2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 15: Looking at the Top Five Teams

Here’s a look at the top five teams for the 2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 15:

5. Green Bay Packers

After a shaky first half against the Detroit Lions, the Packers managed to come back to hold on to their lead in the NFC North over the Chicago Bears. Speaking of the Bears–Sunday’s game will be crucial for both of these teams when it comes to the playoff standings.

4. Houston Texans

What a collapse on Monday as the Texans had zero answers when it came to stopping the New England Patriots on offense. For a defense that ranked in the top 10 over the first half of the season, there’s plenty of reason to be concerned about whether or not they have what it takes to be strong contenders in the AFC heading into the postseason.

3. Atlanta Falcons

For a team that has found ways to win some games in the strangest ways, everybody knew Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers was a trap one. The Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs under Matt Ryan and the fact that the quarterback has thrown just four touchdowns and seven interceptions over the last four games is a reason to be concerned with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

2. Denver Broncos 

Even if it was a game against the Oakland Raiders, give the Broncos credit for picking up their eighth-straight win of the season. Peyton Manning is playing like an MVP and as crazy as it sounds–Denver deserves to be in the talks of legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

1. New England Patriots 

Monday’s win against the Texans was a huge statement that the Patriots are the team to beat in the AFC and Tom Brady looks like he’s on his way to another MVP award. When January rolls around, New England is the last team anyone wants to play with the way they’ve been playing lately.

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