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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) Michael Turner is in perfect shape for his position. If his position were...

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Danny O'Neil's NFL power rankings
Team (last week) Comment
1. Atlanta (1) Michael Turner is in perfect shape for his position. If his position were eating back.
2. Houston (5) Texans have scored 16 rushing TDs, second-most, while allowing a league-low two.
3. Denver (7) Broncos have outscored opponents 245-112 in the second half, largest margin in the league.
4. San Francisco (2) Niners' offense has scored three TDs over the past two games.
5. New England (6) Pats running low on receivers, yet it was the Red Sox who got the new catcher: Mike Napoli.
6. Baltimore (3) None of the Ravens' final four opponents have a losing record.
7. Green Bay (9) Running low on options: Packers have rushed for three TDs, tied for fewest in the league.
8. Seattle (15) Browner downer: Seahawks will be missing Pro Bowl corner for next four games.
9. Indianapolis (11) Colts have won six of their last seven, but play Texans twice in final four weeks.
10. Washington (10) RG III has his team I win away from best record since 2008.
11. N.Y. Giants (8) Giants are like the NFL's annual equivalent of an NCAA tournament bubble team.
12. Cincinnati (12) Green monster: A.J. has 10 TD catches, tied for most in the league.
13. Pittsburgh (14) Steelers feel more anatomically complete with OT Willie Colon expected to return this week.
14. Chicago (7) The running back may be named Forte, but Jay Cutler is this team's biggest strength.
15. Tampa Bay (13) This team's nickname translates to a dollar for corn: Buck-an-ear.
16. Dallas (19) Season has been no pick-nic for a Cowboys team that has a league-low five interceptions.
17. New Orleans (17) Only one of New Orleans' last four opponents holds a losing record.
18. Minnesota (16) The Romans would think this team's nickname after six rulers: VI Kings.
19. Miami (18) Dolphins were only the second-worst fish in Miami this year thanks to the Marlins.
20. Cleveland (28) Darned if the Browns aren't playing themselves some respectable football.
21. Buffalo (26) And the league's longest postseason drought will continue.
22. St. Louis (25) Only team in the NFC West that has yet to lose in the division.
23. Detroit (21) Fourth-degree burns: Lions have allowed league-high 121 points in fourth quarter.
24. San Diego (22) Looking for the Chargers? Check the woodshed. They've been there the past two months.
25. N.Y. Jets (23) It's been two weeks and I still can't hear "butt fumble" without laughing.
26. Tennessee (24) Titans are 4-0 when they score more than 20 points, 0-8 when they don't.
27. Carolina (20) After all the money the Panthers have spent on RBs, Cam Newton leads the team in rushing.
28. Arizona (27) Raising Arizona was a comedy. Razing Arizona would be a good start to rebuilding.
29. Philadelphia (29) The coach's inability to connect with this team points to a lack of Reid-ing comprehension.
30. Jacksonville (30) Truly a sad-sack defense: Jags have league-low 13 sacks so far this season.
31. Kansas City (32) Truly admirable effort in the wake of an unambiguously awful weekend.
32. Oakland (31) Is that an O in Oakland or a zero? That's how many victories Raiders have in last 6 games.

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