The NFL playoffs are just around the corner and it’s time for another edition of my NFL power rankings. These NFL power rankings and my NFL picks are for week 15.
The most controversial NFL power rankings on Associated Content were at it again last week, angering plenty of football fans. I’ll say it for the thousandth time: Records matter more than anything else in the NFL. They won’t completely determine my NFL power rankings this week, but that’s just how things went last week.
Which NFL fan base will be upset with this week’s NFL power rankings? Let us find out.
32. Tampa Bay (1-12): Sure, the Jets are better in December with Sanchez on the bench (I said it), but being blown out by New York at home puts the Bucs in the cellar of my NFL power rankings.
31. St. Louis (1-12): My respect for the Titans in Tennessee keeps the Rams out of last in these NFL power rankings. The race for the number one draft pick is heating up!
30. Kansas City (3-10): The Chiefs could lose to the Bills and Browns in back-to-back weeks. That could be good enough to put the Chiefs below the one win teams in next week’s NFL power rankings.
29. Detroit (2-11): The Lions have to face the roller coaster Cards and it’s Arizona’s week to dominate an opponent.
28. Oakland (4-9): Getting killed by the Redskins is enough to put the Raiders beneath a two-win team in my NFL power rankings.
27. Cleveland (2-11): After beating the Steelers for the first time in what seems like two decades, I almost put the Browns at the top of my NFL power rankings. OK, I’m kidding, but they’ve earned the 27 spot (even though the Steelers are terrible).
26. Seattle (5-8): The Seahawks could ruin Tampa Bay’s bid for the number one pick. This team is no good.
25. Carolina (5-8): Vikings, Giants and Saints are coming up for the Panthers. Things aren’t looking up for Carolina.
24. Washington (4-9): I still can’t take this football team seriously. If they beat the Giants, I’ll move them up in next week’s NFL power rankings. I promise.
23. Chicago (5-8): Time for the weekly question. What will be higher; Cutler’s total interceptions or Chicago’s place in my NFL power rankings?
22. Buffalo (5-8): I really don’t see the Bills winning again this season so they’ll hover around the bottom third of my NFL power rankings for the rest of 2009.
21. Pittsburgh (6-7): The biggest sign that the champs aren’t repeating? They lost to Cleveland.
20. Atlanta (6-7): The Falcons nearly saved the season by knocking off the undefeated Saints on Sunday. Winning out may not be enough to get Atlanta in the playoffs.
19. Houston (6-7): The Texans beat up the Seahawks. Big deal. This 8-8 team to be (maybe) won’t be going too high up in NFL power rankings.
18. San Francisco (6-7): The 49ers were fortunate to catch the roller coaster Cards on one of Arizona’s off weeks. For the second time in 2009. Do you really think this team is finishing above .500?
17. Jacksonville (7-6): Boy did the Jags blow it at home. Goodbye, playoffs.
16. New York Giants (7-6): This defense actually hurts my soul. I’m certain the Giants would give up 30 points to the Browns.
15. Tennessee (6-7): I’ll take “phrases I never thought I’d say for $300, Alex:” Where would the Titans be if Vince Young was the starting QB in September?
14. New York Jets (7-6): Mark Sanchez is probably returning, keeping me from putting the Jets any higher in my NFL power rankings. Still, we’re living in a world where the Jets are better than the Giants. I’m scared, readers. I’m scared.
13. Baltimore (7-6): The Ravens have the Bears, Steelers and Raiders in the next three weeks. Baltimore could very well finish 10-6. Or 8-8. I don’t even know anymore with this football team.
12. Dallas (8-5): NFC East is nothing special outside of Philadelphia and it’s December. Just how low can Dallas fall in these NFL power rankings?
11. Miami (7-6): Too bad for the Dolphins that the Patriots have a cupcake schedule these next three weeks. Miami still has a chance to make the playoffs, though.
10. Denver (8-5): As I said in my week 15 NFL picks, losing to the Colts doesn’t make Denver a bad team. It makes Denver like every other team in the league in 2009.
9. Arizona (8-5): Don’t doubt the roller coaster Cards just yet. They’re winning the division and a playoff game. Mark my words.
8. New England (8-5): I can’t tell if the Patriots aren’t an elite team or if they just don’t care right now. Even still, New England will probably win the division. That’s a shame.
7. Cincinnati (9-4): The Bengals were downed by the third best football team in the league on the road. I can’t put them any lower in my NFL power rankings due to this fact.
6. Green Bay (9-4): The Packers have quite the easy schedule ahead of them. If Minnesota collapses…I’m just sayin’.
5. Philadelphia (9-4): Philadelphia’s complete lack of defense on Sunday night keeps the Eagles out of the top four in my NFL power rankings.
4. San Diego (10-3): The Chargers could be in the top three of my NFL power rankings by beating Cincinnati and Tennessee in the next two weeks.
3. Minnesota (11-2): The Vikings are going to score 65 points against the Giants in a few weeks.
2. New Orleans (13-0)
1. Indianapolis (13-0): No change at the top of the NFL power rankings this week as the Colts won by double digits while the Saints were pushed to the brink by the Falcons. Both teams should be challenged in week 15 of the NFL season.
For more: Read last week’s NFL power rankings and my week 15 NFL picks
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