1. Houston Texans (8-1) – Gary Kubiak said he has never been more proud of a team than he was after Sunday night’s game. He had good reason to be because that was a gutsy win.
2. Atlanta Falcons (8-1) - They are licking their chops for revenge on the Saints. They won’t have to wait long as the two teams will face off November 29 in Atlanta.
3. San Francisco (6-2-1) - A tie against the Rams isn’t all bad, mainly because the Rams are a good team. The bad part is the Seahwaks aren’t going away.
4. Chicago Bears (7-2) - The biggest question about the Bears is their health. If they can stay healthy, they have as good a chance as any team to win the Lombardi Trophy.
5. Baltimore Ravens (7-2) - The Ravens face the Steelers twice in the next three weeks. Without Big Ben, the Ravens could have the division wrapped up after those games.
6. New England Patriots (6-3) – Aquib Talib will make his Patriots debut on Sunday. If this secondary can get better, the Pats might be Houston’s biggest threat in the AFC.
7. Denver Broncos (6-3) - The Broncos are playing as well as any team in the last month. Peyton Manning is getting into a groove with his receivers, and feeling comfortable with the offense.
8. Green Bay Packers (6-3) - The Packers are beat up and this stat sums it up: Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson have 6 touchdowns, Randall Cobb and James Jones have 14. If this offense gets healthy the rest of the NFC better be afraid.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) - Don’t count the Steelers out. Mike Tomlin has this team prepared no matter who suits up. That being said, without Big Ben, a running game that has struggled, and an aging defense it will be an uphill battle to make the playoffs.
10. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) - Russell Wilson has to be one of the feel good stories of the year. The bye week comes at a great time for Seattle. They get a week off to refocus and plot their playoff course.
11. Dallas Cowboys (4-5) - A frustrating team to watch because you don’t know what you are going to get on a weekly basis. If they want to make the playoffs, they have to run the ball better.
12. New York Giants (6-4) - Every year Tom Coughlin’s crew does this. They get bored in November and flip the switch in December. The only problem this year is they have a tough schedule down the stretch, and the team chasing them, the Cowboys, have an easy schedule. Interesting race down the stretch.
13. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) - Andrew Luck is having a record setting rookie season. Something special maybe happening in Indy, which could end with a Wild Card berth.
14. Minnesota Vikings (6-4) - I know Matt Ryan is having a great season, but if the season ended today, my MVP would be Adrian Peterson.
15. New Orleans Saints (4-5) - With a win over the Raiders, the Saints will be .500 for the first time all season. Joe Vitt has made a difference in that locker room.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) - A lot of NFL people don’t particularly like Greg Schiano, but he is quickly gaining their respect. This Buccaneers team plays the game the right way, and has a player to build around in Doug Martin.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (4-5) - Andy Dalton to AJ Green will be a tandom to reckon with for at least the next 5 years and hopefully for Bengals fans longer.
18. Detroit Lions (4-5) - Because of a tough schedule, and an improved division the Lions have regressed. It will be interesting to see how they finish the season.
19. Tennessee Titans (4-6) - They responded in a big way to the concerns of owner Bud Adams. Mike Munchak is still on the hot seat and his job may depend on how this team plays in the last six games.
20. Miami Dolphins (4-5) - They looked like a playoff team two weeks ago. Now with a rookie coach and quarterback the Dolphins officially begin playing for the future.
21. St. Louis Rams (3-5-1) - The future is bright in St. Louis. A sure sign of that is the suspensions Sunday of Janorios Jenkins and Chris Givens for a violation of team rules. Jeff Fisher is instilling a winning attitude in his players. With all the draft picks they have, and Fisher’s guidance of his young players, Rams fans should be very happy with the direction of this team.
22. Buffalo Bills (3-6) - The Bills have had a killer schedule losing to the Patriots twice, Houston, and San Francisco. Big game tonight verses the Dolphins.
23. San Diego Chargers (4-5) - Norv Turner won’t survive another disappointing season.
24. Arizona Cardinals (4-5) – They have lost five straight after a 4-0 start to the season. If Beanie Wells comes back maybe there running game can get better, but that is tough to do with this offensive line, probably the worst in football.
25. Washington Redskins (3-6) - The Redskins defense is horrific. The offense actually has played well this season, mainly because of RGIII and Alfred Morris.
26. Oakland Raiders (3-6) - This is still a very undisciplined team. Dennis Allen has to change the culture for the Raiders to be successful long term. In the interim, they need a healthy Run DMC.
27. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) - Nick Foles gets his first NFL start on Sunday at Washington. Can the Eagles rally to save Andy Reid’s job? Don’t bet on it!
28. New York Jets (3-6) - This is a team in shambles right now focused on all the wrong things. If every player on the Jets team focused on doing their job to the best of their ability, and being a good teammate like Tim Tebow does, I guarantee they would be a top team in the AFC.
29. Carolina Panthers (2-7) - The most likely candidate to move to Los Angeles. On the football side of things, they have to figure out what’s wrong with Cam Newton.
30. Cleveland Browns (2-7) - The Browns have improved over the course of the season. They look to finish strong starting Sunday in Dallas.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) - Blaine Gabbart is not a franchise quarterback. The Jags better pay Maurice Jones Drew because he is clearly there best player, and the guy the team needs to build around.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) - They finally got a lead Monday night against the Steelers. They could have won the game, but mental mistakes cost them once again.
Jason King is a contributing writer for Taking it to the House. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.