Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Can the Patriots be stopped?

By WESLEY KAMINSKY
Staff Writer — wkaminsky@highhopesblog.com
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Tom Brady has thrown 19 touchdowns and has not thrown an INT in his last six games. (Getty)

It was an emotional week in the NFL season, and I’m not even talking about the actual games. I’m talking about my fantasy football heartbreak.

After sneaking in the playoffs thanks to Tom Brady’s performance on Monday night against the Jets, I thought I had all the momentum going into the playoffs. That was before I made a stupid decision as a manager. At my flex spot, I benched Deion Branch, Lance Moore, and Kevin Boss in favor of Jacoby Ford who scored me a grand total of 0.05 points. Okay, let me explain myself. How am I supposed to expect Deion Branch to have the best game of his career in a blizzard? How can I trust Lance Moore in the Saints wide receiver by commission offense? Thanks Kevin Boss, for scoring me one points last week, then scoring a touchdown on my bench this week.

Lastly, I want to personally thank Ryan Matthews for screwing me over one more time. After I selected you eighth overall, you fail to produce all season long and struggle with injuries but return just in time for me to lose in the playoffs. Thanks, Ryan.

Anyway, here are my week 15 power rankings.

1. New England Patriots (1): 11-2. Tom Brady has shredded the Steelers, Jets, and Bears defenses, who are all supposedly the best in football. Try stopping the Patriots, I dare you.

2. Atlanta Falcons (2): 11-2. They took care of business against the Panthers, and get another easy won in Seattle before they host the Saints on Monday Night Football.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3): 10-3. The defense was dominant against the Bengals, and the Steelers look like the only team that can challenge the Patriots in the AFC.

4. New Orleans Saints (7): 10-3. The Saints offense is clicking on all cylinders right now. I would not want to face this team in the playoffs.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (5): 9-4. That was a nice win in Dallas, and if they Eagles can beat the Giants this week, the NFC East is all but wrapped up.

6. Baltimore Ravens (6): 9-4. The Ravens avoided a collapse against the Texans, and next host the red hot Saints.

7. New York Giants (10): 9-4. They dominated the Vikings and now will try to get revenge against the Eagles for control of the NFC East. Doesn’t this seem like deja vu from week 11?

8. Chicago Bears (5): 9-4. The Bears got man-handled against the Patriots in a game to prove they were for real. Next they travel to Minnesota on Monday Night Football.

9. Green Bay Packers (4): 8-5. The Packers made the Lions defense look like the 2000 Super Bowl champion Ravens in a 7-3 loss. That was a bad loss. Packers fans better pray Aaron Rodgers is okay.

10. New York Jets (9): 9-4. The most embarrassing part of their loss against the Dolphins was their strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, tripping Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll. The Jets are in trouble.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (12): 8-5. Is this team really 8-5? If they can beat the Colts this week there will be a new AFC South champion.

12. San Diego Chargers (17): 7-6. The Chargers remaining opponents have a combined record of 10-29. See you in the playoffs, San Diego.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13): 8-5. Just when you want to count out the Bucs, they get a nice road win and stay alive. The playoffs a realistic possibility for this team.

14. Indianapolis Colts (14): 7-6. Now that’s the Peyton Manning that I know. The Colts kept their season alive with a win in Tennessee, and must do it again when the first place Jags come to town.

15. Kansas City Chiefs (11): 8-5. Matt Cassel’s appendectomy may have ruined the Chiefs season. They have a must win in St.Louis on Sunday.

16. Miami Dolphins (22): 7-6. Somehow, the Dolphins managed to win with Chad Henne throwing just 54 passing yards. Go figure.

17. Oakland Raiders (16): 6-7. The Raiders missed a golden opportunity in Jacksonville, but will bounce back with the lowly Broncos coming to town. Remember the last time these two teams met? 59-14, Raiders.

18. Dallas Cowboys (18): 4-9. There’s one thing Jason Garrett didn’t cure in Dallas: Defense. They weren’t even close to stopping LeSean McCoy on the final drive.

19. Minnesota Vikings (19): 5-8. The Vikings lost that game when it was announced it would be played at a neutral site, and when Brett Favre’s 297 regular season start streak was snapped.

20. Houston Texans (20): 5-8. Which loss has been the worst for the Texans? The Hail Mary in Jacksonville, the collapse in New York, or that overtime loss against the Ravens? Take your pick.

21. St. Louis Rams (15): 6-7. They struggled in New Orleans as expected, but are still tied for first place in the NFC West.

22. Cleveland Browns (21): 5-8. One thing is clear after their loss in Buffalo: Peyton Hillis is human after all, and has a fumbling problem that needs to be fixed.

23. San Francisco 49ers (26): 5-8. The 49ers are still alive in the NFC West, but barely. A loss in San Diego on Thursday Night will seal their fate.

24. Tennessee Titans (23): 5-8. Changes will be made in Tennessee after this season. I can assure you that.

25. Washington Redskins (25): 5-8. A disastrous week was highlighted by a nightmare loss. Special teams were killer.

26. Seattle Seahawks (24): 6-7. I really hope the Seahawks don’t win the NFC West. They are just a bad football team.

27. Detroit Lions (28): 3-10. Finally, the Lions won a close game. Give that defense some credit.

28. Buffalo Bills (29): 3-10. The Bills had their best defensive game of the season in a 13-6 ugly win over the Browns.

29. Arizona Cardinals (31): 4-9. Jay Feely accounted for the first 22 of the Cardinals points in a 43-13 rout.

30. Denver Broncos (27): 3-10. Eric Studeville did not have the same effect Jason Garrett and Leslie Frazier in his first game. The Broncos looked even worse.

31.Cincinnati Bengals (31): 2-11. I’d like to see the stat of how many passes intended for Terrell Owens have been intercepted. I can’t believed I picked this team to make the AFC Championship. Whoops.

32. Carolina Panthers (32): 1-12. The Panthers would like nothing more than if the season just ended today. This season has been a disaster.

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