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The Razz and Jazz Sports Blog NFL Power Rankings Week 12 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

1.New York Jets. The Jets maintain their top position after an impressive Thanksgiving victory over the Bengals 26-10. (http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/jet-offense-erupts-in-second-half-to-defeat-bengals-26-10-by-derrel-jazz-johnson/ ) Second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez has made tremendous strides in his second year, and the veteran leadership of LaDainian Tomlinson, combined with the big-play abilities of Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes have many Jet fans dreaming of playing in Dallas in February. The Jets visit the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in a game that will determine the number one spot in these rankings next week.

2.New England Patriots. The Patriots turned a close Thanksgiving game into a blow out, as the offense unleashed an aerial attack on the Detroit Lions to win 45-24. At 9-2, the Patriots are tied with the Jets and the Falcons with the best record in the league, and own quality victories over the Colts and Steelers. Tom Brady has the offense back on track, and with one of the best coach/quarterback combinations of all time, the Patriots may make another run at a Super Bowl. The Patriots host the New York Jets on Monday Night Football in a game that will determine the number one spot in these rankings next week.

3.Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move to 8-3. The Ravens improved to 5-0 at home, but are just 3-3 on the road. Joe Flacco has the offense looking at a deep playoff run and possibly a Super Bowl appearance. The Baltimore defense remains among the best in the AFC, ranking third in points allowed. The Ravens host division rival Pittsburgh Steelers in a match up of two 8-3 teams that could determine the winner of the AFC North.

4.Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers needed overtime to win in Buffalo, but were victorious, 19-16. With Super Bowl experience, the Steelers will be in the hunt for another ring with two-time Super Bowl winning starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading the offense and Troy Polamalu leading the defense. The Steelers travel to Baltimore to face division rival Baltimore Ravens in a match up of two 8-3 teams that could determine the winner of the AFC North

5. Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 20-17 in a match up of two of the NFC’s best to become the only 9-2 team in the conference. Third-year quarterback Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are having another good year, and the veteran leadership of Tony Gonzalez has the Falcons possibly making a deep playoff run, one that could lead to the Super Bowl. Atlanta travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers Sunday.

6. New Orleans Saints. The Saints escaped Dallas with a victory after a crucial Cowboy turnover in the final minutes, 30-27. Reggie Bush returned but looked out of sync. Look for the Saints to get him acclimated in what is one of the most dangerous offenses in football. New Orleans will face the Bengals in Cincinnati Sunday.

7. Chicago Bears. The Bears had an impressive victory over the streaking Eagles, 31-26, in which Jay Cutler threw for 4 touchdowns and 247 yards. The Bears own the second-stingiest defensive in the National Football League, and, with the cold weather coming soon to that area, home-field advantage will be crucial in making a Super Bowl run. Chicago has sole possession of first place in the NFC North. The Bears travel to Detroit to take on the Lions Sunday afternoon.

8. Green Bay Packers. The Packers lost a tough road game to the NFC’s best Atlanta Falcons, 20-17, despite Aaron Rodgers throwing for 344 yards and a touchdown. The Packers have allowed the least amount of points in the NFL, 166, which shows that despite a lot of injuries, the Packers have played well, and the coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for it. Green Bay host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

9. The Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles lost a tough game in Chicago against the Bears, 31-26, despite 333 yards passing and two touchdown throws by Michael Vick. If Michael Vick stays healthy, the Eagles will have a legitimate run at a Super Bowl appearance with their explosive offensive and underrated defense. They will try to rebound tomorrow night as they host the Houston Texans.

10.The New York Giants. The Giants ended a two-game losing streak with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20. The Giants continue to be a hard team to figure out, one of the team’s elite when playing at their best, but a team that commits far too many turnovers when playing their worst. They host division rival Washington Redskins this week, a team that has only one victory in six road games this season.

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  1. JAY FAIRE

    December 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    falcons should be 3 they beat Ravens

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