THE NFL RATING GAME

(does not include Saturday game)

1. DENVER (11-3)

Last week: 2nd

After nine straight wins, they’ve made it to the top.

2. HOUSTON (12-2)

Last week: 3rd

Colts win was a nice
bounce-back from loss to Pats.

3. ATLANTA (12-2)

Last week: 4th

Likewise, they rebounded nicely from a bad setback.

4. SAN FRANCISCO (10-3-1)

Last week: 5th

Second straight huge road test awaits them in Seattle.

5. NEW ENGLAND (10-4)

Last week: 1st

After two tough games, they get break at Jacksonville.

6. GREEN BAY (10-4)

Last week: 6th

They are gaining more steam
after bad loss to Giants.

7. SEATTLE (9-5)

Last week: 9th

If they defeat 49ers, they’ll be thinking division title.

8. INDIANAPOLIS (9-5)

Last week: 7th

They’re OK … the loss to Texans wasn’t a disgrace.

9. BALTIMORE (9-5)

Last week: 8th

They’re reeling with three straight late-season losses.

10. CINCINNATI (8-6)

Last week: 10th

The AFC North title isn’t out of the question just yet.

11. WASHINGTON (8-6)

Last week: 13th

Thanksgiving win over Cowboys gave them new life.

12. DALLAS (8-6)

Last week: 14th

Three straight wins have put them in NFC East hunt.

13. MINNESOTA (8-6)

Last week: 16th

They’ve been a little
inconsistent, but are right there.

14. N.Y. GIANTS (8-6)

Last week: 11th

Season could slip away if they don’t get by Ravens.

15. CHICAGO (8-6)

Last week: 12th

Can they halt their epic slide from a 7-1 mark to 8-6?

16. PITTSBURGH (7-7)

Last week: 15th

The season is in jeopardy with two straight setbacks.

THE SECOND HALF

17. Miami (6-8) Last week: 19th

18. St. Louis (6-7-1) Last week: 17th

19. New Orleans (6-8) Last week: 22nd

20. Tampa Bay (6-8) Last week: 18th

21. N.Y. Jets (6-8) Last week: 20th

22. Carolina (5-9) Last week: 26th

23. San Diego (5-9) Last week: 21st

24. Buffalo (5-9) Last week: 23rd

25. Arizona (5-9) Last week: 27th

26. Tennessee (5-9) Last week: 28th

27. Cleveland (5-9) Last week: 24th

28. Detroit (4-10) Last week: 25th

29. Oakland (4-10) Last week: 30th

30. Philadelphia (4-10) Last week: 29th

31. Kansas City (2-12) Last week: 31st

32. Jacksonville (2-12) Last week: 32nd

GAME TO WATCH

San Francisco (10-3-1)
at Seattle (9-5)

7:20 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field (NBC)

Remember just two years ago when the Seahawks managed to win the NFC West despite a 7-9 record? Well, both of these teams have come a long way in a short period of time, and the late-season race to see who’s best in the West brings them to raucous CenturyLink Field for what should be a fun evening.

MICK’S PICKS

Saints (+3) over Cowboys

Packers (-121/2) over Titans

Raiders (+81/2) over Panthers

Dolphins (-41/2) over Bills

Bengals (+31/2) over Steelers

Patriots (-141/2) over Jaguars

Colts (-7) over Chiefs

Redskins (-61/2) over Eagles

Rams (+3) over Bucs

Ravens (+21/2) over Giants

Texans (-71/2) over Vikings

Broncos (-13) over Browns

Cardinals (+51/2) over Bears

Chargers (+21/2) over Jets

Seahawks (+1) over 49ers

Last week: 7-7-0 (.500)

Season totals: 99-102-5 (.493)

TV SCHEDULE

Sunday’s games

Noon: Saints at Cowboys (Fox)

Noon: Bengals at Steelers (CBS)*

(*not available in New Orleans area)

3:05 p.m.: Browns at Broncos (CBS)**

(**available only in New Orleans area)

3:25 p.m.: Giants at Ravens (Fox)

7:20 p.m.: 49ers at Seahawks (NBC)

Sheldon Mickles