NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: Patriots Dominate Jets To Take Over Top Spot
1. (2) New England Patriots (10-2)
The Niners-Cardinals matchup actually turned out to be a more competitive Monday Night Football game.
2. (3) Atlanta Falcons (10-2)
It's hard to see the Falcons losing home-field advantage and it's hard to see them losing at home in the playoffs, so Atlanta is my odds-on favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
3. (1) New York Jets (9-3)
What the hell was that?
4. (5) New Orleans Saints (9-3)
From the mind that brought you the second half-opening Super Bowl onside kick, Sean Payton duped the Bengals by making it look like the Saints were going for it on fourth down deep in Cincy territory late in the game, even though everyone outside of the Bengals' defense knew Drew Brees was just trying to draw them offsides.
Which is team is better?
5. (6) Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)
I have to root for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl just to see the awkward moment when Roger Goodell hands the trophy to James Harrison.
6. (4) Baltimore Ravens (8-4)
The Ravens' Super Bowl run chances took a major hit because they'll likely have to play on the road for its entirety, where they are just 3-3.
7. (7) Chicago Bears (9-3)
The Bears and the referees swept the Lions this year.
8. (8) Philadelphia Eagles (8-4)
Michael Vick has had five 100-plus passer rating games despite only playing in nine contests this season.
9. (9) New York Giants (8-4)
If Brandon Jacobs is going to play like he has the past two weeks, the Giants are going to be tough to beat going forward, especially after they get Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith back.
10. (10) Green Bay Packers (8-4)
Aaron Rodgers, who threw nine interceptions over the first seven games, hasn't thrown a pick for five straight weeks.
11. (15) Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)
The Chiefs are rushing for 23.7 yards per game more than anyone else in football.
12. (17) Oakland Raiders (6-6)
The Raiders have won five straight division games.
13. (13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
The Bucs played probably their most impressive game of the season, but still fell to 0-5 against winning teams.
14. (11) San Diego Chargers (6-6)
The Chargers' 14 fumbles are the most in the AFC.
15. (20) Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)
The Jags, who entered the game with the 27th-ranked pass defense, had no problem shutting down Kerry Collins and the Titans.
16. (12) Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
Carrying an entire organization on his back is finally taking a toll on Peyton Manning.
17. (22) Cleveland Browns (5-7)
Jake Delhomme has won back-to-back games. What?
18. (14) Miami Dolphins (6-6)
The Dolphins have alternated wins and losses for the past nine games.
19. (18) Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
The Vikings had their highest-scoring game of the season on Sunday. In a related story, Brett Favre played only three downs.
20. (16) Houston Texans (5-7)
Quarterbacks have a 102.8 passer rating against the Texans this year. That's the highest in the NFL.
21. (19) Washington Redskins (5-7)
22. (21) Tennessee Titans (5-7)
Randy Moss has lost six straight games.
23. (23) Seattle Seahawks (5-6)
The Seahawks entered Sunday with the worst rushing offense in the league, but ran for 161 yards as Marshawn Lynch scored three touchdowns against the Panthers.
24. (24) St. Louis Rams (6-6)
The Rams have won consecutive road games for the first time in three years.
25. (28) Dallas Cowboys (4-8)
The Cowboys, who averaged 20.1 points per game under Wade Phillips this season, are putting up 33.3 under Jason Garrett.
26. (25) Denver Broncos (3-9)
The Broncos are hoping to continue this year's trend of rebirth after firing their head coach.
27. (26) San Francisco 49ers (4-8)
The Niners have forced the fewest turnovers in the NFC.
28. (27) Arizona Cardinals (3-9)
Arizona hasn't scored a touchdown in two games.
29. (29) Buffalo Bills (2-10)
The Bills might've had a shot if they didn't injure Favre.
30. (30) Cincinnati Bengals (2-10)
When a team loses a game because it fell for the oldest trick in the book, it's time to gut the organization.
31. (31) Detroit Lions (2-10)
The Lions should petition the league not to play the Bears next season.
32. (32) Carolina Panthers (1-11)
The Panthers are averaging 21.3 yards per game fewer than the next-worst passing offense.
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