NFL Power Rankings

The Vikings, Jets and Colts made significant moves in this week's power rankings at Find out where Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson has your favorite NFL team ranked heading into Sunday's games.

2008 Power Rankings: November 15
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1 1 Titans
QB Kerry Collins' veteran presence and rookie RB Chris Johnson's speed have been major improvements over last season's offense.
2 2 Giants
The Giants continued to roll with an impressive win at Philadelphia. Another tough opponent awaits this week as New York hosts the Ravens. 
3 4 Panthers
Despite four Jake Delhomme interceptions, Carolina managed to beat the Raiders last week, 17-6. The Lions are up next.
4 5 Cardinals
They've beaten teams (Rams, 49ers) that they were expected defeat over the past two weeks. They've got another one this week at Seattle.
5 3 Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger has thrown eight interceptions over the past three games. The Steelers are 1-2 during that stretch.
6 6 Redskins
Washington had a bye after a tough outing against Pittsburgh. Now they'll face the Cowboys who should get a boost from Tony Romo's return.
7 7 Eagles
Philadelphia put up a good fight against the Giants, but couldn't stop the run. This week's opponent, the Bengals, are ranked last in offense.
8 8 Buccaneers
The Bucs had a bye last week and it came at a good time. They play an improved Vikings club that appears to be hitting its stride.
9 17 Jets
New York is riding a four-game winning streak that includes wins over the Bills and the Patriots. The Jets are in the driver's seat in the AFC East.
10 12 Falcons
The erratic Saints couldn't match the Falcons' consistency last weekend. Atlanta faces another team that has been hot and cold as they host Denver.
11 16 Colts
The Colts have knocked off the Patriots and the Steelers in consecutive weeks. And now they hit a soft stretch on their schedule, beginning with Houston.
12 14 Ravens
Three of their four wins during their streak were against the Browns, Raiders and Texans. Are the Ravens for real? We'll find out this week when they play the Giants.
13 13 Cowboys
After losing three of their last four, can Dallas turn it around against the Redskins on Sunday night? Both teams have something to prove.
14 21 Vikings
The Vikings are tied atop the NFC North with the Bears after a convincing win over the Packers. Can they keep the momentum going at Tampa Bay?
15 11 Patriots
Recent losses to Indianapolis and the Jets have knocked New England into second place in the AFC East.
16 19 Bears
The Bears put up a good fight against the undefeated Titans, but came up one score short. They go head-to-head with the reeling Packers.
17 9 Packers
The Packers have lost two in a row, but only by a combined total of four points. They have a chance to draw even with the Bears in the NFC North this weekend.
18 18 Dolphins
Miami has won three straight and will look to extend that to four at home against the Raiders. But they only snuck by Seattle by two points.
19 10 Bills
Losers of three straight, the Bills hope to bounce back on Monday night against the Cleveland Browns.
20 20 Broncos
Denver is ranked second in overall offense, but their defense will have to play better this weekend when they face the Falcons' potent rushing attack.
21 15 Saints
Weeks ago, the Saints' upcoming matchup against Kansas City would have been a breeze. But now, the Chiefs are capable of giving New Orleans a battle.
22 22 Chargers
The Chargers are still one of this year's most puzzling teams. They head to Pittsburgh with the worst-ranked pass defense and the sixth-best pass offense.
23 24 Jaguars
Jacksonville lit up the scoreboard against Detroit last week. But they'll have to play even better to have a chance against the Titans.
24 25 Browns
Veteran RB Jamal Lewis called some of his teammates quitters after their loss to the Broncos. Maybe that's the spark this team needs. Next up, Buffalo.
25 28 Seahawks
Seattle gets QB Matt Hasselbeck and WR Deion Branch back this week. That's good news for Seahawks fans with Arizona up next.
26 30 49ers
San Francisco had an upset in the making against the Cardinals last week. They'll face the Rams this week, another team desperately seeking a win.
27 23 Texans
The Texans were embarrassed by the Ravens by a score of 41-13 last week. Now they have to travel to Indy with Matt Schaub still sidelined.
28 29 Chiefs
If the Chiefs play as well as they have the past three weeks, they could give the Saints a run for their money at Arrowhead this weekend.
29 26 Rams
It's looking like RB Steven Jackson was worth the huge contract the Rams gave him this year -- when he's healthy. The team has really struggled without him.
30 27 Raiders
The Raiders lost WR Javon Walker to an ankle injury and head coach Tom Cable is taking over the play-calling for the offense. Oakland continues to grasp at straws.
31 31 Bengals
Cincinnati had a bye last week and an extra week to prepare for Philadelphia. But it's not likely to help them against the Eagles.
32 32 Lions
With the Panthers, Bucs, Titans, Vikings, Colts, Saints and Packers left, their best shot at a win may be in Week 16 against New Orleans.

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