1.) Packers — In a season in which no team has totally distinguished itself, someone must be ranked first. I’ll go with my preseason pick.
2.) Saints — Will be getting Reggie Bush and Darren Sharper back in coming weeks. Winning with D this year.
3.) Ravens — Joe Flacco may have just posted a seminal win Sunday in Pittsburgh.
4.) Steelers — Big Ben returns and everything else is pretty much in place.
5.) Colts — Could be worst Colts team in more than five years, but no one else dominating in this season, either.
6.) Patriots — Big, big win for them, hadn’t looked good against divisional teams.
7.) Jets — They have been a different team the past three weeks … and now Santonio Holmes comes back.
8.) Texans — A win is a win … and now Brian Cushing comes back.
9.) Falcons — Matt Ryan got a reprieve when Nate Clements was stripped, and made the most of it.
10.) Titans — Can’t seem to get out of their own way at times, but I still expect them to contend.
11.) Chargers — Let’s see all three phases of the game show up two straight weeks.
12.) Bengals — What happened to the running game? Can’t get any balance on offense.
13.) Dolphins — Need to regroup.
14.) Chiefs – Will the early bye week sap some of their momentum?
15.) Cowboys — Have a feeling they get things going a little bit here.
16.) Broncos — Showing a lot of gumption and spirit; need to get a run game going.
17.) Giants — Will 9-7 win the NFC East? Epic defensive performance.
18.) Eagles — The injuries are getting a little surreal.
19.) Vikings — Not sure an early bye is gonna help Brett Favre and that offense much.
20.) Bears — That was humiliating to watch. Confirmed every fear I have about their OL/protection.
21.) Rams — Sam Bradford might be enough to win the NFC Least.
22.) Redskins — Huge win for team and Donovan McNabb; much-needed defensive adjustments.
23.) Jaguars – Emotional win and big upset. Want to see that sustained.
24.) Seahawks — Startling difference between their home and road play.
25.) Bucs — Promising start will be tough to maintain.
26.) 49ers — I still believe they can win that division.
27.) Raiders – I actually thought they’d finish .500 or better. Someone hit me with a brick.
28.) Browns — Becoming a power running team is only thing that makes sense.
29.) Panthers — Showed some spunk.
30.) Lions — Can’t imagine them winning a game til Matthew Stafford comes back.
31.) Cardinals — Max Hall, come on down.
32.) Bills — So whatever spark there was from the QB change is obviously gone. Now what? Trade Marshawn Lynch.
– Jason La Canfora