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Green Bay Packers Rise in NFL Power Rankings

December 10th, 2013 at 12:41 PM
By Sean Tehan

Before we get to another updated slate of NFL Power Rankings, here are some quick-hit surprises from week 14 action:

(1) Honestly, before the season started, who would've thought that the Houston Texans firing Gary Kubiak would be the first in-season head coaching dismissal of the 2013 NFL season?

(2) The Green Bay Packers could take a lesson from the Washington Redskins: Don't force your franchise quarterback back onto the field, because it clearly hinders the progress of the entire football team.

(3) Despite the inclement weather conditions in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, etc, over 100 touchdowns were scored in the NFL this past week (most in a single week in NFL history)

(4) On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts became the first team in the NFL to clinch their division….say what?

(5) The Tennessee Titans are reportedly releasing running back Chris Johnson after the season…NFL teams who would probably be interested in his services include the Patriots, Cowboys, Jets, Giants, Cardinals, Raiders, Dolphins, Rams, etc.

With that said, here are the Goat's latest NFL Power Rankings.

Goat's NFL Power Rankings

1. Denver Broncos (11-2)

Last Week: 2

Peyton Manning and the Broncos back to steamrolling their opponents

2. Seattle Seahawks (11-2)

Last Week: 1

Broncos and Seahawks should probably be listed as "1A" and "1B" in the Power Rankings

3. New England Patriots (10-3)

Last Week: 4

Losing Rob Gronkowski is a tremendous loss to the Patriots' offense

4. New Orleans Saints (10-3)

Last Week: 5

Saints prove to be a complete different team at the Superdome

5.Carolina Panthers (9-4)

Last Week: 3

Itching closer to their first playoff berth since 2008

6. San Francisco 49ers (9-4)

Last Week: 7

49ers remain legitimate Super Bowl contenders

7. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)

Last Week: 8

Chiefs are 2-2 this season against teams with winning records

8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4)

Last Week: 9

Giovani Bernard as an extra dimension in the Bengals offense is proving to be a tremendous draft choice in April

9. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5)

Last Week: 10

Eagles look to be on their way to an NFC East division title, whatever weather conditions there may be in front of them

10. Arizona Cardinals (8-5)

Last Week: 11

Cardinals would be a legitimate playoff contender if they were in the AFC

11. Indianapolis Colts (8-5)

Last Week: 6

Colts win the NFC South Division despite lopsided loss in Cincinnati

12. Detroit Lions (7-6)

Last Week: 12

Lions continue to spoil another opportunity to take a commanding lead in the division

13. Chicago Bears (7-6)

Last Week: 14

Even when Jay Cutler returns, Josh McCown should be the Bears starting quarterback

14. Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

Last Week: 13

Dallas' demise isn't Tony Romo's fault at all…the defense is horrendous

15. Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

Last Week: 15

NFL's most exciting game of the 2013 season falls in Baltimore's favor through the footwork of Marlon Brown

16. Miami Dolphins (7-6)

Last Week: 16

Dolphins were thisclose to giving Pittsburgh a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds

17. San Diego Chargers (6-7)

Last Week: 19

Philip Rivers keeping the Chargers in the hunt

18. Green Bay Packers (6-6-1)

Last Week: 22

It wasn't pretty, but the Packers finally get the job done without Aaron Rodgers

19. Tennessee Titans (5-8)

Last Week: 17

Mike Munchak is coaching for his job, Chris Johnson is on his way out of Nashville…get the hazmat suits on if you dare to enter the Titans locker room

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8)

Last Week: 18

Two consecutive losses by eight total points is the dagger to the Steelers' season

21. New York Jets (6-7)

Last Week: 24

It's not like the Jets beat Peyton Manning, but a win is a win in the NFL

22. New York Giants (5-8)

Last Week: 20

Eli Manning and the wide receiving group seem to lack any kind of chemistry

23. St. Louis Rams (5-8)

Last Week: 21

Rams need a vertical wide receiving threat to aid rookies Tavon Austin and Zac Stacy

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)

Last Week: 25

Tampa Bay has won four of their last five games…break out the Bucs!

25. Oakland Raiders (4-9)

Last Week: 23

It may be tough to agree with this, but the Raiders have only improved since last season

26. Atlanta Falcons (3-10)

Last Week: 26

Key drops in the passing game prove to be the difference for Atlanta at Lambeau

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)

Last Week: 31

*SEE: 24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

28. Cleveland Browns (4-9)

Last Week: 27

Josh Gordon is an incredible wide receiver, but as a team, the Browns are just not quite there yet

29. Buffalo Bills (4-9)

Last Week: 28

Bills fans forced to stomach E.J. Manuel's growing pains

30. Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1)

Last Week: 29

Fortunately, Adrian Peterson's injury is nothing too serious

31. Washington Redskins (3-10)

Last Week: 30

Redskins on track to giving the Rams rights to the second overall draft pick in April

32. Houston Texans (2-11)

Last Week: 32

Texans are reportedly interested in Lovie Smith and Jay Cutler…so long, Matt Schaub


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Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Chris Johnson, Eli Manning, Football, Gary Kubiak, Giovani Bernard, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Lovie Smith, Mike Munchak, NFL, Peyton Manning, Rob Gronkowski, Tony Romo

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