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Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings

Patriots explode for 42 points despite iffy game from Tom Brady to remain tops in Brad Biggs' power rankings.

Last week in parentheses.

1. Patriots 8-2 (1): Subpar game for Tom Brady and they still find a way to hang 42 points on Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. That is clicking.

2. Cardinals 9-1 (2): Bruce Arians is paying attention to playoff ramifications. You would too if you missed as a 10-win team in 2013.

3. Packers 7-3 (8): High praise is heaped on Julius Peppers when his addition is compared to that of Charles Woodson in 2006.

4. Broncos 7-3 (3): Peyton Manning wearing too much Teflon after team punched in mouth at St. Louis. He has to play better.

5. Lions 7-3 (5): We're waiting for this offense to take flight and it will have to if it's to keep pace Sunday at New England.

6. Cowboys 7-3 (9): Week off should serve well as they head to face downtrodden Giants.

7. Chiefs 7-3 (10): They don't throw downfield with Alex Smith much and they make no apologies for smash-mouth football.

8. Eagles 7-3 (4): Maybe Jets fans are not missing Mark Sanchez so much anymore.

9. Steelers 7-4 (12): Rallied for victory at Tennessee behind Le'Veon Bell to head into week off.

10. Colts 6-4 (6): Chance to make statement against Pats wasted and Ahmad Bradshaw has a fractured fibula. Trent Richardson can't carry load.

11. Ravens 6-4 (13): For playoff push to become reality, revamped secondary needs to stand up and after week off Drew Brees and Philip Rivers are up.

12. 49ers 6-4 (14): They trail Cardinals by three games in division but all of a sudden things are looking OK and bumbling Redskins visit Sunday.

13. Seahawks 6-4 (7): Defending champs face loaded schedule to close out: Cardinals, at 49ers, at Eagles, 49ers, at Cardinals, Rams. Good luck.

14. Bengals 6-3-1 (15): Andy Dalton rallied following terrible performance for big victory at New Orleans and is now 11-3-1 vs. NFC in his career.

15. Browns 6-4 (11): Hard to figure this team out. Texans stopped 3-game winning streak in Ryan Mallett's first start.

16. Dolphins 6-4 (18): Long way to go but with 5-2 record against AFC, they are positioned well for playoff tiebreakers.

17. Chargers 6-4 (19): Return of Ryan Mathews after missing nearly half season with knee sprain energized lackluster offense.

18. Texans 5-5 (20): Remainder of season an opportunity for Bill O'Brien to make a future decision on Mallett.

19. Saints 4-6 (16): Certain to be an uncomfortable week after Sean Payton labeled his team flat in ugly loss to Bengals.

20. Rams 4-6 (23): Physical whipping they put on Manning and Co. is the kind of performance you expect from Jeff Fisher, Gregg Williams.

21. Bills 5-5 (17): When questions come about considering turning back to EJ Manuel, you can put quarterback atop team's offseason needs.

22. Falcons 4-6 (27): Could the coach of the NFC South champions be fired if he has a sub-.500 record? First Mike Smith has to win the division to find out.

23. Bears 4-6 (26): Brandon Marshall isn't into TMZ journalism but has no aversion to going all Don King via Twitter and promoting a fight all in the name of anti-bullying.

24. Panthers 3-7-1 (21): Riverboat Ron suddenly went conservative at end of home loss to Falcons.

25. Vikings 4-6 (24): Hope the cold weather isn't to blame for Teddy Bridgewater's regression because he will play outdoors for another season of home games.

26. Giants 3-7 (22): Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning was once a tremendous pairing of a coach and quarterback.

27. Bucs 2-8 (31): Can't say Sunday's game is Lovie Smith's Super Bowl as they are only two games out in NFC (Least) South.

28. Redskins 3-7 (25): Jay Gruden's transparent takedown of RG3 leaves one question: Who goes? Coach or quarterback.

29. Jets 2-8 (28): Six games remaining for Rex Ryan's long march to finish line.

30. Titans 2-8 (29): Zach Mettenberger rebounded from pick six to open game with solid effort in loss to Steelers. Maybe Ken Whisenhunt has something to work with.

31. Jaguars 1-9 (30): Second-year coach Gus Bradley seems secure for owner Shahid Khan but this team needs to make strides in final six weeks.

32. Raiders 0-10 (32): Last victory was Nov. 17, 2013.

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