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Colts jump Seahawks in this week's NFL rankings
October 31, 2013 - Andy Heintz
10. Detroit Lions, 5-3
The Lions bumped the Cowboys out of this spot after stunning the boys in Dallas with a late comeback. The Cowboys couldn’t cover Calvin Johnson and it paid off for the Lions, who are 3-1 at home on the year. Reggie Bush is another X-factor for the offense, but the defense is what concerns me at this point.
9. New England Patriots, 6-2
New England was in serious trouble this past weekend of dropping two straight games. Miami had the Patriots on the ropes, but Tom Brady rallied the troops and the defense took care of the rest. The Jets loss puts the Patriots two games up in the division, too.
8. Green Bay Packers, 5-2
Like the 49ers, the Packers began the year 1-2 but have since won four straight games. The offense appears to be hitting on all cylinders despite several injuries. As long as Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback, you will always have a chance, especially when three of the next four against inferior opponents will be played at home.
7. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-2
The Bengals won their fourth straight game when they thumped the suddenly competitive New York Jets. Andy Dalton found another receiving threat in Marvin Jones, who caught four of Dalton’s five scores last Sunday. The Bengals are here to stay, and that offense is starting to get into a groove.
6. San Francisco 49ers, 6-2
Help is on the way for the 49ers, who have won five straight games after a victory over Jacksonville in London. The Niners appear to be back to their Super Bowl level with dominant performances and four straight games of at least 30 points. WR Mario Manningham should be back soon, while DL Tank Carradine and CB Eric Wright are both set to return after the bye week.
5. Seattle Seahawks, 7-1
The Seahawks dodged a big bullet when Rams backup QB Kellen Clemons failed to throw a touchdown pass late in the game this past Monday night. Seattle also will catch another break in the next four weeks as three of those games are at home. The lone road game is at Atlanta, but the Falcons are battling injuries, too. How the Seahawks respond to a season-ending injury to Sidney Rice will be something to watch.
4. Indianapolis Colts, 5-2
Coming off their bye, the Colts will now have three road games in their next four games. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how the Colts move on after losing Reggie Wayne to a season-ending injury. Andrew Luck’s numbers are not even remotely good when Wayne is not in the lineup.
3. New Orleans Saints, 6-1
With Seattle running into some key injuries, the ball is now in the Saints court for homefield advantage in the West. After traveling to New York this weekend to face the Jets, they will play key home games against Dallas and San Francisco.
2. Denver Broncos, 7-1
The Broncos bounced back from their only loss of the season thus far when they beat Washington last week, pulling away in the second half. Three of the next four are on the road at San Diego, New England and Kansas City. Those are big in the entire season picture for Denver.
1. Kansas City Chiefs, 8-0
I expected much more from the Chiefs against the Cleveland Browns. They are fighting with fire each week but still coming out on top. How long will that last? The offense is going to have to start doing more eventually. The top-ranked defense can only take you so far.
5. Atlanta Falcons
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Minnesota Vikings
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rising: Lions, Chargers, Bengals
Falling: Cowboys, Browns, Dolphins
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