Last week in parentheses.
2. Cardinals 9-1 (2): Bruce Arians is paying attention to playoff ramifications. You would too if you missed as a 10-win team in 2013.
4. Broncos 7-3 (3): Peyton Manning wearing too much Teflon after team punched in mouth at St. Louis. He has to play better.
5. Lions 7-3 (5): We're waiting for this offense to take flight and it will have to if it's to keep pace Sunday at New England.
6. Cowboys 7-3 (9): Week off should serve well as they head to face downtrodden Giants.
7. Chiefs 7-3 (10): They don't throw downfield with Alex Smith much and they make no apologies for smash-mouth football.
9. Steelers 7-4 (12): Rallied for victory at Tennessee behind Le'Veon Bell to head into week off.
12. 49ers 6-4 (14): They trail Cardinals by three games in division but all of a sudden things are looking OK and bumbling Redskins visit Sunday.
13. Seahawks 6-4 (7): Defending champs face loaded schedule to close out: Cardinals, at 49ers, at Eagles, 49ers, at Cardinals, Rams. Good luck.
15. Browns 6-4 (11): Hard to figure this team out. Texans stopped 3-game winning streak in Ryan Mallett's first start.
16. Dolphins 6-4 (18): Long way to go but with 5-2 record against AFC, they are positioned well for playoff tiebreakers.
17. Chargers 6-4 (19): Return of Ryan Mathews after missing nearly half season with knee sprain energized lackluster offense.
18. Texans 5-5 (20): Remainder of season an opportunity for Bill O'Brien to make a future decision on Mallett.
21. Bills 5-5 (17): When questions come about considering turning back to EJ Manuel, you can put quarterback atop team's offseason needs.
23. Bears 4-6 (26): Brandon Marshall isn't into TMZ journalism but has no aversion to going all Don King via Twitter and promoting a fight all in the name of anti-bullying.
24. Panthers 3-7-1 (21): Riverboat Ron suddenly went conservative at end of home loss to Falcons.
25. Vikings 4-6 (24): Hope the cold weather isn't to blame for Teddy Bridgewater's regression because he will play outdoors for another season of home games.
28. Redskins 3-7 (25): Jay Gruden's transparent takedown of RG3 leaves one question: Who goes? Coach or quarterback.
29. Jets 2-8 (28): Six games remaining for Rex Ryan's long march to finish line.
31. Jaguars 1-9 (30): Second-year coach Gus Bradley seems secure for owner Shahid Khan but this team needs to make strides in final six weeks.
32. Raiders 0-10 (32): Last victory was Nov. 17, 2013.