"Jay Cutler can't get back soon enough, but it's the defensive meltdown in San Francisco that should have Lovie Smith just as concerned," said Bob Glauber of Newsday.
Two New York teams — the Jets and Buffalo Bills — had the biggest improvement (five spots) following wins. The Jets are 21st, the Bills 22nd.
Pittsburgh, playing without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, dropped two places to 11th after a 13-10 loss to Baltimore. This weekend, Charlie Batch starts for Roethlisberger's backup, Byron Leftwich, who suffered injured ribs against the Ravens.
"They're suddenly in full scramble mode for an AFC wild-card slot," said Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune about the Steelers.
Philadelphia continues its free fall from being ranked eighth at the start of the season. The Eagles (3-7) dropped three more places to 27th after a 31-6 loss to Washington.
"How far have the Eagles fallen?" asked Pompei. "It is now news that Andy Reid will be coaching next weekend."
Kansas City is 32nd, taking over the bottom spot from Jacksonville.
"Worst quarterback situation East of Arizona," said Clifton Brown of Sporting News.
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