It's Pretty Much Impossible To Doubt The Saints At This Point [NFL Power Rankings]
1. Saints, 11-0, Last week: 2
The Colts beat the Patriots. Barely. The Saints absolutely wrecked them. The game was almost never in doubt. I've watched the Patriots for a long time, and I don't remember them being dominated like that in a long time.
2. Colts, 11-0, Last week: 1
They're still undefeated, but they continue to just barely squeak by. It took 21 points in the 4th quarter to beat the Texans. They're not going to get away with this forever.
3. Vikings, 10-1, Last week: 3
The Vikings are one win away from sweeping their division, and based on the way they wrecked the Bears this week, I don't think they'll have much trouble with that.
4. Chargers, 8-3, Last week: 5
The Chargers just keep on winning. 6 in a row now, and they're in great shape to win the AFC West. Considering the hole they were in after 5 games, that's just ridiculous.
5. Bengals, 8-3, Last week: 6
They could have looked better against the Browns, but they keep winning, and that's the bottom line. They've helped themselves a lot by winning all 6 of their division games.
6. Cowboys, 8-3, Last week: 8
I'm a little hesitant, because they've been awful in December throughout the Tony Romo era. But for now, they're playing as well as anyone.
7. Patriots, 7-4, Last week: 4
They were absolutely embarrassed by the Saints. Does that mean the Patriots aren't as good as we may have thought? Yeah, pretty much. The Saints are good, but that loss was inexcusable.
8. Cardinals, 7-4, Last week: 7
They lost to the Titans, but that seems to be what all the cool kids are doing lately in the NFL. But to be fair, the Cardinals probably would have won that game with Kurt Warner.
9. Eagles, 7-4, Last week: 11
They squeaked out a less than impressive win against the Redskins, but with another game remaining against the Cowboys, they control their own playoff destiny.
10. Ravens, 6-5, Last week: 12
Joe Flacco looks like he has regressed a bit after a great showing early in the year, but it was enough to beat the Steelers. Then again, it doesn't take much to beat the Steelers nowadays.
11. Packers, 7-4, Last week: 17
They've taken some abuse, especially the offensive line, but this team is 7-2 against teams not named the Vikings. Unfortunately for them, those Vikings are in their division, so they're fighting for a Wild Card.
12. Broncos, 7-4, Last week: 13
They might have righted the ship with a win over the Giants, and while the division might have slipped away from them, they still are in great shape to snag a playoff spot.
13. Titans, 5-6, Last week: 15
How long can the magic continue with this team? My guess is that it ends this week against the Colts. Vince Young will get exposed at some point.
14. Atlanta, 6-5, Last week: 16
Losing Matt Ryan will hurt short-term, but they're doing the right thing by giving him time to rest and get healthy. Especially since Chris Redman was able to help them win this week.
15. Steelers, 6-5, Last week: 9
Lately, the Steelers have looked as bad as I've seen them since the Tommy Maddox era. Can they rebound and make the playoffs? I'm starting to have my doubts.
16. 49ers, 5-6, Last week: 20
They looked good against the Jaguars, but it might be too little, too late. They'll probably have to win out if they want to make the playoffs. Unfortunately they have at least 2 tough games remaining.
17. Jaguars, 6-5, Last week: 10
They got shut down against the 49ers, but that's not going to happen too often with Maurice Jones-Drew. He's one of the most versatile and productive backs in the NFL.
18. Giants, 6-5, Last week: 14
The Giants' playoff hopes are all but gone, and Eli Manning's season might be over due to his foot injury. With the money they invested in him, they might be wise to let him wait it out. This year is over for them.
19. Texans, 5-6, Last week: 18
They were competitive against the Colts, but they need to start finding a way to close out games, especially against division rivals.
20. Dolphins, 5-6, Last week: 19
Ricky Williams has been pretty amazing, but it's just not enough when the rest of your team is terrible. The Dolphins are in good shape to rebuild with Chad Henne, though.
21. Jets, 5-6, Last week: 23
Mark Sanchez is not looking like the franchise QB that the Jets thought they had in the first few weeks, but give him time. He's still a rookie. That being said, wow... he's looking awful.
22. Panthers, 4-7, Last week: 21
Speaking of Mark Sanchez, Jake Delhomme is an interception machine, the likes of which we haven't seen in a while. Fortunately for the Panthers, he'll be out this week with a broken finger.
23. Bears, 4-7, Last week: 22
And to complete the trifecta of interception-happy QB's, we bring you Jay Cutler and the Bears. Man, it would be nice to have all those draft picks back, wouldn't it?
24. Seahawks, 4-7, Last week: 25
The Seahawks should be in full rebuilding mode. Anything short of that would just be letting down their fans. They need to get younger, healthier, and just flat out better.
25. Bills, 4-7, Last week: 26
Wait, the Bills won this week? What happened? Oh yeah... they played a very beat up Dolphins team, and Terrell Owens showed up again. That makes sense.
26. Chiefs, 3-8, Last week: 24
The Chiefs were showing glimpses of potential, but then showed they were who we thought they were, by getting wrecked in San Diego. Give Todd Haley some time, and maybe he'll turn it around.
27. Raiders, 3-8, Last week: 27
Blah blah blah, the Raiders are awful, blah blah blah. Seems like the same story we've been hearing for the past decade, almost.
28. Redskins, 3-8, Last week: 28
The Redskins have been playing tough lately, but they're still not getting wins. With Chris Cooley landing on IR, that's not likely to change anytime soon.
29. Lions, 2-9, Last week: 29
Matt Stafford once again showed amazing toughness even to play in their Thanksgiving game at all. That being said, he didn't play well. Maybe Daunte Culpepper should have gotten the start.
30. Rams, 1-10, Last week: 30
The Rams gave the Seahawks a run for their money, but let's be serious. That's not really even that impressive. And they still lost by 10 points at home. This team is terrible.
31. Buccaneers, 1-10, Last week: 31
I still can't believe this team beat the Packers. Can someone please tell me how the hell that happened? And it wasn't even close... that's the biggest surprise. This team shouldn't beat ANYONE if they can't beat Chris Redman.
32. Browns, 1-10, Last week: 33
The Browns leapfrogged the Florida Tuskers, but they're still awful. Hey, I have an idea... Fire Eric Mangini! Expect me to repeat that mantra until he's gone.
Feel free to comment on the rankings, and let me know where you think I've gone wrong. Although I haven't, but you're more than welcome to try.