NFL Power Rankings, Week 14

Can The Saints And Colts Be Stopped? [NFL Power Rankings]

12/8/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Last week's Power Rankings got rocked this week, and it seems like more terrible teams picked up wins than good teams. I guess that proves the "any given Sunday" mantra. Here's this week's rankings:


1. Saints, 12-0, Last week: 1
They looked pretty bad against the Redskins, but the 'Skins have been playing well lately, and the Saints' resiliency was impressive. Can anyone beat this team? I'm honestly not sure anyone can really hang with them for 60 full minutes of football... or more, if that's what it takes.

2. Colts, 12-0, Last week: 2
They staved off the Titans, effectively killing Tennessee's chances, and they're in cruise control for the rest of the season. 16-0 seems within reach if they want it, but I still think they'll lose in the playoffs.

3. Chargers, 9-3, Last week: 4
The Chargers are playing as well as any team in the league right now. Aside from the Saints and Colts, their 7-game winning streak is the longest in the NFL.

4. Vikings, 10-2, Last week: 3
Their loss to the Cardinals exposed some issues that the Vikings have. I have a hard time believing they could beat the Saints in New Orleans in the playoffs. But then again, that applies to everyone.

5. Bengals, 9-3, Last week: 5
The Bengals have all but wrapped up the AFC North. Who could have predicted that they could have this division wrapped up with several weeks to go?

6. Cardinals, 8-4, Last week: 8
It looks like they have avoided the curse of Super Bowl losers, and they have a MUCH better chance of making it to the playoffs than the Steelers, who beat them.

7. Eagles, 8-4, Last week: 9
They brought Michael Vick back to Atlanta, and basically toyed with the Falcons. This team is heating up at the right time, and is in great shape to finish up the season, despite some key injuries.

8. Packers, 8-4, Last week: 11
They had an ugly win over the Ravens on Monday night, but it was still a win. This team can beat anyone in the NFL... except for maybe the Vikings.

9. Broncos, 8-4, Last week: 12
They coughed up the division, but it looks like the Broncos will make the playoffs anyway. Barring some craziness, they'll walk away with the #5 seed in the AFC.

10. Cowboys, 8-4, Last week: 6
Are they reverting to the same old, same old in December? I suppose the good news is that Roy Williams is finally making a difference.

11. Patriots, 7-5, Last week: 7
They look downright bad right now. Losing to the Saints is one thing... but the Dolphins? The Patriots will need to make a lot of adjustments if they want to legitimately contend next year.

12. Jaguars, 7-5, Last week: 17
They found a way to beat the Texans even without MJD scoring a touchdown, or running for 100 yards. If they can do that, imagine the potential when he goes off.

13. Giants, 7-5, Last week: 18
Was their win over the Cowboys enough to push them back into the playoff picture? They don't really look like a playoff team, and they have a tough schedule. Hmmm... sounds like 2007.

14. Ravens, 6-6, Last week: 10
What the hell, Joe Flacco? Their franchise QB has not been looking like the solution right now. If he doesn't turn things around soon, that could be a huge step backwards for the team.

15. Titans, 5-7, Last week: 13
Their honeymoon finally ended with their loss to the Colts, and now the playoffs are virtually impossible, even if they win out. Well... it was nice while it lasted.

16. Atlanta, 6-6, Last week: 14
Not only did the Eagles beat them, they added insult to injury, when former Falcons star Michael Vick was responsible for multiple TD's for the first time since his return.

17. Dolphins, 6-6, Last week: 20
It might be too little, too late, but the Dolphins put themselves (and the Jets) back into the division hunt with their win over the Patriots. Next year, when everyone is healthy and Chad Henne has another year under his belt, this could be a tough team.

18. Steelers, 6-6, Last week: 15
There's really no beating around the bush... the Steelers are not a good team this year. They'll most likely have to win out to clinch a playoff spot, and they still have games against the Packers and Ravens. It could be tricky.

19. 49ers, 5-7, Last week: 16
The 49ers are a good QB away from being a good team. If only there was a good QB available for them to take instead of Alex Smith back in 2005.

20. Jets, 6-6, Last week: 23
The Jets looked good against the Bills, and they've shown flashes of adequacy here and there, but overall, they're just not a good team.

21. Bears, 5-7, Last week: 23
When the offense doesn't even look good against the Rams, there's something seriously wrong. The Bears need to try a drastic change to shake up this offense. Maybe a big trade, involving giving away all of their first round picks for the next 3 years or so.

22. Panthers, 5-7, Last week: 21
Sticking with Matt Moore at QB for the rest of the year definitely wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Yeah, I actually just said that. And it's true.

23. Texans, 5-7, Last week: 19
A Rex Grossman sighting this week? That's not a good sign for ANYONE. Their playoff hopes are pretty much gone.

24. Seahawks, 5-7, Last week: 24
The Seahawks are in a tough spot. Not good enough to make the playoffs, but not bad enough for a top draft pick. This era might continue for a while.

25. Raiders, 4-8, Last week: 27
They beat the Steelers, but whatever. Everyone's doing it these days. The AFC North is having a hell of a time with the West this year, for some reason.

26. Bills, 4-8, Last week: 25
Ryan Fitzpatrick might be their best option for the rest of the year... and that's a scary thought. What's the point of signing Terrell Owens if you're not going to have a good QB?

27. Chiefs, 3-9, Last week: 26
The Chiefs are probably wondering if Matt Cassel was worth it. Honestly, he's not. They could have used the draft picks, and wait to find their QB later. For now, QB doesn't matter. They're that bad.

28. Redskins, 3-9, Last week: 28
The Redskins could have jumped a lot this week, with a win over the Saints. Instead, they showed their true colors... and it was not pretty.

29. Lions, 2-10, Last week: 29
At this point, I'm just wondering how bad the Lions can be next year, so we can see if they can have the worst 3-year stretch in the history of the league. You have to set some low goals, with this team.

30. Rams, 1-11, Last week: 30
They continue to threaten with these close calls, but with their remaining schedule, I think the W column will read "1" for the rest of the year.

31. Buccaneers, 1-11, Last week: 31
Josh Freeman threw 5 interceptions against the Panthers this week. That must have been confusing for Panthers fans, who are used to seeing that from their OWN player.

32. Browns, 1-11, Last week: 32
The Browns are awful. That is all. I'm all for seeing them keep losing, if it means they'll blow it up and start over. This team is a mess


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12/12/09   |   mrtriplesix   |   1160 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Just look at the stats, i.e. yards, TD's, INT's and completion percentage. You'll see that Rodgers is right up there with Manning and Brady in all those categories.

he truly is, hes just missing an offensive line.

colts are NOT going to the super bowl. they do not have the defense. im putting money on it.

12/12/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

bayou71PR wrote:
blu how could you say Aaron rogers can compare to Tom and Peyton.He can even help his own team yeah he a ok game Monday but did you see that 1st half of that game please rephrase again please............  

Just look at the stats, i.e. yards, TD's, INT's and completion percentage. You'll see that Rodgers is right up there with Manning and Brady in all those categories.

12/10/09   |   Jemstone   |   20 respect

No. Colts dont have a chance...

12/10/09   |   schwal06   |   15 respect

WBKsports wrote:
 True...The Cinncy vs. S.D. game will be of epic proportions. You should come out to S.D. for the game...It's going to be a lot of fun. I like the Bengals, and it will be fun to watch Ochocinco do his thing. He's fun to watch. Let me know if you go to the game because I'll be doing some tailgating down there...There are still some tickets left in the box office and plenty of good one's left on Craigslist. 

The Chargers D is great on the road, but they step it up at home. Carson Palmer knows the So-Cal ways, so that's a good thing...But I'm not sure your boys can cover our "Bigs" in the receiving core...They're all at least 6' 4". I'm not sure Cinncy has an option for covering Antonio Gates. I say 30-20...CHargers pull away mid 4th quarter. Either way this will be the biggest Home game of the season for the Bolts. 

I wish that I could go to the game but I can't.  I'll be wathing it on TV though.

12/9/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

schwal06 wrote:
Cincy finishing 11-5 isn't bad but the game we need to win is @SD in two weeks.  If that happens then they'll finish 12-4 because I don't see them losing to KC and NYJ.  Lets me be honest, both teams need the bye in the first round to get everyone healthy but Cincy needs it more because hopefully Chirs Henry will be back then beause since he got injured our aerial attack hasn't been like it was when he was in the lineup.

 True...The Cinncy vs. S.D. game will be of epic proportions. You should come out to S.D. for the game...It's going to be a lot of fun. I like the Bengals, and it will be fun to watch Ochocinco do his thing. He's fun to watch. Let me know if you go to the game because I'll be doing some tailgating down there...There are still some tickets left in the box office and plenty of good one's left on Craigslist. 

The Chargers D is great on the road, but they step it up at home. Carson Palmer knows the So-Cal ways, so that's a good thing...But I'm not sure your boys can cover our "Bigs" in the receiving core...They're all at least 6' 4". I'm not sure Cinncy has an option for covering Antonio Gates. I say 30-20...CHargers pull away mid 4th quarter. Either way this will be the biggest Home game of the season for the Bolts. 

12/9/09   |   bayou71PR   |   94 respect

lilmommy2114 wrote:
its playoff talk now especially for the saints... so here is my thought...  saints vs vikings but saints win in 4th quarter going to the superbowl to play colts... saints own this game from kickoff to final minutes though.. its superbowl win this year for the saints... has to be right?

Could not agree anymore with your  post they are even re- arranging the parades  here in New Orleans just for that day super bowl Sunday.Go saints-Bless you boys 

12/9/09   |   bayou71PR   |   94 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Well... let me rephrase.. is there any team out there that has a good QB that is far away from being a good team? It just seems they go hand in hand...

And I'd bet if Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers were the QB of Tampa, Cleveland or St. Louis that they'd be close to .500.

blu how could you say Aaron rogers can compare to Tom and Peyton.He can even help his own team yeah he a ok game Monday but did you see that 1st half of that game please rephrase again please............  

12/9/09   |   lilmommy2114   |   79 respect

its playoff talk now especially for the saints... so here is my thought...  saints vs vikings but saints win in 4th quarter going to the superbowl to play colts... saints own this game from kickoff to final minutes though.. its superbowl win this year for the saints... has to be right?

12/9/09   |   bayou71PR   |   94 respect

Dream_Machine wrote:
At 5-7, The 49ers & The Seahawks Still Have A Chance At The Division If The Cardinals Fizzle Out In The End Of The Season...

You have the right name, have you looked at the  cards schedule i really don't think they will fizzle-out at the end of the season that's really a dream,But no one will blame you for dreaming. 

12/9/09   |   jdk0321   |   1 respect

its going to be the colts and the viking or the saints

12/9/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

icedee wrote:
You are very welcome Mr. WhoDat12 who are Who Dat's1-11? Now, you may have home field advantage but theirs a team in the NFL who may have a trick up their sleeve going to the end of the season and the postseason. That teams trick rhymes with trick...... Oh, E=A=G=L=E=S.EAGLES!!!

Icedee, we are very familiar with Michael Vick. Michael Vick is who the Saints thought he was.

12/9/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

The Eagles should rest Westbrook and DeSean Jackson as much as possible until the playoffs (or at least the final reg season game in Dallas if it matters).  McCoy and Maclin are filling in nicely, and there's no need to risk either one of their long term health.   

12/9/09   |   schwal06   |   15 respect

WBKsports wrote:
 I know your being "honest" with your feelings, but I think you forgot to look at the Bengals schedule before you posted that comment. They finish @ Minnesota, @ San Diego, Chiefs (Home), @ N.Y. Jets...4-0???  I'm saying Cinncy finishes 11-5...Chargers get #2 at 12-4 or 11-5...If they beat Dallas this weekend, the Bolts might end up at 13-3 when the season is finished.

Cincy finishing 11-5 isn't bad but the game we need to win is @SD in two weeks.  If that happens then they'll finish 12-4 because I don't see them losing to KC and NYJ.  Lets me be honest, both teams need the bye in the first round to get everyone healthy but Cincy needs it more because hopefully Chirs Henry will be back then beause since he got injured our aerial attack hasn't been like it was when he was in the lineup.

12/8/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

Pat wrote:
I suppose. But there are also QB's who are perceived as better than they really are, because they're on a good team. Chicken-egg, in some cases.

Like Ben rothlesberger {and sort of Peyton Manning}

12/8/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

lavabuster wrote:
I honestly have a feeling the bengals are going to win out and steal the 2 seed....which doesn't bode well for them because they are a better road team then home team :P

 I know your being "honest" with your feelings, but I think you forgot to look at the Bengals schedule before you posted that comment. They finish @ Minnesota, @ San Diego, Chiefs (Home), @ N.Y. Jets...4-0???  I'm saying Cinncy finishes 11-5...Chargers get #2 at 12-4 or 11-5...If they beat Dallas this weekend, the Bolts might end up at 13-3 when the season is finished.

12/8/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Well... let me rephrase.. is there any team out there that has a good QB that is far away from being a good team? It just seems they go hand in hand...

And I'd bet if Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers were the QB of Tampa, Cleveland or St. Louis that they'd be close to .500.

I suppose. But there are also QB's who are perceived as better than they really are, because they're on a good team. Chicken-egg, in some cases.

12/8/09   |   icedee   |   170 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals. Your dominance over the Falcons and Vikings helped clinch the division for my New Orleans Saints and helped get my Saints that much closer to Dome Field Advantage throughout the playoffs.

You are very welcome Mr. WhoDat12 who are Who Dat's1-11? Now, you may have home field advantage but theirs a team in the NFL who may have a trick up their sleeve going to the end of the season and the postseason. That teams trick rhymes with trick...... Oh, E=A=G=L=E=S.EAGLES!!!

12/8/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Pat wrote:
No. The Tampa Bay Bucs, Cleveland Browns and St Louis Rams are not a good QB away from being a good team.

Well... let me rephrase.. is there any team out there that has a good QB that is far away from being a good team? It just seems they go hand in hand...

And I'd bet if Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers were the QB of Tampa, Cleveland or St. Louis that they'd be close to .500.

12/8/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

BluDevil wrote:
The niners are a good QB away from being a good team? Isn't just about every team that needs a QB a good QB away from being a good team?

No. The Tampa Bay Bucs, Cleveland Browns and St Louis Rams are not a good QB away from being a good team.

12/8/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

The niners are a good QB away from being a good team? Isn't just about every team that needs a QB a good QB away from being a good team?

12/8/09   |   lavabuster   |   30 respect

(Edited by lavabuster)

12/8/09   |   lavabuster   |   30 respect

WBKsports wrote:
 The Bolts finally found their way to #3...They are at Dallas this weekend then OCHOCINCO comes to S.D. The Chargers finish @ TENN and Home against the Redskins. 12 wins are not out of reach at this point, but I'll settle for that #2 seed in the AFC...Get that Bye and Home Game for the playoffs. Pray for the Colts to lose their 1st game and sneak that AFC Championship into Qualcomm...

I honestly have a feeling the bengals are going to win out and steal the 2 seed....which doesn't bode well for them because they are a better road team then home team :P

12/8/09   |   Jemstone   |   20 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals. Your dominance over the Falcons and Vikings helped clinch the division for my New Orleans Saints and helped get my Saints that much closer to Dome Field Advantage throughout the playoffs.

I love Brett Favre!

12/8/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

(Edited by WBKsports)

 The Bolts finally found their way to #3...They are at Dallas this weekend then OCHOCINCO comes to S.D. The Chargers finish @ TENN and Home against the Redskins. 12 wins are not out of reach at this point, but I'll settle for that #2 seed in the AFC...Get that Bye and Home Game for the playoffs. Pray for the Colts to lose their 1st game and sneak that AFC Championship into Qualcomm...

12/8/09   |   Dream_Machine   |   13292 respect

At 5-7, The 49ers & The Seahawks Still Have A Chance At The Division If The Cardinals Fizzle Out In The End Of The Season...

12/8/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals. Your dominance over the Falcons and Vikings helped clinch the division for my New Orleans Saints and helped get my Saints that much closer to Dome Field Advantage throughout the playoffs.

12/8/09   |   islanderbehle   |   10 respect

(Edited by islanderbehle)

 WHOA?!?! Cincy switched to the NFC North this week?!?! Haha YES!!! 

12/8/09   |   kobe_lova   |   61971 respect

ummmm.injury yes. insult, NO! We like Michael Vick in case you didn't notice. His scoring was an added bonus in a game we were getting whooped in. We were losing anyway so why shouldnt one of our fave former QB have his  best "comeback" game in his old house. Go michael vick! and Go Falcons!
BTW..you know that there are so many factors that decide who makes the playoffs, that anything could still happen including the Steelers, the Falcons, and the Texans making it! 

12/8/09   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

I'm a Colts fan, but I know my team well enough to say that the 16-0 won't happen.  If they win the next two games, they'll rest players before the playoffs and playing the Jags on a short week will make it harder for the next two to be wins before the rests.

12/8/09   |   Seth   |   301 respect

The Browns already have 11 picks in the next years draft so Mangini (if he's still around) better not trade down for a bunch of lesser picks instead of drafting Suh. They could really use him (among many other spots) but you can't pass on him.

12/8/09   |   mrtriplesix   |   1160 respect

in the nfc its definitely going to come down to saints and vikings. BUT theres always the packers if they can give aaron rodgers time like we saw against ravens. aaron rodgers is a lot better than i thought when he took over for favre. but for some reason pack doesnt have an answer for vikings, and if the saints play that poorly against vikings or packs like they did against skins dont expect some miracle come back like we saw sunday.

as for afc, i can see the colts losing to a team with a defense that contain peyton to 2-3 touchdowns and just make your offense takes advantage of every possible chance to score. i want to see pats in the championship for moss's sake BUT with that d it may not happen.

12/8/09   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   30246 respect

eh hem. according to one of the talking heads, texans still have about a 4.5% chance of going to the playoffs. what are you talking about, "playoff hopes are pretty much gone"...? pshhh whatever...

12/8/09   |   zzj000   |   388 respect

Did you just say "the Packers could beat ANY team in the league except for maybe the Vikings?" .      C'mon MAN. Please tell me you were just having a brain cramp and that you're all better now!