Every Monday morning, the day after my favorite day of the week but still hours before that week's slate of games officially wraps up with "Monday Night Football," I will bring you my weekly premature NFL power rankings.
Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings?
Why 11 teams? I don't really have a good answer for that one. I've always liked odd numbers.
What am I basing them on? Who my gut tells me are the toughest teams to beat that week.
Why isn't my team on the list!?!?! Take a deep breath and try not to take these too seriously.
1. Houston Texans (last week -- 3): The Texans made a statement with their 43-13 victory over the Ravens -- and it's that they are the best team in the NFL right now. They are balanced on offense, and their defense is suffocating. The road to the Super Bowl likely goes through Houston.
2.New York Giants (2): They can throw the ball, they can run it, and they have a flair for the dramatic. If the Giants defense can get their pass rush really going, they might be unstoppable.
3.Atlanta Falcons (1): What have you done for me lately? Nothing, because they had a bye week. The Falcons are the NFL's only undefeated team, but last week's game seems like forever ago.
4. San Francisco 49ers (4): The 49ers bounced back from a 23-point loss to the Giants to beat the Seattle Seahawks, but their offense needs a spark. Maybe they need more of Colin Kaepernick?
5. Chicago Bears (6): The Bears, who might have the scariest defense in the NFL because of their ability to turn takeaways into touchdowns, host the desperate Detroit Lions tonight.