NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

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NFL Power Rankings: Week 14
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1. (2) Indianapolis Colts (12-0)

You think Peyton Manning and the Colts were tired of hearing how Vince Young and a 5-6 Titans team were going to come into their home and end their undefeated season?  How about all the chatter detailing how the Saints had a better chance of remaining perfect? 

Indy made a statement on Sunday en route to its record-tying 21st consecutive regular season victory.

 

2. (1) New Orleans Saints (12-0)

After destroying the Pats on Monday Night Football, the Saints suffered a letdown in the first three quarters at Washington and probably would've lost their first game had Shaun Suisham not pushed a 23-yard field goal with 1:52 left.

 

3. (4) Cincinnati Bengals (9-3)

The Bengals will look to sweep the NFC North when they travel to Minnesota on Sunday.

 

4. (13) Arizona Cardinals (8-4)

Kurt Warner has thrown 12 touchdowns since his last interception.

 

5. (3) Minnesota Vikings (10-2)

Adrian Peterson's 19 yards in the loss at Arizona was his lowest rushing total since he ran for just three yards against the Niners on Dec. 9, 2007.

 

6. (6) Green Bay Packers (8-4)

The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League are 8-0 when they give up fewer than 30 points and 0-4 when they surrender at least 30.

 

7. (10) San Diego Chargers (9-3)

The Chargers have scored in 19 consecutive quarters.

 

8. (11) Denver Broncos (8-4)

The Broncos improved to 2-16 in their last 18 December games at Arrowhead Stadium.

 

9. (12) Philadelphia Eagles (8-4)

Michael Vick's two touchdowns were his first in 1,071 days.

 

10. (14) New York Giants (7-5)

That's the first time the Giants have swept the Cowboys since 2004.

 

11. (7) Dallas Cowboys (8-4)

Dallas has beaten one team with a winning record.

 

12. (5) New England Patriots (7-5)

Washington, Detroit, and Tampa Bay are the only teams with a worse road record than New England.

 

13. (8) Baltimore Ravens (6-6)

Committing four turnovers and 12 penalties is a good way to knock yourself out of the playoff race. 

 

14. (9) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6)

The Steelers have lost four straight games by a combined 15 points.

 

15. (16) Miami Dolphins (6-6)

The Dolphins are 4-2 at home this year with their only losses coming to Indy and New Orleans.

 

16. (15) Atlanta Falcons (6-6)

With five offensive starters including quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner out with injuries, the Falcons stood no chance against the Eagles.

 

17. (17) Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)

After starting 3-4, the Jags currently hold the sixth spot in the AFC.

 

18. (18) New York Jets (6-6)

The Jets have reportedly solicited the services of Takeru Kobayashi to help Mark Sanchez with his hot dog eating.

 

19. (19) Tennessee Titans (5-7)

Man, that Titans bandwagon came apart quickly in Indianapolis.  Might need to caulk that thing before its passengers come down with a bad case of typhoid.

 

20. (20) Carolina Panthers (5-7)

As expected, backup quarterback Matt Moore led Carolina past Tampa Bay , but the prediction of three interceptions at New England still stands.

 

21. (21) Houston Texans (5-7)

Losing three straight against your division is never a good way to get into the playoffs.

 

22. (26) Oakland Raiders (4-8)

What would the Raiders' record be had Bruce Gradkowski started the season at quarterback?  6-6?  7-5??

 

23. (23) Buffalo Bills (4-8)

The Bills have the fourth-worst offense in the NFL.

 

24. (22) San Francisco 49ers (5-7)

Alex Smith has tossed seven touchdowns in his last three games, but the Niners inability to establish a balanced ground attack has all but knocked them out of the NFC West race.

 

25. (24) Chicago Bears (5-7)

Jay Cutler managed to avoid being intercepted for the first time since Oct. 4.

 

26. (27) Seattle Seahawks (5-7)

The Seahawks have won two in a row, but that streak should come to an end this week at Houston because Seattle is 2-11 at AFC teams since 2003.

 

27. (25) Kansas City Chiefs (3-9)

KC has the third-worst defense in the league.

 

28. (28) Washington Redskins (3-9)

Over the past three weeks, the Redskins have lost to three potential playoff teams by a combined seven points. 

 

29. (29) Tampa Bay Bucs (1-11)

The Bucs' 16.5 points per game ranks them 28th.

 

30. (30) St. Louis Rams (1-11)

The Rams are even worse at 11.8 a game.

 

31. (31) Detroit Lions (2-10)

Daunte Culpepper vs. an angry Ravens defense won't be pretty if you're a Lions fan.

 

32. (32) Cleveland Browns (1-11)

Maurice Jones-Drew has scored more touchdowns than the Browns.

 

Follow me on Twitter at JordanHarrison .

Jordan Schwartz is Bleacher Report's New York Yankees Community Leader. His book "Memoirs of the Unaccomplished Man" is available at amazon.com , barnesandnoble.com , and authorhouse.com .

Jordan can be reached at jordanschwartz2003@yahoo.com

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