1. Patriots (5-0; last week No. 1): FedEx Field will from this point forward be known as Gillette Stadium South.
2. Saints (4-1; No. 3): The Saints have gotten a glimpse of life without Drew Brees, and it looks much better than anyone would have expected.
3. Seahawks (4-1; No. 6): The team is rising in the rankings, and Russell Wilson is rising in the ranks of MVP candidates.
4. Packers (4-1; No. 7): No Davante Adams, still plenty of offensive output.
5. Chiefs (4-1; No. 2): The word is out on how to slow down the Chiefs. The Chiefs now have to come up with a way to counter it.
6. 49ers (4-0; No. 12): They’ve got a team built to win in January, and it’s looking more and more likely that they will get there.
7. Rams (3-2; No. 5): Their ability to win a third straight division title hinges on their ability to beat the 49ers in L.A. on Sunday.
8. Bills (4-1; No. 9): The second best team in the AFC East is the best third best team in the AFC.
9. Cowboys (3-2; No. 4): Against the Jets, the Cowboys will get another chance to make themselves think they can beat good teams, even if they currently can’t.
10. Ravens (3-2; No. 11): But for Marlon Humphrey‘s timely punch, the Ravens could be in a three-way slugfest for first place in the AFC North.
11. Eagles (3-2; No. 13): Bad news — three straight road games. Worse news — they’re at Minnesota, Dallas, and Buffalo.
12. Lions (2-1-1; No. 14): The NFC’s most overlooked team gets a chance at Lambeau Field on Monday night to put everyone on notice.
13. Panthers (3-2; No. 19): With Christian McCaffrey, they could put Jake Delhomme at quarterback and still win games.
14 (tie). Bears (3-2; No. 8): Beat the Vikings, lose to the Raiders.
14 (tie). Raiders (3-2; No. 22): Lose to the Vikings, beat the Bears.
14 (tie). Vikings (3-2; No. 21): Beat the Raiders, lose to the Bears.
17. Colts (3-2; No. 24): Beating the Chiefs makes up for losing to the Raiders, sort of.
19. Browns (2-3; No. 10): Blowout loss, long flight home, short week, rested Seahawks will make it very hard to avoid falling to 2-4.
20. Chargers (2-3; No. 15): The close games aren’t going the Chargers’ way this year, which means they may go the way of missing the postseason.
21. Jaguars (2-3; No. 16): Gardner Minshew can do a lot, but he can’t tackle Christian McCaffrey.
22. Titans (2-3; No. 17): The team that wins when they should lose and loses when they should win needs desperately to break that cycle in Denver.
23. Buccaneers (2-3; No. 18): It’s basically an NFC South elimination game for the Bucs on Sunday in London, only two weeks after they grabbed everyone’s attention by stunning the Rams.
24. Steelers (1-4; No. 23): An electric cart that won’t run may end up being the perfect metaphor for Pittsburgh’s entire season.
25. Giants (2-3; No. 25): They played better than the final score indicated, but the showing against Minnesota shows just how far this team has to go.
26. Broncos (1-4; No. 28): Don’t rule out a bit of a run from a team that may have been written off too soon.
27. Falcons (1-4; No. 26): With Jay Gruden fired, Dan Quinn assumes the hottest seat in the NFL.
28. Cardinals (1-3-1; No. 30): A few more potential wins are lurking on the schedule, but not many.
29. Jets (0-4; No. 27): Gregg Williams could still set the record for consecutive years being an interim head coach who has zero shot at the permanent job.
30. Bengals (0-5; No. 29): Officially, 20,000 seats were empty. Unofficially, fewer than 20,000 seats were filled.
31. Dolphins (0-4; No. 32): In a rematch of Super Bowl VII, Miami may need a Garo Yepremian play or two to successfully continue the Tank for Tua track.
32. Washington (0-5; No. 31): Bad look — The team made Bruce Allen available for only 13 minutes to discuss the state of the most dysfunctional franchise in football. Good look — Bruce Allen didn’t talk for longer than 13 minutes.