NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: No Changes at The Top
1. (1) New York Jets (8-2)
The 5-5 Titans have nearly the same season point differential as the Jets, but Rex Ryan's bunch is 8-2 because they know how to come up big when it matters most.
2. (2) New England Patriots (8-2)
The Patriots just won a huge game over the Colts, but now have only three days to prepare for a Thanksgiving contest in Detroit, with an enormous showdown against the Jets looming on Dec. 6.
3. (3) Atlanta Falcons (8-2)
Coming off a huge victory over the Ravens, the Falcons could've suffered a letdown against the Rams, who have been tough at home this year, but Atlanta overcame a sluggish start to easily dispatch of St. Louis.
4. (4) Baltimore Ravens (7-3)
The Ravens' defense had more touchdowns in the fourth quarter than the Panthers' offense had in the entire game.
5. (5) New Orleans Saints (7-3)
Drew Brees has six consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes.
6. (6) Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)
The Steelers have the best rush defense in the league at just 63 yards per game.
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7. (7) Philadelphia Eagles (7-3)
Those questioning Michael Vick's MVP status because of the teams he has played were silenced when the quarterback tallied 292 total yards and a touchdown in a win over the league's top-ranked defense.
8. (8) Indianapolis Colts (6-4)
Here's a stat that means nothing: The Colts are 2-0 when Peyton Manning doesn't throw a touchdown pass, but just 4-4 when he does.
9. (10) Green Bay Packers (7-3)
It had to feel good for the Packers to put the death knell in the Vikings' season and Brad Childress' coaching tenure in Minnesota with a convincing 31-3 thrashing of Brett Favre's bunch.
10. (12) New York Giants (6-4)
The Giants rank in the top seven in passing and rushing offense and defense, but their problem lies in turnovers and having the worst punter in the league.
11. (13) Chicago Bears (7-3)
The Bears have allowed a grand total of just 109 yards on the ground over their past two games.
12. (14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)
The Bucs are 7-0 against losing teams.
13. (17) Washington Redskins (5-5)
Donovan McNabb had his best game since Week 2 to keep the Redskins' playoff hopes alive for at least one more week.
14. (9) Miami Dolphins (5-5)
Things look pretty bleak at Miami's quarterback position.
15. (11) Tennessee Titans (5-5)
Since Randy Moss' arrival in Tennessee, he's caught one pass. Vince Young's season is over and the Titans are 0-2.
16. (15) Houston Texans (4-6)
Remember when the Texans had a great passing game?
17. (16) Oakland Raiders (5-5)
The Raiders were given a preview of what will happen if they somehow sneak into the playoffs out of the weak AFC West.
18. (18) Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)
Home-field advantage has returned to Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs have already won more games this season than they did during the previous three years combined.
19. (20) San Diego Chargers (5-5)
Since 2006, the Chargers are 37-8 after their bye week.
20. (21) Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4)
When's the last time a team turned the ball over six times and won?
21. (19) Cleveland Browns (3-7)
How do you lose to a team that turns the ball over six times? Having your lead back rush for only 48 yards on 21 carries doesn't help.
22. (22) Denver Broncos (3-7)
Punting when down 21 points with two minutes left pretty much means you've given up on your season.
23. (23) Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
The Seahawks have the third-worst rush offense in the NFL.
24. (24) St. Louis Rams (4-6)
The Rams went 1-for-10 on third down en route to a 34-17 loss to the Falcons.
25. (25) Minnesota Vikings (3-7)
Now all they need to do is get rid of the quarterback.
26. (26) Arizona Cardinals (3-7)
Arizona's 27th-ranked pass defense is the strongest part of the team.
27. (27) San Francisco 49ers (3-7)
Just six days left until Cardinals-Niners on Monday Night Football!!!
28. (28) Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
The Cowboys averaged 2.4 turnovers and 7.1 penalties under Wade Phillips. They are averaging one giveaway and 5.5 fouls under Jason Garrett.
29. (30) Buffalo Bills (2-8)
The Bills are just tearing through the bottom of the league.
30. (29) Cincinnati Bengals (2-8)
The Bengals are the most disappointing team in the NFL.
31. (31) Detroit Lions (2-8)
The Lions have a chance to snap their six-game losing streak on Thanksgiving against a Patriots team that will be between rivalry contests versus the Colts and Jets.
32. (32) Carolina Panthers (1-9)
The Panthers have allowed at least 31 points in each of their last three games.
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