NFL Power Rankings

It's the list that everyone loves to hate, our meaningless power rankings.

The Contenders

1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Great defense and a big game quarterback. (3)

2. Carolina Panthers- Peaking in December, big showdown with N.Y. this week. (4)

3. New York Giants- They're not elite without both Jacobs and Plaxico. (2)

4. Tennessee Titans- Lack of a passing game may catch up to them. (1)

5. Baltimore Ravens- They're really close to being a great team. (6)


Good, But Not a Real Contender

6. Indianapolis Colts- Getting by each week. (5)

7. New England Patriots- Can Cassel take them to the playoffs? Maybe. (7)

8. Dallas Cowboys- They thrive on controversy. (14)

9. Atlanta Falcons- No longer a cute story, now they're a real contender. (13)

10. Philadelphia Eagles- McNabb is still a big time QB. (11)

11. Minnesota Vikings- They need to stick with Tavaris. (15)

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Defense isn't looking quite as good lately. (8)

13. Arizona Cardinals- I think it will be a short playoff run. (9)

14. Denver Broncos- An even shorter playoff run. (10)


Pretenders

15. Houston Texans- Nobody wants to play these guys. (17)

16. New York Jets- Showdown with the Dolphins on week 17 to decide the division. (12)

17. Miami Dolphins- Unimpressive against bad teams. (16)

18. Chicago Bears- Something's missing. (18)

19. New Orleans Saints- At least they have a quarterback. (19)


The Underachievers

20. San Diego Chargers- They're almost more pathetic when they win. (20)

21. Jacksonville Jaguars- Congrats on their second home victory. (26)

22. Washington Redskins- It's going downhill quickly. (21)

23. Green Bay Packers- No pass rush whatsoever. (22)

24. Buffalo Bills- Didn't think they'd finish in last place. (23)

25. Seattle Seahawks- Epic victory over the Rams. (27)


Does it Really Matter?

26. San Francisco 49ers- They're competing every week. (25)

27. Cleveland Browns- These guys are really bad. (24)

28. Kansas City Chiefs- Great against the spread. (28)

29. Cincinnati Bengals- The win against Washington probably did more harm than good. (31)

30. Oakland Raiders- Cable guy will be leaving very soon. (29)

31. St. Louis Rams- At least they will have some high draft picks. (30)

32. Detroit Lions- Marinelli has them competing. (32)


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