On the NFL
11:00 PM CDT, October 23, 2012
1. Giants (3 last week): Is there a better quarterback in the NFL in the final two minutes than Eli Manning?
2. Bears (6): They have the best defense in the NFL by a wide margin, and the offense isn't bad either.
3. Falcons (1): The offense is lighting up defenses, and it might be capable of improvement if the run game gets moving.
4. Texans (2): They look like kings of the AFC. But can they hang in there with NFC teams?
5. 49ers (5): The offensive team from the Canton Greats in Madden would have a hard time scoring on these guys.
6. Packers (7): Losing Charles Woodson could take the edge off this team, but they are rolling now.
7. Vikings (11): Did somebody say Adrian Peterson had an injury? Could have fooled me. And the Cardinals.
8. Ravens (4): This is still a really good team, it just played a really bad game. The Ravens will be back.
9. Seahawks (8): The Seahawks are starting to look like a physical, tough team that can make big plays.
10. Patriots (9): This team keeps performing below expectations, perhaps because as Tom Brady has suggested, they have spoiled us and our expectations are too high.
11. Broncos (13): The Broncos have the feel of a team that might be about to take off.
12. Redskins (10): They are 3-4 but it feels like they are a Super Bowl contender, all because of RGIII.
13. Steelers (16): Call them the Pittsburgh yo-yos. All they do is go up and down.
14. Cardinals (12): They were No. 1 based on the first four games; they might be No. 32 based on the last three.
15. Cowboys (22): The Cowboys have to kick it up a notch with the Giants, Falcons and Eagles next on their schedule.
16. Chargers (14): Take a chill pill, everyone. The Chargers still are 3-3, and a pretty talented team.
17. Saints (24): Jonathan Vilma and Joe Vitt are back. Maybe some of the Saints' mojo is back too.
18. Lions (15): The Lions are starting to look like underachievers, but it's still too soon to give up on them.
19. Eagles (17): Let's see if Michael Vick can get himself on track against his former team.
20. Dolphins (18): This team has become very interesting to watch, Lauren Tannehill aside.
21. Colts (25): The 2012 Colts already have won more games than the 2011 Colts. Unfortunately the 2012 Colts are not competing against the 2011 Colts.
22. Bengals (19): They will have two full weeks to stew about their three game losing streak — and see if they can't find out what has gone wrong.
23. Rams (20): They go from Aaron Rodgers last week to Tom Brady this week. At least Sam Bradford is getting an education.
24. Jets (21): The Jets lost a tough one Sunday, but at least they showed they can hang with the Patriots.
25. Titans (27): Chris Johnson is going to have to run for a lot of yards if the Titans' defense keeps playing this way.
26. Bills (23): They need to play mistake free offense because they are giving up more than 32 points per game.
27. Buccaneers (26): Like a lot of young teams, the Bucs still haven't mastered the little things that win games.
28. Raiders (28): Beating the Jaguars without Maurice Jones-Drew in overtime will not vault the Raiders to the top spot in the rankings.
29. Panthers: (29): Neither firing Marty Hurney nor getting down on Cam Newton is going to turn around the Panthers.
30. Browns (30): Unless Jimmy Haslam can rush the passer, he won't be able to help this team much this year.
31. Chiefs (31): Going to Brady Quinn is the right move for Romeo Crennell.
32. Jaguars (32): They lost in the Black Hole Sunday, but feel like they've been living in it all season.
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