Rating the Teams

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Byline: Vito Stellino

TEAM*********REC.***COMMENT

1. Indianapolis******9-0***Colts start the tough part of their schedule.

2. Denver******7-2***Broncos figure to drill the hapless Jets.

3. Pittsburgh******7-2***Maybe Steelers should try Randle El at QB.

4. Seattle******7-2***Seahawks figure to drill the hapless 49ers.

5. Cincinnati******7-2***Can Bengals end the Colts' unbeaten dreams?

6. Carolina******7-2***Panthers are 13-4 in their last 17 games.

7. Tampa Bay******6-3***Gruden won his risky gamble on disputed call.

8. Atlanta******6-3***Falcons somehow lost to Green Bay.

9. N.Y. Giants******6-3***Giants should beat struggling Eagles.

10. Dallas******6-3***Cowboys got a gift from Eagles last week.

11. Jaguars******6-3***J.Smith accepted new role without complaining.

12. Chicago******6-3***Surprising Bears have won five in a row.

13. Kansas City***5-4***Chiefs on prime time vs. Texans.

14. Washington***5-4***Gibbs doesn't think Alstott got into the end zone.

15. San Diego******5-4***How can L.T.'s team be 5-4?

16. New England***5-4***Patriots will host homeless Saints. …