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ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

DALLAS COWBOYS (4-2)

One reason you can start to take the Dallas Cowboys seriously: They completely shut down the Eli Manning-led New York Giants offence which had been averaging 35 points per game.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (4-2)

With Shaun Alexander runnning the ball, the Seattle Seahawks offence is as efficient as they come. Years of potential is starting to translate into something bigger.

DENVER BRONCOS (5-1)

Another week, another tough foe and another impressive win. It's no coincidence that Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer hasn't thrown an interception in 17 quarters.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-2)

It's easy to blame the absence of Big Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward, but with two home losses, the Pittsburgh Steelers no longer strike fear in opponents.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-4)

Party all you want in your bye week but at least give some effort on Sundays.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-3)

Ricky Williams returns and the run game actually regresses. Not a good sign.

THE BIG GAME

STEELERS VS. BENGALS

A loss to the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers would slip to 3-3 and well behind the Bengals, who would move to 6-1. If that's the case, last year's regular-season champs will find themselves in the wild-card race, which in the AFC promises to be an extremely tough road to the post-season.


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