by Nick Ferraro
1.Â San Diego Chargers â€“ The Chargers get Merriman back this week.Â The also get to set him loose after new Bronco quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday.
2.Â Indianapolis Colts â€“ The Colts need a win Sunday against the Jags to get their ship straight.Â They havenâ€™t truly â€œneededâ€? a win a long time.Â It will be interesting to see how they respond.
3.Â Dallas Cowboys â€“ Tony Romo has changed the entire outlook of the Cowboyâ€™s season and the NFC playoffs.Â It no longer appears the Bears can waltz to the conference crown.
4.Â New England Patriots â€“ Nice comeback win against the mighty Lions.Â Iâ€™d be willing to book all those Pats-win-the-Super-Bowl wagers for you.
5.Â Chicago Bears â€“ The Bears defense isnâ€™t going to score enough for them to win every week.Â This offense needs to find its early-season form, or the Monsters of the Midway will find an early playoff exit.
6.Â Cincinnati Bengals â€“ The Bengals resurgence following the four-game losing streak and monumental collapse against the Chargers is remarkable.
7.Â Baltimore Ravens â€“ The Ravens just donâ€™t have enough offense to be a real contender.
8.Â New York Jets â€“ The Jets are playing themselves into having real post-season expectations after simply being expected to lose.Â
9.Â New Orleans Saints â€“ I get the feeling the Saints are a really nice team with no chance to win a thing in January.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars â€“ The Jags get a chance to make me a believer at home against the Colts on Sunday.Â I think they fail yet again.