There are wild weeks, and then there was last week. Five of our eleven teams shifted three or more spots as a result of this weekend's festivities. The head-to-head battles shifted the balance of power, and there were some overwhelming and underwhelming performances from the rest of the crew to make this a truly volatile week in the rankings. As is often the custom, we bid farewell to last week's #12 team, the New York Jets, who disgraced themselves in Buffalo. I doubt that we'll be seeing them back here any time soon. Sayanara!
#1 – Denver Broncos
The Broncos hold on to the top spot for yet another week. That all may change when they head to Foxboro on Sunday Night.
Last Week: 1 Change: 0 Record: 9-1 Next Game: @ Patriots
#2 – Seattle Seahawks
Tom Brady would like nothing more than to hand the Seahakws the #1 spot as they come out of their bye.
Last Week: 5 Change: +3 Record: 10-1 Next Game: Bye Week
#3 – New Orleans Saints
The Saints pulled of a big conference win on Sunday, but now they have the Panthers storming behind them in the rearview mirror.
Last Week: 6 Change: +3 Record: 8-2 Next Game: @ Falcons
#4 – Kansas City Chiefs
After that Denver loss, they still haven't beaten a team with a winning record.
Last Week: 2 Change: -2 Record: 9-1 Next Game: vs. Chargers
#5 – New England Patriots
I almost didn't want to drop the Patriots after getting screwed by the refs. But just like the Jets game, their own mistakes opened up the door for the Patriots to get screwed.
Last Week: 4 Change: -1 Record: 7-3 Next Game: vs. Broncos
#6 – Carolina Panthers
Don't sleep on the Panthers, (not that anyone is after Monday Night). They are just the type of team that could knock the Saints on their butt and sneak away with the division down the stretch. They still play New Orleans twice.
Last Week: 9 Change: +3 Record: 7-3 Next Game: @ Dolphins
#7 – San Francisco 49ers
The Niners have been up and down all season. Right now, they're down, and in the dogfight that is the NFC Wild Card race, nothing is guaranteed if they don't get their act together.
Last Week: 3 Change: -4 Record: 6-4 Next Game: @ Redskins
#8 – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are tied for the two spot, but their last few games have been quite shakey.
Last Week: 7 Change: -1 Record: 7-3 Next Game: @ Cardinals
#9 – Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals put together a solid win heading into the bye and should roll their way to the division title over their remaining five games.
Last Week: 10 Change: +1 Record: 7-4 Next Game: Bye Week
#10 – Chicago Bears
The Bears managed to claw their way out of the eleven spot finally, and into a tie for the division lead at the same time.
Last Week: 11 Change: +1 Record: 6-4 Next Game: @ Rams
#11 – Detroit Lions
Unlike the Panthers, the Lions clearly don't know how to handle success.
Last Week: 8 Change: -3 Record: 6-4 Next Game: vs. Bucaneers
#12 – Arizona Cardinals
Surprise! San Francisco should be very worried that they might not be the Wild Card team coming out of the NFC West.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 6-4 Next Game: vs. Colts