NFL Power Rankings

Every week, the National Football Post brings you our weekly Power Rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.

Week 15 (previous rankings included)

1. (1) New Orleans Saints: 13-0
The Saints continue to win close games and can lock up home-field advantage in the NFC with a win over Dallas this Saturday night.

2. (2) Indianapolis Colts: 13-0
With the lead shrinking on Sunday, Peyton Manning took the Colts on an 80-yard drive to seal another victory.

3. (3) San Diego Chargers: 10-3
If it wasn’t for Brees and Manning, Philip Rivers would be the NFL’s MVP for a San Diego team that has won eight in a row.

4. (6) Minnesota Vikings: 11-2
Are the Vikings that much better than the Bengals? It sure looked that way up in Minneapolis on Sunday.

5. (7) Philadelphia Eagles: 9-4
Is there a defensive back in the NFC who can cover DeSean Jackson down the field? Sure doesn’t look like it.

6. (10) Green Bay Packers: 9-4
Another INT for Charles Woodson, who is leading this team and running away with the DPOY award.

7. (5) Cincinnati Bengals: 9-4
Carson Palmer says that his elbow is OK. Should we believe him after that performance on Sunday?

8. (4) Arizona Cardinals: 8-5
What was that last night in San Fran? Seven turnovers for a team that forgot to show up to the stadium.

9. (9) New England Patriots: 8-5
At this point in the season, the Pats will take wins anyway they can get them—especially with the Dolphins and the Jets on their heels.

10. (12) Baltimore Ravens: 7-6
The Ravens’ offensive production on Sunday reminded us of September. Does it continue against Chicago?

11. (8) Dallas Cowboys: 8-5
December has officially arrived in Dallas, and we are still wondering about the fourth- down call on the goal line.

12. (11) Denver Broncos: 8-5
Brandon Marshall was unstoppable in Indy, but it takes more than that to beat the Colts at home.

13. (14) Miami Dolphins: 7-6
The NFL’s most physical team will be dancing in January if they can win out.

14. (12) NY Giants: 7-6
It will be hard for the Giants to make a wild-card run when they can’t defend the deep ball.

15. (18) Tennessee Titans: 6-7
Vince Young’s hamstring is a concern, but the production of Chris Johnson is not. Does he have an outside chance at the MVP award?

16. (17) NY Jets: 7-6
The running game and Rex Ryan’s defense have the Jets back in the hunt and playing tough football at the right time of the year.

17. (15) Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-6

18. (16) Pittsburgh Steelers: 6-7
Say goodbye to the defending champs after that performance on Thursday night in Cleveland.

19. (22) San Francisco 49ers: 6-7
The Niners pounded the Cards last night, and for the second time this season looked like the tougher team up front.

20. (21) Houston Texans: 6-7
Gary Kubiak might have to win out to keep his job in Houston next year—and having Andre Johnson will help.

21. (19) Atlanta Falcons: 6-7
A year of “what if’s” for the Falcons after Matt Ryan went down.</p>

22. (20) Carolina Panthers: 5-8
The Panthers were able to shut down Randy Moss—but still went home with a loss on Sunday.

23. (24) Washington Redskins: 4-9
The Redskins can compete with anyone right now, which isn’t good for the Giants and the Cowboys, who are up next on the schedule.

24. (23) Chicago Bears: 5-8
Jay Cutler has now thrown 22 INTs this season. Can he get to 30 in the next three weeks?

25. (24) Oakland Raiders: 4-9
Losing QB Bruce Gradkowski will hurt this team’s development down the stretch—especially if JaMarcus Russell is given the ball again.

26. (27) Buffalo Bills: 5-8
The Bills won despite Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for only 86 yards, but you can do that against the Chiefs.

27. (27) Seattle Seahawks: 5-8
If Mike Holmgren lands in Seattle, his first priority is to find a secondary that can run after the Texans torched them.

28. (32) Cleveland Browns: 2-11
How about the Browns? One of the better defensive game plans we have seen this season from Rob Ryan against Pittsburgh.

29. (28) Kansas City Chiefs: 3-10
The Matt Cassel deal is starting to look really questionable right now in Kansas City.

30. (29) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-12
Remember the big free-agent signings of Derrick Ward and Kellen Winslow? Maybe next year in Tampa.

31. (30) Detroit Lions: 2-11
How bad was that loss in Baltimore? Really bad considering the Lions lost RB Kevin Smith to a knee injury.

32. (31) St. Louis Rams: 1-12
Steven Jackson continues to be the only highlight for a team that cannot compete with the rest of the league.

For a look at Bleacher Report's Week 15 Power Rankings, click here.

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