1.) New Orleans (11-0) [no change]
They just dismantled the Patriots and have a couple more games before their next big showdown with Dallas. As a Cowboys fan, I have a bad feeling about that game.
2.) Indianapolis (11-0) [no change]
Keep on trucking, Peyton Manning. The Colts let nothing faze them. They aren't as dominant as New Orleans, but they get it done when it counts, close and late. Or far behind and late. Just not early, most of the time.
3.) Minnesota (10-1) [no change]
Speaking of dismantling; Brett Favre is still the pick du jour for MVP, but I have to give it to Manning.
4.) San Diego (8-3) [+1]
The Chargers continue to win, even if they're picking off lollipops.
5.) Dallas (8-3) [+1]
Dallas had an easy win on Thanksgiving, plus a whole bunch of time off to think about it. How they respond is key, as usual.
6.) Cincinnati (8-3) [+4]
Not exactly a riotous comeback win for the Bengals, but I'm sure they'll take it. Having swept their division means they're pretty much a lock for the playoffs.
7.) Green Bay (7-4) [+1]
The Packers had an impressive win on Thanksgiving in Detroit. Yeah, I know, it was Detroit they beat; with a QB who had a bum shoulder, no less. Still, they're rounding into form at the right time and have a tough matchup on Monday with the Ravens.
8.) Philadelphia (7-4) [+1]
They looked unimpressive against the Redskins, but the Eagles got the win nonetheless. I get the feeling they're holding on until January 3, when they come down to Dallas.
9.) Denver (7-4)
After beating the lackluster (to put it mildly) Giants, the Broncos make a roaring comeback to the Rankings. Honestly, the only reason they're REALLY in is because they won and Arizona didn't. Whoops.
10.) New England (7-4) [-3]
Most teams that take a beating like that on Monday night don't make it back into the Rankings. New England is lucky, and damn good. Let's not get ahead of ourselves in proclaiming anything about New England. They'll be fine.