It would be easy to argue that the biggest story in the NFL this past week didn't have to do with a final score. Rob Gronkowski has been lost for the season, and the New England Patriots no longer look so super. Houston hasn't looked super in, oh, about 11 weeks. The Texans remain the worst team in football.
2013 Week 15 NFL power rankings
32. Houston Texans (2-11): Pro football is a results-based business. That's why Gary Kubiak had to go.
31. Washington Redskins (3-10): The biggest disaster in the NFL gets uglier with every week. Why bother playing RG3 at this point?
30. Cleveland Browns (4-9): How are you going to lose next, Cleveland? Throw the ball out of your own end zone for a safety? Not send a defense out on the field?
29. Buffalo Bills (4-9): Are the Bills even trying at this point? Didn't look like it on Sunday.
28. Atlanta Falcons (3-10): Atlanta is fighting through the end of a losing season. You have to give them credit for that.
27. Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1): Use your heads, Minnesota coaching staff. Put Adrian Peterson on IR.
26. Oakland Raiders (4-9): Somebody find Oakland a defense during the offseason, please.
25. Tennessee Titans (5-8): 51 points surrendered. Only 13 passes completed. That's a solid recipe for a blowout.
24. St. Louis Rams (5-8): The playoff dream is over. Still, St. Louis being at 5-8 is impressive when you consider what the roster lost earlier in the campaign.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8): Win or lose, the Steelers aren't boring.
22. New York Giants (5-8): I can't remember the last time a Giants team looked as uninterested as what I saw this past Sunday. That was embarrassing.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9): TB could be a remarkable side to review during the offseason. There's some real talent on that squad.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9): The Jags are one of the hottest teams in pro football. No. Seriously. They are.
19. Green Bay Packers (6-6-1): It's remarkable and even a little unbelievable, but Green Bay is still alive. How you feeling, Aaron Rodgers?
18. New York Jets (6-7): Oakland's defense stinks. Do you really think Gang Green is going for 37 points at Carolina?
17. San Diego Chargers (6-7): Philip Rivers enjoys playing against Eli Manning. Too bad he's hasn't yet had a chance to do so in February.
16. Detroit Lions (7-6): Memo to the Lions: It snows in certain cities in January. You should probably ready yourselves.
15. Dallas Cowboys (7-6): Fans of the Cowboys don't need a calendar to know what month it is.
14. Miami Dolphins (7-6): Miami has four road wins this season. Too bad for the 'Phins that they're only .500 at home.
13. Baltimore Ravens (7-6): The defending Super Bowl champs are currently a playoff team. Do not discount the importance of that fact.
12. Indianapolis Colts (8-5): Indy has the division clinched! Does anybody think the Colts are anything but a one-and-done playoff team?
11. Chicago Bears (7-6): Is there any way Chicago can celebrate a Mike Ditka day every week?
10. Arizona Cardinals (8-5): I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Can't we just put Arizona in the AFC?
9. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3): Nobody should be crowning the Chiefs after the blowout victory. Washington is awful.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5): Being pretty good for one half isn't going to cut it in the playoffs.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4): The Bengals will have a home playoff game. They haven't yet lost in Cincy this season.
6. Carolina Panthers (9-4): Teams that aren't the Saints don't go into New Orleans and win. Carolina is still an excellent team.
5. San Francisco 49ers (9-4): San Fran's biggest concern moving forward? No home playoff game this time around.
4. Seattle Seahawks (11-2): The NFC road to the Super Bowl still goes through Seattle. I'd say the Seahawks are still just fine.
3. New Orleans Saints (10-3): New Orleans always rallies back after a tough loss. Too bad that won't be an option in a few weeks.
2. New England Patriots (10-3): I completely understand people not wanting to doubt Tom Brady. Still, the Pats minus Gronk aren't the same team.
1. Denver Broncos (11-2): Peyton Manning didn't seem bothered by the cold weather this time around. The Broncos are again favorites to win the AFC.