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Power Rankings (week 17)

December 27, 2011 by Steel Haven

1.1.Green Bay Packers14-1Have nothing to play for in the regular season finale.
2.2.New Orleans Saints12-3Breesus broke Marino's 27 year old single season passing yardage record in only 15 games. Brady is hot on his tail.
3.3.New England Patriots12-3Overcame a 17 point halftime deficit in part thanks to a fumbled center/QB exchange and Moore interception.
4.4.Baltimore Ravens11-4Remain an enigma even in victory with their inability to put away the Browns until the final minutes despite a hot start and Shurmur's unfathomable coaching decisions.
5.5.San Francisco 49ers12-3Akers set a single season NFL record by kicking his 42nd field goal.
6.6.Pittsburgh Steelers11-4Finally got the running game going albeit against the worst rushing defense in the league. Clay welcomed his former offensive coordinator Chryst to Pittsburgh with a TD on the first and only carry of his career.
7.9.Detriot Lions10-5Megatron tied the franchise single season TD reception record with his 15th. Going to the playoffs for the first time in this millenium.
8.7.Houston Texans10-5Hard to envision them winning a playoff game with Yates.
9.8.Atlanta Falcons9-6Didn't show up on Monday night in the Big Easy.
10.11.Cincinnati Bengals9-6Simpson doing a flip over a defender and sticking the landing for a TD was in a word amazing.
11.18.New York Giants8-7Shut up Ryan and made their matchup with the Cowboys an elimination game.
12.14.Philadelphia Eagles7-8Eliminated by Giants' victory.
13.10.Dallas Cowboys8-7Giants' success in the early game made their matchup with the Eagles meaningless. Next week is winner take all.
14.13.Denver Broncos8-7Tebow (the exclamation point no longer applies) threw a pair of interceptions for TDs after his defense failed and the game was really on his shoulders.
15.19.Tennessee Titans8-7Remained in playoff contention by winning their first game with a -3 turnover differential since 2007.
16.20.Oakland Raiders8-7Poised to break the NFL record of 158 penalties for 1.304 yards set by the Chiefs in 1998 having already been penalized 155 times for 1,293 yards through 15 games.
17.12.San Diego Chargers7-8Lost in December for only the third time since 2006. Norv's fate appears sealed.
18.15.New York Jets8-7No longer control their own destiny. In the Ryan era they have always gotten the help they need to sneak into the playoffs.
19.16.Arizona Cardinals7-8Couldn't overcome Skelton's 3 interceptions.
20.24.Carolina Panthers6-9Newton continued his assault on the record book breaking Manning the elder's rookie record for TD passes and the franchise record for longest TD pass with a 91 yarder to LaFell.
21.26.Buffalo Bills6-9Ended their 7 game losing streak in emphatic fashion by removing the exclamation point from Tebow.
22.17.Seattle Seahawks7-8Lynch scored for the ninth straight game, the first rushing TD this season against the Niners.
23.21.Miami Dolphins5-10Bush has rushed for over 100 yards in 4 straight games.
24.22.Kansas City Chiefs6-9Lost their fifth straight in Arrowhead to the Raiders.
25.23.Chicago Bears7-8Couldn't overcome loss of Cutler and Forte.
26.25.Washington Redskins5-10Barkley's decision to stay in school means RGIII is unlikely to be available when they pick.
27.27.Jacksonville Jaguars4-11Early returns of move up in last year's draft for Gabbert are far from positive. Is a negative evaluation of him at this juncture fair given their complete lack of weapons outside of Jones-Drew?
28.28.Cleveland Browns4-11Came back from a 17 point deficit to make it a game against the Ravens. Taylor being drawn off sides on a 4th and 2 on the final drive was a microcosm of their season.
29.30.Minnesota Vikings3-12Peterson's torn ACL and MCL casts a pall over an already lost season.
30.31.Indianapolis Colts2-13Suddenly winning when losing would result in a better outcome. Still control their own destiny in the suck for Luck sweepstakes.
31.29.Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-11Quit on Morris.
32.32.St. Louis Rams2-13Still need the Colts to win again to come out on top in the suck for Luck sweepstakes. Would they deal the pick or Bradford if it happens?

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