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Team rankings

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. Chicago (1)

Gets second straight bye week by playing San Francisco.

2. Indianapolis (2)

It's on to the rarified air and stifling defense in Denver.

3. Denver (3)

Has surrendered just two touchdowns and league-low 44 points.

4. New England (5)

Tom Brady gets a chance to shine or fail tomorrow.

5. New Orleans (7)

Well-rested as it hosts Ravens at Superdome.

6. N.Y. Giants (12)

Four interceptions, six sacks against Dallas on Monday night.

7. Cincinnati (14)

Must find way to separate Michael Vick from the football.

8. San Diego (4)

LaDainian Tomlinson threw another TD pass, but Chargers still lost.

9. Ravens (10)

Steve McNair heads into New Orleans with a 64.1 quarterback rating.

10. Minnesota (18)

Chester Taylor gets to showcase his talents on Monday Night Football.

11. Atlanta (15)

Has yet to beat a team with a winning record at time of the game.

12. Carolina (8)

Four-game winning streak with Steve Smith in lineup ended in Cincinnati.

13. Seattle (6)

Will Shaun Alexander be back in time to make this team consistent?

14. Philadelphia (9)

Only win of note is against Dallas. Should be 7-0.

15. St. Louis (17)

Sixth-best offense in NFC, but 15th-worst defense against run.

16. Dallas (13)

Tony Romo, it's your team now.

17. Pittsburgh (16)

Ben Roethlisberger got his bell rung by a helmet.

18. Jacksonville (11)

Third-best intercepting team gets to face Donovan McNabb.

19. N.Y. Jets (19)

Take a two-game winning streak into Cleveland.

20. Kansas City (20)

Lawrence Tynes hits late game-winning field goal to upset Chargers.

21. Tampa Bay (23)

Matt Bryant gets to test the winds of Giants Stadium.

22. Washington (21)

All of Dan Snyder's money and Joe Gibbs' talent means nothing.

23. Buffalo (22)

Heads into bye week with a three-game losing streak.

24. Green Bay (29)

Brett Favre gets to feast on fatted calf that is Arizona.

25. Houston (31)

David Carr throws for two TDs in upset of Jacksonville.

26. San Francisco (25)

Dead team walking as it heads into Chicago.

27. Cleveland (26)

Only second team to score a TD against Denver yet still lost.

28. Tennessee (28)

Must face rejuvenated Houston team that has won two of three.

29. Detroit (27)

Bye week means Lions won't lose this week.

30. Miami (30)

Joey Harrington's 414 passing yards offset by four sacks and three interceptions.

31. Oakland (32)

Two-game winning streak? Not likely.

32. Arizona (24)

Forced five turnovers from Oakland but still lost.

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