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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Respect for Arizona Flies Out the Window

Thomas Moreland@NFLMIKEESenior Writer IDecember 16, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14:  Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes with the ball as safety Michael Lewis #32 of the San Francisco 49ers attempts to tackle him at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Well, Arizona fans demanded respect last week, and they would have earned it, except the Niners spoiled that plan, as the Cardinals dropped back down to No. 8 in the rankings at a respectable 8-5.

The No. 1 team in the league is still the New Orleans Saints at 13-0, with No. 2 going to the Colts, also at 13-0.

Will someone remind me when two teams were last 13-0 in the same season. This will be the next crazy sports frenzy if these good teams keep winning as they come into the play-offs.

Minnesota, despite a blow-out to Arizona, keeps No. 3 secure, with a nice win last week, and an overall record of 11-2.

The Chargers look very good and are now in the No. 4 spot. 10-3 is very nice right now, and Denver has to hustle to keep a wild card spot.

The Green Bay Packers are on a roll and have secured No.5 at 9-4.

The Philadelphia Eagles are also at 9-4 and have a game lead in that division. No 6 to the Eagles.  The Packers have a test against Pittsburgh, while Philadelphia could swap places with Green Bay with a strong game.

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No. 7 goes to Cincinnati, who better start winning the games they should in order to stay in the top ten, and viable in the playoffs.

As I mentioned, Arizona is No.8 due to a loss and a horrible showing against the 6-7 Forty Niners.

No. 9 is Denver, who also must win two out of three to safely make the play-offs, I imagine.

Now at 8-5, along with Arizona, These teams must learn to win every week, not off and on, like a flickering light.

No. 10, is Dallas, again showing signs of massive collapse in December.

New England is hanging around to win the AFC East, and at 8-5, they will win this division, and could be a nightmare to someone in the playoffs. No 11 to the Patriots.

Now it gets tricky, as all these teams seem closely matched.

The Ravens are 7-6 and at the top of these teams with close to a 500 record. The Ravens are hopeful for a run to the play-offs.

The Dolphins have No. 13, and the Ravens No.12.

The Jags are hanging in there at 7-6 also and are ranked No. 14.

The Jets are the last of the teams over 500 and are ranked No.15

The Giants are reeling at 6-7 and probably have missed the play-offs. No. 16 and falling.

The Steelers have lost five in a row and are no longer a play-off bound team, barring a miracle. No. 17 to the fallen Steelers.

Atlanta is a pretty good team, but also at 6-7 things are looking bleak in this second season of the Matt Ryan era in Atlanta. No 18 to the Falcons.

Houston is at No. 19 and have also fallen from grace in the NFL play-off picture.

Tennessee is at No. 20, but could improve with a win against the Dolphins.

The Forty-Niners are at 6-7 with a nice win to sweep Arizona this season, but too little—too late for Mike Singletary and the defense this season. The Niners may move up a little more, but not this week with the Eagles.

Chicago is at 5-8 and not in any play-off conversation this season. More receivers and offensive line help is needed for Cutler.

The Panthers are pretty bad also, and are 5-8 and have real age issues on this team.

No. 22 for Chicago and No. 23 for Carolina.

Buffalo is at No. 24 and not very happy in a lot of ways. Mike Holmgren would not take this job, and is probably going to Cleveland it seems.

Washington is also at 4-9 and need some big changes to become competitive in that very tough division they occupy. No. 25 for the Redskins.

The Raiders are at No. 26, and should not rise any further this season, as Washington smoked them in their own house.

No. 27 are the Seattle Seahawks who have shown nothing this season, despite initial high hopes.

No. 28 are the hopeless Kansas City Chiefs, who I have picked to win too much this season.

No. 29 are the surprising Cleveland Browns who beat the Steelers with one guy. 2-11. Hooray!

Detroit has slipped to No. 30 and also have just two wins this season.

No. 31 are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with one lone victory, and a couple of good efforts.

The St. Louis Rams are now the worst team in professional football.

Thomas[NFL Mikee]Moreland

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