It's a quiet week for the Top 12, as eight of the top nine teams all walked away with wins. That's not to say that there wasn't some mild shifting going on, but nothing overly stunning. With a lot of the big dogs playing sub-par teams, there is room for some excitement next week if our Top 12 underpeform.
#1 - Houston Texans
I have yet to fully buy into the Texans hype given the relative cream-puff slate of teams they've played so far. Still, they can only play the teams they are scheduled to play, and thus far, they've done exactly what you'd expect them to do. They've won handily with relatively few miscues or close calls. Nobody else on this list can say that, which is why I'm putting Houston in the top spot.
Last Week: 2 Change: +1 Record: 4-0 Next Game: vs. Panthers
#2 - San Francisco 49ers
The Niners rise this week has little to do with their drubbing of the reeling New York Jets. That's what they were supposed to do. However, in retrospect, it turns out that their slip-up to the "lowly" Vikings wasn't to such a lowly team after all, and I've taken that into account. They lost to a quality opponent on the road that they were likely underestimating. It happens.
Last Week: 4 Change: +2 Record: 3-1 Next Game: vs. Bills
#3 - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta remains perfect, but not without some razor-thin close calls. A win is a win, but they haven't been quite as dominant as their record would suggest.
Last Week: 1 Change: -2 Record: 4-0 Next Game: @ Redskins
#4 - New England Patriots
The Patriots drop 52 points on the road and fall a spot? Well, first remember that the margins here at the top of the board are razor thin. And then also keep in mind how we all felt five minutes into the third quarter when the season seemed to be unraveling out of control. That Buffalo win was both inspiring, as well as a strong reminder that this team still has some work to do.
Last Week: 3 Change: -1 Record: 2-2 Next Game: vs. Broncos