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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings

Updated on December 18, 2012

Week 15 NFL Power Ranks

Well, it seems a lot like the beginning of the year. For the second week in a row the top team decided they didn't want to be there and lost. Let's see if third time is a charm. This week, well, I am somewhat torn on who should be number one. Should it be San Francisco? They were in last week's top five and beat last week's number one, New England, in their own house. Should it be Denver who hasn't lost in what seems like an eternity? Should it be Atlanta who embarrassed the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants? Well, it has to be one of them. Right?

1. Houston Texans (12-2) Maybe it doesn't. Houston reclaims the top spot this week by denying the upstart Indianapolis Colts from clinching a playoff berth for at least one more week and clinching their own division. If they win out the playoffs run through Houston. (Last Week's Ranking 2)

2. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) Talk about rebounding from a tough loss. A 34-0 shellacking of the Giants gave me reason to believe that the Falcons will be dangerous this year in the playoffs so long as they are at home. At 12-2 that is all but assured. (LWR 3)

3. San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) The Patriots had won 20 straight home games in December. The 49ers don't seem to care about that. Talk about a statement game. (LWR 4)

4. New England Patriots (10-4) Tom Brady stormed the Patriots back by helping the team score 28 unanswered points. They may have lost but they are still very dangerous. (LWR 1)

5. Denver Broncos (11-3)They have won nine in a row, are currently the number two seed in the AFC and still I rank them this low. Go ahead and smack me. (LWR 5)

6. Green Bay Packers (10-4) Mason Crosby is converting 59% of his field goals for the year. How he still has a job is beyond me. This cannot happen in the postseason if Green Bay plans to contend. (LWR 6)

7. Seattle Seahawks (9-5) They have put up over 50 in two consecutive weeks. Are you kidding me? Next weekend they will just try to top 49, as in San Fran. That's right. I went there. (LWR 9)

8. Indianapolis Colts (9-5) They had a chance to lock up a playoff spot last week against Houston. They did not. They have a chance to lock up a playoff spot this week against Kansas City. I bet this time they get it right. (LWR 7)

9. Washington Redskins (8-6) A month and a half ago the Skins were 3-6. Now they lead the NFC East. This truly is a crazy game. (LWR 12)

10. Dallas Cowboys (8-6) I thought Tony Romo didn't know how to win in December? He is 3-0 so far this month. (LWR 13)

11. Baltimore Ravens (9-5) Boy, if they aren't careful they just might get caught in the AFC East by the...(LWR 8)

12. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) Cincy is right on the heels of Baltimore. That week 17 game could be for the division depending on how this weekend plays out. (LWR 14)

13. New York Giants (8-6) Someone forgot to tell the Giants they were playing in Atlanta over the weekend. That 34-0 beatdown also beat them down into third place in the NFC East. (LWR 10)

14. Minnesota Vikings (8-6) Adrian Peterson is 294 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record. Amazing any way you look at it especially when you remember the destruction he did to his knee last year. (LWR 16)

15. Chicago Bears (8-6) At the halfway point of the year this team was 7-1. They looked like they had a playoff bye all but wrapped up. Now they might not have a winning season wrapped up. (LWR 11)

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) The Steelers just don't seem to do well in overtime. At least in my recent memory. See the playoff game against Denver and Tebow as well as Sunday's result. (LWR 17)

17. New Orleans Saints (6-8) The Saints, who have the worst statistical defense in the league, pitched a shutout against Tampa Bay. a 41-0 shutout. Yowza. (LWR 20)

18. St. Louis Rams (6-7-1) Wide receiver Danny Amendola spiked the football after scoring a touchdown and it bounced up and smacked an usher in the face. After he scored a second time he handed the ball to a different usher. (LWR 18)

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) After a heart-breaking last second loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week that put their playoff hopes on life support Tampa went out and assured their season will be over in two weeks. (LWR 15)

20. Miami Dolphins (6-8) The Dolphins beat down the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars last week. That was expected. Good on ya Dolphins. (LWR 23)

21. Cleveland Browns (5-9) I truly thought the Browns would be able to handle the RGIII-less Redskins. They made rookie Kirk Cousins look like an all-pro in his first career start. (LWR 19)

22. Carolina Panthers (5-9) All of a sudden Carolina is a game out of second place in the NFC South. What? The NFC South stinks outside Atlanta? Oh. Yeah, they do. (LWR 26)

23. New York Jets (6-8) Mark Sanchez is out as the QB in New York. Enter Tim Tebow right? Wrong. Greg McElroy will get the starting nod against San Diego this week. (LWR 21)

24. Buffalo Bills (5-9) The Bills are tied with Oakland for the most points given up so far this season at 402. For those of you who aren't math majors that is an average of 28.7 a game. Not very good. (LWR 22)

25. Tennessee Titans (5-9) Chris Johnson ripped off the longest touchdown run since 2006 when he went 94 yards against the Jets. Dude hasn't had a good season but there is no denying his breakaway speed. (LWR 27)

26. San Diego Chargers (5-9) I don't even know what else to say about the Chargers. They need to blow the whole thing up. (LWR 24)

27. Detroit Lions (4-10) Calvin Johnson needs 182 yards to break Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record. For all the talk about AP, Megatron gets no love. (LWR 25)

28. Arizona Cardinals (5-9) I hope the Cards win out just so they can have streaks of 4-0, 0-9 and 3-0 this year. It's the simple things in life. (LWR 30)

29. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) Like the Chargers this team might need to blow it up and start all over. As a fan I don't know how I feel about that. (LWR 28)

30. Oakland Raiders (4-10) The Raiders joined the shutout club by keeping Kansas City off the scoreboard. I award them no points as that isn't really much of an accomplishment. (LWR 30)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) The Jaguars just can't seem to get a good quarterback. Mark Brunell isn't coming through that door anytime soon. At least not as a player. (LWR 31)

32. Kansas City Chiefs (2-12) Is it over yet? (LWR 32)

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