NorthwestFootball.net Power Rankings: Week 15

Peyton Manning's old team is still on top, despite a series of VERY close wins. And Mike Holmgren's new team is still near the bottom, despite two historical performances.

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS The Colts offense was near-perfect against Jacksonville; the defense not so much.
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS New Orleans quest for a perfect season ended at home last Saturday night.  Not to worry, the big prize is still up for grabs.
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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS The Chargers continued December Perfection with a last-minute victory over Cincy last Sunday.
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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES The Eagles now control their own post-season destiny.  Take care of business, and the NFC East is theirs.
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS Uh-oh.  A little bit of doubt is creeping into Minnesota.  December is a really bad time of the year to start losing.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS Arizona is 6-2 on the road this year.  Unfortunately for them, the first round of the playoffs will be played at home.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS The Pats continue to underwhelm.  Still, on a day when the rest of their division lost, they opened up a 2 game lead in the AFC East.
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DALLAS COWBOYS Dallas thoroughly thumped New Orleans last Saturday in an attempt to put to rest the traditional December Swoon.  One game, a trend does not make.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS The Bengals had San Diego on the ropes but couldn't score touchdowns in the red zone.  That will always come back and bite you, especially against good teams.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS Green Bay might want to work on the pass defense.  I'm pretty sure the other teams they'd be playing in the post season can throw …
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BALTIMORE RAVENS The Ravens are right in the thick of the playoff picture after mauling the Bears last weekend.
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NEW YORK GIANTS The Giants absolutely dismantled the Redskins on Monday night to keep alive in the Playoffs.  They'll need Dallas to stumble in order to make the postseason.
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TENNESSEE TITANS Chris Johnson is 375 yards away from breaking the single season rushing record.  Tennessee, who started 0-6 are at .500 and still alive in the playoff hunt.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS Miami was one errant pass away from winning last week.  Horseshoes and hand grenades.
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DENVER BRONCOS Help me to understand … Charlie Frye is the starting QB for the opposition and you're surprised by the fact that they run the ball a lot??
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS The Jags had plenty of offense, but their defense was absolutely dissected by Peyton Manning.  As a result, there appears to be no hope for the postseason.
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ATLANTA FALCONS Atlanta was eliminated before kickoff, yet still managed a late rally to hand a bitter defeat to the still hopeful Jets.
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NEW YORK JETS Despite their best efforts at eliminating themselves from the playoffs, somehow the Jets are still alive …
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS The Steelers finally managed to win a game in the fourth quarter behind Big Ben's 500+ yards of passing.
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CAROLINA PANTHERS Kudos to Panthers on thumping the Vikings.  It's amazing what a team can accomplish when their quarterback isn't throwing 4 INT's a game.
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HOUSTON TEXANS Houston's inability to convert red zone trips into touchdowns is a big reason why they're stuck in the middle of the pack.
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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS That's the Alex Smith we remember … 3 first half INT's.
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BUFFALO BILLS Buffalo gave away the game to rival New England on stupid penalties.  Richie Incognito will fit in nicely …
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WASHINGTON REDSKINS Just when things were starting to look up in Washington, the other shoe drops …
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OAKLAND RAIDERS The Raiders ran roughshod over the ballyhooed Denver defense and chalked up an impressive divisional win.
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CHICAGO BEARS Dear Lord, the Bears offense is atrocious.
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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Tampa Bay has been awful all season, but ending the season with a few wins can really make the offseason bearable.
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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS You'd think the Seattle front office would have learned it's lesson about low-balling people after the Steve Hutchinson Affair.  This franchise is circling the drain.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS Meanwhile, Seattle's mistake is Cleveland's gain -- Mike Holmgren will prove the Seattle doubters wrong as he assumes the front office reins for the Browns.
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DETROIT LIONS Detroit is playing much better down the stretch.  Not good enough to win games, but better.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS How in the world do you let Jerome Harrison rush for almost three hundred yards????
32 32 ST. LOUIS RAMS The Rams appear to have the first pick of the 2010 draft all sewn up.

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