ESPN NFL Power Rankings
1 (1) Colts 5-0-0 They're coasting into their bye week making a strong claim to being to being better than everyone in the league. (Kuharsky)
2 (2) Giants 5-0-0 Eli Manning learned that the best medicine for plantar fasciitis is a Sunday with the Raiders. (Clayton)
3 (3) Vikings 5-0-0 They seem to be growing stronger with each passing week. (Chadiha)
4 (4) Saints 4-0-0 Just a guess, but I'm thinking Drew Brees will come out firing after the bye, re-establishing his MVP credentials. (Sando)
5 (8) Broncos 5-0-0 The Broncos have silenced more doubters each week to the point where far fewer are around. (Kuharsky)
6 (11) Bengals 4-1-0 Time for the doubters to shut up; the Bengals are pretty good. (Chadiha)
7 (10) Eagles 3-1-0 Against the Bucs, Donovan McNabb got back into a passing rhythm with youngsters DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. (Clayton)
8 (9) Falcons 3-1-0 Matt Ryan & Co. seemed like a playoff team during their dismantling of the 49ers. Take it as a good sign for Atlanta. (Sando)
9 (5) Jets 3-2-0 Braylon Edwards already looks like a steal of a trade for the Jets. (Clayton)
10 (6) Patriots 3-2-0 Tom Brady is out of sync with his receivers, but no secondary is more out of sync than that of the Titans, who are the Pats' next foe. (Clayton)
Tied 5 AFC and 5 NFC.. I still think AFC is stronger though, just my opinion
Stronger is not only at the top, but also at the bottom.
There are 4 winless teams in the NFL right now:
two are in the NFC (St. Louis and Tampa Bay) and two are in the AFC (Tennessee and Kansas City).
There are 5 1-win teams in the NFL:
two are in the NFC (Detroit and Carolina) and three are in the AFC (Oakland, Buffalo and Cleveland).
Honestly, I think this is one of the years when there is parity between the leagues, which, I believe, was V's whole point to begin with.
What I think is most striking about 2009 in the NFL is how much better the Haves (NYG, Indy, Vikes, Saints, Falcons, Denver, Cincy) seem to be than the Have Nots (see 2 paragraphs above this one).
Very top-heavy in terms of talent and success.