Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Seahawks 10-1 (1): There is something unsettling about continuing suspensions for defensive backs with Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond now in trouble.
2. Saints 9-2 (3): New Orleans has unblemished home record but has to win at Seattle on Monday night to improve chances for top seed in NFC playoffs.
3. Panthers 8-3 (5): In thick of NFC South race, they host Bucs before playing Saints twice in the following three weeks.
4. Patriots 8-3 (6): After 24-point comeback against Broncos, they don't have an opponent remaining with a winning record.
5. Broncos 9-2 (2): Cold-weather struggles for Peyton Manning a bad sign with postseason ahead and Super Bowl in the Meadowlands.
6. 49ers 7-4 (8): Wide receiver Michael Crabtree returning in nick of time for 49ers to give offense a boost down stretch.
7. Chiefs 9-2 (4): Injuries to defensive stars Justin Houston and Tamba Hali put one-dimensional Chiefs in a tough spot for rematch with Broncos.
8. Bengals 7-4 (9): Next three weeks pivotal with road trips to San Diego and Pittsburgh and a home game with Colts.
9. Cardinals 7-4 (15): Sean Payton, Ron Rivera, Andy Reid leading candidates, but don't discount idea of Bruce Arians for coach of the year after he pulled the trick in Indianapolis last season.
10. Colts 7-4 (7): Scuffling after being blown out in two of last three games. Titans coming to town Sunday might be perfect cure.
11. Eagles 6-5 (13): Nick Foles leads the NFL with a passer rating of 128.
12. Cowboys 6-5 (14): Favorable matchup with Raiders coming to Jerry World on Thursday. Time to get Dez Bryant going. He has scored in only one of last six games.
13. Lions 6-5 (10): It's not just occasionally, it's often that the Lions just can't get out of their own way.
14. Packers 5-5-1 (12): Last time Matt Flynn started against Lions, he made himself millions of dollars. This time he could put Packers in first place by the end of the week.
15. Steelers 5-6 (18): Quietly, they have won three in a row with a chance to make serious move in AFC playoff race with game at Baltimore on Thursday night.
16. Rams 5-6 (20): Now we'll know who Benny Cunningham is when the running back appears in highlights the rest of the season.
17. Bears 6-5 (11): It has been one step forward, one step back (and a bunch of injuries) for Marc Trestman over the last six weeks.
18. Ravens 5-6 (19): With plans to make a run at final wild-card spot in AFC, Ravens need to take care of business at home, where they are 4-1.
19. Chargers 5-6 (22): The first order of business for coach Mike McCoy was fixing Philip Rivers. He can check that off and move to his next project.
20. Dolphins 5-6 (21): They have lost six of last eight and are doing so in spectacular fashion having blown double-digit halftime leads to Panthers and Patriots.
21. Jets 5-6 (16): Mark Sanchez says he plans to stick with the Jets beyond this season. Their plans are most certainly different.
22. Giants 4-7 (17): The long road back from an 0-6 start too long now after they fell to Cowboys for second time.
23. Titans 5-6 (24): Last-minute win at Oakland makes Titans top 5-6 team in AFC playoff race. That won't last.
24. Bills 4-7 (25): Thank goodness Jon Bon Jovi's interest in one day owning an NFL franchise isn't why Richie Sambora left the band in April. At least we've cleared that up.
25. Browns 4-7 (23): Credit safety T.J. Ward for clearly stating team's problem: "Turnovers. Turnovers. Turnovers."
26. Buccaneers 3-8 (29): Rookie Mike Glennon has thrown just one pick in the last six games and the Bucs are showing some resolve when they don't beat themselves.
27. Raiders 4-7 (26): Oakland wasn't very good four years ago when it played at Dallas on Thanksgiving and it's not much better now.
28. Vikings 2-8-1 (28): With only five sacks and just five games remaining until he is a free agent, Jared Allen is going to say, "giddyup!"
29. Redskins 3-8 (27): When RG3's father is hanging out in the locker room, there is smoke. Where there is smoke, there is fire.
30. Jaguars 2-9 (32): It looked like the Jaguars' position at No. 32 was in cement from Week 1 on. Things change but not drastically.
31. Falcons 2-9 (31): GM Thomas Dimitroff will not have to swing a bold trade to jump to the top of the first round of the draft this time.
32. Texans 2-9 (30): If (or when) owner Bob McNair makes a coaching move, there is a solid roster in place.