Defending champs leading the way after Week 1

This is how the NFL's 32 teams stack up after Week 1:

IN THE HUNT

(Teams, listed with record, that look good enough to be among the 12 playoff qualifiers; not based on conference)

1. Indianapolis (1-0): Scary thought: Peyton Manning's receivers might be better than ever. Scarier thought: The defense looks good from the start.

2. New England (1-0): Apparently, the Patriot Way agrees with Randy Moss … as does missing the entire preseason.

3. San Diego (1-0): Even a little LT magic is good enough to make a difference.

4. Dallas (1-0):Wade Phillips, offensive genius?

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5. Pittsburgh (1-0): The Steelers can still run the ball, but Big Ben's big arm makes them explosive.

6. Seattle (1-0): With Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck healthy, the Seahawks are tough to beat.

7. Cincinnati (1-0): You have to be impressed with those ball-hawking Bengal defensive linemen.

8. Green Bay (1-0): How about that Packers defense?

9. Carolina (1-0): Jake Delhomme isn't ready to hand over the starting quarterback job to David Carr or anyone else.

10. Detroit (1-0): Okay, Jon Kitna, that's one. Nine more to go.

11. Denver (1-0):Jay Cutler's cool in leading a remarkable game-winning drive brought back memories of the greatest Bronco of them all.

12. Baltimore (0-1): An awful opening night for Steve McNair raises questions about where this team is headed.

MIDDLE OF THE PACK

(Listed alphabetically)

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