NFL Power Rankings Week 14: Colts Surpass Saints

Jonathan Bales@thecowboystimesAnalyst IDecember 8, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 06:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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1. Indianapolis Colts (12-0) How can I drop a 12-0 team from #1? Because they are being replaced by a team with the same record who dominated a Titans team that came into Indy on fire.

2. New Orleans Saints (12-0) Down seven with 100 seconds to play and the opposition kicking a 23-yard FG, the Saints obviously should no longer have a "0" in their record.

3. San Diego Chargers (9-3) San Diego, quietly, may be the league's second-hottest team right now. Let's see if they can overcome the Cowboys this week in a game that means more to Dallas than it does to San Diego.

4. Green Bay Packers (8-4) It wasn't pretty last night versus Baltimore, but Green Bay got the win, and Aaron Rodgers may just be a top five NFL quarterback.

5. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) Just after I jump on the Vikings' bandwagon, Favre has his first multi-pick game of the season. The key for this team will be how they respond this week against the Bengals.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) Philly looked dominant in Atlanta, with Vick scoring twice in his old home. This is probably the favorite to win the NFC East right now.

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7. Arizona Cardinals (8-4) By beating Minnesota, this week's matchup versus San Fran will not be for the division lead.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-3) Cincinnati escaped with a win against the Lions and now go to Minnesota for a tremendous non-conference test.

9. New York Giants (7-5) Just one game out of the division lead, the Giants hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas. This week's contest against the Eagles is monumental, and with Dallas playing the Chargers, it could be for that division lead.

10. Dallas Cowboys (8-4) Dallas went from being in prime position to win the East to fighting for a playoff spot. They have SD, @NO, @WSH, and PHI on tap.

11. Denver Broncos (8-4) Playing in Kansas City is never easy for anyone, especially Denver. A 44-13 win on the heels of a dismantling of the Giants on Thanksgiving puts this team back in the hunt for a division championship.

12. New England Patriots (7-5) The Patriots have been uncharacteristically inconsistent this season. Luckily for them, they play in the AFC East.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) After a horrid start, the Jags are now rolling, but have Miami, Indianapolis, and New England on tap. I might be disrespecting them putting them this low in my rankings.

14. Miami Dolphins (6-6) Miami is back in the WILD-card picture without using the WILDcat once on Sunday. Instead, they rode Henne, and he delivered with 335 yards and two scores.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6) Last week I predicted Pittsburgh will be a playoff team. At 6-6, I am standing by that. They really lucked out that Baltimore lost last night.

16. Tennessee Titans (5-7) The Titans still have an outside shot at the postseason, but they obviously have to go 4-0 from here on out.

17. Baltimore Ravens (6-6) The Ravens never got Ray Rice going against the Packers, and Flacco has really regressed since his stellar rookie campaign.

18. New York Jets (6-6) I actually disagree with Coach Ryan's anger at Mark Sanchez's dive. He was going for the first down on a third down play, and while it is obviously in a team's best interest to protect their quarterback, that protection should not come at all costs.

19. Houston Texans (5-7) After losing in Jacksonville, the Texans are all but eliminated from the playoff hunt. This team is loaded with talent, so expect some coaching changes in the near future.

20. Atlanta Falcons (6-6) With Matt Ryan possibly out for the season, this team is finished. They over-achieved last year, and it is showing this season.

21. Chicago Bears (5-7) The Bears game against St. Louis was so irrelevant, I actually had to look up who they played before writing this blurb.

22. Seattle Seahawks (5-7) Two straight wins for Seattle means they are probably falling out of the race for the #1 QB in the 2010 draft.

23. San Francisco 49ers (5-7) San Fran really had a shot to make up some ground on Arizona this week, but their new spread-heavy attack could not get the job done in Seattle.

24. Oakland Raiders (4-8) Wow. The Raiders look like a totally different team with Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback. I never thought I'd say that (actually I did, but in a negative manner. Sunday's win in Pittsburgh crippled the Steelers' playoff chances.

25. Carolina Panthers (5-7) Coach Fox is unsure of who the team will start this week at quarterback, but in my opinion, they should see what they have with Matt Moore.

26. Buffalo Bills (4-8) The Bills lost perhaps the most boring professional football game I have ever witnessed.

27. Washington Redskins (3-9) What a heartbreaking defeat for Washington. Suisham is already gone, and Zorn is surely not far behind.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (3-9) The Chiefs did not start off their three-game home stand well, getting crushed by Denver. The Kansas City fans sure are loyal to this team though.

29. Detroit Lions (2-10) Like I said last week, three teams with a worse record than this?

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-11) The Bucs are one of the few terrible teams who probably would not take a quarterback early in next year's draft.

31. Cleveland Browns (1-11) The Browns had a tremendous loss against San Diego, and that kind of effort moves them up a spot in my rankings.

32. St. Louis Rams (1-11) The Rams dropped behind a 1-11 team who lost. It really is too bad for Steven Jackson, who is one of the most under-appreciated talents in the league.

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