1. New England – It certainly wasn’t impressive, but the Patriots found a way to get past the Packers and backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
2. Baltimore – The Ravens finally showed the ability to close it out in the fourth quarter against a quality opponent.
3. Pittsburgh – Things have suddenly gotten a bit more interesting in the AFC North. A season-ending trip to Cleveland will likely decide the No. 2 seed in the conference.
4. Atlanta – It was hard to tell whether Atlanta’s defense was that good or Matt Hasselback was just that bad.
5. Philadelphia – An amazing comeback capped by an amazing play, and the Eagles are on their way to a division title.
6. New Orleans – The Saints abandoned the running game without Chris Ivory, and they couldn’t stop the run. That’s not a formula for success in the NFL.
7. New York Jets – The Jets may have saved their season with an improbable win in Pittsburgh.
8. Green Bay – Matt Flynn played better than expected, but it’s just another loss, one that could have knocked them out of the playoff race.
9. San Diego – The Chargers took care of business against the 49ers, but they are still one game behind the Chiefs.
10. New York Giants – You have to wonder if New York’s implosion against Philadelphia will lead to a tanking similar to the one we saw at the end of last season.
11. Indianapolis – It looks like the Colts are going to find a way to get into the playoffs despite all of the injuries.
12. Chicago – The Bears have a very good defense and great return game, but how can you trust Jay Cutler?
13. Kansas City – Jamaal Charles might just be the most electric player in football.
14. Tampa Bay – The loss at home to Detroit just crushed their playoff hopes.
15. Miami – Winning just one game at home is no way to make a playoff push.
16. Dallas – Jon Kitna sure has made Tony Romo look expendable.
17. Jacksonville – The Jaguars are starting at an uphill climb to the playoffs.
18. Oakland – Jacoby Ford is a game-changer.
19. Houston – The wheels might start to come off the cart after Sunday’s ugly loss.
20. Minnesota – Brett Favre hung around just long enough to lead the team to a touchdown on the opening drive and celebrate one final score.
21. Cleveland – The Browns simply ran out of time in Cincinnati.
22. St. Louis – The Rams still remain the favorite in the NFC West.
23. Tennessee – Kenny Britt’s presence completely changes the Titans offense.
24. Cincinnati – Maybe the loss of Terrell Owens will cut down on some of the distractions in the final two weeks.
25. Detroit – Winning on the road with Drew Stanton is a monumental achievement.
26. Washington – Rex Grossman played well, but don’t let a good performance against the suspect Dallas defense lull you into thinking he could be the answer in DC.
27. San Francisco – Attention 49ers: Your best player is Vernon Davis, you might want to throw him the ball.
28. Buffalo – Ryan Fitzpatrick may have locked up the starting quarterback job next season.
29. Seattle – Matt Hasselbeck was absolutely wretched against the Falcons. It’s hard to pull the plug on him with the team still tied for the division lead, but can Charlie Whitehurst be any worse?
30. Arizona – Losing to the Panthers is as bad as it gets, but their pounding of Denver keeps them here for now.
31. Denver – Tim Tebow will never be a star, but he was much better in his first career start than anyone could have expected.
32. Carolina – The Panthers picked up their second win of the year, and they could lost the top pick in next year’s draft if they aren’t careful.