Official NFL Power Rankings: Week 15
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Playoffs are taking shape… sort of. But with the eyes of the league on the top, it may all be a moot point. The league really is a jumble; after the top three, who the hell knows? I do. ‘Officially’. Or so I pretend. Here are your ‘Official’ Nfl power rankings for week 15.
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1. Indianapolis Colts (13-0) (last wk #2)
It really is remarkable how Peyton has carried this team on his shoulders… in all likelihood to an undefeated regular season.
2. New Orleans Saints (13-0) (last wk #1)
They just win. Two straight weeks of squeaking by have had them looking vulnerable, but 16-0 should happen.
3. Minnesota Vikings (11-2) (last wk #3)
As much as it pains Favre to do so, it’s almost playoff time. If the Vikings are going to do any damage in the playoffs, it’s time to shift more of the workload back to AP. He should be fresh, having not had to carry the entire offense. There are a lot of high powered offenses out there in the postseason, and the Vikings will need to play ball control to win.
4. San Diego Chargers (10-3) (last wk #5)
No one seems to be noticing the Chargers, and they haven’t lost in a couple of months. Rivers is quietly having an MVP type year, but in the year of the QBs, it’s been obscured. If there’s an AFC dark horse, this is it.
5. Green Bay Packers (9-4) (last wk #4)
For the Packers to be where they are is remarkable. The offensive line is a sieve, but the coaching staff has managed to put an offense in place that almost overcomes that. Capers has built a defense that may now be the best in the NFL. They’ll still be in trouble if they run into a pass rush, but the 11-5 or 12-4 record they’ll finish with is nothing short of amazing.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) (last wk #9)
The defense leaves much to be desired, but the offense is suddenly starting to look scary. Vick’s emergence could present a wild card in the playoffs that will be hard to stop.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) (last wk #6)
Getting dumped by the Vikings was a setback, but the playoffs should be a lock; all they really need to do is beat Kansas City. One and done is all they’ll do, but it’s a huge step for the organization.
8. Denver Broncos (8-5) (last wk #10)
Ironic, but it took a loss to make a believer out of me. This isn’t an elite team, but it’s a very good one with a lot of heart. If a team doesn’t bring their A game, the Broncos could pull a playoff surprise.
9. Dallas Cowboys (8-5) (last wk #8)
How soon fortunes change. One week, they were in firm control, the next they find themselves fighting for their playoff lives. With New Orleans up next, they may need to beat both Washington and Philly just to make the playoffs.
10. New England Patriots (8-5) (last wk #11)
With the Dolphins and Jets breathing down their necks, the Pats could conceivably miss the playoffs with a missed step.
11. Arizona Cardinals (8-5) (last wk #7)
Just like last year, they’ll win their division based on it’s weakness. Detroit and Cleveland should put them at 10-6, but don’t expect last year’s heroics.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-6) (last wk #13)
This team comes back from the dead more often that Freddy. Written off after the Buffalo debacle, the ‘Fins are right back in control of their own fate. If they get past Tennessee, they may very well win the East.
13. Tennessee Titans (6-7) (last wk #17)
The playoffs are a long shot at this point, but you have to admire the remarkable turnaround.
14. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) (last wk #14)
Still fighting for a postseason spot, the offense may have finally awakened.
15. New York Jets (7-6) (last wk #15)
People forget that the backup isn’t all that bad. They won’t make the playoffs, but to still be in the discussion this late in the year is an accomplishment.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-6) (last wk #12)
Del Rio got the more that could have been reasonably expected from this team, but the soft schedule finally ran out.
17. Houston Texans (6-7) (last wk #22)
Such a schizophrenic bunch. So much talent, yet left to play meaningless December games yet again.
18. San Fransisco 49ers (6-7) (last wk #23)
Only staved off the inevitable by knocking off the Cards. This team is a good QB away from being a contender.
19. New York Giants (7-6) (last week #16)
It seems like years ago that people were picking the Giants to knock off the Saints.
20. Atlanta Falcons (6-7) (last wk #24)
Showed a bit of mettle in battling the Saints; after a season like they’ve had, moral victories will have to suffice.
21. Carolina Panthers (5-7) (last wk #19)
What’s there to say? Basically going through the motions.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-7) (last wk #18)
It’s hard to wrap your mind around such an epic fall.
23. Washington Redskins (4-9) (last wk #25)
Is it me, or does Jason Campbell look really good lately?
24. Oakland Raiders (4-9) (last week #21)
When will Al Davis realize the game has passed him by?
25. Buffalo Bills (5-8) (last wk #26)
This really is a team that should be better. They’ll show the world that when they beat the Pats this week.
26. Chicago Bears (5-8) (last wk #27)
They made a game effort against the Packers, but the bottom line is that Jay Cutler just sucks.
27. Cleveland Browns (2-11) (last week #29)
Beating Pittsburgh doesn’t mean what it once would have, but the Puppies will take what they can get.
28. Seattle Seahawks (5-8) (last wk #20)
It would appear the Seahawks aren’t even playing for pride anymore.
29. Kansas City Chiefs (3-10) (last wk #28)
A team with no identity whatsoever.
30. Tampa Bay Succaneers (1-12) (last wk #30)
The Bucs are bad, but they won’t stay that way for long.
31. Detroit Lions (2-11) (last wk #31)
32. St Louis Rams (1-12) (last week #32)