Last week's rank in parenthesis.
1. Seahawks 11-1 (1): On the "Monday Night Football" stage, the Seahawks sent clear a message to the rest of the NFC: See you at our place in January.
2. Panthers 9-3 (3): NFC South and first-round bye up for grabs as they play the Saints twice in next three weeks.
3. Patriots 9-3 (4): It took a furious rally with 27 points in the second half, but Patriots won at Houston to improve record in December to 46-6 since 2001.
4. Saints 9-3 (2): They were sleepless in Seattle after team's jet broke down and Saints were forced to stay there after Monday night whipping.
5. Broncos 10-2 (5): John Fox returns from open-heart surgery with questions about Champ Bailey, who was benched for key drive vs. Chiefs.
6. 49ers 8-4 (7): Michael Crabtree had only two catches for 68 yards in season debut vs. Rams, but passing game as a whole came to life.
7. Bengals 8-4 (8): Offensive line being reshuffled after left guard Clint Boling was lost to torn ACL in victory over host Chargers.
8. Colts 8-4 (10): Big test coming Sunday in Cincinnati as Colts can wrap up the AFC South and get a leg up on bid for No. 3 seed in AFC.
9. Chiefs 9-3 (6): Nine-game winning streak a memory now as Chiefs have has lost three in a row and have three of next four on road.
10. Eagles 7-5 (11): First-year coach Chip Kelly truly being embraced as Eagles have rolled off four straight victories heading into home meeting with Lions.
11. Cowboys 7-5 (12): They're 27th in NFL vs. the run but middle linebacker Sean Lee set to return from hamstring injury Monday night.
12. Lions 7-5 (13): They sit atop NFC North and have one game remaining with a team above .500: Sunday in Philadelphia.
13. Cardinals 7-5 (9): Michael Floyd taking off in his second season opposite Larry Fitzgerald with 860 yards, nearly 200 more than veteran team leader.
14. Ravens 6-6 (18): The chase for final playoff spot in AFC is crowded but defending Super Bowl champions are well positioned after Thanksgiving victory.
15. Packers 5-6-1 (14): They haven't won in five games since Aaron Rodgers was injured and while he isn't cleared to return, he will practice Wednesday.
16. Steelers 5-7 (15): Mike Tomlin took responsibility for his sideline dance on Thanksgiving and when fine comes, he will have to pay up.
17. Rams 5-7 (16): They burned 49ers with two fake punts last season. But a fake on Rams' 22-yard line at start of fourth quarter blew up this time.
18. Bears 6-6 (17): Defense on pace to allow 2,457 rushing yards. Franchise record is 2,509 in 1973.
19. Dolphins 6-6 (20): Worth wondering if a rally down the stretch can save the job of Joe Philbin in distraction-filled season.
20. Chargers 5-7 (19): Tight end Ladarius Green, a fourth-round pick a year ago, starting to flourish in offense and that bodes well for future.
21. Giants 5-7 (22): Have to give credit to Tom Coughlin because this team didn't quit on him after 0-6 start.
22. Titans 5-7 (23): Titans have lost six of its last eight and now they travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning. That's trending downward.
23. Jets 5-7 (21): Geno Smith's last touchdown pass came before Halloween and in the holiday season he retains his starting job.
24. Buccaneers 3-9 (26): Three-game winning streak was stopped cold. Greg Schiano might need to show more in next four weeks to keep job.
25. Jaguars 3-9 (30): They have won consecutive games for first time since Weeks 13 and 14 of the 2010 season. It's a start.
26. Bills 4-8 (24): Musician Matt Mays claims Toronto mayor Rob Ford stole his seat at Rogers Centre Sunday. Who knew Bills' tickets were in such demand?
27. Vikings 3-8-1 (28): They outlasted Bears in overtime Sunday and broke ground for new stadium Tuesday. Things are looking up.
28. Raiders 4-8 (27): What are chances Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie hires Lovie Smith as coach after season?
29. Browns 4-8 (25): Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden have concussions and they signed Caleb Hanie, who might start Sunday vs. New England.
30. Falcons 3-9 (31): Safety William Moore has been fined $75,500 for illegal hits already this season and now he could be tagged for helmet shot on Bills' Robert Woods.
31. Redskins 3-9 (29): With each loss, Washington improves the draft position of the Rams in 2014 for the RG3 trade. Right now, Rams would pick No. 2.
32. Texans 2-10 (32): DE Antonio Smith suggested Patriots spied on Texans before Sunday's loss. What was explanation for nine previous losses?