NFL rating game

1. ATLANTA (7-0)

Last week: 1st

They continued their roll coming off the bye week.

2. HOUSTON (6-1)

Last week: 2nd

After bye, they get to play defenseless Bills at home.

3. N.Y. GIANTS (6-2)

Last week: 3rd

They simply have a flair for the late-game dramatics.

4. SAN FRANCISCO (6-2)

Last week: 4th

A rugged defense just keeps getting better.

5. CHICAGO (6-1)

Last week: 5th

Speaking of defense, they aren’t that shabby either.

6. GREEN BAY (5-3)

Last week: 6th

They have slipped by bad teams, but they’ll take it.

7. NEW ENGLAND (5-3)

Last week: 7th

It’s not always pretty, but it was against the Rams.

8. BALTIMORE (5-2)

Last week: 8th

A bye gave them a chance to forget loss to Texans.

9. DENVER (4-3)

Last week: 9th

Coming off bye, they got on roll against the Saints.

10. PITTSBURGH (4-3)

Last week: 10th

It’s only midseason, but game with Giants is huge.

11. MINNESOTA (5-3)

Last week: 11th

After a bad loss to Bucs, they have to get on track.

12. SEATTLE (4-4)

Last week: 13th

They let one get away against Lions and know it.

13. PHILADELPHIA (3-4)

Last week: 12th

Can Team Turmoil get well quick in the Big Easy?

14. MIAMI (4-3)

Last week: 24th

It’s a huge jump, but they should’ve been higher.

15. SAN DIEGO (4-4)

Last week: 16th

That victory over lowly Chiefs was much-needed.

16. DALLAS (3-4)

Last week: 15th

Season will be on line Monday night at Falcons.

THE SECOND HALF

17. Detroit (3-4) Last week: 20th

18. Indianapolis (4-3) Last week: 25th

19. Arizona (4-4) Last week: 14th

20. Cincinnati (3-4) Last week: 18th

21. Washington (3-5) Last week: 17th

22. Tennessee (3-5) Last week: 19th

23. Tampa Bay (3-4) Last week: 24th

24. Oakland (3-4) Last week: 27th

25. N.Y. Jets (3-5) Last week: 21st

26. New Orleans (2-5) Last week: 22nd

27. St. Louis (3-5) Last week: 26th

28. Cleveland (2-6) Last week: 31st

29. Buffalo (3-4) Last week: 28th

30. Carolina (1-6) Last week: 30th

31. Jacksonville (1-6) Last week: 32nd

32. Kansas City (1-7) Last week: 29th

GAME TO WATCH

Pittsburgh (4-3)
at N.Y. Giants (6-2)

3:25 p.m. Sunday, MetLife Stadium (CBS)

Even though the Northeast is trying to rebound from Hurricane Sandy, which is most important, these two have a huge game. The Steelers are playing catch-up to the Ravens, and the Giants are trying to protect their comfortable lead in their division, which should make for a pretty good midseason matchup.

MICK’S PICKS

Broncos (-31/2) over Bengals

Cardinals (+11) over Packers

Colts (+21/2) over Dolphins

Ravens (-31/2) over Browns

Texans (-10) over Bills

Redskins (-31/2) over Panthers

Lions (-4) over Jaguars

Bears (-31/2) over Titans

Seahawks (-41/2) over Vikings

Raiders (-11/2) over Bucs

Giants (-3) over Steelers

Falcons (-4) over Cowboys

Saints (-3) over Eagles

Last week: 7-6-0 (.538)

Season totals: 52-55-3 (.486)

TV SCHEDULE

Sunday’s games

Noon: Broncos at Bengals (CBS)

Noon: Cardinals at Packers (Fox)

3:25 p.m.: Steelers at Giants (CBS)

7:20 p.m.: Cowboys at Falcons (NBC)

Monday’s game

7:30 p.m.: Eagles at Saints (ESPN)

Sheldon Mickles