STEVE CORKRAN'S NFL RANKINGS

1. Patriots (10-3) They've beaten 49ers in their past three meetings; hosting 49ers on Sunday night in what some see as Super Bowl preview

2. 49ers (9-3-1) LB Aldon Smith needs three more sacks to tie NFL season record of 221/2; QB Colin Kaepernick has had 50-yard run in each of past two games

3. Falcons (11-2) Matt Ryan 32-4 at home, best record of any QB in Super Bowl era; WR Julio Jones needs 3 yards receiving to join teammate Roddy White in 1,000-yard club this season

4. Texans (11-2) Arian Foster has averaged 163.7 yards rushing in three games vs. Colts; he needs 52 yards to reach 1,200 for third straight season

5. Broncos (10-3) On NFL-best eight-game win streak; Peyton Manning needs 188 yards passing to become first QB in league history with 12 4,000-yard seasons

6. Colts (9-4) They were 0-13 last season before finishing 2-14; WR T.Y. Hilton trying for rookie-leading fifth game with 100 yards or more receiving

7. Ravens (9-4) They are 4-0 at home vs. Broncos; RB Ray Rice needs 83 yards for fourth straight season with at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage

8. Giants (8-5) They've beaten Falcons past four times, including playoff game last season; safety Stevie Brown, a Raiders castoff, having Pro Bowl-caliber season

9. Packers (9-4) They've won their past 11 division games; shooting for sixth straight victory against Bears


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10. Seahawks (8-5) Rookie Russell Wilson 2-1 vs. AFC teams with seven TDs, no interceptions, 130.2 passer rating

11. Bears (8-5) CB Charles Tillman has forced league-high nine fumbles; Bears 1-4 in past five games after 7-1 start

12. Redskins (7-6) Rookie Kirk Cousins will make first NFL start against Browns; Robert Griffin III, NFL's top-rated passer, sprained his knee last week

13. Cowboys (7-6) Tony Romo has only 4,000-yard seasons in franchise history; needs 72 yards to reach mark for fourth time

14. Steelers (7-6) They've won 12 of past 14 vs. NFC teams; playing Cowboys on road in game vital to both teams' playoff aspirations

15. Bengals (8-6) They handed Eagles their 10th loss Thursday; preparing for NFC North showdown with Steelers on Dec. 23 in game that could decide wild-card berth

16. Rams (6-6-1) Rookie Greg Zuerlein needs one more field goal of 50-plus yards to tie league mark of eight; Rams need win over Vikings to keep alive playoff hopes

17. Vikings (7-6) Adrian Peterson has rushed for 1,101 yards, eight TDs in past seven games; continuing quest for 2,000-yard season at St. Louis

18. Buccaneers (6-7) Josh Freeman has passed for eight TDs and no interceptions in past four games vs. Saints; rookie RB Doug Martin second in league in yards from scrimmage (1,612)

19. Jets (6-7) They're seeking third straight win and trying to keep alive faint playoff hopes; playing Titans on Monday night in game between disappointing teams

20. Dolphins (5-8) WRs Brian Hartline and Davone Bess have combined for 1,703 yards receiving; TE Anthony Fasano has team-high 22 TD catches past five seasons

21. Browns (5-8) They've won three straight games; seeking to boost 33-10-1 all-time record against Redskins

22. Bills (5-8) C.J. Spiller leads all RBs with 6.6-yard average per carry, needs 56 yards for first 1,000-yard season

23. Saints (5-8) Drew Brees fresh off surpassing 4,000 yards passing for seventh straight season; TE Jimmy Graham has six TDs in past six division games

24. Lions (4-9) They bring league-best passing offense (307.8 yards per game) to bear against Cardinals on Sunday; Mikel Leshoure has six rushing TDs in past six games

25. Chargers (5-8) Philip Rivers had three passing TDs, 125.1 passer rating in only game vs. Panthers; Chargers need to win out to help build case for team retaining coach Norv Turner

26. Titans (4-9) They've won four of past five on Monday night; Jake Locker averaging 305.3 yards passing in three home games

27. Cardinals (4-9) They've lost past nine games; Beanie Wells rushed for 110 yards, one TD in only game vs. Lions

28. Eagles (4-10) They were crushed by Bengals on Thursday; hosting Redskins on Dec. 23 with chance to derail their playoff hopes

29. Panthers (4-9) DE Greg Hardy has seven sacks in past seven games

30. Raiders (3-10) They've lost past six games; last win came against Sunday's opponent -- Chiefs -- on Oct. 28

31. Chiefs (2-11) They've won eight of past nine in Oakland; win Sunday would hurt team's chances of securing No. 1 pick in draft

32. Jaguars (2-11) They're playing Florida brethren Miami for only fifth time; QB Chad Henne spent first four NFL seasons with Dolphins