Donovan’s 32: Will Cards hold onto top spot, NFC West without Palmer?


1. Cardinals — It’s Drew Emeric Stanton time! Facing Detroit’s defensive line will be a great measuring stick.

2. Patriots — Tom Brady has been tormenting Colts fans for years (8-3 career record).  He’ll get another shot this weekend in their house.

3. Broncos — Bounced back from the New England loss with an easy win in Oakland.  Should be more of the same this week in St. Louis.

4. Eagles — Mark Sanchez gets a win in his first start with Philly. Let’s see how things go this week on the road in Lambeau.

5. Colts — Great challenge for Andrew Luck with Tom Brady coming to town.

6. Lions — The league’s stingiest defense has been keeping them in games while the offense rounds into form.

7. Chiefs — Justin Houston for Defensive Player of the Year?

8. Ravens — Not always pretty, but still effective.

9. Cowboys — Should Tony Romo have played in London? Everyone in Dallas should be happy he has this week off.


10. Seahawks — Contender or pretender?  Hard to get too excited with the NFL’s worst passing game.

11. Packers — When Aaron Rodgers plays like this he’s as good as it gets.

12. Browns — Need to get back to running the ball, and they’ll have a chance this week against Houston’s 21st-ranked rush defense.

13. 49ers — Finally decided to run the ball and turned it into a tough win in New Orleans.

14. Dolphins — Losing OT Branden Albert is going to hurt.

15. Steelers — How do you put up 12 TDs in two games and then lose to the Jets?  Tough to know who they really are.

16. Chargers — Oakland with two weeks to prepare?  I predict an end to their three-game losing skid.

17. Bills — Tough matchup Thursday night in Miami.  Need to play better on D.


18. Vikings — Teddy Bridgewater could be in store for a breakout game against Chicago’s defense

19. Saints — How will they rebound after a tough overtime loss at home?  Run Mark Ingram.

20. Bengals — Captain Obvious: Andy Dalton needs to play better.

21. Rams — Shaun Hill gets the start over Austin Davis, but will it make a difference?

22. Texans — Excited to see what Ryan Mallett can do.

23. Redskins — Big week for Robert Griffin III.  Needs to look good at home against Tampa.

24. Panthers — Offensive line looks bad, and Cam Newton looks hurt. 


25. Jets — Should Michael Vick have been the starter since Week 1?

26. Titans — Zach Mettenberger is taking his lumps, but the team is competitive.

27. Falcons — Is this it for Mike Smith?

28. Bears — Is this it for Marc Trestman?

29. Giants — Is this it for Tom Coughlin?

30. Jaguars — Is this it for Gus Bradley?

31. Raiders — Will they win a game this year?

32. Buccaneers — It’s always sunny in Tampa.