Teams Didn't Shift Much, But The Rams Are No Longer In The Basement [NFL Power Rankings]
1. Saints, 7-0, Last week: 1
They once again looked pretty solid, and their defense made Matt Ryan look terrible, despite the fact that he's a damn good QB.
2. Colts, 7-0, Last week: 2
Their game against the 49ers was a little too close for comfort, but the good news is that Joseph Addai posted a perfect QB rating for the day.
3. Vikings, 7-1, Last week: 4
They jump up a spot, thanks to laying another beatdown on the Packers, as well as the Broncos' blowout loss to the Ravens.
4. Broncos, 6-1, Last week: 3
They lost to the Ravens, but I think everyone knew that it was only a matter of time. It was an embarrassing loss, but the Ravens played to their full capabilities on Sunday.
5. Patriots, 5-2, Last week: 5
Coming off their bye this week, they get to host Miami, and then travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. After that, they host the Jets, and then travel to New Orleans. This will be a tough stretch, and will show what this team is really made of.
6. Bengals, 5-2, Last week: 6
Their next two games could all but lock up the division for them, if they're able to beat the Ravens and Steelers. If not, it could have the opposite effect, and known them out of realistic contention.
7. Steelers, 5-2, Last week: 7
Much like the Bengals, the Steelers also have a couple huge games coming up. Next week, they will play the Broncos in Denver, and they might have to do it without Ryan Clark.
8. Cowboys, 5-2, Last week: 8
They have looked great lately, and Tony Romo seems to be gelling well with his receivers. Can he keep it up once December rolls around? History says no, but we'll see.
9. Ravens, 4-3, Last week: 10
They picked up one of the best wins of the year, beating the Broncos pretty handily. If this team is hot going into the playoffs, they are a legit Super Bowl contender. But they've been a bit inconsistent so far.
10. Eagles, 5-2, Last week: 13
I'm still scratching my head about that loss to the Raiders, but they definitely looked great against the Giants. They play the Cowboys next week, and that could play out huge in the NFC East title picture.
11. Texans, 5-3, Last week: 14
Steve Slaton needs to work out his fumbling problems, but it looks like Ryan Moats will suffice for now, if the Texans decide that Slaton can't be trusted.
12. Giants, 5-3, Last week: 9
I have some serious doubts about this team right now. They have beaten up some bad teams, but have yet to gain a quality win since beating the Cowboys in Week 2. I think the Cowboys will win the rematch.
13. Atlanta, 4-3, Last week: 11
They actually played a lot better against the Saints than I thought they would, especially since the game was in New Orleans. Unfortunately, the Saints D had Matt Ryan's number.
14. 49ers, 3-4, Last week: 16
Usually, teams don't get to move up after a loss, but it's actually pretty impressive that the 49ers were able to hang with the Colts. This team should win the NFC West.
15. Packers, 4-3, Last week: 15
They got beaten again by Favre and the Vikings, and it's really clear that this team needs an offensive line. The offense will never live up to their potential without shoring up the trenches.
16. Bears, 4-3, Last week: 18
They crushed the Browns this week, but that's like saying that you beat up a 4-year old. I'm just not really all that impressed until you pick on someone your own size.
17. Chargers, 4-3, Last week: 17
The Chargers are fortunate that they have 2 doormats in their division. Still, it looks like they have virtually no chance to catch the Broncos.
18. Cardinals, 4-3, Last week: 12
Losing to the Panthers is simply unacceptable. So far, the only teams that had done so were 2 teams that combined for 2-12 record.
19. Dolphins, 3-4, Last week: 22
The Dolphins will get their first division loss this weekend. Much like 2007, the Patriots appear to be the only worthwhile team in the AFC East.
20. Jets, 4-4, Last week: 19
Rex Ryan might not admit it, but the Dolphins have sufficiently proven to me that they are a better team than these Jets. That's what it usually means when they beat you twice.
21. Panthers, 3-4, Last week: 23
Did they really just beat the Cardinals? After showing a complete inability to beat even a half-decent team through the first few weeks, they knocked off the defending NFC Champs. Impressive.
22. Bills, 3-5, Last week: 20
They got slapped around by the Texans, but that's no surprise. What is surprising is how Ryan Moats was able to plow through that defense. They're normally better than that against the run.
23. Seahawks, 2-5, Last week: 24
The Seahawks don't have much left to play for this year. At this point, they just need to do everything they possibly can to ensure that they don't ruin 0-16 for the Bucs. That's their only job.
24. Jaguars, 3-4, Last week: 21
The Jaguars take a hit for being the Titans' first victims. Improved secondary aside, the Titans are not the kind of team that you should be losing to, if you think you're even remotely a playoff contender.
25. Raiders, 2-6, Last week: 25
JaMarcus Russell says he's doing a good job, so I guess I better take it easy on him. I'll hold off on talking about how he's one of the worst 3 QB's in the NFL, and one of the biggest busts I've ever seen. I won't even talk about that. Wait... oops.
26. Chiefs, 1-6, Last week: 26
They have the Jaguars and Raiders coming up in the next two weeks... both on the road. I think they'll find a way to win one of those games.
27. Redskins, 2-5, Last week: 29
This is another team that is in shambles, they are at the point now where it's time to look for a new coach for next year. Whether or not you think Jim Zorn is doing a good job, Dan Snyder's going to push him around too much for it to even matter.
28. Titans, 1-6, Last week: 31
They finally got their first win, and I think it shows how important their secondary is. They have had some injuries, and against the Jaguars, they were actually somewhat healthy, and that made the difference.
29. Rams, 1-7, Last week: 32
I thought they had a solid chance of going 0-16, but then they went on the road and beat the Lions. Not exactly an impressive win, but it's a road win nonetheless.
30. Lions, 1-6, Last week: 27
The Lions had a chance to help force another team to join them in the misery of 0-16, but true to form, they lost and ruined it.
31. Browns, 1-7, Last week: 28
This team is a complete mess. They fired their GM, and I don't think there's any reason to think the coach won't be next. At least, he should be.
32. Buccaneers, 0-7, Last week: 30
The Bucs are our only remaining hope for 0-16 this year. I desperately hope they can do it, and I actually like their chances.
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