- Denver Broncos (12-3) LW (2) – As if it wasn’t already decided, Peyton pretty much locked up the best regular season QB of all time. All he needs is a little over 200 yards and he’ll the most yards AND touchdown’s in a season. Now let’s just see him do it in the playoffs… without the team’s best defensive player. Good luck.
- San Francisco 49ers (11-4) LW (4) – Winners of 5 straight, they still have a chance for a first round bye, with a win over the Cardinals. They also have a chance to end up with the #6 seed with a loss. The wild card teams this year are going to be good.
- Seattle Seahawks (12-3) LW (1) – In the beginning of the year, a win over the Rams would have been a given. Now not so much. A win still gives them home field advantage throughout the playoffs, while a loss could result in a #5 seed and a 3-3 division record on the year. Wow is the NFC West stacked.
- Carolina Panthers (11-4) LW (7) – A win over the lowly Falcons and they have a first round bye. A Seahawks loss to the Rams + a 49ers win over the Cardinals and they have home field advantage. Let that soak in. Riverboat Ron has done wonders this year. Let’s just see if he can continue that success in the post season.
- New England Patriots (11-4) LW (5) – This week was the first time they’ve looked good in the second half of the season. It’s a perfect time for them because if they lose this week, they could end up with the #4 seed. Let’s go Bills!!
- Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) LW (8) – With the game clearly out of hand, Marvin Lewis wanted to make a statement going into the final week, continuing to let Andy Dalton torch the Vikings. Now, they need to avenge their week 10 loss to the Ravens to give them the #3 seed at worst.
- Arizona Cardinals (10-5) LW (9) – So the Cardinals could win and still not make the playoffs? That just doesn’t seem fair. The West has 3 teams clearly better than anyone in the NFC North or East, but if the Saints win this week, then we could see an 11-5 or 10-6 Cardinals team watching the playoffs from home.
- Indianapolis Colts (10-5) LW (10) – And they’re back? Looking for their first marquee win since Broncos in week 7, they were able to knock off their potential first round matchup in the playoffs, the KC Chiefs. Potential is the key word, as they could still end up with a first round bye or the #3 seed. They just need the Bengals and/or Patriots to lose this week.
- Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) LW (3) – That bye week has been the worst thing in the world for this team. They’re 2-4 since then and are now firmly locked in the #5 seed so I suppose they shouldn’t even try against Rivers and Co. this week. They’re still a scary matchup in the first round of the playoffs… As long as they give the ball to Charles.
- New Orleans Saints (10-5) LW (6) – Never has a team been more dependent on home field advantage. They are 7-0 at home, while boasting a 3-5 record on the road. Lucky for them, the #2 seed is still a possibility for them as long as Panthers lose this week.
And we’re back! A week off has helped me recover and prepare for this weeks rankings. There was a lot of cleaning up to do. Not sure if that was a lack of great performances from the top teams in the league, or the “football expert” himself not knowing what he was doing. Give him a break though guys. He’s a first timer.*
- Seattle Seahawks (12-2) LW (2) – Playing Eli Manning sure makes any team feel great. The Seahawks’ stellar defense picked him off 5 times and controlled the game from the get go. Being one of the lone top teams to win this week makes them a shoe in for the top spot.
- Denver Broncos (11-3) LW (1) – The resurgence of Phillip Rivers was too much for them to handle. Peyton looked average, in his terms, this week, and the run game was nonexistent. Looks like the AFC’s best isn’t invincible after all.
- Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) LW (7) – After Jamaal Charles just torched the Raiders and single handedly won many fantasy playoffs in this one, the one seed is still up for grabs. They’ll have to win out and hope that Peyton’s noodle arm makes a comeback in one of the next two weeks.
- San Francisco 49ers (10-4) LW (5) – They own the longest winning streak in the league at 4 and its perfect timing with only two weeks left before the playoffs. The passing game is back, which was surely aided by the return of Michael Crabtree. Tough luck though. At best, they’ll be the 5 seed.
- New England Patriots (10-4) LW (4) – Tommy Boy sure did miss Gronk this week. While Amendola and Edleman did indeed step up this week, it wasn’t quite enough as Tommy couldn’t muster another last second win and instead threw a pick in the endzone with 2 seconds left to lose the game. The Patriots will have to fix those road blues, because at this rate, they’ll only have one home game come playoff time.
- New Orleans Saints (10-4) LW (3) – What was that? I mean really? Kellen Clemmons can’t win football games. Drew Brees is twice the quarterback that he is. While the latter statement is true, somehow the first is not. The Rams put on a show over the Saints and has left Sean Payton looking to make some replacements this upcoming week. That’s never a good sign.
- Carolina Panthers (10-4) LW (8) – At one point, a 6 seed looked like the best case scenario. Now, there is the potential of getting the 2 seed and a first round bye. All they have to do is win out and beat the Saints in the process, which is no easy task.
- Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) LW (6) – There chances to move into the 2 seed were quickly squashed, as division rival Pittsburgh dominated the whole game in this one. An easy week ahead with the Vikings coming to town will hopefully give them some momentum before they faceoff against the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens in week 17.
- Arizona Cardinals (9-5) LW (10) – 9-5 gets you in the playoffs, right? Not so fast my friend. In the NFC it looks like the Cardinals could finish 11-5 and still get left out of the playoffs, while the Bears and Eagles will probably get in with records of 9-7. That’s rough.
- Indianapolis Colts (9-5) LW (NR) – The most unpredictable team in the league is your very own Indianapolis Colts. One week, nothing goes right, while the next nothing goes wrong. That’s great and all, but you’d like to think that this team is a Reggie Wayne injury away from being the 2 seed in the AFC.
*He didn’t do too bad did he folks? NFL Power Rankings After Week 14
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- John Dudley’s Week 16 NFL Power Rankings (goerie.com)
There was some great football to be had this long holiday weekend… Just not much on Sunday. The Thanksgiving special left Adam ecstatic, while Sunday’s early contest all but locked up the AFC South for Nick’s Colts. The rest of the playoff picture continued to become clearer, as the Seahawks locked up the first playoff birth of the season.
- Seattle Seahawks (11-1) LW (1) – Well that closes the debate as to the best team in football. The Seahawks dominated the Monday night matchup against the Saints. Granted it was at home, but it looks like if any other team wants to come out of the NFC for the Super Bowl, they’ll have to travel to Seattle.
- Denver Broncos (10-2) LW (3) – And it looks like the Broncos will control their fate in the AFC, as they defeated the Chiefs once again and basically locked up their division. However, a loss would most likely mean all paths would lead through New England.
- New Orleans Saints (9-3) LW (2) – Are the wheels coming off? After barely beating the 49ers and Falcons, the Saints were finally unable to pull off the W against the Seahawks. They will have a quick turnaround too, as Carolina comes into town for part 1 of the division crown showdown.
- Carolina Panthers (9-3) LW (4) – What is going to cause this team to finally lose? Maybe the Saints? Ask me that even 3-4 weeks ago, I say without a doubt. Oh how the tides have turned. Now it looks like the Panthers are the ones with the all powerful momentum on their side in this one.
- New England Patriots (9-3) LW (5) – This team might be one of the most confusing in football. I was ready to anoint them the best of the AFC, but they could barely defeat the worst team in the league and had to do so with two late field goals. The schedule looks easy the rest of the way, but that may be a trap for this team.
- San Francisco 49ers (8-4) LW (7) – They finally have a shot at redemption. Last time they faced off against the Seahawks, they were obliterated. They’ve had some time to find themselves since then and now get the Seahawks at home. The division crown is all but out of reach, but you know that Harbaugh would love to have some bragging rights over Carroll.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) LW (6) – Uh oh. Three straight losses following the bye cannot have the fans in KC feeling very confident. Their defense has played sub-par, at best, the past 3 weeks and will need a quick turnaround to help right the ship. Lucky for them their next two are against the lowly Washington football team and the Raiders. Just what the doctor ordered.
- Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) LW (8) – The battle for the 3 seed is on the line this upcoming week. Cincy gets this one at home, which may be just enough to give them the advantage. We will soon find out won’t we Big Red!
- Dallas Cowboys (7-5) LW (10) – Two weeks in a row?! That has to be some kind of a record. Tony Romo looked great, as per usual, and DeMarco Murray showed signs of life from the running game. The rest of the schedule sets up for them nicely before a battle for the East against the Eagles in Week 17.
- Indianapolis Colts (8-4) LW (NR) – And they’re back! Yes, they do deserve this spot, no matter how much grief I get. They locked up the South and looked a little rejuvenated with the benching of Trent Richardson. However, they are going to need to click on all cylinders this week against the Bengals.
- NFL Power 10- Week 14 (itsbostonsean.wordpress.com)
- NFL Power Rankings: Week 14 (thasportsjunkies101.wordpress.com)
- NFL Week 14 Picks: Predicting the Week’s Most Crucial Matchups (ridenpine.com)
It was a week where anything was possible. The Bucs had the game against the Seahawks won, until the players realized winning would only keep Greg Schiano around longer. Andrew Luck performed magic once again and the JETS continued to shock us. Thoughts and prayers go out to Gary Kubiak and John Fox on speedy recoveries.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Quick, how many people had the Chiefs having the best record in the NFL going into their bye week? No one? Can’t say I’m surprised. This bye comes at a perfect time too as they are going to need every second of the next two weeks to prepare for their trip to Denver to face off against Peyton.
- Denver Broncos – Right off of a bye, Denver faces a brutal stretch. A trap game against the resurgence of Phil Rivers is next on the plate and if they are too busy looking ahead to the KC showdown, they may just fall in this one.
- Indianapolis Colts – What happened in the first half? Case Keenum dismantled this defense and if it weren’t for Wade Phillips having to call plays in the second half, Andrew Luck may have never had a chance to pull off one of his patented 4th quarter comebacks. The schedule sets up nicely in the next couple of weeks and they better work on that defense if they really want to contend in the AFC.
- San Francisco 49ers – In Harbaugh’s case, he is hoping that the bye hasn’t cooled off his team, as they rattled off 5 straight after losing to two of the best teams in football. A game against those frisky panthers looking to prove their worth awaits them this week.
- New Orleans Saints – Going 2-2 against the AFC East is not what Sean Payton had in mind before the start of the season. America’s team comes to town this week and we could see a high scoring affair, as long the Saints don’t have a hangover.
- New England Patriots – Tom Brady finally looked like himself. He must have gotten a little jealous of Gisele’s new spread and wanted to prove himself to her. Either way, he has a week to rest and think of ways to repeat that 400 yard, 4 TD performance against the Steelers.
- Seattle Seahawks – Seattle I do not hate you, but what is going on right now? A week after needing a goal line stand to beat the lowly Rams, they needed overtime to beat, wait for it. You’re not going to believe me when I tell you this; the dysfunctional Bucs! So Percy, you’re coming back soon, right?
- Cincinnati Bengals – An overtime safety is not a normal occurrence (it’s only happened 3 times), but that is exactly what happened to the Bengals this week. And not in a good way. However, the state of the division shouldn’t have them too concerned and as long as they get through the next two weeks, Baltimore and Cleveland, they should have it in the bag.
- Detroit Lions – It’s hard to really “win” the bye week, but if it’s possible the Lions definitely did. With the Bears’ upset of the Packers, the Lions move into first place with the tiebrakers and with both teams starting backup QBs for the next three weeks, they can really widen the gap in the division.
- New York Jets* – This has been a roller coaster year for the Jets, as they have alternated wins and losses every week. However, having two of those wins be over the Patriots and Saints really has them on the right track, at least for one week.
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Not much changed this week as most of the favorites pulled out victories. We saw the continued demise of the Falcons and Texans, two teams firmly placed in almost all playoff pictures, and a state of complete disarray in the NFC East. Here’s on the rankings stack up:
- Kansas City Chiefs – They may not be a pretty 8-0, but they are still undefeated. Once again facing off against a less than stellar quarterback, the Chiefs cut it close. The magic might be showing signs of wearing off, but until that happens, there’s still plenty of room aboard this bandwagon.
- Indianapolis Colts – A much needed bye week was used to find who is going to fill the void of the team’s most reliable receiver in Reggie Wayne, that was placed on IR. Former first round pick, Darrius Heyward-Bay needs to step up if this team wants to hang with the AFC’s best in the second half.
- Denver Broncos – Were the Broncos that good, or the Washington football team that bad? After trailing 21-14 going into the fourth quarter, Peyton decided to step up and Mike Shanahan decided to crumble in his old stomping grounds. Even with the 31 point fourth quarter outburst, the Broncos are continuing to show signs of flaws that need fixing if a long playoff run is going to be in the cards.
- New Orleans Saints – The Saints are continuing to look like the best of the best in the NFC. Another dominating performance by Brees has this team sitting pretty atop the division. To think, they’re one magical Tom Brady play away from being undefeated.
- San Francisco 49ers – Jim Haurbaugh must have put “Michael’s Secret Stuff” in the water bottles in the past 5 weeks because no team has looked as dominating as the 49ers. The passing game stills leaves room for desire, but the running game is the best in the game and keeping this team in Super Bowl talks heading into the bye week.
- Cincinnati Bengals – After surviving three straight weeks of close contests, the Bengals decided enough is enough. They came out and put a stomping on the Jets and Andy Dalton threw 5 touchdowns! This kid is finally proving he may have that something special and the Bengals are looking to have the division in the bag.
- Seattle Seahawks – Yes, they did win and yes they are 7-1, but needing a goal stand against Kellen Clemens to win should not be the case… ever! And someone explain to me how Marshawn Lynch only gained 23 yards against a team that allows 116 yards a game! Enough with my rant, Seahawks you deserve the fall in the rankings.
- New England Patriots – A 14 point deficit and only 59 total yards left the home team faithful disgruntled at halftime. Bill Belichick worked his magic over the break and the Patriots roared out of the gates to leave the 3rd ahead of their division foe and on their way to victory. They do continue to win, but it looks like we are slowly seeing the end of a dynasty.
- Green Bay Packers – The offense is finally starting to look like less of a one-trick pony and more of a finely tuned machine. They rank 5th in passing yards and 3rd in rushing yards, as they gave the RBs the rock more than they did Rodgers this week as they pulled out the victory. Its that kind of versatility that is going to help them contend with the NFCs best.
- Detroit Lions – The Lions outsmarted the Cowboys to pull out the improbable victory and gain the final spot on the rankings. Megatron racked up over 300 yards receiving in this game alone and the Lions are looking good heading into their bye.
- Updated NFL Rankings (stooches.wordpress.com)
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The first bye week came at a perfect time for the Packers, as they try to recoup for a surprising 1-2 start to the season. Meanwhile, the Broncos hope they never have a bye, as Peyton continues to go off and the Jags just want to move to Los Angeles already.
- Denver Broncos – In the words of the elder Oh’s Knows Bro in regards to next week’s matchup, “The Cowboys will linger in the first half, get a turnover or two, and then Peyton will decide to come alive and crush them in the 4th.” Sounds about right, minus the waiting until the 4th to come alive. Peyton has been too good this year.
- Seattle Seahawks – “Guys, you know that Matt Schaub is the starting QB, right? I understand we aren’t at home, but could you put it together please?” – Pete Carroll, start of the 4th quarter. This game was all Texans until the Seahawks turned on the light switch and pulled out the W in OT. Here’s me hoping that my new crush will falter next week against my favorite team; the Colts.
- New Orleans Saints – “Take out Tannehill’s knees! Get Wallace going over the middle!… Oh wait, don’t do that, we don’t need to go through this again.” – Sean Peyton. The Saints are proving everyone wrong and showing their more than just a high-powered offense. The defense shut down the Dolphins, without any bounties (that we know of) and will look to continue to improve, as they start to make the Seahawks feel nervous.
- New England Patriots – “Alright Tom, we get it. Sorry for getting rid of all of your receivers and signing the most injury prone player to replace them. Will you forgive us and get back to Patriots football this week?” – Robert Kraft. Tom and the gang finally looked like the Patriots team we have been accustomed to seeing and will only get better once Gronk and Amendola return.
- Kansas City Chiefs* – “So you’re telling me we don’t get the NFC East every week? We actually have to play a football team this week? Coach I was getting used to this.” – Every Chiefs player. The Chiefs are the lowest rated unbeaten, partially because they went 2-14 last year and partially because they best team they’ve played is the 2-2 Cowboys (sorry Adam). They will finally have a chance to prove themselves as they travel to the 3-1 Titans this week.
- Detroit Lions – “So I know this might be a bad time, but when I played well at USC they paid me extra cash. Could we set that up again?” – Reggie Bush. The Lions are for real this year and Bush is a big part of it. A win against the Packers this week will solidify their spot at the top of the NFC North.
- Miami Dolphins – “One more game until the bye. Let’s show everyone we aren’t a fluke!” – Joe Philbin. After squeaking out two wins against the Falcons and Colts, the Dolphins couldn’t hang with the Saints. A matchup with the beatable Ravens is in the fold can help the Dolphins improve to 4-1 going into their bye.
- Indianapolis Colts – “Coach? Why were there no fans in the stands? More people came to my college games.” – Every Colts player (even the guys from FCS schools). The Colts had a nice tune up game and probably would have gotten more competition from an inner squad scrimmage. They will have all the competition they need this next week as they host the Seahawks.
- Chicago Bears – “Yay! We only lost by 8! Way to get those garbage time TD’s Jay!” – Mark Trestman. This game was not as close as the final score shows, as the Bears were dismantled by the Lions. It doesn’t get any easier, as they face the Saints next week… at least it’s at home.
- Tennessee Titans – “Perfect, we get the 0-4 Chiefs next… wait, you mean they are 4-0? (Gulp) What happened to last year’s team?” – Chris Johnson. The typo of the column award goes to the Titans this week, as they are now 3-1 and playing great. Bad news, just when Jake Locker decided to prove the Oh’s Knows Bros wrong, he gets injured for the next 4-8 weeks. Bummer.
*Eff off Nick.
Peyton Manning continued to do Peyton Manning things, the Cowboys discovered their running game, and the Colts shocked the world with their thrashing of the 49ers. Week 3 continued to mix things up in the middle of the rankings, while the top 2 teams don’t look like they’re going anywhere.
- DENVER BRONCOS – Peyton Manning is a machine. Granted, it was the Raiders, but he looks to be unstoppable – throwing for another 3 scores to bring his season total to 12, a record through 3 games. Just think what this team will do when they’re at full strength, as long as they don’t cheat any more drug tests.
- SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Not that anyone expected differently, but the fact that Russell Wilson through for 4 TD’s before the end of the 3rd quarter and then got benched must show just how great this team really is… or how awful the Jaguars really are.
- NEW ORLEAN SAINTS – The offense’s ability was never going to be in question. What is a real surprise is that this below average defense from the previous year has really stepped up. Maybe having Sean Payton back is a bigger deal than people realize.
- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – They’re still the Patriots and last time I checked the ugg boat wearing QB and sleeveless hoodie wearing head coach were around. Until proven otherwise, they’re the cream of the crop in the AFC East.
- MIAMI DOLPHINS* – Look out for those Dolphins however. All they’ve done is beat two playoff teams in back to back weeks and looked great in the process. This week they face-off against one of the remaining unbeaten’s where a win would show that this team is for real.
- CHICAGO BEARS – That defense is something else. They let the Steelers get closer than some thought they should, and only beat the Vikings by 1, but this team just keeps on winning. In Jay Cutler the Bears trust.
- KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – New QB? New head coach? Not a problem for these Chiefs as Alex Smith and Andy Reid have them doing better than the two teams that banished them after last season. Karma has come back to bite the 49ers and Eagles.
- CINCINNATI BENGALS – The week 1 loss keeps looking better and better and a great win against the Packers helped move this team up in the ranks. Andy Dalton may not be an elite QB, but in the words of DJ Khaled, since week 1 all he has done is “Win, Win, Win, no matter what.”
- BALTIMORE RAVENS – The first week wasn’t pretty, but the Ravens are back into their playoff form from last year. With a leader that misses the birth of his second child for the big game, the Ravens have a dedicated starter. Whether he made the right choice or not is to be determined.
- HOUSTON TEXANS – This team needs a turn around fast. Looking good for one half against the Chargers, followed by an overtime win over the Titans, and getting blown out by the Ravens isn’t going to turn anyone into believers. The Colts and Titans are looking to take over the division crown if things don’t pick up in Houston.
- NFL power rankings, Week 4: Bears, Patriots rising (sbnation.com)
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