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NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Colts, Texans Stumble; Patriots, Packers At Top

SB Nation has released Week 12 NFL power rankings.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Colts Fall As Patriots Maintain No. 1

There wasn't a lot of change in the top 10 this week as only Tampa Bay broke through. Almost the entire top 10 from last week won in Week 11, and that doesn't include the Colts, who lost to the Patriots this week. There were a lot of blowouts from this list -- Bucs, Saints, Steelers and Ravens (and Eagles sort of). We'll gain some clarity at the top of our rankings over the next couple weeks when the No. 2 Packers visit the No. 3 Falcons and the No. 1 Patriots face off against the No. 4 Jets.

Here are the top 10 teams in the league:

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3): I'm not quite sure what to make of the Bucs yet. They're 7-3 but are just plus-three in point differential. Either they know how to close out tight games or they'll come crashing down soon. We'll find out in the next two weeks when they play the Ravens and Falcons

9. Indianapolis Colts (6-4): The second half of the Colts schedule is manageable but it looks they'll likely end their streak of 12-plus wins in the regular season. The last time they won less than 12 games: 2001.

8. New Orleans Saints (7-3): The Saints are 7-3 and tied for second place in a very good NFC South. With the way the NFC South is going, they could send a few teams to the playoffs.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3): The Steelers showed they're still a dominant team beating the Raiders, 35-3. It's looking like that Dec. 5 game against the Ravens is going to have a major impact on the division.

6. Baltimore Ravens (7-3): The Ravens, tied with the Steelers atop the AFC North, get the nod here because of the head-to-head win against the Steelers. If not for that, these teams are even. This will be one of the best races down the stretch because they have similar potential.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (7-3): The Eagles could be ranked high the way they're playing. They have two road games against the Bears and Giants remaining. After that, they play no teams with winning records. The Eagles have a lot of potential to grow.

4. New York Jets (8-2): Five of the Jets eight wins have been by one score or less, including the last three by a total of nine points. You'd like to see better victories but a win is a win, especially if they keep doing it.

3. Atlanta Falcons (8-2): I'm not sure people realize how good this team is. Their resume is impressive including four consecutive victories. There's definitely an argument that this is the best team in the league.

2. Green Bay Packers (7-3): Their schedule includes a pair of road wins against the Eagles and Jets. Aaron Rodgers is playing very well and they haven't turned the ball over since Oct. 24. We'll find out this weekend if they're the best team in the NFC when they visit the Falcons.

1. New England Patriots (8-2): Our No. 1 team has scored 70 points in the last two games, which is the second time this year they've scored 70 points or more over two games. They'll be tested this year as they still host the Jets and Packers down the stretch.


NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Redskins Hanging In There; Giants Fall Out Of Top 10

SB Nation's Week 12 NFL power rankings continue on with the No. 11-20 including teams like the Dolphins, who had to start Tyler Thigpen last week, and the Chargers, who are fresh off of a Monday Night Football victory over the Broncos. Every team in this group has a shot at the playoffs. Some, like the Bears, have a better shot than others, like the Raiders.

Click here for No. 32-21. Here are No. 11-20 in SB Nation's Week 12 NFL power rankings.

20. Miami Dolphins (5-5): The Dolphins were handed the shutout against the Bears on Sunday and, given their current QB situation, I don't see them making a late-season run at the playoffs. It's a tough life with Tyler Thigpen as your QB. LW: 16

19. Seattle Seahawks (5-5): Who wants to win the NFC West? Anyone? The Seahawks lost by 15 points to the Saints and they're still the front-runner in the NFC West. Seven wins may take the division. LW: 19

18. Washington Redskins (5-5): Good win for the Redskins, who are hanging around in the NFC playoff race. There are three 7-3 NFC teams that are not in first place. Washington needs to go on a run to state their case for the playoffs. LW: 23

17. Oakland Raiders (5-5): The Raiders can string together some impressive wins....and then they can lose by 32 points to the Steelers. We'll see which team shows up the rest of the season. They have company in the AFC West as the Chargers are now at 5-5 as well. LW: 13

16. Tennessee Titans (5-5): Vince Young had a meltdown after the loss to the Redskins on Sunday and has now been placed on injured reserve. I'm trying to figure out how this is a bad thing for the Titans. LW: 14

15. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4): I don't know how, but the Jaguars are in first place through 11 weeks of action. The AFC South isn't dominated by the Colts anymore. Maybe the Jags can be the Colt-killers. LW: 18

14. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4): The Chiefs stand alone atop the AFC West but for how long? They've got back-to-back divisional games coming up against the Broncos and Chargers. First step though is beating Seattle this weekend. LW: 17

13. San Diego Chargers (5-5): The Chargers annual midseason winning streak is in action. They're a game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West. We'll see if they can capture the lead before their showdown against KC on Dec. 12. LW: 15

12. New York Giants (6-4): After winning five in a row, the Giants have now lost two in a row and first place in the NFC East. Upcoming games against the Jaguars and Redskins could get them back into contention though. LW: 10

11. Chicago Bears (7-3): Their only truly impressive win this year is against the Packers early in Week 3. Don't blame the Bears, though. They don't make the schedule. This looks like a wildcard team to me right now. LW: 12


NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Panthers Holding Up The Rear; Texans Keep Falling

SB Nation is counting down the NFL power rankings for Week 12 and we're starting to get a clear picture of the bottom-feeders in the NFL this season. The Carolina Panthers will likely be a mainstay at No. 32 as they might have the worst QB situation in the NFL and the Houston Texans, at 4-6, are making a case that they don't belong in the playoffs.

There weren't many big upsets this week so No. 21-32 don't see much change. No. 1-20 will be posted later on Tuesday.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-9): The Panthers lost to the Ravens, 37-13, on Sunday. They were in the game for about a half -- which is impressive considering their QB situation -- but ultimately were dominated by Baltimore. The Panthers are on track for the No. 1 pick next year. LW: 32

31. Arizona Cardinals (3-7): The Cardinals look worse and worse every week. They lost to the Chiefs 31-13 on Sunday and QB Derek Anderson didn't look very good despite his decent numbers. The Cardinals are looking they're in the NFC West because, somehow, they're not out of the playoff conversation yet. LW: 31

30. Detroit Lions (2-8): Part of me feels bad for Detroit because they've played so many teams close. But then they go and lose by 16 to the 3-7 Cowboys. QB Matthew Stafford's injury has about ruined the season for them. LW: 30

29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-8): What happened to the Bengals? They gave up a huge lead and 35 second half points in a 49-31 loss to the Bills. This team has too much talent to be 2-8. I don't get it. LW: 29

28. Minnesota Vikings (3-7): That's all she wrote on the 2010 Vikings. They were embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday leading to Brad Childress' firing. I wonder how much longer it will be until QB Brett Favre calls it quits. LW: 26

27. Denver Broncos (3-7): Consistently inconsistent. The Broncos destroy the Chiefs and then get destroyed by the Chargers. They're out of the playoff race and fans are already bringing up the Tim Tebow question. LW: 25

26. San Francisco 49ers (3-7): 21-0 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.They had won three of four entering the game against the Bucs but that was clearly a mirage. Like the Cardinals though, they're lucky the NFC West is so terrible and they sit just two games out of first place. LW: 24

25. Buffalo Bills (2-8): Teams playing Buffalo down the stretch: you're on notice. This is not your average 2-8 team. The Bills play teams close and their offense can score points. They're going to make some team hate them. LW: 28

24. Dallas Cowboys (3-7): OK, now, two in a row isn't bad. The Jason Garrett era is off to the right start. The next three games will show us if the Garrett era has a chance of lasting: Saints, at Colts, Eagles. That stretch will show us how good or how bad this team really is. LW: 27

23. St. Louis Rams (4-6): The Rams, as expected, lost to the Falcons on Sunday. They are one game out of first place with three consecutive road games coming up. If they can put together a win or two there, the season finale against the Seahawks may be for first place in the NFC West. LW: 22

22. Cleveland Browns (3-7): Like Buffalo, this is a better team than their record indicates. They play everyone close. It's just a matter of figuring out how to finish the thing off. LW: 21

21. Houston Texans (4-6): It's looking like another playoff-less season in Houston as the Texans fell to the Jets late in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The offense is good and the defense has been playing well....but they still can't win. This is a disappointing season for them after the hot start. They've lost five of their last six. LW: 20

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