Pompei's NFL power rankings

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1. Texans (1 last week): By now Jim Schwartz should have received that fruit basket from Gary Kubiak.

2. Ravens (2): Converting a fourth-and-29 with the game on the line? Ray Lewis coming back soon? Terrell Suggs' miraculous recovery? Somebody up there likes the Ravens.

3. 49ers (5): Colin Kaepernick could be the spark that ignites the 49ers in the home stretch.

4. Broncos (4): Yes, they can win a defensive struggle too. Look out for the Broncos.

5. Patriots (8): They have won their last four by an average of 27.3 points.

6. Falcons (6): They can have the NFC South clinched by Sunday if they win Thursday and the Bucs lose to the Broncos.

7. Giants (11): When they click, no team is better, as the Packers and 49ers could attest.

8. Bears (7): Players are dropping like flies, but as long as the quarterback still is standing the Bears should have a chance.

9. Packers (3): It's hard for a quarterback to work magic when he's on his back for most of the game.

10. Bengals (15): They have outscored their last three opponents by an average of 21 points.

11. Colts (16): They apparently went through an entire rebuilding process before an egg timer could have gone off.

12. Saints (9): After a tough loss to the 49ers, they face a near must-win at Atlanta on Thursday.

13. Buccaneers (10): Now that the Doug Martin secret is out, it has been a little more difficult for the Muscle Hamster against those loaded boxes.

14. Seahawks (12): If they lose Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman for four games, they may send several opposing receivers to the Pro Bowl.

15. Steelers (14): After Steelers players fumbled six times Sunday, butter has been banned from the team's pregame buffet.

16. Redskins (20): If we are not yet sure who this team is, we will find out in the next two weeks when they play the Giants and Ravens.

17. Vikings (13): If Adrian Peterson ever misses the team bus again, the Vikings should send a luxury limo to pick him up.

18. Cowboys (17): They let RG3 come into their house and eat their Thanksgiving turkey.

19. Rams (22): There goes Janoris Jenkins with another Pick Six.

20. Dolphins (23): Their sprinkler system malfunctioned, but the Ryan Tannehill-led offense worked just fine.

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