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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings
by Matt Fargo - 11/24/2010
How many games can the Jets win in the last seconds? They are one of the top Super Bowl contenders and winning close games is the key but this has to catch up at some point.
Atlanta picked up a big road win in St. Louis and at least shut up some of the doubters about winning on the road. After Green Bay comes three straight on the road.
New England led the Colts 31-14 in the fourth quarter and nearly let it slip away. Now the Patriots are a touchdown favorite in Detroit on Thanksgiving in a sandwich game.
Pittsburgh bounced back from its New England blowout loss and hammered the Raiders. The Steelers are favored in Buffalo this week before their big rematch in Baltimore next week.
The Ravens easily took care of the Panthers in Carolina and face another NFC South foe this week at home with the surprising Buccaneers. Possible lookahead to Pittsburgh next week.
Philadelphia took over first place in the NFC East as it dominated the Giants, holding the 2nd ranked offense to just 208 total yards. It heads to Chicago for a battle of first place teams.
The Packers ended the Vikings coaching career of Brad Childress and possibly ended the playing career of Brett Favre. They have a tough test in Atlanta this Sunday as they go for five straight.
The injuries are really catching up with Indianapolis as they cannot get any rhythm going. Still, Peyton Manning almost pulled off another 30-14 come-from-behind win over the Patriots.
New Orleans looks to be gaining momentum and at the right time as four of its next five games are on the road. It starts Thanksgiving Day as a road chalk in Dallas.
The Giants have looked bad for two straight games and their roller coaster season continues. They are big favorites this week against Jacksonville but not sure if they deserve to be.
The Titans are down to rookie Rusty Smith at quarterback as Vince Young is out for the season and may be out of Tennessee after his childish antics. They are best without him.
Miami has its own problems at quarterback as Tyler Thigpen could not generate a single point for the offense against the Bears. Playing in Oakland is not as easy as it used to be.
The Bears continue to quiet the critics as they continue to play solid football. They remain tied with Green Bay and the real test could be this week at home against the Eagles.
Tampa Bay continues to win against the bad teams and it is proving to be a legitimate playoff team. But until the Buccaneers can beat a team with a winning record, there will be skeptics.
The Raiders three-game winning streak came to an end at Pittsburgh and in a big way. The Raiders host Miami before hitting the road for two more games including at San Diego.
Kansas City was able to bounce back as it beat up on the Cardinals despite getting outgained by 30 yards. The home team is now 9-1 in Chiefs game on the season.
San Diego is making another late season move and even though it is just at .500, the Chargers are only a game back in the AFC West. Big game at Indy this week.
Jacksonville pulled off another late win, this time against the Browns, its second straight win in the final seconds. The Jaguars are now tied for first place in the AFC South.
Seattle played very well against the Saints as the offense was able to match the yardage but it had to settle for field goals. The Seahawks are still in first place despite a .500 record.
The Browns found another way to lose in the final seconds as they gave up a big play against the Jaguars. They are 3-7 but have been outscored by only 14 total points.
Washington bounced back from its Monday night debacle as it was in Tennessee to move back to .500. It was the first game this season that the Redskins outgained their opponent.
Houston lost its fourth straight game and its second straight in the final 10 seconds. The Texans defense has allowed at least 29 point in six straight and a team can’t win by doing that.
St. Louis hung with the Cardinals for a while and had chances late but a costly interception did it in. Still, the Rams are just a game out in the ugly NFC West.
The Vikings season is done, Brad Childress is done and now it looks like Brett Favre is done. Minnesota should have known he could not match his season from a year ago.
Denver was throttled by San Diego on Monday, moving to 5-15 in its last 20 games after starting last season 6-0. The Broncos host St. Louis and then hit the road for three straight.
Cincinnati led the Bills by 21 points and backers were looking good until the Bills closed the game on a 42-3 run. The Bengals have lost seven straight games and spend Thanksgiving in NYC.
Detroit lost another tough one in Dallas despite outgaining the Cowboys 338-265. The Lions host New England this Thanksgiving in trying to break their 0-6 SU and ATS Turkey run.
The 49ers were shutout for the first time since 2006 and their 160 points are only ahead of the Panthers. And now they are on MNF against the Cardinals. Due Date anyone?
Dallas’ season may be done but they are at least showing some heart. The Cowboys were outgained against the Lions but they bring in a 4-0 SU and ATS T-Day run to face the Saints.
Arizona found another way to get blasted as even outyarding the opposition isn’t keeping games close. The Cardinals start a three-game homestand this week against the 49ers.
Buffalo won its second straight game after starting the season 0-8 and the defense has allowed 19.5 ppg over its last four after allowing fewer than 34 points only once in its first six.
The Panthers hung tough against the Ravens as they were down just a touchdown with six minutes remaining. It’s hard to win a game when you finish with only nine first downs.