Week 15 power rankings

Posted Dec. 13, 2011 @ 2:51 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

1. Green Bay Packers: Jennings' injury may change strategy while chasing 16-0 mark.

2. Baltimore Ravens: Didn't suffer the hiccup we've seen against bad teams this season.

3. New Orleans Saints: Run defense held Chris Johnson to 23 yards.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Picked a good time to get extra days of rest with stars ailing.

5. New England Patriots: Don't forget, Gronkowski is also a very good blocker.

6. San Francisco 49ers: "D" getting carved up by Skelton not a good sign for the playoffs.

7. Houston Texans: T.J. Yates, of all people, gets the Texans' franchise its first playoff bid.

8. New York Jets: Losing Leonhard could be difference in making the playoffs.

9. Atlanta Falcons: Getting Jags and Bucs in final three weeks a nice holiday gift.

10. Denver Broncos: We know what you're thinking — Prater does it again!

11. New York Giants: Eli and Jason Pierre-Paul put Giants back in NFC East driver's seat.

12. Dallas Cowboys: Defensive breakdowns in the fourth quarter put Dallas in catch-up mode.

13. Detroit Lions: Lacking the killer instinct we saw at the start of the season.

14. Tennessee Titans: Locker showed promise in rally, and then his youth on the final play.

15. Cincinnati Bengals: Crushing blow to playoff hopes with poor "D" in final seconds.

16. Chicago Bears: Barber's gaffes, Tebow's magic hand Chicago third consecutive loss.

17. Arizona Cardinals: One of the hottest teams in football; have won five of six.

18. Oakland Raiders: Showed how far away they are by getting pounded in Lambeau.

19. San Diego Chargers: Norv's December magic likely to be too little, too late this season.

20. Seattle Seahawks: Lynch and "D" coming on, but team still needs a franchise QB.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: D-Jax has three games left to prove he deserves big money.

22. Buffalo Bills: Last year's draft focused on defense. A similar strategy needed this April.

23. Miami Dolphins: Haven't allowed an opponent 100 rushing yards since Week Nine.

24. Kansas City Chiefs: Have to wonder when, or if, Ricky Stanzi will get a chance.

25. Carolina Panthers: It's not Olindo Mare's fault team blew a 16-point halftime lead.

26. Washington Redskins: Fourth-rounder Helu looking like quite the draft pick.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars: Gabbert's play down the stretch critical to team's draft plans.

28. Cleveland Browns: Recent drafts on defense are starting to pay dividends.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Giving up 41 to Jags is quite the low point for reeling Bucs.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Certainly not playing like a 2-11 team, showing late-game resilience.

31. St. Louis Rams: Quarterback injuries the latest in an extremely disappointing season.

32. Indianapolis Colts: Indy hopes Manning and Luck will be the next Favre and Rodgers.