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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: The Power Of Tebow Compels You

Week 15 of the SB Nation Arizona NFL Power Rankings brings us more heroics from Mile High demigod, Tim Tebow, and his Denver Broncos. They topped the Chicago Bears 13-10 with their third overtime victory of the season. The Tebows have now won six straight and seven of their last eight, and look to be steamrolling (generally by 6 points or fewer) their way into the playoffs. Now onto the rest of the elite:

1. Green Bay Packers (13-0): The Pack is playing to win all 16 in the regular season, and it certainly looks like that's a reasonable accomplishment. They may have lost Greg Jennings for the remainder of that journey, but at this point, only an injury to Aaron Rodgers is likely to detail the cheese machine.

2. New Orleans Saints (10-3): Drew Brees and his Nawlins boys have finally overtaken the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC. They had a tough time putting away the pesky Tennessee Titans, but all that matters at this point is the W. Brees' outstanding play under center continues.

3. Baltimore Ravens (10-3): Apparently a lot of Ravens fans read these Arizona power rankings, so they'll be pleased, maybe, to see the Ravens make a nice jump. They did beat the Indianapolis Colts pretty convincingly, but they're most here because of faltering competition and a stout defense.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3): Ben Roethlisberger suffered an ankle sprain in the Steelers' win over the Cleveland Browns, so that might set them back a bit. Probably not, though, as Benjamin seems to be immune to prolonged ankle problems.

5. Houston Texans (10-3): Little Man Yates, as in T.J. Yates, has been a surprise success playing in lieu of Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart, and his non-disastrous fill-in work has helped the team to their first playoff berth and first 10-win season.

6. New England Patriots (10-3): On the surface, this team is playing as well as they always have. Tom Brady's second in passer rating and his team has ten wins. But their horrendous defense ensures Brady needs to score and score big every week. That might get exhausting.

7. San Francisco 49ers (10-3): One wouldn't think a team only sustaining their third loss of the season would fall this far in the rankings, but it's how they lost that's troubling. The Niners' inept offense -- in particular, their woeful red zone play -- will probably keep them from getting very far in the postseason.

8. Denver Broncos (8-5): Tim Tebow will probably never lose another game, ever. But it sure would be nice if he could play decently in the first three quarters of a game. It'd be a lot easier on everyone.

9. New York Jets (8-5): The Jets have fairly quietly won three in a row at a time when they really needed to. But overall, it's been a disappointing season filled with injuries and underperformances. None of their wins are particularly impressive, but they've got eight of them, so that's something.

10. New York Giants (7-6): Yeah, there are other teams with better records, but Eli Manning isn't on those teams. The other Manning has played well this season and his team plays in a winnable division. The Giants can still squeeze their way into the playoff picture. 

In local news, the Arizona Cardinals pulled out a win over the San Francisco 49ers, despite losing Kevin Kolb (again), this time to a concussion-esque injury. John Skelton was shaky in the beginning, but ended up throwing three touchdowns, and the continually improving Cardinal defense locked things up again, allowing only one TD. Arizona is hanging around the playoff picture, but it will take some effort to make it in.