- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2006

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

1. Colts (2) — Back on top after winning at Denver, New England.

2. Bears (1) — Was disaster vs. Miami a hiccup or a harbinger?

3. Patriots (3) — Haven’t lost back-to-back games in almost four years.

4. Broncos (6) — Avenged playoff loss to Steelers as Plummer came alive.

5. Giants (5) — How much will they miss Strahan for battle with Bears?

6. Falcons (4) — Just when you think Vick is finally becoming a QB …

7. Chargers (7) — Have won seven in a row in November heading to Cincy.

8. Ravens (8) — Surprisingly cruising toward AFC North title.

9. Saints (9) — Doubled 2005 W total by midseason.

10. Cowboys (10) — Tuna, T.O. both caught napping in Washington.

11. Eagles (12) — 7-0 after byes under Reid prior to Sunday’s date with Skins.

12. Panthers (13) — Need to win at Tampa to stay in sight of Saints in NFC South.

13. Jaguars (14) — QB controversy heats up as they play better with Garrard than Leftwich.

14. Chiefs (15) — Hard to believe Johnson sat on bench for two years.

15. Vikings (11) — Only a field goal against the Niners’ D?

16. Bengals (16) — It’s all coming apart for talented team.

17. Seahawks (17) — Survived not having Alexander pretty nicely.

18. Rams (18) — Loss in Seattle could be fatal to upstart’s playoff hopes.

19. Jets (21) — Mangini won’t win second test vs. mentor Belichick, either.

20. Bucs (19) — Extra day to get ready for Carolina won’t produce an O.

21. Steelers (20) — Third champ in eight years to nosedive the next year.

22. Bills (23) — Beat Pack by 14 by forcing four turnovers.

23. Redskins (26) — Was magic escape vs. Dallas the jump-start they needed?

24. Texans (24) — Battle at Giants shows how they’re improving under Kubiak.

BIG RISER 25. Lions (30) — Marinelli knew all about Vick from his time in Tampa.

26. Dolphins (31) — Protected honor of 1972 unbeaten team in big way vs. Bears.

27. Browns (27) — Six field goals in seven red-zone trips doomed them at San Diego.

28. 49ers (29) — Amazing they beat Vikes when their O took the day off.

BIG LOSER 29. Titans (22) — Brief winning streak ended with thud at J’ville.

30. Packers (25) — Favre is top-rated third-down passer in NFC.

31. Raiders (28) — There is no O in Oakland.

32. Cardinals (32) — Think they’ll upend angry Cowboys?

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