Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings: Week 12 Edition

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst INovember 24, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 22:  Running back Mike Bell #21 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the Week 12 edition of the Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings.  Every Tuesday you can look forward to our composite rankings, as well as a bit of brief insight and analysis about each of the 32 teams.

The rankings are determined by taking the average of each of the contributors here at The Cube.  For Week 12, we have rankings from five members of the Cubicle GM team, including me, Gideon, Mickey, Walker, and Smokey.  So remember, if you disagree with some portion of our rankings, be sure to check the individual rankings to find the culprit.

The top-four teams in the rankings seem to have distanced themselves from the pack.  The Saints, Colts, Patriots, and Vikings have been there since the Week 9 rankings, and for the sixth straight week, the Saints and Colts held on to the top two spots.

Only one team dropped out of the Top 10 this week, but they fell hard, as the Denver Broncos dropped five spots from No. 9 to No. 14 after a drubbing by the division rival Chargers.  Moving back into the Top 10 after a one-week absence were the Eagles, who climbed one spot to No. 10 after a win over the Bears.

The bottom of the rankings remained unchanged for the first time since the Week 8 rankings, as Cleveland and St. Louis held onto the bottom two spots.  While the holder of the very bottom spot has been changing, the bottom six remained the same for the third straight week, as Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Cleveland have entrenched themselves below the No. 27 spot.

In what is now a continuing trend, there was less movement in the ranks than there has been the past few weeks, as 12 teams stayed in the same position as last week, including the aforementioned four at the top and two at the bottom.  Of the 20 teams that did move, nine of them moved at least three spots up or down the ranks.

The biggest positive movement this week came from the New York Giants, who gained four spots after defeating the Falcons in overtime and ending their losing streak. The biggest downward mover was already mentioned, as the Denver Broncos dropped five spots after their fourth straight loss.

The disagreements among the rankers were nearly identical in number to last week, but the teams differed. There were just five disagreements of at least seven spots in their ranks, and for the second straight week there was one double-digit disagreement between two of the contributors.  And similar to last week, four of the five disagreements involved our pal Smokey.

Baltimore Ravens (7) – Jacob/Smokey 7, Mickey 14

Arizona Cardinals (10) – Smokey 9, Gideon 19

Green Bay Packers (7) – Smokey 8, Walker/Mickey 15

Jacksonville Jaguars (7) – Walker 13, Gideon 20

Seattle Seahawks (7) – Walker 22, Smokey 29

On the divisional side, the leader has changed for a second consecutive week, as the AFC South has all four teams in the Top 18, good enough for an average score of 12.95.  The NFC East jumps back into second thanks to the Giants, coming in with an average score of 13.75. 

The bottom division remains the same for the ninth consecutive week and might just stay that way for the rest of the year.  The NFC West checks in with a 22.65 average score, while second to last is the AFC West, coming in with a score of 18.45.

As a reminder, you can check out all the backup data here.  As always, last week’s ranks are in parentheses.  So, without further ado, onto the rankings.