Winning on the road is a tough task in the NFL, but it's just as noteworthy when a team dominates at home against a team they should beat. It sounds odd, but a championship caliber team handles business when they are supposed to.
7 Ravens 8-2
The Ravens defense may be struggling against the run, but they are good when and where it counts. They are a top-10 scoring defense and lead the league in red-zone defense. Not too shabby for a defense without their leader in Ray Lewis and their best corner in LarDarius Webb.
8 Bears 7-3 -4
This team saw what life was like without
Jay Cutler last year and addressed it by signing
Jason Campbell. After last night, I'm not sure that was the solution. Maybe a couple new offensive linemen?
9 Buccaneers 6-4 +1
Even with two head-to-head games remaining with the Falcons, it is probably too late to catch them for the division championship. But the Bucs are in prime position to earn a wild-card spot.
10 Steelers 6-4 -5
This team is at its best outside the scope of the original play, and that can't happen without Big Ben extending plays the way he does with his pocket awareness and sneaky athleticism. Now that task will be left to Charlie Batch…not quite the same.
11 Seahawks 6-4
I hate the passer rating statistic as a talent evaluator, but it can be used as a baseline for comparison, and there isn’t a QB in the league with a better passer rating at home than
Russell Wilson. Still need to do it on the road though.
Don't look now, but
Tony Romo hasn’t thrown an interception in three straight games.
18 Redskins 4-6 +2
RG3 had just one incomplete pass on Sunday. He was 14 of 15 for 200 yards and four touchdowns. I'd say that is pretty efficient.
19 Lions 4-6 -1
Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford have found the chemistry that eluded them earlier in the season, but it hasn't helped them in the win column with two straight losses.
20 Jets 4-6 +7
The Jets scored 14 points off of three turnovers and didn't turn the ball over themselves.
Mark Sanchez completing 75 percent of his passes doesn't hurt either.
21 Cardinals 4-6
The Cardinals had six takeaways and were plus-5 in turnover differential and still lost. I guess that's what happens when you only gain seven first downs and go just 2 for 16 on third-down conversions.
22 Bills 4-6 +1
The Bills were also awful on third downs, converting just 2 of 12 on the night, but were able to overcome it by scoring two special-teams touchdowns -- one punt return and another kickoff return.
23 Dolphins 4-6 -4
The Dolphins just aren't explosive enough on offense to compete every week. They are 0-6 when surrendering more than 18 points in a game … you need your offense to do a little more than that.
Even if they aren't going to compete for Andy Reid, the players can't afford to just lay down now. Other teams are watching and they need to prove they are good teammates for the future, in Philly or elsewhere.