NFL top 10: Should the Seahawks or Broncos be No. 1?

Mark Maske ranks the NFL’s top 10 teams through September.

nfl_seahawks1. Seahawks (4-0) The comeback win over the Texans was wondrous. But the schedule remains difficult with a road game Sunday against the 3-1 Colts. (Seahawks schedule | statistics | home page | NFL home)

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Peyton Manning. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

2. Broncos (4-0) They’ve won by an average margin of 22 points and Peyton Manning is the clear early favorite for the league MVP award with 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

nfl_patriots3. Patriots (4-0) Things got interesting in the late stages Sunday night in Atlanta, but Tom Brady continues to make things work with his unheralded group of receivers. The Patriots lost Vince Wilfork, but got their running game going against the Falcons and eventually Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola will be back.

nfl_saints4. Saints (4-0) They overwhelmed the Dolphins on Monday night and they’re already 2 1/2 games in front in the NFC South, and three games ahead of the struggling Falcons.

nfl_colts5. Colts (3-1) They got their turn Sunday to trounce the Jaguars. But the heavyweights are on the horizon. Two of the Colts’ next three games are against the Seahawks and Broncos.

nfl_chiefs6. Chiefs (4-0) They should be declared the champs of the lowly NFC East after beating the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants. If only Andy Reid had beaten NFC East foes so handily in the late stages of his Philadelphia tenure.

nfl_lions7. Lions (3-1) Don’t look now but they’re tied with the Bears atop the NFC North. Do they have staying power? Sunday could be a test of that when the Lions play at Green Bay.

nfl_bears8. Bears (3-1) They couldn’t keep pace with the Lions on Sunday. But there’s no time to feel sorry for themselves with the Saints visiting Soldier Field this weekend.

nfl_dolphins9. Dolphins (3-1) They weren’t quite ready for prime time Monday night in New Orleans. Ryan Tannehill is a superb young quarterback. but the sacks and turnovers are problems.

nfl_49ers10. 49ers (2-2) They made Frank Gore the centerpiece of the offense Thursday night in St. Louis and once more began looking like a championship contender.

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