1) Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)
Last Week: 1st, Defeated Oakland 17-10
It was ugly and sloppy, but the Chiefs are 7-0.
2) Minnesota Vikings (6-0)
Last Week: 4th, Defeated Denver 28-20
Randy Moss's heads up, behind the head lateral could be another sign of his new found maturity.
3) Indianapolis Colts (5-1)
Last Week: 3rd, Bye
The Colts have owned or shared the lead in 22 of the 24 weeks of the AFC South's existence.
4) Tennessee Titans (5-2)
Last Week: 9th, Defeated Carolina 37-17
Titans looking scary good.
5) Carolina Panthers (5-1)
Last Week: 2nd, Lost to Tennessee 37-17
Panthers get a taste of their own medicine and get pounded by the Titans' defense.
6) Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
Last Week: 8th, Defeated Chicago 24-17
Seahawks off to their best start in franchise history.
7) New England Patriots (5-2)
Last Week: 10th, Defeated Miami 19-13 in OT
Officials can't get heads or tails right, but Pats overcome.
8) Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
Last Week: 11th, Defeated Detroit 38-7
We may be impressed by Dallas' start, but Bill Parcells isn't.
9) St. Louis Rams (4-2)
Last Week: 14th, Defeated Green Bay 34-24
Rams using better blocking techniques and Bulger stays perfect at home (10-0).
10) Denver Broncos (5-2)
Last Week: 7th, Lost to Minnesota 28-20
Denver losing QB's left and right.
11) Miami Dolphins (4-2)
Last Week: 5th, Lost to New England 19-13 in OT
Get bit because the Marlins are in the World Series and the dirt infield is still intact.
12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)
Last Week: 6th, Lost to San Francisco 24-7
Warren Sapp should start kicking his defense around and leave the pylons alone.
13) Green Bay Packers (3-4)
Last Week: 9th, Lost to St. Louis 34-24
Brett Farve's inexplicable misery in domes continues. (10-20 lifetime)
14) Buffalo Bills (4-3)
Last Week: 18th, Defeated Washington 24-7
Travis Henry rushed for a career-high 167 yards and two touchdowns, but could be looking for new digs next season.
15) Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
Last Week: 13th, Defeated NY Giants 14-10
Eagles actually had more yards on returns (145) than on offense (134).
16) San Francisco 49ers (3-4)
Last Week: 20th, Defeated Tampa Bay 24-7
Team saves Dennis Erickson for now.
17) Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)
Last Week: 21st, Defeated Baltimore 34-26
Bengals get the bounces that usually go against them.
18) Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
Last Week: 15th, Lost to Cincinnati 34-26
At least for the Ravens, they are in the only division where .500 is good enough for 1st place.
19) Washington Redskins (3-4)
Last Week: 16th, Lost to Buffalo 24-7
Steve Spurrier rips his team and questions their heart. Could be big trouble ahead.
20) Cleveland Browns (3-4)
Last Week: 17th, Lost to San Diego 26-20
Looks like the QB carousel continues with Kelly Holcomb back in.
21) New Orleans Saints (3-4)
Last Week: 29th, Defeated Atlanta 45-17
Aaron Brooks comes to life, even if it was just against the Falcons.
22) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
Last Week: 22nd, Bye
Steelers need to address offensive line woes.
23) New York Jets (2-4)
Last Week: 27th, Defeated Houston 19-14
Jets comeback from 14 points down and will have Chad Pennington splitting time at QB this Sunday.
24) Houston Texans (2-4)
Last Week: 24th, Lost to NY Jets 19-14
David Carr, learn the touch pass...
25) New York Giants (2-4)
Last Week: 19th, Lost to Philadelphia 14-10
Oh those Giants special teams!
26) Oakland Raiders (2-5)
Last Week: 26th, Lost to Kansas City 17-10
We may have seen the last of Rich Gannon.
27) Detroit Lions (1-5)
Last Week: 25th, Lost to Dallas 38-7
In their last five games, the Lions haven't scored more than 17 points or allowed fewer than 20.
28) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)
Last Week: 28th, Bye
Just ahead on the Jags schedule is Tennessee, at Baltimore, Indianapolis, at Tennessee. Yipes!
29) San Diego Chargers (1-5)
Last Week: 32nd, Defeated Cleveland 26-20
Team tried like hell to give the game away to Cleveland, but Browns wouldn't take it.
30) Chicago Bears (1-5)
Last Week: 30th, Lost to Seattle 24-17
Bears show something coming back from an 11 point hole, but defense fails when they needed it the most.
31) Arizona Cardinals (1-5)
Last Week: 31st, Bye
Lost in the dismal play of the Cardinals is the good season rookie Anquan Boldin is having.
32) Atlanta Falcons (1-6)
Last Week: 29th, Lost to New Orleans 45-17
It isn't just the loss of Michael Vick, the Falcons have allowed 1,003 yards in the past two games and a league-worst 416.7 per game.
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