The Sun's Power rankings

October 21, 2007|By Comments by Don Markus

1. Patriots

Rank first in offense and second in defense.

2. Colts

With Marvin Harrison hurt, Reggie Wayne has picked up slack at receiver.

3. Cowboys

Defense was exposed by Patriots. Will Vikings do the same?

4. Steelers

Mike Tomlin using same formula as Bill Cowher: defense and ball control.

5. Packers

Middle linebacker Nick Barnett is second in league in tackles.

6. Jaguars

Byron who?

7. Giants

Plaxico Burress has eight TD catches.

8. Panthers

Will Fountain of Youth run dry for Vinny Testaverde?

9. Buccaneers

Michael Bennett and Zack Crockett take over at running back.

10. Ravens

Willis McGahee has chance to silence Bills fans.

11. Titans

If healthy, Vince Young can rub it in against Texans.

12. Redskins

Banged-up offensive line could be problem.

13. Chargers

Moving up with LaDainian Tomlinson back on track.

14. Broncos

Coming off two straight blowout defeats.

15. Texans

Matt Schaub hasn't thrown a TD pass the past two weeks.

16. Lions

Top pick Calvin Johnson looks to get on track after back injury.

17. Seahawks

Defensive tackle Chuck Darby out for the season with knee injury.

18. Chiefs

Can take over AFC West lead with road win against Raiders.

19. Cardinals

Third-string QB Tim Rattay might have to play against Redskins.

20. Eagles

Donovan McNabb has been sacked 20 times.

21. Vikings

Adrian Peterson looked like Gale Sayers against the Bears.

22. Browns

Braylon Edwards has caught seven TD passes.

23. Raiders

Former Colt Dominic Rhodes has been disappointing.

24. 49ers

Tight end Vernon Davis could return from injury.

25. Bears

Brian Griese is better than Rex Grossman, but defense still stinks.

26. Bills

Rookie QB Trent Edwards has been pleasant surprise.

27. Saints

Reggie Bush could finally go over the 100-yard rushing mark against Falcons.

28. Bengals

The hot seat is getting hotter for Marvin Lewis.

29. Jets

Chad Pennington has thrown six interceptions in three-game skid.

30. Falcons

Byron Leftwich takes over for Joey Harrington at quarterback.

31. Dolphins

It could get ugly against the Patriots.

32. Rams

Return of quarterback Marc Bulger and wide receiver Isaac Bruce could be big lift.

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