16. San Diego Chargers (LW: 18)
They’re better than 4-4. They HAVE to be, don’t they?
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 16)
I have a few too many teams rising on this list despite having lost last week.
14. Buffalo Bills (LW: 5)
That performance was awful. It makes you wonder if they’re capable of hanging in the AFC East the rest of the way.
13. New England Patriots (LW: 8)
A top 10 team in the NFL is capable of playing defense.
12. Chicago Bears (LW: 14)
Jay Cutler is playing like a man hellbent on proving a lot of people wrong.
11. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 13)
If Julio Jones plays as well as he did Sunday, they’ll be in the Top 10 the rest of the way.
10. New York Jets (LW: 12)
They don’t look like the same team that had nothing to offer offensively at M&T Bank Stadium.
9. Houston Texans (LW: 11)
Is it weird that they are planning a 2011 AFC South Championship banner Sunday at Reliant Stadium?
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 4)
But they’re another Torrey Smith drop away from being #2.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 10)
Attention: This is not a team “that has played an easy schedule.” Or a team that “is rising.” This is a GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. Please react accordingly.
6. New Orleans Saints (LW: 9)
I guess we can forget about what happened against St. Louis?
5. Detroit Lions (LW: 7)
The Jahvid Best situation weighs heavily over this team right now.
4. New York Giants (LW: 6)
Eli Manning > Peyton Manning?
3. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 2)
In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe they’re as good as the Ravens. We’ll have a better idea in the next few weeks.
2. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 3)
A reminder-power rankings don’t matter. But it IS nice to feel this way at this point.
1. Green Bay Packers (LW: 1)