Another week, and another shake up in the power rankings. The Falcons got one step closer this week to home field advantage in the NFC, while the Bears showed they are for real, winning their fourth straight game.
The NFC West is wide open, with the Rams and Seahawks tied for first place at 5-6. It’s a shame a team from that division has to make the playoffs.
In the AFC, the top four teams all won, and we are set up for two huge match ups in Week 13 between the Steelers and the Ravens and the Jets and the Patriots. Will the winner of these games run away with their respective divisions?
1. Atlanta Falcons (1): 9-2. The most impressive thing about their win over the Packers was the fact that Matt Ryan threw just one incompletion in the second half. That win was huge.
2. New England Patriots (2): 9-2. Tom Brady saved his best game of the season for Thanksgiving, as the Patriots won again. Next up is a game with the Jets for first place in the AFC East.
3. New York Jets (4): 9-2. The Jets big second half lifted them to a win over the lowly Bengals. It gets tougher this week on Monday Night Football in New England.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5): 8-3. It wasn’t pretty, but the Steelers escaped with a win in Buffalo. Can they take control of the AFC North with a ‘W’ in Baltimore?
5. Baltimore Ravens (7): 8-3. The Ravens were in control of that game pretty much the whole time, and next host the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. A win here, and they are in good shape to win the AFC North.
6. Green Bay Packers (6): 7-4. Credit Aaron Rodgers for his amazing play on fourth down, but the Packers special teams let them down in this one, giving the Falcons the ball at the fifty and in position to win the game.
7. Chicago Bears (12): 8-3. It’s time to take this Bears team serious, that was an impressive showing against the Eagles.
8. New Orleans Saints (8): 8-3. The Saints made the big plays when they needed to and the defending champs have now won four straight games. Uh oh.
9. Philadelphia Eagles (3): 7-4. Bad play calling, and poor defense were the reasons the Eagles lost that game. Michael Vick is starting to look human again.
10. San Diego Chargers (13): 6-5. December is rolling around, and the Chargers have never lost in this month under Norv Turner.
11. New York Giants (10): 7-4. That was a huge comeback victory by the Giants and they are right back in the NFC East race with the Eagles losing.
12. Kansas City Chiefs (14): 7-4. The Chiefs are winning the games they should win, and that’s the sign of a good team. Can you believe the year Dwayne Bowe is having? That’s now 13 touchdowns in his last seven games.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11): 7-4. The Falcons come to Tampa Bay this week in a game that could very well define the Buccaneers season.
14. Indianapolis Colts (9): 6-5. That’s now back to back weeks that Peyton Manning has thrown at least three interceptions. Are the Colts in trouble?
15. Jacksonville Jaguars (15): 6-5. The Jaguars have a legitimate shot to win the AFC South, and must beat the Titans this week if they have any aspirations for the playoffs.
16. Miami Dolphins (18): 6-5. At 6-5 and playing in the AFC East, the Dolphins playoff hopes are very slim.
17. Houston Texans (21): 5-6. Where did that Texans defense come from? I guess it helps when you play against Rusty Smith. The defense won’t have similar results with Michael Vick on Thursday Night Football.
18. St. Louis Rams (22): 5-6. It didn’t come easy, but Sam Bradford won his first road game of his career. What’s crazy is that the Rams have a legitimate shot to win the NFC West.
19. Tennessee Titans (17): 5-6. You know that Rusty Smith isn’t good when he gets shut out against the worst passing defense in the NFL. The Titans season is going down hill.
20. Minnesota Vikings (28): 4-7. Leslie Frazier had the Vikings playing hard in his head coaching debut. I predict he does enough to be the head coach next season.
21. Cleveland Browns (24): 4-7. The Browns probably should have lost that game, but Eric Mangini will gladly take that victory. Jake Delhomme nearly gave the game away to his former team.
22. Washington Redskins (16): 5-6. Inconsistency has plagued this team all season, and they lost a winnable game against the Vikings.
23. Dallas Cowboys (23): 3-8. What was impressive from the Cowboys is that when they were down 20-3 they didn’t lie down, they fought back. Roy Williams cost them the game.
24. Oakland Raiders (19): 5-6. So much for the Raiders being for real, they have gotten blown out the past two weeks.
25. Seattle Seahawks (20): 5-6. Last week I wrote that I’d put my money on the Seahawks to win the NFC West. Good thing I didn’t bet on it.
26. San Francisco 49ers (27): 4-7. With their win over the Cardinals, the 49ers are a game out of the playoffs. The NFC West is an embarrassment.
27. Buffalo Bills (25): 2-9. You have to feel bad for Steve Johnson after dropping the game winning touchdown pass. That’s a tough loss for the Bills, but does a win even benefit them?
28. Denver Broncos (26): 3-8. It isn’t Kyle Orton fault, but I think I speak for everyone else when I say I want to see Tim Tebow start.
29. Detroit Lions (30): 2-9. The Lions played well on Thanksgiving, that is, for one half. Another year, another loss on Turkey Day.
30. Cincinnati Bengals (31): 2-9. Big changes need to be made with the Bengals next season, and Carson Palmer may not be part of their plans.
31. Arizona Cardinals (29): 3-8. I still can’t figure out how Derek Anderson was so good on the Browns in 2007. The Cardinals may not win a game the rest of the season.
32. Carolina Panthers (32): 1-10. Jimmy Clausen did everything he could to put the Panthers in a position to win that game, John Kasay’s gotta make that kick. The season just keeps getting worse.