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Week 17 power rankings

Brandon Tate, Tom Brady

Well, this is it.  The last PFT power rankings of the 2010 season.

Take a moment to compose yourselves.

Now, take several moments to read over the final rankings, and to insult our judgments and explanations.  It’s your last chance to insult us until September.

OK, it’s your last chance to insult us in this specific context.

1.  New England Patriots (No. 1; 14-2):  It’s 2007 all over again, but without the pressure of being undefeated.

2.  Atlanta Falcons (No. 4; 13-3):  The road to the Jerry Dome goes through the Georgia Dome.

3.  Baltimore Ravens (No. 3; 12-4):  John Harbaugh’s team could soon be knocking Jim Harbaugh’s name out of the headlines.

4.  Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 5; 12-4):  They’ll go as far as Troy Polamalu can carry them.

5.  New Orleans Saints (No. 2; 11-5):  On Saturday in Seattle, the Saints will get a taste of what the Cardinals and Vikings had to deal with last year in the Superdome.

6.  Indianapolis Colts (No. 9; 10-6):  The Colts have a four-game winning streak.  The real question is whether they still have the weapons to win four more in a row.

7.  Chicago Bears (No. 6; 11-5):  If the Bears face Atlanta for the NFC crown, it’s going to be hard not to pick the road team to win.

8.  New York Jets (No. 8; 11-5):  If a one-and-out experience in the postseason won’t shut up Rex Ryan, nothing ever will.

9. Green Bay Packers (No. 11; 10-6):  The offense cooled off just enough in Week 17 to raise doubts about the Packers’ ability to go 2-0 in Philly this year.

10.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 12; 10-6):  Do they give out an award for the best team to miss the playoffs?

11.  Philadelphia Eagles (No. 7; 10-6):  The Eagles left their miracles in the Meadowlands.

12.  Kansas City Chiefs (No. 10; 10-6):  The Chiefs could be a dangerous road team in the playoffs, if they can first win at home against an even more dangerous road team in the playoffs.

13.  New York Giants (No. 14; 10-6):  It may be time for the Giants to ask themselves whether Eli Manning is the right guy to lead the offense over the long haul.

14.  Detroit Lions (No. 15; 6-10):  Everyone will be picking the Lions to make the playoffs in 2011.  Given the Lions’ luck of late, it likely means that a lockout will cancel the entire season.

15. Oakland Raiders (No. 18; 8-8):  Only in Oakland would the head coach who finally pulls the team back to .500 be in danger of getting fired.

16.  San Diego Chargers (No. 16; 9-7):  Hey, at least they won’t lose in the first round of the playoffs.

17. Dallas Cowboys (No. 23; 6-10):  Well, at least they fulfilled their goal of winning their last game of the season.

18.  Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 17; 8-8):  If the Jags make the playoffs in 2011, hopefully Wayne Weaver won’t give Jack Del Rio another five-year contract.

19.  Seattle Seahawks (No. 28; 7-9):  Yes, they deserve this spot in the rankings.  Now, watch them beat the Saints on Saturday.

20.  St. Louis Rams (No. 13; 7-9):  With Sam Bradford in hand, the Rams will rule the NFC West until the other three teams get their own quarterback situations under control.  In other words, the Rams will rule the NFC West until Bradford retires.

21.  Miami Dolphins (No. 19; 7-9):  For not having a consistently good quarterback, they’ve actually done well over the last decade.

22. Minnesota Vikings (No. 20; 6-10):  Call us crazy, but Joe Webb could become a very good quarterback.

23.  San Francisco 49ers (No. 23; 6-10):  Vernon Davis says the players were afraid of Mike Singletary.  It would have been far more newsworthy if they weren’t.

24.  Cincinnati Bengals (No. 21; 4-12):  You know things are bad in Cincinnati when Marvin Lewis may opt for unemployment over returning as head coach.

25. Houston Texans (No. 31; 6-10):  Maybe the 10th time will be the charm.

26. Arizona Cardinals (No. 22; 5-11):  Hey, playing in the postseason can get expensive.

27. Washington Redskins (No. 24; 6-10):  We’re sort of rooting for Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb to end up on the same team in 2011.  And for that team to win the Super Bowl.

28. Cleveland Browns (No. 26; 5-11):  If Brett Favre decides to come back for one more year, Cleveland actually could be his best fit.

29.  Tennessee Titans (No. 29; 6-10):  From 5-2 to 1-8, why do the Titans need to even consider whether it’s time for a coaching change?

30.  Buffalo Bills (No. 25; 4-12):  The challenge for 2011 will be to build a defense to complement an underrated offense.  And to win more than four games.

31.  Denver Broncos (No. 30; 4-12):  Hey, if John Elway is going to run the team, why not make Tim Tebow the coach?

32.  Carolina Panthers (No. 32; 2-14):  We’ve got a feeling that the best Stanford quarterback since Elway will be taking a page from his “I dare you to draft me” playbook.

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  1. holeinone09 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:15 AM

    Sorry, but no way the Ravens should be rated higher than the Steelers. The Steelers finished the season with blowouts the last 2 games, different than how the Ravens finished although they also won both games. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh also won the last meeting between the 2 teams. But, it really doesn’t matter what PFT thinks these ratings are, they are merely for speculation and to stimulate discussion. Both the Steelers and Ravens are quality hard-nosed teams who will likely play for the third time on 1/15. Then, the Steelers can make their point and win.

    BTW, frankly, I don’t think Atlanta should be ahead of the Steelers right now either!

    GO STEELERS!!

  2. noloveforthembucs says: Jan 4, 2011 9:28 AM

    In a case of too much love for them Bucs. In no way should they be ahead of any playoff team other than than the Seahawks.

  3. jkay123 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:31 AM

    that is just absurd, if eli manning should be the QB over the long haul, and what? look for a qb the next 10 seasons? it isnt that easy to replace a guy who threw over 30 td’s and 4000 yards, playing with a makeshift O line and an injured WR core. The reality is, at least 10 of his interceptions came at the hands of his WR’s, balls they should have caught tipped off their hands into a dbacks, or bouncing off their chests. HE throws for over 20-30 td’s a yr, give me a break.

  4. woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 9:37 AM

    @holeinone09

    You stole me thunder with that one. I would like to see how someone could justify the Ravens being ahead of the Steelers.

    Ravens lost to Atl, beat the Saints.
    Steelers lost to the Saints, beat Atl.

    The big difference is that the Steelers lost to the Jets… a playoff team. The Ravens lost to the Bengals… enough said.

  5. woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 9:38 AM

    Though it is extremely unlikely that the will play on 1-15… I can’t see the Jets beating Indy.

  6. jlb10 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:46 AM

    the lions over the raiders? seriously?

  7. gallopingghost says: Jan 4, 2011 9:47 AM

    Surprising that you rank the Bears behind the Colts, but ahead of the Pack. I’d be mad if the Packers had a better ranking, but both teams are more complete than Indy.

    What’s even more interesting is that you think the Bears would have an edge on the Falcons. Again, I agree their style of defense is about the only thing that could knock Atlanta of their rocker, but since when does this sight give the Bears that kind of credit?

  8. sportsinhd says: Jan 4, 2011 9:49 AM

    The Ravens were better than the Steelers a few weeks ago, but there’s currently something wrong in Baltimore. They struggled against the Browns and the Bengals, teams the Steelers blew out.

    With Troy back, there’s no way the Ravens are better right now. But power rankings are just opinions and they carry less weight than Jenn Sterger.

  9. dirtybird06 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:50 AM

    Explain to me, dumbass, how Tampa Bay could be ahead of the Eagles!

  10. jamiller30519 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:51 AM

    I’m glad to see PFT put Falcons back in their rightful place in the Power Rankings. All should know by now that it is opinionated. I agree with holeinone09 that Steelers should be above the Ravens. They have barely outscored 2 really bad teams the last 2 weeks. PFT is obviously using outdated street cred over record, strength of win, etc. to have a more educated opinion.

  11. japdouds says: Jan 4, 2011 9:53 AM

    4. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 5; 12-4): They’ll go as far as Troy Polamalu can carry them.
    ==============================
    You spelled Ben Roethlisberger wrong….

    And putting the Steelers behind the Ravens is a joke. The Steelers nearly swept the Ravens with their 4th string QB playing in the first meeting. The Ravens haven’t beaten Roethlisberger in a game since the 2006 motorcycle crash season.

  12. herokravon says: Jan 4, 2011 10:12 AM

    Jets beat Indy this week.

    Ravens beat the Chiefs setting up another battle between the Ravens and Steelers next week.

  13. richm2256 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:13 AM

    Once again, how nice it is to be Patriots fan and stop at #1. Glad the fella’s got the ship pointed in the right direction so we could stop debating whether they were under-ranked or not. I don’t know where the Steelers or the Yets are ranked, nor do I have to care.

  14. pastabelly says: Jan 4, 2011 10:13 AM

    22. Minnesota Vikings (No. 20; 6-10): Call us crazy, but Joe Webb could become a very good quarterback.
    ===============================
    You are crazy. He lacks size and arm strength. He become a very good emergency quarterback. He was drafted to be a “Julian Edelman” and, if he’s lucky, that’s what he will be.

  15. takingbacksundays5 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:17 AM

    Steeler fans getting their panties in a wad over power rankings crack me up.

    Face it, the Ravens and Steelers are pretty much interchangeable right now. The primary difference in my opinion is that the Ravens are far more consistent and competitive. Aside from the Bengals loss in Week 2, there hasn’t been a bad loss on the schedule. They never lost by more than 5 points, and held a 4th quarter lead in every single game.

    Meanwhile, the Steelers lost to a struggling Jets team at home in week 15 and got CRUSHED by the Patriots, again at home. The Ravens beat the Jets and took the Pats to overtime, both on the road. Anyway you want to slice it, the Ravens have been every bit as impressive as the Steelers this year. If not more so.

  16. winstonhussein says: Jan 4, 2011 10:17 AM

    After all that sound & fury at the beginning of the season about the AFC being far & above the better conference, here we are, 5 out of the top 10 and 16 of the top 32 for both conferences. Ladies & gentleman, allow me to introduce Parity.

  17. jdandcoke says: Jan 4, 2011 10:34 AM

    lol….i just figured out that if you write “you-know-who’s” name in the comment it doesnt go through.

    anyway, i have to assume the AUTHOR was busting our chops as giants fans when he made that idiotic comment about eli….surely the AUTHOR isnt that dumb, is he?

  18. jajibokum says: Jan 4, 2011 10:35 AM

    Ravens are ranked above the Steelers because Ben’s a rapist.

  19. raiderrob07 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    Only on PFT would you rank the sorry Chiefs over the Raiders even after getting swept during the season and blown out in a game that they needed to win. Raiders stumbled vs a couple of teams the shouldn’t beaten but they’re way better than the Chiefs!

  20. takingbacksundays5 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    #
    winstonhussein says: Jan 4, 2011 10:17 AM

    After all that sound & fury at the beginning of the season about the AFC being far & above the better conference, here we are, 5 out of the top 10 and 16 of the top 32 for both conferences. Ladies & gentleman, allow me to introduce Parity.

    ——————————————————

    If you’re basing that solely off of these power rankings, that’s pretty foolish. I think it’s pretty obvious that the AFC is far superior than the NFC. Take a quick glance at the point differential of the various teams and you’ll see what I mean. The NFC is the red-headed stepchild of the two.

  21. baddegg says: Jan 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    27. Washington Redskins (No. 24; 6-10): We’re sort of rooting for Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb to end up on the same team in 2011. And for that team to win the Super Bowl.

    New England is going to sign Haynesworth and McNabb?

  22. bucsballer says: Jan 4, 2011 10:45 AM

    I love the guy saying Tampa shouldn’t be ahead of any play off teams… We should be in it. If the refs didn’t call that pass interference on winslow wen he scored were 11-5 and in the playoffs. Since the NFL already apologized to us for it. I mean we finaly beat a top 5 team and now idiots still don’t think we got it….. Just wait for the great 3 Freeman Blount and Williams to take the league by storm

  23. philtration says: Jan 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    gallopingghost says: Jan 4, 2011 9:47 AM

    What’s even more interesting is that you think the Bears would have an edge on the Falcons. Again, I agree their style of defense is about the only thing that could knock Atlanta of their rocker, but since when does this sight give the Bears that kind of credit?
    ====================================

    The Bears defense is better suited for a fast playing surface. That is the way they were built even though they play their home games on grass.
    Peppers, Briggs and Urlacher’s biggest strength is their speed.

    Hester on a fast surface and Gould kicking in a dome also works really well for their special teams.

  24. wjf010 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:53 AM

    #
    pastabelly says: Jan 4, 2011 10:13 AM

    22. Minnesota Vikings (No. 20; 6-10): Call us crazy, but Joe Webb could become a very good quarterback.
    ===============================
    You are crazy. He lacks size and arm strength. He become a very good emergency quarterback. He was drafted to be a “Julian Edelman” and, if he’s lucky, that’s what he will be.
    ***************************************

    Lacks size? Are you kidding? 6’4″; 220 lbs. Arm is strong.

    He’s just not accurate or smart enough, at this time, to be a starting quarterback. He’s good enough to be a third-stringer who can play each week in a wildcat formation; can be a receiver and can be a kick returner.

  25. philtration says: Jan 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    The Bucs looked impressive against the Saints on Sunday.
    Once Freeman learns to read defenses they could be a dangerous team for a while.

    No more top 5 draft picks though.

  26. woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    @takingbacksundays5

    You make valid points about the Ravens, however, you omit the fact that the Ravens lost to the Bengals. You also cite score margin in their games against the Jets and Pats, but fail to do so against the Falcons, Bengals, Panthers, Bucs, and Browns.

    The Steelers had a higher SOS and a better Offense and Defense… is it actually realistic to say the Ravens are the better team?

  27. woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 11:06 AM

    Let’s take a quick glance at the point differential (your qualifier, not mine).

    Steelers +143
    Ravens +87

    Anything else :)

  28. ccoolahan14 says: Jan 4, 2011 11:23 AM

    woodson26pitt says:
    Jan 4, 2011 9:37 AM
    @holeinone09

    You stole me thunder with that one. I would like to see how someone could justify the Ravens being ahead of the Steelers.

    Ravens lost to Atl, beat the Saints.
    Steelers lost to the Saints, beat Atl.

    The big difference is that the Steelers lost to the Jets… a playoff team. The Ravens lost to the Bengals… enough said.

    ————-
    Because the Ravens didnt “lose” to the Bengals, they “lost a completely rigged game” to the Bengals. Oh, and by the way, the Ravens beat the Jets on the road- steelers lost at home. Ravens have won 4 straight, and if not for two completely rigged games (falcons, bengals), they would be 14-2. If not for the rigged dolphins game, the steelers would be 11-5. PS this is about the fifth straight year the AFC North has been rigged, but of course, no one will remember that the Ravens should have a bye and play at home and the steelers should have played every game on the road without a bye at the end of the season (and would have played the @Indy week 1= loss). Nice work, NFL, you got what you wanted- keep rigging steelers games, keep rigging Ravens games….and especially keep rigging ravens/steelers games.

  29. skins23 says: Jan 4, 2011 11:24 AM

    “27. Washington Redskins (No. 24; 6-10): We’re sort of rooting for Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb to end up on the same team in 2011. And for that team to win the Super Bowl.”

    LOL of course you are, cause you’re unabashed Skins haters.

    Only a complete hater and idiot would rather side with Haynesworth than the Redskins. Haynesworth is one of the biggest losers the NFL has ever seen.

    But THE AUTHOR (notice you can’t write F****o or else the comment doesn’t get posted) falls into that category.

    What a joke this site is. I can’t believe it/you is/are affiliated with a major network.

  30. kisstherings says: Jan 4, 2011 11:43 AM

    Yeah….I’m neither a Raiders or Steelers fan…but you lost a whole lot of credibility in your rankings to make that blunder that early in them. I stopped reading after that.

    Steelers won their division and crushed the Browns on Sunday.

    Raven’s struggled against the Bengals.

    Both the Bengals and Browns are in your bottom 10 teams in the league.

    Steelers beat the Ravens a few weeks back.

    lol that makes no sense

  31. umrguy42 says: Jan 4, 2011 11:50 AM

    As far as parity, the AFC may have a slight edge, but if you look at Super Bowls, it’s 4-6 in favor of the AFC for the last decade (5-6 if you include XXXIV in 2000). Not always the best metric, but one of the more interesting ones, I think.

  32. kisstherings says: Jan 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    Ravens or Steelers rather

  33. steelersfan5569 says: Jan 4, 2011 11:55 AM

    Thanks for clearing that up @skins23 now i know why my comments never get posted…and here I thought its cause im a steelers fan…..

  34. steelersfan5569 says: Jan 4, 2011 11:58 AM

    HA! Look it went up right away….now for my original comment….

    agree with @woodson26pitt and @@holeinone09

    yes the steelers got beat by the Jets at home but every week the steelers get better and better while the ravens seem to get worse. I think THE AUTHOR (lol) has something against the Steelers. Even if they win the Super Bowl he will still have something negative to say about it and rank them below the loosing team.

  35. clayswife says: Jan 4, 2011 12:08 PM

    and Chicago’s offense didn’t cool off? They scored 78 points in their last 2 games. We kept them out of the end zone. CHI-GB is always a defensive struggle.

  36. dansyndersux says: Jan 4, 2011 12:09 PM

    Steelers should be ranked above the Ravens since they won the division. They also started the season with a 3rd string qb and went 3-1.

    And takingbacksundays5 you are incorrect my friend. Ravens had a 20-10 lead vs New England in the 4th, choked it away and obviously lost in OT. If they hold on to that lead they go 13-3 and win the divsion with a bye.

  37. woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 12:11 PM

    @ccoolahan14 A.K.A. Oliver Stone

    Allow me to apply your logic for a moment…

    The Ravens lose to the Bills if it weren’t for the questionable calls in the fourth quarter.
    They lose to the Steelers the first time if they call holding against Harrison even once.
    They lose to the Jets without a few of the 14 penalties called on the Jets.

    The Steelers win against the Jets if they cal ONE pass interference penalty the whole game.

    Steelers 14-2
    Ravens 9-7

    You see, conspiracy theories are fun :)

  38. hawkapalooza says: Jan 4, 2011 12:17 PM

    Thanks for the Seahawks love.

  39. rayguyreturns says: Jan 4, 2011 12:17 PM

    The Lions at #14 has to be a misprint. right? RIGHT?

  40. gallopingghost says: Jan 4, 2011 12:25 PM

    @philtration:

    Preaching to the choir, brohamulus. You should know me well enough by now(formerly ChicagoJo), I figured I wouldn’t have to spell out their advantages.

    but yes, their speed and athleticism is far more pronounced when they have solid footing and their main scheme is meant to nuetralize an offense’s options (in this case, the ground game) and force a one dimensional pass game in the middle of the field, where our playmakers can tackle, contain, tip passes, strip, or attempt a pick.

    Problem is, a decent QB like Ryan can eat up the slants and short yardage that we give to them, and with deadly weapons at all skill positions the Bears would have their hands full. I like the chances, but it would probably be on the offense to score more than 21 points and control the clock, which I think they could do. If we make it to the NFC championship, it’ll have to be on momentum of an offensive performance similar to week 16, not 17.

    What I meant by my comment is since when does PFT recognize things like that? Regardless of what they say here I guarantee you if the 1 and 2 meet in the NFC they pick the Falcons. Probably by 7 points of more.

  41. jfibertkc says: Jan 4, 2011 12:42 PM

    raiderrob07 says:
    Jan 4, 2011 10:44 AM
    Only on PFT would you rank the sorry Chiefs over the Raiders even after getting swept during the season and blown out in a game that they needed to win. Raiders stumbled vs a couple of teams the shouldn’t beaten but they’re way better than the Chiefs!

    ___________________________________

    The raiders stumbled against EIGHT teams to be exact, which makes them THIRD in our division…in what world is THIRD place better than the FIRST place Chiefs?? Apparently in Raider nation where convicts run free.

  42. holeinone09 says: Jan 4, 2011 1:10 PM

    OK, ccoolahan14, I get it. Any game the Steelers won was “rigged”, and any game the Ravens lost was “rigged”. Thanks for straightening out the entire PFT reading audience.

    LOL. Get real. Stop whining and making excuses. Ravens almost lost the last game of the season to a terrible Bengals team. That is really peaking towards the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Steelers demolished bad Carolina and Browns teams. If the starters weren’t yanked early in the third quarter, they might have scored 60+ points on the Browns.

    But none of this matters. Ravens are a solid team, but IMHO Steelers defense is better overall and their offense is also playing better now. If we meet in the playoffs, it will be a great game, and hopefully the Steelers do what they should do and win. Come to Heinz Field baby.

    GO STEELERS!!

  43. myspaceyourface says: Jan 4, 2011 1:28 PM

    1st of all let’s all keep in mind that power rankings are more about opinion and ego then any substantive importance.

    With that being said, logically speaking the Steelers should be ahead of the Ravens for a few simple reasons.

    1. They beat them in the most recent head to head game.

    2. The Steelers are the AFC North champions.

    Other then that, you can debate points, common opponents, higher ranked defenses, etc. . . all day long.

  44. kimcon22000 says: Jan 4, 2011 1:30 PM

    Power Rankings = Subjective Here

    They chose it NOT to be rocket science.

    Anyone still hate Art Modell?

    I sure do …………….

  45. jbaxt says: Jan 4, 2011 1:32 PM

    Hey faiderrob07, The Chiefs “needeed” the win? What did they need to win for? To play the Jets? Typical raider dumbass.

    The Chiefs were in such need of a win they ran Jamaal Charles 25 times? Did he have 20 carries in the 1st qtr? McCluster’s abilities were used? Did the Chiefs scheme on D? Did they ever blitz?

    Oh that’s right, all answers point to no. Meaning the game was meaningless. Could they have at least shown up, sure, did they need to? No!

    Are the Chiefs in the playoffs? YES!
    Are your faiders? NO!

  46. myspaceyourface says: Jan 4, 2011 1:33 PM

    Here are the real power rankings. . . Vegas odds on winning the Super Bowl.

    New England Patriots: +130

    Atlanta Falcons: +500

    Pittsburgh Steelers: +500

    New Orleans Saints: +800

    Chicago Bears: +1000

    Green Bay Packers: +1000

    Philadelphia Eagles: +1200

    Baltimore Ravens: +1400

    Indianapolis Colts: +1600

    New York Jets: +2500

    Kansas City Chiefs: +4000

    Seattle Seahawks: +12500

  47. edgarpoe2 says: Jan 4, 2011 1:50 PM

    It amazing to me to see all the fighting over the rankings. This is not college football. Rankings don’t mean a thing. What matters is wins from here on out.

    As far as which team is better than the other team – let the playoffs begin.

  48. deweyaxewound says: Jan 4, 2011 1:50 PM

    jajibokum says:
    Jan 4, 2011 10:35 AM
    Ravens are ranked above the Steelers because Ben’s a rapist.
    _______________________

    Funny, and all this time I thought murdering someone was far worse than raping them.

  49. edgarpoe2 says: Jan 4, 2011 1:56 PM

    holeinone09 says:

    But none of this matters. Ravens are a solid team, but IMHO Steelers defense is better overall and their offense is also playing better now. If we meet in the playoffs, it will be a great game, and hopefully the Steelers do what they should do and win. Come to Heinz Field baby.
    ———————————–
    And just like previous games, the winner will win by 5 points or less. There is no better rival in the NFL today. While Pittsburgh has the edge win-wise, they haven’t manhandled the Ravens. All-in-all the best entertainment for the buck in all of sports.

  50. deweyaxewound says: Jan 4, 2011 2:01 PM

    clayswife says:
    Jan 4, 2011 12:08 PM
    and Chicago’s offense didn’t cool off? They scored 78 points in their last 2 games. We kept them out of the end zone. CHI-GB is always a defensive struggle.
    ______________________________

    Yes, but Chicago was playing on the road, with almost zero motivation (beyond the rivalry/knock GB out factor) and running a very, very, very vanilla offense.

    Why reveal all their formations and “must-make X number of yards” plays and give their playoff competition more valuable, recent game tape?

    And you would think with Matt Forte gaining 91 yards on 15 carries that the Bears keep running it (as they have the past 8 weeks)…but they didn’t. Why? Why would they beat Forte up for no reason?

    Why else would the offensive play-calling, which WAS about 60-40 run-to-pass (since the bye, running more than any other team), suddenly go to about 85-15 pass-to-run in the second half?

    Answer: the Bears wanted the situational experience.
    Were the Bears players still TRYING? Yes.
    Still playing hard, trying to win? Yes.

    But schematically-speaking, in terms of drawing up a game plan, they pulled all their offensive punches.

    Nice win for the Pack, but don’t kid yourself on that.

  51. deweyaxewound says: Jan 4, 2011 2:06 PM

    skins23 says:
    Jan 4, 2011 11:24 AM
    “27. Washington Redskins (No. 24; 6-10): We’re sort of rooting for Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb to end up on the same team in 2011. And for that team to win the Super Bowl.”

    LOL of course you are, cause you’re unabashed Skins haters.

    Only a complete hater and idiot would rather side with Haynesworth than the Redskins. Haynesworth is one of the biggest losers the NFL has ever seen.

    But THE AUTHOR (notice you can’t write F****o or else the comment doesn’t get posted) falls into that category.

    What a joke this site is. I can’t believe it/you is/are affiliated with a major network.
    ______________________________

    If He Who Shall Not Be Named is truly a Skins-hater, then it’s a case of SELF-loathing, seeing as how he picked them to go to the Super Bowl last year.

    And no, even though that is pretty magically hilarious, it’s not a joke–he really, really, seriously, honestly did.

  52. Omar Comin says: Jan 4, 2011 2:20 PM

    @woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 9:37 AM

    You stole me thunder with that one. I would like to see how someone could justify the Ravens being ahead of the Steelers.

    Ravens lost to Atl, beat the Saints.
    Steelers lost to the Saints, beat Atl.

    The big difference is that the Steelers lost to the Jets… a playoff team. The Ravens lost to the Bengals… enough said.

    *******

    Yes we beat the Jets and NO which you both lost to and took NE to OT while you lost to them by 13pts. If you want to delve down into this like the BCS that’s fine. Both teams are great and the match-up is always great. We lost to the Bengals yes, a division opponent on the road.. whoop tee do.. If you take care of business at home and split on the road you’re 12-4, pretty damn good. But we didn’t take care of business against you guys so enjoy that cushy bye week.

  53. myspaceyourface says: Jan 4, 2011 2:34 PM

    Ravens better hope they make it out of K.C.

    If they are permitted to intimidate and show K.C. their tatoo’s and wrap sheets this game could be over by halftime.

  54. mvpanthersfan11 says: Jan 4, 2011 2:55 PM

    What makes you think the Panthers are such a horrible franchise? Why wouldn’t Luck want to play for the Panthers

  55. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:13 PM

    “If a one-and-out experience in the postseason won’t shut up Rex Ryan, nothing ever will.”

    Nothing will ever shut that pig up. If the Jets had finished 0-16 the foot sniffer would still be shouting as loud as he could that his team was the best in the league and the real Super Bowl winners.

  56. pfii63 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:37 PM

    All of the Steelers’ trolls are funny today – arguing over being rated lower than Baltimore.

    I’ve got news for you… whether you are ahead of Baltimore, or behind them, you are still behind the Patriots.

    Take solace in being the second best team in the AFC.

  57. pfii63 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:42 PM

    woodson26pitt says:
    Jan 4, 2011 11:06 AM
    Let’s take a quick glance at the point differential (your qualifier, not mine).

    Steelers +143
    Ravens +87

    Anything else ?

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    Yes, Patriots +205

  58. woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 5:16 PM

    @pfii63

    Are you the Penelope character from Saturday Night Live? No one was talking about the Patriots.

  59. vtopa says: Jan 4, 2011 6:23 PM

    New Orleans Saints (No. 2; 11-5): On Saturday in Seattle, the Saints will get a taste of what the Cardinals and Vikings had to deal with last year in the Superdome.
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    Uhhh…other than the noise level (which is what you are referring to I presume) the Saints experience at Qwest will be NOTHING like what the Cardinals and Vikings experienced because the Saints defense assassinated Favre and Warner on the way to high scoring games, whereas Seatlle will crumble in the 1st quarter and score less than 10 points. You’ll hear crickets by the 4th quarter.

  60. reedhof20 says: Jan 4, 2011 7:03 PM

    Steelers Fans -
    There are too many insane comments to keep track of. We squeaked by Buffalo – but you blew them out, right? Thought so. It took the Patriots two weeks of rest and preparation to barely beat us at home in ot. They thumped you in your house. You got Atlanta at home, we went to a dome on Monday night and almost pulled it out. The Ravens went pre-season vanilla in their last two games. Beware – don’t you think it is a little strange that they looked sooo good against the Saints and bland against the Browns and Bungles? C’mon man – you even have more brains than to fall for that – And we will run you

  61. goldensuneagle says: Jan 4, 2011 9:11 PM

    I know it’s a matter of opinion, but I’m lost at the backdrop of the Eagles to 11. Dropping them 4 spots for losing by 1 point in a meaningless game in which they rested a majority, if not all, of their starters? And the Ravens being ahead of the Steelers is just silly. Steelers have been more consistent on offense and defense this year, or at least by what I’ve seen.

  62. vikesdynasty says: Jan 4, 2011 9:48 PM

    joe webb will become a very good qb? not in time that the vikings will notice…i personally think the guy should be used for trick plays, wildcat formations, wide reciever and/or 2nd 3rd string qb but thats it…he’ll never be more than that

  63. woodson26pitt says: Jan 4, 2011 11:01 PM

    Ravens fans… you talk a first place game, but your team is second best. Our team basically collapsed last year, and you couldn’t even pull it off (you guys found a new master in the Bengals). Please spare your dignity and keep quiet until your team does something at least worth hats or t-shirts, let alone hardware.

  64. crackbubba says: Jan 4, 2011 11:36 PM

    I’m a Lions fan, and I can’t see them at 14th yet. So many teams have better records. But I do BELIEVE they are a top half team. It’s a sort of paradox… after so much losing and expecting the worst… you can’t see them being good. But they are a much improved team the second half of the season, and are finally over the hump I believe.

  65. pfii63 says: Jan 5, 2011 8:40 AM

    woodson26pitt says:
    Jan 4, 2011 5:16 PM
    @pfii63

    Are you the Penelope character from Saturday Night Live? No one was talking about the Patriots.

    —————————————————-

    LOL… and yet you should be… because you are arguing over nothing. Congrats on being the SECOND best team in the AFC.

  66. myspaceyourface says: Jan 5, 2011 9:54 AM

    What evidence do we have that the RAVENS are an elite team?

    1. Super Bowls
    2. AFC Championships
    3. Division Winners

    Hmmmmm. They talk a big game, I would have thought they had done more in the last decade for all the words they use.

  67. somesome says: Jan 5, 2011 12:23 PM

    funny bickering here. Who cares where you are ranked. 3rd, 4th whatever. It is the playofss. Anybody can win – any game but right now everybody is 0-0 except for the bye teams they already won their first round game.
    Ravens still have to win first, that alone should put the Steelers ahead of them.

    Steelers D was definitely more consistent than the Ravens this year.

    Hope we make it to Heinz Field as I always look forward to these games.

    Go RAVENS!!!

  68. audient says: Jan 5, 2011 2:52 PM

    I don’t understand the Browns-Favre comment. Unless Favre would be coming to hold a clipboard and help Colt McCoy along — and there has never been any indication that he’d be willing to play such a role anywhere. He certainly didn’t do that in Green Bay.

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