Reporting Joe Benigno
1. Green Bay Packers 7-0 (1)
The champs enjoyed their bye week as they sat back and watched the chips fall below them. Where are the losses coming from?
Next: @ Chargers
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 6-2 (5)
Look who has the best record in the AFC. Pitt now with four straight wins. Used ball control passing game to exercise Patriot demons. Blood match with Ravens on the horizon.
Next: vs. Ravens
3. San Francisco 49ers 6-1 (4)
Yeah, we know the division stinks, but the Niners would be tough anywhere. They already have wins at Cincy, Philly and Detroit, not to mention their 48-3 thrashing of the Bucs.
Next: @ Redskins
4. New England Patriots 5-2 (2)
Steelers showed formula for beating the evil empire: Control the ball with an underneath passing game and keep Brady off the field. Boy is that secondary brutal.
Next: vs. Giants
5. Detroit Lions 6-2 (7)
“Cats” end two game skid with destruction of Denver Tebows at Mile High. We all know about Stafford, Megatron and D-line, how good would they be if the running game was healthy?
6. Buffalo Bills 5-2 (8)
The Bills finally win a game in their home away from home in Toronto with a whitewashing of the fading ‘Skins. Now comes a huge divisional test with Rex’s boys coming to town.
Next: vs. Jets
7. Baltimore Ravens 5-2 (6)
They followed up stinker in Jacksonville by falling behind the horrific Cardinals 24-3 at home before rallying for the win. Flacco better pick up his game as the “Birds” head to Pittsburgh for a showdown with the revenge-minded Steelers.
Next: @ Steelers
8. New York Giants 5-2 (10)
They struggled versus the winless “Fish” at the Meadowlands but a win is a win. Eli playing his best football since his Super Bowl run in ’07. Now if they could only run the ball and stop the run with the “fun” part of their schedule coming up.
Next: @ Patriots
9. Cincinnati Bengals 5-2 (unranked)
Who Dey! No, this is not a misprint. Rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are changing everything in Cincy, but two games with the Steelers and two games with the Ravens in second the half will determine just how far this group has come.
Next: @ Titans
10. New Orleans Saints 5-3 (3)
They’re lucky to still be here after a hideous loss to previously winless Lambs. How do you put up 62 one week then get shutout for a half in St. Louis? Drew Brees is still looking up from this beat down.
Next: vs Bucs.
Closing In: Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans
Falling Out from Last Week: Atlanta Falcons
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