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Power Rankings (week 16)

December 21, 2011 by Steel Haven

1.1.Green Bay Packers13-1Lost for the first time in 364 days. Bulaga's injury is more detrimental than the loss of an undefeated season.
2.2.New Orleans Saints11-3Breesus topped 40,000 yards passing for his career and became the first QB ever to throw for 350 yards or more in 7 games during a single season.
3.5.New England Patriots11-3Shut up supporters of Tebow! at least for a week.
4.3.Baltimore Ravens10-449ers took them off the hook for loss in San Diego.
5.7.San Francisco 49ers11-3First team in NFL history that has not allowed a rushing TD in the first 14 games of a season.
6.4.Pittsburgh Steelers10-4Simply put with a bye on the line in San Francisco they had a better chance using a hobbled Roethlisberger instead of putting Batch on the field. It is unlikely to matter against the Rams.
7.6.Houston Texans10-4Had a letdown after clinching franchiseďż˝s first ever playoff berth.
8.10.Atlanta Falcons9-5Scored 65 points in the last 6 quarters.
9.11.Detriot Lions9-5Won 9 games in a season for the first time since 2000.
10.14.Dallas Cowboys8-6Kudos to their fans for producing only the second sellout in Tampa in the last 2 seasons.
11.16.Cincinnati Bengals8-6Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Feel the city breakin' and ev'rybody shakin' and we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive. -- the Bee Gees
12.18.San Diego Chargers7-7Did their patented late season run begin a little too late this year?
13.8.Denver Broncos8-6Defense couldn't handle Brady. Tebow! couldn't do it alone. Shouldn't have been a shock.
14.21.Philadelphia Eagles6-8Gave a glimpse of what was expected of the dream team. Mathematically still in contention.
15.9.New York Jets8-6Remained winless in franchise history against the Eagles.
16.17.Arizona Cardinals7-7The ninth team in league history to win 3 overtime games in a season.
17.20.Seattle Seahawks7-7Lynch scored for the eighth consecutive game despite being held under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 4 weeks.
18.12.New York Giants7-7Jekyll and Hyde. Still control their own destiny.
19.13.Tennessee Titans7-7Lack of effort in Indy was shocking especially given a wild card berth was possible.
20.15.Oakland Raiders7-7Losers of 3 straight as Palmer trade continues to look worse-and-worse.
21.22.Miami Dolphins5-9Bush rushed for over 200 yards in a game for the first time in his career. Was he under utilized by Payton in New Orleans?
22.24.Kansas City Chiefs6-8Better off losing than having Crennel somehow ending up getting the full time job.
23.19.Chicago Bears7-7Need to put Hanie on the bench even if the replacement is McCown and not Cutler.
24.25.Carolina Panthers5-9 Newton avoiding turnovers remains the key to winning.
25.28.Washington Redskins5-9Could conceivably cost themselves a chance at Barkley, Griffin or Jones.
26.23.Buffalo Bills5-9Could 8 game losing streak cost Gailey his job?
27.26.Jacksonville Jaguars4-10Need to add offensive weapons to aid Gabbert and Jones-Drew.
28.27.Cleveland Browns4-10Suffered double digit losses in 8 of the last 9 seasons.
29.29.Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-10The Cowboys outgained them by 209 yards .
30.30.Minnesota Vikings2-12Suddenly back in the suck for Luck sweepstakes. Could they get a first rounder for Ponder?
31.32.Indianapolis Colts1-13Won for the first time in 350 days.
32.31.St. Louis Rams2-12Clemens gave a credible performance starting only 11 days after being signed.

*Last week's ranking
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