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Power Rankings (week 14)

December 07, 2011 by Steel Haven

1.1.Green Bay Packers12-0Clinched the NFC North.
2.2.New Orleans Saints9-3Breesus is the first QB in league history to throw for over 4,000 yards in 12 games. Could he challenge Rodgers for MVP?
3.3.Baltimore Ravens9-3Finally didn't have a letdown after a big victory.
4.4.San Francisco 49ers10-2Clinched the NFC West. Gore passed Perry to become the leading rusher in franchise history.
5.5.Pittsburgh Steelers9-3Ward joined Hall of Famers Rice and Monk as only the third player in NFL history with 12,000 receiving yards and two Super Bowl rings. Arians seems intent on getting him the 10 catches he needs in the final 4 games to become the eighth player in league history with 1,000 career receptions.
6.6.New England Patriots9-3Gronkowski tied the record for most TD catches by a TE with 13. He thought he had broken the record, but the pass on his third TD of the day was correctly ruled a lateral.
7.8.Houston Texans9-3Yates is the first QB from UNC to start an NFL game.
8.14.Denver Broncos7-5Tebow! Totalled 202 yards passing on only 10 completions in 15 attempts.
9.15.New York Jets7-5Rejuvenated Bills castoff Maybin gives them a much needed pass rushing presence on the edge.
10.16.Tennessee Titans7-5Legitimate wild card contenders with Johnson gaining 343 yards in 46 carries the last 2 weeks.
11.7.Atlanta Falcons7-5Struggling Ryan was outplayed by rookie Yates in his first career start.
12.9.Dallas Cowboys7-5Garrett's clock management was Phillips-esqu. Held onto 2 timeouts after Romo completed a pass to the Cards 31 with 31 seconds remaining. The clock was stopped with 8 seconds remaining on a spike. Then as the play clock ran down he mystifyingly iced his own kicker.
13.10.Oakland Raiders7-5Started slowly and never recovered after traveling cross country to play an early game.
14.11.Cincinnati Bengals7-5Not ready to play with the big boys of the AFC North.
15.12.Detriot Lions7-5Crippled by a lack of discipline. Penalized 22 times for 209 yards in the last 2 games.
16.13.Chicago Bears7-5Last thing they could afford was Forte joining Cutler on the sidelines.
17.17.New York Giants6-6Left too much time on the clock (55 seconds) when they tied the Packers at 35.
18.19.Miami Dolphins4-8Playing like they want Sparano to return.
19.22.Arizona Cardinals5-7Beat the Cowboys for the third straight time. Stephens-Howling took a swing pass 52 yards to pay dirt in OT on his only reception of the day.
20.25.San Diego Chargers5-7Improved to 18-2 in December and January under Turner.
21.20.Buffalo Bills5-7Fitzpatrick became the franchiseďż˝s first QB to throw for 20 TDs in consecutive seasons since Kelly in '94 and '95.
22.24.Kansas City Chiefs5-7Orton was lost to a dislocated finger on his first play from scrimmage.
23.26.Carolina Panthers4-8Newton surpassed Grogan's single season record of 12 rushing TDs by a quarterback.
24.28.Seattle Seahawks5-7Lynch has scored in 8 straight games and against the Eagles piled up a season high 75 yards after contact.
25.18.Philadelphia Eagles4-8Reid will reportedly have to fire Castillo to survive.
26.21.Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-8The creamsicle throwbacks did not provide good luck.
27.23.Cleveland Browns4-8Pounded into submission giving up 290 rushing yards, 202 to Rice.
28.27.Washington Redskins4-8Injury ravaged offense will now be without starting TE Davis and LT Williams for the rest of the season due to 4 game suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
29.29.Jacksonville Jaguars3-9Losers of 12 of their last 15 games.
30.30.Minnesota Vikings2-10Allen tied an NFL record with his fourth career safety.
31.31.St. Louis Rams2-10Injuries to Bradford and Feeley may force them to start Brandstater.
32.32.Indianapolis Colts0-12Looked better with Orlovsky at the helm. Best chance at a win remains the season finale against the Jags.

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