Benigno’s Best: Week 15 NFL Power Rankings
By Joe Benigno
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The madness continued in Week 14. The Chargers bombed the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Falcons get Cam’d in Carolina, the Pats flexed their muscles against Houston and the 9-4 Ravens fired their offensive coordinator after blowing a game in D.C. Continue to expect the unexpected in Week 15.
1. New England Patriots 10-3 (4)
The Pats move into the top spot after their destruction of the previous No. 1 in Foxborough. Tom Brady has now won more division titles — 10 — than any quarterback in history. The Pats’ winning streak is now at seven.
Next: vs. 49ers
2. Denver Broncos 10-3 (3)
Denver made it eight in a row with Thursday night’s thumping of the hapless Raiders in Oakland. Peyton Manning threw TD pass number 30 as his MVP season continues.
Next: @ Ravens
3. Houston Texans 11-2 (1)
Houston falls to No. 3 after four weeks in the top spot following the beatdown in Foxborough. Two games left against the magical Colts will determine who wins the AFC South.
Next: vs. Colts
4. Atlanta Falcons 11-2 (2)
Atlanta basically took Sunday off as they lost to the Panthers in Carolina. The Falcons seemed disinterested after clinching the division title the week before, trailing 23-0 at one point. They have a chance to avenge last year’s playoff loss as the defending champs head to Atlanta this week.
Next: vs. Giants
5. San Francisco 49ers 9-3-1 (5)
The Niners bounced back after an OT loss in St. Louis with a workmanlike effort vs. Miami. Colin Kaepernick is now 3-1 as the starting quarterback.
Next: @ Patriots
6. New York Giants 8-5 (8)
Big Blue finally got a win over Drew Brees and company, as rookie David Wilson had a record-setting day, becoming the first player in NFL history with 200 return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game. Oh, by the way, he had three TDs as well.
Next: @ Falcons
7. Green Bay Packers 9-4 (6)
The Pack made it 22 consecutive wins over the Lions in snowy Lambeau on Sunday. They should have Clay Matthews back for the division-leading showdown this week in Chicago.
Next: @ Bears
8. Seattle Seahawks 8-5 (unranked)
Seattle cracks the top 10 after a 58-0 blowout of the horrendous Cardinals in Coffee City. Does anybody want to play these guys in the stadium of the 12th man? By the way, that Russell Wilson is pretty good.
Next: @ Bills (in Toronto)
9. Indianapolis Colts 9-4 (9)
Another week and another comeback win for Andrew Luck and company, as they beat the Titans after trailing 20-7 in Indy. They can still win the AFC South with two games remaining vs. Houston.
Next: @ Texans
10. Baltimore Ravens 9-4 (7)
Baltimore made it two straight losses as they blew an eight-point lead in the final minute in D.C., losing in overtime. They’re lucky that both the Steelers and the Bengals lost, as they kept a two-game lead in the division. Did they really fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron at this point in the season with that record? There’s trouble in paradise.
Next: vs. Broncos
Joe has the Patriots and the Broncos as the two best teams in the NFL. Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments section below…