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The Wilbon Index: Top NFL Teams

The glass slipper fits Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos, who make their debut at the top of this week's index.

1) Broncos - Yes, Denver above New Orleans. The Broncos, in successive weeks, have beaten the Cowboys, Patriots and Chargers. Their defense is the best in the NFL. Kyle Orton is the most efficient QB (only one interception). Rarely is there a Cinderella story in sports, but the rebuilt Broncos are impossibly impressive through six games.

2) Saints - Wins at Philly, at home against the Jets and at home against the Giants ain't bad either. Executive move of the year is Coach Sean Payton giving money out of his own pocket to get Gregg Williams to re-work his defense. Can take a lot of chances looking to force turnovers when your offense is this prolific. If Orton isn't the MVP then Drew Brees is, right?

3) Colts - Indy could very well be 8-0 when the Patriots visit in mid-November. If Orton isn't the MVP then Peyton Manning is, right?

4) Vikings - Hard to drop to No. 4 without losing a game but the Vikes have, through no fault of their own really. Narrow victory over a good Ravens squad is nothing to be ashamed of, but the Vikes haven't gone on the road and played a team of consequence yet...Ooops, at Pittsburgh this week.

5) Patriots - Can't penalize them too much for loss at Denver, and New England defense is better than most of us expected it to be. But they'd better dispatch Tampa before a stretch of Miami, at Indy, Jets, at New Orleans, at Miami.

6) Falcons - Atlanta defense is suspect but Matt Ryan isn't.

7) Giants - Loss to Saints might have been just what the G-Men needed before--get this--a stretch of games that goes Cardinals, at Philly, San Diego, Atlanta, at Denver, Dallas, Philly...Damn.

8) Steelers - Sometimes when you're the champ you've got to go into rope-a-dope and just get through it for awhile, which is what Pittsburgh is doing...biding their time.

9) Bengals - Bears, Ravens and Steelers in successive games will determine whether Cincy is contender or chump.

10) Cardinals - Have won 3 of 4 since disappointing home loss to open the season to the Niners. Offense is starting to click like it did last January on the run to the Super Bowl. Can they catch the Giants feeling sorry for themselves after the loss to New Orleans?

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


Michael Wilbon

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DBOZ1970 wrote: "You are showing your typical Chicago bias by not including the Redskins."


Denver is a paper tiger. Last season at this point the Redskins were the darlings of the league and Zorn was coach of the year. It's a long season. We'll see how beloved McDaniels is once the team loses a few and his arrogance shines through.

Cincy is an illusion. The Texans completely dismantled their running game last week, and have shown other teams the path.

Posted by: kemp13 | October 23, 2009 9:01 AM
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The Broncos are the Cinderella team of the NFL this year. Just remember, the Washington Redskins were 6-2 last season before the meltdown. At that point, Jim Zorn was in contention of the rookie coach of the year. He will be fired shortly if not next week. Josh McDaniels isn't a great coach and Kyle Orton isn't better than Jay Cutler. The Broncos will show their true colors by the 8th game.

Posted by: neil64 | October 23, 2009 4:45 AM
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You are showing your typical Chicago bias by not including the Redskins. With a top 5 defense keeping games close and a dynamic offense featuring a bruising and protective offensive line, home run threats Kelly, Thomas and Davis and breakaway workhorse Clinton Portis, the Redskins are on the way to 12-4 and a Super Bowl win!! Too much talent to be denied! "B-6 for a first down, G-57 for a TD"
Thanks for your support,
Ashburn, Va.

Posted by: dboz1970 | October 23, 2009 3:01 AM
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