NFL Week 17 Power Rankings: New England Patriots Take Their Place at the Top

December 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

My No. 1 team (the Atlanta Falcons) fell to another top five team, and the New England Patriots take their rightful spot atop the power rankings.
There's only one more week until the playoffs start and 20 of the NFL teams pack it in for the winter, but here's how I see all of them stacking up at this point in time.
The Top 10
1. New England Patriots (13-2; second)
The Patriots are playing at a level above any other team right now and are just downright scary.

2. Baltimore Ravens (11-4; third)
Ray Rice is getting it done and the Ravens are just playing very sound football right now.

3. New Orleans Saints (11-4; fourth)
They don't seem quite as dangerous as last year due to a declining defense, but they made a huge statement with a win over the Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

4. Atlanta Falcons (12-3; first)
My No. 1 team falls with a home loss to the Saints, but they're still a great team and ...

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