The following statement may be erroneous as my view may be stained by this year's string of games but I can't honestly recall a season that is so unpredictable after 10 weeks. It's been very difficult to get a handle on the vast majority of the NFL teams out there, as evidenced by multiple people getting only 5 or 6 right in my pick all this week.
OK, maybe my pick-all isn't the greatest of examples but lets take a good look at the NFL as a whole as of right now. In fact, let me pull a page from ESPN and separate the 32 teams into categories based on what I see on the field each week. In these rankings, records aren't so much as important as what is being shown on the field each week.
The Contenders (or teams that are proving they can bring it on a week to week basis)
Green Bay Packers (8-0) The head of the pack, so to speak
San Francisco 49ers (8-1) Believing in themselves more as the weeks go by
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) Winning and playing good despite key injuries
Houston Texans (7-3) Taking full advantage of the collapse of Indy
Close but no cigar (or teams that have shown flashes but not consistently)
Baltimore Ravens (6-3) Doesn't want to beat the Steelers in the playoffs, would lose the next week
New England Patriots (6-3) No defense, no problem, at least against a no throw offense like the Jets
New York Giants (6-3) Will get better as they get healthy
Dallas Cowboys (5-4) The ultimate roller-coaster team
New York Jets (5-4) Needs to open up the offense a bit, but can they?
Atlanta Falcons (5-4) Still the best overall team in the NFC South
Detroit Lions (6-3) Can they rebound?
Oakland Raiders (5-4) As Palmer gets more comfortable, they should secure the AFC West
New Orleans Saints (7-3) Good offense, questionable defense…so, the usual
Better Watch your backs (or teams that could make the leap into playoff contention if your not careful)
Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) Dalton is an impressive QB, hands down
San Diego Chargers (4-5) Better hope they do their normal second half up swing
Denver Broncos (4-5) Passing is overrated I guess
Tennessee Titans (5-4) Probably not enough left in the tank for a run
Buffalo Bills (5-4) Too young and raw, but plenty of upside in the years to come
Chicago Bears (6-3) Getting hot at just the right time
Put a fork in us (because these teams are done)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) Talent doesn't always equal wins
Washington Redskins (3-6) Um, I don't think it matters who is behind center
Minnesota Vikings (2-6) Second most talented under-performers in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks (3-6) Hey, at least they have a couple of good wins
Arizona Cardinals (3-6) Picked the wrong guy at QB, perhaps?
St. Louis Rams (2-7) Maybe next year
Carolina Panthers (2-7) Good QB doesn't always translate into wins
Cleveland Browns (3-6) Needs one or two standout skill players, and to make their field goals
Miami Dolphins (2-7) Looking better but at this point, is that a good thing?
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) Young and raw but with talent
Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) Cassell takes way too many steps when he drops back to pass
Indianapolis Colts (0-10) Luck Luck Luck Luck Luck Luck Luck
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