1. New England Patriots (9-2)
Seven straight wins, five of them by twenty or more, four in a row by twenty or more, The Pats top our rankings and more than likely everyone’s for that matter. The addition of LaGarrette Blount gives them a three-headed rushing attack which has been on fire of late. New England has the second best turnover differential in the NFL and that is a good recipe for success. What recipe you ask? Getting Tom Brady and New England’s NFL leading offense the ball as much as possible.
2. Green Bay Packers (8-3)
Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson and the boys are clicking on all cylinders. They’re second in the league in points per game, 31.5, The one team in front of New England in turnover differential happens to be the Pack. With Detroit in flux and losing two straight, Green Bay have taken control of their division and are poised to run away with it.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (8-3)
Maybe the most interesting team in the entire power rankings. No team has ever lead the league in turnovers and won a Super Bowl and yet, here we are headed into Week 13 and Philly is sitting atop the NFC East. Philly’s defense and special teams ability to score touchdowns has been the bread and butter of the this team. They have EIGHT touchdowns on defense and special teams and coming into the season we thought Chip Kelly’s offense would be what we’re talking about when we talk about the Eagles. Oh yeah, they’re pretty good too.
4. Denver Broncos (8-3)
The Broncos have had an quite a roller coaster over the past four games. Their offense is still top tier and will be as long as number 18 is at the helm. They’ve also had the second best run defense in football only allowing 75 yards per game. They have a relatively tough remaining schedule, the up and down Broncos better figure it out soon, they’re only one game ahead of Kansas City and San Diego.
5. Arizona Cardinals (9-2)
You would think a 9-2 team who’s 6-0 at home would get more love. Seeing how that same team lost their starting QB and play in what’s known as the toughest division in football, we’re not too sure how this Cards team ends up. Three of there final five games.are division opponents and Drew Stanton has three turnovers in the last two games replacing Palmer. One of the better defenses in all of football has sustained a ton of injuries and although their secondary flys around, I wonder how long they can keep this division lead without a very good quarterback to keep them off the field.
6. Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
DeMarco Murray and the Dallas offense hasn’t slowed a step, like everyone thought they would. They have the best offensive-line in football, which has allowed this offense to blossom. Two of the next three games are against the Eagles so there is a very good chance the division winner could be ultimately be decided three weeks from now.
7. Seattle Seahawks (7-4)
Lose Golden Tate this off-season? Trade away Percy Harvin mid season? No problem, Seattle will just be the top rushing team in the NFL averaging 170 yards per game. Their defense hasn’t lost a step as there sixth in pass defense and third stopping the run. Seattle has an extremely tough five game stretch to end their season. Let’s see how the defending champs prevail.
8. San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
Three wins in a row have the 49ers back in the hunt for the NFC West crown. Frisco has looked great defensively as one of the best rookies in football, Chris Borland, has been playing on an all pro level. The one-two punch of Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde has worked but Kaepernick is going to need to be consistent throwing the ball if they want to do damage in there next five games, four of which, are against opponents with a winning record.
9. Detroit Lions (7-4)
Two losses in a row has dropped the Lions down the rankings quite a bit, but they still make it into our top ten. Their defense had been the best in football until this past weekend when they gave up 34 points to the Patriots; the first time they’ve allowed more than 23 points during a game. Matt Stafford has weapons all over the place so it’s about time he and his offense gets on the right track.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1)
With the emergence of Jeremy Hill and a healthy Giovanni Bernard, the Bengals have the best two-headed attack in the backfield. Cincy is getting healthy at the right time and that could be dangerous for any opposing team. They have as many weapons as any other team in football but health and inconsistent play from the quarterback and defensive positions have been a huge letdown. They control their own destiny as they’re in the division lead and have a meeting with Pittsburgh week 17.