Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings: Week 14 Edition

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IDecember 8, 2009

Welcome to the Week 14 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 14, 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 undefeated Saints got a pretty big scare from the Washington Redskins this week, but held on to remain both unblemished and at the top of the rankings.  The top portion of the ranks did get a shakeup for the first time in a few weeks, as both the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots lost on Sunday, dropping them to Nos. 4 and 6, respectively, while the San Diego Chargers vaulted to No. 3 after their seventh straight victory.

For the third straight week, only one team dropped out of the Top 10 this week, this time it was the Baltimore Ravens, who fell five spots to No. 12 after losing to Green Bay on Monday night.  Back in the Top 10, after a two week absence, are the Denver Broncos, who jumped three spots to No. 9 after a blowout win at KC.

The bottom six of Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Cleveland have now remained the same for five straight weeks, but did get a shakeup in the order.  Oakland leapfrogged Detroit, Tampa and Kansas City to jump to No. 27, while Cleveland and St. Louis swapped spots at the bottom, and the Rams grab the No. 32 spot for the ninth time this season.

The movement in the ranks was massive this week, as 26 of the 32 NFL teams moved at least one spot in the ranks this week. Of those teams, nine moved at least three spots up or down.

The biggest positive movement this week was split between the Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars, who each moved up four spots after wins on Sunday.  The biggest downward movement was also a split, this time between two AFC North teams, as the Pittsburgh Steelers joined the previously mentioned Ravens in falling five spots after their loss to Oakland at home.  Their current spot at No. 16 is their lowest of the season.

The disagreements among the rankers are back, and concentrated in the upper half of the rankings.  There were five disagreements of at least eight spots in their ranks, but for the second straight week none that reached a double digit disagreement between two of the contributors.

Tennessee Titans (9) – Smokey 8, Mickey / Walker 17

Dallas Cowboys (8) – Jacob 7, Smokey 15

Baltimore Ravens (8) - Gideon 8, Mickey 16

Jacksonville Jaguars (8) – Smokey 10, Walker 18

Washington Redskins (8) – Jacob 21, Smokey 29

On the divisional side, the AFC South remains at the top with an average score of 12.60.  The NFC East took second place after the big fall from the AFC North, coming in with an average score of 14.25.  The bottom division remains the same for the 11th consecutive week and might just stay that way for the rest of the year.  The NFC West checks in with a 21.55 average score, its highest since Week 3, but still miles behind second to last place NFC South, coming in with a score of 17.85.

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