Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) and running back Knowshon Moreno (27) leave the field following the win over the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Titans 51-28. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Power Rankings Update: Broncos On Top of the NFL


For your reading enjoyment, here are updated power rankings that you can tell us how wrong we are and how your team should be ranked here and not there.

Regardless of your stance, I don’t think there could be any disagreement at this point about who should be number one.

1. Denver Broncos

As I said, I don’t think there’s any question about this one. Seattle has a better defense than Denver, but Denver’s offense is so historically special that it doesn’t matter all that much. Even when the Broncos have been limited this season, they’ve put up a lot of points.

2. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle looked like the class of the NFC against New Orleans, but then they turned around and lost a tough game on the road against San Francisco. When Seattle is on their game, they are tough to beat.

3. New Orleans Saints

I think New Orleans is one of the best teams in the league, capable of scoring a ton of points and playing good enough defense to get by. I don’t think they’d get beat as badly against Seattle if they played again, nor do I think that game was indicative of how they can play on the road. This is a dangerous team.

4. New England Patriots

As long as Tom Brady is under center, I’m not counting the Patriots out of any game.

5. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers lost on the road to New Orleans, but a letdown was expected at some point. They have enough firepower and a good enough defense to be dangerous in the playoffs.

6. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City was clicking against Washington after losing three straight games, getting back to the form they showed when they went on a nine game winning streak. They’ll be a tough out in the playoffs.

7. San Francisco 49ers

The Niners got a huge win against Seattle at home, and now have some momentum heading into the last three games of the season. Getting Michael Crabtree back is huge for them.

8. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati put a beating on Indianapolis, but this team is just so inconsistent to me. One week they blow out a playoff contender, the next week it’s a close game when it shouldn’t be. This team will only be carried as far as Andy Dalton will allow.

9. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are white hot right now, and I was impressed by their win against Detroit. They are a very interesting team to me that can hurt you in so many ways offensively, and the defense has been playing better.

10. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona’s defense suffered a huge blow losing Tyrann Mathieu, but this is a tough team that is getting some inspired play out of quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

11. Indianapolis Colts

Which Indy are we going to get in the playoffs? This team can be really good, and they can be really awful. They got crushed by Cincinnati on Sunday.

12. Detroit Lions

Detroit is the same as many teams on this list. They can blow out the Packers at home and then lose a road game to the Eagles the next week. If their offense is on its game, it’s hard to outscore these guys.

13. Chicago Bears

Josh McCown came through for the Bears on Monday Night, a team that needed a win in the most desperate of ways. If Chicago’s offense is scoring that many points, who cares how bad their defense is?

14. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore is getting some big Ws at the right time of year. Their back and forth fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings was both maddening and exciting. This is a team you have to take seriously this time of year.

15. Miami Dolphins

Miami has played a lot of close games this year, and because of the weak AFC this year, they could sneak into the playoffs. Don’t look now.

16. Green Bay Packers

If Green Bay gets Aaron Rodgers back, it will be a tragedy if they miss the playoffs because he means so much. They got a much needed win over Atlanta on Sunday.

17. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas blew it big time on Monday night. They needed a win to keep pace with the Eagles, and they couldn’t take advantage of a porous Bears D. Theirs may be even worse.

18. San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have big potential offensively, but their defense has some major holes on the back end. There are times when I really think this team is taking a step forward, and then they take a big step back.

19. New York Jets

The Jets beat a lousy Raiders team, and somehow have six wins on the year. Geno Smith finally played a decent game to get the Jets back in the win column.

20. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee has a tough defense, but they were crushed by Denver. This is just an average team top to bottom.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh is getting long in the tooth, and they would have needed a miracle to beat Miami on Sunday. They almost got it, but fell just short.

22. New York Giants

The Giants continue to underachieve, which is really tough to watch. There is a lot of talent on this team.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars

What happened to the Jacksonville team that started out the season? This team is playing some great football right now.

24. St. Louis Rams

The Rams without Bradford just aren’t the same, and the defense isn’t able to keep pace with the offensive deficiencies.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa beat a bad Bills team on Sunday, but Mike Glennon has shown enough to have earned a shot at the starting gig next season.

26. Cleveland Browns

The Browns have two first round picks to look forward to and two of the best young pass catchers in the game. Not to mention, their defense can shut you down. Unfortunately, they couldn’t shut down Tom Brady in the fourth quarter.

27. Oakland Raiders

Oakland is once again among the league’s worst teams, but we knew that going in. They were crushed on the road against the Jets on Sunday.

28. Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota can’t close games because they don’t have an elite QB, and their defense has huge holes in the backfield. This team needs a top 10 pick to turn things around.

29. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo is capable of scoring a lot of points, but they’re just not there yet.

30. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta stinks, and having Matt Ryan healthy hasn’t made a lick of difference this year.

31. Washington Redskins

The Redskins have given up on the season, their head coach, their quarterback, and each other. Pitiful display of ‘football’ on Sunday.

32. Houston Texans

Houston’s the first team to fire their coach, and because of that and their QB situation, this has turned into a dumpster fire. Yikes.

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  • Mark Bustamante

    KC #6 is the right spot for them. If they get on a hot streak I like their chances to play for the AFC TITLE

  • Santee Jack

    Regarding the win loss record of Dallas

    Against teams within the NFC Least: 4-0

    Against non-NFC East teams: 3-6
    Against teams with losing records: 3-1
    Against teams with winning records: 0-4
    Against Chicago (6-6 going in): 0-1

    Dallas still ranked too high.

  • mike chamberlain

    I don’t think you know much about football…

  • BigAl1825

    You mention the Bengals’ inconsistency and rank them 8th, but you put the Pats, who the Bengals beat, at 4th, with no mention of the Pats’ inconsistency.

    The Bengals are undefeated at home, and three of their four road losses have come by three points or less. Last week a lot of power rankings had Indianapolis above the Bengals, and I predicted a crushing of the Colts on those boards. The crushing came, but instead of moving the Bengals up, people just moved the Colts down.

    The Bengals are the #3 seed in the AFC right now, and are a few lucky bounces in the favor of New England (the refs, the wind, even the bounce of the ball itself all had to go right for the Pats to win) last Sunday away from being seeded #2 (Cincinnati beat New England, so owns the tiebreaker).