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Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings

Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings Last week's rankings in parentheses Team Comment 1. Houston (2) Texans truly are 3-0 for the first time...

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Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings
Last week's rankings in parentheses
Team Comment
1. Houston (2) Texans truly are 3-0 for the first time in forever. They've never been perfect after three games.
2. Atlanta (3) Unbeaten Septembers aren't remembered if you forget to show up in the playoffs.
3. Baltimore (6) Ravens' three prime-time victories this year have Deion Sanders worried about his nickname.
4. San Francisco (1) As good as it gets? That's a question every 49ers fan is asking about Alex Smith.
5. Arizona (11) Cardinals rule? They're 10-2 over past 12 regular-season games, best in the NFL.
6. Philadelphia (5) At what point does Andy Reid's mustache become a public-health issue? It can't be sanitary.
7. N.Y. Giants (7) Closing time: Giants have outscored opponents 42-14 in the fourth quarter.
8. New England (8) Illegal contact costs a defensive back 5 yards, but a coach $50,000. Ask Bill Belichick.
9. Green Bay (9) Cheddar isn't typically the kind of cheese that pairs well with whine.
10. Seattle (15) Read how a sticky-fingered Seahawk snatched a victory in "The Tale of the Golden Fleece."
11. San Diego (4) A river runs through it? Nah. Philip Rivers would prefer to pass.
12. Dallas (12) Coach Jason Garrett has total autonomy as long as owner Jerry Jones says it's OK first.
13. Cincinnati (18) Bengals LB Dan Skuta sounds like he's a fairly mobile player.
14. N.Y. Jets (14) Tim Tebow going shirtless so often Jets just may have themselves a convertible of a QB.
15. Pittsburgh (10) Immaculate Reception hasn't been replayed as much as Golden Tate's inaccurate reception.
16. Washington (16) Homeland security? Not in Washington. This team has lost seven in a row at home.
17. Denver (13) Fourth-and-too-long: Broncos 1-2 despite outscoring opponents 45-6 in final period.
18. Minnesota (24) Vikings a win away from matching last season's victory total.
19. Chicago (19) Nice to see Jay Cutler pushing himself instead of his offensive linemen.
20. Tampa Bay (20) Tacking on a late touchdown vs. Bucs wouldn't be running it up so much as karma.
21. Detroit (17) No defense for Lions allowing more than 20 points in every game this season.
22. Buffalo (23) The Bills beat the Browns! It was only 25 years ago that would've actually meant something.
23. Miami (22) It's not the Heat that's bad in Miami, nor the humidity, but the Dolphins who are awful.
24. St. Louis (21) Rookie WR Brian Quick sounds like he'd get off to a fast start, but he has no catches.
25. Tennessee (28) Chris Johnson was not listed among the injured, but it's possible there's a fork stuck in him.
26. Oakland (30) Say what you want about K Sebastian Janikowski, he's got lots of guts. Literally.
27. Indianapolis (25) Only half bad: Colts have outscored opponents 45-33 in 1st half, been outscored 50-16 in 2nd.
28. Kansas City (30) We have a regional designation for Chiefs' ineptitude: They stink Royally.
29. Jacksonville (32) Don't let the name fool you. Cecil Shorts' 80-yard TD catch was the game-winner last week.
30. Carolina (27) QB Cam Newton underwent an MRI this week; Panthers worried he lacked a backbone.
31. New Orleans (26) Saints winless without Payton, which sounds very similar to what happened in Indy last year.
32. Cleveland (29) Remember when the Browns at least waited until the fourth quarter before collapsing?

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