NFL power rankings: Who can stop the Seahawks?

26. Titans 5-8 (22): Playing one half of football at Denver isn’t going to cut it and you wonder seriously if Mike Munchak survives to 2014.
Dec 11, 2013

 

Last week’s rank in parenthesis.

1. Seahawks 11-2 (1): Was impossible to knock Seattle from top perch after 2-point loss at San Francisco. Still class of the NFL.

2. Saints 10-3 (4): New Orleans rebounded from embarrassment in Seattle by shellacking Panthers, earning inside track at division crown.

3. Broncos 11-2 (5): Wes Welker sidelined with second concussion in four weeks and that is cause for concern even for juggernaut passing attack.

4. Patriots 10-3 (3): New England has done remarkable job of weathering injuries all season but loss of Rob Gronkowski is significant blow to postseason hopes.

5. 49ers 9-4 (6): Determined effort produced win for 49ers, who entered Seattle game with a 1-4 record vs. teams with winning records.

6. Panthers 9-4 (2): Carolina longshot to win NFC South now but more importantly Panthers must recapture momentum to secure playoff spot.

7. Bengals 9-4 (7): Andy Dalton had one of his best games of the season in blowout of Colts and onus is on him for Bengals to make noise in January.

8. Chiefs 10-3 (9): Jamaal Charles went over 1,000 yards for season in demolition of Redskins but Dave Toub’s special teams unit was story with two return touchdowns.

9. Eagles 8-5 (10): New coach Chip Kelly’s offense has gotten attention but he’s instilled toughness in this roster too.

10. Cardinals 8-5 (13): Loss of rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu to torn ACL a real downer in what has been an encouraging season for Bruce Arians.

11. Ravens 7-6 (14): With top teams in AFC showing weaknesses, Baltimore could be team no one wants to face in January.

12. Colts 8-5 (8): Indianapolis has wrapped up the lousy AFC South but Colts are struggling down the stretch and run game is nonexistent.

13. Lions 7-6 (12): Calf injury to Reggie Bush in pregame warmups at Philadelphia troubling. Lions will have to be much tougher physically vs. Ravens Monday night.

14. Bears 7-6 (18): If Marc Trestman’s team wants to do anything after win over Cowboys it will have to win in consecutive weeks for first time since Sept. 15 and 22.

15. Packers 6-6-1 (15): With Green Bay right in mix of NFC North, Aaron Rodgers watch cranks up again for this week. Will QB be cleared?

16. Cowboys 7-6 (11): Jerry Jones has to wish there was a do-over on his defensive coordinator switch of Rob Ryan for Monte Kiffin.

17. Dolphins 7-6 (19): Gritty victory in snow at Pittsburgh puts Miami in position to chase Ravens, end franchise’s five-year playoff drought.

18. Chargers 6-7 (20): With 902 yards receiving and five touchdowns, Keenan Allen, a third-round pick, is solid candidate for rookie of the year.

19. Rams 5-8 (17): Most unsettling thing since start of season is St. Louis looked to be trending up in NFC West. Now, Cardinals appear poised for greater success in tough division.

20. Jets 6-7 (23): Owner Woody Johnson said Sunday, “I’m pretty happy with the way things are going.” So big changes might not be coming this offseason.

21. Steelers 5-8 (16): Ben Roethlisberger suggested reporters ask OC Todd Haley about lack of run calls Sunday, but in 2-minute mode quarterback was calling most plays.

22. Buccaneers 4-9 (24): Defense has been at forefront of surge by Bucs and seven sacks and four picks Sunday were key. Of course, it was vs. E.J. Manuel.

23. Jaguars 4-9 (25): Don’t look now but Jacksonville could rally to finish 7-9 with next three vs. Bills, Titans and Colts.

24. Giants 5-8 (21): Hakeem Nicks had 135 yards receiving in blowout loss at San Diego but his time with Big Blue is probably down to three more games.

25. Bills 4-9 (26): Disappointing loss at Tampa Bay ensures Buffalo will finish with a losing record for ninth consecutive year.

26. Titans 5-8 (22): Playing one half of football at Denver isn’t going to cut it and you wonder seriously if Mike Munchak survives to 2014.

27. Browns 4-9 (29): The best part of this season is the Browns didn’t trade Josh Gordon, who has 774 yards receiving in last four games, an NFL record.

28. Vikings 3-9-1 (27): You can sum up the Vikings season with this nugget: Their trip home from Baltimore was delayed when a catering truck rammed into their jet.

29. Raiders 4-9 (28): Oakland platooned Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor in loss against the Jets, a sure sign neither will be the quarterback next season.

30. Falcons 3-10 (30): As if you needed another sign this season has been a bust, on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Matt Ryan was outplayed by Matt Flynn.

31. Redskins 3-10 (31): Unmitigated disaster in Washington could very well land Rams No. 1 overall pick in draft from RG3 trade.

32. Texans 2-11 (32): As bad as this mess is, Houston might be most attractive job for a new coach when all is said and done in January.

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