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Final 2012 power rankings

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[Editor's note:  As we end one regular season and launch a new year, the final 2012 power rankings include the resolution each franchise should make for 2013.]

1. Broncos (five first-place votes):  To keep Peyton Manning in cryogenic suspension during every offseason.

2. Patriots:  To finally find a deep threat who can stretch the field from the outside.

3. 49ers:  To give Alex Smith his freedom.

4. Seahawks:  To get what they can for Matt Flynn.

5. Falcons:  To find a tight end who can replace half of Tony Gonzalez’s production and leadership.

6. Packers:  To find a running back who does more than block for Aaron Rodgers and catch short passes.

7. Vikings:  To find a way to use Joe Webb.

8. Redskins:  To not trade Kirk Cousins, even if Kyle Shanahan becomes a head coach somewhere else.

9. Bengals:  To find a defensive end who can generate huge sack numbers with all the attention paid to Geno Atkins.

10. Texans:  To quit thinking Matt Schaub is a franchise quarterback.

11. Colts:  To find a run-stuffing safety like Bob Sanders.

12. Ravens:  To work out a deal with Joe Flacco that won’t require the use of the franchise tag.

13. Giants:  To put Tom Coughlin back on the hot seat, since that’s a key ingredient to the team winning Super Bowls.

14. Bears:  To finally fix the offensive line.

15. Cowboys:  To finally fix the quarterback’s ability to make plays in key moments and key games.

16. Steelers:  To get a running back who can move the chains consistently, and stay healthy while doing so.

17. Rams:  To find a way to keep Steven Jackson, and to engage in a frank assessment of Sam Bradford.

18. Panthers:  To design an offense that gets the most out of Cam Newton.

19. Saints:  To develop a defense that works without the use of cash incentives.

20. Dolphins:  To sign Mike Wallace.

21. Chargers:  To sign Mike Wallace.

22. Bills:  To sign Mike Wallace.

23. Browns:  To keep the next coach/G.M. for at least five years.

24. Buccaneers:  To get the most out of Josh Freeman, finally.

25. Titans:  To get some playmakers on defense.

26. Jets:  To find a G.M. who will work harmoniously with the head coach.

27. Cardinals:  To find a quarterback who will work harmoniously with Larry Fitzgerald.

28. Lions:  To find more players who will work harmoniously with the penal code.

29. Eagles:  To find a coach who will finally get the players to reach their potential.

30. Raiders:  To find players who have real potential.

31. Jaguars:  To embrace Tebowmania, and everything that goes with it.

32. Chiefs:  To spend money in search of a quarterback who can get the most out of a fairly talented roster.

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88 Responses to “Final 2012 power rankings”
  1. mcjon22 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:12 PM

    Dolphins top target will be Greg Jennings, not Mike Wallace. Philbin will want his guy from GB who already knows his offense and will allow Tannehill to believe in his smelf.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 2, 2013 1:15 PM

    T-Minus 34 days until God’s team wins Lombardi #4. RGIII, Superbowl MVP.

  3. pnut87 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:16 PM

    The Giants resolution SHOULD be to fire Gilbride…

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 2, 2013 1:18 PM

    The NFC East is now known as the NFC Washington. No one left in the playoffs wants to mess with the Redskins.

  5. antalicus says: Jan 2, 2013 1:19 PM

    “7. Vikings: To find a way to use Joe Webb.”

    My thoughts exactly. Joe Webb is an athletic beast on the level of Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. I also believe they need to lock up Harvin.

  6. dennisatunity says: Jan 2, 2013 1:19 PM

    It’s pretty fascinating that two seasons ago the NFC West was so bad that they put the first team with a losing season into the playoffs as their Division champ. And now–just two seasons later–they have 2 of the top 4 teams in your final power rankings. And one of those teams even beat the Patriots–the second-rated team. Change is good!

  7. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 2, 2013 1:20 PM

    Allow me to fix:

    1: Steelers (Should have made playoffs, games were clearly rigged)

    2-32: Irrelevant

  8. dukemarc says: Jan 2, 2013 1:21 PM

    6. Packers: To find a running back who does more than block for Aaron Rodgers and catch short passes

    They did that last off-season – he got hurt in Week 5.

  9. guthyrenks says: Jan 2, 2013 1:22 PM

    Well looks like the Dolphins, Chargers and Bills cant all keep their new years resolutions

  10. ravenator says: Jan 2, 2013 1:23 PM

    Steelers – To not finish a mediorce 8-8 and bring shame to all of their fans. To not have an offensive line made up of a quilt blanket and to not have a trio of sub par running backs who savor the chance to fumble the ball. Oh and to not have an insane GM who restructured every contract of every defensive aging, overhyped, injury prone starter and now finds themselves 20 million over the cap for next year.

  11. seahawksbmx says: Jan 2, 2013 1:24 PM

    Pats lost to 3 of the 4 NFC West teams.

  12. jimmysee says: Jan 2, 2013 1:25 PM

    No arguments from me on this one… but one.

    My resolution for the Vikings would be: To keep Adrian Peterson in cryogenic suspension during every offseason.

  13. burgundyandgold says: Jan 2, 2013 1:25 PM

    I get the group think happening with the media about the Seahawks but to put the Vikings ahead of a team that just won 7 straight is absurd.

    I bet if the Redskins won the Super Bowl Florio and Co. would still have them ranked 7th or 8th. Good thing that these lists are just opinions and have no bearing on the game itself.

  14. avr29 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:25 PM

    @dennisatunity

    Actually, both teams beat the Pats. Don’t forget that the Rams are surging as well, with a 7-8-1 record this year, multiple 1st round picks in the coming years, and young building blocks like Brockers, Bradford, Long, and Janoris Jenkins. The West is a division on the rise.

  15. bugorfeature says: Jan 2, 2013 1:28 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 2, 2013 1:18 PM
    The NFC East is now known as the NFC Washington. No one left in the playoffs wants to mess with the Redskins.
    ——
    I doubt that the Falcons, 49ers, Packers or Seahawks are intimidated by the Redskins.

  16. purpblooded says: Jan 2, 2013 1:30 PM

    Vikings are using Webb, as a backup QB. If Ponder goes down, he can win the game.

  17. seahawks4alltime says: Jan 2, 2013 1:31 PM

    Actually, the Seahawks should just restructure Matt Flynn’s contract. In lieu of that we could trade him. But it has been great knowing that he is there if we need a competent backup in case anything happens to Russell Wilson, or if the Hawks score to many points…

  18. JackAcid says: Jan 2, 2013 1:32 PM

    If Reid lands in Arizona, imagine the transformation of the NFC West in two years:

    Singletary, Wisenhunt, Spags and Jim Mora Jr. to Harbaugh, Reid, Carroll and Fisher.

    Depending on AZ coaching change, NFC West might be the best division in football next year.

  19. jprcox says: Jan 2, 2013 1:33 PM

    I like where Seattle ended up, but I am shocked GB is as low as they are. I also think 49ers are too high. Even though I am a Seattle fan, I would see it like this:

    1. Denver
    2. NE
    3. GB
    4. Seattle
    5. 49ers
    6. Atlanta

  20. xlax1306 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:34 PM

    “9. Bengals: To find a defensive end who can generate huge sack numbers with all the attention paid to Geno Atkins.”

    Do you guys pay attention to teams outside the major media markets or is this site moving in the direction of the worldwide leader?

    Michael Johnson is 9th in the league in sacks. He plays for the Bengals. There are only 3 DE’s in the league with more sacks than him and one is JJ Watt who isn’t a 4-3 DE.

    Point is, of all the 4-3 DE’s in the league the Bengals already have one of the top 3 or 4 when it comes to sacking the QB.

    Do you just not know who Michael Johnson is or….

  21. lurch61 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:34 PM

    And now–just two seasons later–they have 2 of the top 4 teams in your final power rankings. And one of those teams even beat the Patriots–the second-rated team. Change is good!

    —————————————————–
    BOTH teams beat the Patriots

  22. fwippel says: Jan 2, 2013 1:39 PM

    If by “find a way to use Joe Webb” you mean putting him back at WR and finding a different backup QB, I’d hold off on that. The Vikings need to make sure Ponder is their answer at QB, and just a few weeks ago, almost every Viking fan on planet earth was clammering for Ponder to be benched.

    Webb hasn’t played any meaningful snaps this year, but he’s a better QB than he’s given credit for being. Would love to see him on the field more, but not until a legit backup is found.

  23. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 2, 2013 1:40 PM

    Why do the jags have to embrace Tebowmania??

    Stop trying to dump that circus on us ….. He isn’t a jag.

  24. tjh9985 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:40 PM

    And one of those teams even beat the Patriots–the second-rated team. Change is good!

    —–

    They both did actually.

  25. parasonic says: Jan 2, 2013 1:41 PM

    I wonder if the Patriots go after Mike Wallace with bags of cash. I know they don’t normally make moves like that but outside of a playmaking young safety, what else do they really need?

  26. seattlecoug says: Jan 2, 2013 1:41 PM

    “T-Minus 34 days until God’s team wins Lombardi #4. RGIII, Superbowl MVP.”

    Nope, T-Minus 4 days til RG3 and the rest of that roster breaks out the golf bags.

    Seahawks 38
    Redskins 13

  27. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 2, 2013 1:42 PM

    Why do I hate the Redskins all of the sudden?

    Oh yeah. That.

  28. wolfpack152 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:51 PM

    I agree with 10: Can you explain why the GM signed Schaub to a 4 year extension in the beginning of the year? Don’t forget about a #2 Wide Out that defenses would actually watch a little film on.

  29. patriots87 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:52 PM

    seahawksbmx says: Jan 2, 2013 1:24 PM

    Pats lost to 3 of the 4 NFC West teams.

    ——————————————————

    This is true. and its also why it wont happen if they meet again. Pats play teams better the second time around. (except the Giants, as much as it pains me to admit it.)

  30. blackfootkiller says: Jan 2, 2013 1:54 PM

    Skins fans are hilarious!
    They beat 2 teams with a winning record…
    Seattle beat 6 winning teams…
    I know math is a struggle for a lot of people in DC…
    But that’s pretty telling…
    Go Hawks!

  31. thegaterecords says: Jan 2, 2013 1:57 PM

    49ers bringing their 6th Lombardi trophy back to San Francisco!

  32. plumbstupid says: Jan 2, 2013 1:59 PM

    I love how Redskins fans act like this isn’t the FIRST year that they have been relevant in a long, long time.

    Settle down, fellas. Act like you’ve been here before.

    Your QB is like a faberge egg: a thing of beauty but incredibly fragile. Enjoy wincing on every play that he gets touched for the next two years. Then you can imagine what “coulda been” for the next twenty.

  33. oldschoolomen says: Jan 2, 2013 2:00 PM

    It really stinks that the Bengals only managed 27 sacks from their D-Ends. They really need to generate a higher sack total with all the attention Geno gets.

    I mean, 38+ sacks from guys not named Geno Atkins is disgraceful (38.5 sacks is better than 22 other teams, in case you were wondering).

  34. seahawkbias says: Jan 2, 2013 2:00 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Jan 2, 2013 1:18 PM

    The NFC East is now known as the NFC Washington. No one left in the playoffs wants to mess with the Redskins.
    ————————————————–

    NFC East = NFC Least.
    Weak division produces weak winner. See you on Sunday, better hope your spindly legged QB can hold up. The last two running QB’s got handled by our D.

    Hawks 27 Skins 17 (If they are lucky, they will get 17. The league average was closer to 14 that that included games vs NE,Dallas,GB,SF – in other words – better offenses than the Skins)

  35. rc33 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:00 PM

    parasonic says: Jan 2, 2013 1:41 PM

    I wonder if the Patriots go after Mike Wallace with bags of cash.
    ————————————
    Valid question. Though WR is a very risky thing to throw money at, the Patriots still need help at the position and a deep threat. Lloyd was good-to-very good this year (74 /910 yards) and could be even better in 2013 but Branch, Stallworth and possibly Edelman will be gone next season.
    I’m also assuming Welker will be back.

  36. JackAcid says: Jan 2, 2013 2:01 PM

    Jan 2, 2013 1:33 PM
    I like where Seattle ended up, but I am shocked GB is as low as they are. I also think 49ers are too high. Even though I am a Seattle fan, I would see it like this:

    1. Denver
    2. NE
    3. GB
    4. Seattle
    5. 49ers
    6. Atlanta

    ———————————————–

    Why would the Niners be ranked below Seattle? Because they beat them once?

    The team’s split this year, SF has impressive road wins and Seattle was given a phantom W.

  37. kepdogg23 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:02 PM

    blackfootkiller says:
    Jan 2, 2013 1:54 PM
    Skins fans are hilarious!
    They beat 2 teams with a winning record…
    Seattle beat 6 winning teams…
    I know math is a struggle for a lot of people in DC…
    But that’s pretty telling…
    Go Hawks!

    Not a Skins fan, but apparently you can’t count to 3….Skins beat the Giants, Vikings, and Ravens. Double check your math if that is the main joke you are trying to make!!

  38. norcalmafia says: Jan 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    Seahawk fans have to be the most dillusional fans ever..All that crappy weather must be messing with their brains!

  39. sschmiggles says: Jan 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    The Patriots don’t need a deep threat. They’re already the #1 scoring offense in the NFL. Their running game opens up the whole field. You don’t need a Mike Wallace if you can stretch the field with play action.

  40. geniusesq says: Jan 2, 2013 2:06 PM

    Vikings above Skins. But Skins beat Vikings. Got it.

  41. gopackgo2013 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:09 PM

    blackfootkiller says: Jan 2, 2013 1:54 PM

    Skins fans are hilarious!
    They beat 2 teams with a winning record…
    Seattle beat 6 winning teams…
    I know math is a struggle for a lot of people in DC…
    But that’s pretty telling…
    Go Hawks!

    ———————————————-

    Correction, Seattle “beat” 5 winning teams this year.

  42. geniusesq says: Jan 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    The Seahawks are 3-5 on the road. Why? Because they can’t pump in crowd noise.

  43. nflgiant says: Jan 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    Yah right Mike Wallace,give me a break.What does he do -walk on water?

  44. geniusesq says: Jan 2, 2013 2:12 PM

    Funny listening to all of these Seahawks fans over confident. Lol! I guess they didn’t get the memo that people are less confident in them than the Falcons.

    HAIL

  45. jwil007 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:14 PM

    Thanks for the ranking on the Bengals…1 thing of note…

    Mike Johnson: 11+ sacks

    Carlos Dunlap: 6 sacks a couple of FF 1 pick 6 and top 5 in hurries in the league

    Wallace Gilberry: picked up earlier in the season 6.5 sacks….

    These are the DE’s on the Bengals……

    Any questions?? :)

  46. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Jan 2, 2013 2:15 PM

    The Bucs are behind the Brown, Bills, and Chargers? You guys are so cute when you try to analyze football.

  47. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    “logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 2, 2013 1:15 PM
    T-Minus 34 days until God’s team wins Lombardi #4. RGIII, Superbowl MVP.”

    Lol can’t wait to the Redskins lose and you disappear from the comments for a couple months.

    The way they looked the other night against a crappy Dallas team I doubt they’ll make it past Seattle.

  48. scutzi128 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:18 PM

    Having watched the Eagles all year, I think you have them ranked to high.

  49. EJ says: Jan 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    The Bills won’t need Mike Wallace once they get a QB under center that can hit his players deep. TJ Graham will come along as Buffalo’s deep threat with a new QB. Stevie Johnson will do much more than 1000 yards 3 seasons in a row. He will finally be utilized the way he’s supposed to be playing in the Slot. The two big targets, David Nelson and Scott Chandler would be virtually unstoppable with a QB change. A good QB will work wonders for this bills team. Not only on Offense, but Defense too, giving them ample time to rest.

    No Wallace, a QB is all they need.

  50. buckybadger says: Jan 2, 2013 2:20 PM

    mcjon22 says:
    Jan 2, 2013 1:12 PM
    Dolphins top target will be Greg Jennings, not Mike Wallace. Philbin will want his guy from GB who already knows his offense and will allow Tannehill to believe in his smelf.
    ————————–

    Just like he went after Flynn? Philbin also knows Jennings has been dinged up the last couple of years and on the downside of his career. You want youth. Don’t let pass relationships trump what would be the better player.

  51. sethroskull says: Jan 2, 2013 2:23 PM

    The Redskins haven’t made the playoffs since 2007. They finally have some good building blocks on offense and lost some very key players on defense and still rolled off 7 straight to make the playoffs. Every game was a must win, so they have been in that mode for a while now. Let Redskins nation be excited for once after years of futility. HTTR!!!!!

  52. fumblenuts says: Jan 2, 2013 2:31 PM

    Legion of BOOM! is coming for the Skins.

    Keep your head on a swivel R2D2…..

  53. Richard Dickson says: Jan 2, 2013 2:39 PM

    I’d say fixing the secondary is more of a resolution for the Bucs than anything to do with Freeman.

  54. screechdaddy says: Jan 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    “logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 2, 2013 1:18 PM
    The NFC East is now known as the NFC Washington. No one left in the playoffs wants to mess with the Redskins.”

    We’ll take ‘em on. My Hawks are hungry for some fresh meat. Can’t you see us circling high above FedEx Field yet?

  55. justintuckrule says: Jan 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    Can’t wait for this weekend to be over. At least one set of mouthy fans of teams who are good once every 20 years will go back under their rocks for another 20 years.

    (looking at you skins and seahawks fans)

    Then next week the Falcons can light up the other team.

  56. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 2, 2013 2:51 PM

    Redskins beat the Vikings and if they get the chance, they’ll do it again. Redskins should be at 7, Vikings at 8.
    As far as Seattle, very impressive team, no question. However, the game is in DC, so that helps Washington. I do believe if Washington gets past Seattle, they can be very competitive in Atlanta or hosting Minnesota…For what it’s worth, I’m simply happy they knocked stupid Dallas out, anything from here on out is all gravy

  57. iceburgskin202 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:55 PM

    As a skins fan first off I believe my team can beat any team in the NFL. That’s why I’m a “fanatic” of the skins. That said all teams at this point are 0-0 point blank period what u have to do is win u don’t get to say we played tougher competition or any of that other bs folks say. Any given Sunday a team can be beat so keep that in mind and to hawks fans we have business to settle Sunday no trash talk just real talk HTTR!!!

  58. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 2, 2013 2:57 PM

    You Seattle fans are amusing me–and I’m not even a Redskins fan. Yes, perhaps you will “contain” a limping RG III like Dallas just did: Modest passing numbers, 1 Rushing TD and 60+ yards on the ground. But keep in mind, you’ll also probably “contain” Alfred Morris much like Dallas did.

    -Titans Fan

  59. eaglesmaina says: Jan 2, 2013 2:58 PM

    Redskins will be one and out. Not their fault, but the teams they are facing will not fear the read option. And RGIII still will not be 100%. I give this read option 2 years of success (counting this one) and then everybody will figure out how to stop it. Then what? RGIII is awesome and love to watch him, but he will have more failure than success due to the system and the coaches. My eagles will stink for years to come…

  60. samoanjungle says: Jan 2, 2013 3:06 PM

    RE Bengals needing a DE – Ever heard of Michael Johnson? I’d say he is putting up huge sack numbers and Dunlap & Gilberry are doing well also.
    Not sure why you would think that the team leading the NFL in sacks resolution should be a DE. I would say that is their strong point.
    Makes me wonder…

  61. theroc5156 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:07 PM

    Hey xlax1306,

    Good point about Michael Johnson. Let’s not forget Carlos Dunlap. When he’s healthy, he’s a beast.

  62. audient says: Jan 2, 2013 3:11 PM

    23. Browns: To keep the next coach/G.M. for at least five years.
    —–

    But with that, that the next coach/G.M. they pick is clearly worth keeping every year for at least five years.

    Heckert and Shurmur had their moments, and in a city starved for a winner, Heckert was better than we’d seen in awhile. But despite the seeming improvements, the Browns just finished 5-11 /4-12 for the fifth year in a row. I know they came in here and found the cupboard bare, and they’re leaving with the cupboard better stocked, but it isn’t like the Browns made (or just barely missed) the playoffs.

  63. patriotenvy says: Jan 2, 2013 3:18 PM

    The Patriots just need Gronk to be healthy for playoffs/ Superbowl.

  64. partyboy1114 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:21 PM

    Seattle is 3-5 on the road and have a phantom win at home against green bay.

    they’re a little too high on that list. they’re really clinging to those beat downs on two garbage teams.

  65. conormacleod says: Jan 2, 2013 3:26 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Jan 2, 2013 2:51 PM
    I do believe if Washington gets past Seattle, they can be very competitive in Atlanta or hosting Minnesota…
    ____________________________
    I hope the Redskins host Minnesota, because that would be for the NFC Championship game after 6th seeded Vikings travel to Atlanta.

  66. rd3777 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:26 PM

    49ers are the #1 team in the NFC

    49ers vs Seahawks in the NFC title game at Candlestick.

    A total bloodbath 49ers by 7

  67. rockthered1286 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    Seahawks fans- are we forgetting your regular season 3-5 road record? Losses to Detroit, SF, Arizona, Miami and St Louis? 4 of 5 road loses to teams with losing records? And the game AT HOME against StL this past week that the Rams almost eeked out? But you’re going to head cross country to DC and somehow blow the skins away? And this is coming from a Ravens fan- I loathe the Skins. But I don’t see them getting destroyed at home. First home playoff game for them in eons. That place will be rocking and if it’s anything like the noise for Nats or Caps playoff games, it won’t exactly be a pressure free environment for the Hawks. 3 pt game could go either way.

  68. atthemurph says: Jan 2, 2013 3:29 PM

    maddenisfordorks says:
    Jan 2, 2013 1:40 PM
    Why do the jags have to embrace Tebowmania??

    Stop trying to dump that circus on us ….. He isn’t a jag.
    ————————————————————-

    Oh, but he is!

  69. jprcox says: Jan 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    JackAcid:

    SF barely beat Seattle at their home – before Wilson started playing exeptional. Seattle blasted SF, I mean laid them out. Even the TD SF had was based on a 4th and goal from the 20yrd line or something like that when Seattle had 2nd and 3rd string D-Backs in the game.

    SF got lucky Seattle wasn’t playing like this in the 1st half of the season or it would be SF in the wild card spot.

    That said, Washington will be a tough game for Seattle – I think tougher than most teams would be. It will be a great game.

  70. collettegazette says: Jan 2, 2013 3:36 PM

    Seattle has faced 2 great QB (Rodgers,Brady) this yr on top of Romo, Cutler and Stafford..to go along with Sanchez,Fitzpatrick,Bradford twice, Tannehill, and the lethal combo of Skelton and Lindley.. RG III is better than all of the above except for the 1st 2.. And the Skins have the #1 rush offense in the NFL and most yrd per play in the NFL.. Seattle D is inflated by the inferior QB play.. Remember Grossman picked that same D apart last yr.. Amazing what Adderol can do for a team

  71. bengalsucker says: Jan 2, 2013 3:42 PM

    Shows you guys really don’t watch any Bengals games. The only place the D needs help at all would be corner/safety. We have 2-3 very good DE’s that compliment the interior linemen well. Come on man!

  72. alphaq2 says: Jan 2, 2013 4:02 PM

    NFC East = NFC Least.
    Weak division produces weak winner. See you on Sunday, better hope your spindly legged QB can hold up. The last two running QB’s got handled by our D.
    ==================

    Uh, you do realize what division last years Super Bowl Champions came from, right?

    I’m looking forward to the Skins v. Hawks game this weekend. Should be a great game. I do find it funny how Hawks fans think they are going to come into FedEx and blow out the Skins. That will not happen.

    I imagine a very close competetive game. Not saying the Skins will win. It’s pretty much a pick ‘em game. But, if there is a blowout, I guarantee that it won’t be the Skins getting blown out. I’m expecting a close, old school style of game. Lot’s of Lynch, Morris and Defense. Should be fun.

  73. hsteacher says: Jan 2, 2013 4:03 PM

    What no comment on my Cowboys. Oh yeah, just another year of mediocrity and fatal Romo mistakes. Nothing to see here, move along.

  74. Henry says: Jan 2, 2013 4:13 PM

    I just love the way the media is fawning all over the Broncos. It’s going to be that much sweeter when the Pats destroy them in the playoffs!

  75. jprcox says: Jan 2, 2013 4:21 PM

    “Hawks fans think they are going to come into FedEx and blow out the Skins”

    I dont think Hawks fans think this will happen. Most Seattle fans realize this is going to be a tough tough game. Washington, like Seattle, is entering into their “Golden Era” – and they are both nearly the exact same team.

    This game will be very close.

  76. chawk12thman says: Jan 2, 2013 4:22 PM

    Disagree that #1 NFC is behind #1 & #2 AFC. I would put NFC at #2 & #3 behind Denver with NE at #4 as they lost to NFC West teams…….

    Agree that Seahawks need to see if there is interest in Flynn in the off season as the draft will not have many QB starters. Only trade for good value though…..with a good backup QB plan in place. Flynn is a starter that deserves a shot somewhere.

  77. norcalmafia says: Jan 2, 2013 4:36 PM

    Seattle fans always talking and yapping…Sure brag alot for a team that has ZERO SB’s and was voted the 4th worst sports city in America 4 years running..

  78. lavella12 says: Jan 2, 2013 5:00 PM

    Skins fans are hilarious!
    They beat 2 teams with a winning record…
    Seattle beat 6 winning teams…
    I know math is a struggle for a lot of people in DC…
    But that’s pretty telling…
    Go Hawks!
    _________

    May want to check you math. The Redskins beat Minnesota, NY Giants and Baltimore this season. That would be three winning teams. Seattle beat New England, Minnesota, Chicago, and San Francisco. That would be four. I’m not counting Green Bay because Seattle didn’t “beat” anyone in that same.

  79. sisqsage says: Jan 2, 2013 5:18 PM

    Haven’t we seen enough evidence that these rankings have been pretty worthless this year with all of the movement from like spots 1-5 week to week? All you have to do is look at how high the Steelers, Jets and Eagles were ranked at certain times. Now, they are not even in the playoffs. The No. 1 ranking has meant nothing at all this year. Ranking teams in the NFL is a lame attempt to copy what the AP Top 25 does. Apples and oranges. In college you know what you are getting with annual juggernauts like Alabama, Florida, LSU, Georgia etc.

    The NFL is a weekly crapshoot, and thus not a good match for “rankings” that have no value in the end.

  80. philliephaninva says: Jan 2, 2013 6:37 PM

    29. Eagles

    Hurray! We didn’t completely suck. Just mostly.

  81. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Jan 2, 2013 7:51 PM

    80 comments and not one complaining about the Broncos at #1. Nice to see everybody finally knows what Bronco fans knew 3 weeks ago. Best team in the NFL.

  82. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Jan 2, 2013 7:52 PM

    Manning is MVP! That’s for all the people out there who think a RB is more important than a QB.

  83. defscottyb says: Jan 2, 2013 8:15 PM

    Redskins > Vikings

  84. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 2, 2013 9:12 PM

    I think the Falcons are ranked a little low considering they have secured the top spot in the NFC. Beating them in the Georgia Dome will not be easy.

    Vikes are a bit too high and the Texans a little too low. The Texans are more likely to be playing in the Divisional round of the playoffs than the Vikings will be.

    Bengals ahead of Texans? Texans will beat the Bengals at home in the playoffs.

    After the top 12, I find the rankings spot on.

  85. jessethegreat says: Jan 2, 2013 10:15 PM

    How can anyone rank the redskins ahead of the Vikings? I hate the Vikings but even I can clearly see that Minnesotas defense, running game and special teams are well above what Washington had to offer. Skins have a better qb but that qb is very brittle and should not be counted on.

  86. klownboy says: Jan 3, 2013 2:09 PM

    I don’t think the Giants deserved to be in the top 20, let alone the top 15…

  87. jibbyjabby79 says: Jan 4, 2013 11:28 AM

    Warning to all Seahawks fans. Redskins have the no.1 rushing offense. Get ready for a ride on the A train. Its a long ride so buckle up. The Garcon express is also open for business aparantly Sherman has a ticket.

    Dont forget about RG3 you know the guy Wilson tries to be. Also remind your corners to not forget their steroids before the game.

    Skins 38 Seagulls 0

  88. swagger91 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    The patriots will be great next year…cobi hamilton will be perfect….really perfect when king brady retires and prince mallett is the starter

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