After a week break, the Top 12 is back. And with two games taking place between our rankings, there's a ton of activity on the board with teams flying up and down. Here's the damage after 14 days away…
#1 – San Francisco 49ers
After a slow start, the Niners have been quietly pummeling their competition.
Last Week: 4 Change: +3 Record: 6-2 Next Game: vs. Panthers
#2 – Denver Broncos
In the next four weeks, the Broncos will play three road games. They go @SD, vs. KC, @NE, @KC. This will be a very telling stretch for Denver.
Last Week: 3 Change: +1 Record: 8-1 Next Game: @ Chargers
#3 – Indianapolis Colts
I almost dropped the Colts for a sloppy win over the Texans, but the rest of the field surrounding them played worse, and so the Colts rise.
Last Week: 5 Change: +2 Record: 6-2 Next Game: vs. Rams
#4 – Kansas City Chiefs
KC gets a week of rest before it's first true test of the season against Denver. 10-0 will be very tough to come by.
Last Week: 7 Change: +2 Record: 9-0 Next Game: Bye Week
#5 – New England Patriots
The Patriots appear to be quietly gearing up for a big finish after a rocky start. Don't sleep on this Patriots team.
Last Week: 9 Change: +4 Record: 7-2 Next Game: Bye Week
#6 – Seattle Seahawks
The Hawks have won the past two weeks, but it's been incredibly ugly. Style points count in the Top 12 and Seattle has been in the negative lately.
Last Week: 1 Change: -5 Record: 8-1 Next Game: @ Falcons
#7 – New Orleans Saints
The Saints don't look nearly as invincible as they once did after that loss to the Jets.
Last Week: 2 Change: -5 Record: 6-2 Next Game: vs. Cowboys
#8 – Detroit Lions
Look out, the Lions may have just had the door opened for them to the NFC North title. What are the odds they slam it shut on their own fingers?
Last Week: 10 Change: +2 Record: 5-3 Next Game: @ Bears
#9 – Cincinnati Bengals
A bad loss to the Phins this week. Their losses on the D-line have been even worse.
Last Week: 8 Change: -1 Record: 6-3 Next Game: @ Ravens
#10 – Green Bay Packers
This precipitous drop has everything to do with Aaron Rodger's collar bone.
Last Week: 6 Change: -5 Record: 5-3 Next Game: vs. Eagles
#11 – Chicago Bears
The Bears continue to hang around in the NFC North, as well as the 8-12 area of the Top 12.
Last Week: 12 Change: +1 Record: 5-3 Next Game: vs. Lions
#12 – Carolina Panthers
San Diego played its way off the board. I almost considered putting the Jets here until I remembered their two bogus wins over Tampa and New England and the fact that they really should be 3-6. The last spot then goes to Carolina, who will need to show up against the #1 team this week to stay here.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 5-3 Next Game: @ 49ers