Tabeek's NFL Power Rankings: Vikings, Falcons make big jumps

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As teams furiously jockey for position, the postseason playoff field is just starting to settle – and outside of the actual playoff games, nothing is more exciting than the final month of the NFL season.

The top 10 teams in these power rankings remain pretty much the same – outside of the implosion that took place down in Houston, resulting in the Texans dropping out – but the order has changed some.

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Two things, however, remain constant: The Ravens are No. 1 and the Bengals are without a doubt, No. 32. The Falcons continue to play much better defense since coming out of their bye week and are 3-2 since, including a sweep of the Panthers. As a result, Atlanta jumps four spots this week.

So, without further ado, it's time for the Week 15 edition of my Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings. Enjoy.

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1. Ravens (11-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They’ve won nine straight and they’re 6-1 on the road. Scary. They own the top spot.1
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2. 49ers (11-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Huge win in New Orleans but it came at an even bigger price. They’re banged up.2
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3. Saints (10-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They lost to Frisco, but they’ll be fine. Still think they’ll end up as the NFC’s top seed.4
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4. Vikings (9-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
No one wants to play them. If Dalvin Cook stays on the field, they’ll be a tough out for any team.8
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5. Patriots (10-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Sure, they’ve got some issues on offense to fix, but they’re also 10-3 and have a great defense.5
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6. Packers (10-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Matt LaFleur deserves to be in the coach of the year discussion.6
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7. Seahawks (10-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They’ve been in a lot of close games and the Rams loss wasn’t pretty. They’re still a top-10 team.3
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8. Bills (9-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
This Bills team is emblematic of the city of Buffalo: Tough, gritty, blue-collar mentality that refuses to quit.7
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9. Chiefs (9-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Statement game, going on the road and beating the Patriots. Still think they’ll go as far as Mahomes can carry them.10
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10. Steelers (8-5)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Speaking of coach of the year candidates … holy cow, Mike Tomlin. They must be loving this team in the Steel Town.11
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11. Titans (8-5)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Who knew Ryan Tannehill would be the missing ingredient? They’re 6-1 with him under center.12
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12. Rams (8-5)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They’re getting hot at the right time of year, but is it too little too late?13
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13. Texans (8-5)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Houston, we have a problem. I think.9
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14. Bears (6-6)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Mitchell Trubiskjy has been fantastic the last two games. Where was this earlier this season?17
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15. Cowboys (6-7)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
This team continues to infuriate its fan base and owner. Do they want the NFC East or not?15
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16. Colts (6-6)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Just when you think they might have something brewing, they go out and drop five of their last six.14
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17. Raiders (6-7)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
I thought they’d be a .500 team and they’re closer to being one with each passing week.16
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18. Buccaneers (6-7)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Say what you want about the Bucs, but they show up just about every week. Now if they can just cut down on those Winston INTs …19
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19. Eagles (6-7)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They lost to the Dolphins a week ago and somehow pull out a win against a bad Giants team. They’re not very good, but they may win the NFC East.18
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20. Browns (6-7)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Even when they win it feels like they’ve lost. Am I wrong?20
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21. Broncos (5-8)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Well, hello there, Drew Lock. Broncos fans are certainly happy to see you behind center.24
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22. Chargers (5-8)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They clobbered the Jags and reminded all of us of the potential this team has. Disappointing year.25
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23. Falcons (4-9)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They’re 3-2 since the bye week and the biggest difference has been the turnaround on defense. Huge opportunity this weekend against the 49ers.27
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24. Panthers (5-8)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
The Panthers are 1-6 since their bye week and were just swept by the Falcons. More changes coming in the offseason.21
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25. Jets (5-8)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They squeaked by the Dolphins, but it’s been another weird – and disappointing – year for fans of Gang Green.26
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26. Jaguars (4-9)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Gardner Minshew returned but the magic did not.22
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27. Cardinals (3-9-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Lots of growing pains in the desert, especially for their rookie coach and quarterback.23
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28. Lions (3-9-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They were bulldozed by their division rivals (again). They’re missing Matthew Stafford … and a whole lot more in Motown.29
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29. Dolphins (3-10)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Someone must have reminded the Dolphins that they were in danger of losing out on a top-five pick.28
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30. Redskins (3-10)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Hate to see the Derrius Guice news; this team needed something to feel good about down the stretch.30
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31. Giants (2-11)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
For three quarters Monday night, all was good again for Big Blue fans: Eli was back under center and he was lighting up Philly's defense. Then the 2019 Giants showed up.31
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32. Bengals (1-12)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They're baaaack. That's more like the Bengals football we've come to know this season.32
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