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 17 (previous rankings included)
1. (1) Indianapolis Colts: 14-1
It is hard for us to move our top team when Peyton Manning isn’t playing in the fourth quarter.
2. (3) San Diego Chargers: 12-3
If Philip Rivers isn’t now in your top three for MVP finalists, then you didn’t see him light up the Titans on Christmas night in Nashville.
3. (2) New Orleans Saints: 13-2
Trouble in the Big Easy? The Saints have dropped two straight, but still hold the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
4. (4) Philadelphia Eagles: 11-4
Donovan McNabb and the Eagles are rolling — does it continue in a clash for the NFC title and possibly a No.2 seed in the NFC when they travel to Dallas?
5. (5) Dallas Cowboys: 10-5
Tony Romo can put the December woes to bed for good with a win over Philly this Sunday, but he needs Miles Austin to continue to produce.
6. (7) Green Bay Packers: 10-5
The Packers clinched a playoff spot on Sunday and will be a tough matchup in January because of their ball-hawking defense.
7. (9) New England Patriots: 10-5
The Patriots and Tom Brady look like they are gearing up for a postseason run, but do they have the defense to do it?
8. (6) Minnesota Vikings: 11-4
Don’t look now, but the Vikings have dropped three of their last four games. Maybe the rift between Favre and Childress goes deeper than we think.
9. (8) Cincinnati Bengals: 10-5
The Bengals weren’t impressive at home in a win over the Chiefs, but with their style of play, they rarely are.
10. (11) Arizona Cardinals: 10-5
The Cards are laying in the weeds out west, and still will be a tough matchup if they protect the ball in January with Warner and company.
11. Baltimore Ravens: 8-7
The Ravens gave away a game to Pittsburgh on Sunday, but they are still in the dance with a win over the Raiders this Sunday.
12. (15) Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-7
The late season push by Roethlisberger and the Steelers has moved them up, but they still need help to get in.
13. (18) Houston Texans: 8-7
Quietly, the Texans have won three straight and sit on the edge of the playoffs — and probably saved Gary Kubiak’s job in doing it.
14. (21) NY Jets: 8-7
How did the Jets end up here? A chance to get in the playoffs with a win over Cincy — who might rest some players. Sound familiar?
15. (12) Tennessee Titans: 7-8
That looked like the Vince Young that was benched on Friday night against the Bolts.
16. (16) Denver Broncos: 8-7
That 6-0 start by Josh McDaniels’ team seems like years ago for the Broncos.
17. (14) Miami Dolphins: 7-8
The Dolphins lost their own personal playoffs the last two weeks against Tennessee and Houston.
18. (19) Carolina Panthers: 7-8
It has to make you wonder where this team would be if Matt Moore was the starter on opening day.
19. (20) Atlanta Falcons: 8-7
Matt Ryan makes this team a competitor, and his injury is the only reason they aren’t playing for a playoff spot this Sunday.
How bad was that on Sunday in the Meadowlands? This team has some issues to fix on defense.
21. (17) Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-8
The schedule finally exposed a Jags team that was a fraud.
22. (22) San Francisco 49ers: 7-8
A win this weekend and Mike Singletary’s team finishes at 8-8 with a lot to look forward to in 2010.
23. (25) Chicago Bears: 6-9
Who was that playing QB for the Bears last night? Cutler wins over the Soldier Field crowd with four TD passes and an upset over Minnesota.
24. (27) Cleveland Browns: 4-11
Give the Browns and Mangini some credit — they have won three straight with a combo of Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson at QB.
25. (23) Oakland Raiders: 5-10
The Raiders have reached double-digit losses again. When will it ever stop?
26. (29) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3-12
Two straight road wins have Raheem Morris looking pretty good heading into the offseason — unless Bill Cowher wants to coach again.
27. (24) Washington Redskins: 4-11
To say that the ‘Skins have shut it down would be an understatement. A big mess for Mike Shanahan to clean up?
28. (26) Buffalo Bills: 5-10
The Bills look lifeless right now, and there is no answer at QB — still.
29. (28) Seattle Seahawks: 5-10
It might be time to start preparing for the future at QB in Seattle.
30. (30) Kansas City Chiefs: 3-12
Expect an active offseason from Scott Pioli and the Chiefs.
31. (31) Detroit Lions: 2-13
They keep playing, but then again, the Lions keep losing. Is there hope?
32. (32) St. Louis Rams: 1-14
With the first selection of the 2010 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select…
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