1. New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 1
No questions about it now, this team is 100 percent for real. Well, one question, can they keep it up through the playoffs?
2. Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 2
The Colts are getting all the lucky breaks so far this year. They’re certainly the most lackluster 11-0 team in recent memory.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 3
The Vikings have really turned it on in the past few weeks, but Adrian Peterson is quickly becoming just “another player” in this system.
4. San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 5
I guess it’s that time of year again where the Chargers come out of nowhere, win a billion games, and then lose in the first round of the playoffs.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 6
If I didn’t have a certain level of attachment to a dozen other NFL teams, the Bengals would be my favorite. It actually feels good seeing them succeed.
6. New England Patriots
Last Week: 4
The coaching luster is quickly wearing off Bill Belichick. This Patriots team is good enough to make the playoffs, but I don’t expect them to win there.
7. Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 9
Where in the world has this Tony Romo been hiding the past few weeks? Or did he finally break up with another celebrity girlfriend?
8. Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 7
Through what is essentially no fault of his own, Matt Leinart will always be remembered as basically a very talented Ryan Leaf.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 8
You almost have to pull for Dennis Dixon, who gave the Steelers a game effort in their loss. Especially if Ben keeps that lame haircut.
10. Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 10
Barely beating the Redskins is nothing to get too excited about, especially considering they might have to win four out of these last five to secure a playoff spot.
11. Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 15
A win on Thanksgiving and the Packers continue to limp ahead toward the Playoffs. It’s almost enough to make them forget Brett Favre. Oops, there I go again.
12. Denver Broncos
Last Week: 13
Last week was a quick, efficient game that got Kyle Orton home on Thursday night in time to enjoy his traditional Thanksgiving Grey Goose.
13. New York Giants
Last Week: 11
Eli Manning claims his injured foot isn’t bothering him, but the only thing that’s crashed faster than the Giants offense this week is Tiger Woods.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 14
I was just thinking that I couldn’t remember who the Falcons back-up quarterback was anymore because I could’ve sworn Chris Redman had evaporated again.
15. Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 17
A hollow victory in the grand scheme of things, but the Ravens are slowly regaining that confidence that found last year and the first few games this season.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 12
It’s not going to happen, but it’s fun dreaming up the nine million impossible scenarios that would put a team as bad as the Jaguars into the Playoffs.
17. Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 19
If nothing else, Vince Young sure knows how to beat Matt Leinart.
18. New York Jets
Last Week: 23
Will it be revenge for Mark Sanchez against the Bills? Or will they fall apart once again? Join us again next week for, “It doesn’t really matter, they’ll both finish 8-8.”
19. Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 16
The Dolphin’s push to the playoffs is starting to run out of gas. That said, there are some encouraging signs that they’ll be competitive in the next couple years.
20. San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 18
Alex Smith might end up being a decent quarterback yet, but this 49ers team will never be good enough for any of us to ever find out.
21. Houston Texans
Last Week: 21
For the 11 billionth time in a row, the Texans had the Colts right where they wanted them, and they let them get away. It’s enough to make a guy want Ron Dayne again.
22. Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 20
A heartbreaking loss, ending their season-long quest for mediocrity. Now, back to toiling in the lower half of the league.
23. Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 26
Well, thank you for finally showing up to the party, T.O. Your reality show would’ve been a lot better if Gus Johnson had provided commentary. Terrell is going on a date! YES! HAHAHA!
24. Chicago Bears
Last Week: 22
This week the Bears didn’t even try to run, putting the entire game in Jay Cutler’s hands which has born itself out so well this season.
25. Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 24
I really don’t know if the rumors that have Charlie Weis interested in a job with the Chiefs are funny or just sad. I guess there’s nowhere to go but up for both sides.
26. Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 25
An embarrassing loss on Thanksgiving, but they really expected nothing less. Still, their new motto “Just Score Enough to Cover the Spread, Baby” isn’t as snappy.
27. Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 27
Rumors have Mike Holmgren returning to the team as an executive. The position appeals to Holmgren because he enjoys losing without the whole preparing every week part.
28. Washington Redskins
Last Week: 28
Jim Zorn says he’s trying not to lose heart over the Redskins season. At this point, there’s no “trying” about it, is there?
29. Detroit Lions
Last Week: 29
On the plus side, I guess, they’ll have plenty of time to prepare for their next game. But then again, I don’t think it’ll make much difference.
30. Saint Louis Rams
Last Week: 27
Even when they look good, the Rams aren’t. And now Stephen Jackson is hurt, again, defending the honor of the Rams.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 29
The fake punt was definitely ill advised, but at least Raheem Morris is trying something.
32. Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 32
At least now there’s statistical basis that says that Josh Cribbs is the best quarterback the Browns have.
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