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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Packers Keep On Rolling, Tim Tebow Keeps Doing His Thing

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So it was just another week of the NFL. Tim Tebow leads another improbable comeback and overtime victory (with big assists to Marion Barber and Matt Prater). The Houston Texans keep winning, even though every single NFL player on their team has been lost for the season (overstatement). Don't forget the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers and his discount double check commercials (some say that is the only loss he will suffer all season). They keep rolling along like the NFL is theirs and everyone else is just in the way unfortunately.

But it is time to rank the 32 teams in the league from top to bottom. You will find that at the top and the bottom there is not a lot of movement. Remember, LW means the ranking from last week. And as always, give your thoughts in the comments. That's what they are there for. (You will notice the difference in author today -- Tyler needed the night off because of real world responsibilities. Curse the real world.)

1. Green Bay Packers (13-0) (LW: 1): Just another week of total domination. When the biggest issue on your team is whether you need to rest guys and you don't lose, you are in good shape.

2. Baltimore Ravens (10-3) (LW: 4): Yes, they beat the Colts. EVERYONE does that. But with the Saints showing unsteadiness on the road, Ben Roethlisberger's ankle and Houston's smoke and mirrors, I trust the Ravens more than any other team whose name doesn't rhyme with slackers.

3. New Orleans Saints (10-3) (LW: 2): In the Superdome, they are super freaky. On the road, they seem mere mortals. That's the only reason they drop a spot.

4. New England Patriots (10-3) (LW: 3): Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are the hottest new NFL couple. Brady even gets to yell at his coaches. Too bad he can't play defense. They have a hard time stopping teams. Luckily, Brady throws lots of TDs.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) (LW: 5): Big Ben's ankle could be a big concern. Or he could ignore it and throw for a late TD to put the game away like he did against Cleveland.

6. Houston Texans (10-3) (LW: 7): They have now won seven straight. And T.J.Yates is winning games for them. And they still put his parents in the highest seats in the stadium. That is what you call a roll.

7. Denver Broncos (8-5) (LW: 8): Did Tim Tebow will Marion Barber to run out of bounds and then fumble in overtime? Did he bless Matt Prater's leg? Who cares? They just keep winning in amazing fashion. No one has figured out how to put them away.

8: San Francisco 49ers (10-3) (LW: 6): This may anger the masses. However, they did just lose to John Skelton and the Arizona Cardinals. After a 19-7 lead, they could only get one first down. It was on a penalty.

9. New York Jets (8-5) (LW: 9): It looks like they are finally making their playoff push. Their brutal early schedule made us forget that their schedule was favorable at the end.

10. Arizona Cardinals (6-7) (LW: 16): Before you kill me for this ranking, think about it. Who below them is playing better football? Only six TDs allowed in their last six games and teams convert on third down only 27 percent of the time. They probably will not be in the playoffs, but they are one of the best teams in the league right now.

11. Atlanta Falcons (8-5) (LW: 14): Falling behind Caroline got people worried about the playoffs slipping away. With the big comeback, all is well once more and they are in control of their playoff destiny.

12. New York Giants (7-6) (LW: 18): They went toe-to-toe with the champs and then beat the reeling Cowboys. It has the feel of a late season push instead of a collapse right now. In other news, Eli Manning is really good.

13. San Diego Chargers (6-7) (LW: 19): Don't look now, but they are only two games out of the division lead and have won two straight games looking like the Chargers should.

14. Detroit Lions (8-5) (LW: 17): It took everything they had, but they came away from their game against the Vikings with a win. Now they get Ndamukong Suh back.

15. Tennessee Titans (7-6) (LW: 11): They were able to hang with the Saints, and Chris Johnson did nothing.

16. Dallas Cowboys (7-6) (LW: 10): Everyone ices Dan Bailey. Opposing coaches, his coaches, the freezer. For the second week in a row, Dallas misses a kick at the end of regulation and they go home losers. You have to wonder about the team's psyche.

17. Seattle Seahawks (6-7) (LW: 20): Sure, all they did was beat the Rams, but they are keeping themselves in the mix for the playoffs. Get them some Skittles.

18. Oakland Raiders (7-6) (LW: 13): Remember when they were in control of the AFC West? Nope, neither does anyone else. Tim Tebow took care of that.

19. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) (LW: 12): Losing four of five will drop you a bit in the standings. Plus, they lost to T.J. Yates. Yes, the Texans are good, but playoff teams have to beat playoff-type teams, especially the shorthanded ones.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8) (LW: 23): You can't overstate the disappointment of the season, but they have gone 3-1 in their division. Plus, they got Tony Sparano fired.

21. Washington Redskins (4-9) (LW: 28): Good Rex Grossman made an appearance. Every time it looked as if the Patriots were going to pull away, Washington answered. They still aren't any good, but they are playing better than the teams below.

22. Chicago Bears (7-6) (LW: 15): Have you ever seen a 7-6 team look so hopeless? Marion Barber, what were you thinking? You wait two years to fumble the ball then?

23. Carolina Panthers (4-9) (LW: 24): They were poised to make a jump, but then gave up 24 straight points. Whoops.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) (LW: 29): When did their offense figure out that points were good?

25. Cleveland Browns (4-9) (LW: 26): It was another loss, but they prove to be fighters. They don't go down easily. Just look at Colt McCoy. Concussed and everything he keeps playing (not recommended, by the way).

26. Miami Dolphins (4-9) (LW: 22): Just a week ago, they were the best 4-8 team ever. Now they are coach-less, as Tony Sparano got fired.

27. Buffalo Bills (5-8) (LW: 21): They have lost six straight and had their doors blown off by the Chargers. Do they regret that contract extension for Ryan Fitzpatrick?

28. Minnesota Vikings (2-11) (LW: 31): They were robbed at the end on the no-call facemask. A well-fought game ends the way 10 other games have this year -- a loss. Thankfully, Adrian Peterson is on his way.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) (LW: 27): Seven straight losses, and the latest was a beatdown by the hands of Blaine Gabbert. How do you do that?

30. Kansas City Chiefs (5-8) (LW: 25): They were embarrassed and got Todd Haley fired. Romeo Crennell takes over and people aren't sure which is worse news.

31. St. Louis Rams (2-11) (LW: 30): Two teams had their coaches fired, but Steve Spagnuolo still has his job.

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-13) (LW: 32): They stink, Peyton Manning is hurt and if they draft Andrew Luck there could be some drama, says Archie Manning.