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NFL Power Rankings: Iggles soar! Falcons fly! Giants shrink!

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick celebrates his 2nd-quarter touchdown

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick celebrates his 2nd-quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins. (Nov. 15, 2010) Photo Credit: MCT

1. Falcons (7-2) (3): Matty Ice pulls out a stunner in the final seconds against the Ravens, keeping the Falcons in front in what has turned into a terrific three-way race in the NFC South.

2. Patriots (7-2) (4): Coming off humiliating road loss in Cleveland, Tom Brady tames the Steelers’ defense in Pittsburgh.

3. Eagles (6-3) (9): Michael Vick puts on one of the greatest regular season performances in NFL history with four passing TDs and two rushing TDs in the Iggles’ 59-28 thumping of Donovan McNabb’s Redskins.

4. Steelers (6-3) (1): No matter where, no matter when, always seems the Stillers can’t beat the Pats.

5. Jets (7-2) (7): Another day, another nail-biter. Jets become first team in NFL history to win back-to-back overtime games on the road.

6. Packers (6-3) (6): Packers rested and ready after bye week. Up next: at Minnesota for what Pack hopes will be second win over Brett Favre.

7. Saints (6-3) (8): Saints now refreshed from a bye for the stretch run. Looks like they’ll have Reggie Bush back from a leg injury.

8. Giants (6-3) (2): Two power failures at New Meadowlands Stadium. First, the lights went out. Then the Giants.

9. Ravens (6-3) (5): Joe Flacco looked like he had the comeback win in the bag … until Matt Ryan turned the tables on Baltimore’s defense in the final seconds.

10. Colts (6-3) (11): Home win over Bengals keeps the Colts in first, but Jags, Titans and Texans still close behind.

11. Buccaneers (6-3) (14): Bucs have now won twice as many games as they did all last season. Nice bounce-back win after loss last week to Atlanta.

12. Raiders (5-4) (12): With Chiefs losing in Denver, Raiders now with a share of first place in the AFC West.

13. Chargers (4-5) (15): Are Chargers primed for another late-season run? They certainly hope so after a bye week.

14. Titans (5-4) (10): That’s now three teams for which Randy Moss hasn’t proven to be a difference maker. Vince Young back in action now that Kerry Collins has an ankle injury. 

15. Bears (6-3) (18): Critical home win over the Vikings as the Bears pull into a tie with the Packers for the NFC North lead.

16. Dolphins (5-4) (16): Dolphins lose both Chads to injury, yet still beat the Titans at home. Chad Pennington done with a shoulder injury, and Chad Henne succumbs to a knee injury. Tyler Thigpen now runs the show.

17. Chiefs (5-4) (13): So much for the Chiefs’ vastly improved defense. They go belly-up in Denver.

18. Jaguars (5-4) (22): Hail Mary on the final play wins it for Jags over Texans. Jags now only a game behind the Colts.

19. Rams (4-5) (19): Rams push 49ers to OT, but lose it on pass interference call that sets up Niners’ game-winning field goal.

20. Redskins (4-5) (17): Redskins might already be second-guessing the wisdom of signing McNabb to a $78 million contract extension.

21. Texans (4-5) (20): Once again, mediocrity rules in Houston. Up next: at Jets.

22. Seahawks (5-4) (25): After getting pummeled at home by the Giants, Seahawks retake control in the NFC West with convincing road win over Cardinals.

23. Cowboys (2-7) (30): Just one question for the Cowboys: Where has this been all season? Pokes blow out the Giants on the road and give newly named interim head coach Jason Garrett his first win.

24. Vikings (3-6) (21): The end is not pretty for Brett Favre … and maybe Brad Childress. 

25. Browns (3-6) (23): Colt McCoy gets the Browns into OT against the Jets, but after being backed up deep in their own territory on their final drive in the extra session, field position proves costly

26. Broncos (3-6) (29): Maybe the most unpredictable team in football. Awful one week, unbeatable the next.

27. 49ers (3-6) (28): That’s two wins in a row for Troy Smith, this one in OT that keeps the Niners alive in the NFC West race.

28. Bengals (2-7) (26): Another miserable outing for Carson Palmer, whose interception-prone ways continue against the Colts.

29. Cardinals (3-6) (24): The offense has been an issue all season. But it was the defense that failed the Cardinals in a dispiriting home loss to the Seahawks.

30. Lions (2-7) (27): Lions preserve history: their loss in Buffalo insures that the 2008 Lions remain the league’s only 0-16 team.

31. Bills (1-8) (32): Bills still hanging tough and are finally rewarded with a win for head coach Chan Gailey, his first in Buffalo.

32. Panthers (1-8) (31): No quarterback. No pass rush. No chance. Turn out the lights.


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