By Eric Nelson
October 26, 2012
1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) – The Falcons visit an old friend Sunday in Philadelphia when they play Michael Vick and the Eagles. Matt Ryan and his Atlanta teammates will receive little brotherly love in Philly, the Eagles are desperate for a win.
2. Chicago Bears (5-1) – It’s the diva bowl this week at Soldier Field as Carolina and Cam Newton battle Jay Cutler and Chicago. The losing quarterback in this game is sure to have lousy body language in the post-game news conference.
3. Houston Texans (6-1) – Houston has great balance. Running back Arian Foster is the NFL’s second leading rusher with 659 yards and 10 touchdowns, while defensive end J.J. Watt leads the league with 9.5 sacks.
4. New York Giants (5-2) – With Derek Jeter’s Yankee career in jeopardy because of an injury, the coolest NYC/NJ athlete is Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Nothing rattles the unflappable Manning, who could be standing in a 7.5 earthquake and not get shaken.
5. San Francisco 49ers (5-2) – The 49ers are on top of the NFL’s most physical division – the smash mouth NFC West. Monday night SF plays at Arizona in a bring your own boxing gloves (BYOBG) game. This affair should feature enough hay makers and jabs to make an MMA fan happy.
6. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) – Minus Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb the Ravens defense got gored last week by the Texans 43-13. Baltimore was exposed and don’t think it wasn’t noticed around the AFC North – especially in Pittsburgh.
7. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – GB has gotten back on track after two huge road wins against Houston and St. Louis. Aaron Rodgers demise was greatly exaggerated. The Packer quarterback has thrown an NFL-high 19 touchdowns passes and just four interceptions.
8. New England Patriots (4-3) – The Patriots have not hit their groove yet, but could be soon. New England’s 29-26 overtime win against the New York Jets put the Patriots on top of the AFC East – which is where they usually reside.
9. Minnesota Vikings (5-3) – Despite getting thumped by Tampa Bay 36-17 on Thursday night, the Purple remain in the GDG Top 10. However, if they are gonna stay there, quarterback Christian Ponder better raise the level of his play quickly.
10. Denver Broncos (3-3) – They better alert air traffic control at Denver International Airport, because Sunday night at Mile High it is New Orleans and Drew Brees against Denver and Peyton Manning. The Colorado sky will be filled with flying footballs all game long.