Here’s a look at my power rankings following Week 12’s games.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 1; No Change; W, 45-24 vs. Det)
Got behind early against the Lions and then cruised in the second half.
2. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 2; No Change; W, 17-10 vs. TB)
Won a tight game against the up-and-coming Bucs.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 3; No Change; W, 19-16 vs. Buf)
Nearly lost to the lowly Bills on the road and it would have been a devastating loss.
4. New York Jets
(No. 4; No Change; W, 26-10 vs. Cin)
Beat the Bengals on Thanksgiving night despite just 166 yards passing from Mark Sanchez.
5. New Orleans Saints
(No. 6; Up 1; W, 30-27 vs. Dal)
Good come from behind victory against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Drew Brees passed for 352 yards.
6. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 8; Up 2; W, 20-17 vs. GB)
Won a battle of the top NFC teams by edging the Packers at home.
7. Chicago Bears
(No. 11; Up 4; W, 31-26 vs. Phi)
Won a convincing battle against a good team in Philadelphia. Matt Forte topped 100 rushing yards for the first time this season.
8. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 5; Down 3; L, 36-14 vs. Ind)
Lost a home game to the Chargers and looked bad doing it. Peyton Manning could be in a little slump.
9. Green Bay Packers
(No. 7; Down 2; L, 20-17 vs. Atl)
Kept the game close but could not beat a Falcons team that is tough to play at home. Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 yards in the loss.
10. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 9; Down 1; L, 31-26 vs. Chi)
The Bears defense figured out how to slow down this red hot Eagles offense. Michael Vick finished with 333 passing yards in the loss.
11. New York Giants
(No. 10; Down 1; W, 24-20 vs. Jac)
Won a tight battle against a surprisingly good Jaguars team.
12. San Diego Chargers
(No. 14; Up 2; W, 36-14 vs. Ind)
Pounded the Colts in Indianapolis thanks to a swarming defense and 103 rushing yards from Mike Tolbert.
13. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 15; Up 2; W, 42-24 vs. Sea)
Jamaal Charles rushed for 173 yards and Dwayne Bowe recorded 170 receiving yards in a huge victory over the Seahawks.
14. Washington Redskins
(No. 12; Down 2; L, 17-13 vs. Min)
Donovan McNabb passed fr 211 yards in the loss to the Vikings.
15. Houston Texans
(No. 17; Up 2; W, 20-0 vs. Ten)
Texans blanked the Titans behind a stifling defense and 143 rushing yards from Arian Foster.
16. Tennessee Titans
(No. 13; Down 3; L, 20-0 vs. Hou)
Looked terrible in a shutout loss to the Texans.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 16; Down 1; L, 17-10 vs. Bal)
Managed to keep the game close against a good team in the Ravens.
18. Miami Dolphins
(No. 21; Up 3; W, 33-17 vs. Oak)
Pounded the Raiders in Oakland behind 307 passing yards from Chad Henne and 95 rushing yards from Ricky Williams.
19. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 22; Up 3; W, 17-13 vs. Was)
Adrian Peterson suffered an injury but the Vikings won the first game for interim coach Leslie Frazier.
20. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 18; Down 2; L, 42-24 vs. KC)
Got pounded at home by the Chiefs because they could not stop the run or defend WR Dwayne Bowe.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 19; Down 2; L, 24-20 vs. NYG)
Luck ran out for the Jaguars as they could not stage a comeback to beat the Giants on the road. Maurice Jones-Drew had 113 rushing yards in the loss.
22. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 20; Down 2; L, 30-27 vs. NO)
Had the lead late in the game but could not stop the Saints on the final drive.
23. Oakland Raiders
(No. 23; No Change; L, 33-17 vs. Mia)
Embarrassed at home by the Miami Dolphins, the Raiders had just 16 net rushing yards.
24. Cleveland Browns
(No. 24; No Change; W, 24-23 vs. Car)
Managed to beat the Saints and Patriots this year but almost loss to the lowly Panthers. That’s what I call parity.
25. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 25; No Change; L, 26-10 vs. NYJ)
Lost on the road to the Jets on Thanksgiving evening. Carson Palmer had just 135 passing yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
26. St. Louis Rams
(No. 28; Up 2; W, 36-33 vs. Den)
Beat the Broncos on the road behind 308 passing yards and three touchdowns from Sam Bradford, his first career 300-yard game.
27. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 27; No Change; W, 27-6 vs. Ari)
Knocked off the Cardinals on the road. Brian Westbrook rushed for 136 yards in the victory.
28. Denver Broncos
(No. 26; Down 2; L, 36-33 vs. Stl)
Staged a late comeback, but the Broncos could not beat the Rams at home.
29. Buffalo Bills
(No. 30; Up 1; L, 19-16 vs. Pit)
Looked impressive in the overtime loss to the Steelers. Steve Johnson had a chance to win the game but dropped a sure touchdown in the end zone.
30. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 29; Down 1; L, 27-6 vs. SF)
Cardinals fans have bigger reasons to worry about than what Derek Anderson does on the sideline… such as, what he’s doing on the field in the first place.
31. Detroit Lions
(No. 31; No Change; L, 45-24 vs. NE)
Jumped out to an early Thanksgiving day lead but were eventually overmatched by a better Patriots team.
32. Carolina Panthers
(No. 32; No Change; L, 24-23 vs. Cle)
Had a lead against the Browns but just couldn’t close the deal. Former Panther Jake Delhomme threw for 245 yards against his old team.
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