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TNT NFL power rankings – Week 12

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:54 am with 10 Comments »
November 26, 2011 10:55 am

I moved Seattle up from 24 to 19 in this week’s The News Tribune NFL power rankings.

Here’s a quick spin around other national web sites to see where they have Seattle.

ESPN’s group of experts has the Seahawks at No. 23 overall.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at No. 20 overall.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks the Seahawks at No. 19 overall.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports puts Seattle at No. 22.

1. Green Bay (1) (11-0): Injuries to inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop could derail chance at perfect season.

2. Baltimore (6) (8-3): Defense exposed Niners’ QB Alex Smith with a season-high nine sacks.

3. Pittsburgh (3) (7-3): QB Ben Roethisberger playing with a broken thumb, but he’s thrown 13 TDs and just 4 INTs, as Steelers have won five of their last six.

4. San Francisco (2) (9-2): Ravens’ loss stopped an eight-game winning streak.

5. Houston (4) (7-3): The Matt Leinart era begins this Sunday at Jacksonville. The USC product is 7-10 as a starter.

6. New Orleans (7) (7-3): QB Drew Brees leads the league with 3,326 passing yards. He’s on track to break Dan Marino’s single-season record of 5,084 set in 1984.

7. New England (8) (7-3): Tom Brady has thrown 5 TDs and no interceptions in his last, two games – both wins.

8. Chicago (9) (7-3): The Bears have forced 15 turnovers in the last four games.

9. Dallas (13) (7-4): Cowboys riding a four-game winning streak. Tony Romo’s thrown 10 TDs and just 2 INTs during that stretch.

10. N.Y. Giants (5) (6-4): Eli Manning leads the league with a 120.5 fourth-quarter passer rating.

11. Detroit (10) (7-4): Love Ndamukong Suh’s talent, but he needs to learn how to control his aggression in adverse situations. A game suspension might do the trick.

12. Cincinnati (11) (6-4): Andy Dalton’s 15 TDs puts him in elite company, joining Peyton Manning and Dan Marino as the only rookies to do that since 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

13. Atlanta (12) (6-4): Falcons giving up just 85.4 yards a contest on the ground, second-best in the league behind San Francisco (75.5 yards per game).

14. Oakland (15) (6-4): Carson Palmer is averaging 265 yards a contest with a 102.2 passer rating in his last three games, two of which are wins for Raiders.

15. Denver (17) (5-5): Play of Broncos’ defense overlooked during Tebowmania – only allowed 15.7 points a contest during team’s three-game win streak.

16. N.Y. Jets (18) (5-5): Jets face only one team with a winning record – the Giants – in the final six games.

17. Tennessee (16) (5-5): QB Matt Hasselbeck (elbow) is probable for today’s game against vs. Tampa Bay.

18. Buffalo (14) (5-5): Bills averaging just 14.3 points a contest over the last five games.

19. Seattle (24) (4-6): Hawks’ defense has allowed just 5 TDs in second halves this season, second-fewest in the league behind Cleveland (4).

20. Philadelphia (26) (4-6): Looks like Vince Young will guide the Eagles’ offense for a second straight week.

21. Kansas City (19) (4-6): Chiefs are 1-3 at Arrowhead Stadium, and have been outscored 106-52 in those games.

22. San Diego (20) (4-6): Philip Rivers is 9-2 against the Broncos with 19 TDs and 6 INTs.

23. Tampa Bay (20) (4-6): RB LeGarrette Blount should be motivated to face the Titans – the team that released him last year.

24. Cleveland (22) (4-6): Browns are 3-1 in games that have been decided by four points or fewer.

25. Jacksonville (23) (3-7): Jags averaging a league-low 129 passing yards a game.

26. Washington (27) (3-7): Redskins defense has given up 40 pass plays of 20 or more yards, sixth-most in the league.

27. Miami (28) (3-8): Dolphins ran out of magic dust against Cowboys.

28. Arizona (25) (3-7): Cardinals looking to win their 10th game in the past 11 meetings vs. Rams, today’s opponent.

29. Carolina (30) (2-8): QB Cam Newton has 4 TDS, 5 INTs and a 74 passer rating in his last three starts.

30. Minnesota (31) (2-8): The Vikings are attempting to avoid their first 2-9 start since the team’s 1961 inaugural season.

31. St. Louis (29) (2-8): Rams averaging a league-low 12 points a contest.

32. Indianapolis (32) (0-10): Colts trying to avoid first 0-11 start in 25 years vs. Jags.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I say we get into the top 15 after this home stand!

  2. Power rankings are funny. After we almost beat Atlanta and had an intact O line, we were ranked around 25. Now that 1/2 our O line and our QB are injured, we beat the Rams and our ranking improves? I think we had a better team 6 weeks ago than we have today.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m not high on Rookies starting unless they are truely special! With that being said I think we will actually be better in the second half moving forward without Carpitt. Not in the long run hopefully.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Yes. Seattle being in the top anything of a Power Ranking list is so important… It really sways the voters regarding who gets into the BCS, er, playoffs, er, what’s actually important here… Oh, I’m sorry, I miss-took rankings of any sort as somthing that ought to be considered as actual play on the field… The standings tell us all what we need to know. I hate “power rankings” for the same reason I have no regard for polls. This is the NFL and as Bill Parcells so eloquently said: “you are what your record says you are”. Indeed. But by all means, let’s revise history, if even in the immediate. (And this isn’t an inditement against Eric, simply the whole of the culture in which he (TNT) have to conduct themselves.)

  5. Carpenter was not an asset this year and the team, for now, is most likely better off without him. No way he would have “earned” a starting job this year except for the fact of where he was drafted.

  6. Does Duke hate power rankings more than BobbyK hates Jackson as the Seahawks starting QB?

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I say Duke hates talk of the NFL draft in November more then anything else! Lol.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, Goergia / pab: that is a tough one, although if you put a gun to my head (as it feels) I’ll say power rankings I hate more. That is, draft talk has it’s due place (perhaps not November, but at least getting closer…) but there is no situation that ever reviels itself as usefull regarding power rankings. Thorough non-sense, IMO.

    Regardless, my heart is full of hate and rage (as HST might and did say) tonight. Cheers…

  9. pabs – as much as Duke hates power polls, I’ll put my money on me hating ALL of our QBs on the current roster. It’ll be neck and neck, but we have all the makings of an explosive offense moving forward, minus the most important piece.

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