2. Saints (4-2) - Yeah, they have two losses while teams below them have one, but I still believe the Saints are a step above the 49ers and Lions. It took a freak occurrence (Brees' 3 INTs) for the Bucs to hang on at home.
3. 49ers (5-1) - Their upside is curbed by their mediocre QB, but beating the Lions in Detroit is impressive. I'd probably still pick the Lions in a rematch, but I have to give the 49ers their due.
4. Lions (5-1) - The fact that this loss came at home is surprising, but the 49ers look like they are a legitimate playoff team. We'll see how this young squad bounces back after a loss for the first time when they host the Falcons.
5. Giants (4-2) - For the Giants, the bye week is all about getting healthy and preparing for the murderous schedule that awaits them after the Dolphins game.
6. Buccaneers (4-2) - The Bucs have been the most unpredictable team thus far, getting absolutely slaughtered by the 49ers, and then topping the Saints. Josh Freeman picked a good time for his best game of the year.
7. Bears (3-3) - They absolutely destroyed the Vikings, which shows what they can do when not facing an elite opponent. Their three losses have come at the hands of the Packers, Saints and Lions.
8. Cowboys (2-3) - There's no shame in losing to the Patriots, although it has to sting to give away such a close game on the Patriots' final drive. You could see it coming from a mile away.
9. Falcons (3-3) - Any worries about Michael Turner being done can be thrown out the window. He carried the Falcons to victory with 139 yards and two touchdowns.
10. Eagles (2-4) - Even after picking off Rex Grossman four times, they still only won by a touchdown. It's a huge win, but not a cure-all.
11. Redskins (3-2) - I know they have a winning record, but I just can't take them seriously. Neither Rex Grossman nor John Beck are starting caliber quarterbacks, and the talent around them isn't all that great either.
12. Seahawks (2-3) - It doesn't matter who is starting at QB; the Seahawks will not be favored in too many games the rest of this season.
13. Panthers (1-5) - They played another good team (Atlanta) tough, until giving up 17 fourth quarter points.
14. Cardinals (1-4) - Back to back tough games against the Steelers and Ravens should do nothing to alter our opinion of this team (which is that they are lousy).
15. Vikings (1-5) - The Christian Ponder era has not yet begun, but it is not far away. My advice to Christian: hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson more than 12 times.
16. Rams (0-5) - They made a very nice trade to get Brandon Lloyd, but the Rams are not allowed good news this season without bad news; Sam Bradford is now out with a high ankle sprain.