NFL Power Rankings for Week 15 (Dec 11, 2014)

 eddie-lacy-rookie-of-the-year1. Green Bay Packers (10-3); beat Atlanta Falcons 43-37, retains same ranking – Everybody talks about the outstanding Green Bay passing attack, but their run game averaged 6.0 yards per carry in this one.

2. New England Patriots (10-3); beat San Diego 23-14, retains same ranking – Tom Brady ran his career December record up to an incredible 46-7 with this victory, while also adding his 64th game with 300 yards passing.

3. Denver Broncos (10-3); beat Buffalo 24-17, retains same ranking – A weird stat line for Peyton Manning in a victory, 173 passing yards and 0 TD’s, but CJ Anderson punched in three scores.

4. Seattle Seahawks (9-4); beat Philadelphia 24-14, moves up one spot – This is the third straight week that Seattle has held their opponent to season lows in yards and points. Now they face their entire division once more.

5. Indianapolis Colts (9-4); beat Cleveland 25-24, moves up one spot – It wasn’t the Colts’ prettiest win, but then again, few December games in Cleveland turn out pretty.

lesean-mccoy6. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4); lost to Seattle 24-14, drops two spots – On a day where LeSean McCoy set the Eagles’ franchise rushing record (6,539 yards), Philly was largely shut down on their home field. Good bye 10-game home winning streak.

7. Arizona Cardinals (10-3); beat Kansas City 17-14, retains same ranking – A much-needed win for Arizona in their quest to hold off Seattle for the NFC West crown. This is also the first time Arizona’s had back-to-back 10-win seasons since 1974-76.

8. Detroit Lions (9-4); beat Tampa Bay 34-17, retains same ranking – Identical scores in back-to-back weeks after beating Chicago 34-17 last week. This helps Detroit keep pace with Green Bay in the NFC North.

9. Dallas Cowboys (9-4); beat Chicago 41-28, retains same ranking – Another giant game for DeMarco Murray, who gained 176 rushing yards and scored a TD.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5); beat Cincinnati 42-21, moves up four spots – Pittsburgh is a hard team to figure out. A week after getting lit up by New Orleans, they demolish the AFC North-leading Bengals in Cincinnati.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1); lost to Pittsburgh 42-21, drops one spot – What happened in the fourth quarter? The Bengals were blasted 25-0 as Le’Veon Bell ran over their defense.

12. Baltimore Ravens (8-5); beat Miami 28-13, moves up three spots – Following a rough first quarter, Baltimore pulled it together and outscored Miami 28-3 the rest of the way.

13 San Diego Chargers (8-5); lost to New England 23-14, drops one spot – In typical fashion, San Diego lost their fourth game of the season when held below 300 yards of total offense (216 yards this time).

jim-harbaugh-49ers-turmoil14. San Francisco 49ers (7-6); lost to Oakland 24-13, drops three spots – This loss probably dooms the Niners’ season and Jim Harbaugh’s tenure with the team.

15. Miami Dolphins (7-6); lost to Baltimore 28-13, drops two spots – The Dolphins are still technically alive for the postseason, although that’s likely to change when they travel to New England this weekend.

16. Houston Texans (7-6); beat Jacksonville 27-13, moves up three spots – Houston is playing their best football of the year, thanks in large part to J.J. Watt, who had three sacks this time around.

17. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6); lost to Arizona 17-14, drops one spot – Despite putting up solid offensive numbers, KC couldn’t hit Arizona where it counts, on the scoreboard.

18. Buffalo Bills (7-6); lost to Denver 24-17, drops one spot – Despite Kyle Orton throwing for 355 yards and a team-record 38 completions, the Bills fall further behind in the AFC North.

18. Cleveland Browns (7-6); lost to Indianapolis 25-24, drops one spot – Okay, Cleveland FINALLY sees the need to switch quarterbacks.

20. St. Louis Rams (6-7); beat Washington 24-0, NR – The Rams have completely dominated their last two opponents to the tune of a 76-0 score.

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