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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 12:50 PM

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Despite a potential season-ending foot injury to quarterback Matt Schaub (8), the Texans still have the horses to win the AFC South. (J. Meric/Getty Images) Despite a potential season-ending foot injury to quarterback Matt Schaub (8), the Texans still have the horses to win the AFC South. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

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Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

1. GREEN BAY PACKERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 9-0
Streak: Won nine
Aaron Rodgers has now posted a quarterback rating of more than 100 in nine straight games, which equals a mark set by Peyton Manning. I'm betting he breaks the record after the Packers are done with the Bucs this Sunday at Lambeau Field.
2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 8-1
Streak: Won seven
After beating a very good Giants team, the 49ers have put themselves in a great position to secure one of the Top 2 seeds in the NFC. The running game still thrived without Frank Gore as Kendall Hunter rushed six times for 40 yards and a touchdown. And yes, quarterback Alex Smith had a solid game. I also agree with Fox analyst Troy Aikman, who called Patrick Willis the best linebacker in the NFL.
3. PITTSBURGH STEELERS [up from 4]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won one
It's going to take more than a fractured thumb to keep Ben Roethlisberger on the sidelines. Big Ben plays with more injuries than any other quarterback in the league.
4. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [up from 8]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won two
Props go to the Saints' defence for stuffing running back Michael Turner on that fourth-and-inches play in overtime. The decision for Atlanta coach Mike Smith to go for it on his own 29 was debatable, but the Saints will take it.
5. BALTIMORE RAVENS [down from 3]
Overall record: 6-3
Streak: Lost one
I don't get this team. The Ravens beat Pittsburgh twice yet lose two of their three games this season to bottom feeders. Baffling!
6. N.Y. GIANTS [down from 5]
Overall record: 6-3
Streak: Lost one
Eli Manning almost led the Giants to another fourth-quarter victory in San Francisco. Still, the two interceptions he threw were the difference in the game.
7. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [down from 6]
Overall record: 6-3
Streak: Won one
Same old Patriots, aren't they? After a couple of tough losses, New England bounced back to beat the Jets and take control of the AFC East. If you look at their seven remaining games, they have one of the easiest schedules, which means the Pats are in good shape to secure home-field advantage in the AFC.
8. HOUSTON TEXANS [up from 10]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Won four
With quarterback Matt Schaub reportedly lost for the season with a foot injury you can pretty much kiss any Super Bowl appearance goodbye. However, the Texans have enough talent on both sides of the ball to win the AFC South. On a positive note, it's looking like WR Andre Johnson will return after Houston's bye week.
9.CHICAGO BEARS [up from 12]
Overall record: 6-3
Streak: Won four
When the Bears play defence like they did against the Lions, they can pretty well beat most NFL teams. And Devin Hester, as one radio announcer likes to say: "You are ridiculous!"
10. DETROIT LIONS [down from 7]
Overall record: 6-3
Streak: Lost one
Both QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson are battling injuries - not a good sign for a team desperate to make the post-season.
11.CINCINNATI BENGALS [down from 9]
Overall record: 6-3
Streak: Lost one
A gallant effort against the Steelers came up short. The Bengals have some other problems, like seeing their best cornerback, Leon Hall, gone for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
12. N.Y. JETS [down from 11]
Overall record: 5-4
Streak: Lost one
I don't blame that Jets fan one bit for heckling coach Rex Ryan. The Jets faced their biggest rival - New England - at home in their most important game of the year, and laid an egg in all three facets of the game. Inexcusable.
13. DALLAS COWBOYS [up from 15]
Overall record: 5-4
Streak: Won two
I realize everyone is giddy over the play of rookie RB DeMarco Murray, but let's tone it down a notch. While he's proven to be a great find, Murray still has to show he can stay healthy for an entire season - something he had problems dealing with at Oklahoma.
14. ATLANTA FALCONS [unchanged]
Overall record: 5-4
Streak: Lost one
Enough people, including me, have piled on Mike Smith for his controversial decision to go for a 4th-and-inches play at his own 29. I don't care how he justifies it. To me, the risk far outweighs the reward. If you make it, you still have to travel about 40 yards to get into field goal range. If you miss, then the Saints can lin eup for the game-winning kick without even gaining a single yard.
15. OAKLAND RAIDERS [up from 18]
Overall record: 5-4
Streak: Won one
Maybe Carson Palmer is coming around. He certainly looked impressive in San Diego, throwing for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But the Raiders can't sleep on Minnesota, their next opponent. In order for Oakland to win its division, it'll have to win these trap games.
16. TENNESSEE TITANS [up from 19]
Overall record: 5-4
Streak: Won one
With the Texans' Matt Schaub out, Tennessee has the only legitimate shot at catching Houston in the AFC South.
17. BUFFALO BILLS [down from 13]
Overall record: 5-4
Streak: Lost two
Two stinkers by the Bills have them in a real bind. The Jets and Patriots are still on the schedule and Buffalo can't afford to lose more than two games. Don't like those odds.
18. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS [down from 16]
Overall record: 4-5
Streak: Lost four
During the Chargers' pathetic effort against Oakland, I texted a friend who happens to be a San Diego fan with the message "Heads better roll." I'm not just talking about firing head coach Norv Turner and his entire staff, but the axe should also fall on GM A.J. Smith, who has failed to get the Chargers to the Super Bowl despite all the moves he's made. Time to go, A.J.
19. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [down from 17]
Overall record: 4-5
Streak: Lost three
The Buccaneers are beginning to realize that they simply can't catch teams off guard like they did last year. The competition is stiffer and the Florida boys aren't responding.
20. DENVER BRONCOS [up from 22]
Overall record: 4-5
Streak: Won two
Two completions won't get it done this week for Tim Tebow with the Jets in town. Let's see how he handles a real defence.
21. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [down from 20]
Overall record: 3-6
Streak: Lost two
Can it get any worse? Actually, it can. Philly has to pick up the pieces and head to New York to take on the Giants. Plus, Michael Vick is unlikely to play.
22. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [down from 21]
Overall record: 4-5
Streak: Lost two
Head coach Todd Haley should be embarrassed after watching his defence allow only two Tim Tebow completions yet still lose. It gets better. QB Matt Cassel (right hand injury) could miss the rest of the season, forcing Haley to go with backup Tyler Palko, who's only attempted 13 career passes! Oh, the visiting Chiefs' next opponent just happens to be the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Good luck with that, men.
23. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [up from 28]
Overall record: 3-6
Streak: Won one
Who saw a victory over the Ravens coming? The most impressive part of the win was how the Seahawks were able to run out the clock even with the Ravens desperate to get the ball back for one final drive.
24. ARIZONA CARDINALS [up from 29]
Overall record: 3-6
Streak: Won two
QB Kevin Kolb is doubtful for Week 11 and I'm quite sure nobody in Arizona cares. What were the Cards thinking giving this guy a five-year, $63-million US deal - $21 million guaranteed - anyway?
25. WASHINGTON REDSKINS [down from 23]
Overall record: 3-6
Streak: Lost five
Lost in Washington's dismal season is the team's 12th-ranked defence, but that simply doesn't matter. Injuries and shoddy quarterback play have doomed the Redskins.
26. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [up from 27]
Overall record: 3-6
Streak: Won one
With the season the Jaguars are enduring, it's amazing to think they've allowed less yards than teams like Pittsburgh and the New York Jets.
27. CLEVELAND BROWNS [down from 24]
Overall record: 3-6
Streak: Lost three
Hey, holder Brad Maynard did a great job in controlling the botched snap on the 22-yard field goal try by Phil Dawson against St. Louis. The veteran kicker simply muffed it, sending the Browns to another loss.
28. MINNESOTA VIKINGS [down from 25]
Overall record: 2-7
Streak: Lost one
You can't expect the Vikings to go into Lambeau Field and compete against the world champion Packers. This team doesn't have the personnel to stand up to the elite teams.
29. CAROLINA PANTHERS [down from 26]
Overall record: 2-7
Streak: Lost two
This was the first week where Cam Newton actually looked like a rookie quarterback.
30. MIAMI DOLPHINS [up from 31]
Overall record: 2-7
Streak: Won two
The Dolphins are beginning to utilize RB Reggie Bush in more effective ways. Maybe this wasn't a bad trade, after all.
31. ST. LOUIS RAMS [down from 30]
Overall record: 2-7
Streak: Won one
Considering all the injuries the Rams have suffered this year, who can blame them for gladly taking a victory they lucked out on?
32. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-10
Streak: Lost 10
It's not official yet, but it's going to happen. The Colts will get the No. 1 overall pick in 2012. Now the question becomes does Bill Polian draft Andrew Luck or trade the pick for a king's ransom?

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