1.) New Orleans (12-0) [no change]
They might have won on some fluke plays, but I'm a firm believer that teams that want to go undefeated have to be lucky and good in near-equal measure. Robert Meachem is a heck of a player, especially with Drew Brees! throwing him the ball.
2.) Indianapolis (12-0) [no change]
More than a few teams that were expected to win did not. Mostly unheralded Indianapolis took the field against Tennessee and took care of business. They didn't even struggle like New Orleans did. Tough game next week against Denver, though.
3.) San Diego (9-3) [+1]
San Diego continues to surprise, despite allowing 23 points to Cleveland (and killing one of my fantasy teams in the process, ouch). If they beat the Cowboys next week (pretty likely), they probably lock up the AFC West, since I don't see Denver winning IN Indy.
4.) Cincinnati (9-3) [+2]
Cincinnati is another de facto division winner, locking up the AFC North with losses by their two rivals. The Bengals might not have played their best game against Detroit, but Cedric Benson is back healthy and Carson Palmer throws it downfield well. They're a huge threat in the playoffs.
5.) Green Bay (8-4) [+2]
Ugly game last night on the (cue overly self-important voice) Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field. The Packers played well when it counted, though (not well enough to save my other fantasy team, but I digress) and beat the Ravens, sending them spiraling further into oblivion. I'm not quite buying Aaron Rodgers; not until he learns that Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are his #1 and #2, respectively, not #8 and #1.
6.) Philadelphia (8-4) [+2]
Lots of people are jumping on the Eagles bandwagon all of a sudden. I guess that's because unlike the Cowboys, Philly has won a few games in December in recent history (44-6 last year comes to mind, ouch). I don't think they'll win the NFC East (give me Dallas or the NY Giants), but they'll take a Wild Card easily. Green Bay could easily slip up, and there are very few teams behind them and Philly pushing hard for the Wild Card.
7.) Denver (8-4) [+2]
If you don't know what to make of the Broncos, raise your hand. So they started out 6-0, and have now won two in a row after a disastrous tailspin. Now they have to go to Indy, where they haven't won recently (and have lost quite memorably) to face the super-hot Peyton Manning and his Colts. It would seem like the game is a must-win, especially since San Diego has a decent matchup this week. With the Broncos, it's impossible to tell which team will show up.
8.) Arizona (8-4)
After a one week absence, Arizona returns with a stunning beatdown of the previously third-ranked Vikings. Kurt Warner was questionable with a head injury before the game, but came onto the field and absolutely carved up Minnesota. For once, he concentrated on getting the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, producing one of the WR's best games this season. They have a division game next Monday against San Francisco that gives them the division with a win.
9.) Minnesota (10-2) [-6]
One of the most disappointing teams this week was Minnesota. Brett Favre wasn't great, yet he wasn't the worst offender on Sunday night. That award goes to Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen, in a two-man tie of booshy badness. Neither of them did anything worth mentioning. At least Favre threw a TD. Adrian Peterson couldn't even gain five yards in a single carry (though his receiving yards prevented him from being totally worthless). I hope for their sake they haven't been exposed, but they're playing Cincinnati next week and that is a tough game.
10.) Dallas (8-4) [-5]
Another team that disappointed heavily was the Cowboys. For all the BS talk about December swooning, Sunday's game really came down to two plays: Brandon Jacobs' TD run, and Domenik Hixon's punt return TD. Poor tackling on both plays prevented the Cowboys from winning. Tony Romo completed 41 passes, but most of them didn't go down the field. There was no running game to speak of, with Barber, Jones, and Choice all getting stuffed repeatedly. The Cowboys have a tough schedule down the stretch, too, so it's unlikely to get any easier, or for the talking heads to shut up about how much they suck in December.