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NFL Power RankingsNFL Power Rankings: Week 12

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 07:43 PM

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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, right, celebrates rookie Dan Bailey’s game-winning kick against the Miami Dolphins. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, right, celebrates rookie Dan Bailey’s game-winning kick against the Miami Dolphins. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

1. GREEN BAY PACKERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 11-0
Streak: Won 11
If the Packers can get by the sliding Giants in New Jersey, then they've got a great shot at running the table. There is a caveat, however. The Giants have stopped two undefeated streaks: New England's 18-0 mark in Super Bowl XLII, and the 13-0 Denver Broncos in 1998.
2. BALTIMORE RAVENS [up from 4]
Overall record: 8-3
Streak: Won two
After doing a Ndamukong Suh on a good 49ers' club, the Ravens have won all six homes games this season and are 15-1 in their last 16 contests. This is why they need to secure home field through the playoffs in the AFC.
3. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [up from 5]
Overall record: 8-3
Streak: Won three
The Saints are firing on all cylinders. They completely dismantled the Giants and the defence is starting to pick up the pace. Don't let Eli Manning's 406 passing yards fool you. A lot of that came when the game was already over.
4. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [down from 2]
Overall record: 9-2
Streak: Lost one
This is the problem when the 49ers don't generate turnovers: the offence isn't good enough to put up points on a good opposing defence.
5. PITTSBURGH STEELERS [down from 3]
Overall record: 8-3
Streak: Won two
Let's face it, the only reason the Steelers were able to hold off a bad Kansas City team was because Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko turned the ball over four times. They won't beat the pesky Bengals this week playing like that.
6. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 8-3
Streak: Won three
For all the talk of the Patriots giving up a tonne of yards through the air, there are only 10 teams that have allowed less points.
7. HOUSTON TEXANS [unchanged]
Overall record: 8-3
Streak: Won five
This is the most fragile 8-3 team in the NFL. The Texans have lost two QBs in the last three weeks and were forced to sign retread Jake Delhomme. The last time we saw Delhomme, he was stinking it up in Cleveland.
8. DALLAS COWBOYS [up from 10]
Overall record: 7-4
Streak: Won four
The Cowboys could've easily lost to surging Miami, but I'll give them credit, they showed some resolve by coming back on their last drive. The key is to continue to take advantage of a somewhat weak schedule. However, they do have to play the Giants twice.
9. ATLANTA FALCONS [up from 13]
Overall record: 7-4
Streak: Won two
Here's an interesting matchup: The Falcons have the second-ranked run defence. The Texans, who are third in rushing offence, will be forced to run more because they'll be starting a rookie quarterback. Who flinches first?
10. OAKLAND RAIDERS [up from 14]
Overall record: 7-4
Streak: Won three
If I'm head coach Hue Jackson, I tell running back Darren McFadden (foot) not to return until he's ready. Why risk it when Michael Bush has done an outstanding job in relief?
11.CINCINNATI BENGALS [up from 11]
Overall record: 7-4
Streak: Won one
This could be the season for the Bengals. A victory over the hated Steelers would put them in great shape for a playoff berth. A loss will bring them down to the pack.
12.CHICAGO BEARS [down from 8]
Overall record: 7-4
Streak: Lost one
Quarterback Caleb Hanie did some nice things against the Raiders but if he continues to throw up interceptions like he did in Oakland, the Bears have no shot.
13. DETROIT LIONS [down from 9]
Overall record: 7-4
Streak: Lost one
Ndamukong Suh's stomp on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith has cost the Lions their best defensive player for possibly two games - pending his appeal. And Detroit has to travel to red-hot New Orleans in Week 13. Way to let your team down, big guy. I didn't like the Lions beating New Orleans with Suh, and now...
14. N.Y. GIANTS [down from 11]
Overall record: 6-5
Streak: Lost three
The Giants simply allowed Drew Brees and the Saints' offence to roll all over them. Now there's a good chance that if they drop another difficult contest to the Packers, New York will be two games behind Dallas.
15. DENVER BRONCOS [unchanged]
Overall record: 6-5
Streak: Won four
Make fun of Tim Tebow as a thrower all you want - and trust me, I continually do - but the once thing you can't knock is his ball security. Since getting his first start of the season seven weeks ago, Tebow has thrown only one interception.
16. N.Y. JETS [unchanged]
Overall record: 6-5
Streak: Won one
The Jets can ill-afford another hiccup. A look at their remaining schedule - @Was, K.C., @Pha, NYG, @ Mia - shows there are some pitfalls, but another playoff appearance is still possible.
17. TENNESSEE TITANS [unchanged]
Overall record: 6-5
Streak: Won one
I guess the offensive line took Titans coach Mike Munchak's criticism to heart. RB Chris Johnson finally had the impact game everyone has been waiting for. Johnson ripped through the Buccaneers for 190 yards. A similar effort would be welcomed.
18. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [unchanged]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Lost one
Memo to Vince Young: when your part of a "Dream Team" it means your squad is unstoppable, not a doormat.
19. BUFFALO BILLS [unchanged]
Overall record: 5-6
Streak: Lost four
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is making a bad habit out of being famous for all the wrong reasons. I didn't mind the mocking of Plaxico Burress, but the Bills' mouthpiece better make game-winning plays when the opportunity presents itself.
20. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Lost six
The fate of head coach Norv Turner was sealed in overtime against the Broncos. Why he decided to run the ball three times instead of getting in better field goal range for his kicker is anybody's guess. Not only will Turner get fired, but I'd be shocked if he ever gets another head coaching position.
21. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Lost five
The Buccaneers have one of the worst run defences in the league, and Cam Newton comes to town next. Good luck, fellas.
22. WASHINGTON REDSKINS [up from 27]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Won one
It doesn't matter what their record is, the Redskins would love nothing more that to kill the Jets' playoff hopes with a victory on Sunday.
23. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [down from 22]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Lost one
My buddy took to Twitter last week to let me know that he didn't appreciate where I had the Seahawks - his favourite team - last week. Guess he won't like their placement this week, either.
24. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [down from 23]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Lost four
I'd start a newly acquired Kyle Orton over a never-will-be-any-good Tyler Palko any day of the week. Of course, my vote doesn't count.
25. ARIZONA CARDINALS [up from 26]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Won one
Their season is in the toilet but the Cardinals have two great building blocks in RB Beanie Wells and CB Patrick Peterson, who continues to dazzle on punt returns.
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS [down from 24]
Overall record: 4-7
Streak: Lost one
Hey, don't blame the defence for this mess. This unit has just allowed 216 points through 11 games, a total bettered by only seven teams.
27. MIAMI DOLPHINS [down from 25]
Overall record: 3-8
Streak: Lost one
The Dolphins almost came away with their fourth straight victory if not for a final drive by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. I've have no complaints with their effort during the last month.
28. CAROLINA PANTHERS [up from 30]
Overall record: 3-8
Streak: Won one
Cam Newton has been more accurate (61 per cent) in his first 11 games of his rookie season than he was throughout his Heisman year in Auburn. I never would've predicted that.
29. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [down from 28]
Overall record: 3-8
Streak: Lost two
I've been calling on head coach Jack Del Rio's firing for the last two years and it took an ownership change to finally get it done.
30. MINNESOTA VIKINGS [down from 29]
Overall record: 2-9
Streak: Lost three
It's hard to believe this franchise was only a play away from the Super Bowl just two seasons ago.
31. ST. LOUIS RAMS [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-9
Streak: Lost two
Apparently Steve Spagnuolo doesn't appear stress over being fired. That's usually a sign that he's expecting the axe to fall.
32. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-11
Streak: Lost 11
With the Colts visiting New England this week, there's no telling the passing number Pats QB Tom Brady will pile up. He could surpass Dan Marino's season-passing mark. Ok, just trying to add a little levity to a bad situation, people.

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