Team rankings

Nfl Week

October 01, 2006|By [Compiled by Tribune Publishing NFL reporters; this week's comments by Charles Bricker, South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. Indianapolis (1)

20:36 of possession time and a win.

2. Cincinnati (5)

Enormously important win over the Steelers.

3. Seattle (2)

Shaun Alexander has a busted foot.

4. Chicago (3)

Now, if the Bears can find a running game.

5. Ravens (7)

They're not that convincing.

6. Jacksonville (4)

Schedule is tougher; so are Jaguars.

7. Denver (14)

Jake Plummer showed his best.

8. San Diego (10)

Big year for Marty Schottenheimer.

9. Pittsburgh (8)

No worries about Ben Roethlisberger.

10. Philadelphia (13)

Still-uncertain running game.

11. New England (9)

Tom Brady is not a happy man.

12. Atlanta (6)

Michael Vick is still inconsistent.

13. New Orleans (17)

Running on high emotion.

14. Minnesota (12)

Surprisingly good defense.

15. Carolina (16)

Sleeping giant awakens.

16. N.Y. Giants (11)

Humiliation doesn't sit well here.

17. Dallas (15)

No one wants an early bye week.

18. N.Y. Jets (21)

Could win a bad division.

19. Buffalo (18)

Safety Donte Whitner will be a star.

20. St. Louis (20)

Will Torry Holt ever wear down?

21. Washington (24)

Mark Brunell catches fire.

22. Kansas City (23)

16 points in two games.

23. Miami (22)

Inconsistent Daunte Culpepper and a shaky secondary.

24. Arizona (19)

Edgerrin James finally runs big, in a loss.

25. Tampa Bay (25)

Holy Toledo: a sixth-round rookie quarterback.

26. San Francisco (26)

Weapons, but still no defense.

27. Green Bay (29)

Brett Favre won't be enough.

28. Cleveland (28)

Slowly, the defense is coming around.

29. Detroit (27)

Lions better, but also winless.

30. Tennessee (30)

So little talent.

31. Houston (31)

David Carr has been sacked 218 times.

32. Oakland (32)

In contention for worst team.

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