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12. New York Giants
The defending champs have looked great and awful way too often, and they have done it in the same game. They can beat any team in the league, but they typically play down to their opponents’ level. Having Eli Manning to dig them out of holes is the only reason they are still this high.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are 3-1, reeling away three straight victories after being embarrassed opening night in Baltimore. Before jumping the gun, the team has beaten Cleveland, Washington and Jacksonville. The Bengals are a good football team but just how good is yet to be seen.
10. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers' defense came to play against Kansas City and forced six turnovers, after getting trounced by the Falcons the week before. Philip Rivers doesn’t have the greatest players around him and is known to give the ball away, but he is still one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
9. Chicago Bears
The Bears defense does not create turnovers. They force them. The defense is obviously the strong link of the team, but the offense has too many playmakers to ignore. If they can sure up their offensive line, the Bears can be as good as they want to be.