By Don Banks
December 17, 2008

Fifteen weeks in the books and so much for what we thought we knew. A Titans-Giants Super Bowl matchup? Not so fast, Sparky. Our top two teams in last week's power rankings both went down to Texas and had themselves a lost weekend, failing to even score a touchdown between them. Tennessee looked punchless in a 13-12 loss at Houston, and New York was run over by a desperate bunch of Cowboys in Dallas.

So, we start anew, re-configuring our top five to make room at the top for the surging Steelers, winners of five in a row, and a Panthers team that is starting to demand respect and attention. Things should be a whole lot clearer next week at this time, with both conferences featuring a game that matches its potential top two seeds head to head: Carolina at New York in the NFC, and Pittsburgh at Tennessee in the AFC.

Clarity is on the way. At least that's the idea. (Send comments to Don Banks.)

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