Team Rankings

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October 17, 2004|By KEN MURRAY | KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF

TEAM RANKINGS

Rankings are a compilation of opinions of eight NFL writers from Tribune Publishing papers across the country (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Patriots (1) 19 straight, but Seattle will be test.

2. Eagles (2) Revenge time against Carolina.

3. Colts (3) Best home team in league.

4. Vikings (6) Daunte Culpepper on track for 50 TD passes.

5. Jets (7) Might be looking ahead to Patriots.

6. Seahawks (4) Big-time collapse against St. Louis.

7. Broncos (9) John Lynch-Champ Bailey combo excelling.

8. Giants (11) Who predicted this for Kurt Warner?

9. Steelers (10) Ben Roethlisberger looks like a veteran.

10. Falcons (5) Defense will have to carry Falcons.

11. Ravens (12) Offense will be their downfall.

12. Rams (15) Comeback could equal turnaround.

13. Lions (18) Nice start, but it won't last.

14. Jaguars (8) Will make playoffs in 2005.

15. Titans (16) Season-saving win at Lambeau.

16. Cowboys (14) Vinny Testaverde can't do it all every week.

17. Chargers (24) Drew Brees has Bolts saying, "Philip who?"

18. Panthers (13) Staring directly at 1-4.

19. Chiefs (17) Don't count out Chiefs just yet.

20. Texans (22) Defense had no answer for Vikings.

21. Saints (21) Jim Haslett Firing Watch under way.

22. Browns (23) How Browns won twice is befuddling.

23. Raiders (20) It's Kerry Collins team. Yikes.

24. Packers (19) Pack's backs are against the wall.

25. Bengals (25) Leash on Carson Palmer might be short.

26. Bears (27) Worst injury luck in the NFL.

27. Buccaneers (30) Brad Johnson getting raw deal.

28. Redskins (26) Patrick Ramsey deserves a chance.

29. Cardinals (28) Got cocky against 49ers.

30. 49ers (32) Gotta admit: good win over Cards.

31. Bills (29) Coaching change has meant no change.

32. Dolphins (31) Starting at QB: Don Strock.

Comments by Ryan O'Halloran, Newport News Daily Press

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