NFL Power Poll and Week 15 Picks
1. New Orleans Saints (13-0) December has gone for the Saints the way it went for the Patriots in 2007: some close calls but the same results.
2. Indianapolis Colts (14-0) Jacksonville became the latest in a slew of Indy opponents to outplay the Colts but end up on the losing end.
3. San Diego Chargers (10-3) With the way they’re playing and their recent history vs. Indianapolis, the Chargers have to be the favorite to come out of the AFC.
4. Minnesota Vikings (11-2) The Vikings got back to basics last week by unleashing a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson on the Bengals.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) The Eagles, who have quietly won four straight, are again playing their best football coming down the stretch.
6. Green Bay Packers (9-4) Between their second-ranked defense and an MVP-caliber campaign from Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are set to enter the playoffs as the wild-card team nobody wants to face.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) The Bengals were already starting to stumble before Chris Henry was killed, which is why it’s tough to gauge how they will respond in light of the tragedy.
8. New England Patriots (8-5) Coming off the most tumultuous week of the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots found a way to beat the Panthers and avoid a total team implosion.
9. Denver Broncos (8-5) Nobody expected the Broncos to win in Indy, but they still blew a chance to sew up the 5-seed in the AFC.
10. Arizona Cardinals (8-5) With the Jekyll and Hyde act the Cardinals have performed this year, neither a return to the Super Bowl nor an inglorious first-round playoff exit at home would shock anyone.
Week 15 Picks (home teams in CAPS)
Indianapolis over JACKSONVILLE
NEW ORLEANS over Dallas
New England over Buffalo
Arizona over DETROIT
TENNESSEE over Miami
Cleveland over KANSAS CITY
Houston over ST. LOUIS
NY JETS over Atlanta
PHILADELPHIA over San Francisco
DENVER over Oakland
SAN DIEGO over Cincinnati
PITTSBURGH over Green Bay
SEATTLE over Tampa Bay
BALTIMORE over Chicago
Minnesota over CAROLINA
NY Giants over Washington
Last Week: 11-5