Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings Team (last week) Comment 1. Atlanta (3) Thirteen regular-season victories won't mean a thing without one...

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Danny O’Neil’s NFL power rankings
Team (last week) Comment
1. Atlanta (3) Thirteen regular-season victories won’t mean a thing without one playoff win.
2. Denver (2) Broncos have won 10 in a row, none by fewer than seven points.
3. New England (5) Pats’ postseason path might actually be improved by a loss to the Dolphins.
4. Green Bay (6) Packers’ path to first-round bye came courtesy of Seahawks’ win over 49ers, aka Karma.
5. Seattle (7) An appealing slogan for Richard Sherman: If the cup drips, you must acquit.
6. San Francisco (1) The 49ers can’t measure up to Seattle’s 42, Jim Harbaugh demands a recount.
7. Houston (4) Texans already lost more games this month than first three months of the season combined.
8. Baltimore (8) Ravens are only team in the league who’ll be making fifth straight postseason appearance.
9. Indianapolis (9) Andrew Luck isn’t just a Colt, the man’s a workhorse.
10. Washington (10) It’s spelled W-W-W-W-W-Washington with six straight W’s.
11. Cincinnati (12) Bengals will make consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in 30 years.
12. New Orleans (14) Saints almost through waitin’ for Payton. Their coach can come back after this.
13. Dallas (11) Good thing Tony Romo is so clutch in must-win situations, right? Oh wait. (City shudders.)
14. Minnesota (16) AP2K? Only if Peterson rushes for 102 yards against Green Bay on Sunday.
15. Chicago (17) Bears have lost seven of the past eight games they’ve played in December.
16. Miami (18) If the Dolphins finish .500, their season can be considered half full.
17. N.Y. Giants (13) The dead horse that is this Giants season can be beaten only one more time.
18. Pittsburgh (15) The Steelers suddenly so old they’ve fallen, and they can’t get up.
19. Carolina (20) Ray of hope? Rivera can point to four wins in past five games as proof of progress.
20. St. Louis (22) Rams a win away from first winning season since 2003.
21. Cleveland (19) Don’t judge a book by its cover, but feel free to dismiss a QB if his first name is Thad.
22. Tampa Bay (21) Bucs have managed one touchdown in their past eight quarters.
23. San Diego (25) Chargers honoring Norv Turner on Sunday with one last “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
24. Tennessee (24) Titans have scored more than 20 points only once in their past five games.
25. Buffalo (23) Remember when Chan Gailey was considered a successful coach? Me neither.
26. Detroit (26) The L-L-L-L-L-L-L-ions have seven consecutive L’s, longest active streak in the league.
27. N.Y. Jets (27) Rex Ryan’s quarterbacking manual is really as simple as ABT: Anybody But Tebow.
28. Philadelphia (28) You could call this Andy Reid’s swan song if he didn’t look so much like a walrus.
29. Arizona (29) Looking for a five-word letter for surrender? H-O-Y-E-R.
30. Oakland (30) There are 29 NFL players with more rushing TDs than the Raiders team this year.
31. Jacksonville (31) If Dos Equis has world’s most interesting man; J-A-Equis is world’s least-interesting team.
32. Kansas City (32) Looking for the Chiefs? Check the woodshed where they’ve spent the past four months.
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