The Sun's Power rankings

December 23, 2007|By COMMENTS BY DON MARKUS

1. Patriots

After tying 14-0 start of 1972 Dolphins, Pats should have no trouble with 2007 version.

2. Colts

Clinched first-round bye with comeback win over Raiders.

3. Cowboys

Tony Romo's thumb isn't as big a topic as his biggest fan.

4. Packers

Brett Favre passed Dan Marino as NFL's all-time passing yardage leader.

5. Jaguars

NFL's Rodney Dangerfield, with no players named to the Pro Bowl.

6. Steelers

Willie Parker is out for the season with a broken leg.

7. Chargers

Late-season surge has taken Norv Turner off the hot seat.

8. Browns

Despite snub, Derek Anderson is having a Pro Bowl season.

9. Seahawks

Shaun Alexander had a season-low 17 rushing yards in loss to Panthers.

10. Buccaneers

Michael Spurlock's kickoff return for touchdown was the first in team history.

11. Giants

Will Tom Coughlin survive another December collapse?

12. Vikings

Beat Bears despite four turnovers by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

13. Saints

Aaron Stecker has 195 rushing yards in two games since replacing Reggie Bush.

14. Titans

LenDale White and Chris Brown could run wild on Jets' 30th-ranked rushing defense.

15. Redskins

Todd Collins won his first start in a decade against Giants.

16. Texans

Best fourth-place team in NFL's toughest division.

17. Bills

A blizzard at home could help this week against Giants.

18. Panthers

After helping beat Seahawks, can rookie quarterback Matt Moore pull off another upset against Cowboys?

19. Cardinals

Edgerrin James went over 1,000 yards for the fifth straight year.

20. Broncos

Looking to avenge 38-point loss at home to Chargers.

21. Eagles

If they were a college team, road wins would make them bowl-worthy.

22. Lions

So much for Rod Marinelli winning Coach of the Year.

23. Bengals

Sunday's loss to 49ers was the last chance for Marvin Lewis.

24. Bears

Neither Brian Griese nor Kyle Orton has done much better than Rex "The Hex" Grossman.

25. Raiders

Will face a Jaguars team that has gained 400 yards in four straight games.

26. Ravens

Troy Smith will be making his first start vs. Seahawks.

27. 49ers

Long time between wins for former Maryland quarterback Shaun Hill.

28. Chiefs

Finishing with two games on the road does not bode well for anything but a higher draft pick.

29. Jets

Chad Pennington was sacked five times after missing the previous five games.

30. Falcons

The mess on the field isn't much worse than the mess upstairs.

31. Rams

Quarterbacks Marc Bulger and Gus Frerotte have each struggled this season.

32. Dolphins

Even after beating Ravens, still the league's doormat.

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