1. (2) Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
The Ravens, who have won seven straight at home, have defeated the Jets, Steelers and Dolphins.
2. (3) New York Jets (6-2)
Mark Sanchez turned it on late to avoid a bad loss at Detroit, but he's looked pretty pedestrian over the past four weeks.
3. (1) New England Patriots (6-2)
The Patriots' 20-point loss at Cleveland was Tom Brady's worst defeat against an AFC team since New England fell, 21-0, at Miami—four years ago.
4. (5) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
The Steelers nearly blew a 20-point lead, but hung on late to beat the Bengals in Cincinnati on Monday night.
5. (4) Indianapolis Colts (5-3)
Facing Michael Vick on the road was not a good matchup for a team that ranks 25th in rushing defense.
6. (6) New York Giants (6-2)
The Giants absolutely crushed Seattle, but New York is 1-2 against the AFC and the teams it has beaten are a combined 17-30.
7. (7) Miami Dolphins (4-4)
Miami's four losses have come to the four best teams in football and with a win at Green Bay, it's hard to rank the Dolphins lower than seventh. Nevertheless, they're going to have to start beating some of these elite teams to be considered a true contender.
8. (8) Green Bay Packers (6-3)
The Packers have allowed seven points over the past two weeks.
9. (11) Tennessee Titans (5-3)
The Titans have won four in a row coming off their bye week. Tennessee travels to Miami this weekend with Randy Moss.
10. (14) Philadelphia Eagles (5-3)
I'm shocked but pleased that Kurt Coleman's hit on Austin Collie didn't result in a fine.
11. (15) Atlanta Falcons (6-2)
The Falcons have won four consecutive games against the Bucs.
12. (16) New Orleans Saints (6-3)
The Saints are 6-0 when Drew Brees throws fewer than two interceptions.
13. (9) Houston Texans (4-4)
The Texans have lost their last four games to teams ranked in the top 12 in passing offense.
14. (12) Washington Redskins (4-4)
Donovan McNabb could sweep his former team on Monday night, but will he be allowed to play?
15. (13) Chicago Bears (5-3)
The Bears have now won four of their last five games coming off a bye.
16. (17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3)
The Bucs are 0-3 against winning teams.
17. (18) Oakland Raiders (5-4)
Don't look now, but the Raiders have won three straight to pull within a half-game of first place.
18. (10) Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)
Jamaal Charles leads the league with 6.4 yards per carry. Thomas Jones is averaging 4.2. So why does Jones have 137 carries this season, while Charles only has 113?
19. (21) San Diego Chargers (4-5)
The Chargers have won back-to-back games and have 15 days to prepare for a home date against the 2-6 Broncos.
20. (24) Cleveland Browns (3-5)
Seven of the Browns' eight games have come against teams that are at least two games over .500 and they have won two of those, defeating the Saints and Patriots.
21. (19) St. Louis Rams (4-4)
The first-place Rams travel to San Francisco on Sunday.
22. (20) Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
Charlie Whitehurst sucks.
23. (22) Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)
The last-place Jags have the same record as the first-place Rams.
24. (25) Cincinnati Bengals (2-6)
Chad Ochocinco is completely useless.
25. (26) Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
NFL teams are 2-0 this season in games immediately following the release of Randy Moss.
26. (23) Arizona Cardinals (3-5)
Arizona has blown fourth-quarter leads in each of its last two games.
27. (27) Detroit Lions (2-6)
The Lions blew a 10-point lead with less than three minutes left in the game, but not to fear, Detroit's next two opponents are a combined 1-15.
28. (28) Dallas Cowboys (1-7)
Now that the Cowboys fired Wade Phillips, you know Brett Favre is going to do something extra crazy to get back the lead on SportsCenter.
29. (29) Carolina Panthers (1-7)
The Panthers haven't scored a rushing touchdown in their last four games.
30. (30) San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
The location of the Niners' last game and next game are 5,371 miles apart.
31. (31) Denver Broncos (2-6)
The Broncos had won eight straight home dates with Kansas City before losing to the Chiefs in Denver last year. The rivals meet in Mile High on Sunday.
32. (32) Buffalo Bills (0-8)
The Bills are the first 0-8 team to lose three consecutive games by three points. I totally made that up, but it's probably true.
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