The Sun's Power rankings

December 30, 2007|By Comments by EDWARD LEE

1. Patriots

The champagne will taste better if the Patriots can stay undefeated in the playoffs.

2. Colts

Tony Dungy continues to value health over wins, but could it backfire?

3. Cowboys

Have won 10 straight road games, but winning at FedEx Field today will be tough.

4. Packers

Have beaten the Lions at Lambeau Field 15 consecutive times.

5. Jaguars

Lead the league in fourth-down conversions with 18.

6. Seahawks

Least-penalized team in the league with just 50 penalties for 343 yards.

7. Chargers

Haven't lost to the Raiders in the teams' past eight meetings.

8. Steelers

Must beat the Ravens and hope that the Chargers lose to get No. 3 seed in AFC playoffs.

9. Giants

Just 3-4 at home and have lost past three games there by a combined 94-47.

10. Browns

Beating the 49ers is paramount, but need a Titans loss to go to playoffs.

11. Buccaneers

Defense is tied with Patriots for fewest points allowed, surrendering just 239.

12. Titans

Might benefit greatly if the Colts rest their starters for the playoffs.

13. Redskins

If they beat the Cowboys, they're in the playoffs.

14. Vikings

Need to beat the Broncos and hope the Redskins lose to the Cowboys.

15. Eagles

Lost four straight to the Bills before winning the last meeting in 2003.

16. Saints

Will make playoffs if they beat the Bears, and the Redskins and Vikings lose.

17. Texans

Could set a franchise record for wins by beating the Jaguars.

18. Bills

Just 3-8 against the NFC since the beginning of the 2005 season.

19. Cardinals

Do they give next season's offense to Kurt Warner or Matt Leinart?

20. Lions

No need to draft another receiver; defense has allowed NFL-worst 410 points.

21. Bears

Kyle Orton is 11-6 as a starter.

22. Bengals

Beating the Dolphins would give the Bengals first back-to-back wins this season.

23. Broncos

Struggled to avoid first shutout under Mike Shanahan in 23-3 loss to Chargers.

24. Panthers

They miss Jake Delhomme, as offense is 29th in points and tied for 29th in yards.

25. 49ers

Former Terp Shaun Hill is making fans forget about former No. 1 pick Alex Smith.

26. Ravens

Opponents have converted 39 turnovers into 141 points (most in NFL).

27. Chiefs

A loss to the Jets would match nine-game losing streak in 1987.

28. Raiders

JaMarcus Russell gets first start after throwing three interceptions last week.

29. Jets

Is this Chad Pennington's final season with New York?

30. Rams

The flap between coach Scott Linehan and receiver Torry Holt is bad news.

31. Falcons

There is hope: The past five division winners finished last the previous season.

32. Dolphins

The Cam Cameron project might end if Bill Parcells decides to clean house.

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