Every Tuesday, the National Football Post brings you our weekly power rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the teams.
Week 12 (previous rankings included)
1. (1) New Orleans Saints: 10-0
Thirty-eight points and a blowout win gets the Saints to the 10-win mark—and a primetime showdown with the Patriots is next up on the schedule.
2. (2) Indianapolis Colts: 10-0
Winning at Baltimore is just another example of how the Colts can play different styles of football—which is big come the postseason.
3. (3) Minnesota Vikings: 9-1
Another week, and another huge game for Favre and the Vikings. Does anyone want to play this team in January?
4. (5) New England Patriots: 7-3
The Pats looked like they were having fun at the Jets’ expense on Sunday—showing Rex Ryan that he has a long way to go in the AFC East.
5. (8) San Diego Chargers: 7-3
The Bolts have now won five straight, and the way they ran the ball against Denver isn’t going to stop.
6. (7) Arizona Cardinals: 7-3
The Cards won a game over another NFC West opponent, but Warner’s injury should concern some folks in the desert.
7. (4) Cincinnati Bengals: 7-3
How did the Bengals let Bruce Gradkowski beat them a week after shutting down Roethlisberger?
8. (9) Dallas Cowboys: 7-3
An ugly win over the ‘Skins, but winning games in the NFC East doesn’t have to be pretty to count.
9. (12) Philadelphia Eagles: 6-4
Shady McCoy let Eagles fans breathe easier about Westbrook’s injury after he ran through the Bears on Sunday night at Soldier Field.
10. (6) Pittsburgh Steelers: 6-4
Penalties, turnovers and a lack of tackling will get you beat at any level—and in Kansas City.
11. (10) Baltimore Ravens: 5-5
Another close loss for a team that can’t buy a break in the schedule. Up next: their biggest game of the year against the Steelers.
12. (16) NY Giants: 6-4
Eli Manning had a career day, but when is someone going to start making big plays in the Giants secondary?
13. (15) Green Bay Packers: 6-4
Dom Capers’ defense will have to find replacements for Al Harris and Aaron Kampman in the middle of a playoff run.
14. (17) Miami Dolphins: 5-5
The loss of Ronnie Brown forced the Dolphins to become a conventional offense—and you can do that when you have Ricky Williams.
15. (13) Atlanta Falcons: 5-5
Can Matt Ryan carry this team and keep Atlanta is the playoff race until Michael Turner returns?
16. (19) Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-4
The Jags keep winning, but the schedule will toughen down the stretch. How good is this team?
17. (20) Tennessee Titans: 4-6
No one wants to play the Titans right now, and they are starting to sneak into the wild-card discussion.
18. (14) Houston Texans: 5-5
To make it to the postseason, you have to convert in crucial situations. Kris Brown and the Texans have not figured that out.
19. (11) Denver Broncos: 6-4
Four straight losses and a run defense that has evaporated have the Broncos spiraling out of control.
20. (18) Carolina Panthers: 4-6
The Panthers can run on any team in the NFL, but quarterbacks still win games when it counts.
21. (21) NY Jets: 4-6
Now we can see why it is hard to win with rookie quarterbacks in this league.
22. (22) San Francisco 49ers: 4-6
The Niners have talent, but they are still a year away when it comes to the playoffs.
23. (23) Chicago Bears: 4-6
Offensive coordinator Ron Turner is on the hot seat in Chicago after another woeful offensive night at home.
24. (24) Washington Redskins: 3-7
Greg Blache’s defense was outstanding in Dallas, but it still wasn’t enough.
25. (27) Kansas City Chiefs: 3-7
Picking up WR Chris Chambers is the best move thus far by Scott Pioli in Kansas City.
26. (28) Oakland Raiders: 3-7
Gradkowski’s fourth-quarter comeback is the reason he is playing over JaMarcus Russell—and he should be the starter for the rest of the season.
27. (25) Seattle Seahawks: 3-7
Bad performance in Minnesota for Seattle, and an even worse season in Jim Mora’s first as head coach of the Seahawks.
28. (26) Buffalo Bills: 3-7
It took ten weeks for Terrell Owens to have an impact, and it still wasn’t enough for Perry Fewell’s Bills.
29. (31) Detroit Lions: 2-8
Matthew Stafford is for real, and Lions fans should be excited about the future of this franchise with the rookie from Georgia at QB.
30. (29) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-9
There will be a lot of roster changes for the Bucs this offseason, but Josh Freeman isn’t one of them.
31. (30) St. Louis Rams: 1-9
The most exciting day for Rams fans should come in April—when this franchise drafts the QB of the future.
32. (32) Cleveland Browns: 1-9
Brady Quinn did show some ability against the Lions, but Cleveland still doesn’t know how to win games under Mangini.
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