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Week 12: Lions hope to knock the stuffing out of No. 1 Packers

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The Green Bay Packers are sitting pretty at 10-0 and will spend another week as the obvious and unanimous choice for No. 1 in the latest NFL.com Power Poll. But the easy ride that Aaron Rodgers and crew have enjoyed might be coming to an end beginning Thanksgiving Day, when the Packers must pay a visit to the Motor City for their first meeting of the season with the formidable Detroit Lions (this week's No. 9 team).

Should the Packers survive their Turkey Day tussle with Jim Schwartz's team, another stern test awaits in Week 13, when they visit the New York Giants. But one showdown at a time.

How they voted ...
The 10-0 Packers are the unanimous No. 1 pick of our nine experts in this week's Power Poll, but Matthew Stafford and the No. 9 Lions could have something to say about that Thursday in one of two key Thanksgiving showdowns. Find out where our experts rank your favorite team here ...

» Fan Rankings: Prove the experts wrong

The No. 2 San Francisco 49ers also will be pushed this week when they travel to Baltimore on Thanksgiving night to take on the No. 5 Ravens. The battle of the Harbaugh brothers can be seen live on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET.

Other notable developments from Week 11:

» Although they both had byes in Week 11, the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers switched positions, with the Saints now at No. 3 and the Steelers, at No. 4, the highest-ranked AFC team.

» The Cleveland Browns' rather unimpressive 14-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars would appear to have proved nothing so much as "The Browns and the Jaguars are who we thought they were," but it caused a surprising ripple in the bottom third of the Power Poll, as the Browns jumped from No. 31 to No. 26 and the Jags slipped from No. 26 to No. 30.

» The Miami Dolphins, a fixture in the Power Poll bottom three for most of the season as they lurched to an 0-7 start, are suddenly respectable after three consecutive wins and have climbed to No. 23.


 

NFL.com Power Poll

Teams ranked Nos. 1 through 32, as voted on by a panel of nine NFL.com and NFL Network experts. Total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote.
Rank
Previous
Team
W-L
First-place votes
Last-place votes
Points
1
1
Green Bay Packers
10-0
9
-
288
2
2
San Francisco 49ers
9-1
-
-
277
3
4
New Orleans Saints
7-3
-
-
262
4
3
Pittsburgh Steelers
7-3
-
-
260
5
7
Baltimore Ravens
7-3
-
-
248
6
5
Houston Texans
7-3
-
-
246
7
6
New England Patriots
7-3
-
-
241
8
9
Chicago Bears
7-3
-
-
228
9
11
Detroit Lions
7-3
-
-
211
10
8
New York Giants
6-4
-
-
196
11
14
Atlanta Falcons
6-4
-
-
192
12
10
Cincinnati Bengals
6-4
-
-
191
13
12
Dallas Cowboys
6-4
-
-
187
14
15
Oakland Raiders
6-4
-
-
185
15t
21
Denver Broncos
5-5
-
-
150
15t
13
New York Jets
5-5
-
-
150
17
19
Philadelphia Eagles
4-6
-
-
145
18
17
Tennessee Titans
5-5
-
-
140
19
16
Buffalo Bills
5-5
-
-
119
20
20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4-6
-
-
112
21
18
San Diego Chargers
4-6
-
-
105
22
25
Seattle Seahawks
4-6
-
-
102
23
27
Miami Dolphins
3-7
-
-
96
24
22t
Minnesota Vikings
2-8
-
-
68
25
22t
Kansas City Chiefs
4-6
-
-
67
26
31
Cleveland Browns
4-6
-
-
64
27
28
Carolina Panthers
2-8
-
-
53
28t
24
Arizona Cardinals
3-7
-
-
47
28t
29t
Washington Redskins
3-7
-
-
47
30
26
Jacksonville Jaguars
3-7
-
-
44
31
29t
St. Louis Rams
2-8
-
-
22
32
32
Indianapolis Colts
0-10
-
9
9


 

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