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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:59 am 

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Right now the NFL stretch run is front and center in every Football Junkies mind and as we plow through these final, fleeting two weeks of the regular season the first two things that you need to look at is A) what is the motivation for each of the two teams playing and B) do these teams have positive momentum or negative momentum at the moment. Motivation and momentum will play key factors in determining who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. So get ready for a host of crucial matchups this Christmas week.

1. (1) Green Bay Packers (13-1) –So much for a perfect season, the 1972 Dolphins can rest easy. The Pack took it on the chin last week, when they traveled to play the Chiefs at Arrowhead for their first loss. They are banged up as they head into a Christmas Night Showdown with the Bears paying them a visit at Lambeau Field.

2. (3) New Orleans Saints (11-3) – New Orleans moves up to number 2 this week after a Drew Brees masterpiece last week on the road at Minnesota. They have a big divisional game on MNF this week with the Falcons coming to the Big Easy for a battle.

3. (4) New England Patriots (11-3) – Brady and Co. went into a full house at Mile High Stadium to play the Broncos last week and came away with a big win. The Patriots locked up the AFC East Division Title and are still playing for Home Field throughout the playoffs. The Patriots have a short week when the Dolphins come to Foxboro this week.

4. (6) San Francisco 49ers (11-3) – San Francisco played lights out on MNF last week with a statement win over the Steelers at Candlestick Park. They move up two spots this week to number 4. They travel up the coast for a NFC West matchup with the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field this week.

5. (2) Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) – The Steelers went to Candlestick Park for a MNF Showdown with the 49ers last week after power delays the Steelers just couldn’t get it going and took the loss. They drop three spots in our rankings this week. They don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves, they have the Rams coming to Heinz Field for a Saturday Showdown this week.

6. (5) Baltimore Ravens (10-4) – The Ravens drop a spot this week in our rankings after traveling to San Diego and having the Chargers put it to them last week. They still hold the tiebreaker against the Steelers for the AFC North Division. The Ravens have division foe Cleveland coming into M&T Bank Stadium for battle this week.

7. (7) Houston Texans (10-4) – The Texans don’t lose a spot this week even after a loss to visiting Carolina last week. We’ll see how they recover this week with short rest and a trip to Lucas Oil Field to play the Colts on Thursday Night Football.

8. (8) Atlanta Falcons (9-5) – Atlanta had all the right answers last week on Thursday Night Football at the Georgia Dome when the Jags came to town. They played a complete game in the blowout win. They got some extra rest and now have to travel to the Big Easy for a NFC South Showdown with the Saints on MNF this week.

9. (9) Detroit Lions (9-5) – The Lions found a way to get the win last week in the Black Hole when they traveled to the West Coast to play the Raiders. They kept pace for a wildcard spot in the NFC. They have the surging Chargers coming into Ford Field for a matchup this week.

10. (14) Dallas Cowboys (8-6) – The Cowboys won a big divisional game last week on Saturday Night Football when they traveled and played the Bucs in Tampa Bay. They now lead the NFC East Division with two division games to play. They move up four spots to crack the top 10. The Eagles come to Cowboy Stadium this week for a Divisional Showdown.

11. (10) New York Jets (8-6) – The Jets and Sanchez couldn’t get out of Philly fast enough after the Eagles just manhandled them last week. They move down one spot this week. The Jets play the Giants as the home team at MetLife Stadium this week in a crucial game for both teams and to settle which team is best from the Big Apple.

12. (11) Denver Broncos (8-6) – There wasn’t any 4th quarter Tebow magic last week when the Patriots came to Mile High Stadium and handed the Broncos a loss. They dropped a spot this week. The Broncos travel to Buffalo for an AFC matchup with the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday.

13. (15) Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) –The Bengals kept their playoff hopes alive last week when they traveled to St. Louis and took the win against the Rams. They move up two spots in our power rankings this week. No time to celebrate, they have a date with the Cardinals this week in Cincinnati.

14. (12) New York Giants (7-7) – The Giants just couldn’t get anything going against division foe Washington last week and took a tough NFC East loss at the Meadowlands. They are in a must win situation to close out the season, if they want to win the NFC East Division. They stay home to play an away game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium this week.

15. (17) San Diego Chargers (7-7) – The Chargers continued their late season surge for a playoff spot when the Ravens came to town for a crucial AFC matchup. The Chargers were more than the Ravens could handle last week. They move up this week in our rankings. San Diego has to travel to Detroit for a key matchup with the Lions this week.

16. (19) Seattle Seahawks (7-7) –Seattle took it to the struggling Bears last week in the Windy City and left with a big win to help keep them alive for a wildcard playoff spot. They moved up three spots this week. They have to get ready for division foe San Francisco this week in another key NFC matchup at CenturyLink Field.


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17. (13) Chicago Bears (7-7) – The Bears slip four spots this week after getting blown out by the Seahawks last week at Soldier Field. All the Bears want for Christmas is a QB that can put some points on the board. They have a Christmas Night Showdown with Green Bay at Lambeau Field in a crucial NFC North matchup this week.

18. (16) Oakland Raiders (7-7) – The Raiders collapsed in the 4th quarter against Stafford and the Lions last week at Coliseum and took a tough loss. They drop two spots this week. They have to be ready when they head into Arrowhead Stadium this week to face a Chiefs team coming off an emotional win last week.

19. (20) Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) –The Eagles and Vick had a big afternoon when the Jets visited Philly last week and got a big win. They move up a spot this week in our power rankings. They have a huge game with their inter-division rival Dallas Cowboys this week when they head to Cowboys Stadium for a showdown.

20. (21) Arizona Cardinals (7-7) – The Cardinals were able to pull off another huge win over the Browns last week to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They move up one spot this week in to the top 20. They have a matchup with the Bengals in Cincinnati this week with playoff amplifications on the line for both teams.

21. (18) Tennessee Titans (7-7) – The Titans were all but eliminated from a chance at a wildcard spot in the AFC with their loss to the winless Colts last week at Lucas Oil Field in Indy. They dropped three spots this week out of the top 20. They have a date with AFC South Divisional foe Jacksonville this week in the Music City.

22. (23) Kansas City Chiefs (6-8) – The Chiefs found enough motivation last week for their new coach and upset the unbeaten Packers at Arrowhead Stadium. They still have slim hopes of winning the AFC West Division; they do have the tie breaker if everybody finishes 8-8 in the division. They need to be ready when division foe Oakland visits Arrowhead Stadium this week.

23. (24) Miami Dolphins (5-9) – The Dolphins traveled north last week to take on Divisional foe Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium and got out with the win. They move up a spot this week. They head back up north this week when they face their AFC East Divisional foe New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

24. (22) Buffalo Bills (5-9) – The Bills have continued to slip in our rankings and continue to lose as the season winds down. They got beat by division foe Miami last week at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills have a showdown with the revival from the Mile High City this week at home.

25. (28) Washington Redskins (5-9) – The Skins played a solid game and won last week when they faced their division rival Giants at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. The Skins have the struggling Vikings coming to the Capitol City this week for a matchup.

26. (29) Carolina Panthers (5-9) – Cam and his Panthers played a nice game and got a big win when they traveled to Reliant Stadium to take on the Texans last week. They have a struggling Tampa Bay team coming to Bank of America Stadium this week for a NFC South Divisional game.

27. (25) Cleveland Browns (4-10) – The Brown took a tough loss last week in overtime when they headed to the dessert to take on a high flying Cardinals team. Things don’t get any easier this week when they have to travel to division foe Baltimore for a divisional matchup this week.

28. (26) Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) –The Jags had a short week with a Thursday Night matchup against the Falcons in Atlanta last week and it showed in a blowout loss. They travel to the Music City this week for a divisional matchup with the Titans.

29. (27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) – The Bucs couldn’t get anything going last week for a Saturday Night matchup with the Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium and took the loss. This week they travel to play the Panthers in a divisional game at Bank of America Stadium.

30. (30) Minnesota Vikings (2-12) – The Vikings didn’t have any answers for Drew Brees and the Saints last week at the Metrodome and got blown out for the loss. They travel to the Capitol and take on a Redskins team that’s playing better this week.

31. (31) St. Louis Rams (2-12) – The Rams played the Bengals tough last week at home in the Edward Jones Dome, but still took the loss. Things don’t get any easier this week when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers at Heinz Field.

32. (32) Indianapolis Colts (1-13) – Colts Win! Colts Win! Colts Win! That’s right they won over the Titans at home last week to get their first win of the 2011 NFL season. They have little time to celebrate as they have a date on Thursday Night Football this week at Lucas Oil Field against the Texans.


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