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Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings

Colts host Patriots; Cardinals host Lions with four of top six in big games this week.

Last week in parentheses.

1. Patriots 7-2 (1): Tom Brady says key to his success at this point in his career is an early bed time.

2. Cardinals 8-1 (2): Drew Stanton 2-1 as a starter already this season so no reason to believe this heads south with Carson Palmer done.

3. Broncos 7-2 (3): Next time, Brock Osweiler will not be so fast to run and grab his helmet to replace Peyton Manning.

4. Eagles 7-2 (4): Jets fans long for the days when Mark Sanchez was their quarterback.

5. Lions 7-2 (5): Trips to Arizona and New England in next two weeks will give indication of this team's real quality.

6. Colts 6-3 (6): They already have lost to Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Can they defeat Tom Brady and Patriots Sunday night?

7. Seahawks 6-3 (7): Loss of nose tackle Brandon Mebane to a torn hamstring is major setback for defense.

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.

11. Browns 6-3 (17): Texans visit Sunday before trips to Atlanta, Buffalo. In other words, Browns could remain in first place.

12. Steelers 6-4 (9): Justin Bieber showed up at team's Bible study before loss to Jets. Process that as you like.

13. Ravens 6-4 (12): Week off comes at needed time with secondary reeling from injuries.

14. 49ers 5-4 (18): Patrick Willis done for the season but Aldon Smith is back from suspension and will boost pass rush.

15. Bengals 5-3-1 (8): Andy Dalton's struggles seem to be worsening as team prepares to play four of five on road. Look out.

16. Saints 4-5 (14): So much for maintaining momentum after a modest two-game winning streak.

17. Bills 5-4 (15): They have beaten Dolphins three straight and Leodis McKelvin brashly says, "we're going to go out and beat that ass."

18. Dolphins 5-4 (16): If they want to entertain legitimate playoff hopes moving toward December, Thursday night meeting with Bills is must-win.

19. Chargers 5-4 (19): If week off did not do them any good surely a visit Sunday from the Raiders will.

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.

25. Redskins 3-6 (26): DeSean Jackson stands up to unify team behind RG3 for remainder of season.

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.

27. Falcons 3-6 (27): In the NFC South no one wants to run away with, they are a game out with 3-0 record in division play.

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.

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