Paul Ulane

NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

In honor of Thanksgiving, this week’s power rankings will feature a list of what every team has to be thankful for this holiday season. But before we get down to football business, I want to wish you, your family and friends a happy holiday weekend. Gobble, gobble! Now, on to the rankings…










NFL Power Rankings
1Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 1
What they’re thankful for: Um…duh, Aaron Rodgers, the best QB in the league this year.
2San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 2
What they’re thankful for: Coach Jim Harbaugh and his unique combination of intensity and toughness.
3New England Patriots
Last Week: 5
What they’re thankful for: Um…duh, Tom Brady, the second best QB in the league this year.
4Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 6
What they’re thankful for: The team finally has a legit deep speed threat on offense in rookie wideout Torrey Smith.
5Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 7
What they’re thankful for: That four of their last six games are against teams with records below .500.
6Houston Texans
Last Week: 3
What they’re thankful for: That at least one of their injured superstars, All-Pro wideout Andre Johnson, is finally returning from injury after seven weeks.
7New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 8
What they’re thankful for: Atlanta head coach Mike Smith’s play-calling, which gave the Saints the game last week and the head-to-head advantage in the NFC South, which in turn gives the Saints the inside track on a home playoff game right now.
8Chicago Bears
Last Week: 9
What they’re thankful for: The loss of Jay Cutler puts this team in a really tough bind heading into the playoff stretch run, so I’m going to have to say Chicagoans can be thankful for deep dish pizza. (I hear it’s the perfect complement to turkey and mashed potatoes.)
9Detroit Lions
Last Week: 10
What they’re thankful for: The gift of Kevin Smith, the obscure running back who was picked up off the street and gave the Lions three touchdowns in his second game of the season.
10Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 12
What they’re thankful for: Tony Romo’s good health, which has resulted in America’s QB tossing 8 TDs and 0 INTs in his last three games with the ‘Boys, all wins.
11New York Giants
Last Week: 4
What they’re thankful for: That they get an extra night to prepare for their Monday night game against the explosive Saints coming off a bye week.
12Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 14
What they’re thankful for: Tight end Tony Gonzalez, the ageless wonder, who at 34-years old is fifth in the league among tight ends in receiving yards.
13Denver Broncos
Last Week: 17
What they’re thankful for: TTTTTEEEEEBBBBBOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!!! (Did you even have to ask?)
14Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 15
What they’re thankful for: The mid-season acquisition of quarterback Carson Palmer, who is rounding into form after a rough start in Oakland and has the Raiders at the top of the AFC West.
15New York Jets
Last Week: 11
What they’re thankful for: Parity in the AFC this season, meaning they’re still in the running for a wild-card spot in the wide open conference.
16Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 13
What they’re thankful for: Andy Dalton, whose play this year proves that he just might be the franchise quarterback of the future for a long time to come in the Queen City.
17Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 19
What they’re thankful for: LeSean McCoy, who despite all the negative energy in Philadelphia has emerged as one of the most versatile and dangerous running backs in the league.
18Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 25
What they’re thankful for: One of the most stunning turnarounds in NFL history, breaking off three straight wins following an 0-7 start to make their season relevant again.
19Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 21
What they’re thankful for: Marshawn Lynch, who is trying to single-handedly keep this offense afloat by scoring a touchdown in each of the Seahawks’ last six games.
20Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 16
What they’re thankful for: This season’s hot start, which has kept them on the outside of the playoff race despite their recent 1-4 slide.
21Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 18
What they’re thankful for: The AFC South’s putrid play this season, which has kept the Titans in the mix for a division title despite the fact that Chris Johnson has fallen off the face of the earth.
22San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 20
What they’re thankful for: Same thing they’re thankful for every year, the wide open AFC West, which is still in their sights even after a horrific five-game losing streak.
23Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 24
What they have to be thankful for: The future - this team is so young, it was bound to hit a stumbling block this season, but don’t be surprised to see the Bucs back as a serious playoff threat next year thanks to their developing core players.
24Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 28
What they’re thankful for: Adrian Peterson’s ankle sprain is only minor and not career-threatening.
25Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 29
What they’re thankful for: Cam Newton’s Rookie of the Year campaign makes them must-watch TV every week, even though their defense couldn’t cover a Pop Warner team.
26Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 27
What they’re thankful for: No one on the team will be appearing on the cover of Madden next year (like Peyton Hillis did this year) and therefore, they won’t suffer from the game’s terrible cover curse.
27Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 23
What they have to be thankful for: Maurice Jones-Drew, the Little Bowling Ball That Could, who just won’t stop producing yards now matter how helpless the rest of his team’s offense is.
28Washington Redskins
Last Week: 30
What they’re thankful for: Since the Eagles had so much hype and have played so poorly, the Redskins aren’t the most shocking disaster in the NFC East.
29Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 22
What they’re thankful for: Larry Fitzgerald, who despite playing with an inconsistent Kevin Kolb and his back-up (little known John Skelton from Fordham) has still managed to amass the sixth most receiving yards in the league.
30Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 31
What they’re thankful for: Even though they lost star running back Jamaal Charles to a season-ending knee injury in Week 2, they still boast a top ten run offense thanks to good coaching and offensive line play.
31St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 26
What they’re thankful for: That their mid-season pick-up, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, may be the #1 receiver Sam Bradford can grow with in the future.
32Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 32
What they’re thankful for: Andrew Luck, NFL Draft Class of 2012.
Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (55 votes)

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Giants Beat the cowboys!!!!!!Someone tell Tony Romo to play football!



#1111111111111111111111111111111111111111 tebow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i think the patriots are the best team in offense this season.

Go Pats! I think we would beat the 49ers.

Why are the Saints behind the Texans.

Saints are way better than texans.

With Matt Schaub, the Texans are still worse.

Sorry, but the Saints are way better then the Texans. ProfessorU, why did you put them at that place on the chart? You need to rearange the whole entire thing and let the kids help by voting the order of each team!!!

the packers is the best team in the whole world

sorry, but no they ain't GO VIKINGS !!!!!:]

i think they stink

Patriots all the way

I agree. The packers are going to go undefeated this season and then go on and win the super bowl this year and the next!!!

Steelers! Steelers! Steelers!

GO STEELERS.But they should keep Hines Ward don't u think?

Patriots all the way. With the best offense in the league, they will dominate. To bad they can't face the packers. The pack would become : The pack your bags for Pebble Peach! No one can cover the unstoppable GRONK!

~ HockeyHawk184 out

the patriots are the best team in offense this season

patriots are the best team in defense; in my opinion.

patriots are the best team this season in my opinion.


dude the packers would so beat the patriots any day so bring it on

cmon steelers ya'll going to win this lets go ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssstttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss steelers

At least we didn't lose to the cheifs

steelers stink the packers are way better than the steelers, they could beat the steelers by twenty points, and i don't care about their freakin defense. the winner is the one who has the better offense

go falcons you guys rock keep it up

go bulls yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

why is'nt the new york giants in the top 10?

Cuz the Cowboys are better!!!!!!!!!!


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