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 14 (previous rankings included)
1. (1) New Orleans Saints: 12-0
An unconventional way to win a ball game? Of course, but that is why the Saints are 12-0 and the Redskins are 3-9.
2. (2) Indianapolis Colts: 12-0
Manning and the Colts put the story of Vince Young and the comeback Titans to bed with a convincing win in Indy.
3. (4) San Diego Chargers: 9-3
That is now seven wins in a row for a Chargers team that was left for dead early in the season.
4. (5) Cincinnati Bengals: 9-3
The Bengals are playing for a first-round bye—but a trip to Minneapolis this week will be their toughest test of the season.
5. (8) Arizona Cardinals: 8-4
How good is Kurt Warner when he has time in the pocket? Ask the Minnesota secondary.
6. (3) Minnesota Vikings: 10-2
One loss is not going to sink the Vikes, but it was a loss that exposed some issues in Minnesota.
7. (9) Philadelphia Eagles: 8-4
McNabb and the Eagles are hot—and could find themselves winning the NFC East.
8. (7) Dallas Cowboys: 8-4
Tony Romo wasn’t the reason that the Cowboys lost—but their special teams sure didn’t help in the Meadowlands.
9. (6) New England Patriots: 7-5
Suddenly, the Patriots look vulnerable in the month of December—and that is something new to this franchise.
10. (11) Green Bay Packers: 8-4
It isn’t often that the Ravens are outplayed by an opposing defense—but that is exactly what happened last night in Lambeau Field.
11. (13) Denver Broncos: 8-4
The Broncos look like a lock to grab a wild-card spot in the AFC after a midseason slump.
12. (10) Baltimore Ravens: 6-6
It seems like the Ravens play the league’s best every week, and it has left them as a .500 team who might not make it to the dance.
13. (15) NY Giants: 7-5
The G-Men are back in the hunt thanks to the big plays that were missing for most of the season.
14. (17) Miami Dolphins: 6-6
The Dolphins rebounded and took care of the Pats at home—and the AFC East race is now far from over.
15. (18) Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-5
The Jags finish up with a brutal four-game stretch that will determine their playoff lives.
16. (12) Pittsburgh Steelers: 6-6
The Champs are on the ropes, and it is going to take a big December run for the Steelers to get back to the postseason.
17. (19) NY Jets: 6-6
Darrelle Revis once again showed why he is the best cover corner in the league, and the Jets are still alive.
18. (14) Tennessee Titans: 5-7
The 0-6 start has finally caught up with the Titans after a nice run with Vince Young and Chris Johnson.
19. (15) Atlanta Falcons: 6-6
The Falcons lost their playoff chances when Matt Ryan went down with an injury. An awful showing at home against the Eagles.
20. (22) Carolina Panthers: 5-7
QB Matt Moore was solid in his first start of the season with Jake Delhomme watching from the sideline.
21. (18) Houston Texans: 5-7
The Texans are back to being average once again—and it could cost Gary Kubiak his job in Houston.
22. (21) San Francisco 49ers: 5-7
Alex Smith is now auditioning for the quarterback job in 2010—and he is playing like he deserves it.
23. (24) Chicago Bears: 5-7
We won’t give the Bears much love for beating the Rams, but we will change our tune if they can beat the Packers this Sunday at Soldier Field.
24. (26) Oakland Raiders: 4-8
Bruce Gradkowski looks like a pro QB right now—which isn’t good for the future of JaMarcus Russell in Oakland.
25. (23) Washington Redskins: 3-9
Close loses don’t count in the NFL—and the ‘Skins have had plenty of them in ’09.
26. (27) Seattle Seahawks: 5-7
Every player on this roster is playing for their jobs in 2010—especially with Mike Holmgren looming.
27. (25) Buffalo Bills: 4-8
The Bills need to be rebuilt—again—and it starts at the quarterback position.
28. (28) Kansas City Chiefs: 3-9
A brutal first season for Matt Cassel got worse against the Broncos in an embarrassing loss for the Chiefs.
29. (29) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-11
Yes, Josh Freeman has been good this season, but he showed that he is still a rookie by throwing five picks on Sunday.
30. (30) Detroit Lions: 2-10
The Lions are still competing—and that is a good sign for head coach Jim Schwartz.
31. (31) St. Louis Rams: 1-11
The Rams gave the Bears a game on the road, but sooner or later this franchise has to start winning again.
32. (32) Cleveland Browns: 1-11
The ongoing evaluation process continues for Brady Quinn, as does the race for Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh in Cleveland.
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