NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Patriots, Falcons Destined For Super Bowl?

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IDecember 14, 2010

1. (1) New England Patriots (11-2)

Over the past two weeks, the Patriots have put up 81 points on two of the top six scoring defenses in the league.


2. (2) Atlanta Falcons (11-2)

The Falcons are 11-0 against teams outside of Pennsylvania.


3. (4) New Orleans Saints (10-3)

The Saints have scored at least 30 points in five consecutive games.


4. (5) Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3)

The Steelers have won 12 straight games in which Troy Polamalu has an interception.


5. (6) Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

That was close.


6. (3) New York Jets (9-4)

The Jets haven't beaten a winning team since September.


7. (7) Chicago Bears (9-4)

Chicago's 29th-ranked offense managed just 185 yards in the snow against the Patriots.


8. (8) Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)

The Eagles enter their big NFC East showdown at the Meadowlands next week winners in five of their last six games.


9. (9) New York Giants (9-4)

Brandon Jacobs has rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns over the past three weeks.


10. (13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)

The Bucs are 8-0 against losing teams.


11. (14) San Diego Chargers (7-6) 

The Chargers picked up their first shutout in four years.


12. (10) Green Bay Packers (8-5)

The Packers lost a battle of back-up quarterbacks in Detroit.


13. (11) Kansas City Chiefs (8-5)

Brodie Croyle is one of the worst quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.


14. (15) Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5)

The Jags had two 100-yard rushers against the Raiders' 23rd-ranked run defense, so expect more of the same when Jacksonville travels to play Indy's 29th-ranked rush defense on Sunday.


15. (16) Indianapolis Colts (7-6)

Peyton Manning is on the decline? I don't think so.


16. (18) Miami Dolphins (7-6)

The Dolphins have alternated wins and losses for the past 10 games.


17. (12) Oakland Raiders (6-7)

The Raiders are 0-5 against AFC teams outside their own division.


18. (19) Minnesota Vikings (5-8)

Thank God that's over.


19. (20) Houston Texans (5-7)

Entering this week, quarterbacks had a 102.8 passer rating against the Texans this year, the highest in the NFL, and that actually went up after Joe Flacco's 107.5 performance on Monday night.


20. (21) Washington Redskins (5-8)

The Redskins are a mess.


21. (22) Tennessee Titans (5-8)

Randy Moss has lost seven straight games.


22. (24) St. Louis Rams (6-7)

First place losers.


23. (17) Cleveland Browns (5-8)

Yeah, there was no way Jake Delhomme was winning three straight games.


24. (25) Dallas Cowboys (4-9)

The Cowboys have allowed at least 30 points in three consecutive weeks.


25. (27) San Francisco 49ers (5-8)

The Niners, who had forced the fewest turnovers in the NFC entering Sunday, had five takeaways against Seattle.


26. (23) Seattle Seahawks (6-7)

First place losers.


27. (28) Arizona Cardinals (4-9)

Jay Feely has as many rushing touchdowns this year as DeAngelo Williams.


28. (29) Buffalo Bills (3-10)

The Bills are a Stevie Johnson drop away from being 4-1 over the past five weeks.


29. (31) Detroit Lions (3-10)

The Lions won the most unwatchable game of the week.


30. (26) Denver Broncos (3-10)

New head coach, same terrible defense.


31. (30) Cincinnati Bengals (2-11)

The Bengals suck.


32. (32) Carolina Panthers (1-12)

76 passing yards. Just another day at the office.


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