5. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning might lose out to Adrian Peterson for the Comeback Player of the Year Award, but just barely. He’s been every bit the quarterback we remember, and the offense is clicking on all cylinders, while the defense hasn’t missed a beat. Scary, when you think about it.
6. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have the opportunity to close out the ACF North with a win and a Bengals loss on Sunday. Whether that happens or not doesn’t take anything away from the great year the Ravens are having. Joe Flacco can be a little inconsistent, but give them credit for winning through injuries.
7. Chicago Bears
The Bears got Jay Cutler back from his concussion and proceeded to put a beat down on the NFC North rival Vikings. The defense is ranked high in every single category, and their running game is solid. A pair of bad losses to the Packers and 49ers, but they are still a very good team, home or away.
8. Cincinnati Bengals
The only reason they are ranked higher than the Colts, is because right now, they’d beat the Colts. The Giants fell to the same fate. This may be the hottest team in the NFL, with the offense and defense making leaps and bounds during their three-game winning-streak. Look out for the “Red Rifle” and his weapons, as they look to make a magical December run.
9. New York Giants
Something about December, right? Their explosive win over the Green Bay Packers may have come in November, but give them credit. It was almost December at the time. Never discount Eli Manning and his troops, for as the postseason gets nearer, the Giants get hotter. Dangerous playoffs team here.
10. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are finding ways to win football games. Andrew Luck is having a fantastic rookie season, and is leading the offense through the air. The defense has been stout, their one bad loss coming against the New England Patriots. They’ll get the first AFC wild-card at this point, and don’t take them lightly in the playoffs. Lots of heart on this team.
11. Green Bay Packers
The Packers suffered an embarrassing loss against the Giants last week, and there’s no way to sugar-cat that. Aaron Rodgers is not going to let that define the season though, so look for some offensive fireworks the next couple of weeks. He is not one to be messed with. The Packers defense remains an issue.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As the Falcons continue to win, they lose more hope of an NFC South title. That’s why there’s a wild-card, folks. The Buccaneers are charging forward every week, as they ride the resurgent back of Josh Freeman. The offense has been outstanding, as points haven’t been an issue all year. The defense is a little inconsistent though.