1.Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 5-1 with two-time Super Bowl winning starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger playing the last two games. A controversial ruling after a fumble by Roethlisberger led to an easy field goal and a quality victory over the Miami Dolphins. Troy Polamalu leads a defense that is among the best in the league, one that will keep the Steelers in any game they play this season.
2.New York Jets. The Jets once again have a dominant defense, but it is the leadership of second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, who threw his first two interceptions of the season against Denver in their last game, who is really making waves. The bye week should helped Darrelle Revis, who claims to be 100% healthy now, and Santonio Holmes, who should be better acquainted with the offense.
3.New England Patriots. The Patriots trade controversial wide receiver Randy Moss and have not missed a beat. They picked up Deion Branch, who, combined with veteran Wes Welker, along with the leadership of three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, have the Patriots at a lead-best 5-1.
4.Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens played their second-straight overtime came, defeating the Buffalo Bills before their bye week. Quality victories against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as a solid defense and offense that will continue to improve with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin, place this Joe Flacco-led team as one of the most dangerous and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
5.Tennessee Titans. The Titans defeated The Philadelphia Eagles rather easily to move to 5-2. With Chris Johnson and Vince Young in the backfield, a potent running attack leads the Titan offense, while a solid defense is among the best in the league.
6.Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have been a staple at the top of anyone’s top 10 rankings in the Peyton Manning Era and continue to be so. Losing Pro Bowl Tight End Dallas Clark will hurt, but the Colt offense always seems to know how to put points on the board.
7.The New York Giants. The New York Giants have knocked five quarterbacks out of games this season, most recently Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo on Monday. When playing their best on defense, the Giants are a tough team to beat, as they have shown the Bears, Cowboys and Texans earlier this season.
8. Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner lead a versatile offense that has the Falcons with the best record in the NFC. Earning the top spot has to be the goal of the team, and, playing in the weaker conference, it is possible.
9.Houston Texans. The Texans are 2-0 on the road, but only 2-2 at home, but are 3-0 in the conference. This may be the year that the Texans finally make the playoffs, as they may possess tie-breakers over other teams fight for a berth.
10.Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs rebounded from two-straight losses with a dynamic 42-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. A solid coaching staff will have the Chiefs prepared for all games this season and may have them earn a playoff berth