Andrew Luck, left, and the Indianapolis Colts bumped Peyton Manning, right, and the Denver Broncos out of the top spot in this week’s rankings.
Andrew Luck, left, and the Indianapolis Colts bumped Peyton Manning, right, and the Denver Broncos out of the top spot in this week's rankings. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

STEVE CORKRAN'S NFL RANKINGS

1. Colts (5-2): Bye week; play floundering Texans on Nov. 3 in what figures to be a walkover victory for a team that already beat the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos

2. Chiefs (7-0): Have not allowed more than 17 points in any game this season; hosting Browns on Sunday as they seek first 8-0 start since 2003

3. Broncos (6-1): Hosting Redskins on Sunday seeking rebound from first loss of season; Peyton Manning's 25 TD passes are second-most ever through team's first seven games (Tom Brady, 27 in 2007)

4. Seahawks (6-1): Won past five divisional games; on Monday night playing overmatched Rams team that turned to inexperienced QB Kellen Clemens after season-ending injury to Sam Bradford

5. 49ERS (5-2): Playing hapless Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday; 49ers scored at least 30 points in each of their past four games, while Jaguars allowed 31.8 average first seven games

6. Bengals (5-2): Hosting Jets on Sunday with an eye on winning fifth straight home game; RB Giovani Bernard leads all rookies with 497 yards from scrimmage

7. Patriots (5-2): Won 13 straight home games vs. AFC East opponents; hosting Dolphins on Sunday as Brady attempts to break tie and move past Fran Tarkenton into fourth place for career TD passes (343)

8. Saints (5-1): Drew Brees passed for 64 TDs and had only 16 passes intercepted in past 19 home games; Saints hosting Bills on Sunday, with TE Jimmy Graham looking for fifth straight game with TD reception


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9. Packers (4-2): Beat Vikings five of past six games; Aaron Rodgers 6-1 vs. Vikings past seven games, with 19 TDs and 3 interceptions

10. Cowboys (4-3): Tony Romo passed for 300+ yards and 2+ TDs in each of past three games vs. Lions; WR Terrance Williams scored TD each of past three games, leads all NFC rookies with 380 yards receiving

11. N.Y. Jets (4-3): Beat Bengals four straight times, 8 of past 9 meetings; allow a league-low 3.1 yards per rush this season

12. Chargers (4-3): Bye week; play the Redskins on Nov. 3 in the Chargers' third game against an NFC East opponent this season

13. Lions (4-3): Overcame 24-point deficit to beat Cowboys in previous meeting; LB/DE Andre Levy tied for league lead with four interceptions

14. Bears (4-3): Bye week; play the Packers on Nov. 4 in a Monday night matchup between long-time NFC North rivals

15. Ravens (3-4): Bye week; travel to Cleveland for Nov. 3 game between two teams struggling to keep division-leading Bengals within their sights

16. Dolphins (3-3): Lost three straight games after impressive start; Dolphins playing a Patriots team that beat them past six times

17. Eagles (3-4): RB LeSean McCoy leads league in rushing yards (685) and yards from scrimmage (952); Eagles beat Giants eight of past 10 encounters

18. Titans (3-4): Bye week; play the Rams on Nov. 3 in a game between teams plagued by serious injuries to their quarterbacks the early part of this season

19. Browns (3-4): Beat Chiefs three of past four meetings, including 30-7 victory last December; Jordan Cameron leads all NFL TEs with 45 receptions

20. Falcons (2-4): Matt Ryan third in NFL with 101.0 passer rating since start of 2012 season; WR Harry Douglas fresh from career-high 149 yards in place of injured regular Julio Jones, who is out for the season

21. Panthers (3-3): Cam Newton posted 105.0 passer rating in first four games vs. Buccaneers; he also rushed for 163 yards and four TDs and caught a 27-yard pass in those games

22. Rams (3-4): Lost 14 of past 16 against Seahawks; WR Tavon Austin leads NFL rookies with 29 receptions

23. Texans (2-5): Bye week; hosting Colts in a Sunday night game Nov. 3 that Texans need to win if they are to have any chance at making an improbable run at a playoff berth

24. Bills (3-4): DE Mario Williams recorded 10 sacks first seven games, most by a Bills player since 1982; rookie LB Kiko Alonso has team-high 70 tackles

25. Cardinals (3-4): Carson Palmer had only one of 119 passes intercepted in first three games vs. Falcons; Palmer has 13 interceptions in 266 passes this season

26. RAIDERS (2-4): Terrelle Pryor 2-0 in games started at home; Darren McFadden had 64-yard TD run vs. Steelers last season, second-longest run of six-year career

27. Redskins (2-4): Mike Shanahan coaching in Denver for first time since 14-year run there ended in 2008; LB London Fletcher expected to play in 247th straight game

28. Steelers (2-4): Last beat the Raiders in Oakland in 1995; WR Antonio Brown leads AFC with 91.3-yard average receiving per game

29. N.Y. Giants (1-6): Eli Manning averaged three TD passes in past six games against Eagles; WR Rueben Randle caught two TD passes in each of past two games vs. Eagles

30. Vikings (1-5): Adrian Peterson had 9 rushing TDs in past 10 games vs. Packers; Josh Freeman completed only 20 of 53 passes Monday night but 42 of 69 in two previous games against Packers

31. Buccaneers (0-6): WR Vincent Jackson caught at least nine passes for 100+ yards and 2+ TDs in his past two games; CB Darrelle Revis intercepted two passes — he returned one for TD -- in only other game vs. Panthers

32. Jaguars (0-7): Scored only 11 points and have yet to score a TD in three home games this season; WR Justin Blackmon leads league with 25 receptions for 384 yards past three games