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Week 15 power rankings

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1.  Packers (No. 1; 13-1):  Packers fans should be worried, but not panicked.  Yet.

2. Patriots (No. 4; 11-3):  In order to get more attention after scoring his first touchdown of the season, the receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson will change his name to Ochotebow.

3.  Saints (No. 5; 11-3):  Records were meant to be broken, Drew, not blasted into a million tiny pieces.

4.  49ers (No. 7; 11-3):  Harbaughs 3, Tomlin 0.  (I ripped that off from a PFT commenter.)

5. Ravens (No. 2; 10-4):  Losing to mediocre teams on the road in the regular season will force the Ravens to eventually lose to a very good team on the road in the postseason.

6. Steelers (No. 3; 10-4):  The Road to the Super Bowl will go through Pittsburgh only if the Patriots or the Ravens decide to take Interstate 579 to get to Indianapolis.

7. Falcons (No. 9; 9-5):  If the Falcons face another key fourth down in their rematch against the Saints, it’s safe to say they’ll punt.

8. Lions (No. 12; 9-5):  As long as Matthew Stafford is willing to throw to Calvin Johnson even when Johnson appears to be covered, the Lions will continue to win.

9. Texans (No. 6; 10-4):  By squandering the bye, this team’s first trip to the playoffs could consist of only one game.

10. Broncos (No. 8; 8-6):  The Broncos suffered from a case of premature Tebowmania on Sunday.

11. Cowboys (No. 13; 8-6):  Just when things look good for this team is precisely when they find a way to screw everything up.

12. Bengals (No. 16; 8-6):  The playoffs remain a possibility, but if it means beating the Ravens it ain’t happening.

13. Chargers (No. 17; 7-7):  Norv Turner’s family tree undoubtedly includes some Indiana Jones DNA.

14. Chiefs (No. 22; 6-8):  So if the Chiefs make it to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl (crazier things have happened), does Todd Haley get a ring?

15. Jets (No. 10; 8-6):  If the Jets fail to earn a wild-card berth, it’s hot seat time for pretty much everyone in 2012.

16. Seahawks (No. 19; 7-7):  Pete Carroll’s team could be two games better than they were last year and not get to the postseason.

17. Giants (No. 11; 7-7):  The Giants apparently believed that their win over the Cowboys clinched a playoff berth.

18. Cardinals (No. 20; 7-7):  If they barely miss the playoffs, the Cardinals will be haunted by two or three games they should have won.

19. Raiders (No. 14; 7-7):  The Raiders could have gotten to this same point without trading for Carson Palmer.

20. Eagles (No. 25; 6-8):  With two wins and a little help, the Dream Team could still have one more chance to underachieve on national TV.

21. Dolphins (No. 21; 5-9):  Todd Bowles could have a shot at the permanent job.  By default.

22. Panthers (No. 23; 5-9):  Before everyone starts making the Panthers a trendy playoff pick for 2012, keep in mind that they share a division with the Saints and the Falcons.

23. Titans (No. 15; 7-7):  Annnnnd now we know why no one was taking this team seriously when it had a winning record.

24. Bears (No. 18; 7-7):  Sam Hurd’s arrest was a distraction, after all.  Unless the Bears planned to lose to the Seahawks by 24 points at home.

25. Bills (No. 24; 5-9):  This one is ending even worse than the 2008 free fall from 4-0 to 7-9.

26. Redskins (No. 28; 5-9):  The word “inconsistency” contemplates periodically strong performances.  A bad one (or two) is looming.

27. Jaguars (No. 26; 4-10):  The best thing about the new owner is that his last name can be the basis for so many slogans, starting with “Khan this Freaking Season Just End Already?”

28. Browns (No. 27; 4-10):  Seneca Wallace played well enough in Arizona to make the decision to rush a concussed Colt McCoy back onto the field against the Steelers even more bizarre.

29. Buccaneers (No. 26; 4-10):  The slide from 10 wins to 10 losses could lead to the ninth coach in franchise history.

30. Vikings (No. 30; 2-12):  When guys just don’t seem to be trying, it’s time to consider cleaning house.

31. Rams (No. 31; 2-12):  Come January 2, the owner will temporarily be known as Stan Cranky.

32. Colts (No. 32; 1-13):  For the same reason that one loss didn’t knock the Packers out of the penthouse, one win won’t be enough to elevate the Colts from the outhouse.

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  1. robmac33 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:33 AM

    No way my Pats should be ranked ahead of the Saints. I am a Pats season ticket holder and homer for sure but we would not be able to get Breeze off the field.

  2. humbleminded85 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:34 AM

    These “rankings” have has much merit as a probowl vote. Which reminds me, I need to go punch my probowl vote for my teams second string kicker, as I like the way he trims his sideburns.

  3. grpatriot says: Dec 20, 2011 8:35 AM

    Packers vs. Patriots SuprBowl! The Pactriot Bowl….I like it!

  4. jasonvining says: Dec 20, 2011 8:36 AM

    Pats ahead of Saints is joke. Don’t know if you’ve been watching, but somebody’s defense has learned how to play defense, and that same team’s offense is the most potent in the league.

  5. nyj69 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:38 AM

    The Jets, who dismantled the Chiefs just a week ago, are below the Chiefs? Really? I get that it’s a different team under Crennel than Haley and with Orton rather than Palko, but that’s still ridiculous.

  6. johnnyb14z3 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:41 AM

    23. Titans (No. 15; 7-7):  Annnnnd now we know why no one was taking this team seriously when it had a winning record.

    LOLOLOLOL

  7. chasezdad16 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:41 AM

    The Bengals got a shot as long as A.J Green is playing, enough said.

  8. khuxford says: Dec 20, 2011 8:42 AM

    Jets annihilate the Chiefs last week, but they get one fluky win against the Packers and leap frog the Jets completely? Oooooooooooooooooooooooooookay.

  9. Kaz says: Dec 20, 2011 8:45 AM

    You mean the same Ravens who barely squeek past the Bengals, and have overall been dominated by them the last decade? Let’s hope it comes down to beating the Ravens.

  10. 3rdbrowneye says: Dec 20, 2011 8:47 AM

    7-41
    3-48
    3-31
    3-34
    10-37
    and you have my chiefs at 14? What the heck, it was 1 game?

  11. almighty1 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:51 AM

    Not sure I put the pats in front of the Saints or 9ers.

  12. roddytorock84 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:52 AM

    Watch out for the falcons!

  13. spellingcops says: Dec 20, 2011 8:53 AM

    Quit crying about where the YETS are ranked. They aren’t going to be in the SB even if they were ranked 1st.

  14. raiders757 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:53 AM

    Not that I don’t think the Raiders deserve to be ranked so low, as they should be. Thing is, the Chargers shouldn’t be ranked above them just yet, as the Raiders slapped them around like the little turds they are and have the tie breaker over them right now.

  15. j0esixpack says: Dec 20, 2011 8:57 AM

    I think most Patsfans will agree – the team has major flaws and #2 may be too high, but you’ve got to give the players credit for overcoming them and playing as a team.

    That intangible counts for a lot during the playoffs – and the fact that the Patriots have started slow in pretty much every game, adjusted, came together as a team and won 11 out of 13 games thus far, bodes well for the playoffs even if many third stringers are now starting.

  16. grogansheroes says: Dec 20, 2011 8:58 AM

    robmac33 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:33 AM
    No way my Pats should be ranked ahead of the Saints. I am a Pats season ticket holder and homer for sure but we would not be able to get Breeze off the field.

    As a fellow Pats fan, I agree. But the numbers Brees puts up, much like Peyton, are mostly in domes. It’s one reason Eli is a better clutch QB than his brother. If Brees has to play in the cold, in Green Bay, his numbers will be very pedestrian.Hell, even in SF. Unlike Rogers and Brady, who play better when the temp falls. Also for fun, check out Rogers and Brady’s numbers in domes, where they are the road team almost allways.

  17. cobrala2 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:00 AM

    Terrible rankings. Probably the worst I’ve seen all year.

  18. anarchopurplism says: Dec 20, 2011 9:04 AM

    khuxford says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:42 AM

    Jets annihilate the Chiefs last week, but they get one fluky win against the Packers and leap frog the Jets completely? Oooooooooooooooooooooooooookay.

    *********************************************

    The Jets got waxed by the Iggles this week & the Chiefs beat the #1 team in the league.

    It’s a rankings list, who cares.

    Oh wait….that’s right, the Jets think talking is the same as winning.

    “We’re gonna win the superbowl!”

    “We’re gonna make a playoff run!”

    “If we make the playoffs, watch out!”

    ALL BARK, NO BITE.

    Don’t shut up, it’s funny to watch your coach constantly put a foot in his mouth.

  19. beepa11 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:07 AM

    How do the Chiefs rate such a high move? Even ahead of the Eagles…? Just sayin.

  20. ottomanismydog says: Dec 20, 2011 9:07 AM

    Watching the Steelers play both Harbaughs’… yeah we lost – but it’s obvious that the better Harbaugh is in san fran. Can’t wait for rematches!

  21. theangryrob says: Dec 20, 2011 9:11 AM

    1) The Bengals need to beat the Ravens in Cincy to make the playoffs.
    2) The Ravens lose to mediocre teams on the road.
    3) No team is more mediocre than the Bengals.

    Therefore, the Bengals have no chance to make the playoffs?

  22. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 20, 2011 9:12 AM

    Remember when the Redskins were much higher……..alas, but hey, Kyle’s learning to call RUNNING plays, things are going to get better…Eventually….If they stake their reputation on a new QB next April….

  23. pastabelly says: Dec 20, 2011 9:12 AM

    robmac33 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:33 AM
    No way my Pats should be ranked ahead of the Saints. I am a Pats season ticket holder and homer for sure but we would not be able to get Breeze off the field.

    =================================
    I am a Patriots fan and homer too. The Patriots, with that defense, should not be ranked that highly. If the Patriots even had an average or mediocre defense, I could see ranking them higher. But that product is garbage. They’re lucky that Pittsburgh and Baltimore have handed the #1 seed in the AFC to them on a silver platter.

  24. ghost072 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:17 AM

    “The Raiders could have gotten to this same point without trading for Carson Palmer”

    There is no way the Raiders are 7-7 if they’re starting Kyle Boller with no McFadden – no way. They would be 4-10, guaranteed. Palmer hasn’t been perfect, but these losses are not on him, they are on the pathetic defense, all the way.

  25. bosfaninva says: Dec 20, 2011 9:21 AM

    As a Pats fan, I too was a bit surprised to see Pats 2, Saints 3, but really, who cares?

    Pats vs. Packers or Pats vs. Saints would almost surely be the highest-scoring SB ever (not to mention highest rated).

    49ers are a very solid team. They are legit and I could see them getting to the SB, with that D.

    Pitts fans should definitely be worried about their team scoring enough points to win in the playoffs.

    Ravens fans should be worried, period.

    No other team has a shot. The Chargers are talented but their coach is Norv Turner. Nuff said.

  26. richm2256 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:23 AM

    nyj69 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:38 AM
    The Jets, who dismantled the Chiefs just a week ago, are below the Chiefs? Really? I get that it’s a different team under Crennel than Haley and with Orton rather than Palko, but that’s still ridiculous.

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    Typical idot Yets fan……..

    The Chiefs just did what 13 other teams could not do, while the Yets managed to make the Eagles look like an actual Dream Team.

    Deal with it.

  27. pastabelly says: Dec 20, 2011 9:25 AM

    If the Jets don’t win both of their last two games, they are going to need some help just to make the playoffs. They’ll need losses from either Oakland or Denver and the Bengals. I hope the Giants paste them on Saturday and they get no help for a change and Rexy finally shuts up.

  28. steelcitymasterrace says: Dec 20, 2011 9:27 AM

    If teams as bad as the Jest and Bungles are really all the AFC can do for a sixth seed, maybe it’s best to give the third seed a bye too!

  29. richm2256 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:28 AM

    robmac33 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:33 AM
    No way my Pats should be ranked ahead of the Saints. I am a Pats season ticket holder and homer for sure but we would not be able to get Breeze off the field.

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    They’re one of just three 11-3 teams in the NFL, and they’re doing it with the worst defene in the league.

    Imagine what they’d do with a halfway decent defense.

    It makes their 11 wins all the more impressive and shows just how valuable Brady is that he can win with that bad of a defense.

    They EARNED that ranking, moron. Any true Pats fan would know that.

  30. flash1283 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:29 AM

    khuxford says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:42 AM
    Jets annihilate the Chiefs last week, but they get one fluky win against the Packers and leap frog the Jets completely? Oooooooooooooooooooooooooookay.

    ———

    You would think by now people would understand this power ranking thing!!

    IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOUR TEAM DID 2 WEEKS AGO, THEY ARE CALLED WEEKLY POWER RANKINGS (KEY WORD, WEEKLY)!!!

    They are based on how that team just played, the Jets got destroyed for a sorry Eagles team, the Chiefs beat the best team in the NFL.

    So one moves up the other goes down (like your mom).

  31. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 20, 2011 9:31 AM

    Any comment that ends in a variation of “enough said” get an automatic thumbs down.

  32. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 20, 2011 9:32 AM

    And I’d give myself a thumbs down for using “get” instead of “gets.”

  33. orangeflh says: Dec 20, 2011 9:36 AM

    humbleminded85 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:34 AM
    These “rankings” have has much merit as a probowl vote. Which reminds me, I need to go punch my probowl vote for my teams second string kicker, as I like the way he trims his sideburns

    ““““““““““““““““““`

    You’d REALLY like Packers punter Tim Masthay. He rocks a crew cut with Elvis-like sideburns and has flaming red hair.

  34. primetime0552 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:36 AM

    8. Lions (No. 12; 9-5): As long as Matthew Stafford is willing to throw to Calvin Johnson even when Johnson appears to be covered, the Lions will continue to win

    ==============================

    Stafford has actually done a really good job at not forcing the ball to Calvin this season. He is going to get more looks then other recievers, for obvious reasons, but Stafford is doing a really good job at finding the open reciever when Calvin is double and triple teamed.

  35. clamnewton says: Dec 20, 2011 9:40 AM

    ” 6. Steelers (No. 3; 10-4):  The Road to the Super Bowl will go through Pittsburgh only if the Patriots or the Ravens decide to take Interstate 579 to get to Indianapolis.”

    That’s funny.

    I could almost hear the tears splashing into the Iron City last night. Good thing ESPN’s non-stop blabbering about Ben’s toughness drowned it out.

  36. iluvbears says: Dec 20, 2011 9:42 AM

    My team has played the Packers twice and New Orleans once this season. New Orleans definitely was the better of the two teams, both offensively and defensively. I think the NFC representative for the Super Bowl will be the Saints this season, but could be challenged by San Fran due to their superior defense. As far as the AFC, I think it will be the Pats, but I also think that it could be another team. That conference is not as clear cut for me.

  37. bosfaninva says: Dec 20, 2011 9:43 AM

    Come on, Alan, once you say the words “Norv Turner,” do you really have to say anything else?

  38. bosfaninva says: Dec 20, 2011 9:46 AM

    While I agree the Pats defense is pretty poor, you have got to look beyond the YPG ratings. The Pats are 14th in PPG allowed, which, when combined with their offense ranked 3rd in PPG, certainly makes them competitive. Their red zone defense, not surprisingly, is very good. Classic bend but don’t break D.

    The Pats would not face another high-scoring offense until the SB.

    BTW, Bill Belichick has been a head coach for 17 years. In all 17, his defenses have ranked better in PPG than in YPG.

  39. humbleminded85 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:47 AM

    Kaz says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:45 AM
    You mean the same Ravens who barely squeek past the Bengals, and have overall been dominated by them the last decade? Let’s hope it comes down to beating the Ravens.
    ___________________________________

    I find it hilarious when these Bungle fans say such stupid remarks. Dominated the last ten years? Out of 31 total games between the Bengals and Ravens, the Ravens lead that stat with a 17-14 all time record. The last ten years the Bengals have the edge at 6-4. Domination you say??? Now to the important stuff… The Ravens have won 4 playoff games in 3 years, which happens to be the exact amout of wins the Bengals have EVER won! So Mr. ImNotGonnaCheckMyFacts, understand that Steelers and Ravens will always and I mean ALWAYS be the teams that Bungles and their fans wished they rooted for. Check mate.

  40. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 20, 2011 9:48 AM

    Pats #2 you must be crazy. Just goes to show how these power rankings are BS opinion driven nonsense.

  41. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Dec 20, 2011 9:49 AM

    as a panthers fan, i understand we played a lot of teams close, got blown out by the falcons, and made a fool of by the titans. long story short, as much as it hurts to say this, the saints are by far the most explosive team we’ve faced. go nfc south.

  42. bluvayner says: Dec 20, 2011 9:52 AM

    I have to laugh at the Jests fans whining. Did you even watch your team’s last game? Above all else, Jests fans are chronically delusional.

  43. lioncrazy says: Dec 20, 2011 9:55 AM

    As long as Gore can play and the 9er D keeps performing at an incredible level, they’re going to the SuperBowl. That seems like the recipe to keep the high powered QB’s off the field which is why I think they can accomplish it.

  44. havok82 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:56 AM

    Yeah, but the Saints can’t play outside. They are good, but they are just the Colts 2.0. Look at all the games outside they have struggled with this season. Now I know that the SB is inside, but they are going to have to play outside to get there. I love the Saints and Brees, but it scares me how shaky they have been outside. I am a Pats fan, but even I can agree they don’t belong at #2 in a power ranking. Their defense is so shaky and keeps taking hits. If the Saints and Pats were to play in the SB, you would think it would be a 45-42 type game.

  45. cscfriarbob says: Dec 20, 2011 9:56 AM

    “22. Panthers (No. 23; 5-9): Before everyone starts making the Panthers a trendy playoff pick for 2012, keep in mind that they share a division with the Saints and the Falcons.”

    Also keep in mind that the Foulclowns were a 7-9 team last year that were handed 6 games by opponent stupidity or the refs (or both). Also keep in mind that the Foulclowns this year are an 8-8 team that has already been handed at least two wins they don’t deserve by opponent mistakes (at least it’s not the refs this year) and will be handed a playoff berth by the collapse of the Bears and Cowboys… and the Eagles for that matter, who should have beat them like a drum in week 2 and self-destructed instead.

    Also keep in mind that the Saints still need major improvements on defense (especially at LB) and might have an extended contract holdout with Drew. Plus they are hosting the Super Bowl next year and we all know about the way that appears to be a curse these days.

    I’m not saying they WILL make the playoffs, much less win the division. But I’m also saying don’t sleep on them and think they suck. They’re merely poor, and worse yet they’re improving fast. Give them a healthy OL and a half-way decent defense and a weaker schedule next year and they just might surprise a few people. Including, for that matter, the Saints in week 17, if the Saints don’t take them seriously and/or rest starters due to the 2nd seed being out-of-reach.

  46. nesuperfan says: Dec 20, 2011 9:57 AM

    I would say the 2-3 spots are really interchangeable. The Saints have put up 20 more points to this point in the season, but their scoring defense is actually 6 point worse than the Pats.

    So as horrible as our defense has been, and I totally agree with my fellow Pats’ fans, it is clear that the Saints’ defense is not really any better.

  47. briank1ne says: Dec 20, 2011 9:58 AM

    the packers have had a weak schedule. Only tough tough game they played this year was against the saints. and that was week one. Im sorry. But this team is overrated. Only slightly though. The toughest teams they played besides the saints were the giants and the lions. who else? They played the NFC south and the AFC west. The Giants. and the Rams. and their own division. weak sauce.

  48. htown1035 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:01 AM

    9. Texans (No. 6; 10-4): By squandering the bye, this team’s first trip to the playoffs could consist of only one game.
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    Squandering the bye? Last time I checked they had the same record as the Steelers and Ravens. If they win out and either the Pats or Ravens lose a game, they have the bye.

    If anyone squandered a bye, it was the Steelers last night.

  49. skane2005 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:02 AM

    20. Eagles (No. 25; 6-8): With two wins and a little help, the Dream Team could still have one more chance to underachieve on national TV.

    How many times can one writer beat a dead horse? We get it, you don’t like Philly sports!

  50. 8man says: Dec 20, 2011 10:09 AM

    Agreed that the Patriots are ranked too high. And honestly wouldn’t care if they were ranked too “low”.

    What matters is how you finish. Two games left. And one this weekend against a Miami team that is playing well and is looking to leave a wake of destruction in their final games. No easy out there.

    Let’s see if the Patriots can win out, get that bye and secure some home games in the playoffs. Then we’ll talk.

  51. southpaw2k says: Dec 20, 2011 10:16 AM

    I’m not so sure Houston would be a one and done in the playoffs. They’ll likely draw either the Jets or the Bengals in their house in the first round. Do you really think either of those teams could beat the Texans on the road?

    Plus, if the Ravens still win the North and get a bye week, that means they’d draw the Texans in the divisional round. I’d take that matchup any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

  52. deconjonesbitchslap says: Dec 20, 2011 10:18 AM

    Rams and Colts lower than the vikings?

    the vikings have the worst secondary in the history of the NFL!

    Most passing touchdowns and most passing yards allowed ever after this amount of time.

  53. homelanddefense says: Dec 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    Im a Pats fan, but they simply arent the second best team in football. They would lose to the Saints by 20.

  54. Kaz says: Dec 20, 2011 10:24 AM

    humbleminded85 says:
    ___

    Sounds like our dominance of Baltimore in the last decade is a sore subject.. And I’d never wish to be the Old Browns….

  55. pigskinswag says: Dec 20, 2011 10:25 AM

    The Green Bay Packers are still the best team in the league right now even after their loss to Kansas City (b.t.w I dont think people have given the Chiefs enough credit for that win, but I digress). But how can the Patriots be ranked ahead of the Saints? If Sean Payton wore a hoodie with the sleeves cut off would that move them up? No one is gonna confuse the Saints defense with the ’85 Bears, but they have something the Patriots don’t: A SECONDARY. Greer, Porter, and Robinson are solid cover corners and you’d be hard pressed to find a better pair of safeties in the NFL in Jenkins and Harper. And the offense speaks for itself. Brees has been lights out (THAT is what lights out looks like Michael Vick) and they have FOUR very capable running backs that would keep Brady on the sidelines with the Hoodie. My rankings would have the Patriots 4th behind Green Bay, New Orleans and San Francisco.

  56. broncobeta says: Dec 20, 2011 10:26 AM

    “4. 49ers (No. 7; 11-3): Harbaughs 3, Tomlin 0. (I ripped that off from a PFT commenter.)”

    You’re now just admitting to that?

  57. lilrob10201 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:27 AM

    Why are the Lions, Falcons, and Steelers in front of the Texans ?

  58. bosfaninva says: Dec 20, 2011 10:29 AM

    Here’s all you need to know about the worthlessness of the YPG metric:

    The Pats are on pace to give up more yards than any team EVER. While simultaneously on pace to finish 13-3, and being 15 points away from being undefeated.

  59. humbleminded85 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:37 AM

    Kaz says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:24 AM
    humbleminded85 says:
    ___

    Sounds like our dominance of Baltimore in the last decade is a sore subject.. And I’d never wish to be the Old Browns….
    ________________________________
    Sounds like the numbers proved you wrong and now you’ve ran out of excuses so you result to the “old browns” line I’d take my Old Browns over your joke of a franchis any day. Don’t be mad dude, you said something you shouldn’t have and statisticaly proved you wrong. Please explain how a 6-4 record is domination? You really need to take my name for advise and stay humble until the Bungals do something worth braggin over. Dominating????!!!!??!!! smh

  60. bigtimetexanfan says: Dec 20, 2011 10:41 AM

    Cmon Mike, why are you ALWAYS being a Texans hater? They were the furthest to fall out of all of the 10-4 teams. Behind the Falcons and the lions when we have a head to head to win against the Falcons.

    KEEP DRINKIN THAT HATERADE DOUCH !!

  61. demoderbydoug says: Dec 20, 2011 10:43 AM

    Go ahead and keep doubting the Bengals after all you and every other sports idiot with a cpu or microphone said they were the worse team in the league at the start of the season so if you say the Bengals can’t beat Baltimore I will just go ahead and get ready for them making the playoffs

  62. ravensos says: Dec 20, 2011 10:51 AM

    ravensos says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    Harbaughs 3
    Tomlin 0

    I’m famous!!!

  63. zackattack410 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:58 AM

    I’m not so sure Houston would be a one and done in the playoffs. They’ll likely draw either the Jets or the Bengals in their house in the first round. Do you really think either of those teams could beat the Texans on the road?

    Plus, if the Ravens still win the North and get a bye week, that means they’d draw the Texans in the divisional round. I’d take that matchup any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    ______________
    Why? The Ravens already smoked you WITH your starting quarterback.

  64. southpaw2k says: Dec 20, 2011 11:09 AM

    zackattack410 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:58 AM
    I’m not so sure Houston would be a one and done in the playoffs. They’ll likely draw either the Jets or the Bengals in their house in the first round. Do you really think either of those teams could beat the Texans on the road?

    Plus, if the Ravens still win the North and get a bye week, that means they’d draw the Texans in the divisional round. I’d take that matchup any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    ______________
    Why? The Ravens already smoked you WITH your starting quarterback.

    ————————————————

    I’m a Ravens fan – my point was that I’d love to have Houston come to Baltimore in the second round because that matchup would be great for the Ravens.

  65. Raider-in-PA says: Dec 20, 2011 11:26 AM

    19. Raiders (No. 14; 7-7): The Raiders could have gotten to this same point without trading for Carson Palmer.
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    You must not have watched any of the Raiders’ games… Palmer is not the problem… Try defensive woes, particularly the man in charge, Chuck B…. He was horrible 10 years ago, so why Al would bring him back comes down to: Nobody else would take the job… Now that Al is gone (RIP), Oakland will be a more attractive destination for LEGIT defensive coordinators…

    Watch for Oakland to make some MAJOR noise next year after dumping more overpaid deadwood and adding more quality players!!

  66. metcalfer says: Dec 20, 2011 11:28 AM

    I’m still no getting you putting the Dolphins at 21. Behind the Chiefs at 14. They beat them 31-3 at Kansas City. Then you have the Raiders at 19. The Dolphins were beating them 34-0, before giving up 2 meanless TD at the end of the game. SMH.

  67. justwinbaby29 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:29 AM

    “The Raiders could have gotten to this same point without trading for Carson Palmer”.

    Palmer has been up and down but without trade they would be 4-10. Kyle Boller is AWFUL.

    The trade might not produce playoffs this year but it should in 2012 and beyond. Judge it then.

  68. justwinbaby29 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:32 AM

    And Carson Palmer doesn’t play defense– defense blew the Denver/Detriot games while he was QB. They should be 9-5– defense is the problem not CP. Raiders need to purge the defensive coaching staff– and remake the secondary this offseason.

    Palmer might not be elite but he’s very good- top 10 NFL QB when healthy.

  69. 8man says: Dec 20, 2011 11:46 AM

    bosfaninva says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:29 AM
    Here’s all you need to know about the worthlessness of the YPG metric:

    The Pats are on pace to give up more yards than any team EVER. While simultaneously on pace to finish 13-3, and being 15 points away from being undefeated.
    ————————————————-
    An astute observation and so very true. However, football is a game about real estate acquisition and good teams don’t turn the ball over.

    What happens when the Patriots play a good team that acquires a lot of yards AND takes care of the football? I think we all agree, that defense must rise above itself and play better than it has all year in January for the team to get to Indianapolis.

  70. doublebro says: Dec 20, 2011 11:49 AM

    That makes perfect sense….put the Falcons 2 spots in front of the Texans even though they have lost 1 more game….and oh yeah…one of those was to the Texans.

  71. doublebro says: Dec 20, 2011 11:51 AM

    Ravens fans should hope they get a bye…that mouth breather they have calling signals can’t take his game on the road.

  72. ottograham says: Dec 20, 2011 11:51 AM

    As a Steelers fan I sincerely do not want to see Ben on a field until week 1 of the playoffs. Christ the guy was so average last night it made me sick.

    At least hes not Flacco average.

  73. whooodeyyy says: Dec 20, 2011 11:53 AM

    Kaz says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:24 AM
    humbleminded85 says:
    ___

    Sounds like our dominance of Baltimore in the last decade is a sore subject.. And I’d never wish to be the Old Browns….
    ________________________________
    Sounds like the numbers proved you wrong and now you’ve ran out of excuses so you result to the “old browns” line I’d take my Old Browns over your joke of a franchis any day. Don’t be mad dude, you said something you shouldn’t have and statisticaly proved you wrong. Please explain how a 6-4 record is domination? You really need to take my name for advise and stay humble until the Bungals do something worth braggin over. Dominating????!!!!??!!! smh

    I may be wrong, but don’t the Ravens-Bengals play eachother twice a year?? How is our record 6-4 over the last 10 years??

  74. grandpoopah says: Dec 20, 2011 11:53 AM

    The Saints should definitely be higher than the Pats. Brees would throw for 600 yards against that New England defense.

  75. pigskinswag says: Dec 20, 2011 11:54 AM

    roddytorock84 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 8:52 AM
    Watch out for the falcons!

    ___________________________________

    Pluck The FalCONs!

  76. beelicker says: Dec 20, 2011 12:09 PM

    @humbleminded85 aka Mr. ImNotGonnaCheckMyFacts

    The Bengals have won 5 playoff games, all time:

    vs Buffalo & SD in the ’81 season

    vs Seattle & Buffalo in the ’89 season

    41-14 over the Jerry Glanville-coached Houston Oilers on Jan 6, 1991 in a ’90 AFC wildcard matchup

    >>> The Ravens have won 4 playoff games in 3 years, which happens to be the exact amout(sic) of wins the Bengals have EVER won! <<<

  77. predicatepanda says: Dec 20, 2011 12:24 PM

    bluvayner says:
    Dec 20, 2011 9:52 AM
    I have to laugh at the Jests fans whining. Did you even watch your team’s last game? Above all else, Jests fans are chronically delusional.
    ————————————————–
    I think we can all agree that the Jets are still the team to beat. Just ask their coach.

  78. bucthat says: Dec 20, 2011 12:25 PM

    R U KIDDING ME?????? the bucs at 29????????? There one of the best teams in the NFL right now. Seriously we got injuries and almost beat Gb. Not to mention we beat NO and ATL already once this year. Just hating cause were a small market. Call me wen the Pat tards win a playoff game after all their hype sauce.

  79. abr173rd says: Dec 20, 2011 12:33 PM

    Patriots over the Saints?? That’s laughable…..

  80. southpaw2k says: Dec 20, 2011 12:44 PM

    whooodeyyy says:
    Dec 20, 2011 11:53 AM
    Kaz says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:24 AM
    humbleminded85 says:
    ___

    Sounds like our dominance of Baltimore in the last decade is a sore subject.. And I’d never wish to be the Old Browns….
    ________________________________
    Sounds like the numbers proved you wrong and now you’ve ran out of excuses so you result to the “old browns” line I’d take my Old Browns over your joke of a franchis any day. Don’t be mad dude, you said something you shouldn’t have and statisticaly proved you wrong. Please explain how a 6-4 record is domination? You really need to take my name for advise and stay humble until the Bungals do something worth braggin over. Dominating????!!!!??!!! smh

    I may be wrong, but don’t the Ravens-Bengals play eachother twice a year?? How is our record 6-4 over the last 10 years??

    ————————————————

    I think he’s only counting the games that have been played in Cincinnati since 2001. I checked the records and the Bengals are currently up 6-4 against the Ravens in Cinci since then.

  81. buckeyebengal says: Dec 20, 2011 12:46 PM

    Although greatly exceeding expectations this year, this Bengals team has not always looked like a playoff team. However, they have a very real chance of still winning out and making the playoffs if Jets lose one. Let’s be real, the Ravens game is in Cincy and the Ravens lost to the Titans, Jaguars and Seahawks. All teams Cincy beat.

  82. sfwillis52 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:54 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says, the 3 best teams in the league are in the NFC. Niners, Saints, and Packers. There’s a chance 2 of the NFC playoff games will be better than the Super Bowl if the Niners and Saints play in round two, then the winner of that plays the Packers in the NFC championship. I can’t wait

  83. southpaw2k says: Dec 20, 2011 1:16 PM

    buckeyebengal says:
    Dec 20, 2011 12:46 PM
    Although greatly exceeding expectations this year, this Bengals team has not always looked like a playoff team. However, they have a very real chance of still winning out and making the playoffs if Jets lose one. Let’s be real, the Ravens game is in Cincy and the Ravens lost to the Titans, Jaguars and Seahawks. All teams Cincy beat.

    ———————————————-

    And Cinci lost to Houston, San Francisco, and Pitt – all teams that Baltimore beat this year. What’s your point?

    I’m not saying that the game at Cinci will be a cakewalk for the Ravens, but merely saying Team A beat Teams X, Y, and Z, and Team B happened to lose to those three same teams means diddly squat.

  84. bullsonparade56 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:47 PM

    I’ll take TJ Yates over a gimpy Big Ben…this weeks Texans loss was the first loss to an opp with less than a .500 record and after 7 straight wins we were due an emotional let down…and now there are tw0 9 win teams ahead of us, ok? better now than in playoffs….bring on the ravens, steelers, jets, bengals….better match ups than high scoring teams like Pats or chargers for Houston….

    love the confidence of ravens fan…we played you close early this season you sure you wanna bet on an easy win home field or not…..Ravens WERE a dominant defense but NOW they are a good defense and average offense on a team with losses to Seattle, tennessee and jacksonville….that shouldn’t scare anyone

    keep counting the TEXANS out and see what happens

  85. bubba9er says: Dec 20, 2011 1:49 PM

    Something about watching the 9ers win a meaningful MNF game against a good team at Candlestick Park just feels right. Even as a 49ers fan I felt for Big Ben last night. If he isn’t right, he’s kinda wrong.

    Also, Max Starks had a great game at left Tackle huh? Aldon Smith is a young stud, but big Max made him look like a HOFer.

  86. sportsguybayarea says: Dec 20, 2011 2:20 PM

    my rankings:

    1 packers
    2 niners
    3 saints
    4 pats
    5 steelers
    6 ravens

    niners are def the second best team in the nfl right now. last year in week 2 the saints came to sf for a monday night showdown and everyone had the saints winning by a blowout and niners handled them well. scored in the 4th quarter to take the lead but left too much time for breers and the saints offense. this year, niners defense is way way better and alex smith is better as well. also, saints lost vs the rams when the rams were winless. niners shutout the rams 26-0. saints lost to the buccs. niners DESTROYED the buccs 45-3. i understand that theres still a lot of doubters out there but thats called “hating”. i mean, what else do the niners have to do to prove to you all that theyre pretty darn good??? best scoring defense, best rushing defense, have not allowed a rushing td all year, first in takeways, first in turnover ratio, the fewest turnovers, second in INT’s and more…its all good though, ya’ll keep doubting the niners, we’ll keep proving you wrong every week till we get to the NFC championship game vs the packers…be afraid GB, be very afraid…

  87. klownboy says: Dec 20, 2011 3:35 PM

    My top ten:

    1. Green Bay Packers
    2. New England Patriots
    3. New Orleans Saints
    4. San Francisco 49ers
    5. Pittsburgh Steelers
    6. Baltimore Ravens
    7. Atlanta Falcons
    8. Detroit Lions
    9. Houston Texans
    10. Cincinnati Bengals

  88. pheagfan says: Dec 20, 2011 4:17 PM

    You would think by now people would understand this power ranking thing!!

    IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOUR TEAM DID 2 WEEKS AGO, THEY ARE CALLED WEEKLY POWER RANKINGS (KEY WORD, WEEKLY)!!!

    __________

    Actually this probbbbbably isn’t true considering if that were true the Packers wouldn’t still be #1 because they played like crap against a crappy team and lost – and the Eagles would be way higher because they played like an actual playoff team for once (however this would never happen because apparently this write just hates the Eagles and all of Philadelphia and everything to do with it for some weird reason). This most likely takes the week into account along with the way the team has played all season.

  89. pigskinswag says: Dec 20, 2011 4:33 PM

    @bucthat After reading your post, I want you to pour me a glass of whatever it is you’re drinking because it’s got to be some good stuff. The injuries have nothing to do with their lack of discipline, lack of talent, and lack of coaching. The Succaneers are a mess.

  90. jbaxt says: Dec 20, 2011 6:14 PM

    Faider fans, is it better to be 4-12 and miss the playoffs or 7-9, be without a 1st and 2nd round pick, have 3 average QB’s on your team, and miss the playoffs? The answer to the football world is 4-12, then you get one of the top QB’s in next years draft. Huey has all you trolls believing 7-9, without a draft is better… Oh, and Campbell is better than Palmer and you have no 1st rounder next year to show for it… It will be hard watching your 2nd best QB take the reigns next year… Won’t it?

  91. grandpoopah says: Dec 20, 2011 6:31 PM

    The Niners defense looks great but they won’t go far in the playoffs with Alex Smith’s inaccuracy and their red zone struggles.

  92. patriotsssss says: Dec 20, 2011 7:03 PM

    You people cry too much after these power rankings. That’s pretty lame. If Drew Brees is going to pass for 500 yards on the Pats defense, Brady can do the same to the Saints defense. Saints defense isn’t much better…maybe you losers should read stats for once. Brady would take out the Saints. This isn’t 2009, when Brady just had Moss & Welker.

  93. akasaintsbaby says: Dec 20, 2011 7:33 PM

    bucthat says:
    Dec 20, 2011 12:25 PM
    R U KIDDING ME?????? the bucs at 29????????? There one of the best teams in the NFL right now. Seriously we got injuries and almost beat Gb. Not to mention we beat NO and ATL already once this year. Just hating cause were a small market. Call me wen the Pat tards win a playoff game after all their hype sauce.
    ———————————————

    One of the best teams in the nfl??? Seven straight losses and a record of 4-10. News flash: every team in the league has injuries. Did you just start watching football this year?

  94. havok82 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:53 PM

    For all the love of the Saints, their pass D is giving up 256 yd per game (28th) while NE’s is giving up 296 per game. For all of that, New Orleans has given up more points than the Patriots this year while playing a weaker schedule. Their stable of backs are good, but let’s not go crazy here. Their offense is good, but they have only scored 20 more points than the Pats (and much of that was in running up the score on the Colts). They are also in the negative on the giveaway/takeaway ratio. That’s never a good thing.

  95. geezohman says: Dec 22, 2011 1:23 PM

    Romeo puts the chiefs in position before the JEts?

    Not sure about that

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