- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

POWER RANKINGS

NFL writer David Elfin ranks the teams. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses)

1. Patriots (1) — Belichick doesn’t lose with two weeks to prepare.

2. Colts (3) — Champs remain biggest threat to Patriots’ presumed title.

3. Packers (5) — Anyone want to face Favre at Lambeau in January?

4. Cowboys (2) — NFC’s top team didn’t play like it in December.

5. Jaguars (4) — Looking for second win in four weeks in Pittsburgh.

6. Chargers (7) — Only Patriots have longer streak than Chargers’ six wins in a row.

7. Giants (8) — Happy to be at Tampa Bay with 7-1 road record.

8. Redskins (11) — Gibbs is perfect in wild card games.

9. Steelers (6) — A rare home playoff underdog.

10. Titans (12) — Fisher is 2-3 against old Southern Cal pal Turner.

11. Browns (10) — Narrow loss to Oakland kept them home despite 10 wins.

12. Seahawks (9) — Will home field advantage save them against the Redskins?

13. Eagles (13) — Won final three for second straight year.

14. Bucs (14) — Limping into postseason with 1-3 final quarter.

15. Cardinals (17) — A .500 season is worth celebrating in Arizona.

16. Bears (18) — ‘06 NFC champs rallied to go out with a flourish.

17. Texans (21) — A .500 season in AFC South is an accomplishment.

18. Vikings (15) — Fifth straight late-season free fall was costly.

19. Bills (16) — Pretty respectable when not playing New England.

20. Bengals (22) — At least they’re better than the Reds.

21. Panthers (23) — Winning December could be start of recovery.

22. Saints (19) — NFL’s streakiest team never wants to see Chicago again.

23. Broncos (24) — First team to play overtime game every month?

24. Lions (20) Mornhinweg, Mariucci, Martz. When does Millen take blame?

25. Jets (26) — Outscored opponents by 10 points in December.

26. Ravens (27) Does Ozzie promote Rex Ryan or look for new blood?

27. 49ers (25) — Nolan, Smith need to heal rift to move forward.

28. Falcons (31) At least Thomas didn’t go winless as head coach.

29. Chiefs (28) — So much for Edwards’ happy return to New York.

30. Raiders (29) — Russell will benefit from a full offseason in Oakland.

31. Rams (30) — The ugliest season of their 13 in St. Louis.

32. Dolphins (32) — Will Tuna’s turnaround be as quick as usual?

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