1. New England Patriots (9-2); beat Detroit 34-9, retains same ranking – Exit Jonas Gray, insert Legarrette Bount, who rushed for 78 yards and 2 TD’s. It seems like the Patriots can play anybody and win.
2. Green Bay Packers (8-3); beat Minnesota 24-21, moves up one spot – Eddie Lacy seems to be catching fire for the Packers at just the right time. And they’ll need it as New England visits Lambeau.
3. Denver Broncos (8-3); beat Miami 39-36, moves up two spots – Don’t play Peyton Manning after a loss! The future Hall of Famer tossed 4 TD’s against the Dolphins.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (8-3); beat Tennessee 43-24, retains same ranking – Riding a 10-game winning streak at home, Philly is battling over the final stretch to host some playoff games.
5. Arizona Cardinals (9-2); lost to Seattle 19-3, drops three spots – With Drew Stanton at QB, Arizona is still a good team…just not good enough to win tough road games.
6. Dallas Cowboys (8-3); beat NY Giants 31-28, retains same rankings – All the talk is about Odell Beckham’s amazing TD catch, but Dallas is more than happy with yet another win.
7. San Francisco 49ers (7-4); beat Washington 17-13, retains same ranking – Anquan Boldin may be a grandpa by NFL standards, but the 34-year-old can still play, as he proved with 137 receiving yards and a TD.
8. Indianapolis Colts (7-4); beat Jacksonville 23-3, retains same ranking – The Colts were fortune to be playing Jacksonville on a day where they fumbled six times and Andrew Luck struggled.
9. Seattle Seahawks (7-4); beat Arizona 19-3, moves up two spots – Russell Wilson is the NFL’s most-dangerous dual threat, as he showed with 211 passing yards and 73 rushing yards in this contest.
10. Detroit Lions (7-4); lost to New England 34-9, drops one spot – Matt Stafford was off the mark (39.1 completion percentage) and Detroit was predictably blown out on the road against the NFL’s top team.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4); bye week, drops one spot – Pittsburgh gets their bye at a very nice time, with all four AFC North teams still alive for the division title.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1); beat Houston 22-13, moves up one spot – Two road wins in a row for Cincinnati bodes well as they take the AFC North lead.
14. San Diego Chargers (7-4); beat St. Louis 27-24, moves up one spot – Philip Rivers was excellent in the face of pressure, as he completed 8-of-8 passes for 108 yards against blitzes.
15. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4); lost to Oakland 24-20, drops three spots – The Chiefs blew a golden opportunity to cement their playoff chase. Aside from losing to the Raiders, allowing 5.0 rushing YPC isn’t helping matters.
16. Miami Dolphins (6-5); lost to Denver 39-36, retains same ranking – Ryan Tannehill continues putting up strong numbers (228 passing yards, 3TD), but the Dolphins are fading in the playoff race.
17. Cleveland Browns (7-4); beat Atlanta 26-24, moves up spot – With 8 catches and 120 receiving yards in his first game back, Josh Gordon hasn’t lost a step from last year.
18. Buffalo Bills (6-5); beat NY Jets 38-3, moves up one spot – Buffalo proved why they have one of the league’s better defenses by sacking the Jets seven times.
19. Houston Texans (5-6); lost to Cincinnati 22-13, drops three spots – Houston has pieces to a very good team, but they just can’t complete the puzzle and it starts at quarterback.
20. Chicago Bears (5-6), beat Tampa Bay 21-13, NR – Chicago slightly drops their 27.6 points allowed-per-game figure, which ranks second worst in the league.