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Power Rankings / Mark Gaughan ranks the NFL from top to bottom

(Last week in parentheses)

1. New England Patriots. Pats hotter than 15-0 team in '07. (1)

2. Atlanta Falcons. A layup away from home-field edge. (2)

3. Baltimore Ravens. Ravens will be tough matchup for Pats. (3)

4. New Orleans Saints. Classy. Saints' Ayodele said he urinated on Falcons' logo. (5)

5. Pittsburgh Steelers. Troy Polamalu tougher than John Rain. (7)

6. Chicago Bears. Better off resting up this week. (9)

7. Philadelphia Eagles. Staring at Packers in wild-card round. (4)

8. Green Bay Packers. Will be tough out in playoffs. (10)

9. N.Y. Jets. No difference between 5th, 6th seed. (6)

10. Kansas City Chiefs. 7-0 at New Arrowhead. (13)

11. Indianapolis Colts. Indy's Country Kitchen has the best soul food in Midwest. (11)

12. N.Y. Giants. Hard to believe G-Men may miss playoffs. (8)

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. First team since '70 to start 10 rookies and have winning season. (15)

14. Jacksonville Jaguars. Playoff dream in hands of Trent. (12)

15. San Diego Chargers. Season was off kilter from word go. (14)

16. Oakland Raiders. Should make hard pitch for McNabb. (16)

17. Minnesota Vikings. It's a slam dunk. Hire Leslie Frazier. (19)

18. Detroit Lions. Believe it. Lions are on the rise. (24)

19. St. Louis Rams. Props to Spagnuolo after going 1-15 in '09. (21)

20. Tennessee Titans. Kerry Collins became 12th QB with 40,000 pass yards. (17)

21. Dallas Cowboys. Houston nicer to visit than Dallas. (20)

22. Miami Dolphins. Belichick only 12-11 vs. Fish. (23)

23. Houston Texans. Keeping Kubiak would be right move. (18)

24. Buffalo Bills. Better off losing today. (22)

25. Washington Redskins. A long December. Skins-Wizards-Caps 10-23 for month. (27)

26. Cleveland Browns. Have lost 26 of last 30 to Pitt. (25)

27. Seattle Seahawks. Bobcats' Paul Silas was/is/will be a winner. (28)

28. San Francisco 49ers. Primed to improve next year. (26)

29. Arizona Cardinals. Cellar-dweller never far from NFC West penthouse. (29)

30. Denver Broncos. Expect big offseason sales of Tebow jerseys. (30)

31. Cincinnati Bengals. Must close deal with Mike Zimmer as next coach. (31)

32. Carolina Panthers. Panthers hoping Andrew Luck is closet NASCAR fan. (32)

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