Last week in parentheses.
5. Lions 7-2 (5): Trips to Arizona and New England in next two weeks will give indication of this team's real quality.
8. Packers 6-3 (10): They will score points again this week against Eagles but Green Bay's defense will face greater challenge.
9. Cowboys 7-3 (11): Finished last three seasons with 8-8 record, meaning they're in good spot entering week off.
10. Chiefs 6-3 (13): Since 0-2 start they have won six of seven and present challenge for Seahawks on Sunday.
13. Ravens 6-4 (12): Week off comes at needed time with secondary reeling from injuries.
16. Saints 4-5 (14): So much for maintaining momentum after a modest two-game winning streak.
18. Dolphins 5-4 (16): If they want to entertain legitimate playoff hopes moving toward December, Thursday night meeting with Bills is must-win.
20. Texans 4-5 (23): Imagine the level of anticipation through week off with quarterback Ryan Mallett taking over Sunday at Cleveland.
21. Panthers 3-6-1 (20): Everyone talks about lack of targets for Cam Newton but offensive line much more pressing issue.
22. Giants 3-6 (21): Defense was trampled for 350 yards rushing in loss at Seattle and now must face 49ers power running game.
23. Rams 3-6 (22): Chance for big victory at Arizona with 14-10 lead in fourth quarter turned into 31-14 loss.
24. Vikings 4-5 (24): Adrian Peterson will not return in time to play Sunday at Soldier Field but could be back soon.
26. Bears 3-6 (25): They will try not to become first NFL team to allow 50 or more points in three straight games with Vikings coming to Soldier Field.
28. Jets 2-8 (30): Rare sighting of what you expect from a Rex Ryan defense in shutting down Ben Roethlisberger to win for first time since Week 1.
29. Titans 2-7 (28): Defense hung tough in loss at Baltimore and CEO Tommy Smith said last week "I am highly frustrated right now."
30. Jaguars 1-9 (29): Grabbed a little bit of history with loss to Cowboys. Jaguars are first team to start 1-9 in three consecutive seasons.
31. Bucs 1-8 (31): Have taken the lead in the fourth quarter in six of nine games and managed to lose five, including latest to Falcons.
32. Raiders 0-9 (32): Can the departure of GM Reggie McKenzie be far off? Total overhaul needed here.