I dropped the Seahawks down another spot to 23rd overall.
1. Indianapolis (1): Faces Houston at home in one of the best games of the week, pitting two of the top three passing offenses in the league.
2. New Orleans (2): After beating Atlanta last week, the Saints face another NFC South rival when Carolina travels to the Big Easy. 3. Minnesota (4): Favre plays big against former team in win at Green Bay, and now he and the Vikings get a much-deserved week off.
4. Pittsburgh (5): Another must-see game: Steelers take on much-improved Broncos in Denver, and had an extra week to get ready.
5. Denver (3): Broncos blitzed on the road by Baltimore last week and now face Super Bowl Champions at home; could be headed for a slide.
6. New England (6): As if the Pats needed any more motivation in this heated rivalry, Fins’ LB Joey Porter said this week Tom Brady gets calls from the refs.
7. Philadelphia (7): Expect the Eagles’ defense to put some heat on Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense.
8. Cincinnati (8): Coming off a bye week, the Bengals face a Ravens team they already beat on the road earlier this season.
9. Dallas (12): The clock strikes midnight on Tony Romo’s recent, solid play.
10. Baltimore: (14): Ravens looking for payback against Bengals in this battle for the top spot of the AFC North.
11. Arizona (9): Giving new meaning to the word unpredictable, this team has more personalities than Sybil. 12. N.Y. Giants (11): The Giants have lost three straight, giving up an average of 37 points a contest in those three games.
13. Atlanta (10): After losing two straight, the Falcons need a win at home against Washington.
14. Green Bay (13): Favre homecoming is behind them, and team needs to refocus on making playoffs.
15. Chicago (15): Got a feel-good win over Cleveland, but Cardinals will prove a real test this week.
16. Houston (19): Should score enough to give the Colts a scare at Indy today. 17. Miami (21): Face tough, back-to-back stretch. After beating Jets at home, The Dolphins have to travel to New England this week. 18. San Diego (18): After a slow start, the Chargers remain in the AFC West division chase, but game on the road against Giants will be tough.
19. N.Y. Jets (17): Another Jekyll-and-Hyde team. Inconsistent play happens when you start a rookie quarterback. 20. San Francisco (16): Why did Crabtree hold out for more money? He has 11 catches in two games. Oakland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey, selected three picks higher, has five catches in eight games.
21. Buffalo (20): They wasted a shot to get back in the playoff hunt at home last week against Houston, and now they get a bye week to lick their wounds.
22. Carolina (24): The Panthers looked good against the Cardinals on the road. Maybe there is hope for Seattle. 23. Seattle (22): They need to show up and play well against Detroit. 24. Jacksonville (23): After stubbing their toe at Tennessee, the Jags should take care of business and get back to .500 with Kansas City coming to town.
25. Washington (25): Can the bye week help Zorn and the rest of his staff get things back on track. We’ll see against Atlanta today.
26. Oakland (27): It’s like a car wreck, you can’t help but pay attention to everything happening in Raider land right now.
27. Tennessee (31): Looks like Vince Young can still play a little bit. Let’s see what happens on the road against San Francisco. 28. St. Louis (32): They had to win at some point. RB Steven Jackson performing well, but no one is watching. 29. Detroit (26): Get their horses back in WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford this week. Could surprise. 30. Cleveland (28): Should be Mangini’s last chance at a head coaching gig after this nightmarish season is over for Browns. 31. Kansas City (29): The Chiefs are last in the league in third down conversions (21 percent).
32. Tampa Bay (30): Now on their third quarterback in rook Josh Freeman – might aw well see if he can play.