Now, I understand why some of you might raise an eyebrow at seeing a one-loss team sitting behind a bunch of three- and four-loss squads. However, you need to understand one thing about how I put together my list: My power rankings are based upon where a team fits in the given week.
Joe's Top 10 for Week 16
1. [New Orleans Saints](/teams/neworleanssaints/profile?team=NO) (11-3)
- New England Patriots (11-3)
- San Francisco 49ers (11-3)
- Baltimore Ravens (10-4)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4)
- Green Bay Packers (13-1)
- Atlanta Falcons (9-5)
- Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
- Denver Broncos (8-6)
- New York Giants (7-7)
That's why we rank the teams on a week-to-week basis. If I wanted to put out a power rankings based on where I thought every team would be at the end of the season, I'd simply release two sets of rankings: one right before Week 1, and the other right after Week 17.
That being said, the Packers team I saw lose to the Chiefs on Sunday did not resemble a team I could justifiably place in the top spot of my rankings. Wideout Jordy Nelson was non-existent and tight end Jermichael Finley dropped too many balls. They couldn't really mount a running game, and I didn't think their offensive line protected Aaron Rodgers very well.
When you take all of those things into consideration, you have to ask: Is this the best team in football in Week 15? No. No, they're not.
Jennings influences what everyone else does in that offense, and he's such an important weapon for Rodgers because he has so much trust and confidence in him.
I don't believe necessarily that the Chiefs suddenly unveiled a new blueprint to take down the defending champs -- not many teams have the pass defense of Kansas City's caliber. As I've said multiple times this year: The only team that can beat the Packers is the Packers. That's exactly what we saw on Sunday, and ultimately, the reason why I dropped them was because they didn't deserve to be there this particular week.