There is no doubt who is No. 1 in the NFL as the Green Bay Packers continue to defend their title with gusto, but how does the rest of the league shake out? Here is a look with this week’s NFL Power Rankings:
1. Green Bay Packers (7-0) When you’re the last undefeated as we reach mid-season you get to be #1. It’s that simple.
2. New Orleans Saints (5-2) No. 2 is a worthy honor for a team that ran up the most points since the merger. Oh, and they did most of it in three quarters.
3. New England Patriots (5-1) The real test for the Pats comes when they try to get their one loss back from the Bills later on.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-1) I know! I am surprised they are here too, but they just keep winning. Expect them to be the first official playoiff team because the rest of their division is awful.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) Something tells me Pittsburgh will be there at the end no matter how much they struggle.
6. Baltimore Ravens (4-2,) Baltimore had a textbook crap-the-bed loss tot he Jaguars, a team that has been pretty bad until now.
7. San Diego Chargers (4-2) The Chargers do not know how to close games and they let teams hang around way too long.
8. Detroit Lions (5-2) After two straight losses, both at home, the Lions are both a little shaky, but they have built a lot of goodwill to this point.
9. Buffalo Bills (4-2) As bad as Miami has looked, you can pencil in two more wins. Unfortunately, the Jets win over San Diego hurts their wild card chances.
10. New York Giants (4-2) I don’t know what to think about the Giants so far. That Seahawks loss still looks terrible.
11. Houston Texans (4-3) Houston is the only team that has never made the playoffs, but they are thankful this is the year Peyton Manning is gone to open up their division.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) Cincinnati is following Baltimore’s formula of a stout defense around an offense that does just enough.
13. New York Jets (4-3) Contrary to Rex Ryan’s belief, the win over San Diego does not guarantee a Super Bowl.
14. Chicago Bears (4-3) The Bears won’t win the division, but winning in London definitely helped their wild card chances.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) Conversely, Tampa’s loss to Chicago gives the Bears a wild card tiebreaker.
16. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) I still don’t think Dallas is that good, but anyone looks good against the Rams.
17. Oakland Raiders (4-3) Hold on, I think they threw another inception as I wrote this sentence. They have now lost four draft picks for quarterbacks to throw six picks.
18. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) Is Atlanta or Tampa New Orleans’ main competition in the South? It may not matter.
19. Washington Redskins (3-3) This was a must-win vs. Carolina, but they couldn’t pull it off.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) One win over Washington does not meant hey are back. Color me unimpressed.
21. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) After an awful start Kansas City can move into first place with a Monday night win over San Diego, just like last year.
22. Tennessee Titans (3-3) Houston took control of the division by spanking the Titans in their own house.
23. Cleveland Browns (3-3) No one should move up for winning a 6-3 game.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) Jacksonville’s defense was lights out on Monday, but part of it was from an awful offensive game by Baltimore.
25. Denver Broncos (2-4) I am required to write about Tim Tebow here. Apparently he can play every position.
26. Carolina Panthers (2-5) They may be 2-5, but they are exciting as hell.
27. Arizona Cardinals (1-5) Was this team really int he Super Bowl three years ago?
28. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) They need to sit in the corner and think about what they’ve done losing 6-3.
29. Minnesota Vikings (1-6) Christian Ponder nearly engineered an epic upset in his first start. Goodbye, Donovan McNabb
30. St. Louis Rams (0-6) Just awful
31. Indianapolis Colts (0-7) The Colt shave been competitive in other games, but 0-7 is still 0-7.
32. Miami Dolphins (0-6) That was a flat out choke against Denver. This team cannot play at home.