NFL Power Rankings
Every Tuesday, the National Football Post brings you our weekly power rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.
Week 16 (previous rankings included)
1. (2) Indianapolis Colts: 14-0
The Colts move up to our top spot with another fourth quarter Manning comeback that might have locked up the MVP award.
2. (1) New Orleans Saints: 13-1
The first loss for the Saints exposed some issues in the secondary and at offensive tackle — but they are still our favorite to win the NFC.
3. (3) San Diego Chargers: 11-3
Nine in a row for the Bolts and more big plays from Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson for a team that can match up with Indy in January.
4. (5) Philadelphia Eagles: 10-4
Is there a defense in the NFL that can contain WR DeSean Jackson? Doesn’t look like it for Andy Reid’s team that is getting hot again in December.
5. (11) Dallas Cowboys: 9-5
Too big of a jump for the Cowboys? We don’t think so for a team that could go on a run with Romo at QB.
6. (4) Minnesota Vikings: 11-3
Favre threw three picks in the first three months of the season. He has now thrown four in December for a Vikings team that is being exposed.
7. (6) Green Bay Packers: 9-5
The Packers streak stopped at five, and the loss of Al Harris finally came into play against Roethlisberger and the Steelers.
8. (7) Cincinnati Bengals: 9-5
A last-second field goal knocked out the Bengals, who looked every bit like a playoff team on the road in Carson Palmer’s best day of the season.
9. (9) New England Patriots: 9-5
Randy Moss showed up after his own bye week and the Pats won again. But, is this team still dangerous in January?
10. (10) Baltimore Ravens: 8-6
The Ravens find themselves as the No. 5 seed in the AFC after a beatdown of Chicago at home, and could be in for another classic with the Steelers on Sunday.
11. (8) Arizona Cardinals: 9-5
Since the Minnesota win, the Cards were pounded by the Niners and squeaked out a win over the Lions.
12. (15) Tennessee Titans: 7-7
Chris Johnson is putting to bed any questions about who is the best RB in the league for a Titans team that continues to fight for a playoff spot.
13. (14) NY Giants: 8-6
That was the Giants team we saw back in September last night at Fed Ex Field, but the G-Men still need help to get in the dance.
14. (13) Miami Dolphins: 7-7
The OT loss hurt the Dolphins’ playoff chances, but they can still play with anyone in the league.
15. (18) Pittsburgh Steelers: 7-7
The last-second win over the Pack jumps Roethlisberger and the Steelers back into the playoff discussion — and Baltimore is up next on the schedule.
16. (12) Denver Broncos: 8-6
Losing to the Raiders in the middle of a playoff run is never good, and to make matters worse, the running game has evaporated in Josh McDaniels’ offense.
17. (17) Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-7
The increase in competition continues for David Garrard and the Jags, who head to New England on Sunday.
18. (20) Houston Texans: 7-7
Houston snuck by the Rams on the road. That won’t work down in Miami this week.
19. (22) Carolina Panthers: 6-8
Matt Moore found out how easy it is to win in the NFL when you get the ball to WR Steve Smith, who tore up the Vikings.
20. (21) Atlanta Falcons: 7-7
Tony Gonzalez showed once again that he is still the most reliable tight end in the league.
21. (16) NY Jets: 7-7
You won’t win many games scoring seven points and getting three interceptions from your QB no matter how tough you play on defense.
22. (19) San Francisco 49ers: 6-8
Coming off the Monday night win over Arizona, we expected to see more from the Niners at Philly.
23. (25) Oakland Raiders: 5-9
It doesn’t matter who is playing QB when you can run the ball like the Raiders did on Sunday at Denver.
24. (23) Washington Redskins: 4-10
The ‘Skins looked like they packed it in last night in front of a national audience in an embarrassing performance.
25. (24) Chicago Bears: 5-9
That is now 25 interceptions thrown by Bears QB Jay Cutler, and there should be more when Minnesota comes to town on Monday night.
26. (26) Buffalo Bills: 5-9
Sooner or later, this franchise will find a QB that they can count on.
27. (28) Cleveland Browns: 3-11
Josh Cribbs and Jerome Harrison are showing new team president Mike Holmgren that there is some talent on this team.
28. (27) Seattle Seahawks: 5-9
Whoever takes over at GM in Seattle has a lot of work to do. That was a mess on Sunday at home against Tampa Bay.
29. (30) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-12
A good finish will set up Josh Freeman and the Bucs for the offseason, where the draft will be key.
30. (29) Kansas City Chiefs: 3-11
Scott Pioli needs to clean out the defensive side of the locker room — quickly.
31. (31) Detroit Lions: 2-12
That was the closet thing to a moral victory for Schwartz and the Lions, but they still need to find a way to win close games.
32. (32) St. Louis Rams: 1-13
Outside of Steven Jackson and the throwback uniforms, there isn’t much to say right now about the Rams.