Same old Bengals? Hardly. While Cincinnati drops in this week's Power Rankings after a tough loss at Arizona, the fight that Andy Dalton and the rest of the Bengals put up in that failed comeback was impressive.
All eyes are on the three unbeatens, especially the Patriots as Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the 8-0 Pats head to New York to face the one team that's had their number in recent years. Could the Titans trip up the Panthers? Or the Texans ambush the Bengals?
A look back at some of the great defenses since 1980 in the NFL shows several common threads with all of them, and a closer look at Denver's current unit shows they're following that same path to success.