Staff Writer David Weinberg's weekly rankings (last week's ranking in parentheses).

Biggest rise: Detroit (25th to 18th)

Biggest fall: Minnesota (12th to 19th)

1. San Francisco (1) - Foes need a plan besides intimidation.

2. Denver (2) - Manning-Welker connection already in sync.

3. Seattle (3) - Every road win is a plus.

4. Baltimore (4) - Ravens should bounce back this week.

5. New England (5) - Patriots treading water until they get healthier.

6. Houston (10) - Texans can never be counted out.

7. Indianapolis (9) - Colts survive scare from Raiders.

8. New Orleans (11) - Payton's influence is huge.

9. Green Bay (6) - Pass defense needs a lot of work.

10. Atlanta (7) - Matty Ice can't do it alone.

11. Philadelphia (15) - Kelly's offense is the talk of the NFL.

12. Chicago (17) - Offensive line was surprisingly solid.

13. St. Louis (14) - Rams are no fluke.

14. Cincinnati (8) - Loss to Bears was a hard knock.

15. Dallas (19) - Cowboys' defense was impressive.

16. New York Giants (13) - Is Tiki Barber available?

17. Tennessee (22) - Titans defense controlled Big Ben.

18. Detroit (25) - Suh's temper is their biggest problem.

19. Minnesota (12) - Adrian Peterson was invisible after first carry.

20. Washington (16) - Robert Griffin III shook the rust off too late.

21. Pittsburgh (18) - Injuries are taking a toll.

22. Kansas City (23) - Big win for Big Red.

23. Tampa Bay (20) - Stupid penalty cost them a win.

24. San Diego (21) - Great first half not enough.

25. Miami (30) - Nice win in Rob Chudzinski's coaching debut.

26. Carolina (24) - Defense played well enough to win.

27. Cleveland (26) - Browns need a new quarterback.

28. Arizona (27) - Cardinals looked good in a loss.

29. Buffalo (28) - Respectable effort vs. Patriots.

30. New York Jets (32) - Geno Smith has a long way to go.

31. Oakland (29) - Almost upset the Colts.

32. Jacksonville (31) - Jaguars still looking for their first TD.

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