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
The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed by The Finsiders Blog represent those of individual writers, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions, policies or desires of the Miami Dolphins organization, front office, coaches and executives. Writers' views are formulated independently from any inside information and/or conversation with Dolphins officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.