1. STEELERS (North)
Is there a more complete team? Rashard Mendenhall is a top 10 rusher, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has shown little rust after his suspension, and the defense has allowed the fewest points in the league. The loss of defensive end Aaron Smith (torn triceps) hurts, and tough games remain against the Patriots, Ravens and Jets, but this is a club no one will want to see in the postseason.
2. PATRIOTS (East)
They're middle of the pack in most stats and below average in scoring D, but they put up a league-best 29.3 points per game. The Pats traded deep-ball threat Randy Moss and lack a top 20 rusher, but they make up for it with superb coaching, excellent special teams and a knack for winning tight games against talented opponents (three-point victories over the Ravens and the Chargers).
3. CHIEFS (West)
Quarterback Matt Cassel and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe are starting to play up to expectations, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson is quietly having a Pro Bowl season, and Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones lead the league's best running game. A favorable second-half schedule should be enough for Kansas City to take the division.
4. COLTS (South)
Indy's experience and manageable schedule should offset its injury woes. The Colts still must play at Philly and New England and host nemesis San Diego, but the rest of the road is relatively smooth, so pencil them in for their seventh division title in eight years.
5. JETS (wild card)