Dr. J's NFL Rankings for Week 15

With all the talk about the Red Sox and the Yankees, the Patriots continue to win games. This week they stay on top with a shutout in the snow. <br><br> The biggest jump? A Michael Vick led team wins and he shows just how exciting he can be on one run. The biggest drop? A lackluster home performance at Ford Field.

1) New England Patriots (11-2)
Last Week: 1st, Defeated Miami 12-0
AFC East Division title won, next stop, AFC Championship?

2) Philadelphia Eagles (10-3)
Last Week: 3rd, Defeated Dallas 36-10
Eagles making Lincoln Financial Field the road to the Super Bowl.

3) Indianapolis Colts (10-3)
Last Week: 6th, Defeated Tennessee 29-27
Any doubters about who is the best WR in the game should watch highlights of Marvin Harrison's one handed catch against the Titans.

4) Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)
Last Week: 2nd, Lost to Denver 45-17
Um, Eddie Kennison, just who exactly got "dey ass" laid upon?

5) St. Louis Rams (10-3)
Last Week: 5th, Defeated Cleveland 26-20
Rams have schedule in favor and perhaps inside track to home field advantage.

6) Baltimore Ravens (8-5)
Last Week: 11th, Defeated Cincinnati 31-13
With Anthony Wright moving this offense and with this defense, the Ravens could be the scariest team in football right now.

7) Tennessee Titans (9-4)
Last Week: 4th, Lost to Indianapolis 29-27
Four turnovers means Titans playoff road is much harder.

8) Denver Broncos (8-5)
Last Week: 15th, Defeated Kansas City
Surprising stat, going into the 3rd quarter, Clinton Portis had only 30 yards rushing.

9) Miami Dolphins (8-5)
Last Week: 7th, Lost to New England 12-0
Dolphins can't seem to win the critical games.

10) Dallas Cowboys (8-5)
Last Week: 8th, Lost to Philadelphia 36-10
It doesn't matter what happens now, this team has made big strides already.

11) Carolina Panthers (8-5)
Last Week: 9th, Lost to Atlanta 20-14 in OT
Luckily for them, they can't give the NFC South division away even if they wanted to.

12) Minnesota Vikings (8-5)
Last Week: 13th, Defeated Seattle 34-7
Why does Daunte Culpepper signal for a false start every time he throws a TD pass? Or is it traveling?

13) Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)
Last Week: 10th, Lost to Baltimore 31-13
This year's best story could home for the holidays.

14) Green Bay Packers (7-6)
Last Week: 14th, Defeated Chicago 34-21
Packers could be on the outside looking in even if they win all their remaining games.

15) Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
Last Week: 12th, Lost to Minnesota 34-7
The home giveth and the road taketh away.

16) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)
Last Week: 16th, Defeated New Orleans 14-7
Maybe the Bucs don't know that they are out of the chase.

17) New Orleans Saints (6-7)
Last Week: 17th, Lost to Tampa Bay 14-7
Saints weren't ready even when their chance was there in front of them. A head scratcher.

18) San Francisco 49ers (6-7)
Last Week: 19th, Defeated Arizona 50-14
49ers beat up on Cardinals and all is well with Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens, until their next loss that is...

19) Buffalo Bills (6-7)
Last Week: 20th, Defeated NY Jets 17-6
Travis Henry runs for a career-high 169-yards with a broken bone in his right leg. I thought it was Willis McGhee with the bum stick.

20) New York Jets (5-8)
Last Week: 18th, Lost to Buffalo 17-6
Jets terrible play on defense denies them chance at postseason for 3rd straight year which would have been a team record.

21) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8)
Last Week: 24th, Defeated Oakland 27-7
Steelers still need to infuse new blood this offseason.

22) Washington Redskins (5-8)
Last Week: 25th, Defeated NY Giants 20-7
Bruce Smith is a definite 1st ballot future Hall of Famer, but it's really hard to get excited about an "all-time record" that has only been in place since 1982.

23) Atlanta Falcons (3-10)
Last Week: 29th, Defeated Carolina 20-14 in OT
We got to see what was missing all season long, the excitement that Michael Vick brings to the NFL. Remember, that was a 2-10 team that had us riveted to ESPN Sunday night.

24) Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)
Last Week: 28th, Defeated Houston 27-0
Jaguars defense pitches first shutout of season.

25) Chicago Bears (5-8)
Last Week: 22nd, Lost to Green Bay 34-21
A blown 14-0 lead and 5 turnovers might be the last nail in the coffin for Dick Jauron.

26) Houston Texans (5-8)
Last Week: 21st, Lost to Jacksonville 27-0
The Texans' offense set season-lows for total yards (124), first downs (seven), passing yards (54) and third downs converted (one).

27) Cleveland Browns (4-9)
Last Week: 27th, Lost to St. Louis 26-20
Has anyone done worse with their #1 picks overall than the Browns did with Tim Couch and Courtney Brown?

28) New York Giants (4-9)
Last Week: 26th, Lost to Washington 20-7
At least the Mets got Kazuo Matsui.

29) San Diego Chargers (3-10)
Last Week: 31st, Defeated Detroit 14-7
I just love the way LaDainian Tomlinson hands the ball back to the refs after he scores. I've been here, I'll be here again.

30) Detroit Lions (4-9)
Last Week: 23rd, Lost to San Diego 14-7
Lions have injuries at every skill position except QB, although some fans wish they would have one there too.

31) Arizona Cardinals (3-10)
Last Week: 27th, Lost to San Francisco 50-14
This is an embarrassing franchise, and THEY'RE getting a new stadium???

32) Oakland Raiders (3-10)
Last Week: 28th, Lost to Pittsburgh 27-7
Are they bad like I think, dumb like Bill Callahan thinks, or quitters like Hines Ward thinks? Maybe Evil Al's team is all three.


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