Eli Manning
High 5:

1. New England Patriots (9-0)

All doubts erased about which is the best team in the league

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-1)

Champs finally lose but held Pats to lowest point total in 7 weeks.

3. Green Bay Packers (7-1)

Favre has now beaten all 31 teams but may lose to Vikes

4. Dallas Cowboys (7-1)

'Boys are 7-1, now just a New York minute, oh, that's this week

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

Quoth the Ravens: Nevermind — yellow-towel town is still good.

if Steelers lose:

5. Detroit Lions (6-2) - Can it be? Lions are as good as the Pack and the Vikes? Oh my.

Bottom 5:

32. St. Louis Rams (0-8)

Season's half over and still no wins in sight

31. Miami Dolphins (0-8)

Even Marino agrees it's time to toss John Beck into NFL fires

30. New York Jets (1-7)

Let the 'Skins slide to OT win at the Marsh-Meadowlands

29. San Francisco 49ers (2-6)

Hint: Run your 3rd down routes BEYOND the marker

28. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)

A win over Niners still not enough to escape NFL basement


CAN'T MISS: Last we saw Eli Manning against the Cowboys, he was going for 312 yards and 4 scores. He has 8 TD passes in his last 3 games against Dallas.

SLEEPER: Damon Huard is occasionally good for a couple of scores, especially against an awful Denver defense.

NOT THIS WEEK: Remember when Donovan McNabb said the NFC East title goes through Philly?

FREE AGENT PICK UP: RB Justin Fargas (new starter, 104 yards, TD), RB Priest Holmes (Johnson's backup), RB Maurice Morris (Shaun Alexander's eventual replacement), WR David Patten (TD), RB Ron Dayne (122 yards, TD), WR Chris Henry (back from suspension), WR Reggie Williams (128 yards, TD).


Today's games

Buffalo at Miami, 11 a.m.

St. Louis at New Orleans, 11 a.m.

Denver at Kansas City, 11 a.m.

Minnesota at Green Bay, 11 a.m.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.

Jacksonville at Tennessee, 11 a.m.

Philadelphia at Washington, 11 a.m.

Atlanta at Carolina, 11 a.m.

Cincinnati at Baltimore, 2:05 p.m.

Chicago at Oakland, 2:15 p.m.

Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 2:15 p.m.

Detroit at Arizona, 2:15 p.m.

Indianapolis at S.D., 6:15 p.m.

Open: New England, N.Y. Jets, Tampa Bay, Houston

Monday's Game

San Francisco at Seattle, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18

N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 11 a.m.

Oakland at Minnesota, 11 a.m.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 11 a.m.

Carolina at Green Bay, 11 a.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 11 a.m.

Cleveland at Baltimore, 11 a.m.

Kansas City at Indianapolis, 11 a.m.

Arizona at Cincinnati, 11 a.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.

San Diego at Jacksonville, 11 a.m.

Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets, 2:05 p.m.

Chicago at Seattle, 2:15 p.m.

Washington at Dallas, 2:15 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 2:15 p.m.

New England at Buffalo, 6:15 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19

Tennessee at Denver, 6:30 p.m.