The playoff race is heating up and it’s time for another edition of my NFL power rankings. These power rankings are for week 14 of the 2009 NFL regular season.
The Colts and Saints just can’t agree on which team should be at the top of these NFL power rankings. I predict that they will continue to switch spots on a weekly basis until one loses. Which one will be the first to fall (if either does)?
At least we know the Cleveland Browns are still horrible. Don’t let the final five minutes of Sunday’s game fool you. Nobody on San Diego cared at that point of the game. The New York Giants, on the other hand, saved their season with a huge win. Where does that divisional victory put them in my NFL power rankings?
Without further ado, here is the week 14 edition of the most controversial NFL power rankings on Associated Content.
32. Cleveland (1-11): Once San Diego actually cared about this game (it only lasted about six minutes), the Chargers showed why the 2009 Cleveland Browns remain in the basement of these NFL power rankings.
31. St. Louis (1-11): The Rams couldn’t pick Jay Cutler off once. That puts them at 31 in my NFL power rankings.
30. Tampa Bay (1-11): The Bucs kept things but couldn’t get that elusive second victory, keeping the race for the number one pick in the 2010 NFL Draft a tight one.
29. Detroit (2-10): It’s very likely the Lions won’t win another game this season and yet still remain 29 in NFL power rankings.
28. Washington (3-9): Why are the Redskins so low in my NFL power rankings? They missed a chip shot field goal, threw an interception and then lost a fumble all in the final moments of regulation/overtime to lose to the undefeated Saints. It takes quite a bit of talent to lose in that manner.
27. Kansas City (3-9): The Chiefs may have given second life to the Denver Broncos. OK, Kansas City and the Giants.
26. Buffalo (4-8): The Thursday night game against the Jets reminded me how this team lost to the Cleveland Browns.
25. Oakland (4-8): Way to break free from the Chiefs in my NFL power rankings, Oakland!
24. Chicago (5-7): Beating the lowly Rams by eight will put the Bears at 24 in this week’s NFL power rankings.
23. San Francisco (5-7): Even my appreciation for Mike Singletary can’t get the 49ers any higher in my NFL power rankings.
22. Carolina (5-7): The Panthers aren’t good enough to crush the Bucs and thus don’t go higher in my NFL power rankings.
21. Houston (5-7): I was right about Houston all along, NFL fans. This was never a playoff football team.
20. Tennessee (5-7): I’m no longer sayin’. Will Tennessee go any higher in my NFL power rankings?
19. Seattle (5-7): Oh, the high hopes I had for the Seahawks way back when. Can Seattle get to .500 this season and back in the top 20 of my NFL power rankings?
18. Atlanta (6-6): The Falcons are far from that playoff team everybody believed them to be two months ago.
17. Pittsburgh (6-6): How far will the defending Super Bowl champs fall in NFL power rankings? Is a loss to the Browns really that out of the question at this point?
16. New York Jets (6-6): Make me a believer, New York Jets. Playing against the Bucs and fallen Falcons could put the Jets back up in my NFL power rankings and give them a real shot at making the playoffs.
15. Baltimore (6-6): The Ravens are a lot like the Steelers, except Baltimore shows up in the second half of football games. Not good enough to stay above .500 or go higher in my NFL power rankings.
14. Miami (6-6): The AFC East hasn’t been decided yet. Can the Dolphins really do what many would say is the impossible?
13. Jacksonville (7-5): Say what you want about the Jags. Right now, as I type this, Jacksonville is an above .500 football team.
12. New York Giants (7-5): Yes, the Giants move up in my NFL power rankings. Are they really “back” or were they just fortunate to be playing a Tony Romo-led Dallas Cowboys team in December?
11. New England (7-5): The Patriots just don’t want to be an elite team in 2009.
10. Dallas (8-4): It’s December, Cowboys fans. Uh oh.
9. Denver (8-4): If Denver can pull off the upset this week, they’ll do more than move up in the top ten of these NFL power rankings.
8. Green Bay (8-4): Despite their best effort, the Packers moved to 8-4 and the eight spot in my NFL power rankings.
7. Philadelphia (8-4): The Eagles beat up on Atlanta in December of 2009. Big deal. They dominate the Giants again and we’ll talk.
6. Arizona (8-4): The roller coaster Cards do it again (Told ya!). They deserve to be six in these NFL power rankings as they are a dangerous football team…sometimes.
5. Cincinnati (9-3): The Bengals continue to just win football games. The AFC North is theirs to lose.
4. San Diego (9-3): Beating up the Browns won’t put the Chargers ahead of the Vikes in these NFL power rankings.
3. Minnesota (10-2): No shame in losing to the Cards in Arizona. Will the Vikes fall in NFL power rankings next week, however, after facing the Bengals?
2. New Orleans (12-0): Saints had no business winning that game on Sunday. Any half decent team puts them away.
1. Indianapolis (12-0): Stopping the hot Titans puts the undefeated Colts atop these NFL power rankings. That could easily change next week.
For more: Read last week’s NFL power rankings