Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NFL Power Rankings: Post-Week 15 edition

Back for another week of ranking the NFL's teams, top-to-bottom, in a pro wrestling format. The Main Event teams are the best of the league, as you would imagine. The mid-card tier is for teams who aren't quite there, but show a fight and have potential. Then there are the jobbers, who really shouldn't even dress for the games anymore. Here is this week's 1-32 list. Enjoy.

Main Event
1| Steelers (11-3) [3]: They didn't win pretty - and maybe they didn't deserve the win at all - but they got it done, like they have every week. Let's not forget that the Stillers are playing the toughest schedule in the NFL and doing very well.

2| Panthers (11-3) [4]: Another big win for the Panthers, setting up their Week 16 showdown with the Giants for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

3| Giants (11-3) [2]: Another tough divisional loss for the G-Men. They looked even more pitiful than the week before against Philly. The losses of Plaxico Burress and Brandon Jacobs are starting to be felt on the field.

4| Titans (12-2) [1]: I know the game was in Houston and the Texans are rolling right now, but you can't lose that game if you're the Titans.

5| Colts (10-4) [5]: Remember when the Colts were 4-4 and everyone thought they had no shot at the playoffs?

6| Falcons (9-5) [9]: Matt Ryan threw a couple picks but was otherwise efficient. Does the NFL award a 'Comeback Team of the Year?'

7| Vikings (9-5) [8]: Tarvaris Jackson looked like the quarterback Brad Childress thought he was, throwing 4 TDs in a rout of the Cardinals.

8| Patriots (9-5) [10]: Matt Cassel is going to make a lot of money very soon. Talk about a great break for him. He hadn't started a game since high school then Tom Brady gets hurt and he steps in and shows he has the weapons needed to be a successful QB in this league. And it all happens in his contract year.

9| Ravens (9-5) [7]: Can't drop them too far after they played a great game and lost thanks to a questionable call. Sure, we don't know what would have happened if that catch hadn't been ruled a TD, but if the Steelers had opted to tie it with a field goal, who knows what happens in the OT.

10| Buccaneers (9-5) [6]: A couple tough division losses in the last few weeks have the Bucs' playoff chances looking more and more slim.

Mid-Card
11| Dolphins (9-5) [12]
12| Cowboys (9-5) [15]
13| Jets (9-5) [14]
14| Eagles (8-5-1) [17]
15| Bears (8-6) [18]
16| Cardinals (8-6) [11]
17| Broncos (8-6) [13]
18| Texans (7-7) [20]
19| Chargers (6-8) [21]
20| Saints (7-7) [16]

Jobbers
21| Redskins (7-7) [19]
22| 49ers (5-9) [22]
23| Jaguars (5-9) [26]
24| Bills (6-8) [23]
25| Packers (5-9) [24]
26| Browns (4-10) [25]
27| Chiefs (2-12) [27]
28| Bengals (2-11-1) [30]
29| Raiders (3-11) [28]
30| Seahawks (3-11) [29]
31| Rams (2-12) [31]
32| Lions (0-14) [32]

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