Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The critically acclaimed ESPN.com power rankings will be released via stone tablet at 2 p.m. ET. In the interest of transparency, the NFC Beast always rolls out its ballot a little early so that you'll have a live target for your anger. Later in the day, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. will provide cover for all of us when he ranks the Cowboys at least three spots higher than they should be.
Please print the following rankings and pass them around your office:
4. New York Giants -- I don't worry about one loss. Two straight losses is a problem. Three straight would qualify as a tailspin. This team is much too easy to defend right now -- and I mean on-the-field.
6. Dallas -- All that talent on defense is finally showing up. That was a dominating performance in a big game. Now they have to do it again Saturday against the Ravens. Farewell, Texas Stadium.
7. Tampa Bay
12. Philadelphia -- This is a dangerous team right now. The Eagles need a little help, but if there's a chance the Cowboys come to Philly in two weeks with a wild-card spot on the line. A punch-drunk Redskins team awaits.
13. New England
14. New York Jets
19. New Orleans
20. Washington -- This is a bad football team right now. In fact, I'm probably being too generous with this ranking. The offense is awful and the defense made Ced Benson look like a Pro Bowler.
21. San Diego
24. San Francisco
25. Green Bay
28. Kansas City
31. St. Louis