NFL Week 15 Power Rankings

After shutting out the Chiefs and giving new life to their playoff hopes last week the San Diego Chargers remain the No. 1 team in the NFL Power Rankings.

For those complaining that the Patriots don't get a fair shake in the rankings take a look at the Pats' latest standing. New England has jumped five more spots this week, and if their offense continues to cook a move into the Top 10 should be imminent.

The biggest Power Rank spread of the week involves #6 Atlanta vs #31 Seattle where the most favorable Falcon line is at Bovada today while the worst matchup feature the last-rated Cardinals against the 30th ranked Panthers (the best Cardinals line is +3 at Bovada as of Thursday).

1. San Diego (1) – The Chargers may have the No. 2 offense in the league, but their No. 1 defense is making more noise with a 3-0-1 UNDER record in their last four games.

2. NY Giants (3) – The Giants' defense has been stepping up lately, which is why New York is 3-0-1 UNDER in their last four games.

3. Philadelphia (2) – Another OVER for the Eagles last week gives them an 8-1 OVER record in their last nine games.

4. Pittsburgh (4) – The Steelers have won four straight during which Troy Polamalu has 17 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions, including an INT for a touchdown.

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5. NY Jets (8) – After scoring nine points total in their last two games is it surprising New York has lost two in a row both SU and ATS?

6. Atlanta (6) – The Falcons are on a seven-game winning streak during which they are 6-1 ATS.

7. New Orleans (5) – The Saints won their sixth in a row last week and covered to improve to 4-2 ATS during their streak.

8. Green Bay (7) –  If last week's 7-3 loss to Detroit is any indication the Packers could be sunk if Aaron Rodgers misses any time.

9. Baltimore (9) – The Ravens' interception for a TD in overtime against the Texans last week allowed them to cover the spread for only the third time in their last eight games.

10. Miami (11) –  The low-scoring Dolphins have gone UNDER the total in five of their last seven games.

11. New England (16) – During their current five-game win streak the Patriots have outscored their opponents 196-88.

12. Oakland (15) –  The Raiders' defense may need a lift after giving up 106 points in their last three losses.

13. Tampa Bay (14) – The Bucs have dropped two in a row ATS following their brilliant five-game ATS winning streak.

14. Kansas City (10) – Minus Matt Cassel last week the Chiefs' offense flopped and gained only 67 total yards in a 31-0 loss to San Diego.

15. Minnesota (12) – Brett Favre's big streak is over and so is the Vikings' winning streak at a meager two games.

16. St. Louis (17) – The Rams play their next two games at home where they are 4-2 both SU and ATS this season.

17. Chicago (13) –  The Bears' 36-7 loss to New England last week was their second straight loss ATS and third straight OVER on the total.

18. Houston (19) –  The Texans found another way to lose last week versus Baltimore and dropped to 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.

19. Indianapolis (18) – The Colts may have snapped their three-game losing streak last week, but they failed to cover the spread and are now 1-4 ATS in their last five.

20. Detroit (20) – The Lions' stunning upset of Green Bay last week snapped their 19-game losing streak within the division.

21. Dallas (21) –  Last week's loss to Philadelphia extended the Cowboys' OVER streak to 10 games.

22. San Francisco (24) – After last week's thrashing of Seattle the 49ers are still alive in the NFC West despite being 5-8.

23. Jacksonville (27) – The Jaguars have covered the spread in six straight and they're also 7-2-1- OVER in their last 10.

24. Cleveland (23) –  The Browns have only covered the spread once in their last five games.

25. Cincinnati (22) –  The Bengals' losing streak now stands at 10 games and counting. How long until Marvin Lewis gets the axe?

26. Buffalo (28) – The Bills covered again last week and are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight.

27. Denver (26) – The Broncos have lost eight of their last nine while going 2-7 ATS.

28. Washington (29) – Last week's bungle against Tampa Bay was the Redskins' fifth loss in their last six games during which they are 2-4 ATS.

29. Tennessee (27) –  The Titans lost their sixth in a row last week but did snap their five-game ATS losing streak.

30. Carolina (31) – .During their seven-game losing streak the Panthers are 1-6 ATS.

31. Seattle (30) – After getting trounced by San Francisco last week the Seahawks have gone OVER the total in six straight.

32. Arizona (32) – The Cardinals' upset win over Denver last week snapped a seven-game losing streak SU and a four-game losing streak ATS.

Power rankings are calculated using a special algorithm that includes a combination of offensive stats, defensive stats, and strength of schedule. By the numbers . . .

Team            Power    SoS   Adjusted Power
San Diego      182.06   0.48  87.84
NY Giants       171.65   0.43  73.72
Philadelphia    145.27   0.51  73.56
Pittsburgh      100.51   0.54  54.13
NY Jets          108.51   0.43  46.29
Atlanta           90.99    0.49  44.91
New Orleans   103.59   0.43  44.49
Green Bay        76.2     0.49  37.3
Baltimore        47.12    0.48  22.66
Miami             29.67    0.53  15.59
New England    29.19    0.49  14.22
Oakland          28.63    0.47  13.58
Tampa Bay     10.67    0.48  5.07
Kansas City    10.68    0.41  4.41
Minnesota       6.03     0.53  3.17
St. Louis         4.15     0.44  1.83
Chicago          3.47     0.46  1.58
Houston        -1.5     0.55  -0.67
Indianapolis   -10.93      0.49  -5.6
Detroit          -21.08      0.55  -9.58
Dallas           -24.54      0.53  -11.48
San Fran      -26.45 0.51  -12.88
Jacksonville  -35.84      0.46  -19.53
Cleveland     -57.1    0.57  -24.32
Cincinnati    -69.73      0.58  -29.06
Buffalo         -78.5    0.56  -34.84
Denver         -99.14      0.51  -48.3
Washington  -98.73      0.5   -49.36
Tennessee   -102.71  0.51  -50.04
Carolina      -142.5      0.56  -62.78
Seattle        -137.53  0.48  -72.14
Arizona       -190.51  0.52  -90.59

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