Casey Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers reacts as he walks off the field against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The name of the game this week in in the NFL is stability. Not too many teams moved around.
This week's SB Nation Arizona NFL Power Rankings look a lot like last week's power rankings. I suppose I could have arbitrarily moved around a few teams, but for the most part, teams held their spots. The biggest climb this week was split between the Eagles and Giants, who both rose three spots due to some select NFC North ineptitude.
On to the rankings.
(1) New England Patriots (11-2) - Most teams that play a game in the snow will play a grind-it-out running style of football. The Patriots threw it 40 times and won by 29. The Super Bowl train is cruising. (LW: 1)
(2) Atlanta Falcons (11-2) - As always, I don't acknowledge wins against the Panthers. Ever. (LW: 2)
(6) Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) - Mike Vick, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy -- most athletic triplet in NFL history? (LW: 9)
(9) New York Jets (9-4) - I don't know if this team has what it takes to somehow fall all the way out of the playoffs, but man is that offense bad. Could be bounced quite easily in the wild card round. (LW: 5)
(10) Green Bay Packers (8-5) - As evidenced by their Sunday performance in Detroit, if this team doesn't have Aaron Rodgers, they have absolutely no chance to do anything. Better hope those concussion tests work out for him. (LW: 7)
(11) Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) - If Matt Cassel doesn't recover from his appendectomy then the Chiefs aren't going to the playoffs. It's that simple. Brodie Croyle has never won an NFL start and probably never will. (LW: 11)
(13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) -. Injuries are piling up and they are still a game out of the wild card. Should be able to win two of three, but it probably won't be enough. (LW: 12)
(16) Miami Dolphins (7-6) - Two very winnable games followed by a season finale with a Patriot team that will probably be playing for nothing. Outside shot to snag a wild card. Very outside. (LW: 16)
(17) Oakland Raiders (6-7) - Valiant effort on the road against Jacksonville but their playoff hopes are probably murdered now. Too bad for one of the more interesting stories in the league. (LW: 17)
(18) St. Louis Rams (6-7) - Going on the road in New Orleans isn't quite the same as visiting Denver and Arizona. If the Rams didn't know that before, they certainly do now. (LW: 18)
(19) Seattle Seahawks (6-7) - This team getting their asses kicked has basically become a regular thing. Does it even surprise anyone anymore? (LW: 19)
(21) Cleveland Browns (5-8) - Losing Jake Delhomme's starts shouldn't be held against this team; hopefully he'll just be a bad memory next year when Colt McCoy's fragile body is presumably healthy. (LW: 21)
(24) Washington Redskins (5-8) - Year one of the Shanahan/McNabb marriage = complete failure. Beginning to doubt there will be second act. (LW: 24)
(25) San Francisco 49ers (5-8) - Obliteration of the Seahawks keeps these guys right in the thick of the NFC West race. Barely contending might keep Mike Singletary and Alex Smith in jobs -- something all Cardinal fans can be thankful for. (LW: 26)
(28) Buffalo Bills (3-10) - Yet another low scoring, aethestically displeasing game between the Browns and Bills in Orchard Park. Beating Pick Bot 5000 (Jake Delhomme) is no longer an accomplishment. (LW: 30)
(30) Cincinnati Bengals (2-11) - There's got to be a special level of hopelessness in being a Bengal fan right now. Most of these other teams at least have relatively young teams or young exciting players. The Bengals are old and crappy. (LW: 29)
(31) Denver Broncos (3-10) - If you get blasted by 30 by a team that is starting a project rookie quarterback then you are automatically worse than all the other teams in the NFL. (LW: 27)
(32) Carolina Panthers (1-12) - You may have guessed this from my previous comment, but I no longer count the Carolina Panthers as part of the NFL. As depressing and rapid as the Cardinals' trip from NFC Champs to NFC West cellar dweller has been, Carolina has gone from home field advantage in the NFC to SEC contenders in the same time. (LW: 32)