Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings: Week 15 Edition

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IDecember 15, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 13:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and Troy Evans #54 of the New Orleans Saints rush onto the field after a turnover on downs by the Atlanta Falcons in the final minutes of regulation at Georgia Dome on December 13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Saints won 26-23. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the Week 15 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 15, 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 had another close game, this time against division rival Atlanta, but held on to remain both unblemished and at the top of the rankings.  The top five of the ranks remained exactly the same as last week, although the gap between No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Cincinnati widened after the Vikings took down the Bengals on Sunday.

For the fourth straight week, only one team dropped out of the Top 10, as the Dallas Cowboys fell one spot to No. 11 after their loss to San Diego, swapping spots with No. 10 Arizona despite the Cardinals losing as well.  In fact, that was the only swap of teams ranked No. 11-20 last week as well, meaning the teams ranked No. 21-32 also stayed the same, although not in the same order.

The bottom six of Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Cleveland have now remained the same for six straight weeks, but for the second straight week got a shakeup in the order. 

After their surprising defeat of Pittsburgh on Thursday, Cleveland jumped four spots to No. 27, dropping Oakland, Detroit, and Tampa Bay in the process. Never fear though, St. Louis stayed put at the very bottom, holding that No. 32 spot for the 10th time this season.

After a massive movement in the ranks last week where 26 of the 32 NFL teams moved, the Week 15 rankings were much more mundane. Just 19 teams moved at least one spot in the ranks this week, and only two squads moved at least three spots in either direction.

The aforementioned Cleveland Browns turned out to be the biggest positive mover this week with their four-spot jump after that shocking victory over the slumping Steelers.  The biggest downward movement was only three spots, as the Seattle Seahawks dropped to No. 26 after being demolished by the Houston Texans.

The disagreements among the rankers are again concentrated in the upper half of the rankings.  There were five disagreements of at least seven spots in their ranks, all between the teams sitting in the No. 10-16 spots.  And after two straight weeks without any, there was one disagreement that reached double digits between two of the contributors.

Tennessee Titans (10) – Smokey 7, Mickey 17

Baltimore Ravens (9) - Gideon 6, Mickey 15

Arizona Cardinals (8) – Smokey 6, Gideon 14

Dallas Cowboys (7) – Mickey 9, Smokey 16

Jacksonville Jaguars (7) – Mickey / Smokey 12, Walker 19

On the divisional side, the AFC South remains at the top with an average score of 12.25 while the NFC East retained second place with an average score of 13.75. 

The bottom division remains the same for the 12th consecutive week and will likely stay that way for the rest of the year.  The NFC West checks in with a 21.80 average score, miles behind the second-to-last place NFC South, coming in with a score of 18.50.

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