Randall's weekly NFL power rankings

The Green Bay Packers' first loss could be a blessing. (REUTERS/Dave Kaup)

The Green Bay Packers' first loss could be a blessing. (REUTERS/Dave Kaup)

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:17 PM ET

Randall the Handle’s weekly NFL power rankings plus his Thursday night pick:

Rank Team Last week Comments

1 Green Bay Packers 1 First loss could be a blessing.

2 New England Patriots 2 Not many challengers for AFC supremacy.

3 New Orleans Saints 6 Brees has offence in full throttle.

4 San Francisco 49ers 8 Have allowed a paltry 185 points.

5 Atlanta Falcons 10 Monday in Big Easy may tell us more.

6 Baltimore Ravens 3 Doesn’t anyone want this division?

7 Houston Texans 4 Too many parts in for repair.

8 Pittsburgh Steelers 5 Remained in black-out after power returned.

9 Dallas Cowboys 11 You just know that drama awaits.

10 Detroit Lions 12 Lucky that Raiders were in the spirit of giving.

11 New York Giants 7 Despite losing 5 of 6, still in playoff hunt.

12 New York Jets 9 Road killed.

13 Denver Broncos 13 Perhaps defence was also overrated.

14 San Diego Chargers 16 Don’t look now...

15 Cincinnati Bengals 17 Only AFC North team with weekend win.

16 Philadelphia Eagles 21 Must now root for Jets team they just beat.

17 Oakland Raiders 18 Haven’t been to playoffs in eight years.

18 Seattle Seahawks 19 More take-aways from Bears than Goldilocks.

19 Arizona Cardinals 20 The ‘Skelton’ is out of the closet.

20 Chicago Bears 14 Fading fast.

21 Miami Dolphins 22 Reggie Bush playing like college days.

22 Washington Redskins 23 First sweep of Giants since ‘99.

23 Carolina Panthers 24 Figure to be heard from in 2012.

24 Kansas City Chiefs 28 Just how bad was Todd Haley?

25 Tennessee Titans 15 Losing to winless Colts has to sting.

26 Cleveland Browns 30 The perpetual rebuilding franchise.

27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29 Raheem Morris’ days are numbered.

28 Minnesota Vikings 25 Future appears rough in tough division.

29 Jacksonville Jaguars 27 New owner brings fresh vision.

30 Buffalo Bills 26 Were 4-1 to start, 1-8 since.

31 Indianapolis Colts 32 Still first in line for top pick in April.

32 St. Louis Rams 31 Had to wind up here eventually.

THURSDAY NIGHT PICK

Texans (10-4) at Colts (1-13)

LINE: HOUSTON BY 6

Colts shook a monkey off their backs with first win of season last week over the Titans, Indianapolis’ first win without Peyton Manning at quarterback since 1997. However, Dan Orlovsky was anything but impressive, having thrown for a mere 82 yards in his first career win spanning seven years and nine starts. The Texans figure to get back on their horse after taking a breather against the Panthers last week, on the heels of locking up their first-ever playoff berth. Houston is too strong defensively against a Colts team that has trouble moving the ball.

TAKING: TEXANS –6


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