The Sun's power rankings

November 18, 2007|By COMMENTS BY JAMISON HENSLEY

1. Patriots

Fresh off the bye, New England is 16-point favorite at Buffalo. Still take the Pats.

2. Cowboys

The class of the "other" conference, Dallas has beaten NFC opponents by an average margin of 14.8 points.

3. Packers

Have gone from 4-12 to 8-1 in two seasons. Amazing.

4. Colts

Losing Dwight Freeney will really hurt them in the playoffs.

5. Steelers

Pittsburgh leads the league in four defensive categories: overall defense, rushing, passing and scoring.

6. Giants

No shame in losing to Dallas. Still a legitimate playoff contender.

7. Jaguars

Really impressive to go 2-1 in a stretch of three straight road games.

8. Titans

Tennessee, which is 3-1 on the road, plays at Denver in prime time.

9. Chargers

Too much talent to be 5-4 at this point in the season.

10. Lions

Still in line for first playoff appearance since 1999.

11. Browns

Was only a matter of time before Phil Savage turned the franchise around.

12. Seahawks

Not a great football team but should win the NFC West by default.

13. Buccaneers

Can't afford to lose at Atlanta, especially coming off the bye week.

14. Bills

Beating Ravens has started a surprising four-game winning streak.

15. Saints

Drew Brees' 12 interceptions lead the NFL.

16. Redskins

There's talk that they'll open up the offense. Not buying it.

17. Eagles

Up-and-down offense should continue solid run against Miami.

18. Ravens

Team has scored 14 points or fewer in five of past six games.

19. Panthers

How many Ravens fans thought Vinny Testaverde would still be a starting QB in 2007?

20. Cardinals

Kurt Warner is getting more comfortable with the protective brace on his left arm.

21. Chiefs

Hit a road bump with two straight losses at home.

22. Texans

Offense is likely to be at full strength for the first time since Week 2.

23. Broncos

Lost by 37 points at Detroit one week and won at Kansas City the next. Can't figure this team out.

24. Bears

Just as Kyle Boller returns to a starting role, Rex Grossman is doing the same in Chicago.

25. Vikings

Chester Taylor is back as the starting running back.

26. Bengals

Two of their three wins have come against the Ravens.

27. Falcons

Two straight wins coming off the bye. But there's a long rebuilding road ahead.

28. Raiders

A return no one really cares about - Daunte Culpepper comes back to Minnesota.

29. 49ers

At least one team has an offense worse than the Ravens.

30. Jets

Worst-ranked run defense now faces Pittsburgh's Willie Parker.

31. Rams

After first win, they're favored to win a second at San Francisco.

32. Dolphins

It has been six years since a team lost its first nine games.

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