Heading into Week 7, we’re left with two undefeated teams in the NFL. Too bad for the Chiefs they’re in the Broncos’ division! KC’s best chance at making the Top 4 in our Power Rankings is supposed to be this Sunday, when Denver plays a tough road game at Indianapolis. Now that Jim Irsay has opened his dumb mouth, however, look for Peyton Manning to stomp the Colts in the worst homecoming that could ever happen to an NFL future Hall of Famer. Revenge is a dish best served cold… especially in the 4th quarter, when your team is already up 21 points…
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Top 4: Bye-week bound Divisional Leaders
1. Denver Broncos. (6-0). Peyton v. Luck this weekend. Hopefully the first installment of this matchup will not be the last.
2. Seattle Seahawks. (5-1). The Seahawk’s defense did not give up a touchdown last week. Let’s see if Seattle can keep Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals out of the end zone on Thursday night.
3. New England Patriots. (5-1). If the Pats’ comeback win over the Saints was a Super Bowl preview, we’re in for an awesome heavyweight rematch in February.
4. New Orleans Saints. (5-1). Too bad for the Saints that their December 2nd matchup with the Seahawks will be in Seattle. Right now New Orleans is an underdog to clinch home field advantage in the NFC.
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5. Kansas City Chiefs. (6-0). The Texans may not know who their starting QB will be this week, but the Chiefs’ defense has already choreographed a touchdown dance for their first pick six on Sunday.
6. Indianapolis Colts. (4-2). Don’t let San Diego’s win over Indy fool ya—Chargers’ Defensive Coordinator John Pagano is the brother of the Colts’ head coach Chuck. You had better believe that the Pagano sibling rivalry had something to do with last Sunday’s upset. The Colts still look like a 10 to 12 win team, and the clear favorite to win the AFC South.
7. Cincinnati Bengals. (4-2). The Bengals seized the outright lead of the AFC North in Week 6. Expect them to finish atop the division at the end of the season.
8. Green Bay Packers. (3-2). In a duel between $110+ million dollar quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers beat Joe Flacco in Baltimore. How did the Ravens ever mistake Joe Cool for being the same caliber as Rodgers? Unfortunately for Baltimore fans, Flacco’s ballooning cap number in the 2014 and 2015 are likely to hamper the Ravens as much as Eli Manning’s staggering salary has ruined the Giants’ 2013 season.
9. Detroit Lions. (4-2). Detroit’s game against Cincinnati is the only other Top 10 matchup in the NFL this week. Let’s hope Calvin Johnson is healthy this week—simply put, the Lions are not a contender without Megatron.
10. Chicago Bears. (4-2). Chicago barely beat the winless Giants last week. Does anyone still buy the Bears as a serious Super Bowl contender? Don’t be surprised if the 49ers surpass the Bears in next week’s Power Rankings.
11. Miami Dolphins. (3-2). On their bye week, Miami watched every other 3-2 AFC squad lose. Though the Dolphins literally did nothing in Week 6 to move ahead of the Ravens, Titans, Jets or Browns, they still look better than the NFC East leader.
12. Dallas Cowboys. (3-3). Dallas battles Philly on Sunday for first place in the NFL’s worst division. Hey, at least the game will be entertaining: watch for these two teams to score more than 100 points combined on Sunday.