Last week’s rank in parenthesis.
1. Seahawks 11-2 (1): Was impossible to knock Seattle from top perch after 2-point loss at San Francisco. Still class of the NFL.
2. Saints 10-3 (4): New Orleans rebounded from embarrassment in Seattle by shellacking Panthers, earning inside track at division crown.
3. Broncos 11-2 (5): Wes Welker sidelined with second concussion in four weeks and that is cause for concern even for juggernaut passing attack.
4. Patriots 10-3 (3): New England has done remarkable job of weathering injuries all season but loss of Rob Gronkowski is significant blow to postseason hopes.
5. 49ers 9-4 (6): Determined effort produced win for 49ers, who entered Seattle game with a 1-4 record vs. teams with winning records.
6. Panthers 9-4 (2): Carolina longshot to win NFC South now but more importantly Panthers must recapture momentum to secure playoff spot.
7. Bengals 9-4 (7): Andy Dalton had one of his best games of the season in blowout of Colts and onus is on him for Bengals to make noise in January.
8. Chiefs 10-3 (9): Jamaal Charles went over 1,000 yards for season in demolition of Redskins but Dave Toub’s special teams unit was story with two return touchdowns.
9. Eagles 8-5 (10): New coach Chip Kelly’s offense has gotten attention but he’s instilled toughness in this roster too.
10. Cardinals 8-5 (13): Loss of rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu to torn ACL a real downer in what has been an encouraging season for Bruce Arians.
11. Ravens 7-6 (14): With top teams in AFC showing weaknesses, Baltimore could be team no one wants to face in January.
12. Colts 8-5 (8): Indianapolis has wrapped up the lousy AFC South but Colts are struggling down the stretch and run game is nonexistent.
13. Lions 7-6 (12): Calf injury to Reggie Bush in pregame warmups at Philadelphia troubling. Lions will have to be much tougher physically vs. Ravens Monday night.
14. Bears 7-6 (18): If Marc Trestman’s team wants to do anything after win over Cowboys it will have to win in consecutive weeks for first time since Sept. 15 and 22.
15. Packers 6-6-1 (15): With Green Bay right in mix of NFC North, Aaron Rodgers watch cranks up again for this week. Will QB be cleared?
16. Cowboys 7-6 (11): Jerry Jones has to wish there was a do-over on his defensive coordinator switch of Rob Ryan for Monte Kiffin.
17. Dolphins 7-6 (19): Gritty victory in snow at Pittsburgh puts Miami in position to chase Ravens, end franchise’s five-year playoff drought.
18. Chargers 6-7 (20): With 902 yards receiving and five touchdowns, Keenan Allen, a third-round pick, is solid candidate for rookie of the year.
19. Rams 5-8 (17): Most unsettling thing since start of season is St. Louis looked to be trending up in NFC West. Now, Cardinals appear poised for greater success in tough division.
20. Jets 6-7 (23): Owner Woody Johnson said Sunday, “I’m pretty happy with the way things are going.” So big changes might not be coming this offseason.
21. Steelers 5-8 (16): Ben Roethlisberger suggested reporters ask OC Todd Haley about lack of run calls Sunday, but in 2-minute mode quarterback was calling most plays.
22. Buccaneers 4-9 (24): Defense has been at forefront of surge by Bucs and seven sacks and four picks Sunday were key. Of course, it was vs. E.J. Manuel.
23. Jaguars 4-9 (25): Don’t look now but Jacksonville could rally to finish 7-9 with next three vs. Bills, Titans and Colts.
24. Giants 5-8 (21): Hakeem Nicks had 135 yards receiving in blowout loss at San Diego but his time with Big Blue is probably down to three more games.
25. Bills 4-9 (26): Disappointing loss at Tampa Bay ensures Buffalo will finish with a losing record for ninth consecutive year.
26. Titans 5-8 (22): Playing one half of football at Denver isn’t going to cut it and you wonder seriously if Mike Munchak survives to 2014.
27. Browns 4-9 (29): The best part of this season is the Browns didn’t trade Josh Gordon, who has 774 yards receiving in last four games, an NFL record.
28. Vikings 3-9-1 (27): You can sum up the Vikings season with this nugget: Their trip home from Baltimore was delayed when a catering truck rammed into their jet.
29. Raiders 4-9 (28): Oakland platooned Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor in loss against the Jets, a sure sign neither will be the quarterback next season.
30. Falcons 3-10 (30): As if you needed another sign this season has been a bust, on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Matt Ryan was outplayed by Matt Flynn.
31. Redskins 3-10 (31): Unmitigated disaster in Washington could very well land Rams No. 1 overall pick in draft from RG3 trade.
32. Texans 2-11 (32): As bad as this mess is, Houston might be most attractive job for a new coach when all is said and done in January.