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1. Denver Broncos (5-1): What looked to be a showdown matchup was a 42-17 laugher over the 49ers, as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning claimed the NFL career record with his 510th touchdown pass. He had four incompletions and four touchdowns against a good defense. Last week: 1

2. Dallas Cowboys (6-1): DeMarco Murray broke Jim Brown's record with his seventh straight 100-yard game to open the season. Murray's running keeps the pressure off Tony Romo, who had 279 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-21 win over the Giants. Last week: 3

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1): After the bye week to get healed and rested, they'll get a tough matchup this week at Arizona. Last week: 4

4. Indianapolis Colts (5-2): The Colts defense stifled the Bengals in a 27-0 blowout and Andrew Luck continued his roll, with 344 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver T.Y. Hilton had another 100-yard game as the Colts won their fifth straight after an 0-2 start. Last week: 7

5. Green Bay Packers (5-2): Since quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Packers fans to relax after a rough start, the team has been one of the best in the league. Rodgers had three more touchdown passes Sunday and Randall Cobb had six catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. Last week: 8

6. Arizona Cardinals (5-1): After jumping to a big lead, the Cardinals had to hold on in the second half to top the Raiders, 24-13. They've taken care of the ball, as Carson Palmer's interception was the first by the Cardinals this season. Last week: 9

7. Detroit Lions (5-2): After trailing by 13, they rallied to beat the Saints by one. The defense continues to shine and make big plays and Golden Tate had a career game with 10 catches for 154 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown reception. Last week: 10

8. San Diego Chargers (5-2): The five-game win streak is over after a 23-20 loss at home to the Chiefs. The Chargers had a 14-10 lead just before halftime and gave up the go-ahead field goal with 21 seconds left. Last week: 2

9. San Francisco 49ers (4-3): The big game against the Broncos went downhill quickly in a 42-17 loss. Frank Gore (20 yards) never got going and Colin Kaepernick (263 yards) struggled against the Broncos defense. Last week: 6

10. Baltimore Ravens (5-2): For the second straight week, the Ravens jumped out to a big early lead, and they coasted to a 29-7 victory over the hapless Falcons. Justin Forsett had 95 yards rushing and Torrey Smith added 81 receiving yards and a touchdown. Last week: 12

11. New England Patriots (5-2): The Jets gave them everything they could handle, and the Patriots needed a stop on a late two-point conversion to take a 27-25 win. Tom Brady had three touchdowns as New England stayed a game ahead of the Bills in the AFC East. Last week: 13

12. Seattle Seahawks (3-3): The Super Bowl champions lost their second straight, this time on the road to the Rams, 28-26. Trading receiver Percy Harvin to the Jets likely didn't end their turmoil. Last week: 5

13. Buffalo Bills (4-3): In the final seconds, they squeezed out a 17-6 win over the Vikings, with a 2-yard touchdown catch by rookie Sammy Watkins, who had a coming-out party with nine catches for 122 yards and two scores. Last week: 16

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3): Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger helped lead a furious comeback, with 265 yards and two touchdowns Monday night. The win over the Texans helped the Steelers stay in the thick of a tight AFC North race. Last week: 20

15. Cincinnati Bengals: (3-2-1): Against the Colts, they couldn't get their offense going, mustering only eight first downs and 135 yards of total offense. A.J. Green's injury hurts them, but injuries are part of the game. Last week: 11

16. Miami Dolphins (3-3): Quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to impress, with 277 yards and two touchdowns in a surprising 27-14 win at Chicago. The defense did a number on the Bears runners and the offense went over 100 yards rushing. Last week: 21

17. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3): Quarterback Alex Smith wasn't great, but he was good enough on the winning drive, and a late field goal gave them a big 23-20 win over the Chargers, keeping them within reach of the AFC West leaders. Last week: 23

18. St. Louis Rams (2-4): They surprised the Seahawks, 28-26, with a couple of trick plays. After taking a 21-3 lead in the second quarter, the Rams had to hold on after a big Seahawks rally. Tre Mason was a surprise, with 85 rushing yards and a touchdown. Last week: 25

19. Carolina Panthers (3-3-1): They fell into an early 28-0 hole and didn't mount much resistance in the 38-17 loss at Green Bay. The run game was better and Greg Olsen (eight catches, 105 yards) is keeping the offense respectable. Last week: 15

20. Cleveland Browns (3-3): Following a big win over the Steelers last week, they laid an egg, falling to the winless Jaguars, 24-6. Brian Hoyer was just 16-of-41 for 215 yards and the defense did nothing against the run. Last week: 14

21. New York Giants (3-4): The 31-21 loss to the Cowboys was the latest setback, though they got a nice game from Odell Beckham Jr. (two receiving touchdowns) after losing Victor Cruz for the season. Last week: 18

22. New Orleans Saints (2-4): Their playoff hopes are in danger, with a tough set of games upcoming and a crushing loss to the Lions after blowing a 13-point lead late. Penalties were the main culprit, but Drew Brees also had a costly interception. Last week: 17

23. Houston Texans (3-4): A disastrous end to the second quarter — giving up three touchdowns in 73 seconds — helped turn a 13-point lead into an 11-point deficit. Arian Foster had 102 yards rushing and DeAndre Hopkins 108 yards receiving, but it wasn't enough. Last week: 22

24. Chicago Bears (3-4): Somehow, they're 0-3 at home this season and haven't been consistent at all. Jay Cutler was mediocre, with only 190 passing yards. Matt Forte (49 yards rushing, 60 yards receiving) never got going. Last week: 19

25. Washington (2-5): Benching quarterback Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) in favor of Colt McCoy proved to be the difference, as Washington took a 19-17 win over the Titans. McCoy went 11-for-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown and will get the start this week, too. Last week: 28

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-5): Quarterback Matt Ryan has been up and down this year, but the Falcons' running game has mostly been down, with just 22 rushing yards from Steven Jackson. Next up, they get the Lions in London. Last week: 24

27. Minnesota Vikings (2-5): They led for most of the game but gave up a touchdown pass in the final seconds and fell to the Bills, 17-16. Jerick McKinnon continued to improve, with 19 carries for 103 yards. Last week: 26

28. Tennessee Titans (2-5): Charlie Whitehurst wasn't great (160 yards, two touchdowns, interception), but it was a field goal as time expired that doomed them in 19-17 loss. They managed just 236 yards and had 11 penalties. Last week: 27

29. New York Jets (1-6): The Jets had a chance to win in the final seconds, but a blocked field goal attempt ended their hopes. They stood toe to toe with the Patriots but came up short again. Running back Chris Ivory had a season-high 107 yards and a touchdown. Last week: 29

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6): The Jags escaped the ranks of the winless with a 24-6 domination of the Browns. Denard Robinson (Michigan) ran for a career-high 127 yards, helping overcome Blake Bortles' three interceptions. Last week: 30

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5): After a horrible start, the Bucs had a bye to regroup and focus on the next section of the schedule, which begins with Minnesota at home this week. Last week: 32

32. Oakland Raiders (0-6): The only remaining winless team couldn't stop the Cardinals and quarterback Derek Carr didn't do much to distinguish himself, either. The running game with Darren McFadden (48 yards) and Maurice Jones-Drew (6 yards) continues to lag. Last week: 31

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