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Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings

Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings Team (last week) Comment 1. Atlanta (1) Falcons averaged 31 points in September, 25. 7 in October and...

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Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings
Team (last week) Comment
1. Atlanta (1) Falcons averaged 31 points in September, 25.7 in October and 23 in November.
2. San Francisco (2) Call-in Kaepernick? Turns out Colin might be more of a permanent replacement.
3. Baltimore (9) November reign: Ravens have won eight of their last nine games played this month.
4. Green Bay (6) Packers and Bears have simultaneous possession of first place in NFC North.
5. Houston (3) Good news: Texans won past two in OT. Bad news: They needed OT vs. Jags and Lions.
6. New England (7) "The Man with Iron Fists" is a kung fu flick, not a documentary on Bill Belichick.
7. Denver (5) Cupcake Central: Broncos have beaten exactly one team currently above .500.
8. Chicago (4) Cupcake Central II: Bears also have beaten only one team currently above .500.
9. N.Y. Giants (8) At 6-4, Giants are the only team in the NFC's Leastern division to hold a winning record.
10. Seattle (11) Yes, the Seahawks' quarterback is in fact armed and DangeRuss.
11. Pittsburgh (10) There has been another Roethlisberger. Ben's son was born Wednesday.
12. Tampa Bay (14) Reality check? Bucs host Atlanta this week, play at Denver next week.
13. New Orleans (18) N.O. gimmies: Each of the Saints' next four opponents currently has a winning record.
14. Indianapolis (12) Colts have won six games by combined 36 points, but lost three by 86.
15. Washington (17) Robert Griffin III tied for sixth-most rushing TDs in the league, 13th-most passing TDs.
16. Minnesota (16) The Bear necessities: Vikes play Chicago twice in 15 days.
17. Cincinnati (25) Ready for a run? None of Bengals' next four opponents currently holds a winning record.
18. Detroit (15) Holiday turkeys: Lions' overtime loss Thursday was ninth in a row on Thanksgiving.
19. Miami (13) MIA describes this offense, which has scored one TD in the past 10 quarters.
20. Dallas (19) Everything is bigger in Texas. Especially the disappointment over the Cowboys' season.
21. Tennessee (28) Titans allowed 51 points to Chicago in Week 9, held Miami to three points in Week 10.
22. San Diego (20) Quarterback Philip Rivers playing like he's dammed this year.
23. Philadelphia (21) The Eagles have landed. With a thud. Again.
24. Buffalo (30) Fade route: Bills have been outscored 51-7 in fourth quarter of their past six games.
25. N.Y. Jets (24) Enjoy your Thanksgiving stuffing? The Jets didn't, losing 49-19 to the Pats on Thursday.
26. Oakland (26) Raiders have allowed 135 points last three games; 49ers have allowed 134 all season.
27. Arizona (23) Ken Whisenhunt not so wise in hunting for a QB, now looking at rookie Ryan Lindley.
28. St. Louis (27) Rams tough? Not anymore. They haven't won a game since Oct. 4.
29. Carolina (22) Panthers' 2-8 season has given a new interpretation of Carolina blue.
30. Cleveland (29) The 2-8 Browns have been outscored by 45 this year. The 6-4 Colts have been outscored by 50.
31. Jacksonville (31) One shot of Henne coming up. QB Blaine Gabbert's injury means Chad Henne gets a chance.
32. Kansas City (32) Chiefs haven't scored more than one touchdown in a game since September.

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