The NFL is a crazy league, isn't it? Honestly, I don't even think Jack Del Rio thought that his Jacksonville Jaguars were going to beat the Baltimore Ravens last night. The Packers are still undefeated as they cruised past the Christian Ponder lead Vikings. By the way, I felt like I was watching a horror film watching the Colts get slaughtered by the Saints.
Let's get to the rankings. Some teams, as you will notice, have moved up the charts even though they were on their bye weeks. That's what happens when good teams lose to non-threatening underdogs. As always, LW = last week's rankings. Without further adieu...
1. Green Bay Packers (7-0) (LW: 1): The Packers remain on top as the sole undefeated team. These are the type of clubs that hate going into their bye weeks, as all they do is halt momentum.
2. New England Patriots (5-1) (LW: 2): The Pats had a bye this week, but now that the Ravens lost in such a miserable fashion, the Patriots are easily the team to beat in the AFC.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-1) (LW: 5): The 49ers were on a bye, but they move up with the Ravens loss. They host the Browns next week in what will be another lopsided game.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) (LW: 7): I don't care what anyone has to say about Ben Roethlisberger, the guy is a stud. He extends plays, finds receivers and wins ball games. Some of these other young and big quarterbacks (Cam Newton) should take notes from this guy.
6. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) (LW: 3): I am going to treat the atrocious offensive outing of the Ravens as a blip. I don't see this trend continuing as they face the Cardinals' poor defense next weekend. Still though, the Jaguars?
8. Detroit Lions (5-2) (LW: 6): That makes two losses in a row at home now for the previously unbeaten Lions. They are a young team, so a skid was to be expected of them. They go to the Mile High City to take on Tim Tebow and the Broncos, which should be a win unless Tebow can beat them in the final two minutes too.
9. Houston Texans (4-3) (LW: 14): The Texans won in convincing fashion over the Titans and they now hold on to first place in the AFC South. One of their key players, Danieal Manning, is apparently out for the year, but in a weak division, they should still make the playoffs.
10. San Diego Chargers (4-2) (LW: 9): The Chargers lost a tough game on the road, but letting Plaxico Burress score three touchdowns on your team is unacceptable. The Bolts are still the favorite in the AFC West.
11. New York Giants (4-2) (LW: 12): The G-Men move up with a Buccaneers loss. They host the win-less Dolphins next week, but will you trust them in your survival pool? The last time they were the popular pick, they lost to Seattle at home. I'm just not sure...
12. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) (LW: 13): Another bye team moves up? This is just getting ridiculous.
13. Oakland Raiders (4-3) (LW: 10): The two Raiders quarterbacks, Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer, combined to throw six interceptions to Kansas City. I think it's still too early to judge the Palmer trade, but his era in Oakland is not off to a good start.
14. New York Jets (4-3) (LW: 16): I still don't think the Jets have a very good offense. How many weeks can you expect Plaxico to get three TDs for your team? Shonn Greene finally broke 100 yards rushing, so at least they are getting some productivity from him.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) (LW: 11): The Bucs had the privilege of playing in London against the Bears last Sunday. Josh Freeman did not look overly confident throwing his four interceptions and their defense couldn't stop Matt Forte at all.
16. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) (LW: 17): Admittedly, they should probably be higher than 16 since they went into Detroit and beat the Lions, but I just don't trust this team. They play to the level of their competition and sometimes that's great... Other times, not so much.
17. Chicago Bears (4-3) (LW: 19): The Bears came out as the winners in the game across the pond against the Bucs. Their offensive line held up well and as usual, they did a great job of run blocking. The defense was pretty impressive as well.
18. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) (LW: 20): The Cowboys return to .500 with a win over the lousy Rams. DeMarco Murray was an absolute stud, setting a single game franchise record with 253 yards rushing. Is he the real deal or was that one lucky game?
19. Washington Redskins (3-3) (LW: 15): This team is an absolute mess. Tim Hightower is now out for the season with a torn ACL and Santana Moss will be out a number of weeks with a hand injury. Oh, and they still don't have a decent QB on the roster.
20. Tennessee Titans (3-3) (LW: 18): The Titans lost pretty badly to the Texans at home. They need to do something to get handsomely paid Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson going.
21. Cleveland Browns (3-3) (LW: 22): The Browns won with a total of 6 points. Yep.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) (LW: 21): Ah, finally a victim of the bye. The Eagles probably watched DeMarco Murray run all over the Rams, so I wonder what they will be doing in order to prevent him next weekend.
23. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) (LW: 24): The Chiefs started the season 0-3, but they have now won three in a row and they are back in the division hunt. I don't expect them to win the AFC West, but those Todd Haley hot seat comments sure dissipated pretty quick, didn't they?
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) (LW: 25): The Jaguars upset the Baltimore Ravens in front of the entire world on Monday Night Football. However, they failed to score a single touchdown and had to rely on the leg of Josh Scobee and his three 50+ yards field goals to win the game.
25. Carolina Panthers (2-5) (LW: 26): Man, a bunch of these lower tier teams won this week. I think the Panthers were finally able to do what no other team has been able to so far this season... They exposed the Redskins to be the bad team that they truly are.
26. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) (LW: 23): The 'Hawks lost while only giving up six points to the Browns. Unfortunately, they were only able to register a single field goal. Pathetic.
27. Denver Broncos (2-4) (LW: 27): The Broncos stay right where they have been for the past two weeks, even with a win. Why, you ask? They had to rely on the arm of Tim Tebow to bring them back in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins. Don't count these guys out of the Suck for Luck race just yet.
28. Minnesota Vikings (1-6) (LW: 29): Christian Ponder looked half way decent and the rest of the teams on the list are wretched. Adrian Peterson also had a quiet 175 yards rushing against the Packers defense.
29. Arizona Cardinals (1-5) (LW: 28): The Cards have now lost five in a row and they will be visiting the anemic offense of the Ravens next week. Still, I am not optimistic for a win.
30. St. Louis Rams (0-6) (LW: 30): The Rams could very well be the worst team in the NFL, but it's really hard to determine that when the Dolphins and Colts stink as bad as they do. The Rams rush defense is absolutely terrible. See: DeMarco Murray.
31. Indianapolis Colts (0-7) (LW: 31): I honestly had a difficult time deciding who would be in the 31st spot. Between the Colts, who were beat 62-7 and the Dolphins, who lost to Tim Tebow in a fourth quarter meltdown, it was tough. I went with the Colts because at least they were dominated by a good team.
32. Miami Dolphins (0-6) (LW: 32): The 'Fins are just bad. I am speechless. The bright side is that Matt Moore actually beat someone in passing yards for what was probably the first time in his life. Congratulations!