NFL Rankings: Falcons perched at the top

NFL Rankings: Falcons perched at the top
October 16, 2012, 7:05 pm
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There is only one unbeaten team remaining the 1972 Dolphins are that much closer to popping the bubbly and no more winless teams the 2008 Lions are lonely at 0-16 as we have finished six weeks of the 2012 NFL season. We have a new team atop the rankings in the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, who survived a home scare against the Raiders, and some shuffling at the top, including a massive leap by the defending champs after the Giants thumped the 49ers.

1 (2) Atlanta Falcons (6-0) Matt Ryan's 19 career game-winning drives most by QB in first five seasons since 1960. 2 (5) Baltimore Ravens (5-1) Defense teetering, though, with Ray Lewis lost for season with torn triceps. 3 (12) New York Giants (4-2) Defending champs serve notice to league with dominant performance at the 'Stick. 4 (1) Houston Texans (5-1) Still only defense in NFL yet to give up a rushing TD this season. 5 (6) Chicago Bears (4-1) Bye week enables Bears to move into stingiest points-allowed status at 14.2 per game. 6 (3) Minnesota Vikings (4-2) Vikings humbled a bit by RG III, but Percy Harvin has league-leading 49 catches. 7 (4) 49ers (4-2) Who's got it better than them? At the moment, six other teams. 8 (7) Arizona Cardinals (4-2) Cue the Kevin Kolb-John Skelton dilemmaagain. 9 (14) Seattle Seahawks (4-2) CB Richard Sherman taunting Tom Brady early candidate for Tweet of the Year. 10 (18) Green Bay Packers (3-3) Yeah, Aaron Rodgers and his franchise-tying six TD passes sent a message. 11 (8) New England Patriots (3-3) Benefactor of Tuck Rule and SpyGate Tom Brady complains of piped-in noise at Seattle? 12 (19) Denver Broncos (3-3) Peyton Manning's 37 fourth-quarter comebacks most by NFL QB since 1950. 13 (20) New York Jets (3-3) Mark Sanchez shines, so call off the call for Tim Tebowfor now. 14 (22) Washington (3-3) Robert Griffin III. That is all. 15 (23) Miami Dolphins (3-3) Raise a flipper if you saw Hard Knocks and thought they'd be .500 after six games. 16 (13) St. Louis Rams (3-3) Can they just get it over with and move back to L.A. already? 17 (21) Buffalo Bills (3-3) C.J. Spiller's 7.6-yards-per-carry average leads the NFL. 18 (10) Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) Being the victims of their cross-state rivals' first win is not a good look. 19 (24) Detroit Lions (2-3) Jason Hanson's ninth OT field goal tied for most in NFL history. 20 (11) Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) Yeah, it's all Juan Castillo's fault. Right? 21 (9) San Diego Chargers (3-3) Oh, Norv. 22 (15) Dallas Cowboys (2-3) Looking for a positive from America's Team? Cowboys have top pass defense in the league. 23 (31) Tennessee Titans (2-4) Chris Johnson's personal record without a TD has now reached 10 games. 24 (16) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) Ben Roethlsberger surpasses Terry Bradshaw as Steelers' all-time leading passer. But TB's appearance on 'Hooper' is way cooler. 25 (26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) Buc's already have four 100-yard receiving games, after three combined in'10 and '11. 26 (17) Indianapolis Colts (2-3) Defense needs to give Andrew Luck help; its three takeaways an NFL worst. 27 (27) Carolina Panthers (1-4) What does an "entertainer" and an "icon" do over a bye week? 28 (29) New Orleans Saints (1-4) Something says Saints about to embark on a potentially season-saving run after bye. 29 (25) Raiders (1-4) No truth to rumor team changing motto to "Just keep it close, baby." 30 (30) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) MJD about to get his first taste of the Black Hole. 31 (32) Cleveland Browns (1-5) They've turned the ball over in 24 straight games, the NFL's current longest streak. 32 (28) Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) Introducing, the lone team yet to hold a lead in regulation this season.