NFL Power Rankings, Week 12

Time For The Browns To Get Demoted... Right Out Of The League [NFL Power Rankings]

11/24/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

There's not much change at the top of this week's Power Rankings from last week, and the bottom didn't change either... but in the middle, it's all scrambled. Here's this week's rankings:

1. Colts, 10-0, Last week: 1
Another week, another close game for the Colts. They're closing them out, which is impressive, but this team won't do well in the playoffs. You might have heard it somewhere else first, but you heard it here as well.

2. Saints, 10-0, Last week: 2
They're another team who might not be built for the playoffs, but their home field advantage will help them greatly.

3. Vikings, 9-1, Last week: 4
As Brock Lesnar would say, Brett Favre must have a horseshoe up his ass or something. He's playing more efficiently than we've ever seen him, and the Vikings might be the most complete team in the league, despite their one loss. That is, until Brett throws 3 INT's in a playoff game and kills their season.

4. Patriots, 7-3, Last week: 5
The Patriots were looking to make a statement on Sunday against the Jets, after that crushing loss to the Colts, and all of the Jets' jawing. They were successful, to say the least. Statement made: the Patriots are the far superior team, and they still own the Jets.

5. Chargers, 7-3, Last week: 7
The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and have taken over the AFC West by storm, only a few weeks after being 3.5 games back in Week 6, the Chargers are now alone atop the division.

6. Bengals, 7-3, Last week: 3
The Bengals slipped up against the Raiders this week, but fortunately for them, the rest of their division lost as well. This game showed how valuable Cedric Benson has been for them.


7. Cardinals, 7-3, Last week: 8
The Cardinals wrecked the Rams, as we all thought they would. They now have a 3 game lead in their division, and have almost finished punching their ticket back to the playoffs.


8. Cowboys, 7-3, Last week: 10
What happened to their offense? Only one TD against the Redskins? At least their defense has been stepping up. Is Tony Romo choking early this year?

9. Steelers, 6-4, Last week: 6
The Steelers look downright pathetic lately. They're nowhere near the championship level that we saw from them last year.

10. Jaguars, 6-4, Last week: 13
The Jaguars are surprising some people, with their 3rd straight win. They've established themselves as legitimate playoff contenders, thanks to Maurice Jones-Drew carrying their offense.

11. Eagles, 6-4, Last week: 14
The Eagles picked up a nice win in Chicago, despite Jay Cutler playing mistake-free ball for most of the game. This team could still take the division if they stay within striking distance of the Cowboys and beat them in week 17.

12. Ravens, 5-5, Last week: 9
That loss to the Colts was tough, especially since they had contained Peyton Manning through almost the entire game. At least they lost to a good team, unlike their division rivals.

13. Broncos, 6-4, Last week: 11
The Broncos are falling apart, going 0-4 since their hot start. Is this a playoff team? I honestly don't know. Now is where we see just how good Josh McDaniels really is.

14. Giants, 6-4, Last week: 17
The Giants finally picked up that elusive win, after their 4-game losing streak. If Eli Manning wants to prove his worth, he'll make sure this is the beginning of a new streak.

15. Titans, 4-6, Last week: 21
Can they win out, and finish 10-6? Probably not. But this team has rebounded amazingly since their horrible start. That loss to the Patriots might have been the perfect wake up call.

16. Atlanta, 5-5, Last week: 12
The Falcons let one slip away this week against the Giants. They're struggling right now, but they get to play the Bucs next. Just what the doctor ordered.

17. Packers, 6-4, Last week: 18
Injuries to Aaron Kampmann and Al Harris hurt REALLY bad right now, but If they can somehow hold together their defense and keep Aaron Rodgers healthy (despite the complete lack of protection), they're easily a playoff team. How sweet would it be to see them beat Favre and the Vikings in the Divisional Round? Probably a pipe dream, unfortunately.

18. Texans, 5-5, Last week: 16
If they could have contained Chris Johnson just a little bit, they could have beaten the Titans last night. Unfortunately, almost no one can contain Chris Johnson.

19. Dolphins, 5-5, Last week: 19
Ricky Williams might actually be "back" as an elite NFL RB. However, if I ever hear the word "Wildcat" again, I might be forced to hurt someone.

20. 49ers, 4-6, Last week: 15
How amazing would this team be if they had drafted Aaron Rodgers over Alex Smith? I think they'd win their division, at the very least... possibly more.

21. Panthers, 4-6, Last week: 20
The Panthers are right where they'll be all year. They're not terrible, but they're below average, and firmly in the bottom third of the league.

22. Bears, 4-6, Last week: 23
They almost squeaked out a win against the Eagles, but of course it was a late Jay Cutler interception that slammed the door on them. How fitting is that?

23. Jets, 4-6, Last week: 22
Perhaps this team should just stop talking and start practicing their asses off. Rex Ryan has some potential as a coach, but he has earned nothing, and he needs to remember that.

24. Chiefs, 3-7, Last week: 26
It looks like getting rid of Larry Johnson was exactly what they needed. This team is looking as good as they ever have, and their win over the Steelers in OT showed great toughness.

25. Seahawks, 3-7, Last week: 24
The Seahawks are hurting, and this is the part where we just start looking for which top college players they'll be looking at.

26. Bills, 3-7, Last week: 25
Bill Cowher doesn't want to go to Buffalo and who could blame him? Bad team, bad city (if you can even call it that), and nothing at all to build around.

27. Raiders, 3-7, Last week: 28
They beat the Bengals this week, but if they played that game 10 more times, the Bengals would probably win all 10. However, benching JaMarcus Russell was a great move. His career should be over.

28. Redskins, 3-7, Last week: 27
They hung in there with the Cowboys, but somehow allowed a TD at the end to clinch the loss. If I didn't know better, I'd think they WANTED to lose that game.

29. Lions, 2-8, Last week: 31
Matt Stafford showed some good things against the Browns, but the Browns are hardly even an NFL team. They're absolutely terrible. I like Stafford's toughness, though.

30. Rams, 1-9, Last week: 29
Kyle Boller is the new starter... yeah... the guy whose greatest claim to fame is currently that he's dating Carrie Prejean, the psychotic former Miss California and Michael Phelps' sloppy seconds, who has a sex tape floating around somewhere. Awesome.

31. Buccaneers, 1-9, Last week: 30
If the Glazers cared about the Bucs half as much as they cared about Manchester United, this would be an awesome team. But... yeah... they don't. So instead, we have the 2nd worst team in the league.

32. Florida Tuskers (UFL), 6-0, Last week: NR
Since the Browns have been demoted to #33, someone has to take their spot. I'm voting for the Florida Tuskers, who are currently undefeated in the UFL, and meeting up with the Las Vegas Locomotives in the championship game. Think they could beat the Browns? Maybe, maybe not. But they're #32 this week.

33. Browns, 1-9, Last week: 32
I promised I'd drop the Browns to #33 if they lost to the Lions, so here they are. It's time to fire Eric "The Rat" Mangini. In other news, I can't wait for them to play a good team again, so Brady Quinn remembers that he sucks.


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12/30/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

ogsin2000 wrote:
what rank do you give the browns now?

Maybe check this weeks rankings to find out...Just an idea.

12/30/09   |   ogsin2000   |   112 respect

what rank do you give the browns now?

11/25/09   |   Bart15

BluDevil wrote:
To your point about the niners being a lot better if they would have drafted Rodgers instead of Smith, I'd say that Smith would be better if he'd have been drafted by GB and got to sit behind Favre for a year or so.

If Rodgers would have went to SF, they'd have started him right away, he'd have gotten beaten up just like Smith did and he'd be damaged goods right now, just like Smith is.

Outstanding perspective!

11/25/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

To your point about the niners being a lot better if they would have drafted Rodgers instead of Smith, I'd say that Smith would be better if he'd have been drafted by GB and got to sit behind Favre for a year or so.

If Rodgers would have went to SF, they'd have started him right away, he'd have gotten beaten up just like Smith did and he'd be damaged goods right now, just like Smith is.

11/25/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

Pat wrote:
Their defense has been awesome... for the most part. But they're suffering from a LOT of key injuries. In the playoffs, EVERY team will be teams like the Patriots and Ravens, and the way the Colts have been playing, they're NOT going to keep winning every one of those games. I put them #1, so you can kind of take the criticism with a grain of salt, but when they lose in the playoffs to the Patriots or Chargers, don't say I didn't warn you.

Speaking of which, why are they number one if the only reason they one against the ravens is because of a missed feild goal by their kicker. Please put them at two, just because they beat the "invincible" Patriots dosn't mean they are the best.

11/24/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

I apologize on behalf of all other Minnesotan residents...Oh wait, he lives in Florida - nevermind.

11/24/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

MCnine wrote:
it's humorous to see Vikings fans loving on Brett

I personally find it disgusting. Different perspectives, I suppose.

11/24/09   |   MCnine   |   7 respect

it's humorous to see Vikings fans loving on Brett

11/24/09   |   Bart15

Who got 'em to the playoffs, genius?

11/24/09   |   Bart15

I have seen that same comment about all the other "playoff" teams. Nice try.

11/24/09   |   Bart15

Do your homework, hater! Brett would always have breakdowns before now, NOT just in the playoffs.
Hes' not playing the same. He doesn't have to. He may still fall apart in the playoffs, but it doesn't seem as likely to me as before. Nice try.

11/24/09   |   ogsin2000   |   112 respect

Wow! Go Tuskers!

11/24/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

For the record, the Vikings' opponents have combined for a winning percentage of .360 ... the Vikings will be in for a shock when the playoffs roll around.

11/24/09   |   ogsin2000   |   112 respect

Hey man i feel you not having any respect for Browns.........Me myself I'm a die hard fan, our football season has been over for at least 3 or 4 weeks now so losing to losers last week didn't even matter. But I just had to ask you have you ever seen another game where they have thrown a flag on a hail mary pass in the end zone with no seconds on the clock... Wow that was too much for me! Well anyways we still have the Cavs!

11/24/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Bart15 wrote:
If Brett was gonna throw picks, he would have done it  at Lambeau.  He has help now. He'll be fine if he doesn't have to do by himself. So, Pat, you're a hater too?

I'm not a hater. I'm a realist. Remember 2007? He looked good then, too. Until the playoff, when he crapped the bed and gave up costly turnovers. The Vikings' schedule has been pathetic so far. You can't deny that. Once they start playing legit playoff teams, the real Brett will shine through once again.

11/24/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Bart15 wrote:
If Brett was gonna throw picks, he would have done it  at Lambeau.  He has help now. He'll be fine if he doesn't have to do by himself. So, Pat, you're a hater too?

I'm pretty sure Brett has proven in his long 19-year career that he can throw his interceptions at any point of a season at any point in a game. Do you honestly think that he'll somehow figure out a way to go 19 games this year without having one of those "vintage" bad-Favre games? Or you're a delusional fan too?

11/24/09   |   Bart15

If Brett was gonna throw picks, he would have done it  at Lambeau.  He has help now. He'll be fine if he doesn't have to do by himself. So, Pat, you're a hater too?

11/24/09   |   MCnine   |   7 respect

i wasn't impressed with the Colts. To me it was a lot more of what we did wrong then what they did right. As for the Ravens, sadly we are a player or 3 away from being able to beat the teams who know how to win. Having a RT and LT both ranked in the top 12 and allowed no sacks vs the Colts has me optimistic for the future

11/24/09   |   macblastr   |   59 respect

 go tuskers!

11/24/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Chiefs #24? I'll take it...I just need them to be out of the Top 5 Draft Pick area, the team just can't afford it after these last couple of years.

11/24/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

True. If a sub-standard November means a good December, I'll TAKE IT!

11/24/09   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

can we please get a tuskers vs browns match for a spot in the NFL. i would watch that (just kidding)

11/24/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Also, let's not forget that Peyton Manning STILL hasn't proved that he can carry this team in the playoffs. It looks like he'll need to do that for them to win, and he has NEVER done that, or even shown that he's remotely close to being capable of it. EVER. And there is no possible way to refute this, because it is a concrete fact.

11/24/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

This Colts team reminds me exactly of the Green Bay Packers teams of the late 90's, early 2000's. Pretty good team that makes it through the season and gets exposed in the playoffs.  Peyton Manning is having an MVP year, but I'd be stunned if they win their first playoff game.  There's a huge difference between regular season and postseason football.

11/24/09   |   zzj000   |   388 respect

Pat wrote:
Their defense has been awesome... for the most part. But they're suffering from a LOT of key injuries. In the playoffs, EVERY team will be teams like the Patriots and Ravens, and the way the Colts have been playing, they're NOT going to keep winning every one of those games. I put them #1, so you can kind of take the criticism with a grain of salt, but when they lose in the playoffs to the Patriots or Chargers, don't say I didn't warn you.

IF... and I say IF they lose in the playoffs, I fear it wont be the defense that will be the problem. They seem to have overcome the key losses by having the backups play consistant and the veterans play even better. I fear the replacements at the WR and TE positions will be their downfall. Week after week the rookie WR and TE are costing the Colts from opening up leads that they have enjoyed in the past. Dropped passes and fumbles by Austin Colley and Tom Santi have really kept Colt opponents in games. If the rookie WR and TE's dont step up and start playing somewhat at the level of Wayne, Garcon and  Clark...... then THAT could be a problem. The rookie WR's inconsistancies and mental mistakes are what's keeping the Colts from looking like an unbeatable force. The injuries to WR Anthony Gonzalez and TE Gijon Robinson (not the injuries on the defensive side of the ball) are the injuries that are most concerning to Manning and Colt fans.

11/24/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

zzj000 wrote:
Pat... you keep saying the Colts wont fair well in the playoffs and I can't figure out your logic. This is a team that refuses to lose. You dis their defense but they always seem to make the plays that need to be made at crunch time and there just isnt anyone better than Peyton with the game on the line. Just what you want in a SuperBowl team. I think your just still smarting over that loss 2 weeks ago....... and let me remind you it WOULD NOT have mattered if the Pats woulda punted my friend.... same end result.
The Pats are playing better and gave the Colts a good run but their defense and O-line is still very questionable, the Bengals appear to be a team to deal with because of their defense but their offense cant hang with the likes of an Indy or New England ... the ONLY team that concerns me about stopping a Colts return trip to the Super Bowl is San Diego. This team looks like it is really stepping up and starting to look like the team we expected and one to be reckoned with. And they always play the Colts tough. Im hoping they have a brain cramp and trade for Texans K Kris Brown before the playoffs.

Their defense has been awesome... for the most part. But they're suffering from a LOT of key injuries. In the playoffs, EVERY team will be teams like the Patriots and Ravens, and the way the Colts have been playing, they're NOT going to keep winning every one of those games. I put them #1, so you can kind of take the criticism with a grain of salt, but when they lose in the playoffs to the Patriots or Chargers, don't say I didn't warn you.

11/24/09   |   zzj000   |   388 respect

Pat... you keep saying the Colts wont fair well in the playoffs and I can't figure out your logic. This is a team that refuses to lose. You dis their defense but they always seem to make the plays that need to be made at crunch time and there just isnt anyone better than Peyton with the game on the line. Just what you want in a SuperBowl team. I think your just still smarting over that loss 2 weeks ago....... and let me remind you it WOULD NOT have mattered if the Pats woulda punted my friend.... same end result.
The Pats are playing better and gave the Colts a good run but their defense and O-line is still very questionable, the Bengals appear to be a team to deal with because of their defense but their offense cant hang with the likes of an Indy or New England ... the ONLY team that concerns me about stopping a Colts return trip to the Super Bowl is San Diego. This team looks like it is really stepping up and starting to look like the team we expected and one to be reckoned with. And they always play the Colts tough. Im hoping they have a brain cramp and trade for Texans K Kris Brown before the playoffs.

11/24/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Browns are now ranked #33.......Below the TUSKERS.......Rub it in Pat!

11/24/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

Seahawks should draft Jake Locker.

11/24/09   |   squallbebop11

Fins 19?..i guess..they deserves more respect..

11/24/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

The Lions are going to feed of the heart of Matthew Stafford, not just the rest of this year, but for a long time as the leader of the Honolulu Blue and Silver. Go Lions.!

11/24/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

The Chargers are scary and now that they are no longer the sexy Super Bowl pick perhaps they'll finally get there.  I LOVE the Tuskers at #32!  The Eagles are another sneaky team that could get hot at the right time, as always they'll need to get healthy towards the end of the season and Reid will have to violate his religious vows and actually stay committed to running the ball but if they do, look out.