1. Patriots (6-1) (3): So much for the doubters who thought Bill Belichick was nuts for dealing away Randy Moss. Pats dispense with Vikings and take over sole possession of AFC East. A day later, Moss is gone from the Vikings.
2. Steelers (5-2) (1): After winning by the skin of their teeth in Miami, Stillers run into buzzsaw in New Orleans against defending Super Bowl champs. A rematch in Dallas next February? Perhaps.
3. Giants (5-2) (4): Jints come off bye week and travel to Seahawks. The time off didn’t help Shaun O’Hara, though. More foot problems for the veteran center.
4. Falcons (5-2) (5): After week off, Falcons host surging Bucs in a game with first place on the line in the NFC South.
5. Jets (5-2) (2): Rest = rust for the Jets’ offense, which is shut out at home for the first time in four years.
6. Ravens (5-2) (6): Ravens come off bye week to host a Dolphins team that hasn’t lost yet on the road.
7. Colts (5-2) (7): Peyton Manning evens the score against the Texans. After Week 1 upset loss in Houston, Colts thump Houston in Indy and take over the top spot in the AFC South.
8. Packers (5-3) (9): Resilient Packers fight through injuries to hold off Jets on the road. Now it’s home to Lambeau to host the Pokes on Sunday night.
9. Saints (5-3) (12): Huge win for Saints, who bounce back from humiliating home loss against Browns to pop Stillers at the Dome. Up next: at Carolina.
10. Titans (5-3) (8): Vince Young returns, but the Titans defense didn’t show up in road loss to Chargers. Young tweaks ankle, but he’s expected back after bye. News not so good for Kenny Britt, who has a right hamstring injury that will keep him out a few weeks.
11. Eagles (4-3) (10): Looks like Michael Vick comes back this week from a rib injury to face the Colts at home.
12. Chiefs (5-2) (13): Chiefs hold off woeful Bills, but not until final play of overtime. In a word: whew!
13. Texans (4-3) (11): Texans can’t pull off season sweep of Colts. Outclassed in Indy.
14. Dolphins (4-3) (14): Stat of the week: Dolphins 0-3 at home, 4-0 on the road. Their latest victim: punchless Bengals.
15. Buccaneers (5-2) (19): Best team in the NFC? Raheem Morris says it’s true. Bucs stage furious rally to beat Cardinals on the road. Another big one this week in Atlanta, with first place on the line.
16. Raiders (4-4) (20): Raiders follow up 59-point outburst against the Broncos with 33-point surge at home against the Seahawks. Oakland .500 or better this late in the season for the first time since 2002, the last time they went to the Super Bowl.
17. Redskins (4-4) (15): From bad to worse: Redskins not only lose to Detroit, but Donovan McNabb gets benched in final two minutes. Welcome to a bye week controversy, Mike Shanahan.
18. Seahawks (4-3) (16): Seahawks in bounce-back mode? They’ll find out against the Giants on Sunday at home after getting waxed in Oakland.
19. Bears (4-3) (18): Jay Cutler got a week off to heal up after getting pounded the last month following 3-0 start. Back to work against the Bills in Toronto.
20. Rams (4-4) (23): Sam Bradford already has 11 TDs, and Rams already have more wins than last two years combined.
21. Chargers (3-5) (25): Norv Turner gives emotional halftime speech – and when was the last time we could say that? – and Chargers respond with second-half comeback against Titans.
22. Jaguars (4-4) (28): Jags thump Cowboys on the road, prompting QB David Garrard to suggest Boys didn’t play like a real NFL team. Ouch.
23. Cardinals (3-4) (22): More quarterback troubles in post-Kurt Warner Arizona. Ken Whisenhunt isn’t saying who gets the call, rookie Max Hall or Derek Anderson. Does it really matter any more?
24. Vikings (2-5) (17): Just another day in paradise for Vikes. Brett Favre gets knocked out of the Patriots’ game, and Randy Moss gets knocked out of Minnesota the next day. Is Brad Childress next?
25. Browns (2-5) (24): Browns come off bye to host Patriots. Will be interesting to see how this one goes; Cleveland a potentially dangerous foe, and Pats coming off emotional home win.
26. Lions (2-5) (29): Matthew Stafford returns, and Lions come up big at home against the Redskins. Up next: Jets at home.
27. Bengals (2-5) (21): More losing for Terrell Owens’ new team. Over his last two seasons, the receiver is a combined 8-15.
28. 49ers (2-6) (31): Former Heisman winner Troy Smith sparks the offense in 26-14 win over Niners in London.
28. Broncos (2-6) (26): Denver is turning losing into an art form on two different continents. This time, they lose in England to the 49ers.
30. Cowboys (1-6) (27): It’s one thing to lose at home to the Giants after Tony Romo gets hurt. But getting blown out by the Jaguars at home? Sheesh.
31. Panthers (1-6) (30): After listless effort in 20-10 road loss to the Rams, Panthers back home to host defending champion Saints.
32. Bills (0-7) (32): After losing second straight overtime game on the road, Buffalo takes its act to foreign soil. It’s Bears-Bills in Toronto.
This week’s games:
Jets at Lions
Giants at Seahawks
Dolphins at Ravens
Patriots at Browns
Chargers at Texans
Bears at Bills (Toronto)
Cardinals at Vikings
Buccaneers at Falcons
Saints at Panthers
Colts at Eagles
Chiefs at Raiders
Cowboys at Packers
Steelers at Bengals