1. Green Bay Packers (9-3); beat New England 26-21, moves up one spot – If Green Bay grabs homefield in the NFC, it’s hard to see anybody stopping their Super Bowl run. Especially since Aaron Rodgers has thrown 20 TD’s and zero interceptions at home.
2. New England Patriots (9-3); lost to Green Bay 26-21, drops one spot – As for New England’s march towards AFC homefield advantage, they hold a tiebreaker over Denver with four games left.
3. Denver Broncos (9-3); beat Kansas City 29-16, retains same ranking – It hasn’t been easy to win at Arrowhead this season, but Denver made it look that way.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (9-3); beat Dallas 33-10, retains same ranking – With 256 rushing yards – including 159 yards by LeSean McCoy – Philly looks primed and ready to face Seattle this week.
5. Seattle Seahawks (8-4); beat San Francisco 19-3, moves up four spots – The return of Bobby Wagner has been huge for this defense. But they close against the Eagles and all three divisional opponents.
7. Arizona Cardinals (9-3); lost to Atlanta 29-18, drops two spots – No Carson Palmer and three games left against NFC West opponents doesn’t bode well for a team that’s already headed downward.
8. Detroit Lions (8-4); beat Chicago 34-17, moves up two spots – There are no questions that Calvin Johnson still has it, catching 11 passes for 146 yards and 2 TD’s against the Bears.
9. Dallas Cowboys (8-4); lost to Philadelphia 33-10, drops three spots – This is the type of game that Dallas needed. But after getting blown out at home, their December 14th contest in Philadelphia looks pretty foreboding.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (8-3-1); beat Tampa Bay 14-13, moves up two spots – Andy Dalton still has yet to emerge as a true franchise quarterback this season, but the rest of the team looks solid.
11. San Francisco 49ers (7-5); lost to Seattle 19-3, drops four spots – The Niners still have a chance to make their playoff case. But in a crowded NFC West, they’re looking like the odd man out right now.
13. Miami Dolphins (7-5); beat NY Jets 16-13, moves up three spots – The Dolphins survived (emphasize this word) against an onslaught of Jets rushers to stay alive in the AFC playoff hunt.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5); lost to New Orleans 35-32, drops three spots – The Saints had a touchdown party against Pittsburgh, with Ben Watson, Erik Lorig and Nick Toon all scoring their first TD of the season.
15. Baltimore Ravens (7-5); lost to San Diego 34-33, drops two spots – How did a 23-13 fourth-quarter lead at home turn into a 34-33 loss for the Ravens?
16. Kansas City Chiefs (7-5); lost to Denver 29-16, drops one spot – KC hasn’t been defending homefield very well lately, losing 8 of their last 9 divisional games at Arrowhead.
17. Buffalo Bills (7-5); beat Cleveland 26-10, moves up one spot – This was a nice win for Buffalo and they still play Oakland. However, remaining games against Denver, New England and Green Bay make the postseason unlikely.
18. Cleveland Browns (7-5); lost to Buffalo 26-10, drops one spot – As the Johnny Manziel era begins, Cleveland seems to be an unlikely playoff team since they hold no tiebreakers in the AFC North.
19. Houston Texans (6-6); beat Tennessee 45-21, moves up one spot – Ryan Fitzpatrck exploded for six touchdown passes in this game – Houston’s franchise record.
20. New Orleans Saints (5-7); beat Pittsburgh 35-32, NR – New Orleans keeps pace with Atlanta in the dreadful NFC South.