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My 2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 14

Updated on December 15, 2015

NFL Power Rankings Week 14

Everything seems to get busier at this time of year. The holidays. Work. What have you. It is why I missed making my rankings last week. I don't like when that happens. I think of this as something fun and relaxing. I could talk sports all day so writing about them just comes naturally. Hopefully I won't have to miss another one. But you didn't come here to hear about all that. You just wanted to see where your team fits this week. I can handle that.

*Note ~ Since I missed last week's update the last ranking will reflect where that team sat two weeks ago.

**Double Note ~ Looks like someone has already taken my hub title! Wow. Really can't miss time on here.

1. Carolina Panthers (13-0) ~ You can't mess with perfection. Cam Newton and the Panther Express keeps chugging along after a 38-0 drubbing of their division rival Atlanta Falcons. The backups got some playing time in this one. Three more until perfection is achieved. (Last Ranking 1)

2. Arizona Cardinals (11-2) ~ Arizona clinched a playoff spot by defeating the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday and would have clinched the NFC West if Seattle lost. That didn't happen but they can win it themselves if they beat Philadelphia Sunday night. (LR 3)

3. New England Patriots (11-2) ~ Christmas came early for the Pats. Not only did Rob Gronkowski return to the lineup in a Patriots win the two teams they fell behind in the AFC playoff picture - Denver and Cincinnati - both lost. (LR 2)

4. Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) ~ Andy Dalton has a broken thumb on his throwing hand and the Bengals season is now in jeopardy. If he can't come back for the playoffs it's all on A.J. McCarron who was a fine player at Alabama but may not be ready to lead an NFL team deep into January. (LR 4)

5. Denver Broncos (10-3) ~ After ending the Patriots perfect season Brock Osweiler has led Denver to just one offensive touchdown over the past two weeks. Is the door opening again for Peyton Manning? (LR 5)

6. Seattle Seahawks (8-5) ~ Russell Wilson is playing like his hair is on fire. After a slow start to the season he has thrown for at least 260 yards and three touchdowns in each of his last four games. Dare I say en fuego. (LR 8)

7. Green Bay Packers (9-4) ~ Eddie Lacy looked like Eddie Lacy and ran for 124 yards with a score. Fellow back James Stark found the end zone twice as well. Looking like the NFC North could come down to a week 17 matchup between the Pack and Vikes. (LR 7)

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) ~ Pittsburgh seems to be able to score points at will as they topped 30 for a franchise-record fifth consecutive game. These aren't your father's Steelers. This team can and will light up the scoreboard. (LR 9)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) ~ The Chiefs are the hottest team west of the Mississippi. That's a saying right? Do the Chiefs play west of the Mississippi? Geography isn't my strong suit. Well they are definitely the hottest team this side of Carolina. That's for sure. Seven straight now for KC. (LR 11)

10. New York Jets (8-5) ~ The Jets have won three in a row for the first time since 2011. It might help that they have possibly the best top two receivers in football with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker out there causing havoc in opposing secondaries. (LR 13)

11. Minnesota Vikings (8-5) ~ Losers of three of the last four the Vikings have a chance to right the ship against the struggling Bears. Chicago doesn't pose as big of a threat as some of the Vikes recent opponents who are all above them in the rankings. (LR 6)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) ~ Believe it or not the Eagles control their own destiny. Two weeks ago they were 4-7 with a trip to Foxborough on tap. Now even if they lose to Arizona Sunday night the Eagles would win the NFC East if the can finish out with wins against the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. As an Eagles fan I'm shocked with where this team sits at the moment. (LR 23)

13. Washington Redskins (6-7) ~ When they needed it the most the Skins picked up their first road win of the season to stay in a virtual three-way tie for first place in that sorry division they share with the Eagles and the....(LR 16)

14. New York Giants (6-7) ~ They are still in it because Odell Beckham Jr. cannot and will not be stopped. He has topped 100 yards receiving in the last six games and is showing no signs of slowing down. He may very well be the best in the business. (LR 17)

15. Houston Texans (6-7) ~ J.J. Watt had three tackles, including one for loss, while playing with a broken hand. The more troubling injury, however, may be to quarterback Brian Hoyer who suffered his second concussion in a month. (LR 12)

16. Oakland Raiders (6-7) ~ After putting up negative 12 yards in the first half the Raiders stormed back for the first win over Denver since 2011. Khalil Mack had five sacks on the day. And yes, the Raiders had more yards before the game started than they did at halftime. Think about that. (LR 15)

17. Indianapolis Colts (6-7) ~ Andrew Luck may not be ready to return and Matt Hasselbeck was seen in a sling after Sunday's game. Who is going to play quarterback next week for Indy? Charlie Whitehurst? Oh boy. (LR 10)

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) ~ Tampa has already tripled last year's win total and they may have the Rookie of the Year in young quarterback Jameis Winston. The playoffs are probably a pipedream but overall it's been a successful year for Tampa. (LR 18)

19. Buffalo Bills (6-7) ~ LeSean McCoy wanted nothing to do with former coach Chip Kelly but he couldn't deny him the win. That is all that matters. (LR 19)

20. Chicago Bears (5-8) ~ For the second week in a row Robbie Gould missed a kick that either would have won the game or tied it with two minutes or less left in the 4th quarter. A 7-6 team would have playoff aspirations. A 5-8 team is making vacation plans for January. (LR 20)

21. Miami Dolphins (5-8) ~ Miami has shown some signs of life under interim head coach Dan Campbell. The big question will be whether he is given a shot to run this team after the next three games. (LR 21)

22. New Orleans Saints (5-8) ~ With Mark Ingram lost for the rest of the season the bulk of the carries fell to Tim Hightower. And I do mean the bulk. He had 28 carries on Sunday while C.J. Spiller had just three. (LR 24)

23. Atlanta Falcons (6-7) ~ After the 38-0 shellacking at the hands of the Panthers Atlanta finds themselves at the bottom of the NFC South. This after they started 5-0. What has happened to the dirty birds? (LR 14)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8) ~ Blake Bortles and the Jaguars put an end to Indy's impressive divisional dominance. The Colts had won 16 in a row against their fellow AFC South rivals. Jacksonville said no more with a 35-point thrashing. (LR 26)

25. Detroit Lions (4-9) ~ A week after falling to Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary that was answered the Lions laid an egg in St. Louis. Just when you start to believe. (LR 22)

26. St. Louis Rams (5-8) ~ Everyone knows the Rams don't have a quarterback. Why don't they just run it every play? Todd Gurley finished with more yards rushing in Sunday's win (140) than Case Keenum had passing (124). Keep. Doing. That. (LR 25)

27. Dallas Cowboys (4-9) ~ Are we off the "Dallas can still win the division" train now? Everyone? OK good. (LR 29)

28. Baltimore Ravens (4-9) ~ Joe Flacco is done. Backup Matt Schaub is hurt. Bears castoff Jimmy Clausen was just given a start and former Texans' QB Ryan Mallett was just picked up. Things are ugly in Baltimore. (LR 28)

29. San Diego Chargers (3-10) ~ For the second time this season the Chargers played the Chiefs and for the second time this season the Chargers couldn't find the end zone against the Chiefs. You aren't going to win many games in the NFL if you can't score a single touchdown. (LR 27)

30. Cleveland Browns (3-10) ~ The Austin Davis experiment didn't last long. After getting the start against Cincinnati Davis was benched in favor of Johnny Manziel who was named the starter for the third time this year. That has to be some kind of record. (LR 31)

31. San Francisco 49ers (4-9) ~ The 49ers are 4-9. That.....makes me smile. (LR 30)

32. Tennessee Titans (3-10) ~ Hey, at least they have cool uniforms. (LR 32)

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