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Green Bay Packers Rise in NFL Power Rankings

December 17th, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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) The Dallas Cowboys historic loss against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday falls squarely on the shoulders of head coach Jason Garrett, because the Cowboys offense completely abandoned the running game and worst of all, Garrett threw his quarterback and offensive coordinator under the bus in the post-game press conference. Big D = Big Drama.

(2) It doesn't seem like the Detroit Lions want to win the NFC North. With costly drops, inconsistent quarterback play and an poorly-coached team, the Lions have successfully taken themselves out of the playoff picture.

(3) The Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals all lost this past week and all failed to take advantage of home-field situations in the AFC Playoff Race.

(4) The Kansas City Chiefs will go far in the playoffs if their offense can play like they did in Oakland on Sunday, but the defense has to play like the 9-0 defense seen earlier this season or else opponents will stymie the Chiefs.

(5) The Houston Texans are one loss away from clinching the no.1 draft pick in April, and the Washington Redskins have guaranteed the St. Louis Rams a top-ten draft pick in 2014.

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

Goat's NFL Power Rankings

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2)

Last Week: 2

Seahawks showing dominance at MetLife Stadium could be foreshadowing what will happen in February

2. Denver Broncos (11-3)

Last Week: 1

Peyton Manning can't do everything for the Broncos…

3. New England Patriots (10-4)

Last Week: 3

Patriots already missing Rob Gronkowski

4. New Orleans Saints (10-4)

Last Week: 4

Sean Payton hints change at kicker and left tackle

5. Carolina Panthers (10-4)

Last Week: 5

A first-round bye and the NFC South Division is now in their hands

6. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)

Last Week: 6

Nobody will want to play the defending NFC Champions in the first round of the playoffs

7. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)

Last Week: 7

Chiefs just need to give Jamaal Charles the ball on every down

8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)

Last Week: 8

Punter Kevin Huber got the worst of it among all Bengals players in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night

9. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)

Last Week: 10

Cardinals playoff chances dwindling, especially with the Seahawks and 49ers coming up in the final two games of the season

10. Indianapolis Colts (9-5)

Last Week: 11

Andrew Luck and the NFC South Champion-Colts prove to be absolutely no match for the Houston Texans

11. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)

Last Week: 9

Thank goodness for the Dallas Debacle…

12. Chicago Bears (8-6)

Last Week: 13

Jay Cutler provides much needed spark in Cleveland and the Bears control their own destiny

13. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)

Last Week: 15

Justin Tucker could run for Governor of Maryland, Illinois or Wisconsin and win each race

14. Miami Dolphins (8-6)

Last Week: 16

Head Coach Joe Philbin deserves some serious kudos for keeping the Dolphins together after a rather tumultuous mid-season breakdown

15. San Diego Chargers (7-7)

Last Week: 17

The Chargers may be on the outside of the playoff picture looking in once the season is over, but this team is on their way to accomplishing great things in the near future

16. Detroit Lions (7-7)

Last Week: 12

The Lions haven't won a division title since 1993…looks like it may stay that way in a few weeks

17. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)

Last Week: 18

Matt Flynn engineers Packers to memorable comeback in Dallas, Aaron Rodgers medical status against the Steelers to be evaluated on Wednesday

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8)

Last Week: 20

Antonio Brown is an absolute nightmare to cover on defense

19. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)

Last Week: 14

Cowboys locker room is ready to implode in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….

20. St. Louis Rams (6-8)

Last Week: 23

Robert Quinn making a serious case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year

21. Tennessee Titans (5-9)

Last Week: 19

Defense can't stop a brick wall, Ryan Fitzpatrick throws costly interceptions and Mike Munchak is on his way out of Nashville…big changes coming soon

22. New York Jets (6-8)

Last Week: 21

2014 Offseason will be very interesting in Jets camp

23. New York Giants (5-9)

Last Week: 22

It is time for the Giants to find a young quarterback for the future

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10)

Last Week: 24

Buccaneers need to finish the season strong if Greg Schiano wants to keep his job

25. Atlanta Falcons (4-10)

Last Week: 26

Falcons finally get a close game to fall in their favor

26. Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1)

Last Week: 30

Is Matt Cassel the answer at quarterback for the Vikings? Probably not, but his play has been a nice surprise

27. Buffalo Bills (5-9)

Last Week: 29

It's not like Buffalo beat the Patriots, but a win on the road is a step in the right direction for the franchise

28. Oakland Raiders (4-10)

Last Week: 25

Dennis Allen would've been fired if Al Davis was still in charge in Oakland

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)

Last Week: 27

Gus Bradley is the perfect coach for the Jaguars

30. Cleveland Browns (4-10)

Last Week: 28

Browns nearly pull off an upset over the Bears on Sunday

31. Washington Redskins (3-11)

Last Week: 31

If I were a coach, I wouldn't want to work for Daniel Snyder either…

32. Houston Texans (2-12)

Last Week: 32

Case Keenum is not the answer at quarterback for this franchise


Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Jamaal Charles, Jason Garrett, New England Patriots, NFL, Peyton Manning, Sean Payton

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