Week 12 power rankings

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1.  Texans:  Those hard-fought wins against bad teams will serve the Texans well in the playoffs.  As long as they face bad teams in the playoffs.

2.  Patriots:  The Pats are peaking, but can they carry it to February this time?

3.  Falcons:  Michael Turner is still the starting tailback, but Jacquizz Rodgers has become the man.

4.  49ers:  Alex Smith is still the starting quarterback, but Colin Kaepernick has become the man.

5.  Ravens:  If the Ravens win the Super Bowl, 4th-and-29 should be engraved on the ring.

6.  Broncos:  Knowshon finally says, “Get to know me.”

7.  Giants:  Eli’s arm wasn’t tired, but the rest sure helped it.  Even though it wasn’t tired.

8.  Bears:  The biggest difference between the 2012 Bears and the 1985 Bears is that, if six starters got hurt against the Super Bowl XX champions, they played for the other team.

9.  Packers:  The Giants officially are in Green Bay’s head, Werder.

10.  Bengals:  If the Bengals win the Super Bowl, Carson Palmer should get a ring.

11.  Seahawks:  If the suspensions of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner stand, the Seahawks may have to sign Terrell Owens.  To play cornerback.

12. Colts:  Indy at Denver in the wild-card round would possibly generate the highest rating for a playoff game in NFL history.

13. Steelers:  If no running back on the depth chart can hold onto the football, it won’t matter who plays quarterback.

14. Buccaneers:  Even Lane Kiffin thinks Greg Schiano had poor clock management late in the game against the Falcons.

15. Redskins:  Mike Shanahan should have started his “evaluation” process a few weeks sooner.

16. Saints:  With a tough slate of games coming up, Sean Payton is about to get more leverage for his contract talks.

17. Vikings:  This week, Adrian Peterson definitely will be on the team bus.  He possibly would prefer the Packers team bus.

18. Dolphins:  The possibility of the sprinklers coming on spontaneously could sell a few more tickets.

19. Rams:  Whoever makes it to the NFC playoffs should be very glad if the Rams don’t.

20. Cowboys:  Does giving up only 38 points on Thanksgiving give Rob Ryan bragging rights over Rex?

21. Panthers:  If you’d told the Panthers before the season they’d beat the Saints and Eagles, plenty of folks in Charlotte would have been booking their New Orleans hotel rooms for early February.

22. Bills:   Ralph Wilson likely will be pressing the “reset” button one more time.

23. Titans:  It would have made sense to fire Chris Palmer early enough for the move to make a difference.

24. Lions:  The next time Jim Schwartz throws the red flag when he shouldn’t, Ndamukong Suh will kick him in the crotch.

25. Browns:  If the Browns keep playing like they did on Sunday, it’ll be hard for Jimmy Haslam to fire Pat Shurmur.

26. Jaguars:  The better Chad Henne plays down the stretch, the less likely it is that clocks in Jacksonville will be set to Tebow time.

27. Cardinals:  Seven straight losses could keep Ken Whisenhunt from getting a seventh season.

28. Chargers:  If the Chargers were as willing to dump Norv Turner as they were to drop various key players over the past decade, they’d possibly be better off right now.

29. Jets:  Before we bury the 2012 Jets, look at their remaining schedule.

30. Eagles:  Good luck persuading a new coach to take over an aging roster with cap issues and no franchise quarterback in a division that faces Eli Manning, RG3, and the Cowboys twice per year.

31. Raiders:  The new regime is making Al Davis look pretty good in hindsight.

32. Chiefs:  The new coach is making Todd Haley look pretty good in hindsight.

104 responses to “Week 12 power rankings

  1. “Indy at Denver in the wild-card round would possibly generate the highest rating for a playoff game in NFL history.”

    Yeah, definitely not a stretch to think more people would watch that than any previous super bowl [/sarcasm]

  2. The new regime is making al Davis look good??! Only a moron would say that. Most of these losers are Al’s guys. The Old fool ran this team into the ground.

  3. “If the Browns keep playing like they did on Sunday, it’ll be hard for Jimmy Haslam to fire Pat Shurmur.” – I doubt that. As much as I hate the Steelers, the Steeler’s gave them the win.

  4. I like how you think facing the Cowboys twice a year is a deterrent. Oh no not the Cowboys I cant coach against them. More like I don’t have to coach against them Romo and Garrett will screw themselves up.

  5. The 49ers are better than the Falcons. The Falcons have had so many fluke wins this year it’s ridiculous. I get the whole “you are what your record says” argument, but they remind me of the Vikings around week 5 when everyone was seeing their praises.

    The Falcons are definitely an upper echelon team. Top 10, and top 5 no doubt. But no way in a head to head matchup against the 49ers would they be favored.

    In any stadium

    Other than that, I like the list (But even though the Eagles suck this year, they’d still beat the Jets)

  6. Im so happy you dropped my Falcons to 3rd. We should be honored we’re that high. Doesn’t matter anyway–the NFC championship has to come through ATL.

  7. Eagles are 20 mil under the cap??? What cap issues? Granted they still suck, but i don’t think their cap is an issue.

    Check your facts, and come back and see me…

  8. xlax1306 says:
    Nov 27, 2012 1:34 PM
    “Indy at Denver in the wild-card round would possibly generate the highest rating for a playoff game in NFL history.”

    Yeah, definitely not a stretch to think more people would watch that than any previous super bowl [/sarcasm]

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    Actually, more than that, a Denver – Giants Superbowl would break all time viewer records.
    Unfortunately, the Bears will be playing Denver in this years Superbowl, and the Bears will get retribution for Indy – Chicago Superbowl in 2006.

    Bears !

  9. The Eagles don’t have cap issues, they’re like 50-60 Million under the cap or something like that

  10. shamburg says:
    Nov 27, 2012 1:46 PM
    I agree with everything about the Eagles except the salary cap issues. They have the 2nd most cap room in the league.
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    Not an Eagles fan but I’d have to agree that once the Eagles dump Nhamdi and Vick, they’ll have some cap space.

  11. There are 3 teams that I thinks are better than the Ravens right now: the Texans, Falcons, and maybe the 49ers. I don’t see why the Pats should be ranked higher than any of those teams (including the Ravens). The Ravens beat the Pats, have a better record, haven’t lost since before their bye week and are coming off an incredible comeback win where every aspect of the team looked clutch. How does that make the Ravens deserve to be ranked below the Pats?

  12. How will it be hard to fire shurmur? The way the players play is more of a testament to Heckert’s picks. We would be better if we had a better coach. Heckert will stay, Shurmur will be fired before his post game press conference after the season.

  13. As other posters have noted, can’t disagree with the Eagles being a terrible team this year, but they were the second youngest team and led the NFL in cap space back in September.

  14. What was wrong with the Buccaneers clock management at the end of the Falcons game? I was there, don’t remember a glaring issue. Did you even watch the game?

  15. I can’t believe you don’t have the ND Fighting Irish, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders ranked ahead of the Chiefs.

  16. drpibb says: Nov 27, 2012 2:01 PM

    As other posters have noted, can’t disagree with the Eagles being a terrible team this year, but they were the second youngest team and led the NFL in cap space back in September.

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    Absolutely. Second youngest in the league and they are “aging.” LOL.

  17. @logicalvoicesays

    I don’t care to argue about the QB and RB, but Tom Coughlin is a much better coach than Mike Shanahan, and just about anyone is a better owner than Dan Snyder.

  18. LOL, the Eagles have the 2nd most cap room and they are the 2nd youngest team in the league. I agree they stink though.

  19. Your comments on the Eagles (aging team, lack of cap space, facing the “Cowboys” twice a year) show some laziness. The Eagles have one of the youngest rosters in the league, they will save oodles of money when Vick and Asomugha are cut this year and the Cowboys don’t strike the fear of God in anyone. The Giants and RGIII can be dealt with, last I checked they weren’t undefeated.

  20. Chargers had the ball with 3 min left and a first down and decided to attempt 3 passes. WITH your best player on the sidelines in Ryan Mathews. That should automatically draw a power rank of #33. (Bama would be 32)

  21. “Good luck persuading a new coach to take over an aging roster with cap issues and no franchise quarterback in a division that faces Eli Manning, RG3, and the Cowboys twice per year.”

    I can think of a couple million reasons someone would coach the Eagles. Heck, I’d coach this team with McNabb still the QB for a million bucks.

  22. I wish people would stop referencing cap issues for the Eagles. Vick and Asomugha’s terrible deals will come off next year when they are cut, freeing up close to 30mil (and probably Babin at a reduced #). That should give the eagles all the flexibility they need. And is anyone scared of the cowboys?? They look like the Eagles, except they are one year behind us in the curve, ie coach and QB will be out after next year and they will have to start over…

  23. supremekingz –

    Perhaps you are right.

    On the other hand, maybe the Niners would be beating the Falcons, pick off Matt Ryan, and Roddy White comes along and causes a funble during the showboating return. Then the Falcons would win the game.

    Sound familiar? It has only happened the last two times these teams met.

  24. As of September the Eagles team average age was 25.55… I wouldn’t call that aging. They have many issues, but old age is not one of them.

  25. At this juncture, the Pats at No. 2 seems a tad generous to me. Unless New England’s defense can play more consistently at a high level, a ranking at No. 5 sounds more suitable. I would definitely rank San Fran above New England.

  26. Stop what? The truth is the truth. Our owner doesn’t cheat and take salary cap from other teams. Our QB is actually talented and clutch. Our football team doesn’t bitch over the small things or disrespect it’s own teammates. Our team doesn’t fake injuries to get rest in between plays. The tide has turned thanks to Robert Griffin. The Redskins are the superior team in the NFC East. Case closed.

  27. Why are the Steelers at 13?

    Is there anyone alive that honestly thinks that Pittsburgh should still be ranked in the top half of the league? Bottom 8 would be much more accurate.

  28. Hard to fire Shurmur?? You must not be watching the games. Yes, we beat the Steelers practice team for the second time in 17 games. However, Shurmur consistently looks out coached, especially in the second half when the opposition makes their adjustments. It’s hard to imagine Haslam keeping him.

  29. I love #s 31 & 32. Two teams whose fans were saying they were division champs/super bowl contenders.

  30. Perfect spot for the Eagles. But cap space issues? Couldn’t be more wrong. Also, if a potential new coaching hire is scared away by the thought of facing the NFC East, that’s pathetic. Will still be a very lucrative job.

  31. logicalvoicesays says:
    Nov 27, 2012 2:24 PM
    Stop what? The truth is the truth. Our owner doesn’t cheat and take salary cap from other teams. Our QB is actually talented and clutch. Our football team doesn’t bitch over the small things or disrespect it’s own teammates. Our team doesn’t fake injuries to get rest in between plays. The tide has turned thanks to Robert Griffin. The Redskins are the superior team in the NFC East. Case closed.
    ===
    Then why are you 5-6 and in SECOND place?

  32. Voice, Giants won last game so not sure you can say you have the better everything. Need to calm down on RGIII, think he will be good but go back to last year and everyone said the samething about Cam Newton. He is a better passer but might struggle after there is a full year of film on him in the NFL. All Eagles contracts are back loaded and those contracts backs are coming up for the most part. They are aging in important areas with no true back-ups behind them. (O-Line, D-Line).

  33. Comeback to me in 5 weeks time and talk once the Redskins have won the East. I won’t be surprised…because just like I knew RGIII was legit before he ever took a snap, I know the Redskins have the best 53 in the division. I know football. Next.

  34. When will people realize that the Texans record is a product of their schedule much more so then it is of their talent.

    Their pass defense is attrocious and they’ve barely beaten bad teams. 10-1 is great but you still have to look at how they got there and they simply aren’t a #1 team given their issues on defense and their strength of schedule.

  35. Yep he got the rankings right and with great comments too!

    For the Lions I also would have accepted Gunther Cunningham to kick him in the crotch, after seeing Gunter punt that clipboard. He punted that board a long ways and with great form!

  36. Bengals at #10. No one thought that after the 4 game losing streak earlier this year. Getting hot at the right time. Still have to prove they belong by beating Steelers and Ravens to close the season. ( Ravens might be sitting starters that last game, depending on their seed at the time.)

  37. 2. Patriots: The Pats are peaking, but can they carry it to February this time?
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    Does beating up on the pathetic AFC east qualify as peaking? Their real test comes up when the get Texans and the 49ers (albeit at home).

  38. “At this juncture, the Pats at No. 2 seems a tad generous to me. Unless New England’s defense can play more consistently at a high level”

    The defense has played at a pretty high level over the past two weeks certainly at a higher level than say the Texans defense has.

    Power rankings are irrelevant (Look at what the Giants were ranked in December last year, probably not even in the top 10) but the Patriots are playing very well right now. They just need to keep making strides and improvements on defense and get healthy. I think if the Patriots win out they will get the bye-week but truth be told I wouldn’t mind seeing this team playing in the wild card round with a chance to get on a roll.

  39. What is ur hate with tampa? So without any starting corner backs we lose to the so called “unstoppable” atlanta pass offense by 1 and yet again you make a negative comment. give credit where credit is due, The bucs played it closer then most people gave em credit for. Just for once watch a buc game and see the young talent that is developing!

  40. It’s funny how the Chargers are currently 2nd best in their division. No debate on the worst division in the NFL.

  41. I agre EXCEPT the Bengals..Ans the next few weeks will prove it. ill give them a slight edge just because the Steelers are hurt without Big Ben but not that far ahead

  42. logicalvoicesays says:
    Nov 27, 2012 2:24 PM
    Stop what? The truth is the truth. Our owner doesn’t cheat and take salary cap from other teams. Our QB is actually talented and clutch. Our football team doesn’t bitch over the small things or disrespect it’s own teammates. Our team doesn’t fake injuries to get rest in between plays. The tide has turned thanks to Robert Griffin. The Redskins are the superior team in the NFC East. Case closed.
    _______________________________

    Cheated? Your team had more money towards your team budget than anyone elses….. And you still finished last in the NFC East last year. He didnt take your money for himself – he subtracted what you had over all the others last year.

    Our team doesn’t allow its players to take their helmets off and yell at officials on national television – sending a terrible image to children around the United States.

    Go cry.

  43. bobhsays:Nov 27, 2012 3:15 PM

    2. Patriots: The Pats are peaking, but can they carry it to February this time?
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    Does beating up on the pathetic AFC east qualify as peaking? Their real test comes up when the get Texans and the 49ers (albeit at home).

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    Yes, it does, although power rankings are meaningless. Even if the teams they’re playing aren’t the best(although the Colts are probably gonna make the playoffs), they’re still NFL teams. Point is, while the other top teams have cooled a bit and are eaking out wins, the Pats are blowing everyones doors off, scoring about 47 pts/game, despite injuries to 3 Pro Bowlers. The D is solidifying and getting better as well. Defense doesn’t even have to be that good. It’s definitely better than last year. Watch out. I’m sure if they beat the 49ers and the Texans you’ll say they should’ve, because they were at home.

  44. Redskins are right where they belong on this list at this time….Moving up, still have much to prove….If we can beat the Giants, I’d put them at about 12-13 next week at this time….hopefully it happens

    As for my friend Logicalvoicesays, I love the guy, and I’m looking for the same Kool-aid he’s drinking

  45. The eagle’s job is unappealing?

    Sure, the current head coach has only been employed for 14 years. Philly is only one of the largest media markets in the country. It’s not like the Eagles underperformed due to injuries to 80% of their starting offensive line, or due to a quarterback who won’t be on the roster next season. I’m pretty sure Mccoy and Brown will both be cut also by a spiteful Andy Reid.

    You’re probably right though, I bet a lot of coaches pass us by in their rush to interview for Cleveland or Kansas City.

  46. Meh. I think a case could be made for the 9ers being higher (numerically lower) Not sure who could beat them at the moment but I think the order is about right.

  47. Power rankings are like farting contests….they all stink. What’s next a BCS setup to determine who goes to the Superbowl? It only matters if you make the playoffs and then it’s wide open in the parity of today’s NFL.

  48. “–the NFC championship has to come through ATL.”
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    No it won’t, they will be 1 and done. They may get the #1 seed, but they will be the 5th best team in the NFC and ATL is not that hard of a place to win on the road.

  49. Why should the prospect of facing the Cowboys deter anyone from taking a head coaching job? A 5-6 team with an egomaniacal owner, an incompetent GM “assisted” by idiot family members, a yes-man coach with no distinction as a player, assistant, or HC, a QB who seems to be more concerned with his golf game and looking pretty than his day job, an alleged defense headed by a blowhard, RBs who either stink or can’t stay healthy, little in the way of an offensive line, a #1 WR who can’t control his personal behavior or learn the plays–shall I continue?

  50. 31. Raiders: The new regime is making Al Davis look pretty good in hindsight.
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    The new regime is trying to clean up the roster and dump some bad contracts. 10M for Routt, 10M for Seymour, 11M for Wimbley…it adds up pretty quick. Davis had been drafting pretty high for the last decade, and Oakland doesn’t have much to show for it. That’s McKenzie’s problem, but it’s not his fault.

  51. How do you have the 49ers above the Giants? The Giants showed on Sunday that they’re back to full strength & at full strength they destroyed the 49ers at home, 26-3. If they’re given a second chance, I guarantee you they’ll do it again.

  52. These rankings mean nothing more than something for fans to talk about. Records look good but, four more points and the Patriots are 11-0, which may explain the high ranking. Still, it means nothing.

  53. knewton0583 says:
    Nov 27, 2012 2:48 PM
    Voice, Giants won last game so not sure you can say you have the better everything. Need to calm down on RGIII, think he will be good but go back to last year and everyone said the samething about Cam Newton. He is a better passer but might struggle after there is a full year of film on him in the NFL. All Eagles contracts are back loaded and those contracts backs are coming up for the most part. They are aging in important areas with no true back-ups behind them. (O-Line, D-Line).

    Not agreeing with voice but dude to compare RGIII and Cam is dumb. They are two completely different QBs both athletic but RGIII’s football IQ and maturity is way above Cams.

  54. youaredelusional says:
    Nov 27, 2012 4:23 PM
    RG3 is good, but rest of the Redskins suck. Record is 5-6. Dan Snyder is the worst owner. Enough Said.

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    YEA. What a “waste” of a draft pick that Morris has proven to be. ( rolling eyes )

  55. illbringdabeers says: Nov 27, 2012 1:58 PM

    The Eagles don’t have cap issues, they’re like 50-60 Million under the cap or something like that
    ________
    Wow! 60 million under a 120 million per team cap with Asomugha, Vick, Jackson, McCoy, DRC, Cole, Peters, and Jenkins? Who’s the Eagles GM– Enron?

    Sorry, I mean, essentially, you’re right: with Babin gone and Asomugha and Vick soon to follow, the Eagles will be fine, cap-wise.

  56. tedmurph says:
    Nov 27, 2012 4:00 PM
    bobhsays:Nov 27, 2012 3:15 PM

    2. Patriots: The Pats are peaking, but can they carry it to February this time?
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    Does beating up on the pathetic AFC east qualify as peaking? Their real test comes up when the get Texans and the 49ers (albeit at home).

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    Yes, it does, although power rankings are meaningless. Even if the teams they’re playing aren’t the best(although the Colts are probably gonna make the playoffs), they’re still NFL teams. Point is, while the other top teams have cooled a bit and are eaking out wins, the Pats are blowing everyones doors off, scoring about 47 pts/game, despite injuries to 3 Pro Bowlers. The D is solidifying and getting better as well. Defense doesn’t even have to be that good. It’s definitely better than last year. Watch out. I’m sure if they beat the 49ers and the Texans you’ll say they should’ve, because they were at home.
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    If they beat the texans and the niners then kudos to them. They blew out Jets (big deal), Colts (kudos to them for that), beat Bills by 6 points, blew out St Louis, needed overtime to beat Jets at home….yep. That is dominant play.
    Look, I’m saying that beating up lousy teams (and one with a good rookie QB) is not a measure who they’ll face in postseason. I’m sure you are encourage but take it with a pinch of salt.
    Not all top teams have not cooled off. Giants dominated Packers (that’s a real opponent FYI), niners beat new orleans (they are not the jets),

  57. Giants had lost 2 in a row before beating an undermanned GB team, including getting blown out by Cincy. Everyone was asking what was wrong. 49ers tied the Rams@home, the team the Pats beat by 38. Pats can only play who is on the schedule. The fact that lately, a lot of the games have been over by halftime, is significant. I like their chances no matter who they play in the postseason, including the ravens.

  58. Just a quick reminder to Pats haters. Everyone said they were not good last year, but they went to the Super Bowl and barely lost to a Giants team that was on fire. The 2012 Patriots have an even more explosive Offense and an improving Defense, which looks more solid each week. No disrespect to Houston or SF, but I like NE’s chances in both games, unless the Refs allow Receivers to get mugged.

  59. richwizl says:
    Nov 27, 2012 6:38 PM
    Just a quick reminder to Pats haters. Everyone said they were not good last year, but they went to the Super Bowl and barely lost to a Giants team that was on fire. The 2012 Patriots have an even more explosive Offense and an improving Defense, which looks more solid each week. No disrespect to Houston or SF, but I like NE’s chances in both games, unless the Refs allow Receivers to get mugged.
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    They beat up a tebow lead team, got extremely lucky against the ravens last playoffs and the same luck went the other way in Super Bowl. I know they are good, but I would temper the exuberance. They would not get very far in the NFC field.

  60. boyshole25 says:
    Nov 27, 2012 1:53 PM
    Cmon voice I’m a fellow redskins fan. Stop doin this to us man
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    Great comment. lol If voice is wrong when he says “I know football” he’ll just change his name. I wish I had time to compile all his crazy predictions for the season. Good luck to the Skins, it’s gonna be a lot harder catching the Giants than he thinks, but I’d like to see an exciting finish.

  61. Just want to point out that at 37ppg the Pats are on record to score the most points in a season ever (yes more than 2007). No matter who it’s against, it’s impressive.

    Secondly our defense is a lot better, now that we’ve got Talib we have benched Arrington (who is godawful) and moved McCourty to safety which has led to much improved play.

    I think the number two spot in the power rankings is too high for the Pats considering our record. However were we to play a game tomorrow the only teams I would be worried about facing are the Giants, 49ers and maybe Texans.

    As mentioned previously I think the Falcons are pretenders until proven otherwise (especially the way Ryan has been playing). Baltimore is a good team but the way Flacco’s been playing the last few weeks along with the injuries to Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb gives me confidence we’d beat them especially since we lost by 1 point in Baltimore to a game heavily influenced by bad calls (both ways).

  62. @tedmurph says:
    Nov 27, 2012 6:35 PM
    Giants had lost 2 in a row before beating an undermanned GB team, including getting blown out by Cincy. Everyone was asking what was wrong. 49ers tied the Rams@home, the team the Pats beat by 38. Pats can only play who is on the schedule. The fact that lately, a lot of the games have been over by halftime, is significant. I like their chances no matter who they play in the postseason, including the ravens.
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    Sure Pats can play whoever is on the schedule. However, that does not mean that what they’ve accomplished is to be judged the same way as teams with tougher opponents. Pats have the easiest schedule in the NFL (or close).
    You give example of the Rams. Well that can work both ways. Pats lost to Cards (at home!!). That’s the very same team that niners blew out 24-3.
    Standing alone on it’s own merit is the fact that Pats have a cake walk and (while I don’t deny that they are good) their true strength will come out in the playoffs (and if they win that’s great for Pats fans).

  63. bobhk says:

    They beat up a tebow lead team, got extremely lucky against the ravens last playoffs and the same luck went the other way in Super Bowl. I know they are good, but I would temper the exuberance. They would not get very far in the NFC field.

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    Keep making all the excuses you want about the Pats, you can’t argue their accomplishments( I suspect a bitter ravens fan). First, you have no idea how they’d do in the NFC field. Second, I’d put the Pats, Texans, Broncos, ravens and steelers(w/Roethlisberger), against Giants, GB, Bears Falcons and 49ers any day(see power rankings). Sorry Evans got stripped and Cundiff missed, deal with it. And, if your not a ravens fan, I’m sure the Pats own your team too(unless you’re a Giants fan).

  64. If my fellow Redskin fan LogicalVoice was a scientist, we’d call him an ” early adopter”. Sometimes that works out, sometimes not.

    Most lifelong Redskins fans are apologists of varying stripe. We’ve had to be, over the years. Now there’s real reason to cheer in DC– and it’s not just RG3, although heaven knows he’s reason number one.

    Forgive us, if we’re overly optimistic at this juncture.

  65. bobhk thinks the Patriots wouldn’t go far in the NFC, I disagree. First of all they’d only have to get 9 wins to get in and I don’t think they’d lose more than 7 games in any NFC Division; especially since the best team in the NFC (Giants) have just barely squeaked by them in showdowns. Anyway, we’ll know a lot more after the next 3 games.

  66. “8. Bears: The biggest difference between the 2012 Bears and the 1985 Bears is that, if six starters got hurt against the Super Bowl XX champions, they played for the other team.”

    Well, of course.

  67. @richwizl says:
    Nov 27, 2012 10:35 PM
    bobhk thinks the Patriots wouldn’t go far in the NFC, I disagree. First of all they’d only have to get 9 wins to get in and I don’t think they’d lose more than 7 games in any NFC Division; especially since the best team in the NFC (Giants) have just barely squeaked by them in showdowns. Anyway, we’ll know a lot more after the next 3 games.

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    I guess we will know. Giants are good but not hands down best. Besides giants have taken care of pats recently.
    You’d need a lot less wins to make afc playoffs especially in afc east.
    In pretty much every NFC division they’d be wild card. The roll up 6 wins on lowly jets bills and fins.
    Any other division they’d have a loss or two more.
    I’m not saying they are not good but they are not as good as it seems by their beatdowns recently. Of course time will tell.

  68. The Niners are a top 5 team with Alex Smith at QB.
    Now with Kaepernick at QB going forward, by the end of the season the Niners can BEAT any team anywhere.

  69. The NFC East is a tough division because you never know what you will get week to week with any of our teams. The Eagles has big expectations, but someone will gladly coach them. Foles may not be the answer. RG3 is a beast, no denying that, but he can’t do it all. He will be able to attract higher profile free agents to the Skins. NY is NY, reigning champs so can’t count them out. As for my Cowboys…sigh…I expected us to be much lower in this list. Romo is either hot or cold. But Garrett HAS to go and he can’t be replaced with another Jerry Jones puppet or we will remain middle to last in the pack. The team needs discipline and he is not the man for the job.

  70. “logicalvoicesays says: Nov 27, 2012 1:42 PM

    The Redskins are better than the Giants and it will be justified in these last 5 weeks. Better HC, QB, RB, Owner. Just superior all around.”

    I’m a Redskins fan and even I gave this post a thumbs down.

  71. “9. Packers: The Giants officially are in Green Bay’s head, Werder.”

    Does that mean the Packers were in the Giants head the previous 2 games(Regular Season 2010 & 2011) which occurred less than 12 months apart.

    Overact much?

  72. The only thing that would be better than Michael Sick and the Eagles being ranked at #30 would be if they were ranked at #32. There’s still time! It’s been wonderful watching the “Dynasty” fall apart.

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