Dominant 'D' propels Chiefs to top of rankings, with some help from Colts.
By BRIAN BILLICK FS Arizona
Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.
We've got a new No. 1 this week.
1 Chiefs 7-0 +1
This defense hasn't given up more than 17 points yet this season and has a league-high 35 sacks on the year. Absolutely dominant.
2 Seahawks 6-1 +1
The Seahawks have won 11 of their last 12 regular-season games and are 6-1 to start a season for the first time in franchise history. But most importantly, this team just looks like they are having a lot of fun.
3 Broncos 6-1 -2
Peyton Manning was sacked four times on Sunday night, the most he's been sacked in a game since 2007.
4 Colts 5-2 +3
The Colts are young and explosive, but with youth comes inconsistency, and before I put them above the Broncos, I want to see them put together strong back-to-back games.
5 Saints 5-1
The Saints were on a bye this week and will now host three of their next four games.
6 49ers 5-2
Here come the 49ers. After starting 1-2, they have now won four in a row and are scoring 33 points per game while only giving up 12.8 during their win streak.
In the last two games,
Andy Dalton has thrown for 702 yards and six touchdowns -- on the road. That’s pretty good.
9 Patriots 5-2 -5
The rules are the rules, no matter if it's the first quarter, the last quarter or overtime. Whether you agree with the rule or not, you can hardly fault the official for throwing the flag on what was an obvious rules infraction.
The Bears not only lost the game on Sunday, they also lost
Jay Cutler for at least four weeks and
Lance Briggs for the next six. Not sure the Bears can keep pace with the Packers or Lions in the division at this point.
14 Jets 4-3 +5
The Jets snapped a six-game losing streak against the Patriots and have not lost back-to-back games. The Jets are not a playoff team, but they will play spoiler at some point in the second half.
15 Titans 3-4
This team flashes but just can't seem to put it all together.
16 Bills 3-4 +6
Thaddeus Lewis earned his first win as a starter in the NFL, but the game ball should go to the defense who forced three turnovers, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
The Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak but only had 18 rushing yards in the process. Reports suggest that
Steven Jackson could be back this week, and he could provide this offense the spark it needs.
The Giants won by 16 points but played badly enough to lose. How did Eli Manning and
Victor Cruz and
Hakeem Nicks lose all their chemistry? It looks like they have never played together.
30 Vikings 1-5 -3
Josh Freeman completed 37.7 percent of his pass attempts for 190 yards and one interception. That was ugly.
31 Jaguars 0-7 -1
We all know that the Jaguars desperately need to draft a franchise QB, but they have so many holes on defense as well. They have already surrendered 400-plus yards to opposing offenses four times this season.
32 Buccaneers 0-6
The Bucs have lost 11 of their last 12 and now will likely be without their best offensive player for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.