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Wilbon Index: NFL

Editor's note: Before we get into the rankings, here's Mike's pick on tonight's Jets-Bills game in Toronto. The rest of his NFL picks will go up tomorrow.

Jets at Buffalo: There's something feisty about the Bills in recent weeks, win or lose. There's something annoying about the Jets in recent weeks, win or lose. Bills win a close one in a near-home game.

It's probably only necessary to rank the top three because the Saints, Colts and Vikings seem to have separated themselves from the rest. Okay, the Chargers seem able to keep up, having successfully avoided their early-season stumbling. Now they don't have to run the table in December just to make the playoffs.

The problem is, after the top four everybody else seems especially ordinary. It's not a great year if the Cowboys are the third-best team in the NFC. And I wonder if a 5-6 team, Tennessee with its five-game winning streak, is worthy of being ranked as high as No. 5. Not this week -- the Titans have to pull to .500 to crack the Index.

1) Saints You beat down the Patriots like that, you deserve to be ranked No. 1. I love the way they're not running away from the notion of an undefeated season, unlike the Colts, who seem to want no part of the discussion.

2) Colts: I'd like to see the Colts embrace taking a shot at greatness; they've already got their Super Bowl victory in the Peyton Manning era. Resting folks in the final week or two has been a failed approach in the past. Why not go for the whole bundle?

3) Vikings: ESPN's Ron Jaworski says Minnesota is the best team in the league, period. I want to see how they fare in the desert this weekend first.

4) Chargers

5) Cowboys

6) Bengals: A string of winnable games coming up should help Cincy challenge for a playoff bye week.

7) Cardinals: If they're going to be a serious contender in January, they have to beat the Vikings at home this week in prime time.

8) Broncos: It's going to be a struggle the rest of the way, but Denver is at the very least fighting.

9) Packers

10) Eagles: Huge road game with playoff implications in Atlanta this week.

How would you rank the top teams?


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Michael Wilbon

 |  December 3, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Post Pro Picks , Wilbon Index Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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arcstats...... AGREE

Also, the NFL needs to get into Canada and Mexico, and the sooner the better. It really should be international

Posted by: TramplingGrapes | December 6, 2009 8:00 AM
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Michael,

Where are the Ravens? Not in the top 12? Not better than Denver, Tennessee or Arizona? These guys have one of the worst schedules that I have ever seen in the NFL, they've had to play top team after top team. (Okay, losing to the Bengals twice is part of what made the Bengals a top team. Wrap you mind around that one!)

Anyway, Baltimore's defense is almost as good as it's ever been, but now, there's an offense to go with it.

See the (purple) light!

Posted by: mhs101255 | December 6, 2009 3:59 AM
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I guess I don't understand why you waste your time on this ranking nonsense. This is not college football. If you just go back to last year, after Week 12 Pittsburgh was 8-3, Arizona 7-4, Baltimore 7-4, and Philadelphia 5-5-1. All ended up in the conference championships. Where you'd have those teams rated at this time last year? It doesn't matter.

Write about something that really matters and has an impact on the results. Like how screwed up the NFL schedule is this year where teams are playing 3 straight at home, on the road 4 out of 5 games, and 6 games in the final week being division games, and in all likelyhood don't matter. Enough to the 6th grader stuff.

Posted by: ARCstats | December 3, 2009 10:17 PM
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