Here’s a look at my power rankings following Week 15’s games.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 1; No Change; W, 31-27 vs. GB)
Survived a tough performance from the Packers led by Matt Flynn. Still the best team in the league.
2. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 4; Up 2; W, 34-18 vs. Sea)
The best team in the NFC, they knocked off the Seahawks in short fashion.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 2; Down 1; L, 22-17 vs. NYJ)
Too many injuries to overcome a desperate Jets team that was anxious to overcome a two-game slide.
4. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 5; Up 1; W, 30-24 vs. NO)
Beat a solid Saints team at home behind 153 rushing and 80 receiving yards from Ray Rice.
5. New Orleans Saints
(No. 3; Down 2; L, 30-24 vs. Bal)
Ran into a team with a solid run game and defense and lost on the road to Baltimore.
6. Chicago Bears
(No. 6; No Change; W, 40-14 vs. Min)
Destroyed the Vikings on Monday night to clinch the NFC North division title and remain undefeated in division play.
7. New York Jets
(No. 8; Up 1; W, 22-17 vs. Pit)
Defeated a beat up Steelers team in Pittsburgh, which is no easy task. Mark Sanchez had an efficient yet unspectacular game.
8. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 9; Down 1; W, 38-31 vs. NYG)
Completed an unbelievable comeback, scoring 28 points in the final seven minutes of the game capped off by a 65-yard DeSean Jackson punt return touchdown on the final play of the game.
9. Green Bay Packers
(No. 7; Down 2; L, 31-27 vs. NE)
Nobody would have believed Matt Flynn could have stepped in for the concussed Aaron Rodgers and kept the Packers in the game against the Patriots, but he did just that with 251 passing yards and three touchdowns in the loss.
10. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 11; Up 1; W, 34-24 vs. Jac)
Reclaimed control of the AFC South with a big division victory over Jacksonville. Donald Brown rushed for 129 yards.
11. New York Giants
(No. 10; Down 1; L, 38-31 vs. Phi)
Had a stunning collapse, at home, against division-rival Philadelphia and allowed 28 points in half a quarter of action to lose.
12. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 12; No Change; W, 27-13 vs. Stl)
Won the battle of Missouri behind 126 rushing yards from Jamaal Charles.
13. San Diego Chargers
(No. 13; No Change; W, 34-7 vs. SF)
Breezed by the 49ers on Thursday night. Vincent Jackson had 112 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
14. Washington Redskins
(No. 14; No Change; L, 33-30 vs. Dal)
Rex Grossman, replacing Donovan McNabb, threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns in the close divisional loss to the Cowboys.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 15; No Change; L, 34-24 vs. Ind)
Lost control of the AFC South with a loss to the Colts. David Garrard threw for 294 yards in the loss.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 16; No Change; L, 23-20 vs. Det)
Lost in overtime at home to the Lions, a notoriously bad road team. Josh Freeman had 251 passing yards in the loss.
17. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 17; No Change; L, 40-14 vs. Chi)
With Adrian Peterson out and Brett Favre leaving the game with a concussion in the second quarter, the Vikings looked like they wanted nothing to do with the cold weather in a big Monday night blowout loss to the Bears.
18. Tennessee Titans
(No. 19; Up 1; W, 31-17 vs. Hou)
Halted their recent slide with a two-touchdown divisional victory over Houston. Chris Johnson rushed for 130 yards.
19. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 21; Up 2; W, 33-30 vs. Was)
Won a tight battle with division rival Washington. Jason Witten finished with 140 receiving yards and a touchdown.
20. Oakland Raiders
(No. 22; Up 2; W, 39-23 vs. Den)
Destroyed a feeble Broncos team led by Tim Tebow. Jason Campbell threw for 238 yards and Darren McFadden rushed for 119.
21. Houston Texans
(No. 18; Down 3; L, 31-17 vs. Ten)
Lost to a Titans team in disarray. Matt Schaub threw for 325 yards in the loss.
22. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 20; Down 2; L, 34-18 vs. Atl)
Could not put up much of a fight at home against the Falcons.
23. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 26; Up 3; W, 19-17 vs. Cle)
Won the pathetic battle of the bad Ohio teams. Cedric Benson rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown.
24. Cleveland Browns
(No. 23; Down 1; L, 19-17 vs. Cin)
Could not pull off a victory on the road against the Bengals. Colt McCoy threw for 243 yards in the loss.
25. Miami Dolphins
(No. 24; Down 1; L, 17-14 vs. Buf)
Lost a home game to the Bills. Chad Henne finished with 276 passing yards in the defeat.
26. St. Louis Rams
(No. 25; Down 1; L, 27-13 vs. KC)
Could not keep up with the Chiefs or stop their ground game. Sam Bradford had just 181 yards and Steven Jackson rushed for just 67.
27. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 27; No Change; L, 34-7 vs. SD)
Were embarrassed on Thursday night against a much tougher Chargers team.
28. Buffalo Bills
(No. 29; Up 1; W, 17-14 vs. Mia)
Defeated the rival Dolphins on the road behind 223 passing yards and two touchdowns from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
29. Detroit Lions
(No. 31; Up 2; W, 23-20 vs. TB)
Ended their 26-game losing streak on the road with an overtime victory over the up and coming Buccaneers.
30. Denver Broncos
(No. 28; Down 2; L, 39-23 vs. Oak)
In the loss to the Raiders, Tim Tebow started and became the third player ever to throw a touchdown pass of at least 30 yards and run for a score of more than 40 yards in the same game.
31. Carolina Panthers
(No. 32; Up 1; W, 19-12 vs. Ari)
Ended their losing streak by taking care of the Cardinals at home. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 137 yards.
32. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 30; Down 2; L, 19-12 vs. Car)
Lost to the woeful Panthers and now find themselves as the new cellar dweller. Larry Fitzgerald had 125 receiving yards in the loss.
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