1. Green Bay Packers: 411 (355)
Previous Week: 1
Notes: They should be able to cruise to 10-0 with a home game against the Buccs next week before facing a potential first loss with two road games against the Lions and Giants. If they win both of those, they'll likely go 16-0.
2. San Francisco 49ers: 343 (307)
Previous Week: 2
Notes: It was an expected close game against the Giants, but the 49ers put up another impressive win against the Giants at home. At 8-1, barring any monumental collapse, they are pretty much a definite for the division winners. Now they'll need to go after a 1 seed for the playoffs.
3. Houston Texans: 323 (262)
Previous Week: 5
Notes: I feel like a broken record, but this team does not get enough credit in power rankings. That being said, it will be interesting to see how this team copes without Schaub for the season. Their #3 spot in the rankings might be short lived. Either way, 3-3 for the rest of the season (maybe even 2-4) will make them division winners.
4. New Orleans Saints: 286 (255)
Previous Week: 6
Notes: An important win that gives them a little bit of breathing room in the NFC South. They still face 3 tough games this season against the Giants, Lions, and another game against the Falcons, but should be able to find themselves at 11-5 or 12-4 at the end of the season.
5. Detroit Lions: 274 (289)
Previous Week: 3
Notes: Tough loss against the Bears. Now with the series split between the two teams and both having the same record, the 5th seed can very likely be either team's. The Lions still rank as one of the best teams in the NFL despite their issues on Sunday with turnovers.
6. Baltimore Ravens: 258 (276)
Previous Week: 4
Notes: The Ravens seem to be able to play good teams extremely well, but play down against teams that they should easily beat. Their 3 losses this season come against the Titans, Jags, and now the Seahawks. While their two victories against the Steelers puts them in good shape for the division, it's worrisome how they seem to not put up their best effort against subpar teams (even their win over the Cards was almost a loss).
7. Pittsburgh Steelers: 252 (219 )
Previous Week: 8
Notes: An important win for the Steelers. At the end of the season , a wildcard spot could very well come down to tiebreakers and Sunday's win over the Bengals could put them into the playoffs.
8. New England Patriots: 212 (188)
Previous Week: 10
Notes: A win by the Pats puts them at a big advantage for the division. A game ahead of both the Jets and Bills and they have the tiebreaker now over the Jets.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: 209 (238)
Previous Week: 7
Notes: They put up a fight against the Steelers and even with a loss, I think Sunday's game proves this team is more than legit. They will contend for a wildcard (and maybe surprisingly a divisional title) for the remainder of the season.
10. Chicago Bears: 190 (153)
Previous Week: 14
Notes: They made a statement with a very impressive win over the Lions that they are the same team that we remember them being last year. Besides the Packers, they play 6 games for the remainder of the season who they are better than meaning that a 12-4 record is very possible.
11. New York Giants: 171 (191)
Previous Week: 9
Notes: So far they are 1-1 with their remaining tough schedule. They did put up a strong fight against the 49ers on the road. Very surprising to say that a game against the Eagles next Sunday night might be a big confidence booster for this team.
12. Dallas Cowboys: 147 (115)
Previous Week: 16
Notes: Are the Cowboys turning a corner or are the Bills not as good as we thought they were? I think it's somewhere in the middle. Don't expect the Cowboys to replicate what they did for the remainder of the season, but as long as Romo is solid this team will be in the NFC East hunt.
13. Atlanta Falcons: 128 (155 )
Previous Week: 13
Notes: Would have been a huge win for the Falcons at home, but they came up just short. Even at 5-4, they have a legit shot at the wildcard and even the division still.
14. New York Jets: 119 (158)
Previous Week: 12
Notes: Tough break for the Jets. Seems pretty unlikely that they'll win the division even though they're only one game behind first. With the AFC North likely having two teams fighting for the wildcard and the Bills possibly still putting up a fight towards the end of the year, it won't be easy for the Jets to make the playoffs. Even the Titans could surprise us all.
15. Tennessee Titans: 106 (43)
Previous Week: 19
Notes: I still say this team won't finish past 9-7, but that was still an impressive road win against the Panthers.
16. Buffalo Bills: 104 (169)
Previous Week: 11
Notes: After looking like one of the elites, this team is fading fast with two ugly losses in a row. They'll end up being around a .500 team
17. San Diego Chargers: 93 (116)
Previous Week: 15
Notes: It's hard to act surprised that they lost against the Raiders considering how this team has been playing as of late. The division is officially up for grabs by anyone.
18. Oakland Raiders: 82 (46)
Previous Week: 18
Notes: A nice win against the Chargers that puts them into sole possession of 1st in the AFC West. Expect the first place team to fluctuate a lot, however, for the remainder of the season.
19. Philadelphia Eagles: 64 (98)
Previous Week: 17
Notes: Well, I think it's safe to say that nobody is expecting much out of the Eagles anymore. They aren't just under performing, they are one of the lower teams in the NFC.
20. Denver Broncos: 15 (-27 )
Previous Week: 24
Notes: Don't be surprised if they sneak up from behind and take a weak AFC West division.
21. Washington Redskins: -35 (1)
Previous Week: 20
Notes: The return of Rex Grossman didn't bring the team to wear they were prior to starting Beck (3-1). Stick a fork in this team.
22. Arizona Cardinals: -46 ( -78 )
Previous Week: 28
Notes: A streak??? By the Cards?? Well it happened and against the Eagles on the road. This team is pretty much around the same in terms of skill level all the way down to about 29 or 30 in the rankings so I'd take their ranking with a grain of salt.
23. Carolina Panthers: -48 (1)
Previous Week: 21
Notes: I liked this team all year long despite their record. I still think Cam Newton is an exciting player to watch, but I guess this team is really as bad as their 2-7 record says they are.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: - 49 (- 15)
Previous Week: 22
Notes: No surprise they were blown out by the Texans at home. Again, they are a lot worse than their record indicates.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: - 49 (-77)
Previous Week: 27
Notes: If everyone can play the Colts, all teams would look like a playoff caliber team.
26. Cleveland Browns: -50 (-26)
Previous Week: 23
Notes: The Browns are not only one of the worst teams in the league, but one of the more boring ones to watch.
27. Seattle Seahawks: -54 (-91)
Previous Week: 29
Notes: If this team can play like they did against the Ravens and Giants every week, they'd be viewed as playoff contenders. Unfortunately, these games are really flukes for what they really are.
28. Miami Dolphins: -54 (-103 )
Previous Week: 30
Notes: Two wins in a row for the once winless Dolphins. Lets see if they can pull of a 3rd with an impressive win over the Bills.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: -57 (-48)
Previous Week: 26
Notes: I honestly would put them in the bottom 2 if it wasn't for their 4 wins. They are horrible.
30. Minnesota Vikings: -77 (-36)
Previous Week: 25
Notes: An unsurprising blowout against the Packers. Doesn't necessarily mean this team won't win a few more games with Ponder as QB, it's just that with all of the upset / wins by the bottom ranked teams, it makes it difficult to have them out of the bottom 3.
31. St. Louis Rams: -154 (-191)
Previous Week: 31
Notes: A win at least makes them not in sole possession of the 2nd to worst record in the NFL. I think in a head to head match up, they'd beat the Chiefs (who are 2 spots ahead), but 2-7 an 4-5 are a big difference.
32. Indianapolis Colts: -357 (-329)
Previous Week: 32
Notes: (Insert comment about how terrible they are here).