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Alot of shakeups this week in the power rankings. No one is mailing it in yet and everyone is still playing for either pride or the postseason. (Even the Colts, Redskins, and as we saw the last two weeks, Dolphins, are still on the winning trail. The weather is getting colder, the hits are getting harder, and the games are getting more critical as teams ride the elevator of expectations.

1.Green Bay Packers (9-0) – Does the Pack look like a dynasty in the makings? The Bucs pay them a visit this week and the streak should continue. Will anyone be able to dethrone the champs this season?

2. San Francisco 49ers (8-1) –The Niners look to be handling the success? After their convincing win over the Giants, they move to the #2 spot this week. Are the Niners for real? I have to think they are a legit contender at this point. They have the Cardinals coming in this weekend and should have an easy time vs their division foe.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) – The Steelers have their bye this week after a convincing win over the Bengals last week. Pittsburgh still has serious offensive line issues, but Mendenhall did find the end zone twice last week against a stout Bengal defense. The Steelers travel to KC next week.

4. New England Patriots (6-3) – The Patriots bounced back in a big way last week @ division foe NYJ in blowout fashion. Just when we thought the dynasty had kinks in its armor, Bilichick had his troops ready. NE travels to KC, with a young QB taking over in KC this week.

5. Houston Texans (7-3) –It’s a good thing the defensive unit is playing so well for the Texans as they head into their bye week. With Schaub going down while beating the Bucs in Tampa last week, Leinert will be taking the helm. This off week will give them time to prepare for another trip to Florida to play the Jags after their bye week.

6. New Orleans Saints (7-3) – New Orleans had been shaky away from home, but they came into the Georgia Dome and where sharp enough last week in a crucial divisional game to get the win in OT. The Saints haven’t lost a game in the month of November since 2008. With a leg up on the NFC South division, they have their bye this week, to prepare for a MNF clash with the Giants in the Big Easy next week.

7. Chicago Bears (6-3) – The Bears looked like they owned the Lions last week, man was that defense something or what? Chicago’s Cover-2 gave Stafford all he could handle. 4 straight wins for these Bears makes them legit and a true wildcard contender. Chicago draws San Diego this week at Soldier Field.

8. New York Giants (6-3) –The Giants played with heart last week against a buzz saw 49er’s team at Candle Stick. They had their chances against that tough defense, but couldn’t get out of the Bay Area with the win. Will they play like giants this week when the wounded Eagles come to town?

9. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) – You still have to remember that with the exception of some long-term veterans, this is a pretty young Ravens team. They continue to play down to lesser opponents. They drop from the #2 spot last week after getting rolled over by the Seahawks on the west coast. Things don’t get any easier this week when the Bengals come to play.

10. Detroit Lions (6-3) – The Lions coming off a bye week, made me think they would give Chicago a better fight last week. They Bears outplayed them in all phases of the game and it showed on the scoreboard. Detroit has a chance to rebound this week when the Panthers come to Ford Field.

11. New York Jets (5-4) – The Jets usually play better with their backs against the wall and they won’t go quietly. The problem, as always, is still Mark Sanchez. As much as the Jets dominated Buffalo the week before, Sanchez did everything he could to keep the Bills in the game as long as he could. He is atrocious. Against division foe New England at the Meadowlands, the Jets couldn’t get anything going and got routed. This will be a short week for the Jets when they visit the Revival at Mile High Stadium Thursday Night.

12. Atlanta Falcons (5-4) – The Falcons seemingly gave that game away, they had all the momentum on the 4th and short call. I must admit, I was with Mike Smith on that call and would want to see it again. If you can’t get six inches, then you don’t deserve the win. The Saints take a crucial NFC South contest and are now in the driver’s seat. Falcons have CJ2k and the Titans paying a visit this week.

13. Dallas Cowboys (5-4) – Dallas’ had all the answers for the Bills last week and routed them at home. This is a huge month for the Cowboys with their schedule, if they plan on making the playoffs. Romo looked like the QB he is suppose to be and the WRs looked the best they have all season. Miles Austin who? They don’t have time to pat themselves on the back they have to get ready for a showdown with NFC East division foe Washington this week at FedEX Field.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) –By virtue of this team’s pathetically easy schedule, the Bengals are still somewhat of a fraud in my book. However, I will give them credit that they are executing better than any Bengals team that I have seen under Marvin Lewis. They gave the Steelers a better ball game then I expected, but the end result was what most expected. It doesn’t get any easier this week when they head to Baltimore to face an angry Ray Lewis and company.

15. Buffalo Bills (5-4) – That was not the effort we expected from a Buffalo team when they traveled to play Jerry’s Boys last week. They have had two big losses the last two weeks. They have a trip to south beach this week to play a surging Dolphin team. Will they stay in the hunt for the AFC East Title or a AFC wildcard this week?.

16. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – The Chargers were either going to lose last week’s home game against pathetic Oakland outright or they were going to win by 20. The Chargers had played at a pretty high level in the second half against Green Bay the week before (Offensively, anyway). But that didn’t carry over last Thursday and the Raiders outright dominated them. San Diego has a tall order this week when they travel to the windy city to face the Bears.

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17. Oakland Raiders (5-4) – The Raiders bounced back last week and took it to the Chargers on Thursday night. They move up this week, but are just behind the team they beat last week. Palmer started to look like a QB worth what the Raiders gave for him. Can they keep the momentum when they travel to the Metro Dome to square off with the Vikings?

18. Tennessee Titans (5-4) – This team just can’t seem to stop the run, plain and simple. They are No. 22 in rush defense despite being in the middle-of-the-pack in terms of yards per rush allowed (4.4). But this is where if you watch them on film you see that the numbers don’t reflect how poor they are in that aspect. You can change schemes, but you can’t make a team more physical in the middle of the season. They stopped the Panthers last week, but have a bigger test against Atlanta this week.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) – I tried to avoid the total overreaction to the Eagle’s performances this year. But after last week loss to the Cardinals, it makes you wonder just what Andy Reid has in mind to get this bunch on the right track. With Vick banged up and Vince Young likely to take over this week, it won’t get any easier for the Eagles to fly right. They head to the Meadowlands with a date against the Division foe Giants.

20. Denver Broncos (4-5) – I’ve been saying it for weeks: Joe Montana couldn’t win with this team. But somehow Tebow seems to find a way to get the Broncos in the win column. It’s not pretty, but it has been working so far. They move up this week in the rankings. They have a short week with the Jets flying to town. Will Tebow and the Revival be able to the ground the Jets at Mile High?

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) – Still can’t seem to figure this team out, they had a tough test with the #1 defense in town last week and couldn’t find any answers for the Texan rushing attack. Things are no easier this week when they pay a visit to Mr. Rodgers house in the frozen tundra. Can they tame the cheese heads this week?

22. Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) – I am not really sure why Jackie Battle is starting at running back for this team. He is slow and he doesn’t fit the scheme, and Thomas Jones still has something left in the tank. Also, it is a crime if the Chiefs aren’t getting Dexter McCluster at least 15 touches per game. They will have to figure something out with Cassel out, next at the helm will be 2nd year QB Tyler Palko. They will need a running game to have a chance on MNF at New England.

23. Seattle Seahawks (3-6) – Even as bad as things have been in Seattle thus far this season, they did beat a very good Ravens team at home last week. This team shows signs of life and then will lay back down. They go into St. Louis this week for a divisional matchup with the Rams. Will they keep the momentum against a team they should beat?

24. Carolina Panthers (2-7) – Cam can’t get it done every week by himself. This team has got to find some defense to even give them a chance. They have to travel to a very anger Lions team and the Lions have a good defense. Will Cam be able to do enough against this defense to even make this a ball game?

25. Washington Redskins (3-6) – Things have officially gone from bad to worse for the Skins. Will Shanahan be able to find any answers to get this team turned around in time? I have to think not. They have their biggest rival coming to town this week and it won’t be easy with the way the Boys are playing right now.

26. Cleveland Browns (3-6) – The Browns played tough but just didn’t have enough for the Rams last week. They have the Jags coming to town this week and should be able to rebound. Will they ever get Hillis or Hardesty back in the lineup? Hardesty should be back this week.

27. Arizona Cardinals (3-6) – What can you say about the Cardinals the last few weeks. Skelton has been getting the job done and I see no reason to rush Kolb back into action. They did what they had to do to beat the Eagles last week and appear to be an improving team. Things don’t get any easier this week when they travel to San Fran for a divisional matchup with the 49ers.

28. Miami Dolphins (2-7) – This team is better than their record indicates. They have a solid defense and a beast of a WR in Marshall. Reggie Bush seems to be back on track and has the running game looking better for the Phins. They dominated a Redskins team that has not looked good lately. They have a divisional matchup this week when the Bills pay them a visit.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) – MJD had a nice afternoon vs the Colts rush defense last week. Jacksonville did what it took to get the win. This has been a rebuilding year for Del Rio and his troops. Can the Jags keep the momentum when they pay the Browns a visit this week?

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) – What can you really say. The Vikings had a statement game and let the Packers do all the talking on MNF last week. Things were looking brighter for the Vikes when they switched to the rookie at QB. Can they rebound and get the ship back in the right direction this week? They battle the Raiders at home this week.

31. St. Louis Rams (2-7) – The Rams offense has looked better since they acquired Brandon Lloyd. Bradford now has that go to guy and it helps loosen up opposing defense’s for SJax. They went into Cleveland and won the ball game without giving up a TD. Will they continue their ways when division foe Seattle comes to town this week?

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-9) – Suck for Luck! Suck for Luck! Suck for Luck! What else needs to be said? One thing is for sure they will not lose this weekend with them off on their Bye week. Will Peyton suit up and take over when the Colts return to action week 12 at home vs Carolina?

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