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Chiefs take over top spot of latest NFL rankings
October 25, 2013 - Andy Heintz
10. Dallas Cowboys, 4-3
The Cowboys have not recorded back-to-back wins in awhile but that is what they take into this weekend’s game at Detroit. The Lions also are 4-3 and the winner would position themselves well for the postseason. The Cowboys currently hold their own destiny in the NFC East.
9. New England Patriots, 5-2
The Patriots laid a big egg against rival New York last weekend. The offense continues to be a work in progress and last week, the Jets’ defense got the better of them. Getting Rob Gronkowski back sure does help.
8. Green Bay Packers, 4-2
After starting 1-2, the Packers are also riding a three-game win streak into its game with Minnesota this week. The Vikings are one of the worst teams in the league but play well at home. Will they have enough to end the Packers streak? Not likely.
7. Cincinnati Bengals, 5-2
Only San Francisco has more consecutive wins than Cincinnati right now. The three-game win streak for the Bengals has turned their season around in a hurry. They had previously been an up-and-down team that was winning at home and turning in head scratchers on the road.
6. San Francisco 49ers, 5-2
The Niners won a big road game against Tennessee last week and now are in London for a matchup with winless Jacksonville. They should be 6-2 heading into the bye week, where they could get back several injured players, including wide receiver Mario Manningham.
5. Indianapolis Colts, 5-2
The Colts came up with a big performance at home against previously unbeaten Denver and beat Peyton Manning in the place that Peyton built. The Colts are as good as anyone in the league, having already beaten Denver, Seattle and San Francisco but also have lost to Miami and San Diego.
4. Seattle Seahawks, 6-1
The Seahawks are winning on the road but they are not playing playoff teams. I still think they can be beaten in someone else’s stadium but at home, they likely go 8-0. Percy Harvin appears to be close to returning, which will only help the offense.
3. New Orleans Saints, 5-1
The Saints are coming off a bye so I won’t move them from where they were last week. At home, they are clearly one of the best teams in the league. On the road, we still don’t know yet. That is why homefield advantage in the NFC is big.
2. Denver Broncos, 6-1
The Broncos have shown signs of some leaks in recent weeks. The Cowboys exposed their secondary and the Colts just plain beat them in Indy this past weekend. We’ll know soon enough who is supreme. Denver or Kansas City?
1. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-0
It’s hard to tell if the Chiefs are the best team in the league, but they remain unbeaten and no one else in the NFL can claim that. The offense is suspect, but the defense may be the best in the league.
5. New York Giants
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Minnesota Vikings
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rising: Colts, Packers, Bengals Falling: Bears, Patriots, Dolphins
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