- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 14, 2006

NFL writer David Elfin of The Washington Times ranks the teams. (Last week’s ranking in parentheses)

1. Bears (1) — Hester scores more often than some offenses.

2. Chargers (2) — For his next trick, L.T. will get Marty to the Super Bowl.

3. Saints (6) — Back to looking unstoppable after pre-Thanksgiving slump.

4. Ravens (7) — Defense is taking names.

5. Cowboys (5) — That debacle in the Superdome better not be repeated in Georgia Dome.

6. Bengals (9) — On four-game tear heading to Indianapolis.

7. Colts (4) — All the offensive magic is being ruined by the NFL’s worst run defense.

8. Patriots (3) — They can’t lose two straight twice in the same year, right?

9. Jaguars (15) — They should run until someone can stop them.

10. Eagles (13) — Out to avenge early-season choke vs. Giants.

11. Jets (8) — Just when they were on a roll, they got Buffaloed.

12. Seahawks (10) — Hasselbeck and Alexander don’t play defense.

13. Giants (16) — Ended skid emphatically vs. Carolina. Now if they can sweep Philadelphia …

14. Falcons (17) — They won’t beat Dallas without ailing RBs Dunn and Norwood.

15. Dolphins (20) — Last in AFC East might be good enough to win NFC West.

16. Bills (18) — Unbeaten in last four save for a three-point loss to Chargers.

17. Panthers (14) — What a roller coaster: lose two, win four, lose two, win two, lose three.

18. Chiefs (12) — Have scored as many as 20 in just one of last five games.

19. Broncos (11) — Lost four in a row for just second time in Shanahan’s 12 years.

20. Titans (19) — Coming back to beat Texans doesn’t earn Vince more props.

21. Steelers (22) — Defense turned it on too late, allowing just 10 points last two weeks.

22. Vikings (23) — Hanging onto playoff dreams despite losing five of last seven.

23. 49ers (21) — Before last three losses, last night’s game with Seattle was looking huge.

24. Texans (24) — Outscored 159-83 in middle two quarters.

25. Cardinals (29) — 3-2 in the lousy NFC West, 1-7 against the rest of the league.

26. Redskins (26) — Gibbs is coming back because he doesn’t want to go out a loser.

27. Packers (30) — A .500 record is still possible in what could be Favre’s farewell.

28. Raiders (27) — A Shell of their former selves.

29. Browns (25) — Crennel has to cringe when he watches his defense.

30. Rams (28) — Make it the Grisliest Show on Turf.

31. Buccaneers (31) — The object of the game is to score TDs, Coach Gruden.

32. Lions (32) — Will Millen swipe top pick from the Raiders, his old team?

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