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Power Rankings (week 16)

December 19, 2012 by Steel Haven

Rnk LW* Team Record Comments
1. 1. Denver Broncos 11-3 Winners of 9 straight look like the most complete team in the league.
2. 3. Green Bay Packers 10-4 Clinched the NFC North with their 12th straight victory against divisional foes.
3. 4. Houston Texans 12-2 Division champions for the second straight season.
4. 5. San Francisco 49ers 10-3-1 Impressively overcame blowing a 28 point second half lead to rally and beat the Patriots.
5. 6. Atlanta Falcons 12-2 Handed the Giants their first regular season shutout since '96.
6. 2. New England Patriots 10-4 Welker has caught 100 passed in a season for the fifth time, a league record.
7. 10. Seattle Seahawks 9-5 Scored 50 for a second consecutive week.
8. 7. Baltimore Ravens 9-5 Clinched a playoff spot despite 3 straight losses. Nobody seems to want to claim the sixth seed in the AFC.
9. 8. Indianapolis Colts 9-5 Luck trails Newton's rookie passing record of 4051 yards by only 73 yards.
10. 12. Washington Redskins 8-6 Widely panned decision to take a second rookie QB after RGIII looks brilliant in hindsight.
11. 13. Dallas Cowboys 8-6 Winners of 5 of the last 6 now in a 3 way tie atop the division.
12. 15. Cincinnati Bengals 8-6 Had a long work week to focus on the upcoming critical matchup in Pittsburgh.
13. 9. New York Giants 8-6 Tie breakers mean they could win out and still not get to defend their title.
14. 16. Minnesota Vikings 8-6 Purple Jesus is only 294 yards shy of breaking the single season rushing record of 2,105 yards held by Dickerson.
15. 11. Chicago Bears 8-6 In serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs after beginning the season at 7-1.
16. 14. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-7 Still control their own destiny.
17. 22. New Orleans Saints 6-8 Last time they shut out an opponent in New Orleans was '91.
18. 24. Miami Dolphins 6-8 Overachievers have something to build upon.
19. 26. Carolina Panthers 5-9 Newton trying hard to save Rivera's job.
20. 17. St. Louis Rams 6-7-1 Bradford has been sacked in 30 straight games, the longest active streak in the league.
21. 19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-8 Freeman threw 4 interceptions in New Orleans after throwing 8 previously for the entire season.
22. 28. Tennessee Titans 5-9 CJ's 94 yard TD run was the longest in franchise history and the longest in the league since '06.
23. 18. New York Jets 6-8 Mercifully eliminated thanks in large part to 5 more turnovers by Dirty Sanchez.
24. 29. Arizona Cardinals 5-9 Ended their 9 game losing streak because of the defense and turnover prone Stafford despite Lindley throwing for only 104 yards.
25. 20. Cleveland Browns 5-9 Reaching for the 28 year old Weeden in the first round looks even worse after losing to fourth round backup Cousins.
26. 21. San Diego Chargers 5-9 Norv and Smith are dead men walking.
27. 23. Detriot Lions 4-10 Appear to have quit on Schwartz.
28. 25. Buffalo Bills 5-9 Fell into a tie for last in scoring defense with Raiders. How can Gailey survive this debacle?
29. 27. Philadelphia Eagles 4-10 Youngsters simply not prepared for short work week late in the season. Mercifully the Thursday night games are done for the year.
30. 31. Oakland Raiders 4-10 If only they could play the Chiefs every week.
31. 30. Kansas City Chiefs 2-12 Shut out by the most scored upon defense in the league.
32. 32. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-12 Need to win the final 2 to avoid the worst season in franchise history.

*Last week's ranking

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