Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NFL Power Rankings - Week 14

This week's power rankings below.

1Houston Texans 378
Last Week: 1
Notes: The Texans chances of getting a #1 seed gets even better with the Ravens losing and the Texans winning.

2. New England Patriots 361
Last Week: 2
Notes: Very excited to see the Patriots take on the Texans. These two teams are the best in the NFL in my opinion.
3. Atlanta Falcons 319
Last Week: 3
Notes: The Falcons have wrapped up the NFC South and hope to do the same with the #1 seed in the conference.

4. Denver Broncos 284
Last Week: 6
Notes: Broncos already have more wins this year than they had in all of 2011 (and also clinched the NFC West 4 weeks earlier).
5. San Francisco 49ers 268
Last Week: 4
Notes: Another OT game against the Rams, but this time the 49ers find themselves on the losing end. Harbaugh has to stick with Kaepernick at this point. Going back and forth would be a bad move for a time fighting for a good seed in the playoffs.

6. Chicago Bears 237
Last Week: 5
Notes: Tough OT loss for the Bears. The loss knocks them back into second place in the division.

7.  Baltimore Ravens 235
Last Week: 7
Notes: The Ravens finally lose a game to the Steelers without Big Ben. They're still two games ahead in the AFC North and are in good shape to take the division.

8. Green Bay Packers: 187
Last Week: 9
Notes: The Packers find themselves in first place in the NFC North after beating the Vikings and are only a half game back of a #2 seed (and first round bye in the playoffs).

9. New York Giants 131
Last Week: 8
Notes: All of a sudden the Giants go from looking in good shape for a playoff birth to it getting very very close. They are still in the driver's seat and could sneak in as a wildcard if they lose out the division, but they are likely going to have to win the NFC East to make it. They probably will need to go 3-1 to make it which isn't easy with games left against the Ravens, Saints, Eagles, and Falcons.

10.  Seattle Seahawks: 109
Last Week: 11
Notes: The Seahawks finally win another game on the road and keep a hold onto the 6th seed.

11.  Cincinnati Bengals 101
Last Week: 12
Notes:  One of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. Steelers better keep winning because the Bengals are right behind them.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers: 89
Last Week: 13
Notes: The Steelers face the Chargers and Cowboys before taking on the Bengals at home. I have a feeling that Bengals game will decide the 6th seed of the playoffs.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:77
Last Week: 10
Notes: After two very tough opponents, things get easier for the Buccs with a home against the Eagles. However, they shouldn't overlook this Eagles team who is beyond desperate for a win.

14. Indianapolis Colts: 54
Last Week: 15
Notes: I probably have them ranked lowest out of all power rankings. The Colts are a good team and are finding ways to win games. Andrew Luck has also been sensational as a rookie. In terms of overall talent, I put them thought right in the middle of all 6-6 / 7-5 teams (which I think they are at the same level as).

15. Washington Redskins: 40
Last Week: 16
Notes: 3 divisional wins in a row and all of a sudden the Redskins have a legit shot of making the playoffs.

16.  Minnesota Vikings 20
Last Week: 14
Notes:  That loss makes the road ahead to the playoffs even more difficult, but it's good to see the Vikings have a much improved season over 2011.

17. Dallas Cowboys:16
Last Week: 19
Notes: They beat the Eagles and are now only 1 game behind the Giants in the NFC East.

18. New Orleans Saints: -8
Last Week: 17
Notes: Their technically still in the playoff race, but that loss to the Falcons pretty much ends it for this Saints team.

19. St. Louis Rams: -21
Last Week: 22
Notes: I doubt the Rams will make the playoffs (the best they can do is 9-6-1 which might not even be good enough for a playoff birth), but this team is definitely going in the right direction under Fisher's leadership.

20. Miami Dolphins: -22
Last Week: 18
Notes: The Dolphins lose and are now in a 3 way tie with the Jets and Bills for 2nd place (or last..however you want to look at it).
21.  San Diego Chargers-39
Last Week: 20
Notes: The Chargers will likely finish even worse than they did in 2011. It will be hard for Norv Tuner to come up with excuses for why.

22.  Detroit Lions: -54
Last Week: 21
Notes: Probably having the worst luck out of any team in the NFL right now. They lose one to the Texans that they should have won (due to a bad call) and then they lose to the Colts in the last drive of the game after a great comeback by them. Hard for a team to bounce back after that especially after sitting at 4-8.

23. New York Jets: -62
Last Week: 24
Notes: It will be interesting to see what the Jets do next week in terms of starting QB. I know they believe they still are in the playoff hunt, but at this point they might as well see what McElroy can do. 

24. Buffalo Bills: -63
Last Week: 26
Notes: Believe it or not, the Bills have four winnable games to close out the season (Rams, home against the Seahawks, Jets, and Dolphins) which would put them at 9-7.

25. Cleveland Browns: -78
Last Week: 25
Notes: The Browns are on a winning streak. A sentence I thought I'd never say this season.

26.  Arizona Cardinals -79
Last Week: 23
Notes: Wow..make it 8 losses in a row. The Eagles are the only other team with that many losses in a row.

27. Carolina Panthers: -135
Last Week: 27
Notes:  There are many things this 3-9 team will need to address in the off season.

28 Tennessee Titans: -147
Last Week: 28
Notes: 4-16 is my prediction for this bad, bad team.

29. Philadelphia Eagles: -173
Last Week: 29
Notes: Andy Reid is reaching for anything positive in these press conferences, but he knows he's gone after this season.
30  Oakland Raiders: -215
Last Week: 30
Notes: . The Raiders better watch out. The Chiefs are only a game behind them.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars: -240
Last Week: 31
Notes: .Almost were dropped to 32 in the rankings, but still think they are slightly better than the Chiefs.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: -241
Last Week: 32
Notes: An emotional filled game for this Chiefs. Can't imagine what they were / are going through. A well earned victory.

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