Week 16 Rankings

The Cowboys' loss drops them to third, with the Colts reclaiming the No. 2 spot. The Chargers move back into the top five, and the Browns get into the top 10. The Ravens' loss to the Dolphins is their biggest embarrassment in a season full of them, and it earns them a well-deserved plummet to the basement.

1. Patriots (14-0)... 1*
2. Colts (12-2)... 3
3. Cowboys (12-2)... 2
4. Packers (12-2)... 4
5. Chargers (9-5)... 8
6. Jaguars (10-4)... 6
7. Buccaneers (9-5)... 9
8. Seahawks (9-5)... 5
9. Vikings (8-6)... 11
10. Browns (9-5)... 13
11. Giants (9-5)... 7
12. Steelers (9-5)... 10
13. Texans (7-7)... 14
14. Redskins (7-7)... 15
15. Titans (8-6)... 16
16. Saints (7-7)... 17
17. Eagles (6-8)... 20
18. Bills (7-7)... 12
19. Panthers (6-8)... 24
20. Broncos (6-8)... 18
21. Cardinals (6-8)... 19
22. Bears (5-9)... 22
23. Lions (6-8)... 21
24. 49ers (4-10)... 30
25. Bengals (5-9)... 23
26. Raiders (4-10)... 25
27. Rams (3-11)... 26
28. Jets (3-11)... 27
29. Chiefs (4-10)... 28
30. Falcons (3-11)... 31
31. Dolphins (1-13)... 32
32. Ravens (4-10)... 29

*Last Week's Rank

By Mark Maske |  December 18, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  | Category:  Rankings
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How did the Chargers leap-frog the Jaguars? The Chargers beat the Lions at home, while the Jaguars went up to Pittsburgh and dominated the Steelers! Jacksonville was ranked ahead of San Diego prior to this week and they also have a better record.....

Posted by: Huh?? | December 18, 2007 11:45 AM

I Agree with Huh??

The Jags beat the Bolts and should be higher.

Posted by: BoltsFan | December 18, 2007 11:58 AM

i'm just happy the packers played a pretty crappy game, and still won 33-14. tells ya somethin'


Posted by: pack4life | December 18, 2007 12:07 PM

I said it on another thread; however, it deserves to be repeated:

Billick has had 10 years to prove that he is the Offensive Genius that he touts himself as. The Ravens have had excellent personnel come through their organization and Billick has never put together the offensive powerhouse that he claims is his trademark. In fact the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl it was the defense that did it with a quarterback that understood how to manage the game so the defense would be in scoring position. This had nothing to do with Brian Billick.

He needs to go.


Posted by: D~ | December 18, 2007 12:12 PM

Does the NFL keep statistics on the number of missed games by starters? I'm wondering if the Skins injuries (and tragedy) this year were among the highest/worst in the league?

Posted by: Alexandria | December 18, 2007 1:23 PM

Putting the Ravens in the basement is a school yard taunt. Losing to the worst team in the league does not make you the worst team in the league. Had the Ravens beaten the Pats, would they have been ranked #1. I didn't think so.

Using the rankings to taunt a team (well, its fans) undermines their intention. Miami, with some luck, won a home game against a lousy team. That doesn't make said lousy team worse than them.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 18, 2007 1:25 PM

Not sure there's any "official" stat, but I still think your homer-ism is shining through, Alexandria -- no team had greater expecttions dashed by injury this year than the St. Louis Rams.

Posted by: Not quite... | December 18, 2007 1:37 PM

Not quite has got to be kidding how anybody can compare what the Redskins have lost to anyother team is unbelievable.

They have lost 3 starters on offense w/regular season ending injuries totaling 31 games. They now have lost 3 starters on defense for the regular season totaling 22 games. Not counting games Moss, Rabach, Randall el, Washington, Smoot, etc have missed.

Posted by: skinsfan60 | December 18, 2007 1:56 PM

I can't figure out how my Raiders, who very nearly beat the Colts (new #2) lost a place in the rankings?

Sure, they stunk against the Packers, but if the Colts don't get a 90 yd. punt return, the Raiders come out ahead...

(plus, they beat the Browns [#10] and the Donkos [#20] twice).

Posted by: RaiderFan | December 18, 2007 3:46 PM

On the Chargers and Jaguars... I would call the two pretty much even at this point. I just feel like the Chargers are ever-so-slightly better, and will be more dangerous going forward when Shawne Merriman gets back. To me, beating the Steelers was devalued by the way the Steelers had played in New England the week before, exposing them as somewhat fraudulent.
On the Ravens... They deserve to spend a week in the basement. It's not a taunt. It's the truth at the moment. Their level of play at this point is worse than anyone else's.

Posted by: Mark Maske | December 18, 2007 4:34 PM

Maske, don't they announce the results from Pro Bowl voting today?

The Masses need to know.

Posted by: Hey Scoop... | December 18, 2007 4:53 PM

It's posted now. What I didn't mention in that post is that Sean Taylor was elected. Check out the Redskins blog for that story.

Posted by: Mark Maske | December 18, 2007 7:47 PM

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