Team rankings

Nfl Week

October 15, 2006|By Chicago Tribune

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. Chicago (2)

Excelling in every phase of the game.

2. Indianapolis (1)

Looks like Colts are coasting already.

3. Denver (7)

Won battle of defenses Monday.

4. New England (4)

Not bad for a "rebuilding" team.

5. Philadelphia (10)

Eagles getting swagger back fast.

6. San Diego (8)

Philip Rivers will only get better.

7. Ravens (3)

Meet one of NFC's elite today.

8. Seattle (5)

Will face test in St. Louis.

9. Cincinnati (6)

Needs to rebound from big loss.

10. Atlanta (9)

Giants, Steelers, Bengals next.

11. Carolina (14)

Just keeping up in the NFC South.

12. Jacksonville (11)

When good, Jags are very good.

13. New Orleans (13)

Won only three all last season.

14. N.Y. Giants (17)

Real team needs to stand up.

15. Dallas (12)

Pressure heating up in Texas.

16. Minnesota (19)

Keeping head above water.

17. St. Louis (18)

Under the radar until this week.

18. Pittsburgh (15)

Not looking good for repeat.

19. Kansas City (22)

Damon Huard is pretty decent.

20. Washington (16)

Offense lacks consistency.

21. N.Y. Jets (20)

Bottom fell out against Jaguars.

22. Buffalo (21)

Now Dick Jauron goes back to Detroit.

23. San Francisco (29)

Win over Raiders was a gimme.

24. Cleveland (24)

Close, but schedule way too hard.

25. Arizona (25)

Third year in a row Dennis Green is 1-4.

26. Green Bay (23)

0-3 at Lambeau Field? It's true.

27. Miami (27)

As big a surprise as Steelers.

28. Tampa Bay (26)

Won't defend division title.

29. Houston (28)

Would love to knock off Cowboys.

30. Detroit (30)

Favored against Bills at home.

31. Tennessee (31)

Moral victory in Indy.

32. Oakland (32)

Looking hard for more byes.

[Compiled by Tribune Publishing NFL reporters; this week's comments by Don Pierson, Chicago Tribune]

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