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Week 14 power rankings

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1. Seahawks (11-2; last week No. 1):  Not many teams can lose and still hold the No. 1 spot.  The Seahawks are one of those teams.

2. Broncos (11-2; No. 4):  Whoever said Peyton Manning can’t play in the cold can shove it where the sun don’t shine.  Which is another set of conditions where Peyton would likely struggle.

3. Patriots (10-3; No. 3):  No Gronk? No problem.  As long as the goal is to not make it to the Super Bowl.

4. Saints (10-3; No. 5):  Maybe they need to have a broken plane on a road trip more often.

5. Bengals (9-4; No. 6):  If the Texans don’t wait to interview Bengals coordinators Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden, the Texans aren’t interested in finding the best candidate for the job.

6. Panthers (9-4; No. 2):  The Panthers need to shake off their loss to the Saints as fast as the Saints shook off their loss to the Seahawks.

7. 49ers (9-4; No. 7):  Who’s got it better than us?  The Seahawks still do.  And a few others.

8.  Chiefs (10-3; No. 8):  With the No. 5 seed a virtual certainty, they can go ahead and book their hotels in Indy for the wild-card round.

9. Eagles (8-5; No. 10):  On Sunday, the Iggles played like they live in igloos.

10.  Cardinals (8-5; No. 11):  In his defense, Darnell Dockett thought Chris Williams‘ hand was a really big spider.

11. Ravens (7-6; No. 14):  A sixth straight playoff appearance that seemed inconceivable not that long ago suddenly sees inevitable.

12.  Bears (7-6; No. 18):  How in the hell did Alshon Jeffery last until round two last year?

13. Cowboys (7-6; No. 9):  The Cowboys remain right on track to lose their third straight Week 17 NFC East championship game.

14.  Colts (8-5; No. 12):  Cheer up, Andrew.  Peyton Manning was one-and-done in his second NFL season, too.

15. Packers (6-6-1; No. 15):  The one team Seattle doesn’t want to see in January is the team that suddenly has new life in December.

16. Dolphins (7-6; No. 19):  A signature win for Joe Philbin and company may not be enough for a playoff berth in 2013, but it could make Miami a more viable contender in 2014.

17. Chargers (6-7; No. 16):  The team with which Eli Manning didn’t want to start his career may have ended Tom Coughlin’s.

18.  Lions (7-6; No. 13):  If the Lions can’t seize a division that features an extended stretch with Josh McCown as the quarterback in Chicago and a revolving door of stink in Minnesota and Green Bay, the Lions never will.

19. Jets (6-7; No. 23):  The possibility that the Jets will qualify for the playoffs could be the best argument against expanding the field.

20. Rams (5-8; No. 17):  Thanks to the Robert Griffin III trade and a late-season St. Louis swoon, the Rams could end up with a pair of top-five picks.

21.  Jaguars (4-9; No. 25):  Bob McNair may want to check the scoreboard — twice — before proclaiming that the Texans are superior to the Jags.

22. Titans (5-8; No. 20):  Unless Mike Munchak is the guy who wanted Jake Locker, Mike Munchak shouldn’t get fired.

23.  Steelers (5-8; No. 21):  The Steelers could have had a “band is on the field” moment, if only Antonio Brown had stayed on the field.

24.  Giants (5-8; No. 22):  G.M. Jerry Reese said before the season that everyone is “on notice.”  In three weeks, we’ll start to find out what they were on notice for.

25. Buccaneers (4-9; No. 28):  Like their neighbors to the northeast, the Bucs have gone 4-1 over the past five games.

26.  Bills (4-9; No. 24):  Based on how they played in Tampa, maybe Toronto will want to cancel the annual series, too.

27.  Browns (4-9; No. 26):  Maybe the Colts will offer the Browns three first-round picks for Josh Gordon in the offseason.  And Trent Richardson.

28.  Vikings (3-9-1; No. 27):  Sunday’s snowfest in Baltimore was good preparation for the next two years of home games in the Minnesota elements.

29.  Raiders (4-9; No. 29):  Most Raiders fans would have preferred to watch Heidi on Sunday.

30.  Falcons (3-10; No. 30):  The Falcons need Jadeveon Clowney to drive even faster to Atlanta.

31. Redskins (3-10; No. 31):  Mike Shanahan nearly quit in January.  His team did against the Chiefs.

32. Texans (2-11; No. 32):  Given the current state of the roster, maybe the Texans overachieved in 2011 and 2012.  Or maybe they got rid of the wrong guys.  Or maybe both.

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  1. reed20fence says: Dec 10, 2013 8:03 AM

    The mighty shall fall. The Red Snow has been parted.

    Seriously tho, Josh McCown is playing at an alll pro level. There may be a QB contrevercy brewing with Daa Bears.

  2. ickky says: Dec 10, 2013 8:09 AM

    over ranking the Packers….AGAIN!!!!
    lets get Rogers on the field before your love fest begins

  3. jimmyt says: Dec 10, 2013 8:13 AM

    “If the Texans don’t wait to interview Bengals coordinators Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden, the Texans aren’t interested in finding the best candidate for the job.”

    How many times have we seen the “next hot coordinator” get a HC job and be a dud?

  4. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 10, 2013 8:17 AM

    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us. The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. You do not yet comprehend your place in things. We bathe in the glories of success as you fumble in the darkness of our shadows. This will always be.

    The Steeler Nation simply wants people to understand their place in things. Sometimes this rubs off in the wrong way and fans see us as arrogant or even stupid. This isn’t the case and we hope to clarify things.

    Our greatness was always there. From the Ice Age to the Renassaince etc. Certain humans have always had an untapped potential. The Steeler Effect some call it. This “effect” exists in certain humans. These humans are now know within the society of Steeler Nation. Once these extraordinary group of humans founded the Steelers, they found a medium in which to release this power.

    In the beginning, we struggled. There were agents from powerful groups around the world that wanted to hinder our motives to unleash our greatness. They were very successful in this and there was chaos within our organization. This sabatoge lasted for 40 years until we final won our civil war, and our enemies retreated to replan their attack.

    At this point we have reached our potential. Our race reached the our potential. We’ve become the pinnacle of evolution and existence. We’ve become the closest things to Gods. Steeler Nation was unstoppable. We would use all our abilities into the game of football. The game we created.

    Then our enemy returned. They have smuggled themselves into the highest places in the league. They will do anything to turn back the clock on our people and cast us back into the unknown. During the 80s and some of the 90s they had suffocated us. We countered and despite their attempts to oppress us, we won two more SBs in the 00s. They have now reached their highest strength in their existence, but so have we.

    We must now fulfil our destiny and win SB #7 and begin our own league where our people can bathe in the glory of unified greatness. Pure Steeler blood will run through the veins of everyone in our league. Oh, the glory!

    You mere mortals will never outlast us. We are infinite. You are bacteria. We will triumph over our enemies thousands of times over until they release their will. We will defy the odds they have put in place to keep us from repeating our success. We will laugh as the NFL falls to ashes when we leave, as we were the chimney to the fire.

    For those looking for more information on the SFL, we will pass along information as it is released. Most should already know the outline by now. We want to be benevolent rulers. We are open to feedback and want to find new ways to reach out to our lowly humans couterparts. Thank you for your patience. Steeler Bless.

    Our rings are precious. Your name is jealousy. Glory, glory Steelelujah.

    ♫ I’m proud to be a Steeler fan, where at least I know we’re great. And I won’t forget the rings we earned, while all you sit there and hate. And we proudly stand up above you and laugh right in your face. There ain’t no doubt that God is a part of the Steeler faith. ♫

  5. tommysaint1 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:18 AM

    Everyone knows the best time to play Peyton isn’t in the cold, it’s in the post season.

  6. paythevig says: Dec 10, 2013 8:22 AM

    really?

  7. waussau says: Dec 10, 2013 8:22 AM

    Redskins ranked far too good.

  8. bobleblah says: Dec 10, 2013 8:27 AM

    They should give an award to the best place kicker and call it the Dempsey Trophy.

  9. thegreatestofalltimes says: Dec 10, 2013 8:29 AM

    That Eagles-Lions Snow Bowl is definitely in my top 5 favorite games of all-time. As soon as the snow started letting up, Eagles go off and score 34 points in the last 19 minutes. 40-42 points if Celek hadn’t unselfishly slid.

    Also, this weekend had a bunch of games where TERRIBLE officiating completely changed the outcome of the game (see: CLE v NE or MIN v BAL). They really need to be downgraded and fined and also move replay to the HQ. Morelli, specifically. Just atrocious.

    The refs also gifted the Eagles at least a 2-point conversion and a big 1st down (which ended up leading to a TD just before they were gifted that extra 2-pt attempt). As an unbiased Eagles fan I can easily admit that, though I don’t think it changed the outcome of the entire game considering the Eagles scored 5 TDs.

  10. America's Team is Also God's Team says: Dec 10, 2013 8:29 AM

    19. Jets (6-7; No. 23): The possibility that the Jets will qualify for the playoffs could be the best argument against expanding the field.

    ……………………….
    HAHA! Best thing I’ve read in 2013. Thank you, Mike.

  11. mattsffrd says: Dec 10, 2013 8:38 AM

    49ers beat the #1 team and don’t budge in the rankings…wat

  12. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 10, 2013 8:50 AM

    Maybe it’s all a plot in DC to have a situation where Snyder throws his hands up, sells the team, new guy comes in & cleans house…. Starting by changing the name of the franchise…. This way the political-minded execs get what they need, Snyder doesn’t lose face and the fans don’t feel like he “caved in to the pressure”. Crazier conspiracies have happened in that town!

  13. Jikky Jax says: Dec 10, 2013 8:51 AM

    2. Broncos (11-2; No. 4): Whoever said Peyton Manning can’t play in the cold can shove it where the sun don’t shine. Which is another set of conditions where Peyton would likely struggle
    ————

    Oh no you didn’t…

  14. 49erstim says: Dec 10, 2013 8:53 AM

    I’d move the Chiefs up a little. PProbably to 6……even if that is over my 9ers. Seattle and Denver are 1a and 1b. That loss to SF shouldn’t have shocked so many people. Tough division game where most end up going to the home team. SF played good enough to win @ home, but left a lot of points on the field. If Richard Sherman couldshut his piehole and the trolls as well this team would be a much better story….yyou’d have to also look past the blatant cheating. ..you know what, on second thought, screw them. :-D

  15. bosfaninva says: Dec 10, 2013 8:55 AM

    Do NOT count the Pats out now or ever!!

  16. chicagogiantsfan says: Dec 10, 2013 8:58 AM

    reed20fence says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:03 AM
    The mighty shall fall. The Red Snow has been parted.

    Seriously tho, Josh McCown is playing at an alll pro level. There may be a QB contrevercy brewing with Daa Bears.
    —————————————————-
    Hate to be the spelling police, but if you can’t handle big words like “controversy”, then just don’t use them. And don’t try and blame spell-check or missing the keys either.

  17. grogansheroes says: Dec 10, 2013 8:58 AM

    Doesn’t matter how many top five picks the Rams have, if you still have Fischer coaching them

  18. jimmyt says: Dec 10, 2013 9:00 AM

    steelersaregodsteam, your Mom called. She wants you to stop playing with your computer and come eat your PBJ with the crust cut off, apple slices and Juicy Juice. Then you can go play with your friends on the internet again.

  19. mancave001 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    ickky says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:09 AM
    over ranking the Packers….AGAIN!!!!
    lets get Rogers on the field before your love fest begins
    ——————

    Dude, they are 14th. Tell me they’re not better than all the teams below them. You know Rodgers is coming back, too. It’s not “if” at this point.

    –An Eagles Fan

  20. mancave001 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:11 AM

    mattsffrd says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:38 AM
    49ers beat the #1 team and don’t budge in the rankings…wat

    ———

    Hold, on champ. I like them, but they BARELY won…at home. While I didn’t see it, I understand a questionable call may have played a role as well. That doesn’t take the W away, of course. But take your jersey off for a second and tell me…who should they be above? The Panthers, to whom they lost? The Saints? Ditto on the losing (even though they should have won, I admit).

    You might argue that they should be behind Carolina, but ahead of Cinncinati. That’s about it.

  21. rtmus53 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:14 AM

    We bathe in the glories of PAST success as you fumble in the darkness of our shadows. This will always be.
    There….fixed that fer ya….

  22. freedomofspeechnoway says: Dec 10, 2013 9:18 AM

    Look, the 49ers are way better than the Bengels. The Jets/playoff comment was spot on though.

    Also, I hate the Patriots, but writing things like this – “No Gronk? No problem. As long as the goal is to not make it to the Super Bowl.” is successfully ignorant and condescending at the same time.

  23. mubbcsoc says: Dec 10, 2013 9:18 AM

    Talk about a double standard, you can’t give Seattle the benefit of remaining at #1 for losing to a great team and not reward the great team for beating the proclaimed best team. You have a little something on your chin, might want to wipe that off…

  24. stealthjunk says: Dec 10, 2013 9:21 AM

    Last week, you explained to us how the Seahawks were unbeatable. So what happens this week? They get beat, and you again reiterate that they’re unbeatable. I’m having a tough time following the logic here. Is the Super Bowl in Seattle this year?

  25. sociosquatch says: Dec 10, 2013 9:21 AM

    packers marching to #14! in rank and number of titles! bookit!

  26. seven57jetpm says: Dec 10, 2013 9:22 AM

    ..yea if you’re ranked #1 and you lose , you should automatically get knocked back a few spots like everyone else .

  27. polegojim says: Dec 10, 2013 9:25 AM

    Another week… another plethora of NFL news…

    No ‘Lions Fire Schwartz’ headline… SIGH…

    Mike… can you help us out with at least a little ‘Schwartz Is On The Hot Seat’ post?

  28. operations666 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:29 AM

    As a die-hard Redskins fan, I must say I can’t believe we’re ranked above the Texans. Is Houston really that bad? It’s hard to imagine anything worse than the garbage the Shanahans gave us this year.

    Also I want to say to all the posters on here – logicalvoices-whatever is NOT a Redskins fan! He’s just a stupid idiot troll. (Probably a cowpies fan, actually.)

    Please do not direct hatred against the Redskins or us poor suffering fans because of morons like him!

  29. thommyberlin says: Dec 10, 2013 9:32 AM

    “the worst team in the AFC South” they said
    “the worst team in the history of the NFL” they said
    “0 and 16″ they said
    “a lock for the number 1 pick” they said
    “underdogs at home against the Bills this week…” they say…

    The Jaguars have a long way to go to become relevant, but this team doesn’t quit. As they get more talent they will become more competitive, but jeez… the turnaround this year has been very entertaining.

    Dear steelersaregodsteam,

    If the day ever comes when the Steelers achieve a winning record vs the Jaguars (Jags lead the series 12 – 10) I may muster up enough energy to say LOL. ;)

  30. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    that silence you hear is football fans suddenly realizing that YES, the baltimore ravens are going to be back in the playoffs with a chance to repeat for GLORY

    #toldyouso #HAHAHAHAHAHA #champions

  31. dukeearl says: Dec 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    mattsffrd,
    Seahawks played them even for all but the last 4 minutes of the game, what did you expect for a home win?
    49ers played their hearts out and I give them kudos for a great win.
    No reason to move them up in the rankings though.

  32. ozzielou says: Dec 10, 2013 9:46 AM

    Ah yes, the SFL, where coaches are allowed to become the 12th player to enter the field of play! No thanks, you can have it.

  33. weepingjebus says: Dec 10, 2013 9:49 AM

    “Cheer up, Andrew. Peyton Manning was one-and-done in his second NFL season, too.”

    …and like seven other seasons.

  34. whodeybacker says: Dec 10, 2013 9:50 AM

    What do Brady, Rodgers, Big Ben, Stafford, Rivers and Luck have in common? Bengals D shuttem down. Who Dey.

  35. gavriloprincip33 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:52 AM

    Dallas is rated way to high…

    Perhaps you missed last night’s implosion at Soldier Field!

  36. threedeep1998 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:53 AM

    “14. Packers (6-6-1; No. 15): The one team Seattle doesn’t want to see in January is the team that suddenly has new life in December.”

    I’m no Seahawks fan, but this is laughable. Even with State Farm at QB their defense is still laughable at best. Green Bay would get smothered even IF they make the playoffs.

  37. steelnucs says: Dec 10, 2013 9:53 AM

    @steelersaregodsteam –

    You crack me up, bro. “The rest of you are bacteria”. Ha! Love it.

    I might be a tad more realistic about our Steelers than you are, but I gotta admit you’re entertaining as hell.

  38. rainponcho87 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    What’s with your 49er comments?? It is like you didn’t know they just beat the Seahawks.

  39. eagles022 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:59 AM

    Seahawks lose but remain number 1? Hmmm

  40. buzzbeaubank says: Dec 10, 2013 9:59 AM

    Of course that SFL diarrhea ends with some Lee Greenwood. Question: does 8 losses get you in the playoffs in the SFL? If so, I don’t blame you for wanting out of the NFL.

  41. annes22 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    steelersaregodsteam do you have to take up the whole page here with a book???
    The Dolphins beat you Sunday, so I guess god wasn’t with you then.

  42. jbaxt says: Dec 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    Ridiculous. Seahawks can’t be number 1. They got beat, stupid to keep them there.

  43. gurkharavens says: Dec 10, 2013 10:13 AM

    The sixth AFC Wild card seed is intriguing indeed. Ravens play the Lions, Pats and the Bengals. As much as I want the Ravens to be in sixth straight postseason, I see it being far from inevitable.

  44. bullcharger says: Dec 10, 2013 10:15 AM

    While I agree that losing Gronk reduces the chance for the Patriots to make or win the Super Bowl, it doesn’t rule them out at all. The key is holding on to that second seed.

    They have to get better starts in the last 3 games or they will blow at least one of them which could cost them the seed.

  45. jahmic says: Dec 10, 2013 10:15 AM

    I like the Seahawks more than the 49ers, but surprised the 49ers didn’t move up. San Fran is not going to like that.

  46. bullcharger says: Dec 10, 2013 10:20 AM

    steelersaregodsteam: It’s football, not an Avengers movie.

  47. bullcharger says: Dec 10, 2013 10:22 AM

    jbaxt says:Dec 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    Ridiculous. Seahawks can’t be number 1. They got beat, stupid to keep them there.

    ————-

    It would have to be them or Denver, and Seattle have the better record.

  48. bullcharger says: Dec 10, 2013 10:28 AM

    If the Cowboys can win the next two (which should happen if Rodgers doesn’t start), I don’t think they will blow the game against Philly this year. Based on last night that might be dumb, but it’s a home game against a division rival. They should win it.

    Now in the playoffs it’s a different story. They would have trouble beating Carolina or SF.

  49. housethatwalshbuilt says: Dec 10, 2013 10:29 AM

    Sorry that the niners bucked the medias narrative, but you don’t have to be a jerk about it Florio.

  50. yourmomsnewfriend says: Dec 10, 2013 10:30 AM

    29. Raiders (4-9; No. 29): Most Raiders fans would have preferred to watch Heidi on Sunday.

    That’s largely any week.

  51. shayeezy says: Dec 10, 2013 10:31 AM

    these rankings are a showcase of you media/analyst types sticking to your chosen narratives regardless of what happens on sundays. the patriots get outplayed by the browns at home, barely escape with a miracle win handed to them by the refs, lose gronkowski for the season, and they don’t even budge in your rankings? give me a break.

  52. northernwisc says: Dec 10, 2013 10:43 AM

    I don’t get why Seattle would be afraid of Green Bay? That offensive line would be embarrassed by Seattle’s D. And who on the Packers defense is going to stop Lynch and Wilson?

  53. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    Bull charger: both teams are 11-2 and if you look the Broncos have the tougher strength of schedule, they’re tied with the 49ers for 10 hardest in the league…so much for the cupcake schedule myth.

  54. scmems07 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:47 AM

    the cowboys and packers in front of the dolphins is a bad call. dolphins have won 4 of 6 since bully gate and were 1 play away from beating the panthers.

    this team is better than people give them credit for and tannehill is severly underrated, for him to be 10th in the league in passing yards and tied for 11th in td’s with the terrible o line play this year is amazing. plus he just figured out that he can run too.

  55. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:53 AM

    If anyone watched the Seahawks game, it was a tough fought game between two of the top defenses. Game did come down to the last few plays and 49ers made 2 that 1 breakout run and QB sweep third and long. Good win for them.

    Seahawks still have maybe the best road record of any team. The Eagles or Chiefs have a better one? But 2 of 3 last games at home and only road game against the Giants. NFC West and NFC # 1 seed should be a lock.

  56. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 10, 2013 10:54 AM

    Lions make the playoffs, Packers and Bears stay home. Packers and Bears still ranked ahead of Lions on Pft power rankings.

    Sounds about right.

  57. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 10, 2013 10:55 AM

    bullcharger says:
    Dec 10, 2013 10:22 AM
    jbaxt says:Dec 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    Ridiculous. Seahawks can’t be number 1. They got beat, stupid to keep them there.

    ————-

    It would have to be them or Denver, and Seattle have the better record.
    ………………………
    Both teams are 11-2. Since when is one 11-2 better than another 11-2 from a numerical value standpoint?

  58. norseyapper says: Dec 10, 2013 11:01 AM

    Pete Rozell would be so proud. The father of NFL parity would be beaming at a small handful of decent teams, a huge percentage of mediocre teams whose honest ratings are completely interchangeable, and then that handful of poverty stricken teams that even in this era of beige football they can’t manage more than 4 wins.

  59. jimmysee says: Dec 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:17 AM

    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us. The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. You do not yet comprehend your place in things. We bathe in the glories of success as you fumble in the darkness of our shadows. This will always be.

    Blah blah blah ……….

    ————————————————————

    Time to take off that aluminum foil hat.

  60. RE LEE says: Dec 10, 2013 11:11 AM

    I love how teams’ standing shifts. The underdogs are clawing themselves out of the holes and they’re in pulling upsets. The bengals are called bungles and look at them now. Even the sleeping Giants is waking up. The pats just keep on striking out to keep themselves from falling in the hole. The ravens, the bears, jaguars…. Sure I love the pats the most but it does not keep me from enjoying other team’s spirit and grit. The niners just knocked the Seahawks and I like that because I must confess the Seahawks just irks me. They are good and have the best chance to win the sb but they thrash their opponent then comes out whining the few times they lose esp Sheman. Looking forward to Sunday. Good luck everyone …. Best luck pats!

  61. flash1283 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:17 AM

    shayeezy says: Dec 10, 2013 10:31 AM

    these rankings are a showcase of you media/analyst types sticking to your chosen narratives regardless of what happens on sundays. the patriots get outplayed by the browns at home, barely escape with a miracle win handed to them by the refs, lose gronkowski for the season, and they don’t even budge in your rankings? give me a break.

    And Seattle is ranked #1 yet they escaped the Texans at home on a last second FG and took OT to beat the Bucs at home. Both teams a combined 5 wins.

    Get over your jelousey, the Patriots beat Denver 3 weeks ago yet Denver is still above them.

    My question is WHO CARES?

    Why do people get so worked up over 1 guys opinion?

  62. conormacleod says: Dec 10, 2013 11:19 AM

    I’m just so disappointed that the Redskins, Falcons, and Texans are tanking games on purpose (that HAS to be it, right? They can’t possibly be that bad, can they?!).

  63. seansds3d says: Dec 10, 2013 11:20 AM

    Broncos are #1. Not only is Peyton going to win in the cold but he’s going to do it in the post-season as well and beat the seahawks in the superbowl.

  64. dolfan13 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:20 AM

    I must reiterate gurkharavens sentiment.

    “11. Ravens (7-6; No. 14): A sixth straight playoff appearance that seemed inconceivable not that long ago suddenly sees inevitable.” ~ They still have to face three division leaders in the final three weeks (two of which are away games). Winning percentages of the remaining schedule: 0.538, 0.769, & 0.692 (not a single losing record)!

    “16. Dolphins (7-6; No. 19): A signature win for Joe Philbin and company may not be enough for a playoff berth in 2013, but it could make Miami a more viable contender in 2014.” ~ next up N.E. at home (whom they lead by by 2 touchdowns at halftime in Foxboro before folding in the 3rd.), Then finish out with the Bills (0.308) & Jets (0.462) !

    “Inevitable” ~ Hardly!

    “may not be enough for a playoff berth in 2013″ ~ (cue up Lee Corso) Not so Fast!

    p.s. steelersaregodsteam, Really? Seriously? Get perspective and get a life.

  65. weepingjebus says: Dec 10, 2013 11:34 AM

    “Pete Rozell would be so proud. The father of NFL parity would be beaming at a small handful of decent teams, a huge percentage of mediocre teams whose honest ratings are completely interchangeable, and then that handful of poverty stricken teams that even in this era of beige football they can’t manage more than 4 wins.”

    Yep. Punished for success, rewarded for failure. The NFL reflects American society in more ways than one.

  66. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 10, 2013 11:40 AM

    atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Dec 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    Bull charger: both teams are 11-2 and if you look the Broncos have the tougher strength of schedule, they’re tied with the 49ers for 10 hardest in the league…so much for the cupcake schedule myth.
    ***********
    Prior to the season Denver had the easiest schedule in the league.

    Just goes to show you have to play the season out to determine how tough each teams schedule actually is.

    Who knew the Texans, a trendy S.B. pick, would be 2-11. Or that K.C. would be 10-3.

  67. bengalsucker says: Dec 10, 2013 11:45 AM

    Texans can have Jay Gruden! He called a good game Sunday. But that has been rare. His offense has been mediocre at best this year. With the weapons he has, they should be putting up 30+ pts every week. He can’t game plan for a QB like Dalton. He keeps pushing him to throw deep passes. We all know Dalton is VERY innacurate with the deep ball. You take Gruden, we’ll take Kubiak as O-Coordinator. Even trade. Deal. As far as Zimmer, there’s something about him that isn’t sitting right with the teams who’ve interviewed him already for HC. I don’t know what it is but there has to be something about him that teams don’t like. My thought is he’s Dick Lebeau v2.0. Great D-Coord but wouldn’t make a great HC. But who knows? Would only know if you gave him a shot at HC. I’d love for the Bengals to make Lewis the GM and Zimmer the HC.

  68. brazzz01 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:48 AM

    Why are the patriots #3? They should be in last every week. They’ve proven again and again and again that they can’t win a thing without Spygate.

    How much more proof do you need that Brady is a weak armed system QB who doesn’t belong in the NFL? That 2 yard curl route slop just isn’t cutting it. He really is nothing without Spygate. He’s already proven it by the fact he’s won nothing since.

    And neither has his coach and neither has his team.

  69. hollyvvoodhunter says: Dec 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    Oh yeah….Love how all the Hawks fans wanna scream questionable calls…Yeah ON THE HAWKS!…and Mike stop riding the Hawks nut sack. They lost and Denver won give the Bronco the spot they deserve and Niners beat Hawks and stay 7? so if they had lost they stay 7 too?? bulllllll

  70. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    Eleven days after the Lions dismantled the Packers 40-10, you have the Packers ranked two spots ahead of the Lions? You must have been really impressed by that one-point home victory over your 30th-ranked team.

  71. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Dec 10, 2013 11:53 AM

    Look, the 49ers are way better than the Bengels.
    ______________

    How do you figure? Same records, Bengals have beaten the Pats, Colts, Packers (with Rodgers) and Lions. The Bengals defense is every bit as good as the 49ers and to be honest, I think their QB is better. Dalton gets hated on, but he’s on pace for 4000+ yards and 30 TDs. Meanwhile, the overhyped Kaep has the 49ers dead last in passing.

  72. broncfanwa says: Dec 10, 2013 12:00 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:17 AM
    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us.

    Well, fine. there are 9 teams below you. Unfortunately, there are 22 teams above you, so you should sort of shut up about now.

    Anyway, the ratings today aren’t nearly as important as the ratings in February. I’m hoping that 1 and 2 will be reversed then, but there are a lot of games between now and then. If the games had guaranteed outcomes, why bother playing?

  73. blackfootkiller says: Dec 10, 2013 12:04 PM

    Reading the comments from the 9er’s fans makes it pretty clear that last Sundays game against the Hawks really was their Super Bowl!

    Good Luck with that!

  74. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 10, 2013 12:05 PM

    Oh my God the Texans though am I right?

  75. weepingjebus says: Dec 10, 2013 12:05 PM

    The fact that a remark about league parity gets deleted while an eleven (11) paragraph screed about some imaginary version of the Pittsburgh Steelers will sit here all day is a little troubling. But I suppose time steelersaregodsteam spends here is time he doesn’t spend harrassing preteens on a My Little Pony fansite.

    p.s. What is “God Steam” anyway?

  76. jgedgar70 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    Mildly disappointed in the Panthers dropping to 6th. I understand a drop after laying an egg on SNF, but we are still 1-0 vs the Patriots. And if we drill the Jets this week, will the Panthers be dropped again next week because they whip an inferior opponent?

  77. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 10, 2013 12:09 PM

    whodeybacker says:
    Dec 10, 2013 9:50 AM
    What do Brady, Rodgers, Big Ben, Stafford, Rivers and Luck have in common? Bengals D shuttem down. Who Dey.
    =============================
    And Andy Dalton will shut down that Bengals offense when the playoffs begin…can’t wait.

  78. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:23 PM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:How do you figure? Same records, Bengals have beaten the Pats, Colts, Packers (with Rodgers) and Lions. The Bengals defense is every bit as good as the 49ers and to be honest, I think their QB is better. Dalton gets hated on, but he’s on pace for 4000+ yards and 30 TDs. Meanwhile, the overhyped Kaep has the 49ers dead last in passing.

    49ers can have the worst passing attack in the history of the nfl, bengals still wouldn’t put up enough points to win against that 49ers defence. and bengals wouldn’t be able to stop there running attack. bengals are 1 and done in the playoffs.

  79. dualprime says: Dec 10, 2013 12:30 PM

    flash1283 says:
    And Seattle is ranked #1 yet they escaped the Texans at home on a last second FG and took OT to beat the Bucs at home. Both teams a combined 5 wins.

    Get over your jealousy, the Patriots beat Denver 3 weeks ago yet Denver is still above them.
    ==============================
    Patriots “escaped” the Texans by 3 points, “beat” the Browns by 1. What’s your point?

  80. flash1283 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    dualprime says: Dec 10, 2013 12:30 PM

    flash1283 says:
    And Seattle is ranked #1 yet they escaped the Texans at home on a last second FG and took OT to beat the Bucs at home. Both teams a combined 5 wins.

    Get over your jealousy, the Patriots beat Denver 3 weeks ago yet Denver is still above them.
    ==============================
    Patriots “escaped” the Texans by 3 points, “beat” the Browns by 1. What’s your point?

    My point is it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if a team wins in OT or a last second FG by 1.

    It’s all the same, if it’s by 35 or by 1. It’s not college football.

  81. eljay81 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:54 PM

    Denver should have surpassed Seachickens. Seems like just from the result of the Saints game, folks have crowned Seahawks already. Did I miss something, is the Superbowl in Seattle this year? Seahawks have had multiple come from behind games this year were they have just squeaked by ( one was worst ranked Texans…other was struggling Tamba Bay…and that was up in their own house). Seattle is a very good team, but not a dominant force (otherwise, Wilson would be utilizing his parka a lot more in 4th qtrs). I see Denver is better at this point.

  82. flickaboogie says: Dec 10, 2013 12:56 PM

    It would be awesome to see the 18th ranked team win the Superbowl this season. I know it won’t happen but this is the year it could.

  83. freevinnycurry says: Dec 10, 2013 12:57 PM

    Oh Dallas. Prepare for week 17 – Chip Kelly and Nick Foles want to show you what they’ve been doing since your last meeting.

  84. cincyalldaway says: Dec 10, 2013 12:58 PM

    @ redandgoldhitman52
    Dude…You’ve been drinking way to much San Fran kool-aid, purple drank, or something. Nobody, and just in case you have bad eyes or don’t read to well, NOBODY is afraid of your pathetic 49ers and Colon Slapshisdick. Good luck…you’ll need it.

  85. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 10, 2013 1:03 PM

    In the time it took @steelersaregodsteam to compose today’s message, he must’ve missed the two consecutive non-winning seasons. That’s correct, Pitt has secured their second straight .500 or worse season.

    I guess in the SFL or whatever planet you’re referring to, average at best should be celebrated. You must be one of those kids that still loves to polish his old “participation trophies”. If you show up and are almost competitive, you shall be handsomely rewarded.

    Sounds like modern day America and the SFL have a lot in common. Sounds pathetic to me.

  86. sactogary says: Dec 10, 2013 1:13 PM

    Why the disrespect for McCown (see #18)? His stats are about even with Aaron Rodgers’. A little less yardage, but better TD-INT ratio.

  87. dualprime says: Dec 10, 2013 1:15 PM

    21. Jaguars (4-9; No. 25): Bob McNair may want to check the scoreboard — twice — before proclaiming that the Texans are superior to the Jags.
    ============================
    McNair didn’t say they were superior to the Jags. Here’s what he really said: “We’ve got a lot better talent than Jacksonville and to have them beat us twice, that’s to their credit. They played harder. They played smarter.”

    Interpretation: Jags are a better team with better coaching. That would describe the Pats and many other teams too.

  88. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:20 PM

    brazzz01 says:

    Why are the patriots #3? They should be in last every week. They’ve proven again and again and again that they can’t win a thing without Spygate.
    ________________________

    The Pats have been 0-16 every single year since spygate ? Really ?

    What, is it mandatory that they vacuum out your brains when you become a Pats hater or something ?

  89. bengalsucker says: Dec 10, 2013 1:27 PM

    9rs fans sure are blowing their own horns. Great defense. Not so great offense. If Cincy gets a chance to play them, be sure we stop the run and force Kaep to throw. Then the game is over bc as we’ve seen, Kaep is WAY overrated as far as passing is concerned. Your D may be good but ours is better and, like others have said, if Gruden game plans right, Dalton picks your defense apart while Gio Bernard and The Law Firm soften you up through the middle. I think the 9rs would have more of a fight on their hands in that game than you think fellas.

  90. mf1849 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:32 PM

    I love my Hawks and I understand the NFL “rankings” are arbitrary, but if you lose you should drop and if you win you should rise. In any case, like the man said: In the end, “There can only be one!”

  91. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 10, 2013 1:44 PM

    eljay81 says:
    Dec 10, 2013 12:54 PM

    Denver should have surpassed Seachickens. Seems like just from the result of the Saints game, folks have crowned Seahawks already. Did I miss something, is the Superbowl in Seattle this year? Seahawks have had multiple come from behind games this year were they have just squeaked by ( one was worst ranked Texans…other was struggling Tamba Bay…and that was up in their own house). Seattle is a very good team, but not a dominant force (otherwise, Wilson would be utilizing his parka a lot more in 4th qtrs). I see Denver is better at this point.
    *************
    Speaking of 4th qtr.’s. I believe Peyton Manning has taken every snap this year. From close games against Dallas, or blowouts against Tennessee. Why wasn’t he wearing a parka in the 4th?
    By your comments, they must not be a dominate force.

    The Saints beat Tampa by 2 earlier this year. The Pats struggled to a 3 point win against the Texans.

    Throughout the year good teams will struggle from time to time. It’s nothing new. Good teams find ways to win games those types of games, bad or average teams typically don’t.

  92. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 10, 2013 2:00 PM

    49ers played hard and won a tough match.

    But the Seahawks are still the best team in the league this year.

  93. 4d9erdynasty says: Dec 10, 2013 2:24 PM

    @mancave001- trust me bud there was no questionable call against the seahawks that caused the outcome of the game. what happened in this game even though seattle has a great D, they usually get away with alot of grabbing in the secondary. Most of them were actually called this time and they were the right calls. I seen a penalty on a special teams play against seahawks that was called incorrectly and the refs missed a seahawk grabbing the facemask of aldon smith on a 3rd down play in the 4th Q that would of put hawks 15 yards back. The next play hawks kicker barely made it through the uprights for the lead. Lets not forget the blatent PI that wasnt called of maxwell against crabtree that would of set up niners inside the 10 yard line. Every game has missed calls, but this game the refs did a good job in letting the players decide the outcome. The funny thing is the rams were 1 yard away from beating the #1 ranked team in an ugly game they stayed ranked at # 1. Niners beat the #1 ranked team they stay still. Dont forget seahawks were very fortunate to beat bad teams like rams, texans and the the bucs. They are not as untouchable as everyone thinks.

  94. woowoo37 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:58 PM

    You have to look no further than Rankings #1 and #2 to discredit the legitimacy of these rankings. I have had this feeling growing all season long, but after reading the this week I am totally disgusted – no by the rankings per say, but rather the author. I here move that PFT seriously look at getting someone to take over this weekly feature and restore it to relevance. Obviously the author is a biased Seahawks Fan, and very little respect for the Broncos. Reread the past few weeks’ comments for each of the teams. Fact is that the Seahawks are Great (scary great) at home… but merely a Good Team when on the road. Although the Broncos definitely have weaknesses, there are equally as good wherever they play. And you can’t look back at the Broncos-Patriots Game a few weeks back to all of a sudden claim that the Patriots are as good as ever… that game was about fumbles and muffed punts and less about Brady vs. Manning and the Patriots were very fortunate to get the win rather than the loss or tie in that game. And don’t even get me started on the last minute invisible “pass interference” this past weekend that essentially allowed the Pats to escape yet again with a win. The NFL is the greatest, but like everything it is not perfect. The one thing wrong with the NFL is the Patriots! The “Brady – Billichick – Patriots have to be in the Post Season $$$” is hurting what otherwise is the greatest professional entity ever! And by the way, Seahawks should have definitely lost the top spot.

  95. donchacho says: Dec 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    The actual standings are lining up perfectly for what the nfl wants, den vs. Indy and Baltimore vs. pats in the second round. Somehow the league will orchestrate a way to screw the bengals in round one to get the match ups they want. I’m not a bengals fan, the leagues just all about money this season has been brutal in its bias

  96. donchacho says: Dec 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    Should preface by saying den loses to sd somehow so pats are number 1 seed

  97. woowoo37 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    I like to think the NFL is above all that… the Salary Cap and the parity is what really sets it apart from MLB and the NBA and makes football such a universal sport, and has been wildly successful! I am a Broncos fan, and like I said I don’t necessarily have a problem with the rankings, but my feelings of disdain are directed more towards the author of this weekly feature. Every week when I think the explanation of why teams are ranked where they are can’t possibly get any worse, all I have to do is tune in the following Tuesday. This weekly feature has really lost it’s relevance and notarity as a dependable and respectable view on today’s current status of all 32 teams in the NFL. I’ll just stick with the Power Rankings on NFL.com.

  98. brazzz01 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:57 PM

    The one thing wrong with the NFL is the Patriots
    ——-

    The Patriots franchise should be contracted. I am outraged that they got away with Spygate. It’s outrageous that people think a weakling like Brady is a good QB.

    Should have kept Bledsoe. At least Bledsoe didn’t need to cheat to be good.

  99. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 10, 2013 4:00 PM

    eagles022 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:59 AM

    “Seahawks lose but remain number 1? Hmmm”

    Yeah, they lost. By 2. On the road against a divisional rival that needed that game a lot more that the Seahawks did. But they’re still tied for the best record in the league. At that point, it’s just an opinion on who the creator of this list thinks is better. Seattle barely lost to a really good team on the road. Denver beat a pretty bad team at home. It’s not completely unreasonable to keep Seattle at the top. Who cares though?

    And 9er fans. You won by 2 at home in a game you desperately needed. Congrats on the win. You have a good team, but settle down. You’re team isn’t world beaters by any stretch. Win IN Seattle, then you’ll have something to brag about.

  100. woowoo37 says: Dec 10, 2013 4:06 PM

    Last time I checked, the SuperBowl isn’t IN Seattle this year.

  101. pshrg says: Dec 10, 2013 4:17 PM

    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us. The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution…

    I had this urge to copy and re-paste that entire content and replace every occurrence of the word “Steelers” with “Oilers.” I don’t know why. I thought it would be funny, but more sensible heads prevailed.

  102. 49erfan44 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:41 PM

    I seriously doubt the Seahawks fear the Packers.

  103. pipkinite says: Dec 10, 2013 5:59 PM

    I fear eddie lacy

  104. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 10, 2013 6:41 PM

    woowoo37 says:
    Dec 10, 2013 4:06 PM

    Last time I checked, the SuperBowl isn’t IN Seattle this year.
    **********
    Why mention just Seattle? The Super Bowl is not in the cities listed below as well. I know…it’s the ‘road’ issue, right?

    Seattle will finish either 6-2 or 5-3 on the road. On par with, or better than, the other teams listed below that are currently undefeated at home.

    Seattle (5-2 on the road)
    New Orleans (3-3 on the road)
    New England (3-3 on the road)
    Cincinnati (3-4 on the road)
    Denver (4-2 on the road)

    Seattle’s road loses have been by a combined 8 points. I know, they still lost but, they’re in the games from start to finish. I’ll take that over losing by 10+ points anytime. I’m sure other fans would as well.

    So what’s your point?

  105. itsfootballfolks says: Dec 10, 2013 7:27 PM

    “steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:17 AM

    Our, we, our, we………blah, blah, blah”

    So, I assume you are being treated for multiple personality disorder and delusions of grandeur?

  106. dukeearl says: Dec 10, 2013 9:31 PM

    Love the hate stirred up by meaningless power rankings.

  107. WACANHFL says: Dec 10, 2013 9:42 PM

    woowoo37 says:
    Dec 10, 2013 2:58 PM
    You have to look no further than Rankings #1 and #2 to discredit the legitimacy of these rankings. I have had this feeling growing all season long, but after reading the this week I am totally disgusted – no by the rankings per say, but rather the author. I here move that PFT seriously look at getting someone to take over this weekly feature and restore it to relevance. Obviously the author is a biased Seahawks Fan, and very little respect for the Broncos. Reread the…
    ______________________________
    NO Way dude, this is what makes these power rankings great. No computers, secret panels, etc.
    Just one dude laying it all out there for the rest of us to rip him to shreds or call him a power ranking God…

    GO HAWKS!

  108. postman231 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:51 AM

    No problem with Seattle remaining #1. A legitimate argument can be made for them and Denver. But everyone knows Florio gets goosebumps when he types the word ‘Seahawks’. New England without Gronk? Yes problem. They’re not going anywhere. Rankings should reflect how good a team will be moving forward. As for the Niners. Ridiculous when you beat #1 and only garner smartass comments. (Guess Mike’s mad about the Kaepernick commercial). This is the lowest I see them ranked in any Powerrankings.

    Bottom line. It don’t matter.

  109. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Dec 11, 2013 1:24 AM

    The Dolphins should absolutely be in the top 12 somewhere.

  110. rvillebluehen says: Dec 11, 2013 3:57 AM

    The NFL uses replay to get calls right on every touchdown, they should also use it on every pass interference call. This penalty is a game changer and getting it wrong is like getting a TD call wrong. The end of the Browns – Patriots game the interference call was horrible. The game was over as soon as it happened. It would take no time at all to review the call. I know that every pass play cannot be reviewed and that there are calls that are missed during the game, but any PI in the endzone should be called. Anytime a penalty can result in a 40 yard gain and the ball placed on the 1 yard line needs to be reviewed.

  111. salutethis says: Dec 11, 2013 8:34 AM

    Denver loses in It at New England, and goes from 1 to 4…Seattle loses and does not drop? Cmon man…

  112. basedrum777 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:36 AM

    The Bengals & Colts might be a bit worried about seeing the Phins in the first round…since you know, they beat them this year (Colts on road).

  113. igotgamenj says: Dec 11, 2013 11:55 AM

    Miami will be in the Playoffs..next 3 games no cold weather….BOOK IT

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