1. Green Bay Packers- The Packers aren’t blowing teams out by any means, but they will soon. We’ve only seen a hint of their dominance.
2. Detroit Lions- In a nationally televised game, the Lions proved to the entire country that they’re the real deal and that they’re here to stay. Sure, the Bears aren’t an elite team, but the Lions took care of them and showcased their well-roundedness on both sides of the ball.
3. New Orleans Saints- They had a tight game against the Panthers, but the Saints can count on Drew Brees to get the job done. Jimmy Graham is becoming a top tight end as well.
4. Buffalo Bills- They did a nice job responding to their loss against the Bengals in Week 4. Jackson is doing a wonderful job at running back right now, and their defense was really impressive against the “high powered” (haha) Eagles. Dream Team. Psh.
5. New England Patriots- They aren’t the dominant team that they used to be, but they’re still a well-oiled machine with Tom Brady as their quarterback.
6. Baltimore Ravens- This is a team I truly believe will catch fire after their bye week. They’ve been quiet and inconsistent so far this year, but that’s about to change.
7. Oakland Raiders- This could end up being a really special season for the Raiders as they deal with the emotions of losing their owner. They’re gelling well, and they’re playing for more than themselves.
8. San Francisco 49ers- It’s time to take the 49ers seriously. I’m certainly taking them seriously, and that’s why they’re making the biggest jump in my power rankings this week. I’m shocked at how well Alex Smith is performing, and their defense is playing consistently every game.
9. San Diego Chargers- They barely hung on to the win over the Broncos on Sunday after Tim Tebow almost put together a comeback. Phillip Rivers hasn’t put up his usually big numbers yet this year, and you have to wonder what the problem is.
10. New York Jets- People will hop off their bandwagon, but I still believe they will get things turned around. Their defense has to improve, but I think it will.
11. Dallas Cowboys- They needed the bye week to get healthy. The division title continues to be up for grabs, especially with the Eagles and Giants losing over the weekend. Tony Romo is the player to watch because the team will go as far as he takes them.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers- Big Ben shut everybody up after his five-touchdown performance against the Titans. Will this game get the Steelers heading in the right direction?
13. Chicago Bears- Matt Forte is playing as well as any running back in the league, but the rest of the team needs to step it up. The atmosphere was crazy last night in Detroit, but the Bears still had their opportunities.
14. Washington Redskins- They still have to prove what type of team they are. Will Rex Grossman continue playing well enough for the Skins to win games?
15. Houston Texans- This was supposed to be their year (as always), but now with Mario Williams out for the season and Andre Johnson banged up, it’s hard to have high hopes for them at this point.
16. Cincinnati Bengals- This is a young team that continues to impress. They are here to stay.
17. Atlanta Falcons- I think Atlanta’s problems stem from their offensive strategy and play-calling. We know how many offensive weapons they have, and they are underachieving. The season is flying by, and it’s time for the Falcons get it together.
18. Philadelphia Eagles- They remind me of the Miami Heat in the NBA. Do you remember when everyone doubted the Heat midway through the season? Things finally clicked for them once they figured out how to mesh their talent, and I think the same will be true for the Eagles. I realize its Super Bowl or bust for the Philly, but there is still time for a turnaround.
19. Cleveland Browns- Let’s see what adjustments they make coming out of the bye week and look to see if Greg Little can be a key target in the passing game.
20. Carolina Panthers- They are so close to turning the corner and actually winning games. They’re playing elite teams (like the Saints and the Packers) down to the wire. Cam Newton continues to show why he’s one of the next great quarterbacks, but it’s time to squeak out some wins.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- They are the “mess” of the week. They played so bad against the 49ers, and their offense isn’t close to looking as strong as it did last year.
22. Denver Broncos- The Broncos finally made the right decision by naming Tim Tebow their starting quarterback. He is exactly what they need on this team. He will bring confidence and energy, and I think they will make a nice run the rest of the season. Tebow is a winner even if he plays the QB position differently than most.
23. New York Giants- That was an ugly loss to the Seahawks, especially the way it ended. I’m not a believer in the Giants this year.
24. St. Louis Rams- If Steven Jackson is back to full strength after the bye, I expect the Rams to look much better.
25. Tennessee Titans- The Steelers game was a wakeup call for the Titans. They have some nice pieces, but overall they don’t have enough.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jack Del Rio has had a nice run in Jacksonville, but he will have a difficult time keeping his job after this year.
27. Minnesota Vikings- It’s simple. Get the ball to Adrian Peterson as much as possible, and the Vikings will be in a position to win the game.
28. Arizona Cardinals- Kevin Kolb is playing too mediocre for the Cards right now, and that must change if they want to have any success this season.
29. Seattle Seahawks- They deserve some credit for making a really ridiculous interception at the end of the Giants game to hold on to the victory, but they are still one of the worst teams in the league.
30. Kansas City Chiefs- Dwayne Bowe made some incredible catches on Sunday. But it’s hard to get too excited about beating the Colts.
31. Miami Dolphins- Matt Moore is the new QB, and I think he will be a good change for the Dolphins. He was never good at being “the guy” in Carolina, but he was always a good replacement QB. With Henne out for the year, look for Moore to get the offense moving a little better.
32. Indianapolis Colts- The Colts are better off losing the rest of their games and drafting Andrew Luck with the top pick. The players would never admit to that or want to do that, but it doesn’t really matter because they aren’t good enough anyway. It’s going to be a long season, but there’s the potential for a wonderful prize at the end.
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