1. DENVER (5-0)
Last week: 1st
The lowly Jaguars get to be the sacrificial lambs today.
2. NEW ORLEANS (5-0)
Last week: 3rd
Will they be able to rise to another big road challenge?
3. KANSAS CITY (5-0)
Last week: 5th
This team is gaining confidence with each passing week.
4. INDIANAPOLIS (4-1)
Last week: 6th
Lone hiccup against the Dolphins is in rearview mirror.
5. SEATTLE (4-1)
Last week: 2nd
After scraping by Texans, the Colts shoot them down.
6. CINCINNATI (3-2)
Last week: 7th
It wasn’t very pretty against Pats, but they don’t care.
7. NEW ENGLAND (4-1)
Last week: 4th
Could struggling team put it all together against Saints?
8. CHICAGO (4-2)
Last week: 8th
After two deflating losses, they got well against Giants.
9. SAN FRANCISCO (3-2)
Last week: 9th
They’re looking like they could be back on right track.
10. BALTIMORE (3-2)
Last week: 12th
Narrow victory over the Dolphins on the road was big.
11. GREEN BAY (2-2)
Last week: 13th
Like the 49ers, it’s way, way early to count them out.
12. DETROIT (3-2)
Last week: 10th
They thought they had it going before loss to Packers.
13. MIAMI (3-2)
Last week: 11th
After a 3-0 start, they’ve come back to earth a little bit.
14. ARIZONA (3-2)
Last week: 19th
Got hammered by Saints but have two nice wins since.
15. TENNESSEE (3-2)
Last week: 14th
They started 3-1, but ran into Chiefs’ buzzsaw last week.
16. N.Y. JETS (3-2)
Last week: 23rd
This is a big jump, but win over Falcons was impressive.
The second half
17. Houston (2-3) Last week: 15th
18. San Diego (2-3) Last week: 16th
19. Dallas (2-3) Last week: 17th
20. Washington (1-3) Last week: 21st
21. Minnesota (1-3) Last week: 22nd
22. Atlanta (1-4) Last week: 18th
23. Cleveland (3-2) Last week: 24th
24. St. Louis (2-3) Last week: 25th
25. Philadelphia (2-3) Last week: 26th
26. Carolina (1-3) Last week: 20th
27. Buffalo (2-3) Last week: 27th
28. Oakland (2-3) Last week: 30th
29. Pittsburgh (0-4) Last week: 29th
30. N.Y. Giants (0-6) Last week: 28th
31. Tampa Bay (0-4) Last week: 31st
32. Jacksonville (0-5) Last week: 32nd
Game to watch
New Orleans (5-0) at New England (4-1)
3:25 p.m. Sunday, Gillette Stadium (Fox)
If for some reason you were hoping to see the Broncos and the 27-point underdog Jaguars, get over it. You’ll just have to settle for two of the most productive offenses in the NFL over the past seven-plus seasons. Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees — two future Hall of Famers. Bill Belichick vs. Sean Payton — two Bill Parcells disciples. Enjoy.
Patriots (-21/2) over Saints
Raiders (+81/2) over Chiefs
Eagles (-11/2) over Bucs
Ravens (+21/2) over Packers
Browns (+21/2) over Lions
Vikings (-21/2) over Panthers
Texans (-71/2) over Rams
Jets (+21/2) over Steelers
Bengals (-7) over Bills
Seahawks (-131/2) over Titans
Broncos (-27) over Jaguars
Cardinals (+11) over 49ers
Cowboys (-51/2) over Redskins
Colts (-11/2) over Chargers
Last week: 5-8-0 (.385)
Season totals: 32-38-2 (.458)
Noon: Packers at Ravens (Fox)
Noon: Steelers at Jets (CBS)
3:25 p.m.: Saints at Patriots (Fox)
7:30 p.m.: Redskins at Cowboys (NBC)
7:40 p.m.: Colts at Chargers (ESPN)