Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings

No. 1 Patriots travel to No. 2 Packers for potential Super Bowl XLIX showdown at Lambeau Field.

Last week in parentheses.

1. Patriots 9-2 (1): They have scored 170 points in their last four games during their seven-game winning streak.

2. Packers 8-3 (3): Nine weeks before Super Bowl XLIX, will we see a preview Sunday as the Patriots visit Lambeau Field?

3. Broncos 8-3 (4): With two running backs down, Broncos turned to C.J. Anderson and he ran for 167 yards vs. stout Dolphins defense to avoid upset.

4. Cowboys 8-3 (6): Host the Eagles Thursday night in first of two meetings between NFC East leaders in three-week span.

5. Cardinals 9-2 (2): Lead in NFC West at two games but Bruce Arians must rekindle the magic with Drew Stanton after loss at Seattle.

6. Eagles 8-3 (8): Turnovers piling up for Mark Sanchez and he now he faces opportunistic Dallas defense.

7. Steelers 7-4 (9): Front office made tactical error in cutting RB LeGarrette Blount, and he scored score two touchdowns for the Patriots five days later.

8. Seahawks 7-4 (13): We will find out if convincing victory over Cardinals is sign champs are back. They visit the 49ers Thursday night.

9. Colts 7-4 (10): 4-0 record vs. AFC South and only 3-4 against the rest of the league but Redskins should offer solace.

10. Ravens 7-4 (11): Emergence of Justin Forsett as productive back one of better stories in NFL this season.

11. Lions 7-4 (5): Golden Tate called offense "embarrassing" after failing to score a touchdown in consecutive games.

12. Chiefs 7-4 (7): Looked to be in the driver's seat in AFC West up until the point they went to Oakland and lost.

13. 49ers 7-4 (12): Not sure many buy in to Jim Harbaugh's assessment Colin Kaepernick is "great" but chance to prove it in showdown with Seahawks.

14. Bengals 7-3-1 (14): No room for error in AFC North where all four teams have seven victories.

15. Browns 7-4 (15): All Brian Hoyer does is find ways to win close games.

16. Chargers 7-4 (17): Schedule down the stretch is very challenging; might be challenge for them to finish above .500.

17. Dolphins 6-5 (16): Couldn't maintain high-scoring pace with Broncos and now nine teams in AFC have a better record.

18. Bills 6-5 (21): Would travel gladly to Ford Field to play home games every week if they could schedule Jets every time.

19. Saints 4-7 (19): More disappointing offense this season: Sean Payton's or Marc Trestman's? Discuss.

20. Texans 5-6 (18): If loss of Ryan Mallett to pectoral injury doesn't send Bill O' Brien back to drawing board in search of a quarterback, what will?

21. Rams 4-7 (20): Had a chance to rally for victory at San Diego until Shaun Hill threw terrible interception in end zone. Jeff Fisher needs a quarterback.

22. Bears 5-6 (23): The Bears' six-game scoring drought in first quarter even longer than Robbie Gould's five-game span without a field goal.

23. Falcons 4-7 (22): Mike Smith's clock mismanagement doomed them in come-from-ahead loss to Browns.

24. Vikings 4-7 (25): Hung in there with Packers but clearly not quite there.

25. Giants 3-8 (26): Odell Beckham Jr. the real deal. Now to find a young defensive player with comparable star power.

26. Panthers 3-7-1 (24): Have not won since defeating the Bears on Oct. 5.

27. Bucs 2-9 (27): Not characteristic for a Lovie Smith team to lead the NFL in penalties. Discipline not there yet.

28. Redskins 3-8 (28): Jay Gruden/Robert Griffin III plot thickens as they travel to face the quarterback drafted one slot ahead — Andrew Luck.

29. Raiders 1-10 (32): Derek Carr showed a little moxie in leading game-winning drive against Kansas City.

30. Titans 2-9 (30): All the investments made on offensive line, just isn't paying off.

31. Jets 2-9 (29): Were booed rou8ndly Monday night at Ford Field. Who knew Gang Green fans traveled so well.

32. Jaguars 1-10 (31): Seven losses by 14 points or more. They simply are not competing.

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