Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings: Week 16 Edition

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IDecember 22, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 17, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the Week 16 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 16, 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.

After being upset on Saturday by Dallas, the Saints are no longer undefeated and have finally fallen from the top spot in the rankings after 13 weeks at No. 1.  Taking over are the undefeated Indianapolis Colts.  The Chargers remain at No. 3 after winning their ninth straight contest, and the Vikings remain at No. 4 despite their loss to Carolina.

For the fourth straight week, only one team dropped out of the Top 10, as the Denver Broncos fell three spots to No. 12 after their surprising home loss to Oakland. Taking their spot were the Dallas Cowboys, who moved up three to No. 8 after taking down previously undefeated New Orleans.

The bottom six of Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Cleveland changed for the first time in seven weeks, as Seattle dropped to No. 27 after their loss to Tampa Bay at home. Moving up was Oakland, who jumped two spots after their victory over Denver.  Never fear though, St. Louis stayed put at the very bottom, holding that No. 32 spot for the 11th time this season.

After a relatively quiet week last week where just 19 teams moved at least one spot in the ranks, this week there were 24 teams changing places. However, similar to last week, only three moved at least three spots up or down.

The aforementioned Dallas Cowboys turned out to be the biggest positive mover this week, jumping three spots after defeating the Saints.  The biggest downward movement was only three spots, as both the Broncos and Packers fell after tough, last-second losses on Sunday.

The disagreements among the rankers were the most they have been in some time, as there were 10 disagreements of exactly seven spots in the rankings.  Of those, eight involved our good pal Smokey.

New England Patriots (7) Walker 6, Gideon 13

Arizona Cardinals (7) Smokey 5, Gideon 12

Green Bay Packers (7) Gideon 8, Smokey 15

Baltimore Ravens (7) Gideon 6, Mickey / Walker 13

Denver Broncos (7) Gideon 9, Smokey 16

Jacksonville Jaguars (7) Smokey 13, Walker 20

Pittsburgh Steelers (7) Smokey 12, Gideon 19

New York Jets (7) Mickey 15, Smokey 22

Washington Redskins (7) Smokey 21, Walker 28

Seattle Seahawks (7) Walker 22, Smokey 29

On the divisional side, the AFC South remains at the top with an average score of 11.95, its highest of the season. The NFC East retained second place with an average score of 12.70.  The bottom division remains the same for the 13th consecutive week and will likely stay that way for the rest of the year.  The NFC West checks in with a 22.20 average score, miles behind second-to-last place NFC South, coming in with a score of 18.05.

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