Sheldon Mickles takes a look at the top teams and top games in Week 2 of the NFL
The rating game
1. DENVER (12-3)
Last week: 3rd
They’re back on top thanks to Seahawks’ slip-up.
2. SAN FRANCISCO (11-4)
Last week: 2nd
After rough November stretch, they’re on a roll.
3. SEATTLE (12-3)
Last week: 1st
Don’t look for them to mess up and lose No. 1 seed.
4. NEW ENGLAND (11-4)
Last week: 5th
Despite all the injuries, you knew they’d get it done.
5. CAROLINA (11-4)
Last week: 7th
Saints fans praying for a huge letdown from them.
6. CINCINNATI (10-5)
Last week: 9th
They’re still looking to land the two seed in AFC.
7. ARIZONA (10-5)
Last week: 8th
Impressive run may still not get them in playoffs.
8. KANSAS CITY (11-4)
Last week: 4th
They were brought down to earth with Colts’ loss.
9. NEW ORLEANS (10-5)
Last week: 6th
Once 9-2, they do not want to back into playoffs.
10. INDIANAPOLIS (10-5)
Last week: 10th
That was impressive road win against the Chiefs.
11. PHILADELPHIA (9-6)
Last week: 13th
Can they somehow get past rejuvenated Cowboys?
12. SAN DIEGO (8-7)
Last week: 15th
A nice late-season surge could work out for them.
13. BALTIMORE (8-7)
Last week: 11th
They laid a giant egg at home against the Patriots.
14. DALLAS (8-7)
Last week: 18th
Just win, and they’re in. Lose, and, well, you know.
15. CHICAGO (8-7)
Last week: 12th
Like Cowboys, they have one shot at brass ring.
16. MIAMI (8-7)
Last week: 14th
Dolphins have to win and hope for help.
The second half
17. Pittsburgh (7-8) Last week: 20th
18. St. Louis (7-8) Last week: 19th
19. Green Bay (7-7-1) Last week: 16th
20. N.Y. Jets (7-8) Last week: 21st
21. Detroit (7-8) Last week: 17th
22. Buffalo (6-9) Last week: 22nd
23. N.Y. Giants (6-9) Last week: 23rd
24. Tennessee (6-9) Last week: 24th
25. Minnesota (4-10-1) Last week: 25th
26. Atlanta (4-11) Last week: 26th
27. Jacksonville (4-11) Last week: 27th
28. Tampa Bay (4-11) Last week: 28th
29. Oakland (4-11) Last week: 29th
30. Cleveland (4-11) Last week: 30th
31. Washington (3-12) Last week: 31st
32. Houston (2-13) Last week: 32nd
Game to watch
Carolina (11-4) at Atlanta (4-11)
Noon Sunday, Georgia Dome (Fox)
The Saints may not be scoreboard-watching before their game with the Bucs, but their fans will certainly want to know what’s happening, as they can get the No. 2 seed with a Panthers’ loss and Saints’ win. It’ll be strange for Who Dat fans to root for the Falcons, but you do what you have to do. Right?
Saints (-121/2) over Bucs
Falcons (+6) over Panthers
Packers (-21/2) over Bears
Titans (-7) over Texans
Steelers (-7) over Browns
Giants (-31/2) over Redskins
Bengals (-6) over Ravens
Colts (-111/2) over Jaguars
Cowboys (+61/2) over Eagles
Dolphins (-6) over Jets
Vikings (-3) over Lions
Patriots (-9) over Bills
Broncos (-12) over Raiders
Cardinals (pick) over 49ers
Chargers (-91/2) over Chiefs
Seahawks (-11) over Rams
Last week: 7-9-0 (.438)
Season totals: 91-126-6 (.422)
Noon: Panthers at Falcons (Fox)
Noon: Ravens at Bengals (CBS)
3:25 p.m.: Bucs at Saints (Fox)
3:25 p.m.: Broncos at Raiders (CBS)
(game not available in New Orleans)
7:30 p.m.: Eagles at Cowboys (NBC)