1.) Ravens — Ed Reed has three picks in two games back; team had three takeaways first five games total. Joe Flacco top rated QB in NFL since Week 2.
2.) Saints — Defense still getting far too overlooked.
3.) Steelers — I expect Big Ben to get better from here on out.
4.) Giants — That just wasn’t even fair Sunday. Men against boys.
5.) Packers — Hitting their stride.
6.) Titans — Picking up Randy Moss on waivers not too shabby on a bye week.
7.) Patriots — The defense could still be their downfall.
8.) Jets — Since Oct 1, Mark Sanchez has a 67.5 rating, with four TDs and five picks; L.T. averaging 3.7 yards per carry last four games.
9.) Eagles — Second-half schedule shapes up well for them.
10.) Colts — Another game, another offensive skill position starter lost.
11.) Falcons — As good a home team as there is. Ravens provide stern test in short week.
12.) Chargers — They’re baacckk. Another gutsy showing without a ton of skill players. Bye comes at perfect time and Vincent Jackson just a few weeks away.
13.) Raiders — Biggest win in a long, long time. Amazing comeback. Right in thick of AFC West race and have wins over K.C. and San Diego already.
14.) Vikings — Much like the Chargers, might be getting off the mat at last possible minute. Don’t see them reaching playoffs, but could salvage something.
15.) Chiefs — They won some crazy games and were due to lose one … If they fail to reach the playoffs, though, circle that loss.
16.) Dolphins — Very tough stretch against three straight AFC North opponents now behind them.
17.) Bucs — That may have been a must-win game in Atlanta in terms of real playoff hopes. Regardless, this team so vastly improved from a year ago.
18.) Texans — Same ‘ol, same ‘ol.
19.) Lions — Have to find a way to incubate Matthew Stafford from the kind of crushing blows he so routinely absorbs.
20.) Rams — Win their division games and Sam Bradford will be playing in the postseason.
21.) Jaguars — Gained ground in the division with a bye. But better start playing with some semblance of a defense.
22.) Browns — Play their best against the best teams. Capable of being overpowering in run game on any given day.
23.) Redskins — Few places do a QB controversy like Washington, real or contrived.
24.) Bears — Not a pristine showing coming off the bye.
25.) 49ers — In any other division you’d say, have a nice draft. But if they can beat the Rams …
26.) Bengals — Beating up on Browns, Ravens and Steelers a year ago not helping now… Those division foes remember and smell blood now.
27.) Seahawks — Absolutely pummeled by physical teams the last two weeks and the injuries have been crippling.
28.) Cowboys — Believe it or not, this may not even be the nadir.
29.) Cardinals — If they beat the Seahawks this week they’ll be right back in it.
30.) Broncos — Falling well off the pace while the rest of their division steps up.
31.) Bills — Find ways to lose every week. So close but yet so far.
32.) Panthers — Horribly non-competitive football team right now.