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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 (1) All systems are go, Houston, you are cleared...

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Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings
Last week's rankings in parentheses
Team Comment
1. Houston (1) All systems are go, Houston, you are cleared for takeoff.
2. Atlanta (2) Sticky-fingered Falcons only team in the NFC that has yet to lose a fumble this year.
3. San Francisco (4) After playing three of first four games on the road, 49ers keep next three opponents at Bay.
4. Baltimore (3) Ravens' menu of offensive options includes (Ray) Rice and (Dennis) Pitta.
5. Philadelphia (6) Biggest upset of the NFL season? Eagles have three victories despite 12 turnovers.
6. Green Bay (9) Paper or plastic? Aaron Rodgers has been sacked a league-high 16 times so far.
7. New England (8) Bobby Valentine is the fifth Red Sox manager Bill Belichick has outlasted in New England.
8. Arizona (5) Kevin Kolb has the kind of offensive line that Jay Cutler truly deserves.
9. San Diego (11) Be careful of those cupcakes: Chargers' three victories against teams that are combined 3-9.
10. N.Y. Giants (7) Giants are 0-2 in the division for the first time in Tom Coughlin's tenure as coach.
11. Cincinnati (13) Andy Dalton has the Green light to throw deep. A.J. Green that is.
12. Chicago (19) Jay Cutler walks away from offensive coordinator Mike Tice, proving he's still a jerk.
13. Minnesota (18) This team can now Ponder its future without a sense of overwhelming dread.
14. Seattle (10) Mariners shortened their fences to help the offense; can Seahawks shorten the field?
15. Denver (17) Roadkill? Broncos play four of next five on the road starting Sunday in New England.
16. Washington (16) Robert Griffin III is first among rookies in passing, third among rookies in rushing.
17. St. Louis (24) Suddenly "Ram Tough" is no longer just an old Dodge marketing slogan.
18. Dallas (12) Tony Romo's five picks on Monday proof he's already in playoff form.
19. Pittsburgh (15) Running on empty? Only the Raiders have rushed for fewer yards than the Steelers.
20. N.Y. Jets (14) Agony of da' feet: Santonio Holmes lost for season with Lisfranc injury.
21. Detroit (21) Does not look like the Lions will match Tigers with second consecutive playoff berth.
22. Buffalo (22) Bills have allowed 15.5 points in two victories and an average of 50 points in two defeats.
23. Miami (23) Working overtime? Nope. Dolphins are getting worked in overtime, losing two consecutive.
24. Tampa Bay (20) None of the Bucs' four games have been decided by more than seven points.
25. Oakland (26) Raiders aren't half bad so much as one-half awful, getting outscored 81-31 after halftime.
26. Tennessee (25) Titans are a running joke. They haven't rushed for a touchdown yet.
27. Indianapolis (27) Coach Chuck Pagano is fighting leukemia, a comeback everyone can root for.
28. Kansas City (28) Chiefs' opponents getting Medieval, sacking Matt Cassel 13 times so far.
29. Carolina (30) Cat Fancy: Quite an argument whether Panthers or Jaguars are NFL's least ferocious feline.
30. Jacksonville (29) JAX squat: A description of offensive output of a team that has yet to score a first-quarter TD.
31. New Orleans (31) Lost cause: Saints suffered more defeats in September than they did all of last season.
32. Cleveland (32) Worse than 10? A defeat Sunday would be Browns' 11th consecutive regular-season defeat.

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