NFL Power Rankings: 2008 Week 15 Edition

Updated: December 10, 2008, 8:57 AM ET
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The Tennessee Titans and New York Giants flip-flopped -- just barely -- the top two perches in the latest installment of ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings.

The Titans, who destroyed the Cleveland Browns in Week 14, won the top berth by one point. Apparently, our team of experts thought the Giants played fairly well in their home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, considering the game came in the wake of the Plaxico Burress controversy.

The Titans' reign atop the rankings will be tested with an interesting Week 15 visit to the resurgent Houston Texans, who rank No. 22 in this poll. The Giants will visit the No. 8 Dallas Cowboys, which in most recent seasons would be the clear-cut game of the week.

The most intriguing Week 15 matchup is the AFC North showdown between the No. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers and the No. 7 Baltimore Ravens. With a victory before the home folks, the Ravens could forge a virtual tie for first in the division and split the season series with the Steelers. In Week 14, the Ravens dominated the Washington Redskins 24-10 and the Steelers escaped with a last-minute, 20-13 victory over the Cowboys.

ESPN.com's Power Rankings
The rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff: writers John Clayton, Jeffri Chadiha, Tim Graham, Matt Mosley, James Walker, Kevin Seifert, Paul Kuharsky, Pat Yasinskas, Bill Williamson and Mike Sando, and Scouts Inc. Insiders Jeremy Green and Matt Williamson.


The Carolina Panthers, who routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-23 on ESPN's "Monday Night Football", are the No. 4 team this week. The Indianapolis Colts, winners of six in a row, round out the top 5.

The Miami Dolphins' 16-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Toronto made them the big climbers in the latest rankings. The Dolphins moved up four spots to No. 12 overall. Other movers this week include the Ravens (from No. 10 to No. 7), the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals (from No. 12 to No. 9) and the resurgent Eagles (from No. 17 to No. 14).

The New York Jets remain in first place in the AFC East. Still, the Jets' loss to the host San Francisco 49ers made them the poll's biggest losers. Coach Eric Mangini's team tumbled six places to No. 13 overall, far removed from the No. 3 ranking they enjoyed just two weeks ago. The Redskins' loss to the Ravens cost them five spots (from No. 13 to No. 18 overall).

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(Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking last week.)

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