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Week 12 power rankings

Green Bay Packers full back John Kuhn spikes the ball after scoring a touch down against the Detroit Lions during the second half of their NFL football game in Detroit Reuters

1. Packers (No. 1; 11-0):  Any sounds you hear coming from South Florida won’t be coming from a cork leaving a bottle of champagne.

2. Ravens (No. 6; 8-3):  Given their history of stumbling against bad teams, the next four “easy” games could be the hardest on the schedule.

3. Steelers (No. 3; 8-3):  The Steelers nearly experienced “choke-like symptoms” on Sunday night.

4. Patriots (No. 4; 8-3):  The Pats are playing just well enough to fail to fulfill the expectations they’ll create in December.

5.  Saints (No. 5; 8-3):  They’ll be fine until they have to play on the road in the postseason.

6.  49ers (No. 2; 9-2):  Unless and until the 49ers lose in January, Jim Harbaugh likely won’t be rooting for his brother in the playoffs

7. Texans (No. 9; 8-3):  Wins in the playoffs could be hard to come by without a quarterback who has some playoff experience.

8. Cowboys (No. 11; 7-4):  If the Cowboys keep it up, Tony Romo will have a chance to commit another game-altering turnover in January.

9. Raiders (No. 12; 7-4):  Forget Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden; Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski could be the keys to a deep postseason run for the Raiders.

10. Bears (No. 7; 7-4):  Caleb Hanie’s hiney soon will be back on the bench.

11. Falcons (No. 13; 7-4):  They need to develop a killer instinct if they want to make it back to the playoffs.

12. Lions (No. 8; 7-4):  In fairness to Suh, no one ever specifically told him that stomping was frowned upon.

13. Bengals (No. 14; 7-4):  In the first NFL season since 1997 without T.O. and Randy Moss, the Bengals have a wideout who could be better than both of them.

14. Broncos (No. 15; 6-5):  Tebowmania will be very dangerous in a single-elimination tournament.

15. Jets (No. 16; 6-5):  Beating the Bills was, ultimately, the equivalent of delaying the inevitable.

16. Titans (No. 17; 6-5):  If Chris Johnson without his burst can rush for 190 yards, he could go for 400 yards once he can explode again.

17. Giants (No. 10; 6-5):  Bill Cowher’s plans are about to change.

18. Eagles (No. 18; 4-7):  DeSean Jackson dropped that pass because he prematurely launched into his “hide under the bed” touchdown celebration.

19. Seahawks (No. 19; 4-7):  The 12th man apparently took a day off.

20. Buccaneers (No. 20; 4-7):  The “toughest . . . schedule . . . ever” excuse went out the window in Nashville.

21. Bills (No. 21; 5-6):  So if Stevie Johnson had scored a touchdown against the Eagles, would he have gotten on all fours and barked like a dog?

22. Cardinals (No. 26; 4-7):  This team may not be as far away from contending as it appears.

23. Chiefs (No. 22; 4-7):  This team may not be as far away from contending as it appears.

24. Chargers (No. 23; 4-7):  This team may not be as far away from contending as it appears.

25. Dolphins (No. 24; 3-8):  This team may not be as far away from contending as it appears.

26. Browns (No. 25; 4-7):  And the streak ends at four.

27. Panthers (No. 29; 3-8):  Cam Newton had flashbacks to the national title game, given that his opponents in Indy were roughly as good as the 2010 Oregon team.

28. Redskins (No. 30; 4-7):  Back-to-back home games against the Jets and Patriots could make or break Mike Shanahan for 2012.

29. Jaguars (No. 27; 3-8):  Though it’s not clear who the next coach will be, it’s safe to say the next coach will have no offers to coach other NFL teams.

30. Vikings (No. 28; 2-9):  So if the Vikings have another 3-13 season, does Bud Grant come back again?

31. Rams (No. 31; 2-9):  Is it possible for the offensive rookie of the year to become a bust?

32. Colts (No. 32; 0-11):  “If we fire the defensive coordinator, maybe people won’t think we’re trying to get the first pick in the draft.”

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  1. dawkinseffect says: Nov 29, 2011 1:21 PM

    Eagles should be lower..Its time for Reid to go, I can’t take this anymore

  2. silvernblackpa says: Nov 29, 2011 1:22 PM

    “31. Rams (No. 31; 2-9): Is it possible for the offensive rookie of the year to become a bust?”

    It’s extremely amusing to me that the story previous to the one containing this line deals with Vince Young.

  3. sastylz says: Nov 29, 2011 1:23 PM

    When did Randy Moss play for the Bengals?!?
    FAIL!

  4. robmac33 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:24 PM

    Its TO & Ochocinco. I do not believe Randy Moss ever played a down for the Bengals.

  5. skeebo80 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:24 PM

    No way do the niners drop all the way to #6

  6. devinmr711 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:25 PM

    Way to disrespect the skins I thought they would a least go up. We cant win nothing out here.

  7. edmazeing1 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:25 PM

    I understand shane & jano is doing great, but Come playoffs Darren & Bush will both be needed!!!

  8. jjrs89 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:26 PM

    Rick mirer

  9. 7thlombardiontheway says: Nov 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    Wow, let me fix those for you.

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. Irrelevent

    When will you people admit that we are superior?

    I mean, wow… we are amazing. You remain amazingly jealous.

    We win SBs. Whoa. Try it.

    Better team, coaches, FO, fans, facilities. List goes on. Many admit it, others are hiding in their puddle of tears.

    7th is on the way then we’ll start our own league where REAL football will be played.
    Incredible.

  10. hgrubsttipkcuf says: Nov 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    Two weeks ago you had the giants ranked 2 spots above the Ravens. Don’t go jumping on the bandwagon now. Steelers at #3? Seriously? Come on man

  11. eaglesandravens says: Nov 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:21 PM
    Eagles should be lower..Its time for Reid to go, I can’t take this anymore
    ————————————————————
    I completely agree. We need to ranked in the 20’s. Reid is toast if we don’t at least have an 8-8 record.

  12. adamc0nley says: Nov 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    The Browns offense alone should put them in last.

    Greg Little couldn’t catch a cold. How’s that trade down looking now? *coughcoughjuliojonescough*

    Sorry, but watching them every Sunday puts a sour taste in my mouth sometimes with the ineptitude.

  13. richm2256 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:29 PM

    Let’s see;

    The Ravens have lost to Tenn., Jacksonville, and Seattle, while beating Pittsburgh (twice) and San Fran.

    The Steelers have lost to Baltimore (twice) and the Texans, while beating New England and a bunch of slappies.

    New England has lost to Buffalo (when they were good), the Giants, and the Steelers – equivilent to Baltimore’s losses and all better teams than who Pittsburgh lost to – while beating better opponents than either Baltimore or Pittsburgh.

    I’d put the Niner’s at 2, New England at 3, B-more at 4, Pittsburgh at 5.

  14. goawayeverybody says: Nov 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    The Steelers almost lost to TYLER PALKO. Man you guys are insane.

  15. dawkinseffect says: Nov 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    sastylz says: Nov 29, 2011 1:23 PM

    When did Randy Moss play for the Bengals?!?
    FAIL!

    —————————————————————–

    He never said he did, he made a reference that its the first time since 97 that Moss or TO has not played. meaning AJ Green could be better then either of them

  16. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    robmac33 says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:24 PM
    Its TO & Ochocinco. I do not believe Randy Moss ever played a down for the Bengals.
    ________________

    I guess all the loud-mouth WRs are all the same (leaving race out of this one).

  17. goawayeverybody says: Nov 29, 2011 1:32 PM

    7thlombardiontheway, you need to learn how to spell if you want to be taken seriously. Google much?

  18. Pat MyHog says: Nov 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    no way Steelers should be #3.

    They barely beat the winless Colts
    They barely beat the Chiefs with Palko
    They barely beat the Gabbert led Jaguars

    They lost to the Ravens twice!

    They beat the Patriots but if a rematch were to occur tomorrow I’d 100% take the Patriots.

    Steelers should be 5 or 6

  19. sbxxix says: Nov 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    I dont get it. 49ers have a better record than all teams ahead of them with the exception of GB and yet they’re ranked lower. Their two losses came against good teams (Cowboys and Ravens). NO lost to TB who the 49ers killed and the Rams (enough said there), PIT lost twice to BAL, BAL lost to SEA… you know what, who cares we’ll see in the postseason.

    Go Niners!!!

  20. bleedgreen4life says: Nov 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    Saints should atleast be ahead of the steelers.

  21. 757ravensfan says: Nov 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    sastylz says: Nov 29, 2011 1:23 PM

    When did Randy Moss play for the Bengals?!?
    FAIL!

    __________________________________________

    Learn how to comprehend. What he’s saying is, this is the 1st year since 1997 that Randy Moss and TO were not in the league.
    Bigger FAIL!!!

  22. marcsasharc says: Nov 29, 2011 1:35 PM

    i’d love to know how Pittsburgh is 3rd and SF is 6th. SF lost to a team Pittsburgh lost to twice, while Pitt is having an issue of putting away a Palko-led Chiefs team…

    hmmm

  23. daytonsfinest says: Nov 29, 2011 1:35 PM

    No way the Steelers are ranked higher than the Saints or Pats. Dolphins deserve a higher ranking. They are actually a team I believe can pull off an upset.

  24. hotzy21 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:35 PM

    is there a way to block 7thlombardiontheway? I’m sick of seeing this turd’s irrelevant Steelers commments on so many articles. Get off mom’s couch and get a life.

  25. gb4mn0 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    The vikequeens are way over rated at 30. The Rams have a win over an above .500 team.

  26. jsalis13 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:21 PM
    Eagles should be lower..Its time for Reid to go, I can’t take this anymore
    ____________________________________

    Reid is a damn good coach, it isn’t his fault the front office has a former O-line coach co-ordinating the defense, or that all of his safeties are constantly hurt, and that his team went CB crazy when they really needed a LB desperatly. Honestly who out there do you really think is a better coach than Andy Reid(That is available and will take the job)?

    You’re suffering from short term, “The grass is always greener” syndrome. Get another beer and tough it out, it will pass.

  27. jimmypx says: Nov 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    29. Jaguars (No. 27; 3-8): Though it’s not clear who the next coach will be, it’s safe to say the next coach will have no offers to coach other NFL teams.

    If you wrote this before they announced a new owner–Ok, then probably so.

    However, cheap Weaver is gone and there is a new owner. No one knows what he’ll do. My dream is that he’ll pay the Chin a pile of money to come in and clean up the team.

  28. jsalis13 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:39 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:27 PM
    Wow, let me fix those for you.

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. Irrelevent

    When will you people admit that we are superior?

    I mean, wow… we are amazing. You remain amazingly jealous.

    We win SBs. Whoa. Try it.

    Better team, coaches, FO, fans, facilities. List goes on. Many admit it, others are hiding in their puddle of tears.

    7th is on the way then we’ll start our own league where REAL football will be played.
    Incredible.

    __________________________________

    That’s funny I seem to have found a little yellow stain on my broom…

  29. mattsffrd says: Nov 29, 2011 1:39 PM

    I love how everybody was just waiting for the 49ers to lose to drop them way down their power rankings. A close, hard fought game three time zones away after four days of rest…yeah, seems about right that you would drop them down so far.

  30. 6ball says: Nov 29, 2011 1:39 PM

    .

    @7thlombardiontheway

    “we’ll start our own league where REAL football will be played. ”

    ______________

    see ya

    .

  31. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 29, 2011 1:39 PM

    You guys are snowed on the Texans and Bears….wow..ranked higher than the Bengals huh….those two teams will be exposed very soon…I dont care how good their D is…..

  32. dgstan says: Nov 29, 2011 1:40 PM

    OK – So you let your little sister make the rankings this week. Where are the real rankings?

  33. steelersfansdontevenliveinpittsburgh says: Nov 29, 2011 1:41 PM

    #1 and #2 look correct.

    Ravens win against 9-1 San Francisco and the Steelers barely hang on to a game that was handed to them multiple times by Palko.

    Yep, sounds about right.

  34. linkinxr says: Nov 29, 2011 1:42 PM

    Worst rankings you’ve ever posted. 49 ers 1 slip and u wipe them out.

  35. radrntn says: Nov 29, 2011 1:42 PM

    raiders need everybody health to make some noise. You are about the only one giving raiders props…Jarett Bell of USA TOday has had the raiders rated in the 20’s all year. the guys a douche bag.

  36. footballfan1209 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:43 PM

    Shane Lechler is the greatest punter of all time (better than Ray Guy)

  37. Raider-in-PA says: Nov 29, 2011 1:43 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:27 PM
    Wow, let me fix those for you.

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. Irrelevent

    When will you people admit that we are superior?
    ____________________

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

    Can you say ‘delusional’ boys and girls??

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:44 PM

    ENOUGH WITH THE COWHER TALK GOODNESS. Six years out of the game, overrated all along (1 Super Bowl, given by the awful officiating — IN FIFTEEN YEARS?!?!?!) and every time Tom loses this team that’s all we hear around here.

  39. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 29, 2011 1:46 PM

    How did the Ravens and Steelers land 2 and 3??

  40. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:46 PM

    devinmr711 says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:25 PM
    Way to disrespect the skins I thought they would a least go up. We cant win nothing out here.

    ———–

    What, you want a cookie for the skins HOLDING ON — not manhandling — the SEABAGS? All that foolish bragging early in the season after the lucky game in Week 1 and the couple others that followed it has been reduced to this off-base whimpering from you skins fans???

  41. bobhk says: Nov 29, 2011 1:46 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:27 PM
    Wow, let me fix those for you.

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. Irrelevent

    When will you people admit that we are superior?

    I mean, wow… we are amazing. You remain amazingly jealous.

    We win SBs. Whoa. Try it.

    Better team, coaches, FO, fans, facilities. List goes on. Many admit it, others are hiding in their puddle of tears.

    7th is on the way then we’ll start our own league where REAL football will be played.
    Incredible.
    ————-
    This is soooooo funny :)
    I’m sure it was meant to be hilarious.

  42. str82dvd says: Nov 29, 2011 1:47 PM

    Reid isn’t a bad coach, but teams need a fresh start every once in a while. 12 years is probably too long for a team that has come so close for so long.

    That said, this is more about bad karma than bad coaching. I love that the Vick thing hasn’t worked out so far. Talk about a deal with the devil.

  43. cowboylover says: Nov 29, 2011 1:48 PM

    To 7thlombardiontheway: Without the refs in your last two SBs, you would be called 5thlombardiontheway.

  44. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    BALL-SO-HARD UNIVERSITY. Finally right where we belong at #2. I’ve grown extremely tired and irate with all of these rankings on other cites placing the Steelers ahead of us, ignoring the fact that we SWEPT them.

    Yet and still, it seems no football cite known to man is realistic enough to list the Patriots, Saints, and 49ers over the DARLING Steelers. Biased media never ceases to baffle me. It’s completely unfair to the aforementioned 3 teams that are better, and didn’t almost lose to Tyler Palko.

  45. joykicksdarkness says: Nov 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    robmac33 says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:24 PM
    Its TO & Ochocinco. I do not believe Randy Moss ever played a down for the Bengals.

    I know it’s worded terribly, but read it again. He’s not saying that Moss played for the Bengals, he’s saying that AJ Green is better than both TO and Moss, even though neither one is playing this year.

  46. arrabin56 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    “7. Texans (No. 9; 8-3): Wins in the playoffs could be hard to come by without a quarterback who has some playoff experience.”

    So you’re saying they’ll be better off with Jeff Garcia than they were with Matt Schaub?

  47. steelersownyou says: Nov 29, 2011 1:50 PM

    I expect Ravens to lose to the Browns this weekend. Browns have a good pass defense & Ravens can’t pass! Go Brownies! Oh & wasnt a choke it was a ploy to keep idiot ravens fans all night in hopes chiefs would beat us…Silly Ravens Super Bowls are for Steelers!

  48. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 29, 2011 1:51 PM

    Like the “bark like a dog” line. Rules say he cant go to the ground but nothing against barking right.

  49. southpaw2k says: Nov 29, 2011 1:51 PM

    I actually am kinda nervous about the Ravens’ game at San Diego in a few weeks. Their best chance at winning the division and potentially getting a bye week in the playoffs is to win out. They certainly can’t afford to lose more than one more game the rest of the way since the Steelers’ schedule is super light with the exception of at San Francisco.

    And once again I’m still amused that 7thlombardi mysteriously didn’t “adjust” the power rankings after the Ravens had beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. Guess you only do that after a Steelers win there, huh?

  50. bobwsc says: Nov 29, 2011 1:52 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says: Nov 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    Wow, let me fix those for you.

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. Irrelevent

    When will you people admit that we are superior?

    I mean, wow… we are amazing. You remain amazingly jealous.

    We win SBs. Whoa. Try it.

    Better team, coaches, FO, fans, facilities. List goes on. Many admit it, others are hiding in their puddle of tears.

    7th is on the way then we’ll start our own league where REAL football will be played.
    Incredible.
    __________________________________
    do you stand in the mirror flexing, saying that over and over?

  51. ravensj5 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:54 PM

    @7thlombardiontheway…..the good news for you is that your username on this site will be good for another 25 plus years…..

  52. linkinxr says: Nov 29, 2011 1:54 PM

    Side note….. No team has a defense like the ravens. Lights out! 49ers are second best. None Of the teams in ur top five has a great defense except ravens.
    Should be
    ravens 1.
    Packers 2
    49ers 3
    saints 4
    steelers 5
    All these team can beat the packers with their terrible defense!

  53. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 29, 2011 1:54 PM

    Steelers are not #3 …. thats disgusting. Pure hot garbage.

  54. bleedpurplenblack says: Nov 29, 2011 1:58 PM

    Baltimore won’t be facing Seattle and Jacksonville in the playoffs.

    Indy bound, book it.

  55. trefkennedy says: Nov 29, 2011 2:02 PM

    Number 8 TeamCowboys lol we are gonna shock the world truth

  56. sonoco says: Nov 29, 2011 2:03 PM

    I love that one OT loss at home to future NFC East Champ Dallas and one loss to the best team in the AFC under ridiculously difficult circumstances is enough to drop the 49ers to #6. Tough room.

  57. jasonvining says: Nov 29, 2011 2:04 PM

    Ravens lost to 3 of the worst teams in the league and shut down a non-existent 49ers offense. How does this justify a #2 spot? Steelers lost to the Ravens twice, and the Patriots lost to the Giants at home (who the Saints just destroyed).

    Has it dawned on anyone that the AFC just sucks this year, and it’s just a bunch of mediocre teams beating each other up? Corrected rankings:
    1. Packers Offense
    2. Saints Offense
    3. 49ers Defense
    4. Everyone else

  58. southpaw2k says: Nov 29, 2011 2:07 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:27 PM
    Wow, let me fix those for you.

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. Irrelevent

    When will you people admit that we are superior?

    I mean, wow… we are amazing. You remain amazingly jealous.

    We win SBs. Whoa. Try it.

    ————————————————

    Then how did your almighty Steelers manage to lose to the Cowboys and Packers in the Super Bowl?

  59. keeponhating says: Nov 29, 2011 2:07 PM

    If all it took to get rid of the steelers and their annoying fans was for them to win a 7th superbowl I say we stop the season right now and give it to them. It’d be worth not having to read that dingleberry 7rings comments anymore.

  60. dcfan4life says: Nov 29, 2011 2:14 PM

    The Ravens should not be number 2. Losing to Jacksonville and Seattle definately puts them behind the 49ers. Yes they beat them last week, when the 49ers had a short week and extensive travel. Factors that in please. You didnt move the Redskins when they win, why move such a good team when they barely lose in such circumstances.

  61. rmc1995 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:18 PM

    Soon hainie’s hinie will be on the bench? Does this mean PFT expects Josh McCown to get the start sometime before Jan.1?

  62. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 29, 2011 2:24 PM

    “To 7thlombardiontheway: Without the refs in your last two SBs, you would be called 5thlombardiontheway.”

    Let’s be clear, you mean their last two Super Bowl victories because I seem to remember a certain green and gold team going through them during game 6 of their current 17 game winning streak thus preventing said 7th Lombardi from arriving in Pittsburgh.

  63. dawkinseffect says: Nov 29, 2011 2:24 PM

    jsalis13 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:21 PM
    Eagles should be lower..Its time for Reid to go, I can’t take this anymore
    ____________________________________

    Reid is a damn good coach, it isn’t his fault the front office has a former O-line coach co-ordinating the defense, or that all of his safeties are constantly hurt, and that his team went CB crazy when they really needed a LB desperatly. Honestly who out there do you really think is a better coach than Andy Reid(That is available and will take the job)?

    You’re suffering from short term, “The grass is always greener” syndrome. Get another beer and tough it out, it will pass.

    ___________________________________

    I do need a beer..or maybe a Keg for the rest of the season. I just want it to end so I can start complaining about how bad the Eagles draft

  64. rugdog100 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:29 PM

    Love that pic of the Rusty Koonce spike… lol

  65. dfinpds says: Nov 29, 2011 2:34 PM

    I think 7thlombadiontheway has concussion like symptoms……

  66. tdk24 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:36 PM

    “hotzy21 says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:35 PM
    is there a way to block 7thlombardiontheway? I’m sick of seeing this turd’s irrelevant Steelers commments on so many articles. Get off mom’s couch and get a life.”

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  67. ktravp says: Nov 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    13. Bengals (No. 14; 7-4): In the first NFL season since 1997 without T.O. and Randy Moss, the Bengals have a wideout who could be better than both of them.
    ————————————————–

    Thankfully, A.J. Green will never catch up to the biggest stat of T.O. and Randy Moss: running their mouth.

  68. predicatepanda says: Nov 29, 2011 2:51 PM

    Your power ranking quips are some of the funniest things I’ve read in along time.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Greenberg

  69. cleverbob says: Nov 29, 2011 2:55 PM

    Eagles once again represent as the best team with a losing record. Yay?

    In a new development, the Giants are the worst team with a winning record.

  70. packerfanfordecades says: Nov 29, 2011 2:58 PM

    imho, there would be merit to ranking a few more of the teams in an order that was inconsistent with their current win/loss records. It would make the rankings more interesting from an intellectual viewpoint.

    For example, Chicago and Texas seem high given the injuries at QB. The Giants seem high given the most recent trend. The Lions could be too high depending on whether Matthew Stafford’s broken finger is really an issue, or not …. because that finger isn’t going to get better by next Sunday.

    Maybe I have the wrong impression, but I think this ranking is based on the team’s strength right now, not a season-long impression nor a prediction of what that team might become once an injury or a suspension problem is resolved.

  71. pigskinflix says: Nov 29, 2011 3:02 PM

    RE: new Viking Coach, looks like Joe Kapp still has some fight in him – suggest they consider him for Head Coach, not QB

  72. gosuhgo says: Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM

    Raiders? They go down to the wire with the Hanie Bears and lose to the Tebows? Can’t wait for the Lions to set them straight. If, ya know, none of our players try to curb stomp them on 3rd and goal.

  73. wikidpissah says: Nov 29, 2011 3:08 PM

    @ 7thlombardiontheway

    Troy P isn’t the only person in Pittsburgh with concussion like symptoms.

  74. dspohn55 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:09 PM

    Two days to prepare and a day to travel 3,000 miles across the country to face one of the elite teams at their stadium. I don’t think even the Packers could have won given those circumstances. The Niners did and we free fall in the power rankings?

  75. skibum05 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:10 PM

    The 49ers had 1 bad game and they plummet to 6!?!?!? They have the 2nd best record in the NFL. I don’t understand the logic…..Yes. Alex Smith only threw for 90 yards but they lost due to the injuries to Bruce Miller and Adam Snyder which broke up the pass protection. The ticky tack call on the TD was a crusher. We will continue to win and A. Smith will get better! They will recover and will get a 1st rd bye! #49er nation!

  76. nejerseygirl says: Nov 29, 2011 3:12 PM

    I honestly couldn’t tell you where all of these teams should be ranked at this point. Almost everyone in the top 10 (except Green Bay) seems to be involved in random wins and losses that can’t possibly churn out a reasonable prediction that the majority of people here would agree with (all team biases aside).

    However… I really want to know why/how the Steelers are ranked so high. The Steelers have lost to the Ravens twice (with week 1 being a blowout) and Houston.. and they’ve won against Seattle, Arizona, and Tennessee, and BARELY won against Indy (0-11), Jacksonville (3-8), Kansas City (4-7), Cincinnati (7-4), and New England (8-3), in a game where the Patriots played horribly and they should have blown them out of the water.

  77. jarrman46 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:14 PM

    Much like in the early 1990s when the Cowboys and 49ers meet in the NFC Championship every year it was considered the real Super Bowl. This year the real Super Bowl is when the Packers and Saints play in the NFC championship. The eventual AFC champ is nothing more than a sacrificial lamb in Super Bowl 46

  78. pigskinflix says: Nov 29, 2011 3:19 PM

    FYI: Believe Kapp was Cal head coach when they beat Elway’s Stanford with KO return through Stanford band at gun

  79. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 29, 2011 3:21 PM

    This blog post and the comments that follow are all incredibly self-indulgent. Bob Costas would be disappointed.

  80. skins23 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:26 PM

    LOL MF you are clueless.

    Hook me up with your paypal account – I’ll bet you $1,000 that even if Shanny loses the REST of the games this year, he’ll still be back next year AND the 2 years after that. He’s gonna get his full 5 years. I’ll bet you anything you want.

    Oh, and of course the Skins are 9 spots lower than the team they just beat on the road with the same record, a week after losing to Dallas in OT… but whatever.

  81. freewayjim says: Nov 29, 2011 3:35 PM

    Is it me or do Steelers & Ravens fans create the most illogical, nonsensical posts we see on here?

    Geez guys, leave your basements once in a while.

  82. flik44 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:43 PM

    7thlombardiontheway…. did you also have that name last year? Because you can keep it for next year, too….

  83. ottograham says: Nov 29, 2011 3:56 PM

    you do realize why they put The Steelers so high even after coming off of slim wins? Its so all of you complain and comment about it. Im born and raised Pittsburgh and I even figured that out.

  84. steelersownyou says: Nov 29, 2011 3:58 PM

    In all fairness the baltimore browns are the most unintelligent, delusional, hypocritical fan base in the world! And sometimes we feel the need to dumb down our posts just so the idiot raven fans can even read them!

  85. sjs779 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:07 PM

    linkinxr says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:54 PM
    Side note….. No team has a defense like the ravens. Lights out! 49ers are second best. None Of the teams in ur top five has a great defense except ravens.
    Should be
    ravens 1.
    Packers 2
    49ers 3
    saints 4
    steelers 5
    All these team can beat the packers with their terrible defense!
    —————————————————
    We beat the Saints……….. You don’t have to have the best defense the to win a championship. Just need to outscore your opponent.

  86. Steeler's Will says: Nov 29, 2011 4:20 PM

    Oh look. The weekly “Why isn’t my team ranked higher than your team??” thread.

    Here you go…

    1) Baltimore
    2 – 31) Everyone else except Pittsburgh
    32) Pittsburgh

    Happy? Also, the toolbags responding to “7thlombardi” are simply feeding the machine. Just stop responding to FLAMEBAIT, thumbs down his posts, and move on.

  87. matthewcarlson1 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:27 PM

    Okay AJ Green is good but lets not go calling him better than Moss just yet… Also Bud Grant should come back.

  88. angrypurplebirds says: Nov 29, 2011 4:30 PM

    To all confused 9er fans,

    Last week after beating the Bengals, the Ravens were begrugingly ranked at 6(3 spots behind the steelers whom they have not only beaten twice but were also on a bye that week). In fact it was even predicted here that “turkeys might not be the only birds getting stuffed on Thanksgiving”. Well as we all know that didn’t happen so you can imagine the dilemma. “How do we move the Ravens up with out dropping the precious steelers, even after their shakey win and bye?” The Pats and Saints won so we can’t move them. The answer, flip-flop the 9ers and Ravens…problem solved.

    The 9ers should be 3 and the steelers 6.

  89. ottograham says: Nov 29, 2011 4:35 PM

    Steelers Will putting it in perspective. I have to know what the true hatrid for the Steelers is though. Call me biased but I was born here and live in the Southside of the city. Maybe not the cleanest, friendliest, or prettiest of all towns but better than most I feel. Seriously though what is the beef with our squad? We have players like everyone else that bring negativity to their ball club. Is it that we win alot and continue to have these negative actions committed by our players?
    Sorry man I dont get it I love watching our guys play, and I also enjoy watching jsut about every other team play as well.. Just enlighten me please.

  90. rayguyreturns says: Nov 29, 2011 4:37 PM

    “footballfan1209 says:
    Shane Lechler is the greatest punter of all time (better than Ray Guy)”
    ____________________________________

    I would agree with you, and who better to say than me?

  91. goforgin01 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:39 PM

    Ravens fan here, and I think the Steelers earn 5 spots higher than where they overall should be because of their QB. Seed doesn’t matter when you have a QB that’s been there done that before.

    We don’t want to admit it, esp. @ 2-0 this year, but in the next round….he’s not going to be feeling the heat, and our guy will be.

    It is what it is.

  92. n0hopeleft says: Nov 29, 2011 4:43 PM

    The Giants lose to the 49ers on the last drive of the game. They lose to the Eagles on the last drive of the game. They get handled by the Saints (right now, not many wouldn’t get handled), and you drop them below the Jets?

    I can’t wait until Xmas Eve in GIANTS stadium.

  93. n0hopeleft says: Nov 29, 2011 4:48 PM

    cleverbob says:
    Nov 29, 2011 2:55 PM
    Eagles once again represent as the best team with a losing record. Yay?

    In a new development, the Giants are the worst team with a winning record.

    ___________________________________

    What you said means nothing.

    The Eagles are the best team to NEVER win a Superbowl, EVER.

    That means you’re the choke artists of the century.

    CleverBob and The EMPTY TROPHY CASE CLAN strike again!

  94. justwinbaby29 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:48 PM

    My top 12 –

    1) Packers – Be worried ’72 Dolphins, very worried.
    2) Patriots – Getting hot again.
    3) Saints – Who dat gonna beat dem Saints?
    4) Ravens – If they get HFA could be a Super season.
    5) Steelers – Just continue to find ways to win.
    6) 49ers – Still on pace for 13-3.
    7) Raiders – Just keep winning, baby!
    8) Cowboys – Might really get on a roll with their schedule.
    9) Bengals – Dalton is the real deal.
    10) Broncos – This team isn’t going away.
    11) Bears – Should still make postseason even without Jay Cutler.
    12) Falcons – Matty Ice leads the way

  95. richm2256 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:52 PM

    jsalis13 says:
    Reid is a damn good coach
    ———————————————————
    We can tell by all the Super Bowls he hasn’t won.

  96. mmcdan133 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:22 PM

    After watching MNF, if the Saints aren’t the 2nd best team in football, I don’t know who is. The Falcons have won 5 of 6, and the one they lost was in overtime. How are they not finishing games?

  97. ballsohardelementary says: Nov 29, 2011 6:23 PM

    Packers are undoubtedly the best team in the NFL,but its hard to say 2 -5, Saints,Ravens,Pats,Niners,and Steelers could all be in the debate. However their are no dominant teams,outside of Wisconsin. This year is a year of the have and the have nots. Their are more bad teams than good and I don’t predict too many surprise stories in the playoffs(outside of the Frisco.) Detroit,Cincy and Buffalo were great early season stories who are on the down-slide.

  98. nflabassador says: Nov 29, 2011 8:48 PM

    I don’t get the commentary about the Jaguars. Why wouldn’t they be a coveted spot for a coach. They already have a top 5 defense and a great running game. All they need is non-awful quarterback play and they’ll be a contender. They are an up and coming team that any new coach would be set up to win for the foreseeable future.

  99. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: Nov 29, 2011 8:58 PM

    31. Rams (No. 31; 2-9): Is it possible for the offensive rookie of the year to become a bust?
    ————————————————–

    I know the season hasn’t been too good for Bradford and us Rams, and instead of listing logical reasons as to why that is, here’s the real reason: Marshall Faulk is on the cover of the Madden 12 Hall of Fame edition, and has effectively cursed the whole team until next season.

  100. axespray says: Nov 30, 2011 4:55 AM

    sbxxix says:Nov 29, 2011 1:33 PM
    “I dont get it. 49ers two losses came against good teams (Cowboys and Ravens). you know what, who cares we’ll see in the postseason.”

    For your information, there’s a lot of “good teams” in the playoffs.

    and with the way San Fran’s offense played against a decent defense, I ain’t banking on them scoring more points than the Saints or Packers come playoff time.

  101. cleverbob says: Nov 30, 2011 7:35 AM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Nov 29, 2011 4:48 PM
    cleverbob says:
    Nov 29, 2011 2:55 PM
    Eagles once again represent as the best team with a losing record. Yay?

    In a new development, the Giants are the worst team with a winning record.

    ___________________________________

    What you said means nothing.

    The Eagles are the best team to NEVER win a Superbowl, EVER.

    That means you’re the choke artists of the century.

    CleverBob and The EMPTY TROPHY CASE CLAN strike again!
    ====================================

    Thanks for stating the obvious after my tongue in cheek post. I don’t get a paycheck from the Eagles and am quite successful at what I do, so I don’t consider myself a choke artist. Do you base your own self worth on the accomplishments of a sports team that you follow?

  102. goforgin01 says: Nov 30, 2011 6:08 PM

    I’m not sleeping on the Falcons. Are they the Saints?

    Go into Houston, take the run away, and allow a rookie QB to hand the game to Michael Turner. Then, we’ll know they’re not a watered down version of the home/road Jekyll & Hyde Saints.

  103. cruzzzzzznyg80 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:21 PM

    Cant Blame Eli for this one. But seriously the Jets over us? CMON MAN

  104. raylewis52 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:18 PM

    7thlombardiontheway …

    I can give you 2 reasons why the Steelers are inferior to at least 1 team in the NFL :) Or I can demonstrate to you with a broom.

    Sweep sweep

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