NFL rankings

Published: Saturday, Nov. 6 2010 10:28 p.m. MDT

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) passes against the Oakland Raiders.

Associated Press

Game of the week

Chiefs at Raiders: No, really, this is the game of the week. After two straight wins, Oakland is making a move in the AFC West. Standing in the Raiders' way are the first-place Chiefs, who have won seven straight games in Oakland.

Team on the rise

Bucs: You might not be able to name five players on their team, but they're an impressive 5-2. Josh Freeman is a young QB who makes clutch plays.

Team on the decline

Bengals: They don't make the playoffs very often, so thinking they could do it two years in a row was a stretch. They're 2-5 and set to fall out of contention.

NFL rankings

1. Patriots: Trading Randy Moss and getting a pick for him was a win-win scenario.

2. Ravens: They have something to prove after a bye and their lackluster win over Bills.

3. Colts: Looked great against Texans, but how long can they handle numerous injuries?

4. Steelers: Injuries are starting to catch up to them as well.

5. Giants: Eli Manning has to stay poised in a hostile environment today.

6. Falcons: Playing for first place in the NFC South against the Buccaneers.

7. Packers: 'D' looked like a combination of the '85 Bears and '00 Ravens last week.

8. Jets: After a lousy performance last week, they should do their talking with their play.

9. Chiefs: Almost got caught looking past hapless Bills before winning in overtime.

10. Titans: Offense is suddenly more dangerous with the addition of Moss.

Fantasy tips

CAN'T MISS: Philip Rivers vs. Texans

SLEEPER: Jason Campbell vs. Chiefs

NOT THIS WEEK: Matt Schaub vs. Chargers

FREE AGENT PICK UP: Jacob Tamme, Colts

Local watch

Rising: Former Ute Sean Smith is again playing a key role for the Dolphins. After starting the season on the bench, he had an interception against the Bengals last week.

TV schedule

DOLPHINS (4-3) AT RAVENS (5-2)

11 a.m., Ch. 2

Miami has won six straight road games dating back to last season and could catch Baltimore napping after a bye. The Dolphins will have to score touchdowns to win. They won't.

Prediction: Ravens, 16-15

CARDINALS (3-4) AT VIKINGS (2-5)

11 a.m., Ch. 13

Wow, FOX, thanks for showing this barnburner on local TV. If the Ravens-Dolphins game isn't good, feel free to rake leaves. Do the laundry. Read a book. Plan your week ...

Prediction: Vikings, 7-6

COLTS (5-2) AT EAGLES (4-3)

2:15 p.m., Ch. 2

The Colts haven't lost to an NFC team in regular season games (6-0) since coach Jim Caldwell took over. They did lose to an NFC team in the Super Bowl, but Philly isn't super.

Prediction: Colts, 31-24

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