THE RATING GAME

1. SEATTLE (11-1)

Last week: 1st

If there were any questions, they’ve been answered.

2. DENVER (10-2)

Last week: 3rd

They certainly showed the Chiefs who owns division.

3. NEW ENGLAND (9-3)

Last week: 4th

All the Belichick/Brady haters had them counted out.

4. CAROLINA (9-3)

Last week: 5th

Next stop: Superdome. They’ll have to earn this one.

5. NEW ORLEANS (9-3)

Last week: 2nd

They failed in biggest test. Now, will they rebound?

6. SAN FRANCISCO (8-4)

Last week: 7th

They’re back and could be tough to beat in playoffs.

7. CINCINNATI (8-4)

Last week: 8th

After a big West Coast win, they’ll be tested by Colts.

8. INDIANAPOLIS (8-4)

Last week: 10th

They will be set up nicely if they can trip the Bengals.

9. KANSAS CITY (9-3)

Last week: 6th

If they don’t beat lowly Redskins, they’ll be in trouble.

10. PHILADELPHIA (7-5)

Last week: 13th

They’re coming on strong with four straight victories.

11. DALLAS (7-5)

Last week: 11th

OK, they’ve won in a row. But can they keep it going?

12. DETROIT (7-5)

Last week: 12th

Huge game looms on the road against surging Eagles.

13. ARIZONA (7-5)

Last week: 9th

They can’t afford to fall too far behind in NFC West.

14. BALTIMORE (6-6)

Last week: 16th

With three wins in four games, they’re making a run.

15. MIAMI (6-6)

Last week: 20th

They’re fighting to get into the playoff conversation.

16. CHICAGO (6-6)

Last week: 14th

They’ll be close to done if they don’t beat Cowboys.

The second half

17. San Diego (5-7) Last week: 15th

18. Green Bay (5-6-1) Last week: 18th

19. N.Y. Giants (5-7) Last week: 21st

20. Tennessee (5-7) Last week: 17th

21. St. Louis (5-7) Last week: 19th

22. Pittsburgh (5-7) Last week: 23rd

23. N.Y. Jets (5-7) Last week: 22nd

24. Buffalo (4-8) Last week: 24th

25. Minnesota (3-8-1) Last week: 28th

26. Atlanta (3-9) Last week: 30th

27. Oakland (4-8) Last week: 27th

28. Jacksonville (4-9) Last week: 31st

29. Tampa Bay (3-9) Last week: 25th

30. Cleveland (4-8) Last week: 26th

31. Washington (3-9) Last week: 29th

32. Houston (2-11) Last week: 32nd

Game to watch

Panthers (9-3) at Saints (9-3)

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome (NBC)

The NFL and NBC decided a couple of weeks ago to flex this game from a noon kickoff, which was a shrewd move considering it was supposed to be Atlanta and Green Bay -- a pair of teams that have combined for fewer wins (eight) than either the streaking Panthers or the Saints. It’s for the outright lead in the NFC South, so enjoy.

Mick’s picks

Saints (-3) over Panthers

Chiefs (-3) over Redskins

Ravens (-61/2) over Vikings

Patriots (-11) over Browns

Jets (-3) over Raiders

Colts (+61/2) over Bengals

Lions (+21/2) over Eagles

Steelers (-3) over Dolphins

Bills (+21/2) over Bucs

Broncos (-12) over Titans

Cardinals (-61/2) over Rams

Chargers (-3) over Giants

Seahawks (+21/2) over 49ers

Packers (-31/2) over Falcons

Cowboys (pick) over Bears

Last week: 4-8-1 (.346)

Season totals: 69-102-6 (.407)

TV schedule

Sunday

Noon: Lions at Eagles (Fox)

Noon: Dolphins at Steelers (CBS)

3:25 p.m.: Seahawks at 49ers (Fox)

7:30 p.m.: Panthers at Saints (NBC)

Monday

7:40 p.m.: Cowboys at Bears (ESPN)

Sheldon Mickles