Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.
Denver knocked Kansas City from the ranks of the unbeaten on Sunday while Seattle kept rolling along in the NFC. So, which of these powerhouses is No. 1, you ask?
1 Broncos 9-1
Remember when passing for 300-or-more yards was a big deal? Well, Peyton Manning has done it in nine of 10 games this season.
2 Seahawks 10-1 +1
Russell Wilson is 13-0 at home in his career and won his 21st game overall on Sunday. He is tied with Dan Marino and just one shy of Ben Roethlisberger for the most wins in the first two seasons of a career.
3 Chiefs 9-1 -1
The Chiefs had 35 sacks in the first seven games of the season but have just one in the last three. I’m guessing KC won’t be playing as much man coverage against Manning in two weeks.
4 Saints 8-2 +3
The Saints dominated the 49ers statistically from the opening kickoff but needed every second of the game on Sunday to walk away with the win.
5 Panthers 7-3
It may have come down to a controversial call at the end of the game, but I hope that doesn’t overshadow Cam Newton’s growth as a leader and a player. He was surgeon Monday night.
6 Patriots 7-3 -2
The Patriots can’t afford to sulk and blame the referees. They need to move on quickly with the Broncos coming to town this weekend.
7 Colts 7-3 +2
The Colts’ three-game lead in the AFC South is the widest margin for any current division leader in the conference.
8 49ers 6-4 -2
You can blame Colin Kaepernick all you want, but I’m blaming his receivers. Even on the interception that resulted in a lucky touchback, Mario Manningham has to beat the DB to the spot and put his body between the defender and the ball.
9 Bears 6-4 +1
Is there a QB controversy in Chicago?
10 Bengals 7-4 +3
Here are some numbers to ponder. Andy Dalton, 13 for 27, 93 yards. AJ Green, two receptions, 7 yards. And not only did they win, but they scored 41 points. How is that even possible?
11 Lions 6-4 -3
If the Lions convert on that fake field goal, Jim Schwartz is a genius, but since he didn’t, he becomes the village idiot. It’s a fine line in the NFL.
12 Eagles 6-5 +2
Nick Foles had 47 yards on the ground on Sunday and now has just as many rushing touchdowns as Michael Vick does on the season. I’d say he has a pretty firm hold on the starting quarterback position for the remainder of the season.
13 Jets 5-5 -1
W, L, W, L, W, L, W, L, W, L. Please keep your seatbelt fastened and your arms and legs inside the Genocoaster at all times.
14 Cowboys 5-5 +1
The Cowboys are now second in the division behind the Eagles but have already won in Philly this year and will host them in Week 17 in Dallas. That will likely determine the champion of the NFC East.
15 Cardinals 6-4 +4
The last time the Cardinals started a season 6-4, they were the Phoenix Cardinals in 1988.
16 Giants 4-6 +1
The Giants have won four straight and are only allowing 11.8 points per game during this streak.
17 Packers 5-5 -6
This is the first time the Packers have lost three in a row since 2008. Paging Aaron Rodgers.
18 Steelers 4-6 +8
The Steelers have won three straight at home and are 4-2 in their last six games. I wouldn’t count them out just yet.
19 Dolphins 5-5 +2
The Dolphins won on Sunday, but it really didn’t look all that different than their previous six games in which they went 1-5. Ryan Tannehill is on pace to be sacked 65 times this season after four more on Sunday. 20 Rams 4-6
Of the Rams final six games, five of them will be against teams with a winning record, and three of their opponents are currently leading their respective divisions. Ouch.
21 Chargers 4-6 -5
The Chargers’ six losses this season have come by a combined 34-point margin. That’s less than a touchdown per loss.
22 Bills 4-7 +5
E.J. Manuel finished 20 for 28 for 245 yards and two touchdowns with his two best receivers inactive in the game. This kid has a bright future.
23 Ravens 4-6 -5
At least they figured out how to get Ray Rice going, but now it’s Joe Flacco that needs a kick in the rear. Flacco has five picks in the last three games, and his passer rating has decreased in each of the last five.
24 Titans 4-6 -1
Chris Johnson’s two rushing touchdowns on Thursday matched his season total leading up to that game.
25 Raiders 4-6 +5
Dennis Allen won just his second game on the road as a head coach, with a quarterback that started the season on the practice squad.
26 Redskins 3-7 -4
Washington has been getting absolutely crushed in the the first half of games all season long, and you simply can’t expect to climb out of those deficits on a weekly basis.
27 Buccaneers 2-8 +5
Doug Martin who? The Bucs have now rushed for more than 140 yards in each of their last three games and scored a season-high 41 points on Sunday.
28 Browns 4-6 -4
It’s about time to start talking about Joe Haden as the best lock-down corner in the NFL. 29 Vikings 2-8 -4
At this point, it doesn’t really matter who plays QB for the Vikings, but you paid Josh Freeman for a reason.
30 Texans 2-8 -2
Andre Johnson caught five touchdown passes in Case Keenum’s first three starts, but hasn’t caught a single touchdown this season with Matt Schaub as the quarterback. 31 Falcons 2-8 -2
Matt Ryan and Mike Smith have lost four straight games for the first time in their careers, and the defense has given up 30-plus points in each of the last three games.
32 Jaguars 1-9 -1
Maurice Jones Drew registered a career-worst 1.6 yards per carry against the Cardinals, but he did at least get in the end zone.