The champs stand alone. As the only undefeated team left in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers are the clear-cut No. 1 team. But who comes next? The Lions lost a nail-biter to the Niners, and every other team out there has a significant flaw. Maybe this week will show us which team truly deserves to be in second place. Here are the top 10 teams going into Week 7.
After a win over the Bills, the Giants had better enjoy their bye this week. Their next seven games are against the Dolphins, Patriots, Niners, Eagles, Saints, Packers, and Cowboys. Yikes.
The Raiders have one of the best ground attacks in the NFL...but their passing game is in question after QB Jason Campbell went down with an injury. Can Carson Palmer resurrect his career in Oakland?
The Steelers squeaked out a win over the Jaguars last Sunday. They have another easy matchup (on paper) against the Cardinals this week before facing New England and Baltimore. The good news is Rashard Mendenhall is at full strength.
The Saints lost to a Bucs team that San Francisco beat by 45 points the previous week. Ouch. Fortunately, the Peyton Manning-less Colts and punchless Rams are the next two opponents on the schedule. Both games should end in wins for New Orleans.
The Chargers moved up a spot without even playing last week. They'll hope the rest did them good as they face the Jets, who got back on track with a big Monday night win. And don't look now, San Diego, but Oakland is hot on your heels.
Well, they had to lose sometime. The Lions were on the short end of a frantic fourth quarter against the Niners. But they're still an elite team, and they should bounce back this week when they host the Falcons.
Are the Niners really the fourth-best team in the NFL? Hard to say...but you can't argue with their record, and beating the Lions proved a whole lot. They'll take their bye this week, and their next two games (home to Cleveland and at Washington) are very winnable.
The Ravens looked solid in their defeat of the Texans on Sunday. Ray Rice is a versatile threat, and the Baltimore defense is as intimidating as ever. An early-season loss to Tennessee notwithstanding, this team looks very tough.
These guys just find ways to win. Tom Brady led yet another game-winning drive against the Cowboys on Sunday, and the Patriots are on top of the AFC again. They don't play this week, but a Week 8 matchup with Pittsburgh will be huge.
The Cheesehead Express rolls on. The Packers held the hapless Rams to just three points on Sunday. This week's foe, Minnesota, should fare no better. At this point, it's going to take something special to derail Green Bay.
A reminder, though: The Packers have yet to play the Lions this season. Just something to consider.