Team rankings

NFL week

December 11, 2005|By TRIBUNE PUBLISHING NFL REPORTERS; THIS WEEK'S COMMENTS BY MICHAEL C. WRIGHT, NEWPORT NEWS (VA.) DAILY PRESS.

(Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Colts (1)

Keep holding your breath, 1972 Dolphins.

2. Seahawks (3)

NFC's best team is on an eight-game winning streak.

3. Bengals (5)

Nobody's laughing at this team anymore.

4. Broncos (2)

Still a game ahead in the AFC West.

5. Bears (4)

With this defense, who needs offense?

6. Panthers (7)

Rushing attack is taking off.

7. Chargers (8)

Five-game winning streak should grow to six against Miami.

8. Giants (10)

Lead NFC East with tough defense.

9. Jaguars (9)

New quarterback looks pretty good.

10. Chiefs (13)

Priest who? Larry Johnson is the man in Kansas City.

11. Steelers (6)

Pittsburgh can score but can't stop anybody.

12. Bucs (12)

It's not pretty, but Chris Simms is getting it done.

13. Patriots (15)

Lead AFC East by two games despite injury problems.

14. Cowboys (11)

Drew Bledsoe is a turnover machine.

15. Vikings (16)

Give Brad Johnson the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

16. Falcons (14)

"Dirty Birds" may slide out of playoff contention.

17. Redskins (17)

Broke three-game skid with two 100-yard rushers.

18. Dolphins (20)

Sage Rosenfels may get this team to .500.

19. Rams (19)

The hype finally got to Harvard grad Ryan Fitzpatrick.

20. Bills (21)

Couldn't hold a 21-0 lead against the lowly Dolphins.

21. Raiders (23)

The most penalized, underachieving team in the NFL.

22. Browns (22)

Braylon Edwards' injury makes a bad situation worse.

23. Eagles (18)

The tumble continues for defending NFC champions.

24. Cardinals (27)

Swept the 49ers. Big deal.

25. Ravens (25)

Kyle Boller still doesn't look like a first-rounder.

26. Lions (24)

Matt Millen must go?

27. Titans (26)

The Colts' next victim.

28. Saints (28)

Still haven't won in Louisiana.

29. Packers (29)

Lost in Chicago for the first time since 1993.

30. Jets (31)

Reeling from a seven-game skid.

31. 49ers (30)

Swept by Arizona. When did that ever happen?

32. Texans (32)

Picture Reggie Bush in a Texans uniform.

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