1. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 2) (4-1): Big Ben looked good in his first game back. If he can keep crazy plays to a minimum and keep hooking up with Mike Wallace, the Steelers look poised to make another run at the Super Bowl. Oh, and James Harrison is a dirty, whiny punk.
2. New England Patriots (LW: 5) (4-1): If Tom Brady can find Deion Branch like he did on Sunday, the offense will be just fine. Brady and Billichick know how to win in any situation. I still like to compare this team to the ones that won the Super Bowl earlier last decade.
3. New York Jets (LW:3) (5-1): Another game, another lucky win. Only bailed out by a tough pass interference call. They feel like the New Orleans of last year. I guess that is not a bad thing since they won the Super Bowl.
4. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 1) (4-2): It pains me to drop them from the top spot, but I have to. They played New England great except the final half quarter. Still a top four team.
5. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 6) (4-2): I am so unconvinced this team is as good as it has been for the past 10 years. Ranking them #5 shows you how weak the NFL is at the top this year.
6. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 4) (4-2): Dug to deep a whole to climb out of. This team is good, just not great yet.
7. New York Giants (LW: 9) (4-2): The Giants are slowly climbing the power rankings ladder. They let the Lions back into the game, but they are playing great as a unit. They’d be smart to lean on that running game and pass rush.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 11) (4-2): The Eagles break into the top ten, and they do it with a rotating QB situation. Andy Reid is looking like a genius. I still don’t know which QB to settle on when both are healthy. I don’t think Reid does either.
9. New Orleans Saints (LW: 10) (4-2): Didn’t learn much by seeing them beat Tampa, but they are getting some injured players back. This team lives and dies by how fortunate the defense gets.
10. Houston Texans (LW:14) (4-2): Eeked out a win against the Chiefs. The Texans are inconsistent, but dangerous when firing on all cylinders.
11. Tennessee Titans (LW: 12) (4-2): I guess they did beat a team they should in the Jaguars, but there are a lot of holes on this team, and they play in the AFC.
12. Chicago Bears (LW: 7) (4-2): This is the Bears I thought I’d see all year. Seahawks took it to them at Soldier Field. The whole team looked bad.
13. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 8] (3-2): They lose for the second time in as many weeks, but they do it tough. I still like this team as a spoiler.
14. Miami Dolphins (LW: 18] (3-2): Went into Lambeau and won. Too bad they are in a tough AFC East in a tough AFC.
15. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 20) (2-3): The Vikings needed to win last Sunday’s game and did. I think the game against the Pack is equally important to win. I don’t think you can go on the road and expect to beat the Patriots the following week. If you lose them both, you are 2-5. Thus, this week is another MUST WIN.
16. Washington Redskins (LW: 16) (3-3): Almost stole one from the Colts. McNabb will keep them in the playoff race all year, but I think they will be on the outside come January.
17. Green Bay Packers (LW:13) (3-3): The Pack are a mess, and there isn’t much hope when much of your team is on season ending IR. Huge game against the Vikings this weekend.
18. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 17) (2-3): I hope Ochocinco and Owens reality show works out well for them. I mean can you take this team seriously at all?
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 15) (3-2): Even though they were ranked 15th last week, I knew they weren’t quite that good, but sometimes you want to hope. The Buccs can still play spoiler, just don’t expect any miracles in a tough NFC South.
20. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 25) (3-2): Beating the Bears at Soldier field is not easy. Pete Carroll is succeeding with a bad team. I think they are the best team in the NFC West.
21. St. Louis Rams (LW: 28] (3-3): They beat the Chargers. Bradford is going to be a great QB. The Rams could make the playoffs in the easy-peasy NFC West.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 22) (3-3): I have no idea how they beat the Colts a couple weeks ago, but this team does not look good at all. MJD isn’t even himself.
23. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 24) (3-2): Bye week. Good week. This is an example of a bad team with a decent record. Anything is possible in their division.
24. San Diego Chargers (LW: 19) (2-4): Is this team really 2-4? The only thing worse is the Cowboys being 1-4. They lost to the Rams.
25. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 21) (1-4): The Cowboys have lost every game by less than 7 points. But when you are 1-4 it doesn’t matter. Too deep a hole in a competitive NFC East.
26. Denver Broncos (LW; 23) (2-4): The Broncos are a pretty good team with a poor record. No hole is to deep in the AFC West though.
27. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 26) (1-5): They won! They’re still 1-5. Way too much talent to be 1-5, but you are what your record says you are.
28. Detroit Lions (LW: 27) (1-5): Tried to make the game competitive, but they aren’t close to being in the same class with the Giants. Bright note: Stafford is coming back soon. Oh, and Megatron is ridiculous.
29. Oakland Raiders (LW: 29) (2-4): The Raiders are who we thought they were! Not good. Only freak plays like 2 blocked punts can give them a win.
30. Cleveland Browns (LW: 30) (1-5): McCoy looked decent. The Browns look bad. Nothing more.
31. Carolina Panthers (LW: 31] (0-5): Bye week for a bad team. Poor Steve Smith. Run more!
32. Buffalo Bills (LW: 32) (0-5): See the Raiders comment. One of the worst teams of all time. Seriously. The winless Lions would murder this team.