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The New York Giants are still tops in the Times-Picayune's NFL power rankings

Posted by Brian Allee-Walsh, The Times-Picayune December 02, 2008 2:57PM

Categories: NFL

This week's NFL power rankings, as we're fresh off last week's games.

With injuries, or other NFL news, our rankings could change for the list we run in Sunday's paper.

This week's NFL power rankings.

Top 10/WEEK 14

(Last week in parentheses)

NEW YORK GIANTS (1) There are distractions and than there is the Plaxico Burress fiasco. Tom Coughlin needs to circle the wagons and keep his players focused on football.

TENNESSEE TITANS (3) No reason to think they can't finish 15-1.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4) From New England to Dallas, no time for the Steelers top-ranked defense to gloat.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5) Can take huge step toward defending NFC South title with road win against Carolina on Monday Night Football.

DALLAS COWBOYS (6) Will need all hands on deck to successfully navigate closing schedule _ at Steelers, Giants, Ravens, at Eagles.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (7) Need to exact revenge against the Buccaneers at home in primetime Monday night.

NEW YORK JETS (2) Was win at Tennessee fact or fiction? Super Bowl XLIII furor has quieted down after bad home loss against Denver.

ATLANTA FALCONS (9) Can't let their guard down on the road against a desperate Saints team.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8) Need Bob Sanders and Jeff Saturday back on the field ASAP to lock down AFC wildcard berth.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (12) Naysayers keep waiting for Ravens to stumble so they can say 'I told you so.'

ON THE CUSP: Arizona, Denver, Minnesota, Miami, New England, Washington.

DOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Saints return to the scene of five of their six wins this season _ the Superdome _ to battle Hot-lanta.

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ATLANTA FALCONS (9) Can't let their guard down on the road against a desperate Saints team.

Therein lies the whole approach to this week's game. The Saints are reeling after their loss to TB, and now have some key guys suspended. If ATL gets overconfident, it will mean trouble. Playing NO in their house is always tough. The Falcons need this conference win. I have faith in the team and in the coaching staff that they will be business like in their approach to the game. Not too high, not too low. The key will again be ball control, keeping Brees on the bench and off the field, and attacking their defense. One thing about this year's Falcon team - they've been a lot of fun to watch!

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