Top 10

1. New York Giants

Looked Super for half on Thursday

2. New England Patriots

Still questions about QB's health

3. Dallas Cowboys

Cast of characters in place

4. San Diego Chargers

May be done paying dues

5. Indianapolis Colts

Colts open new stadium tonight

6. Jacksonville Jaguars

Still reeling from Collier shooting?

7. Minnesota Vikings

Dominant run game, defense

8. Cleveland Browns

Most hyped team of offseason

9. Seattle Seahawks

Holmgren ready for final year

10. New York Jets

Favre experiment starts today

Game of the week

Cowboys at Browns

Tune in to Fox at 2:15 p.m. to see what's expected to be a shootout between the two champions of the offseason. This is the first of several national TV appearances by both teams.

Team on the rise


It isn't saying much, but expect the Dolphins to be better than last year. Miami, which went 1-15 last season, is younger on defense. New quarterback Chad Pennington isn't going to wow anyone with his arm strength or statistics. But he does provide a steady presence for the rebuilding Dolphins. He'll also be a little motivated when he faces his former team today.

Team on the decline


What happened to the smash-mouth Steelers?

Pittsburgh resembled a finesse team down the stretch of the 2007 season, and gave up 31 points to warm-weather Jacksonville at home in the playoffs. The Steelers didn't do much in free agency, other than lose guard Alan Faneca. It seems as if the team's transition from running team to passing team will continue.

Thursday's Game

N.Y. Giants 16, Washington 7

Today's Games

Detroit at Atlanta, 11 a.m.

Cincinnati at Baltimore, 11 a.m.

Seattle at Buffalo, 11 a.m.

N.Y. Jets at Miami, 11 a.m.

Kansas City at New England, 11 a.m.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 11 a.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.

Houston at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.

Jacksonville at Tennessee, 11 a.m.

Dallas at Cleveland, 2:15 p.m.

Carolina at San Diego, 2:15 p.m.

Arizona at San Francisco, 2:15 p.m.

Chicago at Indianapolis, 6:15 p.m.

Monday's Games

Minnesota at Green Bay, 5 p.m.

Denver at Oakland, 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 14

Green Bay at Detroit, 11 a.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 11 a.m.

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 11 a.m.

Oakland at Kansas City, 11 a.m.

Chicago at Carolina, 11 a.m.

New Orleans at Washington, 11 a.m.

Tennessee at Cincinnati, 11 a.m.

Buffalo at Jacksonville, 11 a.m.

San Francisco at Seattle, 2:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 2:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Houston, 2:15 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 2:15 p.m.

Miami at Arizona, 2:15 p.m.

San Diego at Denver, 2:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 6:15 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

Philadelphia at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.