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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 December 18, 2007

1/1

Patriots

14-0

The Patriots survived the Jets and the weather, becoming the second team in NFL history to own a record of (14-0).

2/3


Colts

12-2

The Colts were dramatically out-rushed in Oakland but hung on for their 12th win of the season, clinching the AFC South and a first-round playoff bye... The Colts pass the Cowboys in the rankings. After all, Indianapolis and Dallas both lost to New England at home, but the Colts played the Patriots 17 points closer. Meanwhile, the Colts' second loss was at San Diego (9-5), whereas Dallas' second loss was to the (6-8) Eagles.

3/2


Cowboys

12-2

Romo's thumb was injured in the third quarter, and although Dallas lost at home to Philadelphia, the Cowboys clinched a first-round playoff bye. However, home field advantage throughout the playoffs is not guaranteed... The Cowboys slip behind the Colts in the ratings as both Dallas and Indianapolis lost to New England, but the Colts played the Patriots 17 points closer. Additionally, Dallas' second loss was to the (6-8) Eagles, whereas Indianapolis' second loss was at (9-5) San Diego... Of course the Cowboys did beat the Colts last season. However, the Colts are the defending champs. The bottom line is these teams are very close.

4/4

Packers

12-2

The Packers crushed the Rams in St. Louis to clinch a first-round playoff bye, and move into a tie with Dallas for the NFC's best record; of course the Cowboys own the tie-breaker for home field advantage.

5/5

Jaguars

10-4

The Jaguars took another step toward a playoff berth thanks to a cold-weather win at Pittsburgh... Fred Taylor ran wild and David Garrard added 3 touchdown passes while throwing just his second interception of the season.

6/8

Chargers

9-5

In week 15 the Chargers blew out the Lions and clinched the AFC West. Meanwhile, San Diego's week 10 win over the Colts helps the Chargers rank ahead of the five other teams with records of (9-5).

7/6

Steelers

9-5

Pittsburgh lost their first home game of the season, and second game in a row, falling to Jacksonville. The loss dropped the Steelers into a tie for first with Cleveland, although Pittsburgh owns the tie-breaker by way of sweeping the Browns. Pittsburgh remains ranked ahead of four of the five other (9-5) teams by way of a (3-0) record in head to head meetings including an earlier shut out of the Seahawks.

8/7


Giants

9-5

The Giants lost a key game to Washington at home Sunday night are not guaranteed of making the playoffs though they looked like a shoe in a few short weeks ago. To make matter worse, Shockey broke a leg.

9/11

Browns

9-5

The Browns took another step toward a playoff berth thanks to shutting out the Bills at home. Amazingly, Cleveland is tied for first with Pittsburgh despite losing both games against the Steelers this season.

10/9

Seahawks

9-5

Seattle's five game winning streak came to an end in Carolina. But their week 1 victory over Tampa Bay has the Seahawks looking good for the #3 seed.

11/10

Buccaneers

9-5

Tampa Bay bounced back from a week 14 loss at Houston by blowing out Atlanta to clinch the NFC South.

12/12

Titans

8-6

The Titans kept their slimmed down playoff hopes alive with a win at Kansas City. Unfortunately for Tennessee, Cleveland grabbed win #9, while Jacksonville grabbed win #10.

13/13

Vikings

8-6

The Vikings kept their wild card playoff hopes alive with a Monday night victory over the Bears. The win knocked Chicago, Arizona, Detroit, and Philadelphia out of the playoff chase.

14/14


Bills

7-7

Buffalo was shut out in Cleveland in a snow-filled game for playoff contention. After a great run, the defeat left the Bills eliminated from postseason contention.

15/15

Redskins

7-7

Todd Collins made his first start in a decade and the Redskins won a must win game on the road against the Giants to stay in the playoff chase, setting up an all important matchup in Minnesota next Sunday night.

16/17

Eagles

6-8

Philadelphia upset the Cowboys in Dallas, keeping Romo and crew out of the end zone. But the win proved to be too little too late as Minnesota's victory over Chicago Monday night eliminated the Eagles from playoff contention.

17/20

Texans

7-7

The Texans held the Broncos to 13 points; marking the second game in a row Houston held their opposition to 14 or fewer points... The victory got the Texans back to .500. However, the Texans no longer qualify for the playoffs.

18/21


Saints

7-7

After starting the season (0-4) the Saints are back to .500 and are amazingly in the hunt for a playoff berth.

19/16

Cardinals

6-8

The Cardinals dropped a key game in New Orleans, and were subsequently bumped from the playoff race when Minnesota topped Chicago on Monday night... Arizona's two losses to San Francisco loom large this season.

20/18

Lions

6-8

For the fourth time this season the Lions lost on the road by at least 31 points. It was the Lions' 6th loss in a row, which when coupled with Minnesota's win over Chicago Monday night bumped Detroit from playoff contention.

21/22


Bears

5-9

Chicago's outside playoff hopes came to an end in a Monday night loss in Minnesota.

22/19

Broncos

6-8

Despite having two 100-yard receivers, Denver lost by 18 points at Houston on Thursday night. With a record of (6-8) the Broncos are now out of the playoff chase.

23/27

Panthers

6-8

Matt Moore got his first start at quarterback and played turnover free football, while the defense held Seattle to just 44 yards rushing. As a result, the Panthers grabbed their 6th win of the season and are still alive for a playoff spot.

24/23

Raiders

4-10

The Raiders gave the Colts a good game, but couldn't make quite enough plays to pull off the upset. As a result, Oakland fell to 6 games below .500.

25/24


Chiefs

4-10

The Chiefs lost their 7th game in a row, falling at home to the Titans despite leading at the half.

26/25

Bengals

5-9

Cincinnati went into San Francisco as a heavy favorite, but dropped the game by a touchdown to fall to 4 games below .500.

27/26

Ravens

4-10

Baltimore became Miami's first win of the season. Ironically, it was the Ravens who came the closest to knocking off the Patriots to date.

28/28


Jets

3-11

With their loss in New England, the Jets fell to 8 games below .500. What a reversal of last season's good fortunes.

29/31

49ers

4-10

For the second week in a row the 49ers played solid run defense; this week it resulted in a win thanks in part to the offense holding up its end of the bargain with Gore and Shaun Hill leading the way... Then again the Bengals' defense isn't ranked very high.

30/29


Rams

3-11

Despite holding Green Bay's offense to 279 yards and posting a whopping 173 yards rushing of their own, St. Louis found a way to lose at home by 19 points. The loss dropped the Rams to 8 games below .500.

31/30

Falcons

3-11

With Emmitt Thomas taking over as head coach, the Falcons proceeded to drop their fifth game in row; a crushing defeat at Tampa Bay. Atlanta managed just 133 net yards of offense. The loss sank Atlanta to 8 games below .500.

32/32

Dolphins

1-13

The Dolphins finally broke into the win column with an overtime victory over the Ravens. The win broke Miami's 16 game losing streak dating back to last season... Yes, the '76 Buccaneers are finally safe.



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