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NFL Power Rankings: Cards, Pats, Pack all making case for No. 1

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Six weeks to go and what do we know?

We know the Arizona Cardinals are legitimate, even without Carson Palmer.

We know the New England Patriots are the best team in the AFC.

We know the Green Bay Packers are lethal at home and they are playing better than anybody right now.

We know the Kansas City Chiefs have a nasty defensive front that could carry them to the playoffs.

We know Seattle and San Francisco appear to be on a collision course for one wild-card spot, with two games between the two in the next month.

We know the NFC South is a mess, and the AFC North isn't as good as we thought.

One more thing. Do we really know anything at all?

That's the crazy part of the NFL. We have six weeks to before the end of the season and there is still so much at stake.

If you asked me right now to name the best team, I'd probably say it's the Packers. But Arizona, at 9-1, has the best record and deserves the top spot here in my Power Rankings.

The Patriots have left those questions about a broken-down quarterback and the end of an era long in the rearview mirror as they stake the claim as the AFC's power team. They are in the second spot.

Just remember, though, a lot can change in this quickly. Late November and December is the time when champions emerge and play their best football.

Pretenders will fall off.

What do we know with six weeks to go?

You try and figure it out. Just ask the Denver Broncos as they lick their wounds from that stunning loss to the St. Louis Rams Sunday, which probably left those few alive in Survivor pools reeling.

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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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