After Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, the inevitable question has surfaced; Can the Tennessee Titans run the table? Five of their next seven opponents are teams still in the playoff hunt, we’ll find out beginning Sunday in Jacksonville.
At any rate, it will be a tough stretch for Jeff Fisher’s bunch.
1. Tennessee Titans 9-0 (1): With seven games left, the Titans look to strut their stuff. With a predatory defense, the Titans will now be one of the hunted.
2. New York Giants 8-1 (2): The G-Men went into Philly last week and did basically whatever they wanted, when they wanted. Most 8-1 teams can.
3. Carolina Panthers 7-2 (4): The Panthers are in a great spot this week but their credibility will be tested in the upcoming weeks by the more notably the Falcons, Saints, Bucs and Giants.
4. Washington Redskins 6-3 (5): The ‘Skins next three division games are all at home, with winnable games in Seattle, Frisco and Cincy.
5. Arizona Cardinals 6-3 (8): Three of the Card’s next seven are against Seattle twice and the Rams, the division is theirs to lose.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers 6-3 (3): The Steelers playoff mettle will be tested by the likes of the Chargers, Patriots, Cowboys, Ravens and Titans. Willie Parker is coming back at the right time. I’m sure Mike Tomlin will proceed with caution in rushing him back.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-3 (7): Can the Bucs catch the Panthers while holding off the Falcons? Here’s to a healthy return for Cadillac Williams.
8. Baltimore Ravens 6-3 (10): Could the Ravens steal the division from the Steelers? Part of their remaining schedule is against the NFC East.
9. New England Patriots 6-3 (12): Spygate be damed! Bill Belichick has gotten his team up off the map despite injuries and a quarterback that hasn’t started a game since high school.
10. Atlanta Falcons 6-3 (13): Everyone is waiting for this team to go belly up. If they slip, it won’t be too far.
11.Chicago Bears 5-4 (6): No shame in losing to the Titans, the Bears didn’t roll over with Grossman under center.
12. New York Jets 6-3 (20): The Jets haven’t had a running game like this since Curtis Martin.
13. Miami Dolphins 5-4 (21): Was I the only one that felt good for Ricky Williams last week? Can’t look past the Raiders as they look to sweep the Patriots.
14. Buffalo Bills 5-4 (11): Three straight loses, four starters out with injuries and a sputtering offense has left the Bills with more questions than answers.
15. Dallas Cowboys 5-4 (15): The Cowboys are looking to regain some confidence, momentum and revenge as Tony Romo returns in time for the rematch against the Redskins.
16. Minnesota Vikings 5-4 (19): Sunday’s defensive performance was one that we had been waiting to see from the Vikes.
17. Philadelphia Eagles 5-4 (9): These analysts that have been kissing Andy Reid’s butt for 10 years need to come up for air and question his ability to coach in tight spots.
18. Indianapolis Colts 5-4 (20): The Colts may have turned the corner with last week potential season-saving win in the Steel City.
19. Denver Broncos 5-4 (25): If they can beat the Falcons on the road, I’ll take it easy on them for a week.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-5 (23): A tough road to haul the rest of the way after digging a deep hole for themselves early.
21. San Diego Chargers 4-5 (24): With games against the Steelers, Colts and Falcons in the next three weeks, the Chargers season is on the line.
22. New Orleans Saints 4-5 (17): Not having Reggie Bush makes takes away so many offensive options.
23. Green Bay Packers 4-5 (18): The Pack need a win against the Bears at home on Sunday to stay in the division title hunt.
24. Houston Texans 3-6 (18): Having Matt Shaub last week would’ve improved the Texans chances of getting a win.
25. Cleveland Browns 3-6 (22): The Browns believe it or not still have a shot. Looking to see how Brady Quinn handles the Bills pass rush.
26. Kansas City Chiefs 1-8 (26): Have lost their last thee games by four points or less. No quit in this bunch.
27. Seattle Seahawks 2-7 (28): Matt Hasselbeck returns to try and save what left of a disappointing season.,
28. Cincinnati Bengals 1-8 (29): The Bengals have been reduced to spoilers. First stop: Philly.
29. San Francisco 49ers 2-7 (31): I hope the Niners aren’t looking for anyone other than Mike Singletary to coach this team next season.
30. St. Louis Rams 2-7 (27): It’s all about pride from here.
31. Detroit Lions 0-9 (30): Allen Iverson is finally in a city where he could double as a quarterback.
32. Oakland Raiders 2-7 (32): Just chalk it up Baby!
Greatest Jump: N.Y. Jets +8
Greatest Plunge: Philadelphia Eagles -8