2010 NFL power rankings week 14 from the Yahoo! Contributor Network

The first weekend of December has passed and there's a new team at the top of the NFL. These power rankings are for week 14.

I had every intention of keeping the Atlanta Falcons as the league's best team heading into Monday night. The Patriots then absolutely dominated the team that many fans and football "experts" had at the top of their NFL power rankings. The prime time football contests on Sunday and Monday both impacted the top of this week's power rankings. The teams at the bottom of the list, however, remain just about the same.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-11) : Giving up 21 points in the third quarter keeps the Panthers at the bottom of NFL power rankings for another week.

31. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) : The Bengals deserve a lot of credit for finding creative ways to lose football games. You have to feel for Cincy fans.

30. Buffalo Bills (2-10) : Buffalo took about five steps back on Sunday. That game was over by halftime.

29. Arizona Cardinals (3-9) : Is it possible that Arizona's offense is actually getting worse? At this rate, they'll be putting negative points on the board by season's end.

28. Detroit Lions (2-10) : Detroit continues to fight despite their record, giving fans hope for 2011.

27. Denver Broncos (3-9) : New head coach won't take away those awful trades. Cleveland fans are still saying "thanks" for Peyton Hillis(notes).

26. Tennessee Titans (5-7) : A team that is currently an absolute mess. Jeff Fisher may be out of a job in early 2011. Who saw that coming a few months back?

25. San Francisco 49ers (4-8) : Hey, the Niners are still in the division race. Seriously, they really are.

24. Washington Redskins (5-7) : Did somebody forget to tell Washington they had a game at the Meadowlands this past Sunday? Albert Haynesworth(notes) remains unable to escape from the franchise.

23. Houston Texans (5-7) : The Houston defense should help Baltimore QB Joe Flacco(notes) bounce back from that regrettable fourth down pass.

22. Minnesota Vikings (5-7) : All Giants fans are hoping a hobbled Brett Favre(notes) makes the start this Sunday.

21. Dallas Cowboys (4-8) : Dallas is looking like a real NFL franchise; about two months too late.

20. Miami Dolphins (6-6) : Cleveland QB Jake Delhomme(notes) tried to give Miami the win last week. The Dolphins weren't interested.

19. Cleveland Browns (5-7) : Browns fans will take any win they can get. This team is causing heart attacks throughout the Cleveland area in 2010.

18. Seattle Seahawks (6-6) : Watching this team can't be fun for Seattle fans. Good thing the Panthers are terrible.

17. St. Louis Rams (6-6) : The kings of an awful decision for another week, St. Louis hardly looked impressive against an offense-less Arizona team.

16. Indianapolis Colts (6-6) : Wow. Just, wow. I refuse to believe anybody saw this coming. Peyton Manning(notes) turnovers are killing the Colts.

15. San Diego Chargers (6-6) : San Diego plummets in this week's power rankings due to being absolutely owned at home. They're statistically one of the best teams in football and the Chargers may not even see the postseason.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) : The Jags continue to be an under-the-radar division leader. This week's contest against the next team in these NFL power rankings should be interesting.

13. Oakland Raiders (6-6) : Just when you thought it might be safe to write off the Raiders; Oakland keeps hanging around but a 1 pm game at Jacksonville could be trouble.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) : Playoff teams win those games. The Bucs will in the future but 2010 doesn't appear to be their year.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) : Arguably the most underrated division leader in football. The Chiefs play good defense and run the football well, which makes them very dangerous as the weather gets colder around the country.

10. New York Giants (8-4) : Are the Giants that good or is Washington just that bad? Little of both, most likely. New York is getting healthy, though, which could be trouble for the rest of the conference.

9. Baltimore Ravens (8-4) : Baltimore had plenty of chances on Sunday night, but the road to the Wild Card is paved with "Coulda, Woulda, Shouldas."

8. Green Bay Packers (8-4) : Packer Nation will be rooting for the Pats big time this weekend. Green Bay should take care of business in Detroit on Sunday.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) : The win over the Giants a few weeks back keeps Philly in first for another week, keeping them ahead of other 8-4 teams in these NFL power rankings.

6. New York Jets (9-3) : Had to drop the Jets this low after Monday's embarrassing loss. Look at it this way, Jets fans. There's no way this team can play worse than they did against the Pats.

5. Chicago Bears (9-3) : Chicago remains in first place with a month left in the season. The Bears and their fans will take it.

4. New Orleans Saints (9-3) : Nobody is paying attention to the Super Bowl champs, a team that's just going to get better once returning starters get used to actually playing football again.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) : Pittsburgh's defense does it again. A layup at home against Cincy is just what this team needs after a physical game against the Ravens.

2. Atlanta Falcons (10-2) : Still the best team in the NFC, Atlanta continues to win in nail-biting fashion. The Falcons should be 12-2 when they face the Saints on December 27.

1. New England Patriots (10-2) : The word you're looking for to describe Monday night's decimation of the Jets is "Pwned." New England looks scary good right now and should, at least, finish the season 13-3.

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Zac Wassink is a member of the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
Updated Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010