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Week 14 power rankings

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1.  Packers (No. 1; 13-0):  The 13th win ended up being a bit unlucky, but not even the absence of Greg Jennings is likely to keep the Packers from getting to 16-0.

2. Ravens (No. 2; 10-3):  Baltimore residents have never been so glad the Colts left.

3. Steelers (No. 3; 10-3):  Nearly two years after Ben Roethlisberger lost Pittsburgh, he has almost completely won the town back.

4. Patriots (No. 4; 10-3):  Maybe Tom Brady’s next endorsement deal will be with the folks who make Valium.

5.  Saints (No. 5; 10-3):  That Lambeau Field rematch is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.

6. Texans (No. 7; 10-3):  The team that employs T.J. Yates > the team that used to employ T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

7.  49ers (No. 6; 10-3):  Once the hottest team not playing in Wisconsin, the Niners are cooling off at the worst possible time.

8. Broncos (No. 9; 8-5):  Next up, the quarterback who screamed profanities at a coach faces the quarterback who tells the coach “God bless you,” even when the coach hasn’t sneezed.

9. Falcons (No. 11; 8-5):  If Julio Jones can stay healthy, he can become one of the best receivers in the league.

10. Jets (No. 12; 8-5):  One of these years, maybe the Jets won’t make it so hard on themselves to get to the playoffs — and to succeed once they get there.

11. Giants (No. 16; 7-6):  Somehow, the Giants saved their season, and Tom Coughlin saved his job.

12. Lions (No. 14; 8-5):  Sometimes, a personal foul can win a game.  As long as all of the officials have their eyes closed at the same time.

13. Cowboys (No. 8; 7-6):  If Dan Bailey were any more iced, he’d be a beer at the bottom of a cooler on the 4th of July.

14. Raiders (No. 10; 7-6):  Well, at least they won’t have to give up another first-round pick for Carson Palmer.

15. Titans (No. 13; 7-6):  If Jake Locker had been the Week One starter, he’d be a candidate for rookie of the year.

16. Bengals (No. 15; 7-6):  How empty would the stands be in Cincinnati if the Bengals didn’t have a winning record?

17. Chargers (No. 19; 6-7):  There’s still an incredibly remote chance that my preseason prediction for AFC champion will be right.

18. Bears (No. 17; 7-6):  When Brian Urlacher said that Tim Tebow is a good running back, Urlacher should have added that Caleb Hanie is a piss-poor quarterback.

19. Seahawks (No. 18; 6-7):  The Seahawks could be a serious contender in 2012.

20. Cardinals (No. 20; 5-8):  The Cardinals could be a serious contender in 2012.

21. Dolphins (No. 21; 4-9):  The Dolphins could be a serious contender in 2012.

22. Chiefs (No. 22; 5-8):  The Chiefs could be a serious contender in 2012.

23. Panthers (No. 23; 4-9):  The Panthers could be a serious contender in 2012.

24. Bills (No. 24; 5-8):  Well, there’s always 2013.

25. Eagles (No. 25; 5-8):  It was refreshing to see the Eagles finally kill a coach other than their own.

26. Jaguars (No. 29; 4-9):  Here’s hoping the Jags become competitive while Maurice Jones-Drew still has some gas in the tank.

27. Browns (No. 27; 4-9):  Maybe whoever was supposed to check Colt McCoy for a concussion was suffering from a concussion.

28. Redskins (No. 28; 4-9):  I wonder how much DeAngelo Hall paid for his standing-room-only, field-level ticket for Sunday’s game.

29. Buccaneers (No. 26; 4-9):  Giving up 41 points to the Jaguars is like giving up 100 to a normal team.

30. Vikings (No. 30; 2-11):  If the ’72 Dolphins won’t be able to open their champagne this year, maybe they can give the bottle to Les Steckel.

31. Rams (No. 31; 2-11):  Well, at least Steve Spagnuolo won’t be the second coach fired this year.  Or the third.

32. Colts (No. 32; 0-13):  Andrew Luck has no problem coexisting with Peyton Manning.  The problem is the other 52 members of the team.

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  1. lapsncaps says: Dec 13, 2011 1:30 PM

    13. Cowboys (No. 8; 7-6): If Dan Bailey were any more iced, he’d be on one knee chugging a Smirnoff

    …fixed

  2. cardsfann1 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:36 PM

    The Cards are not 5-8. I do agree with them being a serious contender next year though. If the owners hadn’t of locked the players out this summer, they would be serious contenders right now!!!

  3. johnnyblumpkin says: Dec 13, 2011 1:38 PM

    Lots of thought went into rankings 19-23. It would be refreshing if you tried……even a little bit.

  4. southpaw2k says: Dec 13, 2011 1:43 PM

    Here’s hoping the 49ers bounce back Monday night against the Harrison-less Steelers.

  5. austrianpanther says: Dec 13, 2011 1:44 PM

    Leave my beloved Jets alone!! At the very least, we are always a bridesmaid! Go J-E-T-S!!!!

  6. austrianpanther says: Dec 13, 2011 1:44 PM

    Leave my beloved Jets alone!! At the very least, we are always a bridesmaid! Go J-E-T-S!!!!

  7. chriskrankin says: Dec 13, 2011 1:48 PM

    Error: I am a huge Cardinals Fan. So if you could please change their record to an accurate record of 6-7 I would feel better.

  8. joewilly says: Dec 13, 2011 1:49 PM

    Lions destroyed the Broncos. Why bother when you don’t take it seriously?

  9. crashdog says: Dec 13, 2011 1:50 PM

    The Les Steckel references are really, really, really, old

  10. We'reFineThere says: Dec 13, 2011 1:50 PM

    Why are the Eagles ranked 25th when they will be making the playoffs?

    In all seriousness, they will probably finish one epic choke of a game too short. What a waste of season…it’s not like the other NFC East really came to play this year either.

  11. rxv5854 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:51 PM

    Oh I get it. The teams ahead of Buffalo will be serious contenders but the bills won’t be so they will have to look forward to 2013.

    Clever. Very clever.

  12. goawayeverybody says: Dec 13, 2011 1:52 PM

    And once again I will get my power rankings from the adults at espn.

  13. prnandhomeless says: Dec 13, 2011 1:53 PM

    How are the eagles ranked 4 spots lower than the team they just embarrassed?

  14. goawayeverybody says: Dec 13, 2011 1:53 PM

    Btw, I’m disgusted that this site has joined the chorus of others that believe winning football games redeems a person for criminal acts. It doesn’t.

  15. desertpirate1146 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:57 PM

    Buccaneers are too high. Not even a top 50 team. I have them just slightly above Tulane.

  16. bozosforall says: Dec 13, 2011 1:58 PM

    Saints better than the Patriots.

  17. bozosforall says: Dec 13, 2011 1:59 PM

    8. Broncos (No. 9; 8-5): Next up, the quarterback who screamed profanities at a coach faces the quarterback who tells the coach “God bless you,” even when the coach hasn’t sneezed.

    __
    Or in shorthand:

    No Class QB (Brady) vs. All Class QB (Tebow)

  18. nyyankeedave says: Dec 13, 2011 2:09 PM

    It’s official, the Steelers have cornered the NFL market on lowlife, scumbag players – and their fans aren’t far behind! =)

  19. staff2cj4td says: Dec 13, 2011 2:11 PM

    as clueless as most articles..the Lions didn’t win because of the non-facemask call, the ball was knocked free before the facemask, so it would of been Lions ball with a 5 yard penalty against Detroit, so it would of still been Lions ball at mid-field!!

    and to think this was PRO-footballtalk LoL

    oh by the way, why doesn’t the Packers comment say something like – The loss of Jennings won’t hurt GB, the refs won’t call touchdowns touchdowns even after replay against the Packers, and as long as the ball touches a Packers hand it’s a TD, they don’t need to actually catch it, just like last week with Ballard and Jennings!

    keep sweating the nuts of the league manufactured streak!!

  20. klunge says: Dec 13, 2011 2:11 PM

    12. Lions (No. 14; 8-5): Sometimes, a personal foul can win a game. As long as all of the officials have their eyes closed at the same time.
    ———————————————-
    Last I checked, having more points than your opponent is what wins games, and the Lions led the whole game.

  21. silverbackdk says: Dec 13, 2011 2:12 PM

    Cardinals record is 6-7. After coming back beating the niners, playing extremely good defense and being 5-1 since an 1-6 start I will argue they are ranked way too low in a POWER-ranking.

  22. jdmp86 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:13 PM

    Wow I guess I missing something cause the Lions beat Tebow and the Broncos 45-10

  23. ottograham says: Dec 13, 2011 2:15 PM

    @goawayeverybody

    if youre referring to Ben then you would be incorrect. He was never, not even ONCE, charged with any crime involving those women. He was guilty of being an a$$hole, but arent we all at times? Dont be sour bc hes better than whoever throws the ball for your squad.

  24. jessethegreat says: Dec 13, 2011 2:18 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Dec 13, 2011 1:58 PM
    Saints better than the Patriots.
    ———————————————————
    Brees couldn’t carry Brady’s jock. Not that Brady would ever let him get near it with that huge growth on his face.

  25. govtminion says: Dec 13, 2011 2:19 PM

    Seriously? After the ending to the Broncos/Bears game, the best you could come up with as a mention for Denver was another ‘Tebow believes in Jesus’ kind of joke?

  26. jessethegreat says: Dec 13, 2011 2:19 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Dec 13, 2011 1:58 PM
    Saints better than the Patriots.
    ——————————————————-
    Let me guess, you’re the same jacka55 that’s still claiming the Aints will still get home field advantage in the NFC?

  27. steelersownyou says: Dec 13, 2011 2:21 PM

    In the words of arnold…..gooooo charrrrrggggers! Beat the ratbirds!

  28. drexelvol says: Dec 13, 2011 2:24 PM

    “25. Eagles (No. 25; 5-8): It was refreshing to see the Eagles finally kill a coach other than their own.”

    Eagles fans only WISH this were true.

  29. 46defense says: Dec 13, 2011 2:24 PM

    And the award for the worst 8-5 team in NFL history goes to ….. The Denver Broncos. Congrats!

    (or luckiest however you want to say it)

  30. njhitman says: Dec 13, 2011 2:29 PM

    nyyankeedave says:Dec 13, 2011 2:09 PM

    It’s official, the Steelers have cornered the NFL market on lowlife, scumbag players – and their fans aren’t far behind! =)
    ————————————————
    And this is comming from a Yankees fan Now thats funny

  31. broncfolife says: Dec 13, 2011 2:31 PM

    “Wow I guess I missing something cause the Lions beat Tebow and the Broncos 45-10″
    •••••—••••••—•••••

    Yeah, I’d say the lat 6 weeks.

  32. zappa69 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:32 PM

    Love how SOME Lions fans have had nothing to root for EVER that they don’t even know the rules.

  33. broncfolife says: Dec 13, 2011 2:33 PM

    Last

  34. 8man says: Dec 13, 2011 2:33 PM

    I can’t see the Patriots above the Texans, Niners or Saints. Not with that defense. So I put them at 7. Maybe two wins against the Jets and a win against the Cowboys count for more than I think.

    That being said, a win in Denver against a surging Broncos team, that apparently cannot lose, would show me something.

    I just have this goofy feeling that if the Patriots don’t beat the Broncos in the regular season, that they will see them in the playoffs…and likely in the first round.

  35. njhitman says: Dec 13, 2011 2:33 PM

    goawayeverybody says:Dec 13, 2011 1:53 PM

    Btw, I’m disgusted that this site has joined the chorus of others that believe winning football games redeems a person for criminal acts. It doesn’t.
    ————————————————
    So what team are you a fan of ??????

  36. packerfan1000 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:34 PM

    Wow I guess I missing something cause the Lions beat Tebow and the Broncos 45-10

    ——————–

    Yeah, and why aren’t the Rams above the Saints??? I guess I missing something, too! Silly Lions fans…

  37. 7thlombardiontheway says: Dec 13, 2011 2:39 PM

    I can tell you took a lot of time with this.

  38. jimmysee says: Dec 13, 2011 2:40 PM

    After reading all the abuse they take in comments around here, I’d expect the Packers to be ranked #7 or #8.

    What gives?

  39. gisellichek says: Dec 13, 2011 2:41 PM

    8. Broncos (No. 9; 8-5): Next up, the quarterback who screamed profanities at a coach faces the quarterback who tells the coach “God bless you,” even when the coach hasn’t sneezed.

    ____________

    Brady is still the class of the AFC…

    ____________

    Like if you think they smoke the Tebows next weekend…

  40. goawayeverybody says: Dec 13, 2011 2:51 PM

    Even if the refs had seen the flagrant face mask committed by Detroit, the Vikings still would have had a soul-crushing turnover on the very next play. It’s the Vikings. Sigh.

  41. up2highhell says: Dec 13, 2011 2:55 PM

    29. Buccaneers (No. 26; 4-9): Giving up 41 points to the Jaguars is like giving up 100 to a normal team.

    Haha he;s right!

  42. bubba9er says: Dec 13, 2011 3:00 PM

    The 9ers should have won in Arizona by double digits. RUN THE BALL IN THE REDZONE! Draw the defense close to the line and get the ball to your TEs on play action. If they don’t crowd the line smash them in the face with Big Frank and stop kicking FGs. The Niners have lost 3 games by a total of 15 points. Only the Pack is better than that.

  43. jdandcoke says: Dec 13, 2011 3:01 PM

    We’reFineThere says:Dec 13, 2011 1:50 PM

    Why are the Eagles ranked 25th when they will be making the playoffs?

    In all seriousness, they will probably finish one epic choke of a game too short. What a waste of season…it’s not like the other NFC East really came to play this year either.

    through week 12 the eagles had the fewest guys on ir in the league with 2…steve smith i guess is number 3.

    dallas was tied for third in the league with only 3 ir’d players….murray would make 4

    the giants were tied for 27th place with 13 ir’d guys. beatty is 14 and baas will be 15 when he’s added.

    thats the ONLY reason the nfc east was competitve this year.

  44. jrs1972 says: Dec 13, 2011 3:07 PM

    “I wonder how much DeAngelo Hall paid for his standing-room-only, field-level ticket for Sunday’s game.”
    —-
    Hey, what he did was less painful and problably less embarrassing then getting steamrolled by a gronk rumbling 50 yards down field

  45. forevercorr says: Dec 13, 2011 3:14 PM

    Yes, the Lions beat the Broncos six or seven weeks ago when Tebow was making his second start, Dumervil wasn’t 100%, and McGahee was out. The Lions were playing hot and Denver was transitioning. It’s the nature of the league, folks. Things change. That game might look a bit different if played under current circumstances.

  46. edreedisgod says: Dec 13, 2011 3:22 PM

    By fair the most comical power rankings ever…the Redskins joke was classic lol…Hail!!!! Not lol

  47. fnslidevick says: Dec 13, 2011 3:30 PM

    Please fire Spags! oh and Castillo. It would be great to have Spags back in Philly coaching our D where he belongs

  48. rskills says: Dec 13, 2011 3:35 PM

    @staff2cj4td

    The Vikings would’ve been given the ball back and half the distance to the goal. Also, if it would’ve been a penalty against them and they got the ball, it’d have been 15 yards, not 5 as they did away with the 5 yarder. Learn some rules!

    Also, kind of tired of the rankings on this site. Can the teams in the 20 somethings get real analysis and not just the same “witty” comment copied and pasted over and over. Would be nice, just once! Perhaps if you weren’t focusing so hard on being witty you would’ve caught that the Cardinals are 6-7!

  49. nflfollower says: Dec 13, 2011 3:49 PM

    Do you really believe the Broncos would beat the Lions if they played today? Honestly? C’mon, the Lions score too many points, no way the Broncos would put up over 30 on Detroit’s D. Anyway, it’s a stupid argument, they’re both 8-5 and they played head to head in Denver, the game was a joke.

    And by the way, the Lions weren’t “hot” they had just lost two in a row before the Denver game.

  50. bosfaninva says: Dec 13, 2011 3:58 PM

    If Tebow starts off 3 for 16 against the Pats, his team will be too far behind for another of his miracle comebacks.

    First, the Pats will put up way more than ten points through three quarters regardless of what Tebow does.

    Second, while the Pats’ pass defense stinks, the one thing they are good at is INTs. So many of Tebow’s errant throws will be picked off and taken the other way, giving Tom Brady short fields to work with.

  51. geemoney713 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:09 PM

    The Baltimorons are just as upset as ever about the Colts leaving if you actually talk to one in person.

    They’ll be even more jealous when their luck runs out and the Colts’ Luck carries them through another strong decade.

  52. rdollie says: Dec 13, 2011 4:09 PM

    Pats #4? I’m a lifetime Pats fan and wonder if whoever does this poll has actually watched multiple recent Pats games? Their defense is of course horrible but most troubling of all they’re not getting better. Put them #4 if you like but they’ll be out of the playoffs in round 2 if not sooner.

    Used to be the Pats offense could make up for the defense but nobody can carry a defense this bad for this long. God forbid they somehow stumble into the Superbowl as the Packers would abuse them with vigor…

  53. bosfaninva says: Dec 13, 2011 4:27 PM

    Pats-Packers SB would be interesting — two of the best offenses in the NFL vs. the two worst defenses in the NFL (at least based on YPG; both are better than average based on PPG).

  54. jkay1818 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:36 PM

    We’reFineThere says:
    Dec 13, 2011 1:50 PM
    Why are the Eagles ranked 25th when they will be making the playoffs?

    In all seriousness, they will probably finish one epic choke of a game too short. What a waste of season…it’s not like the other NFC East really came to play this year either.
    ____________________________________
    It’s hard for the giants to come and play when a lot of their roster is out for the season on IR. That doesnt even count Bradshaw missing 4 games, Nicks missing a few games, Osi missing half the season, Phillips missing a few games. Other than that, the eagles are right in it. They are playing with back up linebackers to their backups, a make shift Oline and a makeshift secondary all yr.

  55. ahs2 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:45 PM

    Just put the Lions at 32 and get it over with; this blog/news site/whatever it is portrays them that way anyway!!

  56. fansinceshea says: Dec 13, 2011 5:04 PM

    The Dolphins could be a serious contender in 2012.

    That’s what they say every year. Almost as lame as the NYJ winning the Super Bowl every year!!!

  57. charlutes says: Dec 13, 2011 5:43 PM

    The Seahawks, Cardinals, Panthers, Chiefs and Dolphins are all serious contenders in 2012? You sure you didn’t just get lazy, or maybe u don’t actually know much about these teams? This is much like when you make a prediction and ur analysis is, “they need a loss”. Weak as usual. Go ask Rosenthal what’s up cuz he actually dissects teams.

  58. asublimeday says: Dec 14, 2011 2:01 AM

    Here’s hoping that loudmouth MJD never sees another winning season in his career.

  59. mancave001 says: Dec 14, 2011 7:55 PM

    Wait…the Eagles are behind the Bills, Chiefs, Dolphins and Panthers? Uh…how are they ranked 5 spots behind a team they just dismantled and now have a better record than? They are even still technically alive for the playoffs.

  60. neon88m says: Dec 14, 2011 7:57 PM

    Let’s not talk about Tebow any more..
    Last week the Bears lost the game themselves and not beaten by the Bronco.

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