Dr. J's NFL Rankings for Week 12

Is it just me or is everyone else tired of watching Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, etc, toast champagne every time the last undefeated team falls? Okay, you guys went 17-0 in 1972 and it was great and one of the greatest accomplishments in sports, but that was before free agency, 32 teams, salary caps, and a 16 game schedule...

1) Kansas City (9-1)
Last Week: 1st, Lost to Cincinnati 24-19
Every team gets at least one stinker, but even in this game, the Chiefs didn't stink too bad.

2) New England (8-2)
Last Week: 2nd, Defeated Dallas 12-0
Pats win Battle of the Bills.

3) Tennessee (8-2)
Last Week: 3rd, Defeated Jacksonville 10-3
It wasn't pretty, but defense comes through in the end.

4) Indianapolis (8-2)
Last Week: 4th, Defeated NY Jets 38-31
Manning passes for 401 yards, all without Marvin Harrison catching.

5) Carolina (8-2)
Last Week: 5th, Defeated Washington 20-17
Justice is served. Stephen Davis scores winning TD against former team.

6) Philadelphia (7-3)
Last Week: 9th, Defeated NY Giants 28-10
Eagles looking like the preseason favorites that they were.

7) St. Louis (7-3)
Last Week: 7th, Defeated Chicago 23-21
Marc Bulger doesn't play well, Marshall Faulk doesn't get the ball much, but Rams pull it out.

8) Dallas (7-3)
Last Week: 6th, Lost to New England 12-0
Young team needs to show they can win on the road too.

9) Seattle (7-3)
Last Week: 10th, Defeated Detroit 35-14
Seahawks stay perfect at home this season.

10) Green Bay (5-5)
Last Week: 11th, Defeated Tampa Bay 20-13
Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport combined for 179 rushing yards against once vaunted Bucs defense.

11) Denver (6-4)
Last Week: 16th, Defeated San Diego 37-8
Shannon Sharpe holds all time TD receptions by a tight end with 61.

12) Cincinnati (5-5)
Last Week: 15th, Defeated Kansas City 24-19
Chad Johnson's guarantee is good, but he has Rudi Johnson and Peter Warrick to thank.

13) Miami (6-4)
Last Week: 13th, Defeated Baltimore 9-6 in OT
Dolphins win game that sets offensive football back to the stone age.

14) Minnesota (6-4)
Last Week: 8th, Lost to Oakland 28-18
The good, Daunte Culpepper threw for a career high 396 yards. The bad, he also threw 3 INTS.

15) Tampa Bay (4-6)
Last Week: 12th, Lost to Green Bay 20-13
Bucs under 1st 3 game losing streak under Jon Gruden.

16) Baltimore (5-5)
Last Week: 14th, Lost to Miami 9-6 in OT
Lost among the defensive stars is Ed Reed, one of the league's best safeties.

17) San Francisco (5-5)
Last Week: 17th, Defeated Pittsburgh 30-14
49ers defense gives the Steelers a little Blitzburgh of their own.

18) New Orleans (5-5)
Last Week: 18th, Defeated Atlanta 23-20 in OT
124 of Deuce McAllister's 173 rushing yards came in the 4th quarter and OT.

19) Washington (4-6)
Last Week: 19th, Lost to Carolina 20-17
Maybe Stephen Davis was down, but the Redskins had their chances.

20) Houston (4-6)
Last Week: 25th, Defeated Buffalo 12-10
Team is winning ugly, but at least they are winning.

21) Cleveland (4-6)
Last Week: 27th, Defeated Arizona 44-6
Most lopsided win for Browns since 1989.

22) Buffalo (4-6)
Last Week: 21st, Lost to Houston 12-10
Doesn't it seem like ages ago that this team shut out the Patriots 31-0?

23) NY Giants (4-6)
Last Week: 17th, Lost to Philadelphia 28-10
Team looks dead on the field, change looks evident.

24) Pittsburgh (3-7)
Last Week: 23rd, Lost to San Francisco 30-14
Still far too stagnant on offense.

25) NY Jets (3-7)
Last Week: 24th, Lost to Indianapolis 38-31
Jets defense gave up 538 yards of offense.

26) Detroit (3-7)
Last Week: 24th, Lost to Seattle 35-14
Lions' 21 straight losses on the road is 3rd longest in NFL History.

27) Jacksonville (2-8)
Last Week: 28th, Lost to Tennessee 10-3
Jags hang tough against the Titans, but can't punch it in at the end.

28) Chicago (3-7)
Last Week: 31st, Lost to St. Louis 23-21
Bears are game for 59 minutes.

29) Oakland (3-7)
Last Week: 32nd, Defeated Minnesota 28-18
Let's be honest, we all knew that Bill Romonowski was on SOMETHING didn't we?

30) Atlanta (2-8)
Last Week: 30th, Lost to New Orleans 23-20 in OT
Oh the agony! Kurt Kittner has a 20-0 lead and responds with 8 of 27 passes, 80 yards, 2 INTS in the second half.

31) Arizona (3-7)
Last Week: 29th, Lost to Cleveland 44-6
Cards used all three of their timeouts with 2:47 left in the FIRST QUARTER!

32) San Diego (2-8)
Last Week: 26th, Lost to Denver 37-8
An absolutely atrocious, stupefying, dense, dim-witted, and moronic performance for a team that needs a change of everything...first on the chopping block, Marty Schottenheimer.

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