Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Cowboys 9-1 (1). Dallas has started 9-1 three other times in its history. The Cowboys didn't win a single playoff game any of those seasons.
5. Broncos 7-3 (6). Late open date has defending Super Bowl champions primed for a run to the postseason.
8. Falcons 6-4 (8). They're refreshed after a week off and five of their final six games come against teams with losing records.
9. Steelers 5-5 (10). They've got rookies playing key roles on defense now and they'll need to grow up in a hurry
10. Redskins 6-3-1 (14). Mettle of this team will be tested with three-game road trip that starts Thursday in Dallas.
11. Dolphins 6-4 (15). Quite a story how Dolphins have become competitive. How many teams interviewed Adam Gase and didn't hire him?
13. Vikings 6-4 (19). With worst rushing offense in the league, holding out hope Adrian Peterson could be back before December is over.
14. Eagles 5-5 (13). Wide receiver Nelson Agholor, after rough outing at Seattle, said, "I've got to get out of my own head." He might need to get out of Philly's depth chart.
15. Cardinals 4-5-1 (9). They don't look like a chic Super Bowl pick anymore. If you've been waiting for the Cardinals to turn it on, it might be time to reconsider.
18. Bills 5-5 (20). Ended three-game losing streak by toppling Bengals and wide receiver Sammy Watkins could be back in action soon.
19. Panthers 4-6 (22). Will make a two-week trip to West Coast to face Raiders and Seahawks and try to save the season.
21. Titans 5-6 (17). Young team looks to bounce back at Soldier Field after falling flat in Indianapolis.
23. Buccaneers 5-5 (27). They're only two games behind Falcons but have Seahawks this week and Cowboys in the near future.
24. Bengals 3-6-1 (18). Loss of wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Giovani Bernard crippling to struggling team.
25. Chargers 4-6 (24). The schedule sets up nicely for them, but they've created quite a hole to climb out of.
26. Packers 4-6 (23). The offensive struggles have been well-documented, but they also have allowed 89 points the last two weeks.
27. Rams 4-6 (26). Change to Jared Goff didn't spark the offense.
30. Bears 2-8 (30). Keep the focus on the young players through the final six games. There's not much else to lean on.
32. Browns 0-11 (32). Can the folks who figure Browns will win two games explain where those victories are coming from? Kent State? Bowling Green?