by Nick Ferraro
1.Â Chicago Bears â€“ The Bears are visited by the Niners and Dolphins in the next two weeks.Â Theyâ€™ll be 8-0 going into a road game at the Giants.
2.Â Indianapolis Colts â€“ The Colts put the Skins away nicely Sunday.Â Their high-powered offense gets its toughest test of the season next Sunday in Denver.
3.Â Denver Broncos â€“ The defense is crushing people, but the offense will need to actually put points on the board with the Colts on their way to town.
4.Â New England Patriots â€“ New England does a nice job disposing of weak teams quickly.Â They get a test next week on the road in Minnesota.
5.Â New Orleans Saints â€“ The first-place Saints have very few easy spots left on schedule.
6.Â New York Giants â€“ The Giants are playing well on both sides of the ball.
7.Â San Diego Chargers â€“ If Merrimanâ€™s appeal doesnâ€™t fly, the Chargers go from having one of the leagueâ€™s best front seven to not having enough players to field a front seven.
8.Â Minnesota Vikings â€“ The Vikings were impressive against the Seahawks.Â The defense is led by the leagueâ€™s best tackle tandem in Pat and Kevin Williams.
9.Â Atlanta Falcons â€“ A passing game in Atlanta is bad news for the NFC.
10.Â St. Louis Rams â€“ The Rams are underrated, but can change a lot of minds with a win Sunday against the Chargers.