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NFL Top 10: Week 14, 2011
By on December 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Tough week in the power rankings. I had to put the Jets back in, had to consider adding the Broncos, and wanted to add the Fins, but couldn’t. The top five stays the same as last week (though I was tempted to shuffle) and we’ve got two new teams in this week. Keep reading to see how I power-rank the top 10 teams in the NFL and don’t forget to vote in this week’s poll:

#10: Atlanta (#8 last week, 7-5): The Falcons drop a couple of spots after an ugly loss to TJ Yates and the Texans. I still can’t quite figure this team out and I wouldn’t be shocked if Carolina beat them this week and knocked them out of the Top 10.

#9: Tennessee (Unranked, 7-5): The Titans make their first appearance in this year’s rankings thanks to another win–this one a 23-17 job at Buffalo. Not a dominant team by any stretch but right now, Chris Johnson is getting on track and they’re playing well. Curious to see if they can hang with the Saints at home this week.

#8: NY Jets (Unranked, 7-5): After a long absence, the Jets are sadly back. They’ll host the Chiefs on Sunday at Met Life, so don’t expect them to disappear just yet, either.

#7: Houston (#8, 9-3): How the Texans (with the injuries they’ve suffered–and not just at the quarterback position) have the same record as the Patriots, Ravens, Steelers, and Saints is absolutely beyond me. But they do. Very impressive.

#6: San Francisco (#6, 10-2): I know you probably think the 49ers should be higher, but I dropped them after their Thanksgiving loss to the Ravens and while they did what they should have this week (shutout the Rams), nobody in front of them lost, so they stay put.

#5: New England (#5, 9-3): The Colts gave the Pats a littttttle bit of a game on Sunday, but Brady’s Bunch was too much for Indy to handle. They should smother the Redskins on Sunday.

#4: Baltimore (#4, 9-3): Everyone is going to want to know how I can have the Ravens behind the Steelers even though two of Pittsburgh’s three losses were to Baltimore. I get that. Here’s why: for most of the year, the Ravens were ahead, then they had a bad loss (at Seattle) and they fell behind Pittsburgh. That’s where they are for now and so there ya go.

#3: Pittsburgh (#3, 9-3): See above.

#2: New Orleans (#2, 9-3): The Saints had another impressive offensive performance on Sunday night against the Lions as Drew Brees is locked-in in a very real way. As mentioned, I’m a little curious about their game at Tennessee this week. We’ll see…

#1: Green Bay (#1, 12-0): Aaron Rodgers needed less than the 58 seconds he had to break a tie against the Giants as the Packers came up with another impressive win (while handing the G-Men another tough loss). They should have a decidedly easier challenge this week at home against Oakland.

OUT this week: Dallas, Oakland

IN this week: NY Jets, Tennessee

Week 14: Who do you think should be number TWO?

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Caren "Cake" Wake says:

I’m good with the Saints at #2, but definitely disagree with you on the 49ers. They should be #3. And the Ravens should be ahead of the Steelers. In fact, I would put Houston above the Steelers based on your reasoning for putting the Ravens behind them. And why are the Jets at #8? Your reasons are weird.

Shay says:

and where the hell are the rest of you… if we know one thing about our fellow “Finsiders” it’s that they have opinions… and many of them…. JUST DO IT !!!!!

Jesse Agler says:

yeah saints are super locked-in right now. i stand by what i said a couple weeks ago–as good as gb is playing right now, id take ‘the field’ over them for winning it all right now. saints a big part of that (though how good would brees be in gb in january haha).

Shay says:

that could be the prevailing story come NFC Championship game week… how can the Saints offense operate in that weather environment.. then again, it’s been like Fall up here so far this winter, it’ll prolly be 60 and sunny that week…. I wouldn’t want to have to get in a scoring battle with the Saint’s right now though if I were any other NFL team.

Shay says:

and if the Saints defense starts creating some turnovers (I believe they are close to the bottom in that statistic so far) then they are by far the most dangerous team in the league

Shay says:

the only statistic that justifies the Pack being #1, and the Saints #2 right now IS the fact that even though GB’s defense is suspect, they are creating turnovers and getting defensive scores

Shay says:

also just as an aside… I’m not sure New Orleans isn’t better than Green Bay right now, Gren Bay’s defense is suspect… New Orleans can move the ball SCARY welll as can GB…. but better defensively

Shay says:

right now the Fins are a top 10 power team, and NO ONE wants to see them on the schedule

Jesse Agler says:

i agree 100% that no one wants to see them on sched and that they’re plaing better than Tennessee but for right now, Titans have 3 more wins than Dolphins, who cannot even mathematically get to .500 until January 1. one more win and hopefully i can get them in there but right now not even my own willingness to be super-biased can justify it hahaha.

Shay says:

also a fair opinion…

Shay says:

arhhhhhggggg… Tennessee Jesse? Fins are 4-1 in last 5 and have outscored opponents 139-54.. GET EM IN THERE !!!!!!!!