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The Wilbon Index: Top NFL Teams

Five undefeated teams remain, and I guess you could argue in favor of any one of them in the top spot. It may take several more weeks to separate them since three of them (Giants, Colts, Vikings) face dreadful opponents this weekend, while Denver gets another real test, the Patriots.

1) Vikings - Wins over the Niners and Packers, two pretty good teams, puts Minnesota in the top spot.

2) Saints - It's not all Drew Brees, who hasn't thrown a TD pass in two games. Gregg Williams deserves some love for the attacking defense the Saints are employing.

3) Colts - New coach, new receivers, same old Peyton Manning.

4) Giants - Might indeed be the best team, but this isn't a projection poll; it's a ranking of where teams are today -- and the Giants just haven't beaten anybody good enough to rate them ahead of the others.

5) Broncos - The win over the Cowboys ought to shut the doubters up, though (here I go) isn't it possible Dallas isn't any good? The Cowboys, at the very least, are overrated. But the Denver defense isn't.

6) Patriots - Like Notre Dame in that opponents keep blowing chances to win. Buffalo in Week 1, Baltimore in Week 4. You let the Patriots feel good about themselves and pretty quickly (like right about now) they'll start to feel invincible.

7) 49ers - Perfect example of old coaches' adage: first you win, then you become good. Watch out league, here come the Niners.

8) Ravens - They can't be pushed too far down because of one razor-thin loss in New England.

9) Bengals - Every game is close; still Cincy is one fluke deflection against Denver from being undefeated.

10) Bears - Jay Cutler has been real good three consecutive games, and the Bears seem to be realizing their offense is going to have to carry the defense...

Editors' note: Wilbon's top 10 plus three other highly-regarded teams are listed below in random order.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  October 8, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Wilbon Index Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wilbon has obviously invoked the wrath of the Steeler Nation! The Black and Gold followers know we'll get healthy on the backs of Detroit and Cleveland and we'll just have to see how good the Vikings are after October 25th!

Posted by: lance_dc7777 | October 9, 2009 6:12 PM
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Yeah, let's see here:

The New York Football Jets BEAT the New England "WAAAUGH He Touched My Knee!" Bradiots.

The Patriots are ranked 6th.

The only Jets loss is to the #2 Saints.

So naturally the Jets are.... unranked.

That's nice, MW. How ya Cubbies doin'? Your Bears can keep'em company- they won't make the playoffs either.

Posted by: howlless | October 9, 2009 3:35 PM
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What no Redskins at number 1????

Posted by: siessmack | October 8, 2009 5:46 PM
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The Steeler are much better team than Denver. If anyone thinks Denver is the 5th best team in football talk to me in 4 weeks when they are 4-4.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | October 8, 2009 4:46 PM
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Oh, gee. Wilbon stepping way out of his box with the Bears pick -- C'MON, MAN! In fact, this list ought to be added to the new C'mon Man segment of ESPN's Sunday Football Recap. And not putting the Steelers in there either? Earth to Wilbon's shiny dome: they're the defending champs and last time I checked that counted for something. What's the world coming to?

Posted by: pgugino | October 8, 2009 4:23 PM
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The Steelers proved the other night that they're back with their kind of game. Running the ball, passing, mixing it up. And the defense will return stronger than ever when Palomalu gets healthy. Don't ever shortchange Pittsburgh. All your rankings are suspect when you don't include the Champions!

Posted by: eileenmilt | October 8, 2009 3:23 PM
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