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Week 15 Power Rankings

With only two weeks left in the regular season, it’s time to change the format of my projected standings. At this point, we might as well just predict each of the remaining 32 games. So here goes:

16SatAtlanta FalconsDetroit Lions8:30 PMAtlanta Falcons
16SunOakland RaidersCarolina Panthers1:00 PMCarolina Panthers
16SunNew Orleans SaintsDallas Cowboys1:00 PMDallas Cowboys
16SunTennessee TitansGreen Bay Packers1:00 PMGreen Bay Packers
16SunMinnesota VikingsHouston Texans1:00 PMHouston Texans
16SunNew England PatriotsJacksonville Jaguars1:00 PMNew England Patriots
16SunIndianapolis ColtsKansas City Chiefs1:00 PMIndianapolis Colts
16SunBuffalo BillsMiami Dolphins1:00 PMMiami Dolphins
16SunWashington RedskinsPhiladelphia Eagles1:00 PMWashington Redskins
16SunCincinnati BengalsPittsburgh Steelers1:00 PMPittsburgh Steelers
16SunSan Diego ChargersNew York Jets1:00 PMNew York Jets
16SunSt. Louis RamsTampa Bay Buccaneers1:00 PMTampa Bay Buccaneers
16SunCleveland BrownsDenver Broncos4:05 PMDenver Broncos
16SunNew York GiantsBaltimore Ravens4:25 PMNew York Giants
16SunChicago BearsArizona Cardinals4:25 PMChicago Bears
16SunSan Francisco 49ersSeattle Seahawks8:20 PMSeattle Seahawks
17SunTampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons1:00 PMTampa Bay Buccaneers
17SunNew York JetsBuffalo Bills1:00 PMBuffalo Bills
17SunBaltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals1:00 PMCincinnati Bengals
17SunHouston TexansIndianapolis Colts1:00 PMHouston Texans
17SunChicago BearsDetroit Lions1:00 PMChicago Bears
17SunGreen Bay PackersMinnesota Vikings1:00 PMGreen Bay Packers
17SunCarolina PanthersNew Orleans Saints1:00 PMCarolina Panthers
17SunMiami DolphinsNew England Patriots1:00 PMNew England Patriots
17SunPhiladelphia EaglesNew York Giants1:00 PMNew York Giants
17SunJacksonville JaguarsTennessee Titans1:00 PMTennessee Titans
17SunCleveland BrownsPittsburgh Steelers1:00 PMPittsburgh Steelers
17SunDallas CowboysWashington Redskins1:00 PMDallas Cowboys
17SunKansas City ChiefsDenver Broncos4:15 PMDenver Broncos
17SunOakland RaidersSan Diego Chargers4:15 PMSan Diego Chargers
17SunSt. Louis RamsSeattle Seahawks4:15 PMSeattle Seahawks
17SunArizona CardinalsSan Francisco 49ers4:15 PMSan Francisco 49ers

I’m short on time this week, so let’s move on to the weekly Power Rankings.

[As always, the number of wins I’m projecting each team to finish the season with is in column 3. The fourth column – PWIN – shows how many wins I projected last week, and the difference column represents how many wins I added or subtracted this week. The “RSOS” column stands for the remaining SOS for the team, based on the number of projected wins I’m giving to each of their opponents. The “RHG” column stands for remaining home games.]

Houston Texans12-2141310.5631One game away from clinching the #1 seed in the AFC. That's huge -- they won't need to beat both Denver and New England to get to their first Super Bowl.
Atlanta Falcons12-2131300.3751A statement win for the Falcons? Unfortunately for Atlanta, regular season games have little upside for them.
Denver Broncos11-3131300.2192I'm still projecting the Broncos to win 13 games. More interestingly, will Peyton Manning become the first player since Ken Anderson to win MVP and Comeback Player of the Year in the same season?
New England Patriots10-41213-10.2811Tom Brady leads the league in ANY/A; if it holds, he will win the ANY/A crown for the third time in his last five full seasons.
Green Bay Packers10-4121110.4381One of the underreported stories of the year: Aaron Rodgers is having a bad year by his lofty standards; he ranks 15th in NY/A after ranking 1st last year.
San Francisco 49ers10-3-111.510.510.51Most non-topical 49ers comment ever: I am really excited to see what LaMichael James does in the playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks9-5111100.5632The 49ers comeback may end up hurting the Seahawks more than the Patriots. Three road games is a tall order for what may be the best team in the NFC.
Chicago Bears8-6101000.2810Last year the Bears started 7-3, but Jay Cutler got hurt and Chicago finished 8-8. This year Chicago started 7-1 but now needs help to make the playoffs.
Indianapolis Colts9-5101000.51For the 2011 Colts, week 16 was when the worst team in the league won at home against an AFC South playoff team. Andrew Luck needs to make sure the same result doesn't happen in 2012.
New York Giants8-6101000.4061The Ravens started 9-2, the Giants started 6-2. This game has morphed from a potential SB preview to a 'which team can sink the fastest' battle.
Dallas Cowboys8-610910.4691Did you know that Tony Romo is on pace to throw for around 4900 yards this year and leads the NFL in 4th quarter comebacks?
Baltimore Ravens9-5910-10.5941That offense without Cam Cameron looked an awful lot like that offense with Joe Flacco from the last five years.
Pittsburgh Steelers7-79900.4382Ben Roethlisberger started the season white hot -- the Steelers need him to finish that way if 2012 won't be considered a lost year.
Washington Redskins8-69900.4381Will Robert Griffin III play this weekend? Washington can probably beat the Eagles without him, but I don't love the idea of Kirk Cousins going up against the Cowboys in week 17.
Cincinnati Bengals8-69810.5631This team has the feel of an 8-8 team, and if they don't want to end up that way, they're going to have to beat one of the big brothers of the AFC North.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers6-88710.6091Tampa Bay is 2-7 in one-score games, arguably the worst such record in the league.
Minnesota Vikings8-68710.8131Adrian Peterson is more likely to break Eric Dickerson's record than the Vikings are to make the playoffs.
New York Jets6-878-10.3751The Mark Sanchez era is over, for now. It's only six games too late, and now the Jets won't be able to really find out what they have in either Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy.
Miami Dolphins6-87700.5631Not a terrible inaugural season for Joe Philbin, especially after how things looked after Hard Knocks.
Carolina Panthers5-97610.3131Cam Newton and the Panthers just keep winning.
St. Louis Rams6-7-16.57.5-10.5940Sam Bradford did not have a great season, but he showed enough improvement considering the lack of weapons around him to give Rams fans hope.
San Diego Chargers5-967-10.3441Norv Turner can't save his job with wins over the Jets and Raiders, right? Right?!
New Orleans Saints6-86600.5311Drew Brees still leads the league in both passing touchdowns and interceptions. For the second year in a row.
Buffalo Bills5-96600.4381An embarrassing performance against Seattle; Canadians aren't going to become Bills fans anytime soon.
Tennessee Titans5-96510.4381Did Titans fans enjoy that win over the Jets? They couldn't have, right?
Cleveland Browns5-956-10.6880While it seems like the Browns have made some progress this year, will they be rebuilding in 2013?
Arizona Cardinals5-95410.6721I like what Aaron Schatz said on twitter: They should put Larry Fitzgerald in the Pro Bowl just so he can play with a real quarterback at least once this year
Detroit Lions4-1045-10.7192Calvin Johnson is going to break Jerry Rice's record, but fans should take the achievement with a grain of salt considering the record number of Lions pass attempts.
Philadelphia Eagles4-1045-10.5941Even Andy Reid has to know he only has two more games left with the Eagles, right?
Oakland Raiders4-104400.4060Will we see more of Terrelle Pryor this week?
Jacksonville Jaguars2-1223-10.5631Jaguars should have the #2 pick locked up, and hope for a "slip" by the Chiefs in the next two weeks.
Kansas City Chiefs2-1223-10.7191A miserable season in Kansas City is about to come to an end.
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