1. SEATTLE (12-2)

Last week: 1st

Despite the hiccup vs. 49ers, they’re looking good.


Last week: 5th

With four consecutive wins, the confidence is back.

3. DENVER (11-3)

Last week: 4th

They get a breather this week against lowly Texans.

4. KANSAS CITY (11-3)

Last week: 7th

They’re rolling again after three-game losing streak.

5. NEW ENGLAND (10-4)

Last week: 2nd

Not getting it done in Miami may haunt them later.

6. NEW ORLEANS (10-4)

Last week: 3rd

Loss to Rams will be forgotten if they win Sunday.

7. CAROLINA (10-4)

Last week: 9th

They’re saying game with Saints is a playoff game.

8. ARIZONA (9-5)

Last week: 10th

They finish up with Seahawks and 49ers. Good luck.


Last week: 6th

They let great opportunity slip through their hands.


Last week: 11th

After tough losses, they needed game with Texans.

11. BALTIMORE (8-6)

Last week: 12th

Four wins in row has them still in hunt for division.

12. CHICAGO (8-6)

Last week: 13th

Big road test is next against Eagles in Philadelphia.


Last week: 8th

After slip-up last week, they are still sitting pretty.

14. MIAMI (8-6)

Last week: 14th

That clutch victory against the Patriots was huge.

15. SAN DIEGO (7-7)

Last week: 15th

They still harbor playoff hopes, but it isn’t likely.

16. GREEN BAY (7-6-1)

Last week: 18th

Playoff hopes are intact after comeback for ages.

The second half

17. Detroit (7-7) Last week: 16th

18. Dallas (7-7) Last week: 17th

19. St. Louis (6-8) Last week: 22nd

20. Pittsburgh (6-8) Last week: 23rd

21. N.Y. Jets (6-8) Last week: 19th

22. Buffalo (5-9) Last week: 24th

23. N.Y. Giants (5-9) Last week: 20th

24. Tennessee (5-9) Last week: 21st

25. Minnesota (4-9-1) Last week: 27th

26. Atlanta (4-10) Last week: 28th

27. Jacksonville (4-10) Last week: 25th

28. Tampa Bay (4-10) Last week: 26th

29. Oakland (4-10) Last week: 29th

30. Cleveland (4-10) Last week: 30th

31. Washington (3-11) Last week: 31st

32. Houston (2-12) Last week: 32nd

Game to watch

New Orleans (10-4) at Carolina (10-4)

Noon Sunday, Bank of America Stadium (Fox)

Thanks to the NFL schedule-maker, these teams will meet for the second time in 15 days after the Saints won on Dec. 8. That one was for the NFC South lead, but this one could be for the division title. The Saints take it and No. 2 seed in the playoffs with a win; the Panthers can clinch at least a tie for the title.

Mick’s picks

Saints (+3) over Panthers

Bills (+3) over Dolphins

Cowboys (-3) over Redskins

Rams (-41/2) over Bucs

Bears (+3) over Eagles

Jets (-21/2) over Browns

Chiefs (-7) over Colts

Broncos (-11) over Texans

Bengals (-71/2) over Vikings

Titans (-51/2) over Jaguars

Cardinals (+101/2) over Seahawks

Lions (-9) over Giants

Chargers (-10) over Raiders

Packers (-3) over Steelers

Ravens (-21/2) over Patriots

49ers (-121/2) over Falcons

Last week: 8-7-0 (.533)

Season totals: 84-117-6 (.420)

TV schedule


Noon: Saints at Panthers (Fox)

Noon: Broncos at Texans (CBS)

3:25 p.m.: Patriots at Ravens (CBS)

7:30 p.m.: Bears at Eagles (NBC)


7:40 p.m.: Falcons at 49ers (ESPN)

Sheldon Mickles