Team rankings

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. Chicago (1)


Up next is Miami, so chalk up another win.

2. Indianapolis (2)


Peyton Manning kept perfect season alive vs. Broncos.

3. New England (4)

Starting to get that unbeatable look again.

4. N.Y. Giants (6)

Four straight wins thanks to improved defense, Eli Manning's arm and Tiki Barber's legs.

5. Denver (3)

Defense went belly-up in loss to Colts.

6. San Diego (8)


Bolts manhandled Rams behind LaDainian Tomlinson brilliance.

7. Ravens (9)

Turnover-happy defense set tone vs. Saints.

8. Atlanta (11)

It's amazing what Michael Vick can do when he sits in the pocket and throws darts.

9. New Orleans (5)


Early-season emotion disappeared vs. Ravens.

10. Dallas (16)

Back in business after rout of Panthers.

11. Cincinnati (7)

After huge home loss to Atlanta, it doesn't get any easier.

12. Seattle (13)


Seneca Wallace nearly pulled off comeback in first NFL start.

13. Carolina (12)

Wasn't this defense supposed to be better?

14. Minnesota (10)

Patriots showed Vikings just how far they have to go.

15. Jacksonville (18)


After David Garrard's performance, what's Byron Leftwich's future?

16. Kansas City (20)

Larry Johnson is a fantasy football player's dream.

17. Philadelphia (14)

Eagles are wondering if the wheels have come off.

18. St. Louis (15)


Back to reality after blowout loss in San Diego.

19. N.Y. Jets (19)

Wonder if Chris Baker's catch would have been a touchdown at the Meadowlands.

20. Pittsburgh (17)

The champs are just about done.

21. Tampa Bay (21)


No Matt Bryant miracle finish last week.

22. Green Bay (24)

So that's why Brett Favre came back.

23. Washington (22)

It's Mark Brunell or bust going into game vs. Cowboys.

24. Buffalo (23)


Bills need to find out if J.P. Losman is the answer.

25. Cleveland (27)

Browns followed up Maurice Carthon's resignation with a solid effort vs. Jets.

26. Tennessee (28)

Round 1 went to Vince Young, who let Texans fans see what might have been.

27. Oakland (31)


Raiders continued their climb out of Black Hole.

28. Houston (25)

Titans sent David Carr to the bench as Gary Kubiak loses patience.

29. San Francisco (26)

Take it from 49ers: The Dolphins are in for long afternoon vs. Bears.

30. Detroit (29)


Lions didn't lose last week; then again, they didn't play.

31. Miami (30)

Season to forget continues today at Chicago.

32. Arizona (32)

Tick, tick, tick - the Dennis Green watch continues.