Tuesday, November 21, 2006

NFL Week 12 Rankings: Chargers Back on Top!

Short week! The schedule compresses for teams, pundits and fans alike. So here's this week's power rankings, as usual submitted without comment (because then you can supply yours). Have I overrated the Chargers? Who are your biggest gainers/droppers this week?

1. Chargers
2. Pats
3. Bears
4. Colts
5. Ravens
6. Broncos
7. Cowboys
8. Panthers
9. Jaguars
10. Saints
11. Bengals
12. Chiefs
13. Giants
14. 49ers
15. Seahawks
16. Falcons
17. Steelers
18. Dolphins
19. Jets
20. Eagles
21. Bills
22. Bucs
23. Rams
24. Vikings
25. Packers
26. Titans
27. Redskins
28. Texans
29. Browns
30. Cardinals
31. Lions
32. Raiders

-- D.S.


Big D said...

Appreciate the love for the Pats, but let them get past the Bears this week - then I'll celebrate.

Colts still deserve to be #1, or #2 at worst. One close road loss does not a season make. Or something like that.

Deathwatch Conundrum said...

The Pats lose to the Bronocos, Colts and the #19 Jets and yet sit #2?

Intersesting logic.

nyc-steelers fan said...

you're rankings don't suck as much as normal this week, although I think big d is right, you should still have indy over the patsies; they spanked 'em just a few weeks ago on the road. And I watched the bears-jets game, or at least a lot of it, since it was on the TVs around the steelers game, and they didn't look all that great man (cannot see grossman leading that offense to enough points to overcome in a game that their defense ain't dominatin'). Had they been playing the cowboys, da' bears would have lost this weekend as well.

Not that it matters. I'd say the pathetic D lions deserve 32, for losing to the pathetic cards (you gotta hand it to the raiduhs, they've been competitive the past few weeks; I've been surprised the last two weeks to finally pay attention to the ticker just before halftime and seeing the raiders winning...)

marcomarco said...

Agree with Big D.

Pats fan here, but there's no way we deserve #2.

1. Chargers
2. Colts
3. Bears
4. Pats

Jo Fer said...

I say this all as a Bears fan....

How in the hell is Indianapolis still not #1?

They have beat #2, #6, #13, ON THE ROAD. #9 at home, and lost to #7 close on the road.

Who has San Diego, New England, or Chicago combined beat that is in the top 10?

San Diego beat Denver. that's it.

They have the best record, their one loss is to someone else in the top ten on the road, and they are behind three teams with the same or worse records who have not played anywhere near the same difficulty of schedule.

Anonymous said...

Give Shanoff a little credit - at least this time he remembered there are 32 NFL teams.

Anonymous said...

Close DS, but try this:

1. Colts
2. Bears
3. Chargers
4. Pats

Unknown said...

Pittsburgh in the 4th quarter = #1

Mega said...

4)Everyone else

Father of Logan said...

I see the Championship games as such:

Pats at Colts

Panthers at Bears

Then a Superbowl 20 rematch with the Pats winning against Da Bears

That is how rankings should be, who you think will play in the championship games, that way we don’t have to mention to low-life’s in the league, such as Jets, Bills, Dolphins, etc.

Christian Thoma said...

I got a pick to nit:

24. Vikings
25. Packers

Uh, they're both 4-6, the Packers beat the Vikings two weeks ago, and the Packers beat the opponent that Minnesota lost to this weekend.

If you wanted to penalize the Packers for Favre being injured, ok, except he *is* playing on Monday night (252 and counting!). So I don't understand the logic here. They should be swapped.

BLUE said...

I'm glad they have playoffs in the NFL. Although I don't understand the Patriots at #2, they have 3 losses, all 3 at home, good thing they'll have to go on the road in the playoffs, if they can get by that home game in the wildcard round.

BottleRocket said...

Word is Morneau won the MVP...as a red sox fan, thank god...

CMFost said...

BREAKING SPORTS NEWS: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau won the American League Most Valuable Player Award today, beating out Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who finished second and third, respectively.

TBender said...

A win for Morneau is a win for America.

isbtown said...

am I the only one who thinks it's funny that chrth had a "nit to pick" about the packers and vikings down at 24 and 25? "We're not the 7th worst team in the NFL Dan, we're the 8th worst... COME ON!"

Jason (East Lansing) said...

Justin won solely because of the Tigs regular season collapse.

Christian Thoma said...

am I the only one who thinks it's funny that chrth had a "nit to pick" about the packers and vikings down at 24 and 25? "We're not the 7th worst team in the NFL Dan, we're the 8th worst... COME ON!"

Hey, when you have to sign Todd Bouman to be your QB, you take any little victory you can get.

Generik said...

Colts have to be ranked in front of the Pats at least. I can see an argument for them being behind the Chargers and Bears even if I don't agree with it.. but they just BEAT the Pats in FOXBORO. What more evidence do you need???

And lets face it.. the Colt's wanted to lose either last week or this coming week to an NFC team to get the undefeated pressure off of them. If the Colts play the Cowboys 5 weeks straight, they win at least 4 of those games.

Lets also add this about the Chargers. How do you reward a team that has to come back from 3 score deficits every week? You ask me, they are using all their mojo up in the regular season and will get ate up in the playoffs when it really matters.

ndyanksfan05 said...

I feel like I come here now more for the comments than what Dan is posting - He really must of sat down with a list of teams and picked that list in about 5 minutes just randomly...put a little effort into it Dan, Pats above Colts even though Colts beat Pats and have a better record? When your readers are doing more homework than you, you have some problems.

Jo Fer said...


"Hey, when you have to sign Todd Bouman to be your QB, you take any little victory you can get."

As a former WI resident, knowing what the Packers mean to the collective psyche of that state, all I can say is I hope the stores are planning on banning all rope and shotgun shell sales. I already know how they drink, this holiday season could be a doozy if Favre goes down.

nep1293 said...

Pats at #2 is just ridiculous. I can't even say anything more about it. And i'm a Pats fan also

kmv9 said...

I agree with the top 4, maybe not in that order, but they're the best of the best right now.

But one team i want to point out is number 7, yea, the goddamn cowboys. Trust me, I hate them more than you (TO factor), but who would dare want to face them in the playoffs? Romo will be up to speed with the team, TO you know will be ready, and their D stopped Indy.

I'm just saying don't sleep on them just yet, plus they have the chance to get the #2 in the NFC with the G-men falling off.

BottleRocket said...

I'm guessing Dan makes some questionable rankings in order to get more comments. More comments=Higher perceived readership=Money?

Anyway, generik brings up an interesting point. Did the Colts really want to lose that game to take the pressure off? Did Dungy really go into the game wanting to lose rather than win? And, if so, did he talk to Manning about it and tell him to blow the game? Some of those passes looked horrific. Not suggesting a conspiracy but it is rather strange that the best looking team in the NFL lost to the Cowboys and the spread was basically a pick em.

Big Smitty said...

Quick comment on the Colts losing. Does anyone else find it sad that the members of the '72 Dolphins still have a champagne toast when the last team loses? It was 34 freaking years ago. Talk about living in the past, it is almost as bad as the State of Rhode Island still celebrating VJ day(victory over Japan). I'm a Vet and trust me, Memorial Day and Veteran's Day are quite sufficient.

Charlie (Seattle) said...

Dan, come on man, a little love for the Raiders please. I'm still standing by them, but it sure would feel better if they were number 31 at least.

Brian in Oxford said...

Why are the Dolphins ridiculed for this? They did something noone else ever has. And they take pride when they look back upon their achievement, specifically because of how hard it is to do.

Jo Fer said...

It's just that it's a little pompous. (And that may be the Bear fan in me talking that was devasted that our '85 season didn't go 19-0 instead of 18-1) Cause they definitely had the better team if you want to compare to the '72 dolphins.

The league as you see it today was in it's infancy. I don't think any of us would bat an eye if an MLS team went undefeated, or an AFL team. You can't deny parity builds over time and makes an accomplishment like this seem like a big deal.

There have been other teams (1934 and 1942 Bears for example) that won every game they played.

All that aside, I still think it gets ragged on by the media, and casual sports fan, is because of the their need to grasp onto their attention.

The members of the 2001 Seattle Mariners don't toast every time a team mathematically can't get to 116 wins, etc. the list could go on for whatever record you want to reference.

Greg said...

anyone who even suggests that the colts lost to dallas on purpose has to be retarded.

Marcus T said...

I think the Colts should be #1. A close road loss and a complete non-call of pass interference on an interception at the goal-line. They got screwed by the refs in that one.

As for San Diego, it is hard to disagree. But 2 weeks in a row they have been down 21 and 17 points. I'll admit the comebacks have been astounding and shows how really good they are. But they need to do that all game, not just when they feel like it. Going down 17 might work two or three times during the regular season, but try pulling that in the playoffs. They might not be able to pull that rabbit out of the hat again.

Asteroid said...

Dan, you should include last weeks rating so we can see what the big movers were... just a thought.


Big D said...

From The Best Seat in the House is the View From the Couch:

"Let’s see… they (The Broncos)coughed up a 17-point lead at home, their quarterback is collapsing like his last name is Manning, and they have to play on an extremely short week. This has all the makings of the Broncos landing at about #17 next week."

Cozman_54 said...

Im sorry but the chargers at #1 is not right, and the pats at #2 with three home losses, come on!!!! The Colts and Bears are by far #1 and #2, then the Chargers and then the Pats. And when the bears beat the patriots this week and sweep the East, then you will see that they are above the patriots and could be a #1 spot contender...