There is, as we speak, a better than 40 percent chance that your favorite NFL team has exactly three wins. If that team is in the AFC, that chance goes up to 56 percent. Right now in the NFL, there’s a few really good teams, a few really bad teams, and in the middle, one of those giant cartoon cloud of humanity with random arms and legs sticking out. Differentiating one from the other is near impossible. And yet, we still try. There are no ties in the Power Rankings. We dig into that giant cartoon pile, pull everyone out, and organize them into a handy chart. The biggest movers this week on the positive side are the Saints, Cowboys and Titans. Nose-diving are the Cardinals (again), Browns, Ravens and especially, the Bills. 1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) Last week: 1 Off this week. 2. Houston Texans (6-1) Last week: 3 Blown out one week, then they blow someone out the next. Man, this league makes no sense. I guess that’s what an NFL season is — every team plays a bunch of games, and then it’s your job to figure out which results mean something, and which are a fluke or the result of some other reality-bending circumstance. In the case of the Texans, I’m going with the blowout at the hands of Green Bay as a fluke. There’s more evidence supporting the Texans as an elite team, capable of stomping the life out of the limping Ravens. 3. New York Giants (5-2) Last week: 2 I feel like most teams would’ve been beaten by that effort from the Washington RGIIIs, so credit to the Giants for sticking around and pulling out a W. That said, let’s not go overboard in kneeling at the feet of Eli Manning for being clutch. It was a good read and a good throw, but more than anything else, that was a bust by the Redskins. Safety Madieu Williams guessed wrong on a route and paved Cruz a yellow-brick road to the endzone.
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