11. Chicago Bears
Speaking of the Bears, they have also benefited from a schedule of teams that haven't done well. But last week, their defense, which has allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL, took it to Michael Vick and grounded him and the Eagles.
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Bears offense, under Mad Genius Mike Martz, has been putting it together, averaging 24 points a game, which is more than enough to cover what Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and the defense will allow.
10. San Diego Chargers
If it's December, the Chargers must start winning. If they hadn't turned the ball over so much, they would've been one of the elite teams in the league this season. No offense has gained more yards. No defense has given up fewer.
If they continue like this, this is NOT the team you want to face in the postseason.
9. New Orleans Saints
If Drew Brees didn't throw two pick-sixes to Browns defensive lineman Bruce Bowens, they would be another 9-2 team. They rank second to the Chargers in offensive yardage and seventh in yards allowed.
Super Bowl hangover aside, they are still poised to join the league's elite once again.
8. New York Giants
A couple weeks ago, we were talking of an all-New York Super Bowl. Now we're wondering if the Giants will even make it to the postseason.
With the Redskins and Vikings coming up, they have a chance to prove that they are ready for a rematch with the Eagles and the Packers. One will likely decide the NFC East, the other will likely decide if the Giants can make at least a wild card.
7. Green Bay Packers
The Pack has allowed the fewest points in the NFL, and Aaron Rodgers has the offense running smoothly.
Consider this. All four of their losses have been by three points, against teams with a 28-16 record.