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NFL power rankings 12/4/13

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1. Seattle Seahawks - Seattle playing at home is about the most sure bet in sports.

2. Denver Broncos - Eric Decker had a monster day and Peyton Manning topped 40 touchdown passes on the season. There are still four games to go.

3. New Orleans Saints - After being throttled by the Seahawks, New Orleans gets rewarded with a short week to prepare for the red hot Panthers with first place in the division on the line.

4. Carolina Panthers - Another game, another win, setting up a huge showdown with the Saints next week.

5. New England Patriots - New England's offense is humming, but that injury-riddled defense needs to get it together.

6. Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs just don't have the offensive firepower to go toe-to-toe with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

7. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers got Michael Crabtree back on the field, and while he didn't look like his old self, he was a threat in the passing game.

8. Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys woke up in the second half against the Raiders, but it won't be that easy against stiffer competition.

9. Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles threw three more touchdown passes without an interception, closing in on Peyton Manning's record.

10. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals probably outplayed the Eagles in Philly, but turnovers were a killer.

11. Cincinnati Bengals - It wasn't pretty, but the Bengals defense came up with a bunch of turnovers in a surprising win at San Diego.

12. Indianapolis Colts - Give the Colts credit for taking care of business against the Titans in both matchups, but this team has a lot of issues.

13. Detroit Lions - The Lions can rival anyone when it comes to explosive offenses, but it's a matter of doing it on a consistent basis.

14. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens won their second straight at home to take control of the wild card race and now need to take care of business at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday against the Vikings.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Tough loss for the Steelers, but they aren't out of it by a long shot.

16. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers played their sloppiest game of the year in arguably their most important, and it will likely cost them a playoff berth.

17. Miami Dolphins - At 6-6 and with a relatively easy schedule remaining, the Dolphins might just sneak into the playoffs after all.

18. Tennessee Titans - The Titans had two chances in the past three weeks to beat the struggling Colts and couldn't get it done either time.

19. Chicago Bears - Playing a backup quarterback and having a defense so decimated by injuries was going to catch up at some point.

20. New York Giants - After a road win at Washington, the Giants must really be kicking themselves for that 0-6 start to the season.

21. New York Jets - Geno Smith is terrible and isn't going to make it as a starting quarterback, but he isn't exactly throwing to Jerry Rice and Randy Moss, either.

22. St. Louis Rams - The Rams slim playoff hopes are just about gone after losing to the 49ers.

23. Green Bay Packers - The loss of Aaron Rodgers is killing this team, but its problems extend beyond just the quarterback position.

24. Buffalo Bills - It's a shame E.J. Manuel missed so much time. Buffalo could have been a wild card team if he had stayed healthy.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs recent roll came to a screeching halt in Carolina, whose defense gives everyone fits.

26. Cleveland Browns - The wheels are falling off the cart for the Browns, who were in first place in the AFC North only a month ago.

27. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders made it interesting for a half, but were dominated in the final two quarters by the Cowboys.

28. Washington Redskins - The Redskins came out on fire against the Giants, and then just fell apart over the final three quarters.

29. Atlanta Falcons - It's hard to believe the Falcons could possibly be sitting in this position, but here they are.

30. Minnesota Vikings - The Vikings are playing better and winning some games even though their quarterback situation continues to be unsettled at best.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Two games in a row isn't exactly a winning streak, but the Jaguars will certainly take it.

32. Houston Texans - There are no moral victories in the NFL, but Houston showed life in a loss to New England that came down to the final moments.



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