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Power Rankings Archives - Most NFL power rankings bounce teams all over because they disregard strength of schedule, or over-emphasize the most recent game played; giving too much credit for a single blowout of a low ranked team, and not enough credit for a close loss to a high ranked team.

At FootballLOCKS.com we dubbed that {{unstable power ranking syndrome}}.

Historical NFL power ratings at FootballLOCKS.com payed close attention to strength of opponents played without over-crediting the last game played (that was too fresh on the mind of many writers); all in a quest to deliver you with a weekly NFL power ranking that reflected the power of each team, and not just their record. For a team to crack the top 10 in FootballLOCKS.com's NFL football rankings, they had to earn it with more than a single crushing of a bottom ranked squad-- as you'll discover when reading through the archives.

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Rank

NFL Team

Record

Comments November 28, 2006

1 (1)


Colts

10-1

Indianapolis became the first team to reach 10 wins, blowing out the McNabbless Eagles. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning became the fastest QB to reach 3,000 completions, breaking the record previously shared by Drew Bledsoe & Dan Marino by a 7 game margin.

2 (3)

Ravens

9-2

Baltimore posted its 2nd shutout of the season, dropping the champs 27-0. In doing so, the Ravens maintained their 3 game lead over the Bengals in the AFC North.

3 (2)


Bears

9-2

The Bears played a close game in New England (aided by some questionable pass interference calls), but fell to the Patriots. It was Chicago's first road loss of the season. However, it was also the Bears' 3rd road game in a row. Chicago drops a spot in the power rankings mostly due to Baltimore possessing more wins over top ranked teams.

4 (4)

Chargers

9-2

San Diego came from behind for the 4th week in a row, this time topping division rival Oakland to improve to 9-2.

5 (6)

Patriots

8-3

New England handed Chicago its first road loss of the season. But if the game had been played in Chicago, it might have gone the other way. Meanwhile, even though the Patriots lost to Denver earlier in the season, with the Broncos suddenly struggling, and deciding to switch to a rookie QB, it's tough to keep them ranked ahead of New England in the power rankings... So we won't... It's a power ranking compromise. If we're going to move the Patriots ahead of a team they lost to (Denver) in exchange we've got to keep them behind a team they beat (Chicago). We think it makes sense, and hope you agree.

6 (9)


Cowboys

7-4

Dallas made Thanksgiving dinner out of the Buccaneers who were playing their 3rd game in just 11 days. The Cowboys grabbed first place in the NFC East thanks to a 4th quarter meltdown by the Giants in Tennessee.

7 (5)

Broncos

7-4

Denver lost its 2nd game in a row, falling in Kansas City on Thanksgiving night, thereby splitting the season series, and dropping into a 2nd place tie with the Chiefs in the AFC West. We'll keep the Broncos ranked ahead of the Chiefs based on the strength of their defense. However, if the season ended today, Kansas City would hold the tiebreaker edge for playoff positioning. Meanwhile, the Broncos will start Jay Cutler next week versus Seattle.

8 (13)

Seahawks

7-4

The Seahawks grabbed their 7th win of the season, beating Green Bay at home. Hasselbeck overcame 3 interceptions (in his return) thanks to Alexander's 201 yards rushing and Favre throwing 3 interceptions of his own. With the win, Seattle maintained its 2 game lead in the NFC West.

9 (12)


Chiefs

7-4

Kansas City topped Denver at home on Thanksgiving night to move into a 2nd place tie with the Broncos in the AFC West. If the season ended today, the Chiefs would hold the tiebreaker.

10 (11)


Saints

7-4

New Orleans earned a sweep of the Falcons, and took over 1st place in the NFC South thanks to the Redskins knocking off the Panthers.

11 (7)

Jaguars

6-5

Jacksonville lost its 4th game of the season to a sub .500 team, this time falling in Buffalo... Apparently, the better the opposing team's record, the better the Jags play... The worse the opposing team's record, the worse the Jags play.

12 (8)


Giants

6-5

New York squandered a 21-0 fourth quarter lead in Tennessee, allowing the Titans to score 24 points in less than 10 minutes. As a result, Dallas grabbed sole possession of 1st place in the NFC East.

13 (10)

Panthers

6-5

Carolina couldn't win in Washington, and it cost the Panthers the lead in the NFC South.

14 (14)


Jets

6-5

New York got back above .500 with a solid win over the Texans. The Jets' final 5 games of the season are versus teams with records currently below the .500 mark. If the Jets run the table, they just might make the playoffs.

15 (16)

Bengals

6-5

Cincinnati's defense came to play as the Bengals shutout the Browns in Cleveland to keep their playoff hopes alive. But qualifying for the postseason won't be easy as three of Cincinnati's remaining five games are versus teams with records currently at 7-4 or better.

16 (15)

Falcons

5-6

Atlanta lost to the Saints at home (swept by New Orleans). Vick flicked off the crowd. It was the Falcons' 4th straight loss.

17 (19)


Bills

5-6

Buffalo upset the Jaguars, becoming the 4th team with a record below .500 to beat Jacksonville this season.

18 (20)

Dolphins

5-6

With a Thanksgiving win in Detroit, Miami grabbed its 4th victory in a row. But the ditch the Dolphins dug in the first half of the season may simply be too steep to climb out of.

19 (17)

Eagles

5-6

Philadelphia was routed in Indianapolis, and fell below the .500 mark. With a brutal remaining schedule, and without McNabb, it looks to be the end of the road for the 2006 Eagles.

20 (21)

49ers

5-6

The 49ers suffered a last second loss in St. Louis. A win would have done wonders for San Francisco's already slim playoff chances.

21 (22)


Rams

5-6

The Rams earned a split with the 49ers, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.

22 (24)

Vikings

5-6

Minnesota finally broke their losing streak by grabbing a home win over the Cardinals.

23 (18)

Steelers

4-7

The Steelers were handed their 7th loss of the season. It came in the form of a shutout at Baltimore. Big Ben was sacked 9 times and picked off twice.

24 (26)

Titans

4-7

Tennessee pulled out a miraculous comeback win at home over the Giants. The victory was the Titans' 3rd versus the NFC East this season.

25 (27)

Redskins

4-7

Washington upset Carolina behind Jason Campbell playing in his second game. But with 7 losses on the books, it's a little late to get excited about this year.

26 (23)

Packers

4-7

The Packers dropped their 7th game of the season as Favre threw 3 interceptions in Seattle.

27 (25)

Buccaneers

3-8

Tampa Bay was blown out in Dallas, dropping their 8th game of the season... However, it was the Bucs' 3rd game in 11 days.

28 (28)

Browns

3-8

Cleveland was shutout at home by the Bengals. If the Browns hadn't won in Oakland earlier this season they could be looking at the 30th spot in the power rankings.

29 (30)

Raiders

2-9

Oakland was leading late in yet another game versus a division rival, but couldn't hang on for the victory, this time in San Diego. Our advice? Trade for Bledsoe who was 20-11 in his last 31 starts (that's a .645 winning percentage) before getting pulled versus the Giants with his team tied for first place at the time. Bledsoe may be in his mid-thirties, but he's in great physical condition and could easily play another 3+ years if he wants to.

30 (29)

Texans

3-8

Houston suffered its 8th loss of the season, falling at the Meadowlands to the Jets.

31 (31)

Cardinals

2-9

The Cardinals' passing game put up some healthy fantasy numbers this week in Minnesota, but it still didn't translate into a win.

32 (32)

Lions

2-9

Detroit was leading 10-0 on Thanksgiving, but then surrendered 27 unanswered points to Miami on what was supposed to be the Lions' big day... Our advice? Same as for Oakland above... Trade for Bledsoe who had a record of 20-11 in his last 31 starts before getting pulled against the Giants with the Cowboys tied for first at the time. Bledsoe may be in his mid-thirties, but he's still in great physical condition and could easily play another 3+ years if he wants to.



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