1. GREEN BAY (8-0)
Last week: 1st
The talk is starting about going undefeated. Why not?
2. SAN FRANCISCO (7-1)
Last week: 2nd
After Giants game, the rest of the schedule is real soft.
3. BALTIMORE (6-2)
Last week: 4th
Made a big statement defeating Steelers in Heinz Field.
4. N.Y. GIANTS (6-2)
Last week: 6th
They’ve won six of seven, but big one looms this week.
5. PITTSBURGH (6-3)
Last week: 3rd
Despite two losses to Ravens, they’re not in bad shape.
6. NEW ORLEANS (6-3)
Last week: 9th
Beating Falcons on the road before bye would be huge.
7. DETROIT (6-2)
Last week: 7th
They’re ready to make playoff push following week off.
8. HOUSTON (6-3)
Last week: 10th
Like Saints, they want to go into bye week on high note.
9. NEW ENGLAND (5-3)
Last week: 5th
Two straight losses leading up to Jets game is not good.
10. N.Y. JETS (5-3)
Last week: 11th
They’ll be wanting revenge after earlier loss to the Pats.
11. CINCINNATI (6-2)
Last week: 12th
The first half of their schedule was anything but daunting.
12. ATLANTA (5-3)
Last week: 13th
They warmed up for Saints’ clash by crushing the Colts.
13. CHICAGO (5-3)
Last week: 14th
Win over struggling Eagles was one they had to have.
14. BUFFALO (5-3)
Last week: 8th
The wheels are starting to come off after a fabulous start.
15. OAKLAND (5-4)
Last week: 16th
They should stay in the title hunt in a weak AFC West.
16. DALLAS (4-4)
Last week: 21st
They have not been great, but are still hanging around.
THE SECOND HALF
17. Tampa Bay (4-4) Last week: 17th
18. San Diego (4-5) Last week: 15th
19. Tennessee (4-4) Last week: 18th
20. Philadelphia (3-5) Last week: 19th
21. Kansas City (4-4) Last week: 20th
22. Denver (3-5) Last week: 27th
23. Washington (3-5) Last week: 22nd
24. Minnesota (2-6) Last week: 24th
25. Carolina (2-6) Last week: 25th
26. Jacksonville (2-6) Last week: 26th
27. Cleveland (3-5) Last week: 23rd
28. Arizona (2-6) Last week: 30th
29. Seattle (2-6) Last week: 28th
30. Miami (1-7) Last week: 31st
31. St. Louis (1-7) Last week: 29th
32. Indianapolis (0-9) Last week: 32nd
GAME TO WATCH
N.Y. Giants (6-2)
at San Francisco (7-1)
3:15 p.m. Sunday, Candlestick Park (Fox)
Few people could’ve imagined these two would be atop their respective divisions at this point, but that’s where they are. The 49ers have been a big surprise even though they have defeated just two teams that have a winning record. The Giants should provide a better test for the 49ers, who have five games left against the weak NFC West.
Saints (even) over Falcons
Steelers (-3) over Bengals
Chiefs (-3) over Broncos
Jaguars (-3) over Colts
Bills (+5) over Cowboys
Texans (-3) over Bucs
Panthers (-3-1/2) over Titans
Dolphins (-4) over Redskins
Lions (+2-1/2) over Bears
Browns (-2-1/2) over Rams
Cardinals (+12) over Eagles
Ravens (-6-1/2) over Seahawks
Giants (+3-1/2) over 49ers
Patriots (+1-1/2) over Jets
Packers (-13) over Vikings
Last week: 7-7-0 (.500)
Season totals: 61-62-6 (.496)
Noon: Saints at Falcons (Fox)
3:05 p.m.: Ravens at Seahawks (CBS)
3:15 p.m.: Giants at 49ers (Fox)
7:20 p.m.: Patriots at Jets (NBC)
7:30 p.m.: Vikings at Packers (ESPN)
Compiled by Sheldon Mickles