It’s Wednesday, which means… I’m a day behind the first opportunity to post the GuysNation Power Rankings in a timely manner.  I won’t recount my reasons for not being more timely, because frankly it’s not important.

What IS important is where I rank the various football teams.

Week after week, amongst the other articles we share here in GuysNation, analysis of each of the 32 teams in the NFL is completed – including the margin of victory (or defeat), the location of the game and the strength of opponent – and we come up with how we’d rank each of the 32 teams in the NFL.

Some people agree with how I do the rankings, whereas others disagree with my analysis.

32 – Carolina Panthers (1-12) No Change from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 6 with a record of 1-7 since then)

Losing to one of the best teams in the NFL isn’t a huge problem, but it was a home game, and the Falcons are in the same division as the Panthers, so Carolina should’ve done better than to get blown-out.

31 – Cincinnati Bengals (2-11) Dropped 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 12 since Week 6 with a record of 0-8 since then)

Losing to the Steelers in Pittsburgh isn’t such a problem, but the margin of outcome makes it bad for Cincinnati.  At this point, T.Ocho can use their television show to determine who the Bengals are going to pick with their top 2 (or maybe 3) draft pick.

30 – Denver Broncos (3-10) Dropped 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 10 since Week 6 with a record of 1-7 since then)

Some teams rebound after removing their head coach.  The Broncos haven’t.  The Cardinals aren’t a good team, and to lose to them by that big of a margin just speaks poorly for Denver.  I can only imagine how frustrated the Mile High Fan Club folks feel, knowing their former head coach got rid of a good QB, RB and WR.

29 – Arizona Cardinals (4-9) Climbed 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 15 since Week 6 with a record of 1-7 since then)

The big win over the Broncos was good, but let’s keep things in perspective:  this was their first win in a very long time.  Also, I do believe I told you all that John Skelton was going to step up.  Watch him this week and see if he continues his ascent.

28 – Tennessee Titans (5-8) Dropped 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 17 since Week 6 with a record of 2-6 since then)

Losing to the Colts by 2 isn’t such a huge problem, given their QB issues, but it was still a loss, and the bigger problem was that the game was played in Tennessee.

27 – Detroit Lions (3-10) Climbed 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 6 with a record of 2-6 since then)

Though they only scored once, it was plenty to beat the Green Bay Packers this week.  The game was in Detroit, and while it was a divisional game, it’s still a good win for the Lions.

26 – Buffalo Bills (3-10) Climbed 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 6 with a record of 3-5 since then)

Cleveland is a talented team, though they don’t have a lot of wins, so the fact that the Bills beat them doesn’t speak too loudly.  It definitely helps them climb a bit, though the lack of stature of the Browns keeps them from climbing too far.

25 – Dallas Cowboys (4-9) Dropped 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 6 with a record of 3-6 since then)

The Eagles are a good team, and if it weren’t for the fact that the Cowboys are in the same division as Philadelphia, a loss by three points to the Eagles wouldn’t be seen as a negative.  The fact that it was played in Dallas makes it a tad worse for them to have taken the loss.

24 – Washington Redskins (5-8) Dropped 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 11 since Week 6 with a record of 2-6 since then)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got lucky to beat the Redskins, catching a break with a fumbled kick-off, two missed short field goals and a botched snap on an extra point.  With all of that, they still only beat the Redskins by one.  Sure, there are excuses for the Redskins’ loss to Tampa Bay, but it’s still a loss – at home – and that’s not inspiring.

23 – Minnesota Vikings (5-8) Dropped 1 from Week 13 Rank
(No change from Week 6, with a record of 4-5 since then)

Losing to the Giants isn’t a big deal.  Having the outcome be as lopsided as what we saw is a problem.  If this game had been played in Minnesota instead of Detroit, the loss would be even worse.

22 – Seattle Seahawks (6-7) Dropped 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 6 with a record of 4-5 since then)

San Francisco might be a divisional opponent, and the game was played in California, but those factors don’t excuse the Seahawks for losing by almost 20, and for the 49ers to put up 40?  That doesn’t look good for Pete Carrol’s defense.

21 – Houston Texans (5-8) No Change from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 6 with a record of 2-6 since then)

They made it to overtime against the Ravens, but it was a home game and so they should’ve found a way to win the game if it were that close.

20 – San Francisco 49ers (5-8) Climbed 5 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 9 since Week 6 with a record of 5-3 since then)

Putting up 40 was a good statement for the 49ers.  They’re on a good little run the past 8 games.

19 – St. Louis Rams (6-7) Dropped 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 6 with a record of 4-4 since then)

Losing at New Orleans isn’t a huge problem, but the margin of victory must’ve been frustrating for Sam Bradford.  They’re still making strides to getting better though.  I’d be surprised if they pick in the Top 10 next season.

18 – Cleveland Browns (5-8) Dropped 3 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 12 since Week 6 with a record of 4-4 since then)

The Bills may have played tough in some of their losses this season, but they still only have 3 wins, so the fact that one of those wins is over the Browns should be frustrating for the Cleveland fans.

17 – Oakland Raiders (6-7) Dropped 5 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 9 since Week 6 with a record of 4-4 since then)

Every time I start to buy into the Raiders, they let me down.  I haven’t bought into the Jacksonville Jaguars yet, so losing to them doesn’t speak well for Oakland.  Not in my eyes anyway.

16 – Indianapolis Colts (7-6) Climbed 3 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 6 with a record of 4-4 since then)

Only beating the Titans by 2 points, for a game played in Indianapolis, isn’t reassuring of the Colts’ chances of making a run to get to the playoffs, but it’s still a win and it gets them closer to the playoffs.  Week 15 is going to be big for the Colts as they play the division-leading Jaguars.

15 – Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) Climbed 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 3 since Week 6 with a record of 5-3 since then)

I continue to not believe in the Jaguars, even as they keep winning games.  There’s nothing extremely special about the Titans or the Raiders, so the Jags will have a much bigger test than their previous two games as they face the Colts in Week 15.

14 – Miami Dolphins (7-6) Climbed 4 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 6 with a record of 5-4 since then)

Beating the Jets in a road game was big for the Dolphins, taking them up past a 50% record.  It was just by 4 points, but it’s a signature win nevertheless.

13 – Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) Dropped 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 6 with a record of 5-4 since then)

Losing BIG TIME to the Chargers is very frustrating for a team which I think could do really well if they make it into the playoffs.  Being shut out is just bad, even if it was on the road.

12 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) Climbed 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 6 with a record of 5-4 since then)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got lucky to beat the Redskins, catching a break with a fumbled kick-off, two missed short field goals and a botched snap on an extra point.  Still, the Redskins have lost a couple more than they’ve won, and the Bucs continue to just get wins (and not impressive ones) against struggling teams.

11 – San Diego Chargers (7-6) Climbed 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 11 since Week 6 with a record of 5-3 since then)

Shutting out the Kansas City Chiefs and scoring 30+?  Big statement for a team I used to not believe in.

10 – Chicago Bears (9-4) Dropped 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 6 with a record of 5-3 since then)

I don’t fault many teams for losing to the Patriots in the snow, though the fact that it was played in Chicago and the outcome was lopsided looks really bad.  Call e crazy, but I’ll give them a pass on this game.  They’re still the lowest rated 9-win team.

9 – New York Jets (9-4) Dropped 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 7 since Week 6 with a record of 5-3 since then)

The Jets should drop even further than that for losing to the Dolphins at home, even if it was just by 4 points.

8 – Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) Climbed 2 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 8 since Week 6 with a record of 6-2 since then)

Only beating the Cowboys by 3 points doesn’t instill confidence, though it was a divisional game, and it was contested in Texas.  HUGE game coming up this week against the Giants.

7 – New York Giants (9-4) Climbed 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 6 with a record of 6-2 since then)

Shutting down the Vikings isn’t a huge accomplishment, but it’s still a win, the second in a row by a big margin (third win in a streak… the first being a small outcome against the Jaguars).

6 – Green Bay Packers (8-5) Dropped 3 from Week 13 Rank
(No change from Week 6, with a record of 5-3 since then)

Only scoring 3 points against the Lions is bad, but the game was in Detroit and the defense still played well and they had to play most of the way without Aaron Rodgers.  It’s a forgivable loss, but it’s still a loss.

5 – New Orleans Saints (10-3) Climbed 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 10 since Week 6 with a record of 7-1 since then)

The Rams aren’t a great team, so this wasn’t a signature win for the Saints at home, but it puts them into the 10 win club and keeps them within reach of the Falcons.

4 – Baltimore Ravens (9-4) Climbed 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 6 with a record of 5-3 since then)

The TEXANS take the Ravens to overtime?!  REALLY?!  It’s still a win, but it should’ve been a lot better.

3 – Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) Climbed 1 from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 6 with a record of 7-2 since then)

The Bengals have become the BUNGLES once again, so beating them in Pittsburgh isn’t a big deal for the Steelers, but the 10 win club is a big deal.

2 – Atlanta Falcons (11-2) No Change from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 6 with a record of 7-1 since then)

The 11-win club is an elite place to be, and although there’s no real quality in a victory against the Panthers, beating them in Carolina by a big margin does speak well for Atlanta.

1 – New England Patriots (11-2) No Change from Week 13 Rank
(Climbing 4 since Week 6 with a record of 8-1 since then)

The Patriots continue their stranglehold on the GuysNation Power Rankings with a BIG big win over the Bears in Chicago, easily keeping themselves above the Falcons.

The Week 15 rankings are in the books, but if you want to affect the Week 16 rankings, tell me why I messed up on one (or more or all) of the teams on this list.