For the first time all year we finally have a new number one team in our power rankings. New Orleans finally lost a game and now relinquishes the number one spot to the only undefeated team in the NFL. This week's rankings might cause a little controversy but our rankings are based on what have you done for me lately and who is the best team at this moment, remember that!
1. Indianapolis Colts (14-0) - The Colts remained undefeated after beating the faltering Jacksonville Jaguars in a shootout last Thursday night. With two games remaining will the Colts try and run the table or will they rest their key players? That is the number one question right now, not can they beat their opponents but will they try to beat their opponents? They face the New York Jets this week in a game that the Jets must win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Even if all the starters don't play for the Colts I don't think the Jets have enough to win this game and the Colts could go into the final weekend of the season with a chance to run the table!
2. San Diego Chargers (11-3) - The Chargers continue their solid play with their 9th victory in a row this past weekend over the Cincinnati Bengals which all but locks up the number 2 seed in the AFC. Their offense is playing as good, if not better, than any other team in the league and they look headed for a late January match up with the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC championship. That would be a rematch of last year's wild card game where the Chargers stunned the Colts in one of the biggest upsets of the playoffs. The Chargers have a tough game this week as they have to travel across the country to face the resurgent Tennessee Titans on Christmas Day.
3. New Orleans Saints (13-1) - The Saints drop two spots in our power rankings this week after getting man-handled by the Dallas Cowboys last Saturday night. The Saints had been teetering on losing for quite some time and the Cowboys exposed some weaknesses in the Saints defense. Luckily for the Saints, they face to sub par teams to finish the season, hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week and then traveling to Carolina to finish the season in week 17. Anything less than a 15-1 season and a Superbowl appearance would be disappointing.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) - The Eagles move up a spot in our power rankings after their somewhat easy defeat of the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday. The Eagles have now run off 5 straight victories and are playing well heading into the playoffs as they have done numerous times over the past 8 years. They hold a slim one game lead in the NFC east over the Cowboys and have a very tough opponent coming into town this weekend in the Denver Broncos. There is a subplot to this game as Brian Dawkins will be back in Philadelphia to face his former team. This should be one of the games of the week.
5. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) - The Vikings have lost two of their last three games and looked atrocious last week in a loss against the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings are in danger of falling out of the second seed spot in the NFC and there seems to be a situation brewing between Favre and the head coach, Brad Childress. They face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday night football this week which will not be an easy game. If the Vikings really want a shot of making it to the Superbowl they need to step it up these last two weeks and win out. If they fall down to the third or fourth seed in the playoffs they are going to have a tough time making it to the NFC championship game let alone the Superbowl.