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Week 16 power rankings

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1. Broncos (four first-place votes):  The only difference between Peyton’s new team and his old team is that the Colts would have been more likely to start 10-0 before going 2-3.

2. Falcons (one first-place vote):  In less than three weeks, we’ll find out whether this Falcons team really is different.

3. Packers:  Twenty years after the Vikings kept the Packers out of the playoffs via a Week 17 drubbing in the Metrodome, the Packers can return the favor.

4. Patriots:  Tom Brady is getting upset, and Rob Gronkowski is getting closer to a return.

5. Seahawks:  They may have peaked a bit too early, but no one has been better than the Seahawks have been the past three weeks.

6. Texans:  They may want to change their name to the Beaumont Boo Birds, based on the impatience that a 12-win season has created among the fan base.

7. 49ers:  If this keeps up, Alex Smith eventually will refuse to run the Wildcat.

8. Redskins:  One of the greatest rivalries in sports has the highest stakes since the 1982 and 1972 NFC title games.

9. Vikings:  They’ve finally found a way to take advantage of an opponents’ obsession with stopping Adrian Peterson.

10. Bengals:  Seven years after the Bengals thought they were finally leapfrogging the Steelers, maybe the Bengals finally are.

11. Ravens:  Even with a win over the Giants, the Ravens have the look and feel of an underachiever.

12. Cowboys:  Based on Sunday’s outcome, maybe Jerry Jones should try to hire Joe Vitt, not Sean Payton.

13. Colts:  Like the Super Bowl-winning Colts from 2006, this team can’t stop the run.  Unlike the championship edition of the franchise, a healthy Bob Sanders isn’t showing up for the playoffs.

14. Bears:  The team that hates the Packers more than any other suddenly loves them on Sunday, since a Green Bay win over the Vikings is a key ingredient in a postseason appearance by the Bears.

15. Giants:  Sometimes, if you wait too long to find the light switch, you may realize that the light switch isn’t there.

16. Saints:  The only thing left to root for is the Falcons to lose before qualifying for the Super Bowl to be played in the Superdome.

17. Steelers:  Forty years to the day after they arrived as an elite franchise, the sun finally could be setting on the Steelers.

18. Rams:  Once this team becomes consistent, it’ll be consistently impossible to beat.

19. Panthers:  Cam Newton’s bump of Jerome Boger was neither entertaining nor iconic.

20. Dolphins:  Three touchdowns will get Reggie Bush paid.  But probably not by the Dolphins.

21. Chargers:  Norv Turner’s audition for the Jets’ offensive coordinator job went about as well as it could have.

22. Browns:  It’s officially become don’t-buy-green-bananas time for the coach and G.M. in Cleveland.

23. Bills:  An owner who hasn’t bought green bananas in 14 years could soon be cleaning house.

24. Buccaneers:  This franchise eventually may have to ask itself whether it truly has a franchise quarterback.

25. Titans:  Why do we have a feeling that Bud Adams and Ralph Wilson will soon be engaged in a tug-o-war for Jon Gruden?

26. Jets:  Just when the team seems like it can get no more dysfunctional, it finds a way.

27. Cardinals:  They continue to be who we thought they were.

28. Lions:  When Jerry Rice set the record that Calvin Johnson just broke, Rice already had four Super Bowl rings.  In contrast, Johnson has four wins.

29. Eagles:  The good news?  Mike Vick has another chance to improve his free-agency stock.  The bad news?  Mike Vick has another chance to hurt his free-agency stock.

30. Raiders:  Another week, another chance to be reminded of another USC quarterback who can’t get it done at the next level.

31. Jaguars:  It may not be a “virtual certainty” that Tim Tebow will be a Jaguar in 2013, but it is a “virtual certainty” the team will still stink.

32. Chiefs:  The folks in Kansas City may finally be ready to send the franchise back to Dallas.

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112 Responses to “Week 16 power rankings”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 25, 2012 1:05 AM

    The Redskins are the best team in professional football from the owner to players. They will cap off this divine season by sending Dallas home and easily winning the Superbowl. God wears Burgundy and Gold on Sundays.

  2. blacknole08 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:06 AM

    I think the Falcons are the best team in the NFL. They have their won games in a variety of ways and Ryan is playing at an MVP level.

    Broncos have had an easy schedule and beat the Ravens when they were struggling.

  3. jimmysee says: Dec 25, 2012 1:06 AM

    Is this the power rankings or a history lesson?!

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

  4. Ridley Me This says: Dec 25, 2012 1:13 AM

    I want to root for the redskins, they were the nfc team I rooted for a long time because I really disliked the rest of the nfc east, but I would honestly rather see them lose because of logicalvoicesays.

  5. steviaquinn says: Dec 25, 2012 1:15 AM

    Broncos????

    When Atlanta blew them out, the press basically said they the made a mistake bringing in Peyton.

    Of course , the giants were going to go all the way , then Atl blew them out

    the Saints were going to go all the way, until Atlanta beat them……

    and the cards……
    The chargers….
    the eagles………….
    Redskins……….
    Cowboys………….
    Bucs…………….

    The list goes on and on….

    Its obvious that the falcons dont play well, right, its just the other teams suck….. Of course, what if they’re the only team in the NFL that doesnt suck??

  6. chawk12thman says: Dec 25, 2012 1:19 AM

    Seattle may have peaked, but if the top of the mountain is flat it would be great to stay at that height throughout the playoffs. Here’s hoping…..

    Go Hawks!

  7. steviaquinn says: Dec 25, 2012 1:20 AM

    The Redskins are the best team in professional football from the owner to players. They will cap off this divine season by sending Dallas home and easily winning the Superbowl. God wears Burgundy and Gold on Sundays.

    ________________________________

    funniest post Ive seen here.

    RG3 had a WHOPPING 91 yards passing and otds in 3 and a half quarters against the falcons, then he got KTFO.

    The only reason the game was remotely close was because of two fluke plays. They dominated both sides of the ball.The falcons would love to beat on the skins again.

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:23 AM

    Really? The packers are planning their revenge about a game that happened twenty years ago? Oh yeah, sweet revenge, twenty years later.

  9. blackfootkiller says: Dec 25, 2012 1:26 AM

    5. Seahawks: They may have peaked a bit too early, but no one has been better than the Seahawks have been the past three weeks.
    Peaked?
    What are you going to say when the Rookie of the Year takes this team to the Super Bowl?
    Peaked?
    Weak…

  10. fredsingleton says: Dec 25, 2012 1:29 AM

    All I know is; there’s going to be some great football games next week and I’m excited.

    This week though, take the time to be thankful for what you have in life. Don’t take life for granted and cherish the moments you spend with your loved ones.

    Merry Christmas everybody!

  11. bjamesa says: Dec 25, 2012 1:39 AM

    Last year the Packers came out of the gates swinging and lost steam. This year they have slowly built momentum and are starting to fire on all cylinders at just the right time. Bringing Jordy Nelson back will put the offense over the top and getting Charles Woodson back on defense will seal the fate of the other playoff teams. This squad is ready for its second ring in three years.

  12. herbertjablonski says: Dec 25, 2012 1:39 AM

    the 49ers were #1 last week after they beat the patriots on their homeland. they lose to seattle and they drop to #7?

  13. tuberippin says: Dec 25, 2012 1:46 AM

    “30. Raiders: Another week, another chance to be reminded of another USC quarterback who can’t get it done at the next level.”

    If you thought USC quarterbacks were mediocre, wait until you see what Ohio State has to offer!

  14. John says: Dec 25, 2012 1:48 AM

    Dropping the niners to 7 is a joke; they had one bad game against a top 10 team–just like houston’s two losses and baltimore’s loss to denver.

    They weren’t ready for seattle. If you think theyll be unprepared for playoffs, you’re kidding yourself.

  15. emattes90 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:49 AM

    I’m a die-hard Packers fan, but I have to admit that it’s troubling to see the Seahawks ranked so low. I think they should be ranked number one, or at least the top ranked team in the NFC.

    If my Packers lose in the postseason, go Seahawks! Great franchise and great fans…I can respect that.

  16. Stiller43 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:52 AM

    “17. Steelers: Forty years to the day after they arrived as an elite franchise, the sun finally could be setting on the Steelers.”

    First of all, you dont arrive as an elite franchise by being a lovable loser for 4 decades and winning 1 playoff game.

    Secondly, 6 of the steelers 8 losses were by a combined 21 points (5 by 3 points and 1 by 6 in a game where they had 8 turnovers). I’m not debating the woulda coulda shouldas, but anyone using logic can see with all the injuries theyve had, and all the close losses, the sun has clearly not set on a team with one of about 5 elite quarterbacks in the league.

  17. addict2sport says: Dec 25, 2012 1:54 AM

    The dig at former USC QB’s is well warranted. However, there is something to be said about how many Trojan QB’s are in the league. How many other schools have as many QB’s in the league right now? Whether they’ve stepped up and gotten it done is one thing but the fact is USC gets them there.

  18. daknight93 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:56 AM

    Merry Xmas to everyone!

  19. chrismatthewsucks says: Dec 25, 2012 2:07 AM

    Who have the broncos beat?

  20. irishfan109 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:11 AM

    I think the Chiefs are ranked too high at 32.

  21. beastmode5150 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:12 AM

    Hawks. All day.

  22. frankyvito says: Dec 25, 2012 2:15 AM

    Jerry Rice doesn’t have 4 rings.

  23. straightrazor69 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:19 AM

    About #4, Brady SHOULD be upset.They showed a lot of heart coming almost all the way back against the 9ers but played like sh*t last Sunday. Let down game? Maybe, but they need to get locked in again against Miami. I almost feel bad for the Dolphins, but they always give the Patriots problems, so we’ll see. Hopefully last week was a fluke and they’ll get back to peaking again.

  24. msclemons67 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:20 AM

    32 seems a bit high for the Chiefs.

  25. tonyugoh says: Dec 25, 2012 2:22 AM

    The Redskins fans are going becoming the Chicago Bulls fans of the NFL, the most overprotective fan base around and one that obsesses over their star player and takes anything said toward their team as some kind of slight. You just watch

  26. denverdave3 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:24 AM

    Odd, but when the season began it was said that the Broncos had the 2nd toughest schedule. Now that they’ve put together a nice season, negative people want to diminish their opponents.

    I don’t care what they do from here. They have done way better than anybody expected and should be in the race again next year. They may not be the best, but they are a solid contender again and that’s good enough for this fan.

  27. mf1849 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:26 AM

    The Seahawks may have peaked too soon? When would have been a better time to start peaking?

  28. dolphandan says: Dec 25, 2012 2:46 AM

    The Dolphins should let Reggie Bush walk. Lamar Miller is better.

  29. 303bengalguy says: Dec 25, 2012 2:56 AM

    Pretty sure Cincy beat the Redskins… and are locked into a playoff spot. Yet are two slots behind them? Solid.

  30. jimiinpa says: Dec 25, 2012 3:09 AM

    18. Rams: Once this team becomes consistent, it’ll be consistently impossible to beat.——isn’t that any team ?

  31. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:14 AM

    I dont know about the Packers at 3. I know theyve played well lately and rodgers is as good as it gets. However, that defense is shaky and the offensive line is terrible. Thats bad news againt teams like Seattle and San Fran in the playoffs

  32. raiderspride says: Dec 25, 2012 3:14 AM

    The 30th ranking is sadly about right.

    God I miss the days of The Snake, Freddy B, Ted “kick em in the head” Hendricks, and…… Dave Casper running “The Ghost To The Post” on third and ten.

    The memory from Christmas 1976, it makes me cry, it makes me laugh, it makes me jump up and cheer!

  33. jason49er says: Dec 25, 2012 3:19 AM

    Jerry Rice only has 3 Superbowl rings…he was drafted 3+ months after their 2nd SB victory.

  34. wolfmanpatriot says: Dec 25, 2012 3:21 AM

    I know the Broncos had an easy schedule, but hearing it from a Falcon fan made me spit hot chocolate through my nose. You ate cupcakes all season. Playoffs is for the big boys. You’ll be out by halftime game 1.

  35. jrebar88 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:26 AM

    So at the beginning of the year Denver had the second hardest schedule and thats all I heard about, now that they did what they were supposed to do 12 times, its because their schedule was easy. Would you like to make their schedule next season? Would that please you?

  36. denverscott says: Dec 25, 2012 3:50 AM

    SB belongs to Denver. Logicalvoice is a moron.

  37. pats1977 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:54 AM

    Keep thinking the broncos are the team to beat in the AFC. Their defense isn’t as good as the stats proclaim. They have not played a team with a good offense since the Pats’ game. Since last year the Pats have put up at least 31 pts on that so-called good defense. The ravens looked like themselves on Sunday. They scare me more than the broncos or texans.

  38. shoeflypie says: Dec 25, 2012 4:45 AM

    I wonder how many of the folks who gave a thumbs-up to logicalvoicesays gave a thumbs down to Tebow’s religious beliefs.

  39. easternshoresfinest says: Dec 25, 2012 5:12 AM

    Bungles and Vikings ahead of the ravens?! I see you’ve got jokes!

  40. phinfan says: Dec 25, 2012 5:35 AM

    how are the panthers and rams ahead of the fins? Silly… matter of a fact I think we embarrassed the rams.

  41. mrlaloosh says: Dec 25, 2012 6:21 AM

    ZZZZzzzz, merry Xmas. Even Santa knows the Falcons will fail. As usual.

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 6:21 AM

    Sun is not setting on steelers. You career will end sooner. Happy new year?

  43. tonyarnold2 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:43 AM

    Another power ranking, another ridiculous comment about how the Redskins are led by God…

  44. twfur says: Dec 25, 2012 6:52 AM

    Rams J Jenkins defensive rookie of the year!

  45. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:59 AM

    How many Bears fans would prefer them to lose so Lovie gets fired?

  46. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 25, 2012 7:16 AM

    Redskins inching higher with each passing week…. Its already been a great year, but I really hope they can win this week… My hatred of the Cowboys is at least as powerful as my love of the Redskins, maybe a bit stronger even…

  47. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 25, 2012 7:18 AM

    What a joke.

  48. fanofevilempire says: Dec 25, 2012 7:30 AM

    the Jets is 26………………………

    there is a Santa………………….

  49. ianwetpantscom says: Dec 25, 2012 7:30 AM

    The Sun has set on the Steelers, thanks to Ben!

  50. packerbackernj says: Dec 25, 2012 7:37 AM

    Atleast someone remembers Peytons only ring came on the backs of his defense…oh and Sexy Rexy.

  51. sakatak says: Dec 25, 2012 7:52 AM

    Biggest surprise this season = Seattle, and Minnesota

  52. dannyreneau says: Dec 25, 2012 8:42 AM

    the hawks are killing it right now!

  53. chucknorrissinspiration says: Dec 25, 2012 8:51 AM

    Merry Christmas to the Florio family and th rest of the pft staff. You’ve enhanced my nfl experience for years now. Thanks guys.

  54. r66x says: Dec 25, 2012 8:51 AM

    I think you have the Redskins and Vikings too high.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  55. Legion Of Boom says: Dec 25, 2012 9:09 AM

    How do you beat the Seahawks? Clearly only Darrell Bevell can. I’m sure Vikings fans can relate…

  56. hehateme2 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:19 AM

    Dolphins too low, Jills and Jests too high.

    Other than that, Merry Xmas to everyone.

  57. manilarizzo says: Dec 25, 2012 9:27 AM

    Skins fan here and I peg us at 11, one ahead of the #12 cowboys. MFC east champs next week. Barely. Playoff home game against the ‘hawks. One more crazy must win-high anxiety contest that will shave another year off my life. Cautiously optimistic.

  58. charliedamon says: Dec 25, 2012 9:28 AM

    Chefs @ 32? Too high..

  59. sikologik says: Dec 25, 2012 9:31 AM

    Legion Of Boom says:
    Dec 25, 2012 9:09 AM
    How do you beat the Seahawks? Clearly only Darrell Bevell can. I’m sure Vikings fans can relate…

    Well, if they end up on FedEx Field come week one of the playoffs, hopefully you beat them when they’re not playing at home. Still a few chips to fall in place to see if that’s right, but that’s a game I’d like to see.

  60. thepvyharvin says: Dec 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    From 3-13 the Vikings have progressed greatly this season. Call me crazy,but if they get to the playoffs their smothering defense and power running game could take them to the SB.

  61. thejuddstir says: Dec 25, 2012 9:37 AM

    I’ll go with either Pats or Packers as 1 n’ 2, keep in mind, both teams are just starting to get healthy. Broncos’s had a cupcake schedule in the worst division in the NFL. Seattle can’t take the 12th player with them on the road. Falcons and Texans are good but far too inconsistent. Surprise teams this year would have to be Seattle and Minnesota for sure. How many other teams could win 9 or possibly 10 games in a season without any WR’s or a QB on the field, LOL This is why I think it’s a no-brainer AD for MVP. No ofense to QB’s but they could never be MVP without the help of their WR’s , TE’s and RB’s whereas AD has shown he can do it by himself.

  62. govtminion says: Dec 25, 2012 9:38 AM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 25, 2012 7:18 AM

    What a joke.
    =======================

    Are you looking over the Steelers’ roster?

  63. lightcleric says: Dec 25, 2012 9:48 AM

    I think all the people in the media who are raving about the Seahawks home field advantage are forgetting that, unless the Cardinals somehow win at the 49ers, they’re going to be a wild card team.

    They’re a VERY different team on the road, losing to such juggernauts as the Dolphins and Lions only a few weeks ago.

  64. sakatak says: Dec 25, 2012 9:49 AM

    Thepvyharvin says

    Vikings going to the Super Bowl.
    —————————————
    LOL

  65. chattanola says: Dec 25, 2012 9:51 AM

    You’re right of course, New Orleans would rather welcome GB, SF or Washington to the Superbowl than our rival Atlanta.

    But the road between ATL and NO is well traveled by many fans of both teams who have made friends over the years and I wanted to point out that there were many Falcon fans who stood shoulder to shoulder with Saints fans outside the Superdome celebrating its reopening after Katrina.

    We gin up these rivalries cuz it’s fun but give the Falcons their due, they’re having a great season.

    …but…New Orleans would rather welcome GB, SF or Washington to the Superbowl. #gopackgo

  66. purpblooded says: Dec 25, 2012 9:53 AM

    r66x says:
    Dec 25, 2012 8:51 AM
    I think you have the Redskins and Vikings too high.

    Merry Christmas to all.
    ————————————————–

    Vikes beat 9ers, bears, and Texans, should’ve beat Packers. Now they need to beat the Packers to make play-offs. It used to be said that a good defense and running game wins play-offs. Makes more sense for outdoor bad weather games than dome games. But, it also controls the clock. Happy New Year! Packer Fans……not so much.

  67. leatherface2012 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:58 AM

    packers too high. all rodgers does is pad stats and put on fake belts

  68. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:58 AM

    After 40 years, the sun maybe finally setting on the Steelers “eliteness”?
    Guess you missed the 1980s.
    The arrival of Bill Cowher in 1992 pumped new life into a barely-breathing franchise that may be in need of some more CPR via a different coach.
    Today’s Mike Tomlin is yesterday’s Barry Switzer.
    However, a pair of Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win have bought Tomlin at least another 10 years…
    Unfortunately.

  69. bluebongzilla says: Dec 25, 2012 10:38 AM

    “Its obvious that the falcons dont play well, right, its just the other teams suck”

    No, it’s just because they’re the Falcons.

  70. seahawksbmx says: Dec 25, 2012 10:39 AM

    Wish I would’ve saved your preseason rankings, but I believe you guys had Seattle at 22. Assuming the ‘Skins & Colts were also in the 20′s?

    It’s a team sport, sure, but that speaks volumes to just how amazing this year’s Rookie QB’s have been.

  71. bluebongzilla says: Dec 25, 2012 10:40 AM

    “Today’s Mike Tomlin is yesterday’s Barry Switzer.”

    You may want to re-think that statement. Barry Switzer has FOUR championship rings. If he’d never won a Super Bowl, he’d still be a football legend. The only reason anybody even knows Tomlin’s name is because he inherited Cowher’s team.

  72. tinbender2000 says: Dec 25, 2012 10:44 AM

    @logicalvoicesays
    Ignorant and annoying is no way to go through life son.

  73. shlort says: Dec 25, 2012 10:44 AM

    Hilarious, the reactions these rankings get. Everyone thinks their favorite teams should be number one. Here is the deal. No team in the AFC is playing as well as the Broncos are right now. Manning is playing MVP Ball. Just a fact.

    And the Falcons arent getting respect? They need to earn it. Going for 13 or 14 wins in the regular season means squat until you prove you can win in the playoffs. It is all about how teams are playing right now.

    Green Bay and Seattle are seemingly hitting their stride at the right time, while Atlanta seems to be missing some swagger at this point. That is what it is all about.

    NFCCG – Seattle @ GB

    AFCCG – NE @ Denver

    SB – NE & GB

    GB wins because they will be a game fresher than NE. Book it.

  74. paythevig says: Dec 25, 2012 11:05 AM

    Well that was quite the wakeup call in Seattle. They came out and played our brand of football and really laid the wood – solid, convincing win the my niner’s aren’t invincible. Surely the loss of Smith and early exit for Davis who was lit up (leagally) hurts; but many teams deal with injury all the time and it should not be an excuse. Last year, we were amongst the healthiest units in the NFL and this year – not so lucky. Good win Seattle. Hope we can still win the west and am proud that the division is no longer the weak sister in the league.

    With the Rams showing new life, and the Seahawks and Niners all having a young, talented core – these teams should continue to battle significant battles for years to come.

    Odd obserbavtion that has no true effect on reality, but San Fran this season:

    W, W, L, W, W, L, W, W, T, W, W, L, W, W, L….

    So will they win against arizona and their first play off game and then bow out?

    Why can’t we win more than 2 games in a row?

    Ahh well – merry christmas football folks!

  75. manilarizzo says: Dec 25, 2012 11:05 AM

    Can I just say….the rankings are always a little accurate but always funny. But the comments keep me reading. Merry Christmas everyone, even Cowboys fans…yeah yeah…until Sunday girls ;-)

  76. vottorific says: Dec 25, 2012 11:08 AM

    Speaking of USC qb’s not bieng able to make it at the next level, at least one thought it would be o.k. to quit on his NFL team, pathetic.

  77. danbo3330 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:27 AM

    Beaumont boo birds? The Texans didn’t score a touchdown for the first time since 2006 and the fans are suddenly “fair weather”? Those 12 wins won’t mean anything once the playoffs start if we continue to play offense with less heart than the Tin Man.

  78. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 11:34 AM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Dec 25, 2012 9:34 AM
    From 3-13 the Vikings have progressed greatly this season. Call me crazy,but if they get to the playoffs their smothering defense and power running game could take them to the SB.

    That’s not crazy, that’s Unabomber batscheit insane.

  79. jrebar88 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:37 AM

    To the idiot Falcons fan, 6 point wins are not blowouts. 3 first quarter int’s helped the Falcons win but so did the inept replacement refs. Falcons set illegal screens on their 3rd down conversion on the last drive. Denver wouldve won that game if they got the ball back. Fact.

  80. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:10 PM

    bluebong:
    That’s precisely my point: Tomlin inherited a ready-made Super Bowl team, just as Switzer did with the Cowboys back in 1995.
    No need to rethink.

  81. cgsuddeath says: Dec 25, 2012 12:46 PM

    phinfan says: Dec 25, 2012 5:35 AM

    how are the panthers and rams ahead of the fins? Silly… matter of a fact I think we embarrassed the rams.
    =================================

    Are you on drugs? You call 17 to 14 an embarrassment?

  82. sixjak says: Dec 25, 2012 12:47 PM

    Ridley Me This says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:13 AM
    I want to root for the redskins, they were the nfc team I rooted for a long time because I really disliked the rest of the nfc east, but I would honestly rather see them lose because of logicalvoicesays.

    ______________

    Exactly. Thanks.

  83. skinsfan77 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:00 PM

    logicalvoice you should a, be banned from this site or b, go see a good shrink. The 3 hottest teams right now are the Broncos, Skins and Seahawks. I give a thumbs down everytime you post. You are more annoying than peytonsneck and coming from a skins fan that is saying a lot. Just give it a rest.

  84. slugbaitspace says: Dec 25, 2012 1:03 PM

    Several weeks ago, the Seahawks had a huge game against the Pats, and the rook had a QB rating of 133. And in the last three games, ‘hawks dropped 150 points, allowing 30.

    Two weeks ago, the Pats decided not to show up against the ‘niners until the second half.

    Yesterday we find out that Brady ripped the entire locker room for attempting to let the Jags beat them, too.

    But in your infinite wisdom, you ranked them ahead of both the ‘niners and the ‘hawks?

    You’ve been drinking WAY too much eggnog this season…

  85. bro15360 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:09 PM

    Come on steviaquinn, the Falcons did not blow out the Broncos. 27-21 is not close to a blowout. Especially considering Denver turned it over 4 times in the first half. Falcons escaped with a victory and haven’t played a real team since. Can’t wait for the revenge game if they can beat 2 real teams from the NFC. I know you don’t want to see the Broncos again.

  86. kirschmania says: Dec 25, 2012 1:44 PM

    Lets put it this way…if the Vikes win this week they will have taken out the 49ers, the Pack and the Texans. They will be underdogs for sure in the playoffs but would you really want your squad to get matched up with them? Probably not… That makes them a top 10 team.

  87. redzonerocks says: Dec 25, 2012 2:54 PM

    ” I know you don’t want to see the Broncos again.”

    I would love to see the Broncos again, because it would mean we’re in the Super Bowl. Plus, what a great way to get revenge against Denver for our only Super Bowl loss (and appearance). Matt Ryan against Peyton Manning, in New Orleans? Nothing sounds better to me than that…

  88. trollhammer20 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:59 PM

    Maybe you’re right, and the Seahawks have peaked this year. Maybe it is too much to expect from such a young team, who did have some problems finishing games on the road, to go out and win three straight road games to make it to the Super Bowl.

    But, in terms of the long-term outlook, this team is just getting started. In fact, this past year’s draft, which was widely panned by analysts, may turn out to be one of the best drafts by a team in NFL history. Consider that the first round pick is leading NFL rookies in sacks, the second round pick is a strong candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year, and the third round pick is a strong candidate for Offensive rookie of the year. Then look at rounds 4-7 and see several guys who have made important contributions (Turbin, Lane, Sweezy, Scruggs).

    Then consider that the mind who directed that draft, John Schneider (a VERY strong candidate for NFL Executive of the Year), also is responsible for finding guys like Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, and KJ Wright in the fourth and fifth rounds, and will be directing team drafts and free agent acquisistions into the foreseeable future.

    I think it’s entirely possible you’ll need to keep a top ten spot in your Power Rankings reserved for the Seattle Seahawks for many weeks, months, and years to come.

    As for whether the team has peaked this year…we shall see.

  89. iowahbr says: Dec 25, 2012 3:23 PM

    I hope we realize how lucky we are to be able to argue about such silly issues and not worry about a roof over our heads or food on the table.

    Should be some great games in the next 3 weeks and let’s hope that none are decided by injuries.

    PS: God help the Bears. Is that being too greedy?

  90. denverscott says: Dec 25, 2012 3:53 PM

    steviaquinn says: Dec 25, 2012 1:15 AM

    Broncos????

    When Atlanta blew them out, the press basically said they the made a mistake bringing in Peyton.

    Of course…..
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    Wow, I’m gonna redefine a “blow out” as 7 points or less too. Why didn’t anyone else think of that? Shoot, win by a field goal could be a “blow out” and win by a TD would be “murdering them”. Awesome idea. As far as Atl, does one and done still mean the same thing, or is it now “almost won the SB”?

  91. banlarson says: Dec 25, 2012 4:21 PM

    GB is peaking and getting healthy entering the playoffs, they are a dangerous team for sure. However, so are the Vikings, winners of 3 straight against .500 or better teams including what was supposed to be one of the best in the AFC. The winner of MN vs. GB next week could very well end up representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, and I like either teams chances against whatever the AFC brings.

  92. santolonius says: Dec 25, 2012 4:39 PM

    i could agree with the broncos being ranked above the falcons except that a) the falcons beat them like a drum and b) the falcons have a better record… other than that it makes total sense.

  93. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 25, 2012 4:43 PM

    Shane Lechler has the best arm out of all the Raider QBs.

  94. flakey54hornung says: Dec 25, 2012 5:29 PM

    Posters on here that whine about their teams’ injuries should just stop. All teams have injuries and the teams that have drafted and developed their own players are in a much better position to play well – ala Packers. Putting all their eggs in one players basket is short-sighted and grows old as an excuse. Get yourselves a GM that can plan ahead!

  95. randallflagg52 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:53 PM

    Stiller43 says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:52 AM
    “17. Steelers: Forty years to the day after they arrived as an elite franchise, the sun finally could be setting on the Steelers.”

    First of all, you dont arrive as an elite franchise by being a lovable loser for 4 decades and winning 1 playoff game.

    Secondly, 6 of the steelers 8 losses were by a combined 21 points (5 by 3 points and 1 by 6 in a game where they had 8 turnovers). I’m not debating the woulda coulda shouldas, but anyone using logic can see with all the injuries theyve had, and all the close losses, the sun has clearly not set on a team with one of about 5 elite quarterbacks in the league.

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    Still clinging to that false belief that Ben is a top 5 elite QB? Ben is the reason your team missed the playoffs.

  96. 49erstim says: Dec 25, 2012 6:14 PM

    I love power rankings this time of year. Everybody thinks their team is #1. I’m not going to argue with you…it’s CHRISTMAS!!!!! Hope you’ve had a great one….. Red&Gold!

  97. dkinphx says: Dec 25, 2012 6:15 PM

    Let’s just set the record straight here. The Broncos DID NOT have an easy schedule. Yes, the division is bad but their out of division schedule was tough… Hous, Atl, NE, Pitt, Cincy,Balt. Of those, there were only 2 home games….Hous and Pitt. Denver lost at Atl and NE which one would expect even a good team to lose away to another good team. Their only questionable loss was home to Hous and it was a 6 point game.

    Look, all I am saying is that ALL the teams at the top deserve to be there. You don’t get to the top by not playing good football regardless of the caliber of the opponents. You still have to play the game well to win.

  98. jprcox says: Dec 25, 2012 6:53 PM

    I was soooo taken back by the 49ers ridiculous ranking drop I didn’t notice the comment for the Seahawks – “peaking early”???

    What are you talking about? They are currently a 5th seed in the playoffs (wildcard), if anything they are peaking too late!! If they played like this through the season they would be a top 2 seed with a bye.

    You guys really need to clean your ranking stuff up cause some of this is crazy.

  99. dhoffie1 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:14 PM

    Actually Jerry Rice only had 3 SB rings as of the 95 season. He wasn’t drafted when thw Niners beat Miami. He was picked that Spring.

  100. riggo08 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:40 PM

    Why do I bother looking at these rankings? They are meaningless!

  101. jethrie says: Dec 25, 2012 7:48 PM

    The Steelers need to trade Ben for some draft picks. Pick up a second rounder for the coming draft and a first for 2014–if they want to start turning it around. If not, as a Bengals fan, I look forward to their inevitable slide to mediocrity now that Cowher is gone.

  102. gcsuk says: Dec 25, 2012 9:10 PM

    skinsfan77 says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    logicalvoice you should a, be banned from this site or b, go see a good shrink. The 3 hottest teams right now are the Broncos, Skins and Seahawks. I give a thumbs down everytime you post. You are more annoying than peytonsneck and coming from a skins fan that is saying a lot. Just give it a rest.
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    Not a Skins fan by ANY stretch of the imagination, but brother, I got your back on this one.

  103. seenoland54 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:21 PM

    “in less than three weeks we’ll see if the falcons are real” …really? You need three weeks to see if the winningest team in the NFL that has beat your “number one team” is real? New to football?

  104. blabidibla says: Dec 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    Say what you want about Kaepernick’s talent, the Niners went away from what was working for them at exactly the wrong time. Harbaugh wasn’t honest with the media or his team. He replaced the timing and pace in the game that allowed the defense to be successful. It’s obvious the players are uncertain in their roles. Just a bad decision.

  105. bmorefalcon says: Dec 25, 2012 10:54 PM

    Question: If the Falcons are so bad, and no threat in the playoffs, then why do people hate them so much?

    Love them or hate them, you cannot argue that they are the only team in the league who has beaten every opponent on their schedule this year. That should count for something.

    The whole arguement of not winning playoff games only applies to previous teams. If you don’t believe me, ask the Giants how much their Superbowl victory last season helped them out this this year.

  106. txnative61 says: Dec 26, 2012 7:40 AM

    Well, the Seahawks peaked to edge the Bears, then to trounce the Cards, then the Bills, they were peaked then surely, but whipped the 9ers. Here’s a scarey thought, what if they haven’t peaked?

  107. bengalsucker says: Dec 26, 2012 8:29 AM

    Man I love reading how the Seahawks fans already have their team winning the SB. I admit, your team is playing impressive. But don’t count your chickens before they hatch. The Bengals in ’05 was an offensive powerhouse. We were unstoppable. Until of course Kimo from the Steelers decided to shred Palmer’s knee on a late twist of the leg on the ground. And that was that. Don’t get ahead of yourselves guys. Make sure your head can still fit through the doorway.

  108. strizzle71 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:56 AM

    I don’t know if the Seahawks “Peaked too early”. They have won 4 of their last 5, with each win needed towards securing a playoff birth. That’s not “peaking”, that is an attempt to extend the Season.

  109. jimmysee says: Dec 26, 2012 10:46 AM

    Just like Oakland seeded Green Bay when Ron Wolf left the employ of Al Davis to come east, the Packers have seeded Seattle (Mike Holmgren and John Schneider) and now returned the favor to Oakland (Reggie McKenzie).

    No surprise to see the success in Seattle. Oakland is just a few years away.

    Go Pack Go!

  110. vikingcross says: Dec 26, 2012 11:13 AM

    For the Seahawks, I don’t know any better way of going into the playoffs than scoring 50 a game and dominating opponents on a weekly basis. Green Bay is on their game and Washington is playing good. The 49er’s need to get back to what they do best. Not sure any of the teams out of the NFC East will be much of a threat in the playoffs. If Minnesota gets in they will go on a 4 game win streak against above .500 teams. If, a big if, Ponder can manage the game and not turn the ball over and the way their D is playing with the power running game, they could make a little noise in the playoffs.

  111. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 26, 2012 8:13 PM

    Colts should be in top 12 since they have locked a wildcard spot. They will finish in the top 12 for sure now.

    The Cowboys shouldn’t be 12 IMO. They should be more like 14 and not in the top 12 until they beat the Redskins Sunday to earn a playoff spot.

  112. tdoe89 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:11 PM

    I would love to see a game winning interception thrown against seattle in the post season.

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