NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Did Maurice Jones-Drew Jump Up This Week?

Jack London@@Londonbridges21Correspondent INovember 23, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Did Maurice Jones-Drew Jump Up This Week?

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles gets tripped up by Barry Cofield #96 of the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    It's funny how weather plays a factor in statistics in the NFL. 

    With the weather cooler overall in NFL venues this week, there was more running this week, leading to some good stats for the running backs on this list. 

    Well, most of the running backs anyway. 

    There are some big changes this week in the rankings. 

32. Jahvid Best, DET

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Jahvid Best #44  of the Detroit Lions runs against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won 14-12.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Best's stock this season is really slipping. 

    Maurice Morris got 10 carries Sunday compared to Best's three. 

    It might be partly injury related, considering Best has had issues all year, and the Lions are all out of the playoff race. 

    Still, since that game against Philly, Best has not been at his best. Pun intended. 

31. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE

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    FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:  BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots carries the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts on November 21, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 31-28.
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    The Law Firm makes a reappearance in the top 32 this week with an impressive game against Indianapolis Sunday, with 21 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown in a big win for the Pats. 

    Right now, he's getting the bulk of the carries in a solid offense, but with Bill Belichick that could change any minute. 

    And Fred Taylor is supposedly coming back soon. 

30. Ronnie Brown, MIA

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    CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 31:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    It's not all Brown's fault that the Dolphins had literally no one on Thursday against the Bears. 

    Still, this has not been the rebound year that many hoped Brown would have. 

29. Chris Ivory, NO

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 21:  Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks tries to strip the ball from Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on November 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    A nice bounceback game for Ivory against Seattle on Sunday. 

    We'll see if he can keep it up. He got a lot of help from the passing game Sunday, and Seattle doesn't exactly have a stellar defense. 

28. Mike Tolbert, SD

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22:  Mike Tolbert #35 congratulates Jacob Hester #22 of the San Diego Chargers after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Chargers defeated the Broncos, 35-
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    Tolbert looked good on Monday against the Broncos, and continues to take advantage of injuries to Ryan Mathews. 

    I never thought before the season that Tolbert would outplay Mathews this year.

    The question is if Matthews gets healthy, and the Bolts make a playoff push, who do they give the rock to? 

27. Keiland Williams, WAS

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15: Keiland Williams #35 of the Washington Redskins makes a break against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    Another solid outing from Williams, and this time it wasn't like most of his yards came in garbage time either. 

    He may have troubles holding onto the job though with Clinton Portis back and Ryan Torain sure to be back soon. 

26. Danny Woodhead, NE

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    FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:   Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots carries the ball as Jerraud Powers #25 of the Indianapolis Colts defends on November 21, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 31-28.
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    What a find the Pats have had in Woodhead, who has played much more than the Kevin Faulk role in Foxboro. 

    Woodhead had a huge 36-yard touchdown run against the Colts to help New England come away with a win. 

25. Donald Brown, IND

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    FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:   Donald Brown #31  of the Indianapolis Colts runs against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    Pretty solid game for Brown, who has made a case for more carries even when Joseph Addai comes back. 

    The problem is, Addai is the better receiver. 

24. Felix Jones, DAL

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 33-20.  (Photo by Jim Mc
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    Kind of a disappointing game for Jones considering he was playing the Lions. 

    Not to mention the fact that Jon Kitna had better stats running the ball. 

23. Cedric Benson, CIN

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Much better game from Benson, but he was playing Buffalo. 

    Let's see what he does against the Jets this week. My guess is he comes back to Earth. 

22. Shonn Greene, NYJ

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets runs against Eugene Wilson #26 of the Houston Texans on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    This could be like last season, when Greene came on strong for an older running back. 

    It seems that way after another week of Greene getting more carries. 

    But in regards to Greene's performance, it was a bit disappointing considering Houston's defense.

21. LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs against the Houston Texans on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The aforementioned Greene is getting more carries than Tomlinson, but LT does remain valuable in the passing game. 

    We'll see how LT finishes out the season. 

20. Brandon Jackson, GB

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 21: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Kind of a tough game for Jackson, as Aaron Rodgers took the controls and threw all over the Vikings. 

    We'll give Jackson a one week pass, although he was involved in the passing game, so that's a plus. 

    What's not a plus is the emergence of Dimitri Nance later in the game. Keep an eye on that development. 

19. Knowshon Moreno, DEN

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22: Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 35-14.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Image
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    Likewise, a tough situation for Moreno, whose Broncos were down much of the game. 

    But still, Moreno has looked good since coming back from injury, and he scored one of two Denver touchdowns along with several catches. 

18. LeGarrette Blount, TB

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 21:  LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by the Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Blount had a good week, but got stuffed in goal line situations a couple of times, which is a little laughable considering his size. 

    Still, what a season for the rookie so far. If Tampa makes the playoffs, he will be a huge reason why. 

17. Fred Jackson, BUF

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball while defended by Johnathan Joseph #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bills won 49-21.
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    Another great game for Jackson, but not to be Jonny Raincloud, it was against a depleted Bengals defense. 

    Still, Buffalo fans have to like how he's playing. They just wish he'd done this sooner. 

16. Thomas Jones, KC

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs is stopped by the Denver Bronco defense at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    A big rebound game for Jones, who scored twice against Arizona. 

    Much like the aforementioned Blount, should Kansas City make the playoffs, Jones will be a huge factor. 

15. Matt Forte, CHI

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the Buffalo Bills  at Rogers Centre on November 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Chicago won 22-19.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    A much better outing this time for Forte, who isn't putting up the numbers like his rookie season, but it's still an improvement over last season. 

    Forte has to keep running well for the Bears to hold off the Pack. 

14. Peyton Hillis, CLE

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns rushes  during a game agaisnt the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Hillis didn't have the best game on the ground, but he really helped out Colt McCoy via the air, as he got six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. 

    Hillis has to excite Browns fans for next season, when he is sure to be the featured back going into the offseason. 

13. Jamaal Charles, KC

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 21:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on November 21, 2010  at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Charles and Jones make a great one-two punch in Kansas City. 

    Here's to hoping we see them in the playoffs. 

12. Steven Jackson, St.L

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 21: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Atlanta Falcons at the Edward Jones Dome on November 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Falcons beat the Rams 34-17.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Kind of an off week for Jackson. 

    But if the Rams are to somehow sneak in the playoffs, he has to play better. 

11. Rashad Mendenhall, PIT

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs by Mike Mitchell #34 of the Oakland Raiders during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Interesting to note the two best running quarterbacks this week, according to rushing yards. 

    Jon Kitna and Ben Roethlisberger. 

    Mendenhall got his touchdown, but was out-rushed by Big Ben. 

    C'mon man. 

10. Ray Rice, BAL

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 21:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled by Richard Marshall #31 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Nice outing for Rice, but then again, he could've not tried and done well against the Carolina defense. 

9. Darren McFadden, OAK

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders hands the ball off to teammate Darren McFadden #20 during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wicker
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    He's only in the top 10 because of what he's done so far this season. 

    We'll give him a pass for Sunday, which was a tough game on the road against a top defense. 

8. LeSean McCoy, PHI

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Jonathan Goff #54 of the New York Giants tries to tackle LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    McCoy sneaks into the top 10 for the first time after a big performance on Sunday night against the Giants. 

    What's amazing is he only got 14 carries, despite the fact that Philly had the lead or was close for much of the game. 

    All I know is I turned off the game in the third, and he had five carries for five yards. 

    He ended with 14 carries for 111 yards. That's quite impressive. 

7. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against Ernie Sims #50 and Stewart Bradley #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by N
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    Great job by the Philly defense shutting down Bradshaw, who's done a great job in his first year as a featured back. 

6. Frank Gore, SF

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Frank Groe #21 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sidelines during their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    I'm a bit surprised Gore was shut down by a mediocre Tampa Bay run defense. 

    But then again, Gore has these performances from time to time. 

    He'll be back this week against Arizona. 

5. Arian Foster, HOU

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against Trevor Pryce #93 of the New York Jets on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Foster jumps back into the top five due to a couple of bad performances by Bradshaw and Gore, and due to his solid performance against a tough run D in the Jets. 

    Actually solid isn't a good word. I'd say great (he did have two touchdowns). 

    It's too bad the rest of the Texans didn't play great. 

4. Adrian Peterson, MIN

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings hands off to Adrian Peterson #28 against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Ima
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    I feel bad for Peterson. I really do. 

    He just can't seem to catch a break with all this drama in Minny. 

3. Michael Turner, ATL

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 21: Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Falcons beat the Rams 34-17.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Another very solid game from Turner, who has benefitted from a breakout season by Matt Ryan. 

2. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars breaks out for a big run that would lead to the winning touchdown during a game agaisnt the Cleveland Browns at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florid
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    Jones-Drew continued his tear against Cleveland on Sunday, leading the Jags in rushing and receiving. 

    He has helped the Jaguars to a first-place tie in the AFC South. 

    Plus, did you see the screen pass he took for 75 yards? How the heck did he avoid that tackle?

1. Chris Johnson, TEN

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Andre Carter #99 of the Washington Redskins tackles Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Redskins won 19-16 in overtime.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Imag
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    Much like Peterson, I feel sorry for Johnson with all the drama in Tennessee. 

    But what hurts is that Vince Young helped Johnson because he was a decent enough passer, and teams had to watch out for Young's legs as well. 

    I'm not so sure I can say the same for Rusty Smith.