With three weeks left in the season, we still have two undefeated teams left in the NFL, what a crazy regular season its been. We do have a new team added to the rankings this week after the Cincinnati loss to the Vikings. The top four teams are tough to dispute and we have yet to have a number 5 team cement their stay in the power rankings. There are some really good games this weekend which should clear up the playoff picture even more going into next week. Here we go...
1. New Orleans Saints (13-0) - The Saints continue to hold the number one spot in our power rankings after a good win against the injury depleted Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. The Falcons fell behind early but made a nice charge at the end only to come up a field goal short. The Saints will face the reeling Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night in their quest for an undefeated season. They have yet to lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs so look for the Saints to play hard and keep the Cowboys from winning their first December game this year.
2. Indianapolis Saints (13-0) - The Indianapolis Colts faced a tough opponent last Sunday, the Denver Bronocs, but still found a way to stay undefeated. The Broncos fell behind early but showed some resolve and made it a game going into the fourth quarter only to fall short. The Colts have now locked up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and if past history indicates anything, they will begin to rest some of their star players. I hope they decide against this route because everytime they decide to rest players they end up losing their first playoff game. Take this into consideration though, it will be over 30 days before they play their next meaningful game, will this help or hinder them?
3. San Diego Chargers (10-3) - The Chargers won their 8th consecutive game on Sunday by going into Dallas and handling the Cowboys. This team is really playing well right now, LaDanian Tomlinson is playing better than he has the past two years and Phillip Rivers is really looking like a star quarterback. They have a huge game this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals which will decide which team will get the first round bye in the AFC. I see no reason the Chargers will not win the rest of their games, win the AFC west and get a bye week heading into the playoffs. Watch out Indianapolis.
4. Minnesota Vikings (11-2) - The Vikings bounced back off of their horrific loss to the Cardinals with a good win against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings dominated on both sides of the ball and made the Bengals look awful and not like a playoff team. With a win this week they will clinch their division and take a step closer to clinching the second seed in the NFC and a first round bye in the playoffs. They will travel to Carolina on Sunday to play the Panthers who have been playing better of lately. For Minnesota's sake, I hope they don't take this game lightly.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) - For the first time this year the Eagles appear in our power rankings. They won a huge NFC east battle on Sunday against the New York Giants in a game where neither teams defence decided to show up. DeSean Jackson took a huge step towards proving he may be the league's most exciting player. The Eagles now have a one game lead in the east over the Dallas Cowboys and will play host to the San Francisco 49ers this week. A win over the 49ers will go a long way to locking up the NFC east and putting the Eagles into the playoffs.
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