2010 NFL Week 12 Power Rankings

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (C) celebrates his second touchdown against the Washington Redskins with teammates Nick Cole (L) and Jeremy Maclin during the first half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

For about the 19th week in a row, we have a new No. 1.

How is that possible when there have only been 11 weeks? I don’t know. Just check out the damn rankings, wise guy.

Check out Week 11’s Power Rankings.

1. New England Patriots
Previous Week: 2
I would have felt much, much better about this ranking had the Patriots not allowed Peyton Manning and the Colts to come back in the fourth quarter. But nevertheless, they still won and now their loss to the Browns seems nothing like a fluketastic fading memory.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers
Previous Week: 3
Nice bounce back win for the Steelers over the Raiders last week. It still doesn’t erase the painful memory of what Tom Brady and the Patriots did to them two weeks ago, but Pittsburgh needed one of those this-is-going-to-hurt games and they delivered.

3. Philadelphia Eagles
Previous Week: 5
The Falcons may have a better record but the Eagles beat them handily earlier in the season and that was when Kevin Kolb was starting for an injured Michael Vick. This is the team to beat in the NFC right now.

4. New York Jets
Previous Week: 4
Lucky or good? Probably a little bit of both.

5. Atlanta Falcons
Previous week: 6
It would be easy to brush off the Falcons’ win over the Rams last week because it was a game they should have won. But after beating the Ravens two weeks ago, Atlanta could have fallen into a trap against a competitive St. Louis team that has played well at home this year. But the Falcons didn’t, and they still maintain the best record in the NFC.

6. Green Bay Packers
Previous Week: 8
What a matchup we have in the Georgia Dome this Sunday. The Falcons can be had through the air, but Green Bay’s offensive line better figure out a way to protect Aaron Rodgers because Atlanta’s pass rush is vastly underrated. It’ll be interesting to see what Dom Capers’ stout defense has in store for Matt Ryan and Co.

7. Indianapolis Colts
Previous Week: 7
It’s rare to see Peyton Manning put his team in a hole, rally them back and then throw an interception to lose the game. But he’s afforded a mulligan every now and again.

8. New Orleans Saints
Previous Week: 10
Nobody is talking about this team right now, which is pretty freaking scary. They’re starting to get healthy and their schedule is a cakewalk for the next three weeks (Cowboys, Bengals, Rams). That said, Dallas did smack Sean Payton’s team around last year so it’ll be interesting to see how New Orleans’ responds on Thanksgiving Day.

9. Baltimore Ravens
Previous Week: 9
The Ravens scooped up an easy win against the Panthers last Sunday but reports state that Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason got into on the sidelines. It wasn’t the first time the two of them argued during a game this year, so the situation is something worth keeping an eye on.

10. New York Giants
Previous Week: 1
That annual New York Giants funk is right on time this year.

11. San Diego Chargers
Previous Week: 11
Three weeks ago I moved this team up into the top 15, even though they probably didn’t deserve it at the time. But I knew if I didn’t move them up then, I would be sooner or later so I’m glad I could beat the Bolts to the punch. They’ll have sole possession of first place in the AFC West soon enough.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Previous Week: 13
For the life of me, I still don’t know what to make of this team. I know they’re competitive. I know Josh Freeman is ahead of his development. I know they’re going to give opponents trouble every week. But what I don’t know is if they have the staying power to keep pace with the Falcons and Saints in the NFC South.

13. Chicago Bears
Previous Week: 15
That was a depleted Miami team that the Bears took it to last Thursday night. But as I’ve often said with the Bears – a win is a win.

14. Kansas City Chiefs
Previous Week: 16
That sound you hear Kansas City, is San Diego running up from behind you.

15. Jacksonville Jaguars
Previous Week: 18
I can’t say definitively that the Jaguars are better than some of the teams ranked below them in these rankings. But the only thing that matters is that they’re tied for first in the AFC South right now. Oh, and they’ve already beaten the Colts once this year.

16. Miami Dolphins
Previous Week: 12
The Dolphins came down with a rash of injuries at the worst possible time. Even if Chad Henne is ready to go this Sunday, his offensive line has been decimated. Tough break(s), Miami.

17. Tennessee Titans
Previous Week: 14
So long, Vince Young. We hardly knew ye.

18. Oakland Raiders
Previous Week: 17
I think the Steelers answered the question of whether or not the Raiders are for real. Had they showed a little fight last Sunday in Pittsburgh, I would be apt to say that Tom Cable’s team will hang around for the next couple of weeks. But with the Chargers fast approach in the AFC West, I think an Oakland nosedive is upon us.

19. Washington Redskins
Previous Week: 23
Redskins fans may cry foul because I have the Titans listed ahead of them, but let’s just take it one week at a time. The memory of that beat-down that the Eagles laid on the Skins on Monday Night Football is still fresh.

20. Dallas Cowboys
Previous Week: 27
I know it was against the Lions but Jon Kitna looked good on Sunday. I can’t help but laugh thinking about some guy at ESPN (i.e. the Dallas Cowboy Network) right now, sitting in a production meeting and going, “You know, maybe we should do another feature on the Cowboys. A couple of more wins and they’re right back in the playoff hunt!”

21. Houston Texans
Previous Week: 19
No fan base has been beaten as badly as the Lions throughout the years, but the Texans aren’t during theirs any favors either. This team is finding new ways to lose now.

22. Seattle Seahawks
Previous Week: 20
The Seahawks need to find ways to be more consistent but Matt Hasselbeck is playing well again. The NFC West is Seattle’s for the taking.

23. Cleveland Browns
Previous Week: 21
The Browns are one Chansi Stuckey fumble and one Maurice Jones-Drew 75-yard screen pass away from being 5-5 right now.

24. Minnesota Vikings
Previous Week: 22
Step One: Fire Brad Childress. Step Two: Bench Brett Favre. Step Three: Put your d*ck in that box.

25. San Francisco 49ers
Previous Week: 24
Hey, what a shock – a Mike Singletary-led team couldn’t muster a single point in four quarters. The only one this guy should ever be a head coach again is if the has two brilliant coordinators beside him. Because he hasn’t a clue about schemes, game plans or in-game management.

26. St. Louis Rams
Previous week: 25
Sam Bradford is going to be good someday – real good. He still dinks and dunks down the field, but there’s a huge difference between rookie Sam Bradford dinking and dunking and rookie Mark Sanchez dinking and dunking. You can tell Bradford has all the tools to succeed in this league, even though he’ll continue to make mistakes the rest of the year. It’s only natural.

27. Denver Broncos
Previous Week: 26
It was amazing watching Denver’s offense be surgical down the field on their opening drive on Monday night, only to stall out for the next two quarters. What a weird team.

28. Buffalo Bills
Previous Week: 30
This team has a ton of fight in it – a ton. They could have laid down when the Bengals went up 28-7 in the second quarter. Instead, Ryan Fitzpatrick and company put up 49 points in one of the wildest games of the season. Nice win, Bills.

29. Cincinnati Bengals
Previous Week: 28
Usually the Bengals don’t show up until halftime. Last week they went home at halftime.

30. Arizona Cardinals
Previous Week: 29
Whatever.

31. Detroit Lions
Previous Week: 31
GM Martin Mayhew still has so much work to do to this roster. So devoid of talent it is…

32. Carolina Panthers
Previous Week: 32
Mike Goodson looks like a good little player. That’s about all the positive you’re going to get out of me when it comes to the Panthers.

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