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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 14 Power Rankings


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Posted December 13, 2011 11:13 AM EST

The Packers remain on top, but can they hold down the fort with Greg Jennings sidelined? I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 15. Enjoy.
Watch Billick break down his Power Rankings.

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Arizona Cardinals

-7

Oakland Raiders

FOX SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

13-0 - 1/1
The Packers dominated the Raiders on Sunday, but it wasn't without sacrifice. They will most likely play the remainder of the regular season sans Greg Jennings, and while they have depth at wide receiver, it is still a significant loss. Look for James JExpand Description
The Packers dominated the Raiders on Sunday, but it wasn't without sacrifice. They will most likely play the remainder of the regular season sans Greg Jennings, and while they have depth at wide receiver, it is still a significant loss. Look for James Jones and even Randall Cobb to step up in his absence. Collapse Description
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2

10-3 - 2/7
A Tom Brady red zone gaffe, an ensuing argument on the sidelines and then a deflected interception for the defense made the last seven minutes of this game exciting. But when it was all said and done, the Patriots came away with a win vs. the Redskins. AExpand Description
A Tom Brady red zone gaffe, an ensuing argument on the sidelines and then a deflected interception for the defense made the last seven minutes of this game exciting. But when it was all said and done, the Patriots came away with a win vs. the Redskins. And for a team like the Patriots, that is all that really matters. Collapse Description
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3

10-3 - 2/10
It may not have been as dominant as some would have thought, but the Ravens finally stopped playing down to their opponents. There isn't a defensive player in all of the NFL that is playing as well as Terrell Suggs, and it looks like Ray Lewis is ready tExpand Description
It may not have been as dominant as some would have thought, but the Ravens finally stopped playing down to their opponents. There isn't a defensive player in all of the NFL that is playing as well as Terrell Suggs, and it looks like Ray Lewis is ready to return. The rich get richer in Baltimore. Collapse Description
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4

10-3 2 2/7
It wasn't the typical blueprint for a Saints' victory, but good teams find a variety of ways to win games in the NFL. On Sunday vs. the Titans, it was the defense that bottled up CJ2K and then finally in the fourth quarter, Drew Brees found his stride. Expand Description
It wasn't the typical blueprint for a Saints' victory, but good teams find a variety of ways to win games in the NFL. On Sunday vs. the Titans, it was the defense that bottled up CJ2K and then finally in the fourth quarter, Drew Brees found his stride. The Saints will once again need to rely on its defense in the playoffs, and this was a good litmus test as to where it stands. Collapse Description
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5

10-3 - 2/9
In the battle of beat-up quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and his high ankle sprain outperformed the allegedly concussed Colt McCoy. In typical Steelers fashion, the defense forced two turnovers to put away the Browns, but with the 49ers on the horizon, Expand Description
In the battle of beat-up quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and his high ankle sprain outperformed the allegedly concussed Colt McCoy. In typical Steelers fashion, the defense forced two turnovers to put away the Browns, but with the 49ers on the horizon, they will need Big Ben back at full strength, which may be a tall order. Collapse Description
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6

10-3 1 5/13
The Texans needed the entire 60 minutes to beat the Bengals on Sunday, and that is exactly what they did. T.J. Yates is mature beyond his experience, but they will need to play a better all-around game to compete in the playoffs. I am not convinced theyExpand Description
The Texans needed the entire 60 minutes to beat the Bengals on Sunday, and that is exactly what they did. T.J. Yates is mature beyond his experience, but they will need to play a better all-around game to compete in the playoffs. I am not convinced they will earn a first-round bye or home-field advantage, but making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history is something to be excited about. Collapse Description
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7

10-3 3 2/21
The 49ers were without defensive leader Patrick Willis and still didn't surrender a rushing touchdown. In fact, the 49ers haven't given up a rushing touchdown all season. They still control the second seed in the NFC, but will have a difficult matchup wExpand Description
The 49ers were without defensive leader Patrick Willis and still didn't surrender a rushing touchdown. In fact, the 49ers haven't given up a rushing touchdown all season. They still control the second seed in the NFC, but will have a difficult matchup with the Steelers on Monday night. Collapse Description
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8

8-5 - 8/30
I won't attempt to try and break this game down, but rather sit back and enjoy something special. Tim Tebow didn't do it all, but the quarterback always get all the credit and all the blame. So even with Matt Prater nailing a 59-yarder to force OT and tExpand Description
I won't attempt to try and break this game down, but rather sit back and enjoy something special. Tim Tebow didn't do it all, but the quarterback always get all the credit and all the blame. So even with Matt Prater nailing a 59-yarder to force OT and then a 51-yarder to win the game, Tebow is going to be praised. Collapse Description
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9

8-5 - 4/17
It didn't start out well for the Jets on Sunday. They were forced to use a timeout on their very first offensive play from scrimmage, but the other 65 seemed to go their way. Sanchez didn't put up a ton of yardage, but he did account for four touchdownsExpand Description
It didn't start out well for the Jets on Sunday. They were forced to use a timeout on their very first offensive play from scrimmage, but the other 65 seemed to go their way. Sanchez didn't put up a ton of yardage, but he did account for four touchdowns in the Jets' 37-10 win over the Chiefs. The Jets now control their wild-card fate with an 8-5 record. Collapse Description
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10

8-5 - 5/14
Trailing by 16 at halftime, it looked like the Falcons would continue their up-and-down season. But instead, they kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the second half, and put up 24 points of their own. QB Matt Ryan found some chemistry with rookie WRExpand Description
Trailing by 16 at halftime, it looked like the Falcons would continue their up-and-down season. But instead, they kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the second half, and put up 24 points of their own. QB Matt Ryan found some chemistry with rookie WR Julio Jones in the fourth quarter, and those are the types of explosive plays the Falcons will need in the postseason. Collapse Description
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11

8-5 - 4/15
The outcome of Sunday's game against the Vikings could have been very different if the referee actually saw the face mask penalty on the game-ending sack/fumble. The Lions defense played opportunistic football in the back half, and actually forced VikingExpand Description
The outcome of Sunday's game against the Vikings could have been very different if the referee actually saw the face mask penalty on the game-ending sack/fumble. The Lions defense played opportunistic football in the back half, and actually forced Vikings QB Christian Ponder out of the game early. But the Lions will need to re-establish their defensive identity if they want to continue the push to the playoffs. Albeit without the personal foul penalties . . . Collapse Description
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12

7-6 4 5/19
The Giants showed the mental toughness I thought they would need to outlast the Cowboys on Sunday night. They still have to face the 'Boys in another head-to-head matchup in the final week of the season, but they appear to be getting healthy at the rightExpand Description
The Giants showed the mental toughness I thought they would need to outlast the Cowboys on Sunday night. They still have to face the 'Boys in another head-to-head matchup in the final week of the season, but they appear to be getting healthy at the right time. QB Eli Manning is carrying this team on offense, and he deserves to be named amongst the NFL elite. Collapse Description
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13

7-6 - 13/31
The Titans gave it everything they had against the Saints, but fell just short after rookie backup QB Jake Locker couldn't find an open receiver in the end zone at the end of the game. While I still believe that Matt Hasselbeck, if healthy, has earned thExpand Description
The Titans gave it everything they had against the Saints, but fell just short after rookie backup QB Jake Locker couldn't find an open receiver in the end zone at the end of the game. While I still believe that Matt Hasselbeck, if healthy, has earned the right to start down the stretch, they may just have something special in Locker for years to come. Collapse Description
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14

7-6 - 10/31
The Bengals have a tough, young team, but they are a year or two away from being a perennial playoff contender. With the foundation that the Bengals have put together this year, they will be in line for many years of future success, but I just think theyExpand Description
The Bengals have a tough, young team, but they are a year or two away from being a perennial playoff contender. With the foundation that the Bengals have put together this year, they will be in line for many years of future success, but I just think they will fall a couple wins short with their tough second-half schedule this season. Collapse Description
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15

7-6 - 9/21
When I watch the Cowboys, I see a team with an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator, but I just don't see a head coach. This is an issue Jerry Jones will need to address in the offseason. Jason Garrett has what it takes to be an excellent cExpand Description
When I watch the Cowboys, I see a team with an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator, but I just don't see a head coach. This is an issue Jerry Jones will need to address in the offseason. Jason Garrett has what it takes to be an excellent coach in this league, but in my opinion, they would be better off if he relinquished play-calling duties, and focused solely on the head-coaching responsibilities. Collapse Description
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16

6-7 5 14/30
The Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has kept this team on the right path, and of the Cardinals' seven losses, they have been in the game down to the wire in five of them. The Cardinals' remaining scExpand Description
The Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has kept this team on the right path, and of the Cardinals' seven losses, they have been in the game down to the wire in five of them. The Cardinals' remaining schedule is hosting the Browns, visiting the Bengals and hosting the Seahawks. There is a good chance to Cardinals finish the season at .500, and remember, that would have been more than enough to win this division last year. Collapse Description
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17

6-7 1 15/31
Not much was expected out of this team, but they are turning some heads late in the year. Many people, me included, questioned why they would let Matt Hasselbeck walk and then sign the unproven QB Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson was an efficient 21 for 32 forExpand Description
Not much was expected out of this team, but they are turning some heads late in the year. Many people, me included, questioned why they would let Matt Hasselbeck walk and then sign the unproven QB Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson was an efficient 21 for 32 for 224 yards, all while playing with an injured pectoral muscle. He is showing the leadership and toughness this team was lacking early in the season. Collapse Description
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18

7-6 1 7/22
There is no one on the planet that feels worse about the Bears' loss than RB Marion Barber, but I am not sure why they were attempting to run outside the tackles to begin with. In all honesty, it was a better performance than I anticipated with third-strExpand Description
There is no one on the planet that feels worse about the Bears' loss than RB Marion Barber, but I am not sure why they were attempting to run outside the tackles to begin with. In all honesty, it was a better performance than I anticipated with third-string QB Caleb Hanie under center and star RB Matt Forte on the sidelines. Collapse Description
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19

7-6 7 10/22
When the Raiders acquired QB Carson Palmer via trade from the Bengals, Hue Jackson made the statement that it will go down as the best trade in the history of the NFL. I'm pretty sure that won't be the case, and if Palmer continues to throw three interceExpand Description
When the Raiders acquired QB Carson Palmer via trade from the Bengals, Hue Jackson made the statement that it will go down as the best trade in the history of the NFL. I'm pretty sure that won't be the case, and if Palmer continues to throw three interceptions per game it won't even be worth the discussion. Collapse Description
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20

6-7 2 2/22
Believe it or not, the Chargers still have a realistic shot at making the playoffs. With the Broncos playing their toughest opponent since Tim Tebow took over as starting QB, and the Raiders' continuous downward spiral, don't count out the Chargers. It Expand Description
Believe it or not, the Chargers still have a realistic shot at making the playoffs. With the Broncos playing their toughest opponent since Tim Tebow took over as starting QB, and the Raiders' continuous downward spiral, don't count out the Chargers. It will be a long shot, but it's not uncommon for the Chargers to find a way to pull this type of scenario off. Collapse Description
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21

5-8 2 6/23
The Eagles may have had their best all-around game on Sunday against the Dolphins. With Jason Babin and Trent Cole leading the way, the defensive line accumulated nine sacks and an interception. Making this group of players into a team is an ongoing effExpand Description
The Eagles may have had their best all-around game on Sunday against the Dolphins. With Jason Babin and Trent Cole leading the way, the defensive line accumulated nine sacks and an interception. Making this group of players into a team is an ongoing effort, but they appear to be ironing it out. Collapse Description
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22

4-9 3 10/28
The Redskins were unexpectedly playing without their starting left tackle, and that can be as important as any position in the NFL. Still, QB Rex Grossman found ways to move the ball down the field, but in typical fashion, threw a critical interception aExpand Description
The Redskins were unexpectedly playing without their starting left tackle, and that can be as important as any position in the NFL. Still, QB Rex Grossman found ways to move the ball down the field, but in typical fashion, threw a critical interception at the end of the game. It may not have been his fault, but it's just what we have come to expect from him. Collapse Description
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23

4-9 1 20/32
This was a tale of two halves, specifically with QB Cam Newton. After putting up 23 points in the first half, the Panthers were held scoreless in the second as Newton threw two interceptions. Newton has given the fans of Carolina hope, but hope is only Expand Description
This was a tale of two halves, specifically with QB Cam Newton. After putting up 23 points in the first half, the Panthers were held scoreless in the second as Newton threw two interceptions. Newton has given the fans of Carolina hope, but hope is only hope until it becomes success. Collapse Description
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24

4-9 4 20/32
Winning four of the last six wasn't good enough for Tony Sparano to keep his job, but I'm not sure he ever really had a chance after starting 0-7 and going through the offseason he did last year.
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25

5-8 6 6/30
I am not sure there is a team in the NFL that has fallen further from grace than the Bills this season. I called the Bills' Week 5 game, and after a 3-1 start, Bills fans were constantly telling me I had them too low in my Power Rankings. Well, the realExpand Description
I am not sure there is a team in the NFL that has fallen further from grace than the Bills this season. I called the Bills' Week 5 game, and after a 3-1 start, Bills fans were constantly telling me I had them too low in my Power Rankings. Well, the reality of it is, is that the Bills probably should have never really made it out of the 20s to begin with. Collapse Description
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26

4-9 3 26/31
Congratulations to Mel Tucker on his first win as a head coach in the NFL, and it came in dominating fashion. I have said it once, and I will say it again . . . MJD is the best unheralded player in the NFL.
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27

4-9 3 18/31
His receivers finally made some plays for him, but qb Colt McCoy is just nothing more than a backup QB in the NFL. Priority No. 1 for head coach Pat Shurmur is to find a franchise QB this offseason . . . even if that means trading away the farm to get hiExpand Description
His receivers finally made some plays for him, but qb Colt McCoy is just nothing more than a backup QB in the NFL. Priority No. 1 for head coach Pat Shurmur is to find a franchise QB this offseason . . . even if that means trading away the farm to get him. Collapse Description
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28

2-11 2 22/32
The Vikings received a nice offensive boost when backup QB Joe Webb entered the game, but don't get down on rookie Christian Ponder just yet. Jared Allen added three more sacks to his league-leading 17 1/2 total, and now must average 1.6 per game to tie Expand Description
The Vikings received a nice offensive boost when backup QB Joe Webb entered the game, but don't get down on rookie Christian Ponder just yet. Jared Allen added three more sacks to his league-leading 17 1/2 total, and now must average 1.6 per game to tie Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22 1/2 in a single season. Collapse Description
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29

4-9 2 8/30
Of course, you lose 41-14 when you have seven turnovers. With three interceptions and four lost fumbles, they are lucky they didn't lose by worse than that!
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30

5-8 2 17/32
Todd Haley never really stood a chance with Tyler Palko as his quarterback, but that is reality in the NFL.
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31

2-11 - 24/31
Did I see a first-and-goal from the 2 yard line with Steven Jackson on the sideline followed by a QB sneak with a QB with what equates to one leg? I just don't get that.
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32

0-13 - 13/32
The Andrew Luck/Peyton Manning decision is one week closer.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    12 4 0
Eagles    10 6 0
Giants    6 10 0
Redskins    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Seahawks    12 4 0
Cardinals    11 5 0
49ers    8 8 0
Rams    6 10 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Packers    12 4 0
Lions    11 5 0
Vikings    7 9 0
Bears    5 11 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    7 8 1
Saints    7 9 0
Falcons    6 10 0
Buccaneers    2 14 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    12 4 0
Bills    9 7 0
Dolphins    8 8 0
Jets    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    12 4 0
Chiefs    9 7 0
Chargers    9 7 0
Raiders    3 13 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Steelers    11 5 0
Bengals    10 5 1
Ravens    10 6 0
Browns    7 9 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    11 5 0
Texans    9 7 0
Jaguars    3 13 0
Titans    2 14 0