We usually post Mark Maske’s top 10 on Tuesday, but I was busy filling in for Jason Reid on Post Sports Live at the time I usually do this, so it’s our Wednesday morning discussion starter. And I’ll throw a clip from the show below.
Maske’s top 10 is pretty West-heavy:
1. Broncos (6-0): The win over the lowly Jaguars wasn’t as decisive as some had expected. But it was a win nonetheless, and now the defense gets a boost with Von Miller’s return from his suspension.
2. Chiefs (6-0): The NFL’s only two unbeaten teams are in the same division, meaning that whichever doesn’t win the AFC West will be a wild-card team and have to play a first-round playoff game on the road. The Chiefs and Broncos play each other twice in a three-week span, Nov. 17 in Denver and Dec. 1 in Kansas City.
3. Seahawks (5-1): They rebounded from their loss in Indianapolis to beat the Titans at home Sunday. But they’re more vulnerable on the road and now must play three of their next four games away from home, beginning Thursday night at Arizona.
4. Patriots (5-1): Rob Gronkowski controversy? What Rob Gronkowski controversy? Yes, the Patriots need their standout tight end back at some point if they’re going to be able to compete consistently with the league’s best teams. But Tom Brady worked his late-game magic Sunday against the Saints even without Gronkowski, and the Patriots are back in control of the AFC East entering Sunday’s matchup with the Jets.
5. 49ers (4-2): The defending NFC champs have regrouped with three straight wins and are back on the heels of the Seahawks in the NFC West. They face consecutive road games at Tennessee and Jacksonville before their bye week.
6. Saints (5-1): They had the Patriots all but beaten Sunday before Tom Brady found a way to pull out a win for New England. Now the Saints must stew on that stomach-churning defeat during their bye week. Still, there’s no real pressing concern, with no other team in the NFC South even at .500. The combined record of the Panthers, Falcons and Buccaneers is 3-12.
7. Bengals (4-2): What’s the big deal about doing “Hard Knocks”? It doesn’t seem to have hindered the Bengals, who are in first place and look like the team to beat in the AFC North.
8. Packers (3-2): That was a very good win Sunday in Baltimore but the injuries at wide receiver are becoming a major problem after Randall Cobb and James Jones both were hurt against the Ravens. Losing Cobb, reportedly for six to eight weeks, will force a significant adjustment for Aaron Rodgers and the offense.
9. Colts (4-2): Just when the Colts seemed to be going on a major roll, the offense came up empty in Monday night’s loss to the Chargers. The chance for redemption comes quickly this weekend with a Sunday night meeting with the unbeaten Broncos in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis.
10. Lions (4-2): They rebounded from their loss in Green Bay to win Sunday in Cleveland with a big second half. Now comes a two-game home stand before their bye, beginning when the Lions host the Bengals on Sunday.
Post Sports Live:
LaVar Arrington, Dan Steinberg and Keith McMillan look at the Redskins’ problems with clock management and special teams in the loss to Cowboys.
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The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. Coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III speak with reporters afterward.