1. Packers (13-0) - The Packers are to football what Breaking Bad is to television.
Tier 2: Playoffs, Here We Come!
2. Saints (10-3) - There's no doubt that they would have won by at least ten points had they played at home, but the fact that the Saints were able to gut out a tough win in Tennessee is a very good sign.
3. 49ers (10-3) - They are certainly a strong team, but I don't think the Niners' defense would be able to stop either the Saints or Packers, and their offense would not be able to keep pace.
Tier 3: In The Hunt
4. Lions (8-5) - The Vikings made things close and the Lions got away with a late facemask, but they won a game they had to win before finishing with three tough ones.
5. Falcons (8-5) - I'd be surprised if they win a playoff game, but they seem like a lock for 10-6.
6. Giants (7-6) - The Giants saved their season in Dallas, but they need to be wary of this Redskins game before their marquee match-ups with the Jets and Cowboys. This is the definition of a "trap game."
7. Cowboys (7-6) - This team continues to show tons of raw talent and a propensity to make a few crippling mistakes each game.
Tier 4: Life Support
8. Bears (7-6) - Very much alive mathematically, but Caleb Hanie and Marion Barber will not be leading this team into the post-season.
9. Cardinals (6-7) - They've won three in a row, but are no closer to knowing if Kevin Kolb is their quarterback of the future.
10. Seahawks (6-7) - Earlier in the year, I referred to Marshawn Lynch as "overrated." My bad. He has at least one touchdown in nine straight games.
Tier 5: Playing For Pride
11. Eagles (5-8) - Michael Vick's 78.9 QB rating is 1 point lower than his career average. Was last year an aberration, or are his injuries the real culprit?
12. Panthers (4-9) - This team has a habit of letting big leads slip away. Cam Newton has brought them back to respectability, but they need to upgrade the defense before becoming real contenders.
13. Redskins (4-9) - Rex's bunch looked dangerous against the Patriots, and could be a pesky spoiler down the stretch.
14. Buccaneers (4-9) - The Jaguars are not a good team, but the Bucs made them look like the Packers.
15. Vikings (2-11) - They have some good talent, and they're playing good teams close, but they've now lost five straight.
16. Rams (2-11) - Jon Gruden said it best when he mused that the Rams could play a doubleheader and still be kept out of the end zone.