Tuesday, December 6, 2011
NFL Power Rankings: All four falling
By Dan Graziano
When your division goes 0-4 in a week for the first time in more than decade, you barely even feel like looking at the Power Rankings. But then you do anyway, because you remembered it was Tuesday and that's what you do on Tuesdays. You look at the Power Rankings. Here's a look at the way the NFC East's teams fared after Unlucky Week 13.
9. Dallas Cowboys (Last week: 8). Only a one-spot drop for the Cowboys off an overtime road loss in Arizona, though they have the New York Jets and the Denver Tebows breathing down their necks. As I've said before, I see no reason to insist that this division boasts one of the top 10 teams in the league. I think Dallas could be that, but they'll have to play better than they've played so far. And the No. 11 and 12 teams in this week's poll have the same record the Cowboys had and beat them head-to-head. I believe the Cowboys are lucky to be ranked as high as they are.
16. New York Giants (14). New York falls two spots in spite of losing by just three points to the unbeaten Packers. The Giants were ranked as high as No. 6 in this poll during their 6-2 start, but they're 6-6 now and likely belong right smack in the middle of the pack. Not sure what the 7-5 Bears did to deserve to be ranked behind them, but unless they're going to win at least three of their last four games, this is the neighborhood in which the Giants belong -- and in which they always did.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (18). The Eagles are one of the week's biggest fallers, and have dropped to their lowest point of the season. The loss in Seattle was apparently enough for the voters, who are sick of the league's most disappointing team continuing to disappoint every week. Mike Sando, who attended that game, has the Eagles at No. 26, behind the Panthers and Redskins. And at 4-8, it'd be tough for them to put up a real convincing argument against him.
27. Washington Redskins (23). It was a fun ride that had them all the way up to No. 10 at one point. But the Redskins are nearly back to the No. 28 spot from which they began the season. They had a 16-13 lead on the Jets with just under eight minutes left in the game Sunday, and had they held it, I believe they might have even moved up. Instead, they somehow figured out a way to lose 34-19. And with two of their best offensive players apparently suspended for the rest of the season, I imagine they're stuck right around the spot in which they currently find themselves.