1. Green Bay Packers (7-0, 1st last week): Two weeks to prepare for a Chargers team on short rest. Good fortune for the Pack ahead of what is supposed to be their biggest road challenge of the season.
2. San Francisco 49ers (6-1, 4th last week): The only one-loss team in football took care of business against Cleveland. Now it’s a freebie with Washington and then back-to-back home games against clearly inferior opponents. Hello, 9-1 and a division title by Thanksgiving. The Week 12 Harbaugh Bowl might only matter to John.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2, 11th last week): Still no James Harrison and now LaMarr Woodley is less than 100 percent. Bad timing with the hungry Ravens coming up.
4. New England Patriots (5-2, 2nd last week): The current defense can’t win playoff games. No way. But they were equally as bad at this point last year, and everything changed during the second half of the season. Patience.
5. Houston Texans (5-3, 6th last week): Oh man, just imagine this team with a healthy Andre Johnson and/or a healthy Mario Williams…
6. Buffalo Bills (5-2, 11th last week): It’s easy to bully the disaster that is Washington, but a young team gained even more confidence Sunday. Now the blinds are raised for their first game at The Ralph in nearly a month as they prepare for the division rival Jets.
7. Detroit Lions (6-2, 10th last week): Big bounce-back win, and I love their attitude. Very excited for the rematch with the Bears, this time in Chicago, after the bye. Oh, and the Packers on Thanksgiving two weeks after that.
8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2, 8th last week): Despite their recent struggles, something tells me they’ll rise to the occasion in Pittsburgh. That something is history.
9. New Orleans Saints (5-3, 3rd last week): Turns out last year wasn’t an anomaly — Drew Brees is experiencing interception and protection issues yet again. Trouble’s brewing with the Falcons gaining steam.
10. Atlanta Falcons (4-3, 9th last week): Speaking of which — Falcons at Saints, Week 10. Massive, as always.
11. Oakland Raiders (4-3, 12th last week): Don’t do it. Do not do it!
12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4, 19th last week): A “Dream Team” recovering from a shaky start and emerging as the favorite they were supposed to be. Where have we seen this before?
13. Chicago Bears (4-3, 13th last week): Hope you enjoyed the bye. Now? Philadelphia, Detroit, San Diego, Oakland, Kansas City.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3, 14th last week): Why are they scheduled to play the Saints for the second time in three games? The super-inconsistent Bucs have this going for them: they’re coming off a loss.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2, 15th last week): Cedric Benson returns for a matchup with the Titans. They might start 6-2, but I won’t buy Cincy stock unless they beat Pittsburgh or Baltimore in the weeks that follow.
16. New York Jets (4-3, 16th last week): Oh, I have the most insane stat you’ll read all day: quarterbacks have a 2.9 passer rating when throwing at Darrelle Revis this season. Two…point…nine.
17. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3, 21st last week): Okay, that was far from pretty. And setting aside Todd Haley’s beard and attire, the game was pretty tough to watch, too. Still, the Chiefs might have a legit chance to defy all the odds and win that division for the second straight year.
18. San Diego Chargers (4-3, 7th last week): No team shoots itself in the foot like the Chargers. Norv Turner’s in real trouble.
19. New York Giants (5-2, 18th last week): I’m still not a believer, but that could change based on what happens Sunday in Foxboro. To beat the Patriots, they’ll need Hakeem Nicks.
20. Tennessee Titans (4-3, 24th last week): A win’s a win, but I’m not going to give much power ranking weight to a victory over Indy, especially considering the Titans were outgained by the Colts.
21. Dallas Cowboys (3-4, 17th last week): Disgusting loss and now Sean Lee and Mike Jenkins are hurt. It’s not their year. Again.
22. Minnesota Vikings (2-6, 28th last week): Amazing how long it took them to realize that Adrian Peterson can’t be overused.
23. Carolina Panthers (2-6, 20th last week): At some point, we can’t call these moral victories anymore.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6, 23rd last week): Why is Blaine Gabbert regressing? There’s only so much Maurice Jones-Drew can do without any support.
25. St. Louis Rams (1-6, 32nd last week): They have a realistic chance to make it back-to-back wins this week in Arizona. To beat the Cards, you need the same recipe St. Louis used against the Saints, except that far fewer ingredients are necessary.
26. Washington Redskins (3-4, 22nd last week): Mike Shanahan has never been shut out…on American soil. And now Fred Davis, their top receiver Sunday, is also hurt.
27. Arizona Cardinals 1-6, 29th last week): On the bright side, Kevin Kolb might not be healthy enough to play Sunday against the Rams.
28. Seattle Seahawks (2-5, 25th last week): It’s beginning to look like Pete Carroll wants Andrew Luck.
29. Cleveland Browns (3-4, 26th last week): One touchdown in eight quarters, and now the red-hot Houston defense on the road.
30. Miami Dolphins (0-7, 30th last week): Sorry, Dolphins fans, but your team plays the Redskins in two weeks. Oh, and Mike Pouncey appears to be okay. That’ll hurt your cause in the Suck for Luck sweepstakes.
31. Denver Broncos (2-5, 27th last week): Tim Tebow deserves to face a bad team or two. Unfortunately, the Broncos face only one team with a sub-.500 record the rest of the way.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-8, 31st last week): They now have a minus-131 point differential. By comparison, Miami is only minus-59.