On the NFL
October 17, 2012
1. Falcons (2 last week): They aren't getting any style points for the way they have been winning lately, but they are the NFL's only unbeaten.
2. Texans (1): There is no disgrace to losing to Aaron Rodgers when he's on his game like he was Sunday.
3. Giants (10): They reminded us Sunday that they were Super Bowl champions last year for a reason.
4. Ravens (4): You have to respect the record, but injuries to Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb could make it difficult for them to stay on top.
5. 49ers (3): They have played two teams with current winning records and lost to both of them.
6. Bears (6): The combined winning percentage of the four teams they have beaten is .380.
7. Packers (11): Their record says they are 3-3, but their fans say they should be 5-1. Hard to argue.
8. Seahawks (16): Now, if they can just beat a team in the NFC West, they will be set. Big test Thursday versus the 49ers.
9. Patriots (5): You can't win Super Bowls playing the kind of defense the Patriots are playing.
10. Redskins (19): They haven't been consistent, but on a good day the Redskins might be able to beat any team in the league.
11. Vikings (12): Cracks in the foundation could be starting to show, but the Vikings still have a lot going for them.
12. Cardinals. (7): Two straight losses to teams with current .500 records is not an encouraging trend.
13. Broncos (17): They were a .500 team with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow; they are a .500 team with Peyton Manning.
14. Chargers (13): They should be cut some slack in the power ratings because they wore their powder blues.
15. Lions (20): Beating the Eagles on the road could be a victory that turns around the Lions.
16. Steelers (8): They have been incapable of putting two good weeks back to back.
17. Eagles (9): They have lost three of four and next have to take on the undefeated Falcons.
18. Dolphins (23): Who would have bet they would be tied for first place in the AFC East at this point?
19. Bengals (14): They were showing promise but now are losing games they are supposed to win.
20. Rams (15): The Rams are becoming the type of team that commands respect even in defeat.
21. Jets (24): If you can't throw it, there is another way to move the football. And the Jets might have discovered it.
22. Cowboys (18): Getting in position to win is one thing. Actually winning is another.
23. Bills (27): Beating the Cardinals on the road was impressive, but the Bills still have a lot to prove.
24. Saints (21): Drew Brees did not throw a touchdown pass last weekend. Chances are good he will throw one this weekend though.
25. Colts (22): The Colts had a predictable comedown Sunday; now let's see if they can find some equilibrium.
26. Buccaneers (25): Beating the Chiefs was one thing. If they can beat the Saints and Vikings, that will be something else.
27. Titans (30): It appears Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt are headed in the right direction, and that could bode very well for the Titans.
28. Raiders (26): They were impressive in defeat Sunday. And that is progress for the Raiders.
29. Panthers: (28): A weekend off might have helped Cam Newton more than any amount of coaching could have.
30. Browns (32): They are 1-12 over their last 13 games, but they also are on a one-game winning streak.
31. Chiefs (29): The offense wasn't any better with Brady Quinn under center than it was with Matt Cassel.
32. Jaguars (31): They drop to No. 32 even though they didn't play last weekend. It has been that kind of season for the Jags.