Power Rankings Thus Far // With Help From Heist Films

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So to save you the trouble of reading some guy’s power rankings every week – I’m going to spare you this season, and me. Every two weeks and you get your annual “Power Rankings with A Little Help From Our Friend”s column by me.

Now one of the reasons because I thought it would be a lot harder to come up with themes – boy was I wrong.

After writing half of what I may personally describe as a mind blowing blog post about a fantastic movie and how it tied into this crazy NASCAR season thus far I had a what could only be described as a mind blowing thought.

Travis Kvapil’s car just got stolen. We are going to Las Vegas this week. Ocean’s 11, 12, 13 and 14 (Rumored) – WE HAVE TO DO HEIST MOVIES!

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Don’t worry – this mind blowing column/article/dribble that has already been written will see the light of day, some day, because don’t you worry I don’t always have epiphany’s and stellar ideas. Just ask my girlfriend – amirite?! (See that joke. Oh boy).

So this week I bring you, the best NASCAR drivers this 2015 Sprint Cup season thus far – with a little help from our friends, great American heist movies.

NO. 1 – JOEY LOGANO
1st at Daytona / 4th at Atlanta
–The Usual Suspects

Strausz: “Do you guys know who the fuck I am? Do you know who the fuck I am?”
Hockney: “We do now, jerk-off.”

We knew who Joey was after last year’s Chase. Not we certainly know who this little guy is.

NO. 2 – KEVIN HARVICK
2nd at Daytona / 2nd at Atlanta
–The Town

Doug MacRay: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we’re gonna hurt some people.”
James Coughlin: “…Whose car are we gonna’ take?”

Doesn’t matter where Harv is this year or what car he’s driving, he captured that Championship and doesn’t want to/won’t let go.

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NO. 3 – JIMMIE JOHNSON
5th at Daytona / 1st at Atlanta
–The Town

Claire Keesey: “Did you say your name was Jim or Gem?”
James Coughlin: “Well, huh, it’s kinda both. The teacher’s use to always say, ‘Here take this one. He’s a gem.'”

This was too easy and too good to pass up. But seriously, this guy is a gem isn’t he? Never misses a beat.

NO. 4 – DALE EARNHARDT JR.
3rd at Daytona / 3rd at Atlanta
–The Usual Suspects

McManus: “There’s nothing that can’t be done.”

Fenster: “Can you hear me in the back? Hello?”

Sure has been running pretty far up front this year – new crew chief and all. Don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.

NO. 5 – JEFF GORDON
33rd at Daytona / 41st at Atlanta
–Reservoir Dogs

Mr. Pink: “I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.”

33rd and 41st is not good, clearly. But it won’t last long, and if it does – this guy is going to see red. What are you going to do, fire him?

NO. 6 – MATT KENSETH
35th at Daytona // 5th at Atlanta
–The Town

Doug MacRay: “No matter how much you change, you still have to pay the price for the things you’ve done. So I got a long road. But I know I’ll see you again – this side or the other.”

He will see that Championship again. But maybe not this year..

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NO. 7 – MARTIN TRUEX JR.

8th at Daytona // 6th at Atlanta
–Inside Man

Madeliene White: “Well detective, there are matters at stake here that are a little bit above your pay grade. No offense.”
Keith Frazier: “Well, why don’t you just tell the mayor to raise my pay grade to the proper level, and problem solved.”

Pretty sure I predicted this before the season started. He’s too good to be tamed, even if it is in inferior equipment.

NO. 8 – DENNY HAMLIN
4th at Daytona // 38th at Atlanta
–Ocean’s 11

Turk Malloy: “I’m gonna get out of the car and drop you like third period French.”

Be careful Danica. Joey. Whomever it may be. There’s a handful of guys this year that seem on edge – Denny may be one of em.

NO. 9 – KASEY KAHNE
9th at Daytona // 14th at Atlanta
–Inside Man

Madeliene White: “The sooner you STOP being my problem and START being my solution the better off you’ll be.”

There’s no way that this is an actual quote from Rick Hendrick to Kasey right? He’s quietly having a good year.

NO. 10 – ARIC ALMIROLA
15th at Daytona // 11th at Atlanta
–Italian Job

Steve: “You blew the best thing you had going for you. You blew the element of surprise.”

Aric made the Chase last year. And he’s off to a hell of a start this year. No one will be surprised to see him race up front.

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NO. 11 – BRAD KESELOWSKI
41st at Daytona // 9th at Atlanta
–Italian Job

Steve: “Still don’t trust me?”
Stella: “I trust everyone. It’s the devil inside them I don’t trust.”

Wonder who (nobody) how there (everywhere) will take any crap (bumper cars) from Brad this year. HE HAS A LOT OF FRIENDS. (No he doesn’t).

NO. 12 – CLINT BOWYER
7th at Daytona // 24th at Atlanta
–The Town

James Coughlin: “If we get jammed up, we’re holding court on the street.”

I just feel like Clint drives around thinking this the whole damn time he’s driving. Or wish.

NO. 13 – RYAN NEWMAN
38th at Daytona // 10th at Atlanta
–Reservoir Dogs

Joe: “Let’s go to work.”

Ryan Newman is to NASCAR what Bill Belichek is to interviews – strictly business. Both, are good at their business.

NO. 14 – CARL EDWARDS
23rd at Daytona // 12th at Atlanta
–Ocean’s 11

Danny: “Thirteen million and you drive this piece of shit cross country to pick me up?
Rusty: Blew it all on the suit.”

Rightfully so, it’s been a transition to his new team. Hope the hype wasn’t the suit, in this, unreal, completely random scenario.

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NO. 15 – REGAN SMITH
16th at Daytona // 17th at Atlanta
NO. 16 – DAVID RAGAN
17th at Daytona // 18th at Atlanta
–Reservoir Dogs

Mr. Blonde: “Was that as good for you as it was for me?”

For stepping into two completely different, new cars for the Busch brothers just days before the start of the season – they should be completely ecstatic with their first two weeks.

Can’t wait to see how the rest of the season pans out for these two.

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“Quote, Unquote” // NASCAR Power Rankings No. 4

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Going on four what feels like a dozen races in to the 2014 NASCAR season, and it just keeps getting better doesn’t it? If you didn’t like the rubbin’ and racing at Bristol, then you can just get the hell out. Dale fell from grace this week, not too far, but we had quite the shakeup. If I was ranking on how they woulda, coulda and shoulda finished (and I was close), Mr. Kevin Harvick would be your clear number one driver. Thanks again for those engines Rick Hendrick! Either way, it has been a bleeping heck of a good time through four races, and next week we head back west to Fontana fun!

This week – because it has been raining like cats and dogs and they sure have been coincidentally been promoting the hell, sorry Jesus, out of this Noah movie. Ladies and gentlemen, Russell Crowe.

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1. Brad Keselowski (LW: 2) – American Gangster

FBI Agent: If you want, we can assign someone to you?

Detective Richie Roberts: FBI protection? My life is dangerous enough as it is!

2. Carl Edwards (LW: 7) – Noah

Noah: The beginning! The beginning of everything!

3. Kevin Harvick (LW: 3) – Gladiator

Robin Longstride: Ask me nicely.

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4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (LW: 4) – 3:10 to Yuma

Ben Wade: Remind me never to play poker in this town.

5. Jeff Gordon (LW: 6) – Robin Hood

Robin Longstride: Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.

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6. Joey Logano (LW: 4) – A Beautiful Mind

Nash: They are my past. Everyone is haunted by their past.

7. Denny Hamlin (LW: NR) – Gladiator 

Maximus: I am required to kill, so I kill. That is enough.

8. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 5) – Gladiator

Maximus: Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?

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9. Kasey Kahne (LW: NR) – Man of Steel

Jor-El: Our people can co-exist.

10. Matt Kenseth (LW: 9) – A Beautiful Mind

Nash: In competitive behavior someone always loses.

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Honorable Mention

Greg Biffle (LW: NR) – Mystery, Alaska

John Biebe: You’ve been smilin’ a lot lately.

Tony Stewart (LW: NR) – A Beautiful Mind

Nash: You wanted to see if I was crazy and would screw everything up if I actually won.

“Quote, Unquote” // NASCAR Power Rankings No. 3

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Three races in to the 2014 NASCAR season and it has been exciting as all get out. Dale Jr. rolled the dice (never gets old) in Vegas and came up short, just a little bit and the Karate Kid Brad Keselowski took home the victory. There wasn’t much of a shake up towards the top, but everyone else who hasn’t won a race yet this year really needs to figure their shit out. Next week we head to Bristol for some good ole short track racing! Boogity!

This week – because he has a Karate Kid of his own, and because rumors are going around that he recently died on a movie shoot, he didn’t we want to honor Will Smith. Remember, he didn’t die, believe it or not some things on the internet are not true. Unless you read it here. Ladies and gentlemen, Will Smith.

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (LW: 1) – Men In Black

Jay: There’s only one way off this planet, baby, and that’s through me.

2. Brad Keselowski (LW: 3) – Independence Day

Captain Steven Hiller: I ain’t heard no fat lady!

3. Kevin Harvick (LW: 2) – Independence Day

Captain Steven Hiller: I could’ve been at a barbecue!

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4. Joey Logano (LW: 9) – Men In Black

Jay: You know what the difference is between you and me? I make this look GOOD.

5. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 4) – Ali

Muhammad Ali: Is that all you got?

6. Jeff Gordon (LW: 5) – Enemy of the State

Robert Clayton Dean: Conspiracy theorists of the world unite.

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7. Carl Edwards (LW: 10) – Bad Boys

Mike Lowrey: Now that’s how you supposed to drive! From now on that’s how you drive!

8. Ryan Newman (LW: NR) – Hancock

Hancock: All of you people, blocking the intersection, you’re all idiots.

9. Matt Kenseth (LW: 7) – Hitch

Hitch: I just know that I want to be… miserable. Like, really miserable. But hey, if that’s what it takes for me to be happy, then… wait, that didn’t come out right.

10. Kyle Busch (LW: 6) – Wild Wild West

Capt. James West: Actually, I was thinking I’d stuff your little half-an-ass into one of these cannons and fertilize the landscape with ya.

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Honorable Mention

Paul Menard (LW: NR) – Bad Boys

Marcus Burnett: Hey man where-where-where’s your cup holder?

Mike Lowrey: I don’t have one.

Marcus Burnett: What the f- w’you mean you don’t have one? Eighty thousand dollars for this car and you ain’t got no damn cup holder?

Mike Lowrey: It’s $105,000 and this happens to be one of the fastest production cars on the planet. Zero to sixty in four seconds, sweetie. It’s a limited edition.

“Quote, Unquote” // NASCAR Power Rankings No. 2

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The second week in the 2014 NASCAR season is in the books. Mr. Kevin “Happy” Harvick won in the desert and is throwing his weight around in the Stewart-Haas Racing garage. He jumped a spot or two in the power rankings this week, and the one guy people may or may not have expected to be running so damn well at the start of the year isn’t going anywhere. Dale Jr. 1st and 2nd place. Ca’mon boys and girls. Jr. Nation is celebrating tonight!

This week – quotes from maybe the biggest come from behind Oscar winner of all-time, in honor of Matthew McConaghuey.

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (LW: 1) – Dallas Buyers Club

Ron Woodroof: Am I fucking dreaming?

2. Kevin Harvick (LW: 4) – Dazed And Confused

Wooderson: Let me tell you what Melba Toast is packin’ right here, all right. We got 4:11 Positrac outback, 750 double pumper, Edelbrock intake, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop-up pistons, turbo-jet 390 horsepower. We’re talkin’ some fuckin’ muscle.

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3. Brad Keselowski (LW: 6) — Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Connor Mead: I am begging you: don’t run away. You and Paul have something so rare, so powerful! Don’t chicken out now.

4. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 3) – Magic Mike

Dallas: Fact is, the law says you cannot touch!

Dallas: But I think I see a lotta lawbreakers up in this house tonight…

5. Jeff Gordon (LW: 7) – Dazed And Confused

Wooderson: Let me tell you this, the older you get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.

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6. Kyle Busch (LW: 5) – Dallas Buyers Club

Ron Woodroof: These fuckers are coming at me, man, from all angles. I wanna file a restraining order.

7. Matt Kenseth (LW: 8) – How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

Ben: Is that too soon to be seeing a therapist?

8. Denny Hamlin (LW: 2) – We Are Marshall

Jack Lengyel: One day, not today, not tomorrow, not this season, probably not next season either but one day, you and I are gonna wake up and suddenly we’re gonna be like every other team in every other sport where winning is everything and nothing else matters.

9.  Joey Logano (LW: NR) – How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

Ben: That’s what I was, huh? I was your guinea pig, somebody you can test your theories on.

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10. Carl Edwards (LW: NR) – Tropic Thunder

Rick Peck: How’s the adoption thing going?

Tugg Speedman: Not good.

Rick Peck: At least you get to choose yours. I’m stuck with mine.

Honorable Mention

Clint Bowyer (LW: HM) – Fool’s Gold

Ben ‘Finn’ Finnegan: Hey, boats sink! No one knows why!

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“Quote, UnQuote” // NASCAR Power Rankings No. 1

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The first week in the 2014 NASCAR season is in the books. Mr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won The Great American Race and is poised to win it all this year. Right? That’s how that works isn’t it? Well he isn’t really guaranteed a Championship, but he does have a spot in the Chase, so that’s a good start. And although the super speedways are every man and woman’s race, we still have to come up with a power rankings. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT AMERICA DOES. And because we like to go against the grain, and love movies – we thought we’d combine the two.

This week – quotes from some of the greatest comedies of all-time, in honor of Harold Ramis.

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. — Groundhog Day

Phil: I’m a god.

Rita: You’re God?

Phil: I’m a god. I’m not the God… I don’t think.

2. Denny Hamlin — Groundhog Day

Phil: I’m betting he’s going to swerve first.

3. Jimmie Johnson — Ghostbusters

Dr Ray Stantz: I think we’d better split up.

Dr. Egon Spengler: Good idea.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Yeah… we can do more damage that way.

4. Kevin Harvick — Animal HouseAnimal-House_a3933c4a_0

D-Day: We have an old saying in Delta House: don’t get mad, get even.

5. Kyle Busch — Caddyshack

Richard Richards: Better come in till this blows over.

Bishop: What do you think, fella?

Carl Spackler: I’d keep playing. I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite awhile.

Bishop: You’re right. Anyway, the Good Lord would never disrupt the best game of my life.

6. Brad Keselowski — Groundhog Daygroundhog-day-driving

Phil: It’s the same thing your whole life: “Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don’t mix beer and wine, ever.” Oh yeah: “Don’t drive on the railroad track.”

7. Jeff Gordon — Caddyshack

Ty Webb: I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.

8. Matt Kenseth — Caddyshack

Dr. Beeper: I thought you’d be the man to beat this year.

Ty Webb: I guess you’ll just have to keep beating yourself.

9. Kurt Busch — Ghostbusters

Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m gonna take back some of the things I said about you, Egon.

10. Paul Menard — CaddyshackMurray-Caddy-Shack-groundhog

Carl Spackler: Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

Honorable Mention

Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer — Animal House

Flounder: I can’t believe I threw up in front of Dean Wormer.

Boon: Face it, Kent. You threw up “on” Dean Wormer.

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NFL Power Rankings After Week 17

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The regular season is over, which means we have come to an end of the power rankings for the 2013 season.  The only appropriate way to send this out is our all time favorite thing to do… A quote column!  Since I am in the middle of my Friday Night Lights binge fest, I felt that I had to choose quotes for this show.  I mean, how could I not?  It’s hard to trim it down to ten.  Heck, I could use all of Coach Taylor’s quotes for the article, but I will mix it up.  Here we go… (Note: All quotes are from Season 1.  I didn’t want to spoil the glory of the show for myself)

Broncos1. Denver Broncos (13-3) LW (1) 

Coach Taylor: “Clear eyes, full hearts.”

Team: “CAN’T LOSE!”

If this isn’t part of Peyton Manning’s pregame speech, I’d be shocked.  Eric Taylor, excuse me Coach Taylor, reminds me of an older Peyton Manning with his motivational speeches.  With the defense down their leader in Von Miller and Peyton down to maybe his last shot at ring #2, I would expect this to be said in the locker room.  Along with, “Texas Forever!”  Except, ya know, Denver.

Seahawks2. Seattle Seahawks (13-3) LW (3)  

Smash Williams: “I seen my granddaddy make better blocks playing checkers.”

The past 3 weeks the Seahawks’ offensive line has allowed 12 sacks.  They were able to overcome it in 2 of those games, but they may not be so lucky come playoff time.  Lucky for them, they have a week off to prepare.  I’m sure that will be on the top of Pete Carroll’s list for the week off before they try to make their run to the Super Bowl.

Niners3. San Francisco 49ers (12-4) LW (2)  

Julie Taylor: “Dude, you need to chill out, I’m not ESPN.”

Last season at this time, ESPN was anointing Colin Kaepernick the next big thing.  He couldn’t be stopped.  The 49ers were a lock to get to the NFC title game.  Well this season has been a roller coaster for the young QB and Coach Harbaugh just wants to show everyone why he chose him as the starting QB. Ignore the critics and just play football young gun.  Playoffs are here and its Kaepernick’s time to shine.

Panthers4. Carolina Panthers (12-4) LW (4) 

Coach Taylor: “A few will never give up on you. When you go back out on the field, those are the people I want in your minds. Those are the people I want in your hearts.”

Remember week 5?  The Panthers sure do.  That was when people were calling this a lost season and wanting Riverboat Ron to be fired.  Well the Panthers faithful never gave up on Ron and Cam Newton and guess what? They were rewarded.  Since then, they have gone 11-1.  Yes, 11-1 and have gotten a first round bye.  Throughout the playoffs, the Panthers just have to stay focused and remember what got them here.  Who knows, that may be the trick to a Super Bowl run.

Patriots5. New England Patriots (12-4) LW (5) 

Announcer: “Feed the dogs, spit the fire, lock up your daughters. Turn on the radio, sit down, and shut up ’cause it is game time, people!”

I can only imagine this has been uttered by the Patriots play-by-play staff once or twice in their time in the booth.  They solidified their spot as the #2 seed in the AFC and are playing the Patriot football we’ve all come to loathe over the years.  If Terrific Tom and Coach Belichick can pull it off this year, it may be their greatest performance of all time and we may be hearing this phrase come Super Bowl Sunday.
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Coach Taylor: “Are we not clear that in five days a group of men will be coming down here to destroy you? Is that… is that not clear?”
The Bengals are in and facing off against probably the worst team in the playoffs.  That doesn’t mean they should look past this game.  We are seeing Phillip Rivers 2.0 and while that may not be the most intimidating thing in the world, it still gives a reason to be concerned.  Plus, as seen in week 17, Andy Dalton can implode and throw 4 picks at any time.  And in the playoffs, they may not be quite as lucky to get the win.
Colts7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) LW (8) 

Coach Taylor: “When Jason Street went down the first game of the season, everybody wrote us off. Everybody. And yet here we are at the championship game. Forty thousand people out there have also written us off. But there are a few out there who still believe in you.”

The Colts started off the year with high expectations after wins over the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos, like your Dillon Panthers.  When the team’s Jason Street, Reggie Wayne, went down, things quickly unraveled, until three weeks ago.  Now they are back in fine form and looking to make a run.  It may not be the championship game, but it sure could be in a month’s time.

Saints8. New Orleans Saints (11-5) LW (10) 

Buddy Garrity: “You know what, Eric? I’ll always care about the Panthers. Pam can cut off my head n’ stick it on a pike, but I’ll always care about the Panthers!”

Sean Payton cares about this team more than life itself.  He brought them back.  Saved them after the hurricane.  After all of that, he was suspended for a year.  He could have easily gotten out of town and taken over the Cowboys job, but instead he stuck with the team and brought them back to the playoffs. With Brees at the helm of this prolific offense, they are one scary team come playoff time.

Cheifs9. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) LW (9)

Jason Street: “I think that if he plays up in Dallas like he played last Friday night, they’re gonna eat him for breakfast.”

Two weeks ago the Chiefs faced off against the Colts and it wasn’t pretty. Andrew Luck torched them and the offense couldn’t get going.  If the Chiefs want to pull off the upset and advance, most likely setting up a third showdown against the Broncos, Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith are going to have to step up.  It’s their time to shine.

Eagles10. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) LW (NR) 

Smash Williams: “Coach Mac, I…”

Coach Mac: “They made a mistake, son.  Just like me.”

I can imagine this may have been a conversation that Chip Kelly and Riley Cooper had at the beginning of the year.  Riley was filmed making derogatory comments and when he came to Coach Kelly, who was under scrutiny for recruiting violations while at Oregon, he forgave him and moved on with the year. What a difference that has made at this team is now united and possibility the hottest team heading into the playoffs.  Fear the Eagles.

NFL Power Rankings After Week 16

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The AFC has one open spot, yet only one seed is determined.  Meanwhile, they NFC has three spots open, and no seeding determined.  It is going to be a great week for some football.  Here’s how things are looking going into the finals week:

  1. BroncosDenver 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.
  2. NinersSan 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.
  3. SeahawksSeattle 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.
  4. PanthersCarolina 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.
  5. PatriotsNew 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!!
  6. BengalsCincinnati 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.
  7. CardinalsArizona 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.
  8. ColtsIndianapolis 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.
  9. CheifsKansas 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.
  10. SaintsNew 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.