Week 13 power rankings

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1. Seahawks (11-1; last week No. 1):  The only question left for this team is whether the 12th Man will travel — to New Jersey.

2. Panthers (9-3; No. 3): Two games against the Saints are all that’s standing in the way of an NFC South title and a playoff bye.

3. Patriots (9-3; No. 4): The only thing the Patriots currently are spying is a first-round playoff bye.

4.  Broncos (10-2; No. 5): Attention Kenny Britt and Hakeem Nicks — Eric Decker has just shown you how to play in a contract year.

5. Saints (9-3; No. 2):  The Saints can’t get to the Super Bowl if they have to leave the Superdome in January.

6.  Bengals (8-4; No. 7):  The best way to win a playoff game could be not having to play one, and this team is closer to a bye than most realize.

7. 49ers (8-4; No. 8): Michael Crabtree already has made Colin Kaepernick look a lot better at quarterback.

8.  Chiefs (9-3; No. 6): As the offense has improved, the defense has disintegrated.

9. Cowboys (7-5; No. 10): After throwing up on game day, Tony Romo now knows what it feels like to be a Cowboys fan in December.

10. Eagles (7-5; No. 11): Maybe Chip Kelly has been talking so fast lately so no one thinks to ask him why Nick Foles wasn’t the Week One starter.

11.  Cardinals (7-5; No. 9): It was fun while it lasted.

12.  Colts (8-4; No. 13): It stopped being fun a while ago, but somehow they’re still winning.

13.  Lions (7-5; No. 14): They had some fun on Thanksgiving.  For a change.

14. Ravens (6-6; No. 20): For Ravens fans, watching the Steelers sweat out discipline from the league office is fun.

15. Packers (5-6-1; No. 12): If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.

16. Chargers (5-7; No. 15): Every time it looks like they’re ready to take a step forward, they take a step backward.

17. Rams (5-7; No. 16): If the Rams finish with the first overall pick in the draft (thanks to the Redskins), do they take a quarterback?

18.  Bears (6-6; No. 17): Don’t criticize Marc Trestman for trying the 47-yard field goal in overtime. Criticize him for not throwing to Alshon Jeffrey on every play of the game.

19. Dolphins (6-6; No. 22): The mere fact that they still have a shot at the playoffs after what they’ve been through the past few weeks provides real hope for 2014.

20. Titans (5-7; No. 18): Being swept by the Colts is bad. Being swept by the Colts at a time when they can’t beat anyone else is worse.

21.  Steelers (5-7; No. 19): Mike Tomlin could end up getting to watch a game’s worth of kickoff returns from the Jumbotron in his house.

22.  Giants (5-7; No. 23): Just making it to the playoffs this year would be a bigger upset than either of their Super Bowl wins.

23. Jets (5-7; No. 21):  Is it too late to bring back Tim Tebow?

24.  Bills (4-8; No. 24): In defense of Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler, Mayor Rob Ford was spotted with some of the game balls after devouring a basket of greasy chicken wings.

25.  Jaguars (3-9; No. 30): Gus Bradley could blow the first overall pick in the draft, but also he could end up getting coach of the year votes.

26.  Browns (4-8; No. 25): The Factory of Sadness has resumed its holiday schedule.

27.  Vikings (3-8-1; No. 28): Does knocking Josh McCown out of the 2013 playoffs make up for McCown knocking the Vikings out of the 2003 playoffs?

28. Buccaneers (3-9; No. 26): That wounded duck thrown by Tampa’s Napoleon Dynamite doppelganger looked like a literal attempt to throw a football over them mountains.

29.  Raiders (4-8; No. 27): Which comes first, a quarterback of the future or a coach of the future?

30.  Falcons (3-9; No. 31): Guys, if you want to be able to draft Jadeveon Clowney, it’s time to ix-nay on the in-ways.

31. Redskins (3-9; No. 29): “Operation Patience” isn’t just the motto for RGIII’s ACL recovery; it’s the name of the officiating maneuver unleashed Sunday night on the Redskins.

32. Texans (2-10; No. 32): Antonio Smith thinks the Patriots have been doing some “spying or scouting.” Everyone else thinks the Texans have been doing some sucking.

116 responses to “Week 13 power rankings

  1. “If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.”

    Really? The Pack would have to win out and the Lions lose out for them to win the North. If you think both of those are happening, I have some real estate in Detroit to sell you.

  2. You ask if the Rams should take a QB if they get the top pick? Well I personally am a Seahawks fan, but if I were a Rams fan I would hope not. I think Bradford still could be a great QB and if not KEllen has done a good enough job to get a shoot, then there is the Russell Wilson/Nick Foles factor, that you can find a guy that you can build an offense around in a latter round. What I would do is trade the pick to a QB needy team and pick up more picks to get some playmakers and onlinemen. But hey as a Seahawk fan if the Rams want to waste that pick, more power to them.

  3. Here is an important lesson for everyone to go home and tell to their daughters: the Steelers are superior in many ways to other sports franchises. We bring legitimacy to a now illegitimate sport (ruined by agents and lawyers). We are the fist of God striking down upon the ocean of corruption. Our wins reflect our triumphs over destructive, vile forces. Our losses reflect our struggles to prevail against such evil.

    We are resilient. We will continue to carry out God’s will. For in the prophecy, The March® (Steelers’ final Super Bowl run) gives birth to our own football league, a promise land where football will be reborn without the distasteful elements (remember when tackling was legal?).

    So here we go Steelers, here we go.

    And we March. Oh, do we March.

  4. The Rams actually got BETTER when Bradford got hurt. Nearly beat Seattle, pounded the Colts and Bears.

    I just don’t see how that translates to them giving Bradford another shot. They need to trade him and draft another QB.

  5. The Packers are the greatest professional football organization in the NFL or any other league. The rest of the NFL is jealous of our 13 World Championships. legendary players and coaches.

    Every other team would trade their whole roster and next 10 year of draft picks for one quarter of Aaron Rodgers’ as their starting QB.

    #topthatlogicalvoicesays

    (note I’m really a Packers fan and think we’re rated too high. Our OL are as productive as the tackling dummies on our practice field.)

  6. It will be interesting to see how Atlanta and Washington decide to use their top draft pick next spring.

    Neither team will be drafting a QB, but both will be in prime position to trade down with a team that desperately needs one.

  7. rlr79 says:Dec 3, 2013 8:36 AM

    You ask if the Rams should take a QB if they get the top pick? Well I personally am a Seahawks fan, but if I were a Rams fan I would hope not. I think Bradford still could be a great QB and if not KEllen has done a good enough job to get a shoot, then there is the Russell Wilson/Nick Foles factor, that you can find a guy that you can build an offense around in a latter round. What I would do is trade the pick to a QB needy team and pick up more picks to get some playmakers and onlinemen. But hey as a Seahawk fan if the Rams want to waste that pick, more power to them.
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    The Rams should trade their first pick back to the Redskins for two more first round picks…that way the skins can draft a quarterback. Because we all know they’re desperate for one.

  8. there is nothing more overrated in the NFL right now than that 12th man competition nonsense. the seahawks are just good at home. pro players aren’t pissing their pants cuz it’s loud. the hawks are just a nasty team. but i’m confident in my panthers

  9. Hey steelersaregodsteam?

    How legitimate is it when your coach is standing on the field, impeding the path, of a kick returner who is getting ready to ice the game against you?

  10. What is all that insane rant about the steelers for? Your team is going nohere fast. Better hop off that sinking ship before it’s too late.

  11. Right about week 2, I commented that the Texans were the softest #3 in history.

    While I will pat myself on the back for that one, I ding myself for underestimating how bad/soft/weak they truly are.

  12. Bengals: “The best way to win a playoff game could be not having to play one, and this team is closer to a bye than most realize.”

    Okay, they did beat the Patriots head to head earlier this season, but the Patriots are 1 game ahead of them. The Pats’ remaining games are vs Cleveland, at Miami, at Baltimore, and vs Buffalo. I don’t see the Patriots losing more than 1 of those games.

    Meanwhile, the Bengals are home against the Colts, at Pitt, vs Minnesota, and finish vs Baltimore. That’s not a terribly tough schedule either, but dropping at least 2 of those games is not a crazy thought.

    The Bengals are still about a year away from really contending for the AFC crown.

  13. The Seahawks are almost unbeatable — at home. I would make them an underdog in the neutral-site, cold-weather SB against the Pats for sure, and maybe the Broncos, depending how Manning does in the last few cold weather games.

  14. Is it just me or is the league this year, and perhaps even last year, full of mediocrity? More so this year. Look at the playoff picture. The top couple teams are average if you compare them to the best teams of years past. Then look at the the other teams in the playoff hunt. Below average teams that wouldnt have a prayer compared to years past.

    Sure, an upset could happen, but let’s be honest. Does anyone really not expect the Pats to be in the Super Bowl this year? For the NFC, Seattle is a gimme unless they choke in the playoffs.

  15. Bengals are not better than the niners. Every week it’s something ridiculous on these power rankings.

  16. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 3, 2013 8:37 AM

    Here is an important lesson for everyone to go home and tell to their daughters: the Steelers are superior in many ways to other sports franchises. We bring legitimacy to a now illegitimate sport (ruined by agents and lawyers). We are the fist of God striking down upon the ocean of corruption. Our wins reflect our triumphs over destructive, vile forces. Our losses reflect our struggles to prevail against such evil.

    We are resilient. We will continue to carry out God’s will. For in the prophecy, The March® (Steelers’ final Super Bowl run) gives birth to our own football league, a promise land where football will be reborn without the distasteful elements (remember when tackling was legal?).

    So here we go Steelers, here we go.

    And we March. Oh, do we March.
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    talk about delusional

  17. f0rem4n says:
    Dec 3, 2013 8:32 AM
    “If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.”

    Really? The Pack would have to win out and the Lions lose out for them to win the North. If you think both of those are happening, I have some real estate in Detroit to sell you.

    _______________________

    This is incorrect. Yes, Green Bay has to win out. However, Detroit only needs to drop 2 of the 4 and The Packers win the north.

  18. Patriots got cheated by the officials out of two games both calls at the end of the games with Panthers and Jets decided the outcome of both.

    High probability the Patriots win both games and beat either team at neutral site

    Patriots should be 11-1 and ranked @ #2 position at the least

  19. Rams: “If the Rams finish with the first overall pick in the draft (thanks to the Redskins), do they take a quarterback?”

    No.

    Suggesting such an idea is ludicrous beyond belief. The Rams still have almost $35 million tied into Bradford through 2015, so why in the world would they look into drafting another QB now? Didn’t Fisher like what he had seen in Bradford before he took the job in St. Louis? Why jump ship on the kid now?

    At worst, the Rams would think about moving on beyond Bradford after 2015. Not before then.

  20. “25. Jaguars (3-9; No. 30): Gus Bradley could blow the first overall pick in the draft, but also he could end up getting coach of the year votes”

    So does this mean they aren’t the worst team of all-time?

  21. Some People are just creepy….. so glad i dont like in the same state as this dude, i would move

    steelersaregodsteam

    Here is an important lesson for everyone to go home and tell to their daughters: the Steelers are superior in many ways to other sports franchises. We bring legitimacy to a now illegitimate sport (ruined by agents and lawyers). We are the fist of God striking down upon the ocean of corruption.

  22. KC: “As the offense has improved, the defense has disintegrated.”

    LOL. Playing the Broncos 2 out of 3 weeks has a way of doing that.

  23. f0rem4n says:
    Dec 3, 2013 8:32 AM
    “If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.”

    Really? The Pack would have to win out and the Lions lose out for them to win the North. If you think both of those are happening, I have some real estate in Detroit to sell you.

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    That’ll go great with this great beachfront property in Nebraska I have for sale.

  24. Funny how the real delusional idiots come out to comment here.”God’s will”? Steelers? Next up “logicalvoices” who I believe is Florio, just shut up already.

  25. @steelersaredogsteam… get some help, buddy. I’m really worried about you. This goes way beyond trolling and qualifies more as a mental disorder.

  26. Here is an important lesson for everyone to go home and tell to their daughters: the Steelers are superior in many ways to other sports franchises. We bring legitimacy to a now illegitimate sport (ruined by agents and lawyers). We are the fist of God striking down upon the ocean of corruption. Our wins reflect our triumphs over destructive, vile forces. Our losses reflect our struggles to prevail against such evil.

    Don’t forget your coach trying to get in the way of the opposing team’s players.

  27. The PEDhawks are undeniably No. 1, but you can’t help but wonder what horrible plans the football gods have in store to punish their chemical romance. Even the 12th man has ‘roid gut and inexplicable bouts of rage.

    — not a Saints fan

  28. I’m a diehard Pats fan, but even I’m surprised that they moved up to #3 after barely beating #32 by 3 points. Still, they are probably the best team in the AFC so I suppose it makes sense.

  29. The Miami Dolphins are this years Giants, or last years Ravens. A team barely scrapping by, sneaking into the playoffs, injuries everywhere and an unproven QB and an above average defense that will lead them into the playoffs and week after week shock the world. Miami is Super Bowl bound in 2013 and you heard it here first. Watch out Denver and Seattle… HAHAHAHA YEAH RIGHT!!! MAN my Dolphins are such a disaster each and every year, another 8-8 season with a weak first round pick to come, WOOHOO!!!

  30. Steelers Guy, the AFC north teaming playing old school Steelers Style football is wearing orange and black..Best D in the AFC. Want me to send you a Burfict jersey?

  31. zimaman says:
    Dec 3, 2013 9:31 AM
    Patriots got cheated by the officials out of two games both calls at the end of the games with Panthers and Jets decided the outcome of both.

    High probability the Patriots win both games and beat either team at neutral site

    Patriots should be 11-1 and ranked @ #2 position at the least

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    And the importance of power rankings in the first week of December is…..what, exactly?

  32. fwippel says: Dec 3, 2013 9:01 AM

    It will be interesting to see how Atlanta and Washington decide to use their top draft pick next spring.

    Neither team will be drafting a QB, but both will be in prime position to trade down with a team that desperately needs one.
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    Washington does not possess a first round pick this year, as they shipped it to the Rams last season for the right to move up and draft RGIII. So, for every loss the Redskins earn, the better the Rams first round draft pick becomes. That’s what we like to call sweet, sweet justice.

  33. “If the Rams finish with the first overall pick in the draft (thanks to the Redskins), do they take a quarterback?”

    No.Suggesting such an idea is ludicrous beyond belief. The Rams still have almost $35 million tied into Bradford through 2015, so why in the world would they look into drafting another QB now? Didn’t Fisher like what he had seen in Bradford before he took the job in St. Louis?

    Unfortunately, 3/4 of the teams who changed coaches since 2012 when Fisher was hired are already better than the Rams….and most of those teams didnt have their current QB on the roster. The Rams will draft a QB in April. While it might not be in Rd 1, they will draft one and start him in 2015 if Bradford doesnt accept a serious paycut.

  34. I don’t see any way the Seahawks don’t go to the Super Bowl. No one is beating them in the playoffs in that stadium.

    That being said, given how much worse they are on the road (23-20 v. Texans, 14-9 v. Rams, 28-34 v. Colts), I’m not crazy about their chances against the Patriots or Broncos in New Jersey in February.

  35. exnavysub says:
    Dec 3, 2013 9:21 AM
    Is it just me or is the league this year, and perhaps even last year, full of mediocrity? More so this year. Look at the playoff picture. The top couple teams are average if you compare them to the best teams of years past. Then look at the the other teams in the playoff hunt. Below average teams that wouldn’t have a prayer compared to years past.

    Sure, an upset could happen, but let’s be honest. Does anyone really not expect the Pats to be in the Super Bowl this year? For the NFC, Seattle is a gimme unless they choke in the playoffs.

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    On paper, yes you have a point, but go all the way back to the 2012 season. Did you honestly expect the Broncos to be picked off in the postseason by anyone at all? Seattle does look about as humanly close to unbeatable as possible, but even they could lay an egg somewhere along the way. And I’m fully expecting Peyton to struggle in the cold in Denver in January just as he did last year.

  36. So the Pats almost blow that game against THE LAST PLACE TEAM, and you put them at 3rd?!

    Maybe you’ve been hanging out Rob Ford because it would take some serious crack to think the Jets are in front of the Bills.

  37. The Seahawks have done great this year, except when playing on the road or against the Mighty Texans, Titans, Rams, Bucs, Colts, and Panthers. It’s funny how everyone only seems to remember one game last night, against an overrated Saints team that everyone seems to forget barely squeaked out a 17-13 win over the Falcons just a week ago (not to mention how they were dominated by the Jets a month ago). How anyone thinks they’re a “lock” for anything, much less the Super Bowl, is beyond me. No doubt they’re one of the best teams, but they’re just as vulnerable as everyone else.

  38. I don’t understand why everyone beleives this as it’s not true at all. In an uber-realistic scenario, the Packers can win the division if the Lions go 2-2 and the Packers 4-0 over the final 4.

    The Lions have 2 Very Difficult games remaining with @Philadelphia and Home vs. Baltimore as well as a Divisional Road Game @Minnesota (Final game at the Metrodome) and home versus the Giants. I could easily see the Lions splitting those four or even dropping 3 of 4 giving the Packers and even the Bears a little bit of room for error.

    This divisional race is FAR from over.

    f0rem4n says:
    Dec 3, 2013 8:32 AM
    “If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.”

    Really? The Pack would have to win out and the Lions lose out for them to win the North. If you think both of those are happening, I have some real estate in Detroit to sell you.

  39. Amen brother, to the birth of the SFL ( steelers football league). Where after we win this years Super Bowl like god has intended and stated in the bible they shall change the name to the Steeler bowl. It will be worthless for the steelers to stay in the NFL cause with our dominance what is the point? God himself will strike down all future Steeler challengers and the rivers will flow with there blood. Anyone who scores against the mighty steelers will be cast to hell for eternity. March we will to the Steeler bowl and the future SFL. First the nation and then Pittsburgh! March on!

    Who dey

  40. I can’t believe I’m reading this right. You ranked the 10-2 Bronco 4th two spots behind the Panthers and the Patriots REALLY ! What R U Smokin ?

    2. Panthers (9-3; No. 3):
    3. Patriots (9-3; No. 4):
    4. Broncos (10-2; No. 5):

    Had there not been a late game gaff by a rookie returner the Bronco’s would have beat the Pats. They’re only other loss came on an emotional home coming to Indy.

    There isn’t a team in the NFL that can cover or keep up with the Bronco’s. The Hawks R great in Seattle but without the 12th man their D isn’t as tuff. The Saints R a lot less heavenly outside of the magic dome. The Pats on the road and without the cold to balance the scales can’t get it done. NO

    There’s No team that can match up to the Denver Bronco’s. Once they secure home field advantage the road to the super bowl will go through Denver !

  41. Seattle has dominated # 5 No, # 7 SF, # 11 Az and beat # 2 Car. Somehow each week I hear poster try say they haven’t played anybody.

    I have watched the Rams for awhile now. Sam Bradford was playing just fine. That team needs offensive lineman in the worst way. Jake Long was not the answer, his body has broken down. Their wins came off the young defense getting hot and a guys named Zac Stacey/Tavon Austin finding their way in NFL.

  42. stealthjunk says: Dec 3, 2013 10:35 AM

    The Seahawks have done great this year, except when playing on the road or against the Mighty Texans, Titans, Rams, Bucs, Colts, and Panthers. It’s funny how everyone only seems to remember one game last night, against an overrated Saints team that everyone seems to forget barely squeaked out a 17-13 win over the Falcons just a week ago (not to mention how they were dominated by the Jets a month ago). How anyone thinks they’re a “lock” for anything, much less the Super Bowl, is beyond me. No doubt they’re one of the best teams, but they’re just as vulnerable as everyone else.

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    Dude- They won all those games, except the Colts. Were you watching???

  43. Congrats, Packers, for being the only team in the last 2 years to beat the Seahawks in their house.

  44. While the NFC North is not decided yet by any means, the Packers D is terrible. At least the Lions have a D. So, the Lions with a D have to lose 2 games, and the Packers without a D have to win all 4.

    Good luck with that. GB doesn’t want to aggravate Rodgers injury anyway.

  45. I said this in an earlier post. Seahawks have a road game in New Jersey in week 15. After that they are home for the last two and the playoffs.

    So all they need to do is secure their bye, win a divisional and championship game at home and then return to New Jersey for the Super Bowl, with something like six straight weeks at home during that time.

    That is a very favorable set of circumstances if it comes to pass.

  46. I’ve always known that tv analysts and writers for the NFL were lazy and just regurgitate the same tired commentary over and over. Well from the looks of it by all these comments, the fans are just as lazy. Every team plays closer to their opponent on the road. The Seahawks used to lose on the road- a year and a half ago. An 11-1 record by nature means your winning on the road unless I missed something and we played our last 12 games at home. Look at Russell Wilson’s stats on the road since week 7 of last year and the teams record and obviously you would be surprised by your uninformed comments. I assume no one is going to do that though because that would take an unbiased effort and since the guys that get paid for it won’t research it why would the tool boxes on this comment board do it. GO HAWKS!!! We’re having fun up here in the north west. #jealous-u-should-be

  47. Since they have only one loss, I don’t mind the Hawks getting the top spot. But to say they are clearly above the rest of the league?? That’s just nonsense.

    I’m no Denver fan, but they’d lose by twenty at Mile High.

  48. f0rem4n says:
    Dec 3, 2013 8:32 AM
    “If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.”

    Really? The Pack would have to win out and the Lions lose out for them to win the North. If you think both of those are happening, I have some real estate in Detroit to sell you.

    ……………………
    That is literally 100% factually inaccurate.

    If the Packers won out and the Lions lost out, the Lions would be 7-9 and the Packers would be 9-6-1. All the Packers need to do to win the division is go 3-1 and have the Lions go 2-2, and with Aaron Rodgers, the former is absolutely possible. And the Lions going 2-2 isnt inconceivable at all given their remaining schedule.

  49. Remember when everyone laughed at Tony Dungy a few weeks ago for predicting the Panthers would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl? Well, who’s laughing now?

    As for the Seahawks, they barely handled the Panthers in the season opener–a Panthers team that has dramatically improved since then. And if you think that Seahawks’ home winning streak is going to reach the 17 in a row that it takes to knock off the Panthers, then you’re the one that’s naïve.

    – Titans Fan

  50. burgundyskins says: Dec 3, 2013 10:44 AM

    I don’t understand why everyone beleives this as it’s not true at all. In an uber-realistic scenario, the Packers can win the division if the Lions go 2-2 and the Packers 4-0 over the final 4.

    The Lions have 2 Very Difficult games remaining with @Philadelphia and Home vs. Baltimore as well as a Divisional Road Game @Minnesota (Final game at the Metrodome) and home versus the Giants. I could easily see the Lions splitting those four or even dropping 3 of 4 giving the Packers and even the Bears a little bit of room for error.

    This divisional race is FAR from over.

    _________________________________

    Ummm…..you lost to the BEARS! Your season is over. Start counting your fingers to see what draft pick you’re going to end up with.

    Go LIONS!

  51. stealthjunk says:Dec 3, 2013 10:35 AM

    The Seahawks have done great this year, except when playing on the road
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    Ya having the best road record in the league at
    5-1 isn’t playing good on the road…….Moron.

  52. So I get downvoted for saying the league this year is mediocre?! Take a look at the top 15 teams. How in the world can you look at these teams, their records, how and who they play and believe this season is not a below average season, quality wise? How many playoff winning, super bowl winning teams of the past would fear a team in the league this year? They wouldnt.

    1. Seahawks (11-1; last week No. 1): Great record yes, but they’re very beatable on the road. Opponents record currently is 65 – 78 w/l.

    2. Panthers (9-3; No. 3): Have looked good, by this years standards, but again, weak schedule in a mediocre league.

    3. Patriots (9-3; No. 4): Have a lot of barely getting by games this year. Defense is hit and miss at times. Luckily for them, there is no real great Defense that can completely shut them down.

    4. Broncos (10-2; No. 5): Good offense but will shut down in cold weather. Defense is horrific.

    5. Saints (9-3; No. 2): Weak conference. D is hit and miss, mostly miss. Offense not consistent.

    6. Bengals (8-4; No. 7): Lets be honest, their QB is not a playoff winning QB. And their D has taken some major hits with injuries.

    7. 49ers (8-4; No. 8): Inconsistent, QB play mostly lacking, D not what it use to be.

    8. Chiefs (9-3; No. 6): Alex Smith leading a supposed 8 ranked team should tell you all you need to know about the league this year.

    9. Cowboys (7-5; No. 10): Again, a bad Cowboys team in the top 10.

    10. Eagles (7-5; No. 11): Foles is not going to lead them anywhere.

    11. Cardinals (7-5; No. 9): Only in the 2013 NFL is this Cardinals team ranked this high.

    12. Colts (8-4; No. 13): This team stinks. Luck is all the have and clearly that is showing now.

    13. Lions (7-5; No. 14): Not a great D, inconsistent Offense.

    14. Ravens (6-6; No. 20): Again, a 6-6 bad team in the top 15?! Only in 2013

    15. Packers (5-6-1; No. 12): Horrible team without their QB.

  53. SEATTLE…looks just plain awesome……”IN SEATTLE…….but too bad for them the Superbowl is in NY,,,,IN FEB. They stink on the road,,truly they do. Clawed out a 4 pt win against Atlanta? Squeaked by TB? RAMS? You can’t play like that against quality teams on the road…..

  54. 22. Giants (5-7; No. 23): Just making it to the playoffs this year would be a bigger upset than either of their Super Bowl wins.
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    Totally agree. Yet, if they magically do, everyone knows that they are the only team in the NFC capable of taking down the mighty Seahawks in their house.

    Seattle fans have nothing left to do than root for Philly or Dallas to seal up the NFCE. Then, they have a bye straight to, ironically, MetLife.

  55. I know these rankings are useless but…

    San Diego is 5-7 and just got beat by the Bengals who got beat by the Dolphins and the Chargers got beat by same said Dolphins, both without our starting LT, and said Dolphins last week got a slim defeat against the number 2 Panthers, and just put up 23 points and 125 yards on the number one rush defense in the NFL and a team who beat NE and the Saints and held them to 3 points in this weekends only rout until Seattle took the field.

    And power rankings should indicate how a team is playing now.

  56. Here’s Florio’s original picks for the NFC. I choose his, because the Lions are in it.

    SO, Lions vs Seahawks in the Conference Finals. Tough, but I’d love to see Megatron destroy what’s his name.

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    NFC

    Seeds: 1. 49ers; 2. Packers; 3. Redskins; 4. Falcons; 5. Seahawks; 6. Lions.

    Wild card round: Seahawks over Falcons, Lions over Redskins.

    Divisional round: Lions over 49ers, Packers over Seahawks.

    Conference Championship: Packers over Lions.

    Super Bowl: Broncos over Packers.

  57. What do Rothlesberger, Rodgers, Brady, Stafford, and Rivers have in common? They were ALL shut down by the Bengals Defense. Like that resume’ ?
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    I’m not sure how Stafford throwing for 357 and 3 td’s is getting shut down, but okay…

  58. “If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.”

    Yep, Green Bay will suddenly remember how to play defense, the GB offense will start to hum like a smooth running machine and the Super Bowl march will begin. OMG. Delusional fools. The defense has been horrendous for 2 years. No matter who plays quarterback the Packers will be lucky to win 1, maybe 2 games over the final month.

  59. “I have watched the Rams for awhile now. Sam Bradford was playing just fine. That team needs offensive lineman in the worst way.”

    You obviously havent been watching very well because their OLine has played very well….better than half the teams in the league according to Pro Football Focus.

    The Rams glaring weaknesses are their secondary and the fact they continue to have 4th-caliber WRs masquerading as their 1 and 2. Givens, Pettis and Quick arent keeping def coordinators awake at night.

  60. muskyhunter2542 says: Dec 3, 2013 9:28 AM

    f0rem4n says:
    Dec 3, 2013 8:32 AM
    “If Aaron Rodgers can get back this weekend, things can get very interesting in the NFC North.”

    Really? The Pack would have to win out and the Lions lose out for them to win the North. If you think both of those are happening, I have some real estate in Detroit to sell you.

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    This is incorrect. Yes, Green Bay has to win out. However, Detroit only needs to drop 2 of the 4 and The Packers win the north.
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    This cracks me up – an objective, easily verified fact is pointed out and already 12 people “dislike” it.

  61. Florio, you are right on the money about the Jags. They are not very good, and they have nothing to play for, but they keep playing hard, and that is a credit to the coach.

  62. eatitfanboy says:

    I don’t see any way the Seahawks don’t go to the Super Bowl. No one is beating them in the playoffs in that stadium.
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    Here’s the thing about young, arrogant, overconfident teams. They get into they playoffs and can easily get distracted by all the talk of how great they are.

    That leads to poor preparation because after all, since they’re so great they know they’re going to win without much effort.

    There are a lot of examples of this you can find over the years. The result could be a surprising beatdown in the first playoff game they are in.

  63. lovethelions says:
    Dec 3, 2013 11:16 AM
    stealthjunk says: Dec 3, 2013 10:35 AM

    Dude- They won all those games, except the Colts. Were you watching???

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    Yes, I was especially impressed by the 3-point overtime victories over the 2-10 Texans and the 3-9 Bucs. The Seahawks are unstoppable, baby! I mean if the Texans and Bucs can’t beat the Seahawks, then Carolina, New England, and Denver have no prayer.

  64. “forem4n says, Really? The Pack would have to win out and the Lions lose out for them to win the North. If you think both of those are happening, I have some real estate in Detroit to sell you.”

    I agree even with Rodgers back it is a huge long shot, but by my math if the Packers went 3-1, they would be 8-7-1. If the Lions went 1-3, they would be 8-8, which means they would lose the division. So neither team would have to lose out or win out for that to happen.

  65. patriottony says:
    Dec 3, 2013 11:49 AM
    SEATTLE…looks just plain awesome……”IN SEATTLE…….but too bad for them the Superbowl is in NY,,,,IN FEB. They stink on the road,,truly they do. Clawed out a 4 pt win against Atlanta? Squeaked by TB? RAMS? You can’t play like that against quality teams on the road…..

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    Hmmm….

    Saints lost on the road to the Jets, Patriots, and Seahawks

    Patriots lost to the Bengals, Jets, and Panthers on the road

    Broncos lost to the Colts and Patriots on the road

    Lions lost to the Cardinals, Packers, and Steelers on the road (and lost to Bengals and Bucs at home)

    There’s a theme here, but I can’t quite put my finger on it……

  66. After throwing up on game day, Tony Romo now knows what it feels like to be a Cowboys fan in December.
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    Funny! Romo can’t even catch a break when they win.

    Will the Texans drop to 33rd if they lose to the Jags on Thursday?

  67. exnavysub says: Dec 3, 2013 11:43 AM

    So I get downvoted for saying the league this year is mediocre?! Take a look at the top 15 teams. How in the world can you look at these teams, their records, how and who they play and believe this season is not a below average season, quality wise? How many playoff winning, super bowl winning teams of the past would fear a team in the league this year? They wouldnt.

    1. Seahawks (11-1; last week No. 1): Great record yes, but they’re very beatable on the road. Opponents record currently is 65 – 78 w/l.

    2. Panthers (9-3; No. 3): Have looked good, by this years standards, but again, weak schedule in a mediocre league.

    3. Patriots (9-3; No. 4): Have a lot of barely getting by games this year. Defense is hit and miss at times. Luckily for them, there is no real great Defense that can completely shut them down.

    4. Broncos (10-2; No. 5): Good offense but will shut down in cold weather. Defense is horrific.

    5. Saints (9-3; No. 2): Weak conference. D is hit and miss, mostly miss. Offense not consistent.

    6. Bengals (8-4; No. 7): Lets be honest, their QB is not a playoff winning QB. And their D has taken some major hits with injuries.

    7. 49ers (8-4; No. 8): Inconsistent, QB play mostly lacking, D not what it use to be.

    8. Chiefs (9-3; No. 6): Alex Smith leading a supposed 8 ranked team should tell you all you need to know about the league this year.

    9. Cowboys (7-5; No. 10): Again, a bad Cowboys team in the top 10.

    10. Eagles (7-5; No. 11): Foles is not going to lead them anywhere.

    11. Cardinals (7-5; No. 9): Only in the 2013 NFL is this Cardinals team ranked this high.

    12. Colts (8-4; No. 13): This team stinks. Luck is all the have and clearly that is showing now.

    13. Lions (7-5; No. 14): Not a great D, inconsistent Offense.

    14. Ravens (6-6; No. 20): Again, a 6-6 bad team in the top 15?! Only in 2013

    15. Packers (5-6-1; No. 12): Horrible team without their QB.

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    I’m a Detroit fan, but why the myth that the Seahawks lose on the road??? They’re 5-1 on the road this year. If other teams were doing as well, THEY would be #1 on the list!

    Detroit should be in the top 10…but we’ll win the division and show all teams that you can be 0-16 and come back and be a winner! Don’t give up on your team…

    unless you’re a Chicago or Green Bay fan! LOL

    Go LIONS!!!

  68. Lions fans are delusional. You of all people have no business proclaiming on Dec. 2 that you expect to win the division.

  69. patriottony says:
    Dec 3, 2013 11:49 AM
    SEATTLE…looks just plain awesome……”IN SEATTLE…….but too bad for them the Superbowl is in NY,,,,IN FEB. They stink on the road,,truly they do. Clawed out a 4 pt win against Atlanta? Squeaked by TB? RAMS? You can’t play like that against quality teams on the road…..

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    Umm…
    Seattle beat Atlanta by 23.
    Squeaked by TB (at home, by the way). TB then went on to win 3 straight.
    Tough win against the Rams, but you can’t win every game by 30.

    11-1. They have lost only once on the road. Oh, and guess what – looks like they won’t have to go on the road in January.

  70. Really? Not quite sure how the Broncos have the second best record in the NFL, and are ranked 4th? Lame.

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    Because it’s starting to get cold outside.

  71. By the way Haters, the Super Bowl is a road game for EVERY team. And it’s a total neutral site. Most of the people there are corporate suits and sponsors, the game isn’t at 10am or anything. There’s little to no “road” effect to it. This year, it will be cold and snowy. Who does that benefit? Teams with a good ground game.

  72. patriottony says:
    Dec 3, 2013 11:49 AM
    SEATTLE…looks just plain awesome……”IN SEATTLE…….but too bad for them the Superbowl is in NY,,,,IN FEB. They stink on the road,,truly they do. Clawed out a 4 pt win against Atlanta? Squeaked by TB? RAMS? You can’t play like that against quality teams on the road…..
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    Seahawks do struggle for wins on the road but I believe they can handle the Broncos in the Super Bowl…in February!

  73. Come on people, haven’t you been paying attention? The Washington franchise is not what their record says it is. They are going to win 5 of the next 10 Super Bowls and they will go 14-2 this year with a Super Bowl victory and an MVP trophy for RG3-9.

  74. 1. Peyton Manning
    2. Tom Brady
    3. Aaron Rodgers
    4. Drew Brees
    5. Russell Wilson
    6. Tony Romo
    7. Ben Roethlisberger
    8. Andrew Luck
    9. Matthew Stafford
    10. Cam Newton
    11. Colin Kaepernick
    12. Matt Ryan
    13. Jay Cutler
    14. Philip Rivers
    15. Robert Griffin III
    16. Eli Manning
    17. Andy Dalton
    18. Joe Flacco
    19. Nick Foles
    20. Alex Smith
    21. Ryan Tannehill
    22. Carson Palmer
    23. EJ Manuel
    24. Mike Glennon
    25. Ryan Fitzpatrick
    26. Geno Smith
    27. Terrelle Pryor
    28. Christian Ponder
    29. Case Keenum
    30. Kellen Clemens
    31. Chad Henne
    32. Jason Campbell

    thoughts?

  75. steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 3, 2013 8:37 AM

    “Here is an important lesson for everyone to go home and tell to their daughters: the Steelers are superior in many ways to other sports franchises.”

    The only lesson I need to tell my daughter about the Steelers is not to be in the same room with Roethlisberger.

  76. Pete Carroll better remind his team the only guaranteed trip they have to MetLife is in 2 weeks against the Giants. They’ll have to earn a second trip in 2 months.

  77. If the Chiefs and Broncos win the rest of the games and the Patriots lose one more game. Would that make the Chiefs and Broncos #1 and #2 seeds in the AFC?

    Or does the #1 and #2 seeds have to win their division?

    Just found that to be interesting since the Patriots and Chiefs currently have the same record.

  78. “If the Chiefs and Broncos win the rest of the games and the Patriots lose one more game. Would that make the Chiefs and Broncos #1 and #2 seeds in the AFC?

    Or does the #1 and #2 seeds have to win their division?”

    The wild card teams are #5 and 6 regardless of record. Remember a few years ago when the WC Saints had to visit the 7-9 NFCW winning Seahawks in the WC round?

  79. steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 3, 2013 8:37 AM
    Here is an important lesson for everyone to go home and tell to their daughters: the Steelers are superior in many ways to other sports franchises. We bring legitimacy to a now illegitimate sport (ruined by agents and lawyers). We are the fist of God striking down upon the ocean of corruption. Our wins reflect our triumphs over destructive, vile forces. Our losses reflect our struggles to prevail against such evil.

    We are resilient. We will continue to carry out God’s will. For in the prophecy, The March® (Steelers’ final Super Bowl run) gives birth to our own football league, a promise land where football will be reborn without the distasteful elements (remember when tackling was legal?).

    So here we go Steelers, here we go.

    And we March. Oh, do we March.

    Whatever you are taking please sell me some.

  80. whoknowsnothing says:
    Dec 3, 2013 1:59 PM
    If the Chiefs and Broncos win the rest of the games and the Patriots lose one more game. Would that make the Chiefs and Broncos #1 and #2 seeds in the AFC?

    Or does the #1 and #2 seeds have to win their division?

    Just found that to be interesting since the Patriots and Chiefs currently have the same record.
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    Lots of “ifs” still to be worked out. Like… If he Pat lose one more and the Bengals win out. It will be a fun dash to the finish.

  81. There is no such thing as ‘God’s team’ – well perhaps Notre Dame but that is it maybe. I’ll believe it when I see the Little Sisters of the Poor come running out of a tunnel with pompoms flying.

  82. Chiefs free fall because their defense “disintegrated” to the Broncos? Oh, but if the Chiefs would have won, their defense would be the best ever? Right. That’s just dissing the Broncos.

  83. Eric Decker has just shown you how to play in a contract year.
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    SO you only need to show up for one game in a contract year?

    There are at least 10 other WRs in the final year of their contract that I would rather have.

  84. As a Dolphins fan, I could be biased, but I don’t understand why we aren’t ranked higher. We blew a win against the Panthers and Ravens, beat teams like the Chargers and Bengals, and hung in with the Pats and Saints for at least a half before tanking. Our team could be so good if we used our talent properly and efficiently. Obviously, great teams finish games, but for us it’s always “next year” hence my username.

  85. To the guy who ranked the top 32 quarterbacks:
    Aaron Rodgers is definitely #1. He not only puts up points but keeps the defense fresh by sustaining drives.

    Packers points allowed per game with him: 22.5
    Points allowed without him: 29.4

    And the bulk of those points allowed with him playing were several weeks before he went down.

    Thumbs down all you want; I’m just stating the facts.

  86. mgfootball says: Dec 3, 2013 1:28 PM 1. Peyton Manning 2. Tom Brady 3. Aaron Rodgers 4. Drew Brees 5. Russell Wilson 6. Tony Romo 7. Ben Roethlisberger 8. Andrew Luck 9. Matthew Stafford 10. Cam Newton 11. Colin Kaepernick 12. Matt Ryan 13. Jay Cutler 14. Philip Rivers 15. Robert Griffin III 16. Eli Manning 17. Andy Dalton 18. Joe Flacco 19. Nick Foles 20. Alex Smith 21. Ryan Tannehill 22. Carson Palmer 23. EJ Manuel 24. Mike Glennon 25. Ryan Fitzpatrick 26. Geno Smith 27. Terrelle Pryor 28. Christian Ponder 29. Case Keenum 30. Kellen Clemens 31. Chad Henne 32. Jason Campbell
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    I wasn’t going to commeny on this at all till i saw this. Wow first of all. Rg3 to high Russell Wilson way to high not that he’s not good but not top 10. As much as i hate Rivers he is way better then you ranked him a straight up switch of him and wilson would correct both. Romo, lol this is a guy who you either love or hate. Personally i dont like him, reminds me of mcnabb has two bad games then a good one repeat. Id give him 10/11ish. Alex smith should move up a few spots and so should Flacco. Completely agree with 1-4 and the bottom of the list could all be replaced by 3rd rounder so who really cares.

    Russell Wilson is in no way a top 5 qb. Thats crazy talk. And i like the guy, he’s just not there, yet.

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