Don Markus' Power Rankings

September 30, 2007

1. Patriots

Tom Brady has completed nearly 80 percent of his passes.

2. Colts

Survived squeakers at Tennessee (22-20) and Houston (30-24).

3. Cowboys

Top scoring team (38.7 points per game) in the NFL.

4. Steelers

Willie Parker has three straight 100-yard games.

5. Packers

Brett Favre can break Dan Marino's TD pass record today.

6. Titans

Vince Young is developing into a pocket passer.

7. Seahawks

Shaun Alexander will play with a cracked bone in his hand.

8. Broncos

NFL's top defense will give Peyton Manning a big test.

9. Ravens

Need to play four quarters, not three, in ancestral home.

10. Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew is off to a slow start (33 carries, 100 yards, no TDs).

11. Texans

Matt Schaub should have a happy homecoming in Atlanta.

12. Panthers

Jake Delhomme's a question mark with an elbow injury.

13. Buccaneers

Defense had three interceptions against the Rams.

14. 49ers

Vernon Davis is out two weeks with a sprained knee.

15. Redskins

Much-needed bye week after blowing 17-3 lead vs. the Giants.

16. Lions

Receive break with the Bears after getting torched by the Eagles for 56 points.

17. Chargers

LaDainian Tomlinson is averaging a puny 2.3 yards per carry.

18. Bengals

Consistently bad on defense: 27th against the run and the pass.

19. Bears

Brian Griese replaces Rex Grossman.

20. Eagles

Play the Giants in first of two straight games at the Meadowlands.

21. Raiders

Former Terp LaMont Jordan has rushed for 280 yards the past two weeks.

22. Cardinals

Matt Leinart will start vs. the Steelers, but Kurt Warner is ready.

23. Vikings

Need Tarvaris Jackson to get healthy so the offense can get going.

24. Giants

Maybe Tom Coughlin will save his job after beating the Redskins.

25T. Browns

Have to get ahead of the Ravens for Jamal Lewis to be effective.

25T. Chiefs

Larry Johnson is unhappy despite his big contract.

27. Jets

Chad Pennington has four TD passes and no interceptions in two games.

28. Rams

Steven Jackson (groin tear) won't play vs. the Cowboys.

29. Saints

Heading from first (in the NFC South) to worst overall.

30. Dolphins

Now we know another reason why Nick Saban bailed for Alabama.

31. Bills

Linebacker Paul Posluszny became the sixth Bill to go on injured reserve.

32. Falcons

Joey Harrington passed for 361 yards and two TDs vs. the Panthers.

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