NFC Power Rankings: Week 12!

Richard ReschCorrespondent INovember 24, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Eli Manning #10 of the the New York Giants gives instructions to his team mates against the Atlanta Falcons on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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NFC Teams Only!

1. Saints (10-0) 

Drew Brees played mistake free for the first time in four weeks (seven interceptions since Week Seven), tossing three touchdown passes and no interceptions.  With Brees at the helm, bench players become playmakers (Wendy's Dave Thomas had four receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown). (Last Week: 1)

2. Vikings (9-1)

Wins don't come much easier than this.  With Brett Favre playing like someone in his late 30's, this offense is absolutely dominant.  Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin form a great young one-two punch.(2)

3. Cardinals (7-3)

They got off to an early lead, and cruised for most of the game before having to make one final stop.  Kurt Warner's injury is worrisome, as Matt Leinart continues to look pedestrian, but the running game is getting better every week; 183 yards on 30 carries and an average of 6.1.  Anquan Boldin's play was also encouraging. (3)

4. Cowboys (7-3)

A putrid offensive performance against the Redskins, but they came away with the win.  Tony Romo has become maddeningly inconsistent.  The Raiders are the perfect cure. (4)

5. Packers (6-4)

Nearly blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead, but they hung on to beat the 49ersAaron Rodgers continues to play spectacularly, and Greg Jennings finally had his breakout game.  They should move to 7-4 with a Thanksgiving win over the Lions and are in the driver's seat for an NFC Wild Card spot. (6)

6. Eagles (6-4)

They didn't look nearly as good as I would have thought against a pathetic Bears team, but they got the win.  LeSean McCoy had a very nice game in what could be a changing of the guard at running back.  DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin give the Eagles a very scary duo at wide receiver, and they will only get better over the years. (5)

7. Giants (6-4)

The passing game finally clicked like it had earlier in the season, with Eli Manning playing one of his best games of the year.  Mario Manningham and Kevin Boss were forces through the air.  The defense once again looked overmatched, though.  The fact that they let the Falcons hang around continues a concerning pattern. (7)

8. Falcons (5-5)

The loss to the Giants almost certainly means they can lose only one more game.  Four of their remaining six games are against teams with losing records.  They'll likely have to beat either the Eagles or the Saints to finish 10-6. (8)

9. 49ers (4-6)

They hung in their and mounted a huge comeback but ultimately fell short to the Packers.  The problem with this team is that they continue to put themselves in positions where they need to come back.  They are still one year, and maybe one quarterback away. (10)

10. Panthers (4-6)

The tough loss to the Dolphins likely ends their season, as they must now beat teams such as the Patriots, Vikings, Giants, and Saints.  This is still one of the more talented teams in the league, and I wouldn't want to have to play them down the stretch. (9)

11. Bears (4-6)

You think Bears fans want a re-do on the Jay Cutler trade? (11)

12. Redskins (3-7)

They led the Cowboys for more than 57 minutes, but lost by a point.  They also lost Ladell Betts for the year.  That's the kind of season it's been for the Redskins. (13)

13. Seahawks (3-7)

Seattle is going to have to be careful, as most of their remaining games are winnable.  Winning games at this point doesn't do anyone any good. (12)

14. Lions (2-8)

Did you not hear what I just told the Seahawks??  You just gave away the #1 pick with a last second touchdown.  And for what? (16)

Rams (1-9)

They played the Cardinals extremely tough and almost came away with a win at the end.  But they were smart enough not to. (15)

16. Buccaneers (1-9)

After giving up 38 points to the Saints, the Bucs fired their defensive coordinator.  What did they expect to happen?  (14)