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Power Rankings: Falcons take over top spot, but can they keep it?


I was in the press box at Reliant Stadium late Sunday night, watching the Houston Texans getting pounded in front of me, when I asked this question:

Are there any good teams in the NFL right now?

It stirred some debate with some of my peers when I said I didn't think there were any.

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If the first six weeks of the season has taught us anything, it's that there is a reason we don't crown champions in October. Right now, nobody deserves it.

Think about what we had Sunday:

 The Texans, the top-ranked team in our CBSSports.com Power Rankings, looked horrible in losing to the Packers.

 The Falcons, the new No. 1 team, barely held on to beat an Oakland Raiders team they were favored to blow out.

 The 49ers, everybody's chic pick as best team, didn't even show up against the Giants. They were mauled in every way possible.

 New England, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Cincinnati, all teams that have spent time in our top 10, lost this week.

Like I said: Is anybody any good?

Not only that, but all the supposed top teams have flaws. The Falcons have won two tight games -- at home -- on last-second field goals.

The Ravens, the AFC's best, have given up more than 200 yards rushing in each of the past two games and have major injuries on defense.

The 49ers have passing-game issues.

The Bears have protection issues at times.

On and on it goes.

Are there any good teams?

Right now, that's a tough question to answer.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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