NFL Power Poll

December 5, 2012

THE POINT: To rank each of the NFL’s 32 teams based on performance, perception and potential rather than merely by record.

THE PANEL: Our 10-man committee consists of:

Joe Bendel, 970 ESPN, Steelers Radio Network; Tim Benz, 105.9 The X, Steelers Radio Network; Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 970 ESPN, Steelers Radio Network; Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News; Jeff Legwold, Denver Post; Cole Pepper, Studio Host Jaguars Radio Network; Mike Prisuta, WDVE, 970 ESPN, Steelers Radio Network; Jon Saraceno, USA Today; David Todd, 970 ESPN, Steelers Nation Radio; Matt Williamson, ESPN.com.

THE PROCESS: Each panelist ranks the teams from No. 1 to No. 32. Teams receive one point for their spot in the rankings (the No. 15 team gets 15 points, etc.). An aggregate score is compiled from the 10 ballots and the teams are stacked in reverse order, with the lowest score achieving the No. 1 ranking and the highest score checking in at No. 32.

THIS WEEK’S POLL: And then there were two.

The Houston Texans retain a share of the top spot this week but have been joined at the top of the heap by the New England Patriots.

Both the Texans and the Patriots received five first-place votes.

This might not be settled until the Super Bowl.

The Denver Broncos are also charging hard and have climbed up another spot to No. 4.

At the other end, Kansas City’s emotional victory over the Carolina Panthers wasn’t enough to get the Chiefs out of the basement.

THE STEELERS’ STATUS: A big win in Baltimore was enough to get the Steelers back into the Top 10 at No. 10. The Steelers’ will take on our panel’s No. 23 team when the San Diego Chargers visit Heinz Field.


No. 1-Houston Texans (5)-20

-New England Patriots (5)-20

No. 3-Atlanta Falcons-31

No. 4-Denver Broncos-35

No. 5-San Francisco 49ers-52

No. 6-Green Bay Packers-65

No. 7-New York Football Giants-84

No. 8-Baltimore Ravens-86

No. 9-Chicago Bears-88


No. 11-Indianapolis Colts-111

No. 12-Seattle Seahawks-116

No. 13-Cincinnati Bengals-119

No. 14-Washington Redskins-147

No. 15-Tampa Bay Buccaneers-151

No. 16-New Orleans Saints-155

No. 17-Dallas Cowboys-164

No. 18-Minnesota Vikings-173

No. 19-Miami Dolphins-196

No. 20-Detroit Lions-199

No. 21-St. Louis Rams-206

No. 22-Buffalo Bills-225

No. 23-San Diego Chargers-237

No. 24-Cleveland Browns-238

No. 25-New York Jets-249

No. 26-Tennessee Titans-262

-Carolina Panthers-262

No. 28-Arizona Cardinals-273

No. 29-Philadelphia Eagles-286

No. 30-Oakland Raiders-297

No. 31-Jacksonville Jaguars-307

No. 32-Kansas City Chiefs-312