Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings
Last week's rankings in parenthesis.
1. Broncos 5-0 (2): Their pass defense is vulnerable, but that doesn't mean you can outfox Peyton Manning.
2. Saints 5-0 (3): Running game has yet to come together, but have to figure that gets figured out sooner or later.
3. Colts 4-1 (5): Trent Richardson has yet to break out, but Andrew Luck spearheaded stirring victory over Seahawks.
4. Seahawks 4-1 (1): Return of WR Percy Harvin (hip) might not be too far off. O-line issues must be sorted out.
5. 49ers 3-2 (6): Responded to some adversity well, but lack of quality wide receivers will be seasonlong issue.
6. Patriots 4-1 (4): Patriots probably deserved to lose before trip to Cincinnati, but help on the way: Looks like TE Rob Gronkowski finally will play.
7. Bengals 3-2 (12): Defense was impressive against Patriots. Can Bengals can sustain momentum in crowded AFC North field?
8. Packers 2-2 (7): It will be a challenge without top pass rusher Clay Matthews for a month after thumb surgery.
9. Chiefs 5-0 (10): Apparently all Alex Smith does is win, and Chiefs have next three at Arrowhead Stadium.
10. Ravens 3-2 (13): Torrey Smith quietly putting together a huge season, but Joe Flacco needs other targets to emerge.
11. Bears 3-2 (9): Team says Thursday game is just what it needs coming off a pair of losses, but Giants are dangerous opponent in trap game.
12. Dolphins 3-2 (11): They have week off to prepare for first two AFC East games after dropping two in a row.
13. Lions 3-2 (8): Can't worry about the lack of secondary receivers when Calvin Johnson misses game with knee injury.
14. Jets 3-2 (23): Rex Ryan might just make it impossible to fire him after this season. Wouldn't that be something?
15. Cowboys 2-3 (18): They are host to Redskins before trip to Philly with chance to jump ahead in woeful NFC East.
16. Titans 3-2 (14): Titans say they will "reassess" WR Kenny Britt's role in offense. Is reassessing spot on roster next?
17. Browns 3-2 (20): Injury to Brian Hoyer puts Brandon Weeden back in spotlight. Will be interesting to see if he can keep Browns on roll.
18. Texans 2-3 (15): Gary Kubiak's leash on Matt Schaub is tightening week by week, interception by interception.
19. Chargers 2-3 (16): Philip Rivers has been hot, but early-morning loss at Oakland on Monday night proof there is a lot of ground to cover.
20. Cardinals 3-2 (19): Next up: 49ers and Seahawks in a span of five days.
21. Raiders 2-3 (29): Statistics are impressive for Terrelle Pryor, but don't be convinced he is the answer. Not yet.
22. Bills 2-3 (21): Bills made swift transition from Tuel Time to Thad Lewis after E.J. Manuel injury. This could go from bad to worse.
23. Eagles 2-3 (25): We'll see what Nick Foles can do at the controls if Michael Vick misses a little more time with hamstring injury.
24. Falcons 1-4 (17): They are reeling into off week after Jets debacle and likely season-ending injury to Julio Jones.
25. Vikings 1-3 (24): Rick Spielman says signing of Josh Freeman has "no determination on where Christian Ponder is." Ponder to bench soon.
26. Rams 2-3 (26): Fourteen-point victory over Jaguars not necessarily sign of progress. But it beats the alternative.
27. Panthers 1-3 (22): Cam Newton was a mess in loss at Arizona, and that doesn't bode well.
28. Redskins 1-3 (27): It's worth wondering if RG3 will look any different after week off.
29. Steelers 0-4 (28): Only benefit for Steelers in trip to London was the time off that followed.
30. Giants 0-5 (30): Hakeem Nicks finally got going, and Giants will get their act together at some point.
31. Buccaneers 0-4 (31): Josh Freeman might be gone, but it's impossible to imagine issues resolved for the Bucs.
32. Jaguars 0-5 (32): Jaguars' Twitter handle took offense to Broncos pointing out they scored 51 points Sunday -- matching Jags' season total.
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