1.) New Orleans (6-0) [no change]
An impressive comeback keeps the Saints in the top spot for this week. The schedule gets a little harder as they face Atlanta, but after that they have three gimmies until they face New England.
2.) Indianapolis (6-0) [+2]
The Colts took advantage of another easy opponent and thrashed the Rams. Peyton Manning didn't throw for 300 yards, yet they still won by a huge margin.
3.) Denver (6-0) [no change]
Bye week for Denver means they stay in the same spot.
4.) Pittsburgh (5-2) [+2]
The Steelers defense secured the win against previously undefeated Minnesota. Ben Roethlisberger played below par, and has the bye week to think it over.
5.) New England (5-2) [+2]
Going to London didn't affect Tom Brady or the Patriots in the slightest. They beat another outmatched team.
6.) Cincinnati (5-2) [+3]
A stunning blowout by the Bengals moves them up after a bad loss to the Texans.
7.) Minnesota (6-1) [-5]
They lost to Pittsburgh, so down they go. Luckily for the Vikings, there aren't a whole lot of good 1-loss teams.
8.) Arizona (4-2) [+2]
Big win for the Cardinals, but how do they follow it up?
9.) Dallas (4-2)
Same as above. How do they follow it up?
10.) Green Bay (4-2)
The Packers face off against Minnesota in one of the biggest games of the week.
A Look at Week 7:
It seems that more than ever, Week 7 illustrated the disparity between good and bad teams. The good teams played really well in Week 7. The bad teams looked pretty terrible. There were also a couple exceptions: Houston, Buffalo, and Arizona beat teams that I thought were sure-fire winners (yeah, that's what I get for picking Carolina).
A further recap of Week 7's best.
Minnesota (2) at Pittsburgh (6):
As it turns out, neither Big Ben nor Mendenhall was the difference between the Vikings winning and losing. It turned out to be the Steelers defense, which turned two Brett Favre turnovers into 14 points.
Atlanta (5) at Dallas (unranked):
Surprisingly, Dallas outplayed Atlanta and forced Matt Ryan to look pretty bad. Tony Romo was the difference here; his ability to evade the defense was key to scoring TD's.
Arizona (10) at NY Giants (8):
Arizona showed up, the Giants kind of didn't. Kurt Warner outplayed Eli Manning, but the Cardinals defense is what made the difference.
The best games coming up next week.
Denver (3) at Baltimore (unranked):
It seems that the consensus is that Denver is going down against Baltimore. They're 6-0, but not everyone is on the bandwagon yet. A win here further cements the Broncos as a contender, if they're not already.
San Francisco (unranked) at Indianapolis (2):
Not so much a game to watch because of the game, but because of how great Peyton Manning is playing this season. San Francisco might be a tougher challenge. They looked more explosive in the second half of Week 7 than they had at any time this season. Whether their defense can keep up with the Colts offense is another story.
Minnesota (7) at Green Bay (10):
Could be the game of the week, if you happen to ignore the Monday night matchup. It's the Brett Favre bowl all over again, except the stage is Lambeau Field.
Atlanta (unranked) at New Orleans (1):
The #1 team in my rankings takes on their last tough game for the next four weeks. With a win here, they can easily hit the New England game 10-0.