NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: New England Patriots at No. 1

  • Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.
  • By Elliot Harrison

Week 15 brings a major shakeup in the top 10. No less than eight teams are on the move -- either up or down -- starting at the top.

The Houston Texans' four-week reign in the No. 1 spot is over. After that debacle in New England, the Texanshad to cede the throne, despite the fact that they still have one less loss than the Patriots. Forget the records; Houston was dismantled on Monday night. Entering that contest, I considered keeping Houston at No. 1 no matter the outcome. That line of thinking quickly changed as the game played out.

It was ugly at Foxborough, which prompted this exchange ...
The Texans certainly deserve a drop, as do the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears, who are both dangerously close to falling out of the top 10 for the first time all season. The upstart Indianapolis Colts are nipping at Chicago's heels, and if not for a 20-point loss at Soldier Field in Week 1, Andrew Luck and Co. would hold the Bears' 10 spot.

And then there's the middle of the rankings, were several clubs are climbing the rungs while fighting for a playoff spot.

As always, we eagerly await your complaints and wacked-out diatribes -- @Harrison_NFL is the dropbox.

Now, let the dissension commence ...