The 49ers drop a spot during their bye week, the Bears surge, and the Raiders slip after Doug Martin runs amok.
1 (1) Atlanta Falcons (8-0) Road warriors? Dirty Birds have won four home games by total of 17 points. 2 (5) Chicago Bears (7-1) Fearsome and opportunistic defense has returned seven INTs for TDs. 3 (4) Houston Texans (7-1) As Arian Foster goes, so go the Texans. 4 (3) 49ers (6-2) Will Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith be driven by Bruce Bochy and Buster Posey in February? 5 (2) New York Giants (6-3) Now Tom Coughlin is lamenting the loss of the scab refs. 6 (6) Green Bay Packers (6-3) Lynn Dickey who? A-Rod has 22 TDs in last six games, most-ever by Packer QB in that span. 7 (7) New England Patriots (5-3) Giselle gets a pop in "Clique" from Kanye but not Tom Brady? Meh, it's a bye week. 8 (9) Denver Broncos (5-3) Peyton Manning is midseason NFL MVP. Any questions? 9 (10) Baltimore Ravens (6-2) Um, tough run D? Ravens have given up at least 100 yards rushing four straight games. 10 (13) Seattle Seahawks (5-4) Beast Mode finding groove - three straight 100-yard rushing games for Marshawn Lynch. 11 (14) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) Sharing the wealth - Big Ben hits nine different players with passes vs. Giants. 12 (15) Indianapolis Colts (5-3) Andrew Luck sets rookie record with 433 passing yards. Phil Simms looks the other way. 13 (8) Minnesota Vikings (5-4) Good news? Adrian Peterson looks phenomenal. Bad news? Christian Ponder's 37.3 rating. 14 (11) Miami Dolphins (4-4) Ryan Tannehill needs to air it out; Dolphins 4-0 with at least 30 passes. 15 (21) New Orleans Saints (3-5) Drew Brees playing like a man on a mission on national television. 16 (23) San Diego Chargers (4-4) Bolts' four wins against teams with combined record of 6-24. 17 (25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) Only man who could stop Doug Martin Sunday was his own coach. 18 (26) Detroit Lions (4-4) Matthew Stafford second-fastest to 10,000 pass yards in NFL history, behind Kurt Warner. 19 (12) Arizona Cardinals (4-5) Cards second team in NFL history to open season 4-0 then lose five straight - 1993 Eagles. 20 (16) Buffalo Bills (3-5) Why, exactly, did Mario Williams sign here again? 21 (17) Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) Sophomore slump? Andy Dalton with INT in all eight games thus far. 22 (18) New York Jets (3-5) What, no Tim Tebow "news?" It was a bye week. 23 (19) Washington (3-6) November demise? They've lost last six games immediately before Presidential election. 24 (20) St. Louis Rams (3-5) Spent bye licking wounds after London beatdown by Pats. 25 (22) Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) How did Mike Vick become a sympathetic figure? 26 (24) Dallas Cowboys (3-5) Yes, Jason Witten surpassed Michael Irvin as Cowboys' all-time leading pass catcher. 27 (30) Carolina Panthers (2-6) Seems Cam Newton took one suggestion to heart - win. 28 (27) Raiders (3-5) Those blaming Carson Palmer for Bucs loss need to stop. Like yesterday. 29 (28) Tennessee Titans (2-6) Chris Johnson breaks a long run, but also loses two fumbles for first time in career. 30 (29) Cleveland Browns (2-7) It must really pain the Dog Pound when the Ravens come to town. 31 (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) Home cooking gone bad: Jags outscored 126-34 at home this season. 32 (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) Romeo Crennel strips self of D-coordinator duties, so that's a start.