Well after an exciting weekend of upsets and mismatches, I am left the sisyphean task of trying to order the teams from trending well to trending poor. As always if you think you can do better; leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1. Houston Texans (8-1). Houston is the best team in football and now they finally get the recognition.
2. Atlanta Falcons (8-1). You lose, you fall.
3. Chicago Bears (7-2). Right there with the Texans and the Falcons.
4. Baltimore Ravens (7-2). A blowout over the Raiders is nothing to crow about. Beat the Steelers and then we’ll talk.
5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1). Losing Smith to a concussion stings badly.
6. Green Bay Packers (6-3). Still one game back of the Bears, but right in the hunt.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3). Barely beating the Chiefs has got to have the Steelers worried. Especially with Ben on the sidelines.
8. Denver Broncos (6-3). Peyton is learning to win outdoors.
9. New England Patriots (6-3). The Bills could not get out of their own way and the Pats squeak out the win.
10. Indianapolis Colts (6-3). If the playoffs started today Indy would travel to Denver for the wildcard. Somewhere Roger Goodell is drooling.
11. Minnesota Vikings (6-4). Ponder silences his critics for another week.
12. Seattle Seahawks (6-4). Next to the Ravens this is the most dangerous home team in Football.
13. New York Giants (6-4). Brutal loss to the Bengals.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4). Tampa coming on strong turns the NFC South into a bona fide chase.
15. New Orleans Saints (4-5). Saints may be getting hot at the exact right moment to make a run.
16. Cincinnati Bengals (4-5). A lifeline victory over the Giants proves a boon for the reeling Bengals.
17. Dallas Cowboys (4-5). How long until Jerry Jones starts nipping at the heels of Romo and Garrett.
18. Miami Dolphins (4-5). Back to back losses really sting as we prepare for the playoff chase.
19. San Diego Chargers (4-5). Not playing very good football right now. In trading for Phillip Rivers, the Chargers likely cost themselves three Super Bowls (Manning 2, Brees 1).
20. Detroit Lions (4-5). Playing for the wild card from here on out.
21. Arizona Cardinals (4-5). No QB = No wins.
22. Tennessee Titans (4-6). Only three of teams have been outscored by bigger margins than the Titans. Minus 92. Ouch
23. St. Louis Rams (3-5-1). NFL players need to stop admitting that they didn’t realize games can end in a tie.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6). A concussion could spell the end for Andy Reid and Michael Vick in Philadelphia.
25. Buffalo Bills (3-6). Had the Pats on the ropes, and then gave the game away.
26. Washington Redskins (3-6). Limping through the bye week, the Skins technically have a chance at the playoffs.
27. New York Jets (3-6). Rex Ryan is intrinsically linked to Mark Sanchez. Both may be on their way out the door after this season.
28. Oakland Raiders (3-6). Oakland got absolutely stomped by the Ravens.
29. Cleveland Browns (2-7). The Browns have skill, it’s just a matter of translating that into wins.
30. Carolina Panthers (2-7). So much for all that good momentum generated in DC the previous week.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-8). Marginally better than the Jaguars. Marginally.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8). There’s not even a Suck for Luck type campaign this season to get excited about.