1.New York Jets. The Jets remain in the number one position after a clutch win in which they blew a 16-point fourth quarter lead. (http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/jets-blow-16-point-fourth-quarter-lead-but-rally-to-defeat-texans-30-27-by-derrel-%E2%80%9Cjazz%E2%80%9D-johnson/) The Jets play the late game on Thanksgiving, so we will see how the quick turnaround works for the team. The ability to comeback and win in the clutch is what makes the Jets number one this week. Second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez has made tremendous strides in his second year, and the veteran leadership of LaDainian Tomlinson, combined with the big-play abilities of Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes have many Jet fans dreaming of playing in Dallas in February.
2.New England Patriots. The Patriots held on to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-28, holding off a furious comeback attempt by the Colts. At 8-2, the Patriots are tied with the Jets and the Falcons with the best record in the league, and own quality victories over the Colts and Steelers. Tom Brady has the offensive back on track, and with one of the best coach/quarterback combinations of all time, the Patriots may make another run at a Super Bowl. The Patriots play at Detroit Thursday.
3.Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens demolished the 1-9 Carolina Panthers 37-13, and lead the AFC North based on a victory over the Steelers earlier in the season. The Ravens improved to 3-3 on the road and are 4-0 at home, where they have four games remaining this season. Joe Flacco, passing for 301 yards in this one, has the offense looking at a deep playoff run and possibly a Super Bowl. The Ravens host Tampa Bay Sunday.
4.Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers dominated the Oakland Raiders 35-3 in improve to 7-3. With Super Bowl experience, the Steelers will be in the hunt for another ring with two-time Super Bowl winning starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading the offense and Troy Polamalu leading the defense. The Steelers play at Buffalo Sunday.
5. Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons defeated the St. Louis Rams 34-17, and are the only 8-2 team in the National Football Conference. Third-year quarterback Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are having another good year, and the veteran leadership of Tony Gonzalez has the Falcons possibly making a deep playoff run, one that could lead to the Super Bowl. The Falcons host Green Bay Sunday.
6. New Orleans Saints. The Saints offense continues to dominate, as quarterback Dree Brees threw for 382 yards and 4 touchdowns, as the Saints defeated the Seattle Seahawks 34-19. For other NFC teams, the frightening thing is Reggie Bush will return soon and the Saints will have another offensive talent to make a run at a Super Bowl repeat. The Saints play at Dallas Thursday.
7. The Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Vick and the Eagles defeated their division rival New York Giants to take control of the NFC Eastern Division. If Michael Vick stays healthy, the Eagles will have a legitimate run at a Super Bowl appearance with their explosive offensive and underrated defense. The Eagles play at Chicago Sunday.
8. Green Bay Packers. The Packers embarrassed the Minnesota Vikings, 31-3, which resulted in their coach getting fired. Aaron Rodgers threw for 301 yards and 4 touchdowns, and continues to play like a Pro-Bowler. The Packers are tied with the Bears for being the stingiest defensive in the league, allowing 146 points. Despite a lot of injuries, the Packers have played well, and the coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for it. Green Bay plays at Atlanta Sunday.
9. Chicago Bears. The Bears shutout the Denver Broncos 16-0 on Thursday, and are tied with the Green Bay Packers with allowing the least amount of points in the league, 146, and, with the cold weather coming soon to that area, home-field advantage will be crucial in making a Super Bowl run. Chicago has the lead in the division over the Packers based on a win earlier in the season, and will need to hold on to it. The Bears host the Eagles Sunday.
10.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers continue to be the biggest surprise of the NFL season, with a 7-3 record and in the playoff hunt. Head coach Raheem Morris has the team believing they can win, but a point differential of only 3, (209 scored, 206 allowed) makes many still skeptical of the team. They play at Baltimore Sunday.