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NFL Power Rankings Week 15

A new set of rankings for this week.

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I'm back this week with more blurbs! And, there are a lot of interesting teams to talk about this week. In fact, the entire NFL was a bit topsy-turvy. But, before we get to the rankings, I think it behooves us to lol at the Cardinals, even though their thrashing came at the hands of the Seahawks. It's always nice to see a division rival get trashed.

On to the rankings!

1) New England Patriots (10-3)

2) Denver Broncos (10-3)

I like Peyton Manning. I think he is a pretty cool dude. I also think it is worth reflecting how good of a season he is having. A lot of people were wondering if he would be able to throw a football at all this year, and he is having, well, just go look at this. Insane. In every major category, Manning is playing at a higher level than almost all the earlier years of his career. Good for him.

3) San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1)

4) Houston Texans (11-2)

So that Texan-Patriot game was pretty frustrating. I know it's not an exact pairing, but I hoped that the game would serve as a sort of preview of the 49ers game coming up on Sunday. The Texans are somewhat similar to the 49ers, in that they are both relatively balanced teams. While the 49ers have a better defense, the Texans do a bit better on offence. How much good will the 49ers' average of allowing only 14.2 points a game do if the Patriots can put up 42 points on a Texans team that allows 20.2? I'm not despairing over the game. It's absolutely a game the 49ers can win. I was just hoping that the Texans would give us some indication as to how.

5) Green Bay Packers (9-4)

6) Atlanta Falcons (11-2)

7) New York Giants (8-5)

8) Seattle Seahawks (8-5)

9) Chicago Bears (8-5)

10) Indianapolis Colts (9-4)

11) Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

12) Minnesota Vikings (7-6)

If I highlight one potential comeback player of the year, then I should mention another. Again, let's just take a look at this page. Adrian Peterson is having, arguably, the best season of his career. I mean, 6 yards per attempt? Really? That's just insane. He is leading the league in rushing yards this season (1600) and yards from scrimmage (1811). And good for him. To be honest, he is pretty much the reason this team is even in the twelfth spot. Just like Manning, this guy is pretty easy cheer.

13) Washington Redskins (7-6)

14) Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6)

15) St. Louis Rams (6-6-1)

16) Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)

18) New Orleans Saints (5-8)

19) Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)

20) San Diego Chargers (5-8)

21) New York Jets (6-7)

22) Miami Dolphins (5-8)

23) Detroit Lions (4-9)

24) Carolina Panthers (4-9)

25) Tennessee Titans (4-9)

26) Buffalo Bills (5-8)

27) Philadelphia Eagles (4-9)

28) Cleveland Browns (5-8)

29) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)

30) Kansas City Chiefs (2-11)

31) Oakland Raiders (3-10)

32) Arizona Cardinals (4-9)

I need to talk about the Cardinals some more. I mean, I'm just compelled. They look like one of the worst teams in the NFL. It's gone beyond QB play at this point. What happened to the defense that won them four games to start the season? I know the Seahawks were gifted pretty much all their points (in fact Russell Wilson had a pretty bad game), but this goes beyond the embarrassment that was last week. The defense just has not been there. That said, the QB play has been some of the worst in the NFL. It may seem humorous that Vince Young is trying to tweet his way into a job, but to be honest, he would probably help that team. A lot.