This week I’ve got Seattle ranked 26th overall, so lets see if they can start climbing up the rankings in the next six weeks.
On another note, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Rams promoted rookie running back Chris Ogbonnaya to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday, fueling speculation that starting running back Steven Jackson, who missed practice all week with back spasms, might not play on Sunday.
If Jackson can’t go, Kenneth Darby and Samkon Gado likely would get the carries for St. Louis.
1. Indianapolis (1): Colts can clinch an AFC South title today with a win over Houston and a Jacksonville loss to the Niners.
2. New Orleans (2): The Saints host New England on Monday night in the best game of the week.
3. Minnesota (3): Vikings looking to go 5-0 in the NFC North with a win over Chicago today.
4. New England (6): Brady-Moss duo has combined for 31 touchdowns in 27 games played together.
5. Cincinnati (4): Just when you think the Bengals are for real they play a stinker and lose to the Raiders.
6. Dallas (7): Handled Raiders easily on Thanksgiving Day.
7. Arizona (9): The Cardinals are a different team without QB Kurt Warner, who is questionable for today’s game at Tennessee with a concussion but expects to play.
8. San Diego (10): Chargers back in the driver’s seat atop the AFC West after impressive win over Broncos last week.
9. Pittsburgh (5): Steelers appear to be suffering from a Super Bowl hangover.
10. Denver (8): Broncos got back on the winning track, ending a four-game losing streak with a convincing win over the N.Y. Giants at home on Thanksgiving Day.
11. Philadelphia (11): Still waiting for this team to play up to its talent level.
12. N.Y. Giants (13): Up-and-down play mirrors the young players on this team.
13. Atlanta (12): The Falcons better get going if they want to make the playoffs for a second straight season
14. Miami (16): No Ronnie Brown, no problem for the Dolphins, who have won two straight since losing Brown for the season with a foot injury.
15. Baltimore: (14): The Ravens can’t win defensive battles anymore.
16. Houston (15): The Texans need to take care of business at home against the Colts to stay in the AFC playoff hunt.
17. Jacksonville (18): They’re doing it with smoke and mirrors, but the Jags are 6-4 and in the middle of the playoff hunt.
18. Green Bay (19): The Packers have righted the ship, and are a three-game winning streak.
19. Tennessee (23): QB Vince Young still hasn’t lost a game this season as the starter.
20. San Francisco (17): Heading in the wrong direction. It doesn’t look like they’ll live up to Coach Singletary’s playoff prediction.
21. N.Y. Jets (20): Losers of three straight, the seat is getting warm for head coach Rex Ryan.
22. Chicago (21): See above, and add more firewood for Bears head coach Lovie Smith’s seat in Chicago.
23. Carolina (22): Inconsistent from week to week, but the Panthers have enough talent to still get back in the playoff hunt.
24. Buffalo (24): It took Terrell Owens 10 games to get his first, 100-yard receiving effort.
25. Kansas City (28): Don’t look now, but the Chiefs have won two straight.
26. Seattle (25): Hawk can’t lose to St. Louis, can they?
27. Washington (26): Countdown to Jim Zorn leaving Washington down to six games.
28. Oakland (27): Reserve QB Bruce Gradkowski isn’t the answer either.
29. Tampa Bay (29): The year isn’t over yet and first-year head coach Raheem Morris already has fired both coordinators.
30. St. Louis (30): If Steven Jackson doesn’t play the Rams might get blanked again by Seattle.
31. Detroit (31): Rookie QB Matthew Stafford still taking his lumps – he’s thrown 12 touchdowns and 18 interceptions on the season.
32. Cleveland (32): Actually scored some points against Detroit last week, but don’t expect that to continue against the Bengals today.