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Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-2):?Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will?learn from this road loss and?only get better, because that is the type of team that they are.?Ranking last week: 1

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-1):?It didn't take long for the Seahawks as they proved once again, that home-field advantage could be the deciding factor this year in the playoffs, and luckily for them, it looks like the NFC Playoffs will go through Seattle. The Seahawks had their foot on the gas pedal from kickoff and jumped out to an early lead at the end of the first quarter 17-0. While their offense was impressive, the defense has to be commended for holding future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to just 147 yards through the air, a number that just doesn't look right next to Brees' name as he usually racks up 300+ yards a game. Russell Wilson & Co. didn't look back and routed the Saints by a final score of 34-7. If Peyton Manning wasn't having the year he is, Wilson would have to be considered for MVP. Face the facts, the Seahawks are easily the best in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. Carolina Panthers (9-3): Praying for a Saints loss, the Panthers got their wish, setting up a matchup against New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line. Carolina won their eighth straight game against the Buccaneers, and their defense shined, holding Tampa Bay to just two FG's. Cam Newton had another mediocre game, throwing two touchdowns accompanied by two interceptions, but it didn't matter in the end. Maybe his mind was still on Auburn shocking Alabama just a day earlier, who knows. But the Panthers are on a roll, and when teams end the season hot, it can only bode well for them. Will the Panthers defense eat up the Saints like the Seahawks did? My money is on Carolina. Ranking last week: 3

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?An idle week for the Seahawks as they prep for one of the biggest games of the season against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. These two teams have been #1 or #2 for a majority of the season so this could be a preview of the NFC Championship matchup in a couple of months that a lot of people are hoping for. Grab your popcorn everybody. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (9-2):?A matchup against the Atlanta Falcons that lost a lot of?its lust?when the Falcons started to tank. Drew Brees didn't have a record-breaking week, throwing for just 278 yards and two touchdowns, but he got the job done. Jimmy Graham continues to reassert himself as one of the NFL's best TE's, racking up 100 yards receiving and throwing down a slam dunk after a TD that bent the field-goal post. The Saints are chomping at the bit as they get ready for a battle against the top dog in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks. Can the Saints break?Seattle's 12-game winning streak at?home? If any team could do it, it's New Orleans.?Rankings last week:?2

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?The Seahawks claimed their 13th home victory in a row in impressive fashion by picking apart the Minnesota Vikings as they head into the bye week. Their defense wasn't as?impressive as previous weeks, giving up 336 yards of total offense to a team ranked 25th in the NFL in passing and 17th in rushing.?I am starting to believe the Saints or the Panthers would give the Seahawks a real test, and luckily, after?Seattle is off this week, they host New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (8-2):?Another game riddled by a controversial call, this time involving Drew Brees as he took a pounding to the upper body?from Niners Ahmad Brooks that was?flagged,?and gave Brees and the Saints another shot down the field that they wouldn't give back. Saints?kicker Garrett Hartley would hit three?FG's in the fourth quarter, including a last second 31-yarder that would give?New Orleans their?eighth win of the season. Brees looked somewhat human on Sunday, throwing just one touchdown and one interception for 305 yards, while the Saints running game was?next to invisible.?Rankings last week:?2 3. Carolina Panthers (7-3): Say what you want about the controversial call on Monday night against the Patriots in the final seconds of the game; the Panthers deserved to win that game. Cam Newton led his team down the field as well as any quarterback has this season and completed a 25-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. to give Carolina?their sixth straight win. Amazing....a couple of weeks ago we were?saying that the Panthers should pull the plug on head coach Ron Rivera and claim Newton a bust; talk about a turnaround. This team can compete with the?big?boys, not only in the NFC, but?the entire NFL.?The?Panthers are licking their chops as week 13 approaches when they travel to New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 3

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(9-1):?Talk about?scraping away the rust. The Seahawks rebounded from some poor performances on the road?as they?picked apart the Falcons and moved to 9-1 in the record column. Russell Wilson finished the day with 287 yards and two touchdowns, while Marshawn Lynch lived up to his name "Beast Mode" and ran for 145 yards on 24 carries. Not many teams will test the Seahawks when they are running on all cylinders and this game was over by halftime. Maybe a Falcons team that was completely healthy would have been able to compete, but this game was over by halftime. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (7-2):?Give Picasso a paintbrush and he will make a masterpiece...that was more or less the saying for Drew Brees and the Saints as they embarrassed the Cowboys on Sunday night. Brees was flawless against a battered Dallas defense, completing 83 percent of his passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. The?New Orleans running game account for the other three touchdowns that were split up between Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas who combined for 242 yards on the ground...talk about heavy artillery. The reformed defense under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is something to be talked about as well, allowing just 193 yards and 17 points. Rankings last week:?33. Carolina Panthers (6-3): Here they come! The Panthers won their fifth straight game on Sunday against the defending NFC champions San Franciso 49'ers and may finally be shutting down any sort of doubt that critics have about the team. Their stout defense has led the way as they rank second in league against the run, points allowed and yards allowed. This team is exciting to watch with Cam Newton at the helm?and playmakers such as DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith have allowed this team to pass the so-called "litmus test" of the week against the Niners. The Panthers still have two games against their NFC South division rival, the New Orleans Saints, a series that could determine who holds the crown. Carolina is perhaps the most balanced team in the NFC in terms of offense and defense, and?although four out of the five teams they?have beaten on their streak?have an under .500 record, a Sunday night matchup against the?New England Patriots is must-see football.?Ranking last week: 6

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Even with four teams in the NFC having off this past week, there was still some outcomes that affected my rankings. Seattle was able to turnaround a disastrous start against Tampa Bay and inch out a victory in overtime against the still winless Buccaneers; keeping them at the top spot in the NFC. The Saints however, were not so lucky as they suffered a stunning loss to the New York Jets on the road and showed that Drew Brees is indeed human. More importantly, the Green Bay Packers were without their star QB Aaron Rodgers for a majority of their Monday night loss against the Chicago Bears and will lose Rodgers for several weeks with a broken collarbone; shaking up the rankings even more. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 9...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(8-1):?The Seahawks have been cutting it close when it comes down to these games. Each week they have been on the brink of defeat, and this week was no different. Down 21 points to the winless Buccaneers, all signs pointed to Seattle facing their first defeat at home since 2011. But the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson were able to muster up a stunning comeback and leave CenturyLink Stadium with an overtime victory, keeping their streak at home alive. This team has shown tremendous resilience when they needed it the most. RB Marshawn Lynch had?his way with the Tampa Bay defense, carrying the ball 21 times for 121 yards. Should?Seattle be worried? I don't think so.?The way the Seahawks have strung together this steak is amazing and?when their backs have been up against the wall, even?against teams like the Rams and Buccaneers, they have found a way to walk away with a victory. This team is STILL the cream of the crop in the NFC.?Ranking last week: 1

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We have officially reached the midway point of the NFL season and for a majority of it, the Seattle Seahawks have held the top spot in the NFC, and rightfully so. The NFC, probably more than its AFC counterpart, has a clear cut favorite to run the table in the playoffs on the way to Super Bowl XLVIII, especially if the Seahawks have home field advantage, as they look unstoppable inside of CenturyLink Stadium. However, some?questions on offense were raised?involving Seattle?from their near loss to the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, but they were able to squeak out their seventh win in eight games to start the season and still remain at the top of my rankings. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 8...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(7-1):? A goal-line stand is all that stood between the Seahawks and their second loss of the season to the Rams on Monday night, but?once again their defense came up big. WR Golden Tate was a key player,?finding the endzone?on both of Seattle's touchdowns and finished the night with 93 yards on five receptions.?It's a testament on how important Seattle's defense has been over the first half of the season while their offense ranks 28th in the league in passing yards, averaging just under 200 yards per game. It's a good thing that QB Russell Wilson can utilize his legs to move the ball, along with RB Marshawn Lynch going "beast mode" on every team; the Seahawks are averaging 140 yards on the ground per game, fourth best in the NFL.?More importantly, the Seahawks lost a?big part of their receiver core as WR Sidney Rice is out for?the season with a torn ACL. ?Ranking last week: 1 2. New Orleans Saints (6-1):??What more can you say about the Saints offense? It is a powerhouse, a monster, a force to be reckoned with and just straight up scary. QB Drew Brees and the Saints are averaging 310 yards per game through the air, while their defense, behind the coaching of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan?has?transformed back into?the defense that won them a?Super Bowl in 2009. Each week, the Saints force?me to consider if they?are worthy?enough to break the?top spot?in the NFC as they are slowly creeping to the pinnacle of the conference.??Rankings last week:?3

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To say the least, it was a dangerous week in the NFL with several teams losing key players to injury. The Seahawks were able to crank out another win, while the Eagles fell to their division rival in the Cowboys as they failed to make up any ground in their division. The Giants finally got their first win of the season last night against the lowly Vikings, while the Rams, Cardinals and Bears all lost; with Chicago suffering the worst on Sunday, losing QB Jay Cutler for up to at least a month. The Packers lost another key piece of their offense with the injury to TE Jermichael Finley who looks to be out for the remainder of the season (in addition to the loss of Randall Cobb last week). With these critical?injuries, it looks as if the NFC might just come down to three teams; all of which are in my top three. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 7...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(6-1):? Another week, another win for the Seahawks. After losing to the Indianapolis Colts in week 5, Seattle has erased all doubt that they are the cream of the crop in the NFC. Not to mention that their easy schedule during the middle of the season will only help their plight to acquire home-field advantage during the playoffs. After their 34-22 victory against the Cardinals on Thursday, the next four teams that the Seahawks will go up against have a combined six wins total. Their defense ranks among the best in the NFL, while their ground game on the back of RB Marshawn Lynch has been unstoppable (578 yards this season, second to RB LeSean McCoy of the Eagles). Ranking last week: 1

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Another shift in the rankings this week as we witnessed the New Orleans Saints being taken down by the New England Patriots late yesterday, and in turn, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both churning out victories. This week, we will take a look at the rankings by the numbers, as they do a justified job of telling the story in the NFC. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 6...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(5-1):? The number - 11?- The number of consecutive games the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have won at home. They always talk about the 12th man on the field, but playing in Seattle may be the hardest thing any team has to do all season. If the Seahawks can claim home-field advantage in the NFC, they?just might?the easiest road to the Super Bowl. Even with?five fumbles?yesterday against the Tennessee Titans and no touchdowns for Wilson, the Seahawks were able to rattle off their fifth win of the season. Ranking last week: 2

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For the first time since week 2, we have a new number one in the NFC as the New Orleans Saints have moved up to the top with the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Indianapolis Colts. I don't always associate a loss with an automatic switch in the rankings, but the Saints dominated the Chicago Bears on Sunday, while the Seahawks couldn't stop a late Colts rally. The Atlanta Falcons continue to drop, as they suffered another loss last night to the New York Jets and fall to a surprising 1-4, with the playoffs slowly slipping out of their reach. In a critical NFC North?matchup, the Green Bay Packers were?hold the?Detroit Lions to just?nine points in their?win, while the Dallas Cowboys lost?a high scoring shootout?with the Denver Broncos where close to 100 points were scored between the two teams. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 5...

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With the first week of an exciting new NHL season in the book, we've begun to learn a little about the teams throughout the league. The new divisional format if fun, at least when it comes to the idea of seeing Detroit take on Boston. Alexander Ovechkin's four goals are more than a few teams have scored thus far. The week came to a conclusion on Mike Santorelli's overtime goal, which lifted the Vancouver Canucks over the Calgary Flames in overtime. ?A frentic end to a great week of hockey.

Let's jump in to my first power rankings for the year:

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Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).? Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed?a gift on Sunday?against the Houston Texans.?What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in?overtime.?A key play;?CB Richard Sherman picked off?Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown?in the?fourth quarter on a poorly thrown?ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face?Andrew Luck and the Colts.?Seattle's 62-point score?differential speaks for itself; this team?can score and their defense is one?of the best in the NFL.??Ranking last week: 1

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By Dave Turner and Jeff O'Connor

With the season upon us, it's time to see how the Devils stack up with the rest of the Metropolitan Division. With plenty of talent across the board, the Metro division should be one of the most competitive in the league.

Dave's Picks:?

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Talk about a wild week in the NFC. If someone were to tell me that the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons were going to be under .500 after week 3, I wouldn't of believed it. But so is the case after the third week in the NFL. We are seeing the toll that injuries are playing on teams as well as some poor performances by star players. Here are your NFC Power Rankings for the week 3...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(3-0): Not much of a test against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The huge spread?was tough to swallow?(19.5 points), but the Seahawks lived up to the deal, crushing the Jags by a final of 45-17. Seattle is easily the best team in the NFC right now and will travel to Houston next week to face the Texans in what should be a defensive battle. After routing the 49ers last week, you have to wonder who will stop the Seahawks from easily?taking the NFC crown. Ranking last week: 1

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If there were any questions among teams after week 1, some answers were provided this past Sunday. T San Francisco 49ers got walloped in Seattle, the Chicago Bears may be the real deal, and the entire NFC East fell short of a victory. In addition, NFC teams?went 0-4 in matchups against the AFC; making the rankings even more difficult.?All in all, here are my NFC Power Rankings for the week 2.

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(2-0): The Seahawks did everything right on Sunday night against the Niners. After an hour delay due to weather, the defense held 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (13-for-28, 127 yards, zero touchdowns)?in check, and?forced three interceptions that were costly.?Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch went on a tear and the much anticipated NFC West battle; was anything but that as the Seahawks cruised to a 29-3 victory. This team is scary good, whether it's offense or defense. Ranking last week: 2

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTkICjYxQT4]With the season coming to an end, let's wrap this little thing up once and for all.

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There's no video this week. Doesn't seem appropriate considering yesterday's events.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jobz8vFn660

This criticism of the Power Rangers Movie is pretty much the only thing harsher than the Devils' last week.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G6ZKE3ztYo

Hopefully, much like the addition of lightning for Rita and Zedd, putting Dainius Zubrus back to the lineup will help the Devils grow into a much tougher team to play against.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLZMxUEfCPE

Will you look at that? Martin Brodeur returns and all of a sudden the Devils morph back into a contender. OK, sorry -- that was terrible.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsfbXSlrMZg

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This week: 15

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This week: 16

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This week: 4

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjauJFH0x-o

After a week off, the Mighty Morphin Power Rankings are back! After a week in which they won five straight games, the Devils, are unsurprisingly near the top of everyone's rankings. There's no "1" ranking though -- stupid Blackhawks.

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With a week of the season gone by, it's time to evaluate those completely meaningless forms of measuring which teams have suddenly won or lost a couple games within a week, it's POWER RANKINGS TIME!

ESPN

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Sports Illustrated released their first power rankings of the still-to-be-played season. The Devils come in at 16, behind the Avs and ahead of the Panthers. Here's SI's reasoning:

I'm giving them a low ranking spot to start, probably too low. But I felt they were something of a fluke team while reaching the Cup Final last year and I see a decline coming here. Can Marty Brodeur really have another good year at his age (40)? I have my doubts, but in a short season? Could be tailor-made for him, too. Yet I just don't see another year like the last one for the Devils.
For more SI rankings, click here.
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The Giants really blew it. They?ll need plenty of help to earn a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Seahawks look like the most dangerous team in the NFC.

1. Atlanta Falcons 13-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons clinched home-field advantage with a win over the Lions.

2.?Seattle Seahawks 10-5 (Last week, 4): The Seahawks are pounding teams just in time for the playoffs. Watch out for Seattle.

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Lots of shaking up in the NFC playoff picture this week. Even with all the possible scenarios, if the Giants win both games, they make the playoffs.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 12-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons rebounded in a huge way after a Week 14 loss to the Panthers to pound the Giants. This is the type of win that could give a team momentum heading into the playoffs.

2.?Green Bay Packers 10-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers clinched the NFC North division title with a win over the Bears.

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The NFC East will be a tight race down the stretch, but it?s looking like the NFC West will be too.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 11-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons were embarrassed by the Panthers, but they retain the top spot. The Giants can really send Atlanta a message this weekend.

2.?Green Bay Packers 9-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers battled the Lions in the snow to pick up a victory. Just imagine if this team was healthy all season?

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The Falcons hung on for a close win over the Saints, which keep them on top. The Giants once again can never close out a divisional race.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 11-1 (Last week, 1): Certainly the Falcons have not ben blowing teams out lately, but in football, wins are all that matter, and Atlanta keeps earning them.

2.?Green Bay Packers 8-4 (Last week, 5): After trailing, the Packers fought back to get a victory. Even with injuries on defense, this team?s offense is scary good.

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The Brooklyn Nets?continue to get some love from some of the more renowned national NBA media outlets.

Some thought that the Nets would be the East coast version of the pre-CP3 Los Angeles Clippers. Thus far, that hasn't been the case and the national NBA media seems to agree.

Where do the Nets sit this week in the NBA Power Rankings?

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A big win from the Giants moves them up a spot. The Falcons just keep pulling out wins to remain in the top spot.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 10-1 (Last week, 1): The Falcons relied on a late touchdown to earn a win over the Buccaneers. It?s been getting a little more difficult, but Atlanta is still winning close games.

2.?San Francisco 49ers 8-2-1 (Last week, 2): Colin Kaepernick was at it again as the 49ers earned a sound win over the Saints. Two defensive touchdowns helped as well.

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Deron Williams

The Nets nearly pulled out a close victory last night in Los Angeles, but despite the loss, they will have an opportunity for redemption when they play the Golden State Warriors in Oakland tonight.

This past week, multiple NBA websites listed the Nets in the Top 10 of their power rankings, and it has been a long time since that can be said about the Nets organization.

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Some shake-up this week of the tops teams. The Giants will really have to buckle down if they plan on making another deep playoff run.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 9-1 (Last week, 1): If Matt Ryan can throw five interceptions and the team can still win, they?re really a team of destiny. The Falcons remain on top after their win.

2.?San Francisco 49ers 7-2-1 (Last week, 3): Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to victory over a tough Bears? defense. But still, the 49ers? defense is a top unit. Other than a few hiccups this season, San Francisco will be dangerous in the playoffs.

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The Falcons suffered their first loss of the season, while the Bears and Giants both lost and 49ers tied.

1.??? Atlanta Falcons 8-1 (Last week, 1): The Falcons won?t be finishing this season undefeated, but they remain in the top spot. Again, this is just a formality at this point, as Atlanta will have to show it can win in the playoffs.

2.?? Chicago Bears 7-2 (Last week, 2): Holding the Houston Texans to just 13 points was an accomplishment for the Bears? defense, but the injury to Jay Cutler stunted any sort of offensive attack. But defense wins games in this league, keeping the Bears at No. 2.

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Lots of shake-up this week, especially after all four teams in the NFC East suffered losses. The Falcons remain unbeaten and on top.

1.??? Atlanta Falcons 8-0 (Last week, 1): It wasn?t exactly pretty, but the Falcons earned the win over the Cowboys. They?ll on the division-rival Saints this week.

2.?? Chicago Bears 7-1 (Last week, 4): Chicago?s defense has been unstoppable, and the team blew out the Titans on the road last Sunday.

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Falcons remain on top, but there?s not much shake-up this week. Here are the rankings for Week 9:

1. Atlanta Falcons 7-0 (Last week, 1): The Falcons continue their unbeaten streak after a sound beating of the Eagles.

2. New York Giants 6-2 (Last week, 2): It wasn?t pretty, but the Giants? win over the Cowboys keeps them in the No. 2 position and allowed Big Blue some breathing room in the NFC East.

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There's been a little bit of a shake-up in the power rankings from last week thanks to wins from the Vikings and the Saints. Here are the rankings for Week 8:

1. Atlanta Falcons 6-0 (Last week, 1): The Falcons had their bye this past week, so they remain in the No. 1 spot. They?ll travel to Philadelphia this Sunday to face the Eagles.

2. New York Giants 5-2 (Last week, 2): Eli Manning fueled yet another fourth quarter comeback victory, but this defense needs to figure itself out if the Giants are going to make another deep playoff run. But even with the two interceptions Sunday, Manning is an elite quarterback.

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As part of a new feature here on SNYGiants, I will be power ranking the NFC teams each Tuesday. Here are the power rankings heading into Week 7.

1. Atlanta Falcons 6-0: I have to give the nod to the undefeated Falcons for the No. 1 spot as of now. But Atlanta has had a relatively easy schedule so far. Just look to last year?s wild card playoff round to see how they?d fare against a top team. Until they win a meaningful game, the Falcons are pretenders, not contenders.

2. New York Giants 4-2: The Giants? impressive performance against the 49ers earns them the No. 2 spot. Eli Manning is playing out of his mind, and hopefully the defense can build on a solid performance. Things for Big Blue are not perfect, but then again, no team in the NFL can say they?re perfect.

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I'm not into advocating for on-air personalities from rival networks, but ESPN's Colin Cowherd is as in tune with what is happening in sports and sports culture than probably anyone else on the air today. If you're not following him either live (10-1 each morning) or via podcast, I suggest you start.

Each week, Cowherd discloses his Herd Hierarchy on the NFL. This week, he has the Giants on top, with everyone else in the distance.....

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Only two NFC teams take undefeated records into Week 4, the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals. The New Orleans Saints are still winless. Seven teams are 2-1 and six teams are 1-2.

1. Atlanta (3-0)- Yes, they are looking good, even though they haven't played another NFC power yet. In fact, they haven't played another NFC team yet. Doesn't matter. They are second in the conference in points scored and third in points against. It doesn't hurt the Falcons' cause that they have not trailed in any of their three contests thus far.

2. San Francisco (2-1) - Hard to judge what's happening with this team after they lost to Minnesota on the road last week. They looked strong at home against Detroit (so what) and even stronger against the Packers in Green Bay. We'll ignore the Minny trip and keep them high on the list until further evidence surfaces.

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After two weeks it's tough tell who will be left standing come January, but it's fun to predict. Currently, four teams are undefeated: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Arizona and San Francisco. The only winless team are the Sean Payton-less Saints. Everyone else is 1-1.

1. San Francisco - Don't think many will argue with this one. Their defense alone makes them the top contender. They added some depth to their offense in the offseason that is already making a difference. Oh, and they have the best punter (Andy Lee) and placekicker (David Akers) in the conference.

2. Atlanta - Their offense (especially indoors) will give opponents fits en route to a 12-win season this year. QB Matt Ryan has been aces thus far and may have the best 1-2 WR punch in the league in Roddy White and Julio Jones (Giant fans would disagree). If their defense holds up, they could be a factor for once in late January.

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ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. The Devils have moved up 5 spots from last week to the 8th spot. ?The Devils have been playing better from last week including winning their last 3 games over the Blackhawks, Lightning and Hurricanes. They are hitting stride at a good time right before the playoffs.

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It's a position every fan base salivates over. Except Giant fans. We don't hold tertiary titles in high regard. We prefer the ones that are associated with the tactile (rings and trophies).

ESPN published their pre-whatever NFL power rankings this week and have placed the Giants atop the list. Although we thank them for their consideration, it doesn't mean a thing. But here's quick look at the list....

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ESPN has posted their power rankings for the week. After how well the Devils have been since the All Star break it should not surprise anyone that they have cracked the top 5 in the power rankings and 4th place in the East. The Devils offense has been phenomenal, scoring almost at will. ESPN points out at the Devils have not given up 3 goals in almost a month. The Devils can thank the strong play of their defense and Martin Brodeur returning to a form we have come to know from the future Hall of Famer.
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ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. The Devils are ranked 14th despite losing two straight to the Bruins and Flyers. There is one more game for the Devils before the All Star break against the Sabres tomorrow. If the Devils can notch a victory against the Sabres and then rest going into the break there should be no reason why the Devils can't come out of the break and make an even more serious playoff push to advance in the standings.
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Tier One: Elite

1. Packers (14-1) - Aaron Rodgers' five touchdown performance against the Bears pretty much guarantees that he'll be the MVP. But we already knew that.

2. Saints (12-3) - The Packers are the better team, but when the Saints and newly crowned yardage champion Drew Brees are playing in the dome, they are close to un-beatable.

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Tier 1: Elite

1. Packers (13-1) - No longer the owners of their own tier, the Packers are still the favorite to win the Super Bowl. Some of the luster is off after their first loss, but you'd still pick them against anyone.

2. Saints (11-3) - Drew Brees is a cyborg. It's that simple.

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ESPN posted their weekly power rankings. Last week the Devils were ranked 23rd after a bad stretch of games but the Devils have really bounced back winning 6 of 7 games. The most important thing is that the top line of Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk have been generating a lot of goals. Finally. Give it a read.

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