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2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 15: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Earn No. 1 Spot

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2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 15

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The end of the regular season is almost here--so let's waste no time and jump right into the 2013 NFL Power Rankings for Week 15.

It was a crazy Sunday in Week 14 as weather played a huge factor in numerous games--especially when it came to the matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. For two teams fighting for a playoff spot, the Lions appeared to be in control of the game after the first half before LeSean McCoy (217 rushing yards with two touchdowns) and the Eagles scored 34 points in the second half to pick up their fifth-straight win.

As for some of the other games, it was a crazy ending in Foxboro as the New England Patriots managed to find another crazy way to win at the end against the Cleveland Browns, but the team will also be forced to play without Rob Gronkowski (ACL) for the remainder of the 2013 season. Sure, this team has found ways to win without Gronk before, but having the tight end in the lineup always gave the Patriots an advantage against defenses.

To top things off, the San Francisco 49ers came through with huge win against the Seattle Seahawks to help the Denver Broncos--who crushed the Tennessee Titans--move back into the No. 1 spot. Without wasting any more time, enjoy the latest NFL Power Rankings for Week 15.

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32. Houston Texans

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Losing twice to the Jacksonville Jaguars was the last thing the Houston Texans expected this season and now Gary Kubiak is without a job after losing 11-straight games.

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31. Washington Redskins

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Another embarrassing loss for the Washington Redskins as they dropped to 3-10 on the season.

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30. Atlanta Falcons

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Just when you think the Atlanta Falcons are going to pull off the big win on the road, they fail to score any points in the second half against the Green Bay Packers.

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29. Minnesota Vikings

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Losing Adrian Peterson hurt and this game most likely would have had a different outcome, but the Minnesota Vikings unfortunately came up on the losing end of an exciting finish.

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28. Buffalo Bills

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Another struggling performance for E.J. Manuel as the rookie quarterback failed to come through for the Buffalo Bills as he threw four interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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27. Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders may have lost three-straight games, but it will be interesting to see how Matt McGloin plays in the mix for the starting quarterback next season.

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26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Another impressive win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they had no trouble against the Buffalo Bills. If only the team was playing this well in the first half of the season.

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25. Cleveland Browns

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Even though they missed out on a big opportunity for a huge win on the road in Foxboro, the Cleveland Browns should be excited about what the future has in store for Josh Gordon (seven catches for 151 yards with one touchdown).

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24. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Here's a sentence nobody could have expected at the beginning of the season--the Jacksonville Jaguars have won three of the their last four games.

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23. New York Giants

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It's official--the New York Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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22. St. Louis Rams

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It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see the St. Louis Rams fall to the Arizona Cardinals.

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21. Pittsburgh Steelers

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This was a game the Pittsburgh Steelers know they could have won and when considering how tight the playoff picture is in the AFC--their loss to the Miami Dolphins is one they're going to look back on and wish they had a different outcome.

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20. Tennessee Titans

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Give the Tennessee Titans credit for putting up a fight, but the Denver Broncos were simply too much for this team to handle as the defense had zero answers for Peyton Manning.

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19. New York Jets

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It was nice to see the New York Jets have their three-game losing streak come to an end, but every win from here on out will be important for Rex Ryan when it comes to keeping a job for next season.

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18. Green Bay Packers

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A big win for the Green Bay Packers with Matt Flynn under center to stay in the hunt for the NFC North title.

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17. San Diego Chargers

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Philip Rivers has this "never say die" attitude for the San Diego Chargers when it comes to making the playoffs as they came through with a big win against the Giants.

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16. Miami Dolphins

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All of a sudden, the Miami Dolphins have won three of their last four games after coming up with a big road win against the Steelers.

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15. Baltimore Ravens

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Talk about an exciting win as the Baltimore Ravens control their own destiny when it comes to making the playoffs.

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14. Detroit Lions

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Obviously, the conditions played a huge factor in the outcome of the game, but the Detroit Lions seemed to be in control against the Philadelphia Eagles before the defense allowed 34 points in the second half.

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13. Dallas Cowboys

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Don't blame Tony Romo for this loss. At the end of the day, Monday night showed just how bad the defense of the Dallas Cowboys really is this season.

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12. Indianapolis Colts

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It's amazing how different this team has played over the last couple of weeks with Reggie Wayne out of the lineup, but don't rule the Indianapolis Colts out just yet when it comes to making a run in the playoffs in the AFC.

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11. Chicago Bears

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How good was Josh McCown in Week 14? So good that all of a sudden there may be a quarterback controversy developing in the offseason for the Chicago Bears.
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10. Arizona Cardinals

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After a tough loss in the City of Brotherly Love, the Arizona Cardinals bounced back against the Rams thanks to another solid defensive performance to stay in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the NFC.

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9. Philadelphia Eagles

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All of a sudden the Philadelphia Eagles look like one of the hottest teams in the NFC after their fifth-straight win thanks to solid performances by Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy.

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8. Cincinnati Bengals

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After some concern a few weeks ago, the Cincinnati Bengals appear to be in control again in the AFC North after an impressive win over the Colts.

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7. Carolina Panthers

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An impressive winning streak finally came to an end for the Carolina Panthers, but they did lose to a very tough New Orleans Saints team and clearly aren't as experienced as Drew Brees and company.

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6. San Francisco 49ers

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The division may be out of the question, but this was a win the San Francisco 49ers needed as far as a Wild Card spot is concerned in the NFC.

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5. Kansas City Chiefs

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For a team that has struggled at times over the last couple of weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs came through with a big road win against the Redskins--even if it was a complete mismatch.

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4. New England Patriots

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Once again, the New England Patriots found another crazy way to win at the end of the game, but losing Rob Gronkowski for the season certainly hurts.

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3. New Orleans Saints

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It's nearly impossible to defeat Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at home and this team came up big against the Panthers to prove they are the team to beat in the NFC South.

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2. Seattle Seahawks

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They lost to a very talented 49ers team, but as long as they earn home-field advantage in the NFC--the Seattle Seahawks will be very difficult to beat come playoff time.

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1. Denver Broncos

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Can Peyton Manning be stopped? The Denver Broncos look like the team to beat in the AFC after another impressive win over the Titans and this team looks like they're not going to let the division title slip away from them.