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Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings

Patriots vault back into No. 1 position after Packers stumbled in loss at Buffalo.

Last week in parentheses.

1. Patriots 11-3 (2): Victory over Dolphins wrapped up AFC East and tied coach Bill Belichick with Curly Lambeau for fourth on all-time victory list at 229.

2. Seahawks 10-4 (3): Can overtake Cardinals in division with a victory at Arizona and still have a shot at No. 1 seed in NFC.

3. Broncos 11-3 (4): Flu couldn't get in way of Peyton Manning helping Broncos win their fourth straight AFC West crown.

4. Packers 10-4 (1): Aaron Rodgers and high-rolling offense hit a speed bump at Buffalo and that might be a good thing if they refocus.

5. Cardinals 11-3 (5): Their quarterbacks keep getting injured and Bruce Arians keeps winning. Has to be a cinch for Coach of the Year.

6. Colts 10-4 (7): Need to keep winning and hope the Broncos stumble for a shot at a first-round bye.

7. Cowboys 10-4 (8): So far, so good in December. Now, Tony Romo and Co. need to hold on with tough draw coming Sunday when Colts visit.

8. Lions 10-4 (9): Still waiting for the offense to break out in a big way en route to the postseason.

9. Eagles 9-5 (6): Won't happen this week but Nick Foles cannot return from broken collarbone soon enough.

10. Steelers 9-5 (10): Sunday was good to them and they now can clinch playoff berth with home victory over Chiefs.

11. Bengals 9-4-1 (11): The only thing missing Sunday at Cleveland was for Bengals coach Marvin Lewis to show the money sign.

12. Ravens 9-5 (12): Season-high eight sacks carried the day against Jaguars and Ravens will not apologize for ugly victories at this point.

13. Chiefs 8-6 (14): Currently on the outside looking in at AFC playoffs but they're in with victories over Steelers and Chargers.

14. Bills 8-6 (20): Have to give Jim Schwartz props for doing nice work with this defense all season.

15. Chargers 8-6 (13): Offense sputtered in home losses to Broncos and Patriots and now they take to the road for final two with playoff chances fading.

16. Rams 6-8 (18): Defensive tackle Aaron Donald making a push for rookie of the year with eight sacks. Great building block for the future.

17. Texans 7-7 (17): Tom Savage gets to close out the season at QB after Ryan Fitzpatrick broke leg and it's probably worth seeing what he can do.

18. Dolphins 7-7 (15): Joe Philbin era likely coming to an end and Stephen Ross easily could be top bidder if 49ers look to trade Jim Harbaugh.

19. Browns 7-7 (16): We waited 15 weeks to see Johnny Manziel do that?

20. 49ers 7-7 (19): Good thing Jim Harbaugh did so much winning the last few seasons to get all of those PSL's sold at Levi's Stadium.

21. Saints 6-8 (21): Beating the Bears does not establish that they have solved their issues.

22. Panthers 5-8-1 (24): Cam Newton could return from back injury this week after Derek Anderson moved his record this season vs. the Bucs to 2-0.

23. Vikings 6-8 (22): Teddy Bridgewater looked very good with the exception of about three or four throws in two-point loss at Ford Field.

24. Falcons 5-9 (23): Despite another loss, they still can capture NFC South with victories over Saints and Panthers.

25. Giants 5-9 (26): Two more good games and Odell Beckham has real shot at offensive rookie of the year.

26. Bears 5-9 (25): Marc Trestman is being as polite as possible when he says over and over he doesn't have answers.

27. Jets 3-11 (29): Winning Sunday at Tennessee was a really great way to screw up their draft status.

28. Raiders 2-12 (27): No one is going to put a lot of trust in owner Mark Davis to make the appropriate moves at the end of the season.

29. Jaguars 2-12 (28): Is Gus Bradley really assured of returning in 2015?

30. Bucs 2-12 (30): Pressure is going to be on Lovie Smith to be better, much better in 2015.

31. Redskins 3-11 (31): They might install former Chargers GM A.J. Smith at the top.

32. Titans 2-12 (32): They're exceptionally bad to be below the Redskins, Bucs, Jaguars, Raiders and Jets.

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