NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: After Packers, Who's In The Top Five?

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 04: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens gets a block from wide receiver Torrey Smith #82 as he runs by defensive back Sheldon Brown #24 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 14 are out and, as usual, No. 1 (Packers) and No. 32 (Colts) are the same. Check out the list for the rest of the rankings.

SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 14 are in and the top of the list is all too familiar. The Packers are far and away the NFL's best team, but then you have a cluster of teams that are very, very close -- Saints, Ravens, 49ers, Steelers and Patriots. You could make a case to shake up those teams in a number of ways.

There's also a cluster of similar teams in the middle of our rankings, teams like the Cowboys, Lions, Jets, Bears, Raiders and Falcons. Those teams are all very close in my mind so it's difficult to put them in the best order.

From there, the bottom of our rankings look the same as they have for much of the season with Indy holding it down. They're now 12-0 and en route to clinching the top pick before the season's over.

See where all the teams are ranked in SB Nation's Week 14 power rankings:

1. Green Bay Packers (12-0, LW: 1): The best team in the NFL with the second best winning streak in NFL history and a quarterback that could be having a historic year. Yeah, I'd say they deserve this spot.

2. New Orleans Saints (9-3, LW: 2): They've beaten three straight playoff contenders (Falcons, Giants and Lions) by a combined 42 points. Drew Brees is having a terrific year (again).

3. Baltimore Ravens (9-3, LW: 3): The Ravens, 49ers and Steelers are all very, very similar teams to me but Baltimore has beaten each of them (and Pittsburgh twice). They're well-tested.

4. San Francisco 49ers (10-2, LW: 4): So, did anyone else think the 49ers would be proven a fluke by this point? Geez, I was wrong about them. With games coming up against the Cardinals, Seahawks and Rams, 13 wins seems about right.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3, LW: 5): Pittsburgh's schedule ends with the Browns twice along with the Rams. Would 13 wins be enough to top Baltimore in the AFC North?

6. New England Patriots (9-3, LW: 6): It's December, New England is playing very, very well and leading the AFC East. We call this "Every year the last decade."

7. Houston Texans (9-3, LW: 7): Impressive, Houston. They've won three games with three different quarterbacks. That's a good sign for the playoffs, even if I'm skeptical of the T.J. Yates era.

8. Denver Broncos (7-5, LW: 15): I'll admit it, it took me a while. But I'm finally buying in and putting the Broncos in the top 10. You can't ignore five in a row and the way that defense is playing.

9. Tennessee Titans (7-5, LW: 17): No one seems to be talking about the Titans but for two straight weeks Chris Johnson has looked like the old Chris Johnson. If that's the case the rest of the year, this is a serious playoff contender.

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-5, LW: 8): The Cowboys had a chance to take a commanding two-game division lead but Jason Garrett and the timeout fiasco prevented that from happening. You gotta beat a 4-7 team in Week 13 when you're leading your division. You just have to.

11. Detroit Lions (7-5, LW: 10): The Lions may not make the playoffs. No, really. The Raiders, Packers and Chargers to end the season. Talent-wise, we know they can win those. But will they actually put it all together?

12. New York Jets (7-5, LW: 11): This feels like 2009 when the Jets needed to win a few down the stretch to even qualify for the playoffs (they ended up going to the AFC Championship game).

13. Chicago Bears (7-5, LW: 9): I considered dropping the Bears even more. With Caleb Hanie this is a below average team. 10-3 to the Chiefs at home? It's not good when Tyler Palko outplays you.

14. Oakland Raiders (7-5, LW: 13): The Raiders are now in a dogfight for the division title with Denver creeping up on them and even San Diego and Kansas City two games out. Which way do they go?

15. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5, LW: 12): Cincy was roasted by the Steelers to the tune of four touchdowns but they're still in the thick of the wildcard race.

16. Atlanta Falcons (7-5, LW: 14): Three of the Falcons' final four games are the Panthers, Jaguars and Bucs. You gotta win those. Plus, that Monday nighter against New Orleans in Week 16 looks to be huge right now.

17. New York Giants (6-6, LW: 16): Talk about blowing it. The Giants have lost four in a row and stand a game down from the Cowboys. The good news? They get Dallas twice in the final month.


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18. San Diego Chargers (5-7, LW: 23): We've seen the Chargers at 4-7 turn around and qualify for the playoffs. Just sayin', crazier things have happened.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (5-7, LW: 25): The Chiefs beat the Bears, which was a big win. But can they really expect to win consistently with that offense? (Throws up in mouth)

20. Arizona Cardinals (5-7, LW: 28): Look out but the Cardinals have won four of their last five. Too bad they had that six game skid early in the year.

21. Seattle Seahawks (5-7, LW: 21): Speaking of teams that are better than I thought. Seattle could be a 7 or 8 win team this year.

22. Buffalo Bills (5-7, LW: 18): Start 5-2 and then lose five in a row. Tough break, Bills fans.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8, LW: 19): Maybe Raheem Morris should get thrown out of the game.

24. Miami Dolphins (4-8, LW: 24): Firing Tony Sparano was a foregone conclusion a month ago. Now? His team has won four of five (with the one loss on a last second field goal) and the players say they love playing for him.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8, LW: 20): The Eagles have had a ton of success under Andy Reid. Don't feel bad for them during this down year.

26. Carolina Panthers (4-8, LW: 26): 13 rushing touchdowns for Cam Newton is incredible and an NFL record. The Panthers are going to be legit in the years to come.

27. Cleveland Browns (4-8, LW: 22): Cleveland might be the most boring team in the NFL. Really, who excites you here?

28. Washington Redskins (4-8, LW: 27): First, Donovan McNabb, then John Beck/Rex Grossman. Is a high draft pick next for Mike Shanahan? This team has no future without a new quarterback.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9, LW: 29): Blaine Gabbert looks really bad, like even for a rookie. That isn't good.

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-10, LW: 30): Leslie Frazier is coming back next year, which is no surprise. This year has been about getting Christian Ponder comfortable.

31. St. Louis Rams (2-10, LW: 31): Tom Brandstater could be starting at quarterback on Sunday. Haven't heard of him? Join the crowd.

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-12, LW: 32): When the Colts don't claim someone like Kyle Orton off waivers, or even Donovan McNabb, that tells you they know where they're headed.

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