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Power Rankings / Mark Gaughan ranks the NFL

(Last week in parentheses)

1 New York Giants. Best 4-3 meets best 3-4. (1)

2 Tennessee Titans. Can put a nail in Colts' coffin. (2)

3 Washington Redskins. Portis leads NFL in rushing. (4)

4 Pittsburgh Steelers. Hines Ward is Thomas Hearns of NFL receivers. (6)

big5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chess match: Gruden vs. Wade today. (7)

6 Buffalo Bills. Would be good to win 2 of next 3. (12)

7 Carolina Panthers. Peppers has his mojo back. (10)

8 Arizona Cardinals. Can they avoid West-to-East curse? (8)

9 Green Bay Packers. Tough to throw on Harris & Woodson. (11)

10 Philadelphia Eagles. Cranking up blitz for Matt Ryan. (13)

11 Jacksonville Jaguars. Cupcake Row: Browns, Bengals, Lions. (14)

12 Chicago Bears. Orton making them forget Wrecks Grossman. (19)

13 Baltimore Ravens. Ray Lewis still bringing it. (25)

14 San Diego Chargers. Still alive in AFC West. (3)

15 Dallas Cowboys. Call players-only meeting, lose by 20 to Rams. (9)

16 New England Patriots. Don't be fooled by rout of Broncs. (18)

17 Atlanta Falcons. Mike Smith in Coach of Year running. (21)

18 Indianapolis Colts. AFC South title streak will end at 5. (5)

19 Denver Broncos. Could have used Marcus Stroud. (16)

20 New York Jets. Rushed for 242 and lost to Raiders. (15)

21 Miami Dolphins. Mark's Las Olas gets 4 stars. (17)

22 Minnesota Vikings. Yikes: Special teams have given up 5 TDs in 7 games. (20)

23 Houston Texans. 30 catches last 3 games for Andre Johnson. (23)

24 St. Louis Rams. Time to turn into pumpkins vs. Pats? (29)

25 New Orleans Saints. What's with Brees' inconsistency? (22)

26 Oakland Raiders. Rank 5th in rushing. (28)

27 San Francisco 49ers. Problems start at the top. (26)

28 Cleveland Browns. Why can't they stop run? (24)

29 Seattle Seahawks. Horrors: Holmgrens are 32nd in NFL in passing. (27)

30 Cincinnati Bengals. Chad Johnson runs fade route into oblivion. (30)

31 Kansas City Chiefs. Longing for the days of Steve Fuller. (31)

32 Detroit Lions. Too bad Millen didn't call Favre for advice on the draft. (32)

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