- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2007

TOP TO BOTTOM

NFL writer David Elfin ranks the teams. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses)

1. Patriots (1) — Belichick loves avenging 1996 ax by Browns.

2. Colts (2) — Dungy gets to do same to Bucs for 2002 dismissal.

3. Cowboys (3) — Romo is making quarterbacking look easy.

4. Packers (6) — Looking like Favre’s best team since 1998.

5. Titans (7) — How was this defense the NFL’s worst in 2006?

6. Jaguars (9) — Del Rio is en route to more than saving his job.

7. Seahawks (12) — Can they avenge Super Bowl XL loss to Steelers?

8. Bucs (15) — Upsetting Colts would be bonus to great start.

9. Steelers (4) — Loss at Arizona good wakeup call for Seattle test.

10. Broncos (11) — Oh so close against Colts. Need to close vs. Chargers.

11. Ravens (5) — The 14-point loss to Browns was a fluke, right?

12. Cardinals (20) — Rams should be cupcakes after beating Steelers.

13. Giants (21) — Someone turned switch at halftime two weeks ago.

14. Bengals (14) — Need bye after getting roughed up by Patriots.

15. Lions (22) — Fourth quarter vs. Bears might signal turnaround.

16. Chiefs (27) — Off the canvas after humiliating San Diego.

17. Redskins (17) — Will need Moss, Portis to keep up with Lions.

18. Browns (25) — Whipping Ravens by two TDs was Romeo’s sweetest W.

19. Bears (13) — The D better heal before visiting Favre and Co.

20. Texans (10) — Can’t rationalize a 10-point loss to Falcons.

21. Eagles (18) — After allowing 12 sacks, it’s bye-bye week.

22. Panthers (16) — If they keep this up, they might get Fox fired.

23. 49ers (19) — They’re moving in the wrong direction this year.

24. Raiders (24) — They won two in a row early last year, too.

25. Chargers (8) — Maybe they really are this bad after home loss to Chiefs.

26. Saints (26) Did they fix their many leaks during bye week?

27. Jets (23) Not primed for neighborhood war with Giants.

28. Bills (30) — Edging Jets at home was relief, not big accomplishment.

29. Vikings (28) It’s already hockey season in the Twin Cities.

30. Falcons (32) — Won at home. Now can they match it on the road?

31. Dolphins (29) Maybe Cam’s poor record at Indiana was a warning.

32. Rams (31) — Hasn’t been this ugly in St. Louis since 4-12 in 1998.

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