The Atlanta Falcons reign at the top of my NFL power rankings may soon be coming to an end. Beginning Sunday in Philadelphia against the Eagles, the Falcons face the Giants, Cowboys Lions and five remaining division games.
In the hunt: Bears, Texans, Giants and 49ers.
1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) – The Falcons have yet to face the Bucs and Saints this season.
2. Chicago Bears (5-1) - The Bears defense is as dominant as any in the NFL.
3. Houston Texans (6-1) – Texans will face teams late in the season that could threaten their quest for home field advantage.
4. New York Giants (5-2) – When it was time to stop the madness against the Redskins, Eli Manning was as cool as ever.
5. San Francisco 49ers (5-2) – Alex Smith is the one entity that will keep the 49ers from winning it all.
6. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) – Adrian Peterson is a definite MVP candidate.
7. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – Aaron Rodgers may come close to last year’s touchdown numbers if the Packers are unable to run the ball.
8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) – Time for Joe Flacco to back up his “elite” talk.
9. New England Patriots (4-3) – Come to grips with the Patriots not being what they once were.
10. Denver Broncos (3-3) – The Broncos face a hot Drew Brees Sunday.
11. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) – Lions, Vikings and Jets before the bye.
12. Miami Dolphins (3-3) – Two tough road games await the ‘Phins against the Jets and Colts.
Michael Vick is up against more than just the Falcons defense on Sunday.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) – Sunday just may be the most important game in Michael Vick’s career.
14. San Diego Chargers (3-3) – In order to make a run at the division the Chargers need to get their running game straightened out.
15. Arizona Cardinals (4-3) – Not even John Skelton can save the Cardinals free fall.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) – Character win against the Bengals. Can they ride Big Ben’s arm for the duration?
17. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) – A loss to Carolina would’ve been disastrous for the ‘Boys.
18. Washington Redskins (3-4) – I don’t think there isn’t anything that RG3 can’t do at the QB position.
19. Buffalo Bills (3-4) - Have the Bills started to kick themselves for breaking the bank for Mario Williams?
20. New York Jets (3-4) – A valiant effort by Mark Sanchez may have quieted talk about the backup QB for one week.
21. St. Louis Rams (3-4) – Tough meeting at home against the Patriots before the bye.
22. Indianapolis Colts (3-4) – The Colts have a chance to run off three wins a row against the Titans, Dolphins and Jaguars.
The highlight of the Titans season.
23. Tennessee Titans (3-4) – Chris Johnson looks to be back to his old self. The Titans fortunes may begin to turn for the better.
24. Detroit Lions (2-4) – A loss Sunday against the Seahawks could put the Lions season in jeopardy.
25. New Orleans Saints (2-4) – Drew Brees is doing his best to get the Saints back into the wild card race.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) – The Bengals season is spiraling out of control.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) – Josh Freeman’s effort the past two weeks has been impressive.
28. Oakland Raiders (2-4) - Face the hated Chiefs on Sunday.
29. Cleveland Browns (1-5) – Impressed with the effort that this team puts out every week.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) – November is a sink or swim month for the Chiefs.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) – Maurice Jones-Drew will miss several games.
32. Carolina Panthers (1-5) – Changes will come.