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NFL Power Rankings

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Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings
Team (last week) Comment
1. Atlanta (1) N.Y. Giants only one of Falcons' final eight opponents holding a winning record.
2. San Francisco (2) Dos Equis has most interesting man in the world, S.F. the most awkward: Jim Harbaugh.
3. Houston (3) Texans turned over a new leaf, but not much else. They have a league-low six giveaways.
4. Chicago (4) CB Charles Tillman's four forced fumbles in Week 9 more than four teams have all season.
5. Denver (5) Commercial opportunity? Peyton Manning could sell ads on billboard he calls a forehead.
6. Green Bay (7) Errin' Rodgers? Hardly. Packers QB has been picked off just once in past four games.
7. New England (8) Stevan Ridley — believe it or not — currently ranks No. 7 in the NFL in rushing yards.
8. N.Y. Giants (6) The defeat Sunday against Pittsburgh made Tom Coughlin roll over in his grave.
9. Baltimore (9) Ravens balloon to 6-2 on cream-puff diet: Only one victory over team currently above .500.
10. Pittsburgh (12) Steelers get the benefit of a second bye this season: They play the Chiefs on Monday night.
11. Seattle (11) Lost: Run defense. Vanished in Week 7 at San Francisco. If found, call Pete Carroll, ASAP.
12. Indianapolis (18) As Luck would have it, the Colts are 6-3. Andrew Luck, of course.
13. Miami (10) Dolphins No. 23 in total offense, No. 24 in total defense, yet 4-4. Go figure.
14. Tampa Bay (19) You can put ketchup on a hot dog. Catching up to a hot Doug Martin, though, is tougher.
15. Detroit (17) Cardinals are only one of Lions' final eight opponents who hold a losing record.
16. Minnesota (14) The Killer P's? Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder and Percy Harvin.
17. Washington (15) Rookie wall? Washington averaged 30.8 points first four games, 20.6 in the past five.
18. New Orleans (25) Saints have graduated from interim interim coach to just the interim coach: Joe Vitt.
19. Dallas (16) Pick the biggest problem: Tony Romo has been intercepted 13 times, most in NFL.
20. San Diego (20) Chargers' 4-4 record deserves an asterisk: Two of those victories were over the Chiefs.
21. Philadelphia (13) Reiding the future is one thing it looks like the Eagles won't be doing.
22. Carolina (30) Too close to call: Panthers' past four defeats have come by a total of 12 points.
23. Arizona (21) Cardinals aren't starting a QB so much as they're asking someone to serve as piñata.
24. N.Y. Jets (24) If Jets are NFL equivalent of a reality television show, then Mark Sanchez is Honey Boo Boo.
25. Cincinnati (23) Been a month since anyone in Seattle complained the Seahawks didn't draft Andy Dalton.
26. Oakland (28) A week later and the Raiders still haven't caught up to Bucs' Doug Martin.
27. St. Louis (27) Rams return from whupping in England. Their dignity, however, didn't make the trip.
28. Tennessee (22) The Titan(ic)s allowing a league-high 34.2 points this season.
29. Cleveland (29) Heck of a job, Brownies: Seven quarters and counting since last Cleveland touchdown.
30. Buffalo (26) "Wreck-It Ralph" is Disney's newest film as well as Bills owner Ralph Wilson's M.O.
31. Jacksonville (31) Friends and family isn't a calling plan so much as a literal description of Jags' attendance.
32. Kansas City (32) Romeo Crennel the coach fires Romeo Crennel the defensive coordinator. Like that will help.

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