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NFL power rankings 12/12/13

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1. Seattle Seahawks - Despite the loss at San Francisco, Seattle still keeps the top spot.

2. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning continues to close in on Tom Brady's NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single season.

3. New Orleans Saints - The Saints got back on track and took control of the division race with an impressive thumping of the Carolina Panthers.

4. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers probably won't win the NFC South and saw their winning streak come to an end in New Orleans, but this is still a very good team.

5. New England Patriots - The Patriots keep winning games, but they needed a near-miracle and help from the officials to beat the Browns at home, and now Rob Gronkowski is out for the season with a torn ACL.

6. Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs had no problem bouncing back from their loss to Denver, embarrassing the Redskins in nearly every way.

7. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers showed they are still a Super Bowl contender with their win over the Seahawks.

8. Philadelphia Eagles - Even a heavy snowstorm couldn't keep LeSean McCoy and the Eagles from taking control of the NFC East.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Andy Dalton played one of his best games of the season and the Bengals moved one step closer to the AFC North title.

10. Arizona Cardinals - When Carson Palmer doesn't make mistakes, this team is very good.

11. Dallas Cowboys - The Dallas defense has been a problem much of the year, but never has it been worse than Monday night in Chicago.

12. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts have problems on defense. Major problems.

13. Detroit Lions - The Lions are doing their best to lose the NFC North, but I have a feeling they get back on track Monday night at home against the Ravens.

14. Baltimore Ravens - On a day when conditions were frightful, the Ravens have to be happy to pull out a win and live to fight another day.

15. Miami Dolphins - A surprising win in Pittsburgh makes Miami the favorite to grab the final playoff spot in the AFC.

16. San Diego Chargers - Still alive, barely.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers were just inches away from keeping their playoff hopes alive and doing the Ravens a big favor.

18. Chicago Bears - Alshon Jeffery is quickly becoming one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. What a tandem they have in Chicago.

19. Tennessee Titans - The Titans found out what it is like to have to face Peyton Manning when he is at his best.

20. New York Giants - Where has the New York passing game disappeared to the past couple of weeks?

21. New York Jets - Geno Smith's performance Sunday was simply a matter of taking advantage of a terrible defense.

22. St. Louis Rams - It's hard to keep winning games when Kellen Clemens is your starting quarterback.

23. Green Bay Packers - Green Bay found a way to finally get a win without Aaron Rodgers under center, but will they get him back in time to save their season?

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Greg Schiano is building himself quite a case for at least one more season as the head coach.

25. Buffalo Bills - For a team that has competed so hard all season, it certainly seemed like they mailed it in against the Buccaneers.

26. Cleveland Browns - The Browns continue to find ways to lose games, though the officials certainly didn't do them any favors Sunday.

27. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders really need to get some help on the defensive side of the ball. You can't give up 37 points to the Jets.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars - Break up the Jacksonville Jaguars! Can anyone beat them?!?

29. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons are at least back to playing competitive football now that Roddy White and Steven Jackson are fully healthy.

30. Minnesota Vikings - Sunday's loss was a perfect example of a team that can't seem to get out of it's own way and just finds ways to lose games, and now Adrian Peterson is sidelined with a foot injury.

31. Washington Redskins - Could things get any worse in Washington? Between the play on the field Sunday and the rumors circulating about the owner, head coach and quarterback, the organization is in disarray.

32. Houston Texans - Gary Kubiak's days in Houston have come to an end, leaving the door open for Wade Phillips if the Texans get it together over the final three games.



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