Team Rankings

NFL This Week

September 18, 2005

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

1. Patriots (1) Tom Brady jumped on Corey Dillon.

2. Colts (2) For one week, the defense played great.

3. Steelers (5) Ben Roethlisberger doesn't do heavy lifting.

4. Falcons (7) Big attitude against Eagles.

5. Eagles (3) 49ers will be looking for T.O.

6. Chiefs (11) Here comes the blitz.

7. Panthers (4) Kris Jenkins leaves a major void.

8. Cowboys (18) Next up, Monday night patsy.

9. Chargers (8) Were 2004 Chargers a mirage?

10. Jaguars (13) Won in Indy last season.

11. Bills (15) Defense doesn't give an inch.

12. Saints (25) Playing in New York is a disservice.

13. Ravens (9) Offense stuck in Groundhog Day.

14. Giants (22) Brandon Jacobs is a real weapon.

15. Buccaneers (26) Gritty defense making a last stand.

16. Jets (6) Need a major comeback.

17. Vikings (10) Mike Tice calls that improvement?

18. Broncos (12) Mike Shanahan should be accountable, too.

19. Bengals (17) Breakout year for Carson Palmer.

20. Seahawks (14) Always come up short in a clutch.

21. Lions (20) Sloshing through NFC North debris.

22. Dolphins (30) If they beat the Jets, look out.

23. Rams (16) Must protect Marc Bulger better than that.

24. Raiders (24) Not Kerry Collins' finest hour.

25. Packers (19) Brett Favre could grow old fast.

26. 49ers (32) They like the 3-4 defense now.

27. Texans (23) David Carr apparently was intimidated.

28. Redskins (27) Joe Gibbs' offense hits stride quickly.

29. Cardinals (21) Special teams, defense broke against Giants.

30. Titans (28) It'll be a long season for Steve McNair.

31. Bears (29) Kyle Orton wasn't intimidated.

32. Browns (31) Trent Dilfer got what he wished for.

- Comments by Ken Murray, The Sun

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