The rating game: NFL Week 5

1. DENVER (4-0)

Last week: 1st

This team is starting to look a lot like the Saints of 2009.

2. SEATTLE (4-0)

Last week: 2nd

Comeback win at Houston could be huge later in season.

3. NEW ORLEANS (4-0)

Last week: 3rd

Unstoppable pass game, defense working well together.

4. NEW ENGLAND (4-0)

Last week: 4th

It hasn’t been pretty, but they’re still getting the job done.

5. KANSAS CITY (4-0)

Last week: 9th

Andy Reid is 3-0 against old friends from the NFC East.


Last week: 12th

They virtually had bye last week down in Jacksonville.


Last week: 5th

They won two in a row, then get throttled by Browns?

8. CHICAGO (3-1)

Last week: 6th

Turnovers did them in against improving Lions team.


Last week: 10th

Extra couple days rest will come in handy vs. Texans.

10. DETROIT (3-1)

Last week: 15th

After beating two winless teams, they jumped Bears.

11. MIAMI (3-1)

Last week: 7th

They are improved, but still have a lot of work to do.

12. BALTIMORE (2-2)

Last week: 8th

Loss to Bills could really cost them later on in season.

13. GREEN BAY (1-2)

Last week: 13th

Had a week off to assess the damages from 1-2 start.

14. TENNESSEE (3-1)

Last week: 17th

They’ve kind of quietly gotten off to very good start.

15. HOUSTON (2-2)

Last week: 11th

After back-to-back losses, they now get angry 49ers.

16. SAN DIEGO (2-2)

Last week: 19th

They’re really hanging in after a tough opening loss.

The second half

17. Dallas (2-2) Last week: 14th

18. Atlanta (1-3) Last week: 15th

19. Arizona (2-2) Last week: 21st

20. Carolina (1-2) Last week: 20th

21. Washington (1-3) Last week: 23rd

22. Minnesota (1-3) Last week: 25th

23. N.Y. Jets (2-2) Last week: 18th

24. Cleveland (3-2) Last week: 28th

25. St. Louis (1-3) Last week: 22nd

26. Philadelphia (1-3) Last week: 26th

27. Buffalo (2-3) Last week: 29th

28. N.Y. Giants (0-4) Last week: 24th

29. Pittsburgh (0-4) Last week: 27th

30. Oakland (1-3) Last week: 30th

31. Tampa Bay (0-4) Last week: 31st

32. Jacksonville (0-4) Last week: 32nd

Game to watch

New Orleans (4-0) at Chicago (3-1)

Noon Sunday, Soldier Field (Fox)

With a little luck and three fewer turnovers by the Bears in last Sunday’s loss to the Lions, this would be a second straight battle of unbeatens for the Saints. But it still should be a good one to watch as the Saints offense goes against a Bears defense hasn’t lived up to its old “Monsters of the Midway” nickname.

Mick’s picks

Bears (+1) over Saints

Chiefs (-3) over Titans

Ravens (+3) over Dolphins

Rams (-111/2) over Jaguars

Patriots (+1) over Bengals

Seahawks (-3) over Colts

Lions (+7) over Packers

Giants (-21/2) over Eagles

Cardinals (+2) over Panthers

Broncos (-71/2) over Cowboys

Chargers (-41/2) over Raiders

49ers (-61/2) over Texans

Falcons (-10) over Jets

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

Season totals: 27-30-2 (.475)

TV schedule


Noon: Saints at Bears (Fox)

Noon: Patriots at Bengals (CBS)

3:25 p.m.: Broncos at Cowboys (CBS)

7:30 p.m.: Texans at 49ers (NBC)

10:35 p.m.: Chargers at Raiders (NFLN)


7:40 p.m.: Jets at Falcons (ESPN)