STEVE CORKRAN'S NFL RANKINGS

1. Colts (5-2)

In 11-year history of rivalry, Colts 18-4 vs. Texans; DE Robert Mathis already matched career-high for sacks in one season with 111/2

2. Chiefs (8-0)

Alex Smith first QB since merger in 1970 to win first eight games with new team; playing Bills on Sunday with chance to increase division lead to 1 ½ games over idle Broncos

3. Broncos (7-1)

Bye week; traveling to San Diego for AFC West showdown Nov. 10, with Peyton Manning on pace for 5,838 yards passing and 58 touchdown passes

4. Seahawks (7-1)

CB Richard Sherman intercepted seven passes in past seven homes games; Seahawks hosting winless Buccaneers on Sunday in game between franchises that entered league in 1976

5. 49ers (6-2)

Bye week; hosting resurgent Panthers on Nov. 10 in first game since return from London, eyeing sixth straight victory

6. Bengals (6-2)

Andy Dalton posted 1,034 yards, 11 TDs and 126.0 passer rating past three games; Bengals playing Dolphins on Thursday night in search of fifth straight victory

7. Patriots (6-2)

Tom Brady passed for 947 yards, 9 TDs and 0 interceptions past three games vs. Steelers; Patriots won past six games played in November

8. Saints (6-1)

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan game-planning for way to shut down twin brother Rex's Jets offense; WR Marques Colston 119 yards away from setting franchise record for most career receiving yards (Eric Martin, 7,854).


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9. Packers (5-2)

Hosting Bears on Monday night in only Week 9 game that features two teams with winning records; Aaron Rodgers won past six starts against Bears, including playoffs

10. Lions (5-3)

Bye week; go to Chicago for Nov. 10 rematch against Bears team they beat 40-32 earlier this season

11. Chargers (4-3)

Philip Rivers completed 77.9 percent of his passes in four road games this season; seeking fourth straight victory against Redskins on Sunday

12. Bears (4-3)

Josh McCown making second straight start in relief of injured regular Jay Cutler; Martellus Bennett one of four TEs in league with 30+ receptions and 4+ TDs

13. Panthers (4-3)

Cam Newton recorded 6 TD passes, 0 ints., 2 rushing TDs and completed 77.3 percent of his passes past three games; hosting reeling Falcons with sights set upon fourth straight victory

14. Cowboys (4-4)

WR Dez Bryant caught 95 passes for 1,520 yards and 18 TDs past 16 games; DE DeMarcus Ware hoping to add to career total of 115 sacks, most by any player since 2005, vs. Vikings on Sunday

15. N.Y. Jets (4-4)

Rookie Geno Smith won his first two starts against NFC opponents, with a 108.0 passer rating; Jets 3-1 at home this season

16. Ravens (3-4)

Beat the Browns 11 straight times and 22 of 29 overall; Ravens are 12-5 in games coming off bye

17. Dolphins (3-4)

Beat the Bengals 11 of past 13 meetings; TE Charles Clay already has career-highs in receptions (29) and yards (341) this season

18. Eagles (3-5)

LB DeMeco Ryans has recorded 46 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 ints., 3 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in career vs. Raiders; LeSean McCoy boasts NFL-best 733 rushing yards

19. Titans (3-4)

Jake Locker had only one of 132 passes intercepted past four starts; playing Rams on Sunday, with CB Alterraun Verner hoping to add to league-high 13 pass breakups

20. Browns (3-5)

WR Josh Gordon leads AFC with average of 97 yards receiving per game; savvy veteran Jason Campbell slated to make second straight start at QB for Browns

21. Cardinals (4-4)

Bye week; host the struggling Texans on Nov. 10 with a chance to get over .500 mark for second time this season

22. Raiders (3-4)

Terrelle Pryor 3-0 in career starts at home; Raiders hosting Eagles on Sunday as they go for sweep of Pennsylvania teams in back-to-back games

23. Rams (3-5)

Jeff Fisher coaching against Titans team that he guided from 1994-2010; leading receiver Jared Cook spent first four NFL seasons with Titans

24. Falcons (2-5)

They are 34-2 in Matt Ryan's career during starts in which he posts 100+ passer rating; Ryan has 101.6 passer rating in past six games vs. Panthers (5-1 record)

25. Texans (2-5)

Case Keenum played well enough in first career start last Sunday to earn extended shot at replacing long-time starter Matt Schaub; Texans defense allows NFL-low 267.7 yards per game

26. Bills (3-5)

Defeated the Chiefs five of past six meetings; QB Thad Lewis had 2 TD passes, 0 interceptions, 100.5 passer rating in only home start this season

27. Redskins (2-5)

Rookie TE Jordan Reed caught 17 passes for 224 yards past two games; Bay Area product Roy Helu Jr. had career-high 3 rushing TDs in previous home game

28. Steelers (2-5)

Ben Roethlisberger has 12 TDs, 3 ints. in six regular-season games vs. Patriots; WR Antonio Brown averaging NFL-best eight catches per game this season

29. N.Y. Giants (2-6)

Bye week; host the Raiders on Nov. 10 in search of third straight victory after 0-6 start

30. Vikings (1-6)

Rookie WR Cordarelle Patterson leads league with 39.1-yard average on kick returns; Vikings beat Cowboys five of past six meetings

31. Buccaneers (0-7)

Beat Seahawks past three meetings; CB Darrelle Revis expected to play more man-coverage Sunday than he has all season

32. Jaguars (0-8)

Bye week; play Titans on Nov. 10 in first of two meetings this season while seeking to keep margin of defeat under 10 points for first time this season