For the first time in a long time, the twelve teams in the Top 12 all managed to stay on the board. We also have a new #1 with Denver suffering its first loss. We had one team rise five spots and one team fall five spots. You really don't want to know who fell...
#1 - Seattle Seahawks
The top spot was up for grabs with Denver losing. Seattle and New Orleans were the prime candidates to take over, and I ultimately went with the team that actually played last week and won.
Last Week: 3 Change: +2 Record: 6-1 Next Game: @ Rams
#2 - New Orleans Saints
A Saints/Seahawks NFC Championship is a distinct possibility. Home field advantage may play a big role in who ultimately goes to New York.
Last Week: 2 Change: 0 Record: 5-1 Next Game: vs. Bills
#3 - Denver Broncos
Denver's offense looks great, but I have big questions of what will happen when they run into more solid teams than the scrubs they've been pummelling each week.
Last Week: 1 Change: -2 Record: 6-1 Next Game: vs. Redskins
#4 - San Francisco 49ers
I mentioned the Hawks and Saints above, but let's not discount the defending conference champs. The NFC playoffs are going to be amzing...
Last Week: 5 Change: +1 Record: 5-2 Next Game: @ Jaguars
#5 - Indianapolis Colts
The Colts get a big leap up the board. That's the prize for being the team that's knocked off Seattle, Denver, and San Fran. The fact that the Colts are 5-2 and not 2-5 after those games is impressive.
Last Week: 10 Change: +5 Record: 5-2 Next Game: Bye Week
#6 - Green Bay Packers
Sooner than expected after that 1-2 start, the Pack are at the top of the division.
Last Week: 6 Change: 0 Record: 4-2 Next Game: @ Vikings
#7 - Kansas City Chiefs
7-0 is 7-0, but the Chiefs have yet to beat anyone of real substance. That win over a reeling Houston team was less than convincing.
Last Week: 7 Change: 0 Record: 7-0 Next Game: vs. Browns
#8 - Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals don't look like a team that will blow most opponents out, but they should be there week in and week out.
Last Week: 8 Change: 0 Record: 5-2 Next Game: vs. Jets
#9 - New England Patriots
Just to clarify, this ranking has nothing to do with the fact that they lost to the Jets. I consider the outcome of that game to be highly fraudulant. This week, I'm treating the Pats as if they had won that game, and yes, I'm still dropping them five spots. The defensive injuries and offensive execution need time to heal and improve, regardless of the win/loss column.
Last Week: 4 Change: -5 Record: 5-2 Next Game: vs. Dolphins
#10 - Detroit Lions
And Detroit lets another big opportunity slip away... They look good enough for a playoff spot this year, but they clearly are lacking the killer instint to impose their will on this season.
Last Week: 11 Change: +1 Record: 4-3 Next Game: vs. Cowboys
#11 - San Diego Chargers
The Bolts have the makings of a sneaky playoff team. Still, it will be tough sledding since they have four games against Denver and KC on their schedule this year.
Last Week: 12 Change: +1 Record: 4-3 Next Game: Bye Week
#12 - Chicago Bears
For now, the Bears remain in the Top 12. Although I suspect they won't be long for these rankings. The most likely reason they'll be back on the board is that they have a bye week on tap.
Last Week: 10 Change: -2 Record: 4-3 Next Game: Bye Week