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Power Rankings (week 17)

December 26, 2008 by Steel Haven

1.2.Tennessee Titans13-2Ended the Colts streak of division championships at five.
2.3.New York Giants12-3Need Jacobs on the field.
3.5.Indianapolis Colts11-4Riding an eight game winning streak after an uncharacteristicly slow start.
4.1.Pittsburgh Steelers11-4Finally hit the wall after a series of come from behind wins.
5.4.Carolina Panthers11-4Blew eight point halftime and fourth quarter leads before succumbing to the Giants in overtime in the Meadowlands.
6.6.New England Patriots10-5Free agent to be Cassel continues to make himself a lot of money.
7.10.Atlanta Falcons10-5Rookies Smith and Ryan led an amazing turnaround that resulted in the unlikeliest of playoff berths.
8.11.Baltimore Ravens10-5Win and their in.
9.12.Miami Dolphins10-5Pennington was the game manager that they desperately needed.
10.7.Minnesota Vikings9-6Still control their own destiny despite the home loss to the Falcons. Visiting Giants unlikely to give them a free pass even though they have already clinched home field.
11.8.Dallas Cowboys9-6Ware is just two and a half sacks shy of Strahan's single season record.
12.9.Philadelphia Eagles8-6-1Surprising loss to the Redskins means they need to beat the Cowboys and get help.
13.14.Chicago Bears9-6Viking left the door open for them even though they still need help to advance.
14.13.Tampa Bay Buccaneers9-6Remember when they were 9-3 and seemed primed for a bye?
15.19.New Orleans Saints8-7Brees needs 401 yards passing to tie Marino's single second record.
16.20.San Diego Chargers7-8Final week visit by the Broncos will decide the division.
17.15.Denver Broncos8-7Left the door open for the Chargers by failing to beat the Bills at home.
18.16.Arizona Cardinals8-7Continue to struggle after clinching their first home playoff game since 1947.
19.17.New York Jets9-6Mangini is Man-genius no longer.
20.21.Washington Redskins8-7Zorn may have saved his job by derailing the streaking Eagles.
21.23.San Fransisco 49ers6-9Singletary will reportedly be named the full time head coach after Sunday's game.
22.24.Buffalo Bills7-8Jauron may have saved his job in Denver although Wilson probably wouldn't have fired him and paid two head coaches for multiple years anyway.
23.18.Houston Texans7-8Four game winning streak snapped and chance for the first winning record in franchise history prevented in Oakland of all places.
24.22.Jacksonville Jaguars5-10Lost their seventh of the past nine and fell to 2-6 at home.
25.25.Green Bay Packers5-10Defense failed them again.
26.27.Cincinnati Bengals3-11-1Best team in Ohio.
27.28.Seattle Seahawks4-11Victory over the Jets a rare bright spot in Holmgren's swan song season.
28.30.Oakland Raiders4-11Hard to envision things getting better while Davis is at the helm.
29.26.Cleveland Browns4-11Fans thought not making the playoffs last year with 10 wins was a disappointment.
30.29.Kansas City Chiefs2-13Gonzalez passed Shannon Sharpe to become the all time leader in reception yardage for a TE. He is also the first TE to ever top 1000 yards receiving four times.
31.31.St. Louis Rams2-13Only thing resigning team president Shaw did right in 29 years was hiring Vermeil and that was probably dumb luck.
32.32.Detriot Lions0-15First team ever to start a season 0-15.

*Last week's ranking
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