The Sun's Power rankings

December 16, 2007|By EDWARD LEE

1. Patriots

Impending snowstorm might be only obstacle to the Patriots beating the spread.

2. Cowboys

Can clinch home-field advantage in playoffs with win and a Packers loss.

3. Colts

Could become first NFL team in history to win 12 games in five straight seasons.

4. Packers

Can earn first-round bye with win against Rams and a Seahawks loss or tie.

5. Steelers

A win against Jaguars would give team fifth 8-0 record at home.

6. Jaguars

Can clinch playoff spot with win and a Titans loss or tie.

7. Seahawks

Franchise has captured the past four NFC West division titles.

8. Giants

Can earn playoff berth with win or tie against the Redskins.

9. Chargers

Can clinch AFC West with win against Lions.

10. Browns

Haven't beaten the Bills since 1987.

11. Buccaneers

Can clinch NFC South with win against Falcons or a Saints loss.

12. Vikings

Team is adding passing attack to league's top-ranked run offense.

13. Titans

Vince Young's 16 INTs have already eclipsed last season's total of 13.

14. Bills

Despite just five TDs against five INTs, Trent Edwards is 4-1 as a starter.

15. Redskins

Last three opponents have a combined record of 28-11 (.718 winning percentage).

16. Saints

Have most efficient offense in red zone (29 TDs in 40 possessions).

17. Cardinals

Kurt Warner is 3-0 in regular-season meetings at the Superdome.

18. Texans

Sage Rosenfels is making Houston fans forget about higher-profile Matt Schaub.

19. Lions

Have not won in three previous games in San Diego.

20. Broncos

Historically tough defense is a shell of its former self.

21. Eagles

Defense has forced a league-low 15 turnovers this season.

22. Bengals

Have not won a game in San Francisco since 1974 (0-4 since).

23. Bears

Could become sixth team in seven years to lose Super Bowl and miss playoffs the next season.

24. Panthers

If Matt Moore starts, Panthers will have started four different QBs this season.

25. Ravens

How long before the offense is turned over to rookie Troy Smith?

26. Chiefs

Defense has given up just 13 red-zone TDs (lowest in NFL).

27. Raiders

What is Lane Kiffin waiting for? Start No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell.

28. Rams

Well, at least there's no coaching controversy to stew about.

29. Falcons

By comparison, loss to the Saints was the least of their problems.

30. Jets

The last team to defeat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium (17-14 on Nov. 12, 2006).

31. 49ers

QB Shaun Hill will get some good vibes from Terps fans.

32. Dolphins

Ravens might be best chance for Dolphins to get first win.

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