NFL top 10: Who belongs behind the Denver Broncos?

October 8, 2013

 

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1. Broncos (5-0): They found a way to win Sunday night’s exhilarating game in Dallas but the manner in which their defense was shredded by Tony Romo is a concern. There’s little to worry about this week, however, with the Broncos hosting the Jaguars in what promises to be among the more lopsided games in recent memory.

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Sean Payton has won his first five games since returning to the New Orleans sideline. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

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2. Saints (5-0): They’ve won their last three games by a combined 53 points. But now comes a formidable road test Sunday at New England.

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3. Colts (4-1): Andrew Luck already has orchestrated nine game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, and he’s only five games into his second NFL season. He’s been so good, so soon that the Colts can’t even be faulted for letting Peyton Manning leave, even with Manning having an MVP season in Denver.

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4. Chiefs (5-0): The competition they’ve faced perhaps hasn’t been overwhelming. But beating the teams you should beat is part of being good. It doesn’t get particularly tougher yet, with a home game against the Raiders on tap for this weekend.

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5. Seahawks (4-1): They played well in Indianapolis even in losing. One thing is clear: If they’re going to be beaten, it’s probably going to happen when they’re on the road.

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6. Patriots (4-1): Tom Brady couldn’t throw a touchdown pass in Cincinnati. The lack of receiving help he gets in the passing game finally caught up to him and the Patriots.

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7. 49ers (3-2): San Francisco is beginning to get things together with two straight wins — against the St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans — by a combined margin of 69-14.

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8. Ravens (3-2): The defending Super Bowl champions have won three of four games — beating the Browns, Texans and Dolphins but losing to the Bills — since their ugly opening-night loss in Denver.

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9. Bengals (3-2): The shutdown of the Patriots’ offense Sunday was impressive. But the offense needs to get going, with the Bengals having totaled only 19 points in their past two games.

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10. Packers (2-2): They’ve alternated losses and wins in the season’s first four games. But they still appear to be the NFC North’s most formidable team after brushing aside the Lions on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● Mike Jones’s mailbag, Mark Maske’s top-10 ranking and an Outsider post.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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