8. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0): If the most disappointing part of Cincinnati's games continue to be Chad Johnson's hyped up but lame touchdown celebrations, the Bengals could be in for a great season. They cut it close at the end, but their defense found out how to win. That's what good teams do.
9. Chicago Bears (0-1): They didn't win, but they did hold one of the NFL's most explosive offenses (San Diego) to only 14 points. Still, if they are going to be contenders, even in the NFC, they have got to have some sort of offense: put in Brian Griese, and give Rex Grossman the ax.
10. Seattle Seahawks (1-0): They started off slow, but the Seahawks eventually found themselves soaring. If their defense continues to play well, and Shaun Alexander can stay injury free, they'll make the playoffs. Where they go from there is anyone's guess.
11. Baltimore Ravens (0-1): The loss against the Bengals didn't only hurt the Ravens pride, it also left Steve McNair with a separated shoulder and Ray Lewis with a bicep injury. In light of having more turnovers than a neighborhood bakery, the Ravens have a lot of work to do on offense.
12. New Orleans Saints (0-1): Yes, they were manhandled in Indy, but don't count out the Saints just yet. If last year taught us anything, it's that this team, and their fans, are full of heart. Heart wins where talent fails.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1): A loss to Green Bay wasn't exactly how Donovan McNabb wanted to begin the season, but writing them off is a huge overreaction. Lambeau Field on opening day is one of the hardest places to play. Chalk it up to that and hope the Eagles don't get their feathers this ruffled again.
14. Green Bay Packers (1-0): Sunday's game reminded people in Green Bay why they root root root for the home team. In a less than stellar division, Green Bay actually has some playoff potential. They have the experience and leadership of Brett Favre coupled with youthful talent. They are going to surprise some people.
15. Houston Texans (1-0): After destroying the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston fans may find themselves with the urge to chant "Super-Bowl, Super-Bowl." But, let's not get too crazy. The Chiefs aren't a very worthy opponent. If the Texans can easily beat someone better, Houston fans may actually have a reason to get excited.