1. Cowboys (11-1; last week No. 1): Great teams find a way to win games they should lose, which is exactly what the Cowboys did against the Vikings.
2. Raiders (10-2; No. 2): Great teams find a way to win games they should lose, which is exactly what the Raiders did against the Bills.
3. Patriots (10-2; No. 3): Great teams find a way to dismantle bad teams, which is exactly what the Patriots did against the Rams.
4. Chiefs (9-3; No. 5): The Chiefs may soon control the division that most have already handed to Oakland.
5. Seahawks (8-3-1; No. 6): The best path to the Super Bowl could be to secure the No. 2 seed and hope the Cowboys lose in the divisional round.
6. Giants (8-4; No. 4): It’s probably too late to catch the Cowboys, but a sweep of Dallas could go a long way toward building confidence for the postseason.
7. Broncos (8-4; No. 8): Last year, they were the No. 1 seed. This year, they may be the No. 6 seed. It will be slightly harder to get to the Super Bowl that way.
8. Lions (8-4; No. 9): They deserve credit for their best game of the year, but they still have a narrow margin for error, if they want to hold off the Packers.
9. Buccaneers (7-5; No. 13): The Cowboys will soon find out why they want nothing to do with the Buccaneers in the playoffs.
10. Falcons (7-5; No. 7): Their new stadium should be sponsored by Murphy’s Law.
11. Ravens (7-5; No. 15): If they win the division, they’ll be the most dangerous team in the AFC playoffs.
12. Steelers (7-5; No. 16): If they win the division, they’ll be the most dangerous team in the AFC playoffs.
13. Dolphins (7-5; No. 10): Sometimes, you just have to absorb a butt kicking.
14. Packers (6-6; No. 14): They still have the inside track to win the division, regardless of whether Lions fans don’t want to hear that.
15. Washington (6-5-1; No. 11): That tie is going to haunt them when the time comes to sort out the playoff tree.
16. Bills (6-6; No. 12): Sometimes, a season evaporates slowly. Sometimes, it goes really, really quickly.
17. Colts (6-6; No. 23): Let’s not get excited about Monday night until the Colts win like that against a team that is actually trying.
18. Texans (6-6; No. 17): If Brock Osweiler is “playing great,” how bad would the team’s record be if he wasn’t?
19. Titans (6-6; No. 19): The good news is that they’re in a three-way tie for first place. The bad news is that they should be in first place all by themselves, and they know it.
20. Vikings (6-6; No. 18): From Super Bowl dreams to “maybe if things line up just right we’ll lose in the wild-card round.”
21. Bengals (4-7-1; No. 24): If they lose to the Browns on Sunday, do they become No. 32?
22. Cardinals (5-6-1; No. 25): Too little, too late, too bad.
23. Eagles (5-7; No. 20): A coach with emotional intelligence comes in handy during a 2-7 stretch.
24. Chargers (5-7; No. 21): If they move to L.A., they’ll instantly be the best team in town.
25. Saints (5-7; No. 22): It’s spoiler time for the Saints, which isn’t how they envisioned the last four weeks of the season to be.
26. Panthers (4-8; No. 26): It’s spoiler time for the Panthers, which isn’t how they envisioned the last four weeks of the season to be.
27. Rams (4-8; No. 27): “I don’t make excuses. Here are my excuses.”
28. Bears (3-9; No. 29): When the best news is that Matt Barkley isn’t horrible, it’s been a bad year.
29. Jets (3-9; No. 28): At what point do we ask whether Christian Hackenberg has been kidnapped?
30. Jaguars (2-10; No. 30): Blake Bortles is the quarterback of the future. Literally, based on how things seem to be going in the world.
31. 49ers (1-11; No. 31): In 1980, NBC broadcast a game without announcers. On Sunday, CBS will broadcast a game without fans.
32. Browns (0-12; No. 32): RGIII is back. Don’t blink.