On the NFL
November 7, 2012
1. Falcons (2 last week): Matt Ryan is stringing together good performance after good performance. And the Falcons don't lose when Ryan is on.
2. Bears (3): Their confidence is sky-high, and it gets real now for the Bears with the Texans and 49ers up next.
3. Texans (4): The Texans haven't had a turnover in five games this year. If they can avoid one Sunday, they can beat the Bears.
4. Giants (1): Sandy and Isaac Redman were a tough one-two punch for the Giants.
5. 49ers (5): As Alex Smith goes, so go the Niners. He has a 122.3 passer rating in their six victories.
6. Packers (6): They are piling up injuries — and victories — at a rapid pace.
7. Patriots (7): Bill Belichick traded for Aqib Talib because he thinks this team can win a Lombardi Trophy.
8. Ravens (8): Their injury report may go on like the New York City phone book, but they aren't that banged up.
9. Broncos (9): While everyone has been marveling at Peyton Manning, their defense continues to improve.
10. Steelers (12): Maybe they should try same-day travel for all of their road games.
11. Colts (13): Should the coach of the year be Bruce Arians, or should it be Chuck Pagano?
12. Seahawks (15): If they played every game in Seattle they would be the equivalent of the 1972 Dolphins and Russell Wilson would be Joe Montana.
13. Lions (14): They have won three of four and are back at .500. Arrow is pointing up.
14. Vikings (10): Adrian Peterson is a one-man gang. Unfortunately, it takes more than one man to play offense in the NFL.
15. Dolphins (11): They lost a tough one Sunday but will have a chance to get better in their next two against the Titans and Bills.
16. Buccaneers (20): It seems like Doug Martin covered enough yards in the last two weeks to have run a marathon.
17. Chargers (21): Not so fast filling out that application to collect unemployment, Norv Turner.
18. Saints (23): Sean Payton can't help them this year. The question is can he help them next year — or will he be helping another team?
19. Cardinals (17): The off week could be a good time for a shake-up in the desert, but what can Ken Whisenhunt do?
20. Cowboys (16): Is a strong finish ahead? The Cowboys' opponents in the second half are a combined 25-42 and they have just one team remaining on their schedule with a winning record.
21. Bengals (22): They have lost four straight, which is what happens when your quarterback is too nice a guy.
22. Eagles (19): The wheels are off this wagon, and Andy Reid can't figure out how to put them back on.
23. Rams (24): Five of their last eight are on the road, and so far the Rams are 0-4 in games played outside of St. Louis.
24. Jets (26): A subpar ground attack and a subpar run defense is a bad combination.
25. Bills (25): They have been outscored in the fourth quarter 90-28.
26. Panthers (30): Nothing motivates better than desperation, and this is a desperate team.
27. Redskins (18): Let's be honest — the Redskins have been playing for next year ever since they drafted RGIII.
28. Raiders (28): The Raiders are inconsistent and Darren McFadden is banged up. Ever hear that one before?
29. Browns (29): Brandon Weeden struggled Sunday, but the Browns have to figure out if he is their guy.
30. Titans (27): Aside from offense, defense and special teams, the Titans didn't look like a bad team Sunday.
31. Chiefs (31): In eight games, they have not led their opponent during regulation once. You think Todd Haley is licking his chops?
32. Jaguars (32): If Mike Mularkey thinks intensity is down on the field, he should see what it's like in the stands at EverBank Field.
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