A lot of the playoff races are still wide-open, but here are the teams I expect to see come playoff time:
AFC: New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs.
NFC: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams.
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Here are my 2010 NFL Power Rankings going into Week 14 of the NFL season (last week’s Power Ranking in parentheses):
Biggest Gainer: Oakland Raiders (+3)
Biggest Loser: San Diego Chargers (-6)
1 (2) New England Patriots (10-2)
The Patriots stake claim to the top spot in the Power Rankings after absolutely destroying the Jets on Monday Night. The Pats looked absolutely unstoppable, and their defense baffled Mark Sanchez and the Jets for the entire night.
2 (1) Atlanta Falcons (10-2)
It’s a good sign for the Falcons when they can still pull out a road win against a division opponent even when Matt Ryan isn’t playing well.
3 (5) Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)
It was an ugly, physical game, but the Steelers came out of their division showdown with the Ravens with a victory and the lead in the AFC North.
4 (3) Baltimore Ravens (8-4)
The Ravens almost pulled off the victory against the Steelers, but came up just short. If there’s one weakness to this Ravens team, it’s that their offense just isn’t explosive enough to come back if they find themselves in a hole late in the game.
5 (6) Chicago Bears (9-3)
The Bears weren’t terrific against the Detroit Lions, but they still managed to pull out a win and stay on top of the NFC North.
6 (7) New Orleans Saints (9-3)
The Saints keep finding new and interesting ways to win. After getting a first down by way of an offside penalty, the Saints scored the go ahead touchdown with just seconds remaining and were able to knock off the Bengals. They haven’t been as dominant as last season, but the Saints are still one of the top teams in the NFC.
7 (9) Philadelphia Eagles (8-4)
Even though he’s now thrown an interception in back-to-back starts, Michael Vick still has a career high 105.7 passer rating, which puts him .1 behind the league leader (Tom Brady; 105.8 before Monday Night’s game).
8 (4) New York Jets (9-3)
Losing on the road against the Patriots isn’t really that embarrassing. Letting the New England offense and defense dominate every single aspect of the game is embarrassing. Eight of the Jets’ nine wins have come against teams with losing records, so it’s starting to look like maybe the Jets have succeeded because of an easy schedule, and not because they’ve been playing extraordinary all season.
9 (10) Green Bay Packers (8-4)
In his last four starts, Aaron Rodgers has 11 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions, and an astronomical 131.3 passer rating.
10 (11) Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)
Ugly wins still count in the standings, and with the San Diego Chargers losing, the Chiefs now have a two game cushion in the AFC West.
11 (12) New York Giants (8-4)
The absence of Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks has severely hindered the Giants’ passing offense, but their running game has never looked better.
12 (15) Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)
Didn’t see this one coming: The Jaguars are a game up in the AFC South 13 weeks into the 2010 NFL Season. Amazing.
13 (13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
The Buccaneers may have lost their fifth game against a team with a winning record this year, but once again they kept the game close and almost defeated the Falcons. The Bucs have some work to do, but they could still make the playoffs as a wild-card out of the NFC South.
14 (8) San Diego Chargers (6-6)
The last few years, the Chargers have been nearly unbeatable in November and December. Unfortunately for San Diego fans, the Chargers lost this past Sunday and now find themselves with a huge hole to climb out of.
15 (17) Cleveland Browns (5-7)
The offense didn’t look great against the Dolphins, but the Browns defense looked as strong as ever.
16 (14) Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
Peyton Manning now has three straight games where he’s thrown at least three interceptions. He’s looking a lot more like Eli than anyone on the Colts can be happy with.
17 (20) Oakland Raiders (6-6)
Just when I think the Raiders are back to being a horrible team, they pull out a win like Sunday’s 28-13 stunner over the Chargers.
18 (19) St. Louis Rams (6-6)
Good teams find ways to win even when they aren’t playing their best. I guess that means the Rams can once again be considered a good team.
19 (16) Miami Dolphins (6-6)
For every game that Chad Henne looks good, there seem to be two where Henne makes a plethora of bad decisions. As long as he’s their starting quarterback, the Dolphins are going to struggled to be more than a .500 team.
20 (22) Dallas Cowboys (4-8)
Another big win over a quality opponent. The Cowboys aren’t making the playoffs this season, but Jason Garrett has turned the Cowboys back into a team that should not be underestimated.
21 (18) Houston Texans (5-7)
After a week of looking good facing Rusty Smith and the Tennessee Titans, the Texans’ secondary went right back to looking bad playing against Vick and the Eagles.
22 (24) Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
Tarvaris Jackson didn’t see a lot of his passes hit the ground after filling in for the injured Brett Favre. 15 of his 22 passes were completed to his own team, and three more were caught by the Bills.
23 (21) Washington Redskins (5-7)
Does anyone really expect the Redskins to hold onto McNabb after the season with the way he’s playing right now?
24 (26) Seattle Seahawks (6-6)
I’m sure Seahawks fans hate that I don’t give them any credit here, and although they won (again) on Sunday, wins against the Panthers don’t tell me that much about a team.
25 (23) Tennessee Titans (5-7)
Kerry Collins did his best Rusty Smith impersonation against the Jaguars, and the Titans haven’s scored a touchdown since Vince Young got injured. I wonder if this will be how Jeff Fisher’s tenure with Tennessee will end?
26 (25) San Francisco 49ers (4-8)
Although 8-8 could still win the worst division in football (the NFC West), I doubt the 49ers are even going to be able to get to eight wins.
27 (27) Denver Broncos (3-9)
Kyle Orton, who has been one of the few bright spots on a dismal season for the Broncos, looked absolutely awful last week against the Chiefs.
28 (29) Detroit Lions (2-10)
The Lions may not be good, but they are extremely close. If Matt Stafford is able to go through an entire season unscathed, the Lions have the core talent to start to turn things around. Key word, however, is “if.”
29 (28) Buffalo Bills (2-10)
How did the Bills follow up a heartbreaking overtime loss? They got blown out by Tarvaris Jackson and the Vikings. Not good, Buffalo. Not good.
30 (30) Arizona Cardinals (3-9)
He only played briefly in the fourth quarter, but rookie quarterback John Skelton actually looked better than Derek Anderson and Max Hall. That’s not saying much, however, and I truly doubt that any of these quarterbacks can lead an NFL team to a winning record.
31 (31) Cincinnati Bengals (2-10)
The Bengals just keep finding new and interesting ways to lose. Giving the Saints first and goal with under a minute left by jumping offside? That’s a new low for what’s been an awful season for the Bengals.
32 (32) Carolina Panthers (1-11)
The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter last week against the Seahawks. By the middle of the third quarter, the Seahawks were up 24-14 and the Panthers were on their way to yet another loss.
All stats and records from ESPN.com