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Week 15 power rankings

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1.  Seahawks (12-2; last week No. 1):  Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium would have been a good dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl, if an NFL team had actually shown up to face the Seahawks.

2. Broncos (11-3; No. 2):  The Broncos may be the best team in NFL history that no one believes will win in the playoffs.

3. Panthers (10-4; No. 6):  It’s a two-week season, with the No. 2 seed on the line.

4. Patriots (10-4; No. 3):  When it comes to throwing an interception with the game on the line, Tony Romo was in good company on Sunday.

5. Saints (10-4; No. 4):  From likely No. 2 seed to possible No. 6 seed, all in one miserable Missouri afternoon.

6. 49ers (10-4; No. 7):  When the playoffs come, the 49ers will be Vernon Davis and the Seahawks will be the wall.

7.  Chiefs (11-3; No. 8):  As the offense keeps getting better, the defense keeps getting worse.

8. Ravens (8-6; No. 11):  Great teams find a way to win in December.

9. Eagles (8-6; No. 9):  The Eagles would have been better off if the roof at the Metrodome had busted.  Again.

10.  Cardinals (9-5; No. 10):  Five years after nine wins got them to the Super Bowl, 10 wins won’t get them to the playoffs.

11. Bengals (9-5; No. 5):  In three hours on Sunday night, they went from possible playoff bye to possibly saying bye to the playoffs.

12.  Bears (8-6; No. 12):  The quarterback situation has helped distract attention from the horrible defense.

13.  Colts (9-5; No. 14):  Does beating the Texans still count as an actual win?

14. Packers (7-6-1; No. 15):  So who’ll overpay Matt Flynn in March and bench him in August?

15. Dolphins (8-6; No. 16):  Another week, another signature win for the quarterback Mike Shanahan supposedly wanted to take in 2012.

16. Chargers (7-7; No. 17):  Ryan Mathews finally is becoming the guy no one ever thought he’d stay healthy long enough to be.

17. Cowboys (7-7; No. 13):  Peyton Manning says whoever wrote the “Tony Romo is a great fourth-quarter quarterback” narrative can shove it where the sun don’t shine.

18. Rams (6-8; No. 20):  The Rams have become incredibly consistent at being inconsistent.

19.  Steelers (6-8; No. 23):  Other teams may not take the Steelers seriously.  The Bengals now do.

20.  Lions (7-7; No. 18):  Talented-but-underachieving teams find a way to lose in December.

21. Jets (6-8; No. 19):  Unlike the Panthers, the Jets don’t have a weak link.  They have several.

22.  Bills (5-9; No. 26):  Don’t worry, Bills fans.  In just two weeks, you can start crafting unrealistic expectations all over again.

23.  Jaguars (4-10; No. 21):  Loss to the Bills notwithstanding, the Jags have a bright future.  Especially in a dim division.

24. Titans (5-9; No. 22):  CEO Tommy Smith says the team isn’t in the losing business.  Perhaps it’s technically known as the not winning business.

25.  Giants (5-9; No. 24):  The New York Super Bowl curse?  Host the game, get both of the local coaches fired

26.  Vikings (4-9-1; No. 28):  Josh Freeman gets $166,000 per week to do nothing.  The rest of us get much less for the same effort.

27. Buccaneers (4-10; No. 25):  The game against the 49ers was much closer than the score would suggest.  And I’m not saying that because I picked the Bucs to win.  OK, I am.

28.  Browns (4-10; No. 27):  Did anyone really expect the Factory of Sadness to shut down during the holiday season?

29.  Falcons (4-10; No. 30):  When the Redskins failed to convert that two-point conversion, the Falcons lost their shot at Jadeveon Clowney.

30.  Raiders (4-10; No. 29):  Welcome to Oakland, Johnny Manziel.

31. Redskins (3-11; No. 31):  The Rams greatly appreciate Mike Shanahan’s decision to go for two.  Maybe enough to hire Kyle as offensive coordinator.

32. Texans (2-12; No. 32):  Show up on Sunday, Texans fans, to see the Sportsman of the Year quarterback who wanted to play in Houston.

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116 Responses to “Week 15 power rankings”
  1. jimmyt says: Dec 17, 2013 7:43 AM

    Yawn.

  2. firefighter372 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:48 AM

    one team one heart beat with a hope to be NY bound

    GOHAWKS

  3. jgedgar70 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:49 AM

    #5 at #3. The Revenge.

    I think the comment on Buffalo is more accurate if applied to Dallas. Don’t we hear every summer that there is no use playing the season, that Dallas should just be given the trophy now? And of course it isn’t just Cowboys fans that have unrealistic expectations, it’s most media outlets as well.

  4. southpaw2k says: Dec 17, 2013 8:03 AM

    Coaching was without question the X factor last night. John Harbaugh is just a far better coach than Jim Schwartz; even though the Lions had a significant edge in talent on the field, their discipline and coaching was their undoing.

    The Ravens’ final two games of the season look a whole lot more winnable now than they did a few weeks ago, with the Patriots losing Gronk and the Bengals’ holes on defense. I’d love to see the non-Ravens fans throw a fit on here if they did win the AFC North.

  5. bennyb82 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:03 AM

    Kansas City has lost a few games but you could argue that they look better now than when they were ranked first in the power rankings.

  6. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:06 AM

    The Steelers being out of the top ten right now completely diminishes the legitimacy of this article.

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

    The Steelers can beat any team the the NFL right now. I promise you no one wants to play us. We are too physical, too fast, too smart, too disciplined. If the league had any decency they would bypass some rules to sneak us into the playoffs. When the Steelers are in the playoffs, the TV ratings triple.

  8. ctiggs says: Dec 17, 2013 8:10 AM

    WHOOO”S GOT IT BETTER THAN US???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOBODYYYYYYYY!!!

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

    We have rings of pure beauty.

    ♫ 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. ♫

  10. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:11 AM

    Our rings are precious. Your name is jealousy.

  11. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:12 AM

    The collective voice of Steeler Nation is proud to represent the face of football. Therefore, we are preparing to leave the NFL and start our own league, a real league where tackling is once again permitted.

    It is time to leave our glorious ways in the NFL to the past and keep the true football spirit alive elsewhere.

    We appreciate all of your letters and emails voicing your support and admiration.

  12. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Dec 17, 2013 8:18 AM

    Patriots are too high – they’re soft and would get destroyed by all the NFC teams around them. Broncos are the AFC’s only chance at a super bowl victory (assuming it’s over 30*)

  13. commonsensedude says: Dec 17, 2013 8:22 AM

    #31 – If Mike Shanahan loses the next two games, Jeff Fischer gives Kyle a corner office. Look out for Shanny’s forthcoming 75-yard field goal attempt to win a game.

  14. bigernmccracken says: Dec 17, 2013 8:26 AM

    Steelers dude, you have entirely too much free time on your hands

  15. bullcharger says: Dec 17, 2013 8:27 AM

    History is written by the winner in this sport. Close games don’t matter. Only who wins. I’ve seen it both ways for the Patriots this year. Win a miracle game and they are in line to topple Denver for the #1 seed and lose to Miami after 4 tries in the end zone and they can’t get the job done. It’s amazing how tight everything is this year.

  16. jakafett says: Dec 17, 2013 8:31 AM

    The Seahawks are the wall huh? I guess we should tell everyone else to skip the playoffs so Seattle can have their parade early.

  17. packerbackernj says: Dec 17, 2013 8:34 AM

    64% complrtion rate, 7td, 3 int. maybe it was the inept franchises of Buffalo and Oakland and not Matt Flynn. Last i chrcked the raiders and bills aren’t lighting the league on fire since they cut him. Not saying he’s the second coming of Montana, but he’s a servicable starter.

  18. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:36 AM

    Six rings merely represent the Steelers importance to sports. Without us, the NFL would lose a third of its fans. Most people will start watching the SFL (real tackle football) by 2017. Glory, glory.

  19. thedoubleentandres says: Dec 17, 2013 8:38 AM

    Here’s yer madcap prediction of the year….Broncos win the Superbowl, Peyton rides into the sunset, Broncos re-sign Jay Cutler

  20. ma5terbla5t3r says: Dec 17, 2013 8:39 AM

    Packers 35-Steelers 25. Didn’t do so well the last time out. 8-8 is the best you can do this season. Wow. We’re all impressed.

  21. ma5terbla5t3r says: Dec 17, 2013 8:39 AM

    Packers 31, makes no difference as your clowns lost.

  22. gridironmike says: Dec 17, 2013 8:42 AM

    “The collective voice of Steeler Nation” stayed home in droves on Sunday night. 20,000 no shows? Are you kidding me? Maybe instead of starting your own league you can join the arena league and pack the house while you continue your “glorious ways”.

    #losangelessteelers

  23. marc127 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:44 AM

    How do the Eagles go UP a spot when they got blown out by the AP and Gerhart-less Vikings?

  24. ma5terbla5t3r says: Dec 17, 2013 8:46 AM

    And by the way…I’m not even a Packer fan.

    I speak for everyone when I observe that you’re actually saying “if the league still allowed dirty hits, the Steelers would be great!” Stop signing dirtbags and your clowns will be great again…right?

  25. strongmackn says: Dec 17, 2013 8:48 AM

    12-2. Id put my hawks against your steelers any day. I guarantee you wont get over with your cheap shots.

  26. tramonisland says: Dec 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    How do you put the Giants above the Vikings and Bucs? Eli threw 5 pics and they played with no heart while not scoring a point at home. Do u watch any football?

  27. mancave001 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:55 AM

    Speaking as an Eagles fan, I think they are ranked too high. Their issues are fixable, but several things concern me:

    1) Bad game plan all around by Chip Kelly (who I really like). The kicking game decisions were horrendous, yet he stuck with them the whole game despite poor results. He ran Shady 8 times. 8 times for the #1 back in the league? What? He called too many out routes and deep routes…not enough crossing, TE over the middle, etc.

    2) Way too much reliance on being “explosive” and not enough on methodical drives, even if they are quick. Love the quick tempo, but we need more 7 and 8 yard chunks that wear a team down.

    3) The defense that looked so good for the last several weeks looked as bad as they have all year. 48 points to Matt Cassell and the Vikings? Inexcusable. Missed tackles, lack of pressure, and getting positively picked apart in the passing game.

  28. bigredcards says: Dec 17, 2013 9:00 AM

    The cardinals were ranked #10 last week they win and stay in the same place the eagles lose and are still in front of the cardinals oh well i never expected the cardinals to win more than 6 games this year. hopefully the cardinals can win out and the panthers lose one, that would be the greatest thing ever

  29. tictoccpthook says: Dec 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    Good job Ravens, and good luck in the playoffs.

    Steelers fan who appreciates Tucker, Jones, and Flacco’s performance Monday night. Hopefully Flacco’s knee is OK.

  30. roadbiscuit says: Dec 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    Steelers: Stairway to Todd Haley and a cap crunch horrorshow.

  31. ufanforreal says: Dec 17, 2013 9:03 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:10 AM

    If the league had any decency they would bypass some rules to sneak us into the playoffs.
    Yep that’s the Steelers for you, if they can’t cheat they aren’t in the game.
    Everyone talks about how the Pats are cheaters, hell the Steelers invented the way to cheat in the NFL and I can’t stand neither team.

  32. wrdtoyrmama says: Dec 17, 2013 9:04 AM

    “The Steelers can beat any team the NFL right now. We (Steelers) are too physical, too fast, too smart, too disciplined.”

    And yet still 3rd in the AFC North and out of the playoffs…..

  33. weepingjebus says: Dec 17, 2013 9:08 AM

    Giants are way too high. They should be under some CFL teams. (But if you made them No. 25 in honor of Eli Manning’s 25 ints on the season, I salute you.)

  34. bosfaninva says: Dec 17, 2013 9:09 AM

    As a Pats fan I am very worried about the game in Baltimore.

  35. davetrembley says: Dec 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    You have ranked both the Dolphins and Chargers too low, and the Eagles too high. Who have the Eagles beat that makes them so worthy? The Giants, Washington twice, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers, the pathetic fall apart every year Lions. Oh yes, they beat Arizona, the one fairly decent team on their schedule.

  36. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    13. Colts (9-5; No. 14): Does beating the Texans still count as an actual win?

    22. Bills (5-9; No. 26): Don’t worry, Bills fans. In just two weeks, you can start crafting unrealistic expectations all over again.
    …………………….
    Colts- for a 9-5 team you sure seem to hate them. THis makes, I dont know, 3 straight weeks for them now where they win and you just totally try to discredit that? Look we all get theyve looked sub par at times. They also beat the Seahawks you cant get enough of, the Broncos and embarassed the 49ers. Stop acting like they dont deserve the playoff spot theyre going to get.

    Bills- Why even bother here? That seems just unfair and rude to pick on a team who everyone knows is bad. No one thinks the Bills are making the playoffs next year, why the snide remarks?

  37. laxcoach37 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:21 AM

    The Dolphins at 15? They should be higher than that considering they beat 4 Teams ahead of them? Realistically, at 10 or 11…

    We can actually win the Division, but I doubt it. Brady is still Brady at least for another year. I just became a huge Ravens fan! If they Win their Division, my Dolphins get in on the Wildcard. Aqua/Orange and Purple/Black with one goal in mind… Take out the Patriots and Steelers! The 2 most obnoxious fanbases in football. Besides, we all know it will be Seahawks vs Denver with Denver by 3 and Manning gets Sportsman of the Year, MVP, the Heisman etc. Well, because the entire NFL is a show… pure and scripted entertainment.

  38. haterade999 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:22 AM

    Steelers fans really must be bored.

    As far as relevant teams go. Look out for KC when they pull that D together and look out for the Ravens when they figure out how to score in the red zone.

    Everything is wide open.

  39. Florioisadouche says: Dec 17, 2013 9:23 AM

    So, so many things wrong, but its not the inaccuracies that get us. It’s the arrogance.

  40. cjspiller12 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:23 AM

    He always has to say something negative about Buffalo, no matter what. Hey Mike…..at least I know Terry Bradshaw is alive and well.

  41. paythevig says: Dec 17, 2013 9:24 AM

    Don’t knock on the Bills – and the Browns for that matter. These fanbases have been through a lot and truth be told i’d be hard pressed to find fanbases more loyal than them; season after season – despite the W-L records.

    I hope their front offices can turn things around – these teams have heart – and are a few key pieces away.

    – Niners fan

  42. shayeezy says: Dec 17, 2013 9:25 AM

    someone explain to me why the patriots and saints are still in the top 5 and ahead of the chiefs after both lost to mediocre teams. the patriots have been almost losing to bad teams for weeks now (texans, browns). chiefs defense may have given up some yards, but that happens when you’re playing aggressive and forcing turnovers the way they are. and it’s not like either the patriots or saints d have been anything to write home about recently.

  43. slaydog103 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:26 AM

    Seriously Steeler fans? Where were you on a SNF game against a division rival? I thought you had an awesome fan base? All I saw was empty yellow seats when your boys wear laying the smack down on some orange cats.

  44. atlfan31833 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:27 AM

    Falcons might not be able to get Clowney but watching the Falcons all season (as I actually have), the Falcons 1st pick needs to be an OL stud. They have 4-5 young DE’s on the team now that are showing promise and haven’t recently received a speeding ticket for 110 mph.

  45. 1uniquename says: Dec 17, 2013 9:32 AM

    I absolutely agree with the rankings here. As a Dolphins fan I’m still in full show me mode but man oh man has Tannehill been impressive. Winning on the road in Pittsburgh in the snow and then beating the vaunted Patriots the following week in December is very un-dolphin like. Too bad all of our corners are now injured and our offensive line is completely make shift otherwise this team could do some damage in the playoffs (if they even get there, still have my doubts).

  46. retaftx says: Dec 17, 2013 9:34 AM

    32. Texans (2-12; No. 32): Show up on Sunday, Texans fans, to see the Sportsman of the Year quarterback who wanted to play in Houston.

    Dagger! That is too painful, and it is entirely too soon to rub that in the faces of Texans fans. In Kubiak/Smith’s defense who knew Manning > Schaub.

  47. wrm1230 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:37 AM

    In that new and glorious league, do coaches get bonus points for being faux tough by faking sideline tackles on kick returns?

  48. jaxasc84 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:37 AM

    The Jaguars lose to Buffalo and only fall to #23. Florio has fallen in love with the Jags. I’m not complaining…just saying.

    Also, fun fact: the Jaguars are still 12-10 against the Steelers all-time.

  49. tooz72 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:37 AM

    Raiders have much more problems than just QB.. i believe McGloin could do well with a better LG, RG and RT..Raiders defense has been dusted the last two weeks, so the real need is the D line and CBs and S, having said that, I wouldn’t mind seeing Manziel in Oakland at this point..McGloin probably isn’t a franchise QB and Pryor is just a turd trying to play QB

  50. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 17, 2013 9:40 AM

    “steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:11 AM

    Our rings are precious.”

    Filthy, nasty little other teams, precious! They tricks us! They leave us all alone in the Seventies! We show them, precious, we show them that all we need is the Seventies. No one else lives in the Seventies, just us, precious… All alone” *smiles*

    (Repeat to fade)

  51. martinslunchtray says: Dec 17, 2013 9:48 AM

    Dude, squealers just lost to the dolphins 2 weeks ago… In Puttsburgh!

  52. drunkenpackblogger says: Dec 17, 2013 9:52 AM

    I’m predicting the pack to be in the top 10 next week after arod/Flynn beats the steelers into submission to begin the playoff run.

  53. jbeagles23 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:55 AM

    The steelers have become a joke pal

  54. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    I’m not too proud to be a Bengal fan right now but how in the heck do you drop them that far when the difference in the game was two special teams gaffs one of which by PFT’s own admission should’ve been called back.

    Geesh

  55. ruthinia says: Dec 17, 2013 10:06 AM

    The Vikings played their best game of the season and that’s the best you can do?

  56. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Dec 17, 2013 10:13 AM

    Funny how earlier in the year when Baltimore sucked their fans were gone, or at least somewhat humble. Now that they have a glimmer of hope, the most obnoxious d bags on the planet are back at it again. I hate to say this, but GO PATS!!! And Bengals.

  57. rtwoj says: Dec 17, 2013 10:23 AM

    7. Chiefs (11-3; No. 8): As the offense keeps getting better, the defense keeps getting worse.

    —————————————————-

    5 Interceptions (1 returned for a TD) & a fumble recovery against a gun-slinger QB and a team with nothing to lose…

    Interesting notion ya got there.

  58. r8rsfan says: Dec 17, 2013 10:24 AM

    Raiders should be ranked #33.

  59. chris6523 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:27 AM

    Biggest surprise of the year: Jaguars not being in the 30s.

  60. mancave001 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:40 AM

    bigredcards says:
    Dec 17, 2013 9:00 AM
    The cardinals were ranked #10 last week they win and stay in the same place the eagles lose and are still in front of the cardinals oh well i never expected the cardinals to win more than 6 games this year. hopefully the cardinals can win out and the panthers lose one, that would be the greatest thing eve
    ————————————–

    The Eagles beat the Cardinals. That’s why the Eagles are ahead of them. I do agree that the Eagles may be too high, though. We feel the same way you do…never expected us to be in 1st place, so it’s house money at this point.

  61. slick50ks says: Dec 17, 2013 10:45 AM

    The faiders are too high, and the aints are a total fraud that shouldn’t be sniffing the top 10.

  62. kimbo71006 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:45 AM

    Saints are good and pissed off now…I think they will resovle their road woes with a second proper stomping of the Panthers on their own home turf.

    Remember I said that coming Monday morning.

    GEAUX SAINTS!!

  63. beardinals says: Dec 17, 2013 10:50 AM

    I fear the tires will pop …… from all the extra weight….. on the Seattle bandwagon.

  64. cjspiller12 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:56 AM

    packerbackernj says:Dec 17, 2013 8:34 AM

    64% complrtion rate, 7td, 3 int. maybe it was the inept franchises of Buffalo and Oakland and not Matt Flynn. Last i chrcked the raiders and bills aren’t lighting the league on fire since they cut him. Not saying he’s the second coming of Montana, but he’s a servicable starter.
    ________________________________
    No, Matt Flynn does suck. He can only play in a system, just like Matt Cassell when he played for the Patriots. It’s just not Buffalo and Oakland Einstein, remember the Seahawks sent him packing too.

  65. raiderseliminatedfromplayoffsalready says: Dec 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    WHY aren’t the Toronto Argonauts of Oakland ranked?!!!

  66. southpaw2k says: Dec 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    Would it be possible to switch over to the Disqus format for comments? Half my comments don’t show up for some inexplicable reason, and Disqus allows to manage comments much more easily. And there’s an Edit function included!

    PLEASE DO THIS!!!

  67. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    packerbackernj says:
    Dec 17, 2013 8:34 AM
    64% complrtion rate, 7td, 3 int. maybe it was the inept franchises of Buffalo and Oakland and not Matt Flynn. Last i chrcked the raiders and bills aren’t lighting the league on fire since they cut
    ………………………..
    You must forget that the Seahawks signed him to a large contract prior to thr 2012 season? Or do you also think they havent lit the league on fire since they cut him at the end of last season?

    The Bills signed Matt Flynn as a deperation move when QB’s 1-3 on their depth chart were all injured. Flynn was in Buffalo for less than a week. His time there was irrelevant, and you bringing up Buffalo when trying to defend Flynn is irrelevant too. Buffalo is not one of the teams eluded to with regards to giving him a big contract.

    The Raiders I wont disagree with completely, they havent found anyone better. But he also proved in training camp he was not as good as Pryor. And he completely crapped the bed in the chance he got in the regular season when he started.

    The guy has put up big decent games against Dallas (#32 pass defense), Minnesota (#29 pass defense) and Atlanta (#25 pass defense). He also has yet to surpass 300 yards in a game, against these bad defenses. Low yardage combined with high completion percentage equals what? Checkdown QB. Football 101.

    So yeah, Flynn still has done nothing to prove his worthiness of a big contract.

  68. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 17, 2013 11:10 AM

    good luck in baltimore this week, patriots fan

    good. luck.

  69. rickthefactor says: Dec 17, 2013 11:20 AM

    What kind of write up is that for the 49ers? A team who has won 4 straight games in a row, gets this nonsense? So I guess beating Seattle in a dog fight counts for nothing? Or how about demolishing the Skins on MNF. What about owning the Rams (who just beat the Saints). A defense who hasn’t even allowed 21 points in the past 9 games? Yeah a dumb metaphor for the Seahawks being a wall is deserved. Mike Ditka would give you a come on man for that one Florio.

  70. mrwalterisgod says: Dec 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    jakafett says:
    Dec 17, 2013 8:31 AM
    The Seahawks are the wall huh? I guess we should tell everyone else to skip the playoffs so Seattle can have their parade early.
    ===================================

    Yeah, you should. We’ve already seen the greatness of Seattle at home. I guess the Niners will need a third dose to remind them of their inferiority. SCam Newton couldn’t beat Seattle AT home twice. Drew Brees and the Ain’ts? Good one. Whatever feeble NFC East/North team? HAHAHAHAHA.

    Hawks are doing God’s work.

  71. shaggymarrs says: Dec 17, 2013 11:31 AM

    So, if the Steeler’s are God’s team but God doesn’t exist, do the Steelers’ actually exist?

  72. s0merand0mguy says: Dec 17, 2013 11:37 AM

    marc127 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 8:44 AM

    How do the Eagles go UP a spot when they got blown out by the AP and Gerhart-less Vikings?
    ————————————

    Simple answer. The Vikings are a better more complete team without AP. When AP plays the Vikings become predictable on offense. You know who is going to be getting the ball… Take AP out of the situation you have a very mysterious Vikings team. One that shows they can be good without having the so called best RB in the game. Put AP back in defenses got you figured out. Trade him for some draft picks and work with what you got. Could be a mean team come next season….

  73. truths4all says: Dec 17, 2013 11:41 AM

    You have the Cardinals ranked #10, same as last week even though they won and Eagles lost. Its clear you are in cahoots with the NFL to keep them out of the playoffs by ignoring the boatload of one sided officiating against them that they have been getting from the NFL.

    Because the Cards have a win over Carolina and the NFL wants Carolina in the playoffs, the betting monies must be huge for the NFL to actively try to eliminate the Cards from the playoffs and ensure Carolina gets in. Just thinking about all of those non-calls against Carolina that the officials have been closing their eyes on and the many flags on the Cards that even the TV guys are going “What the F?” And don’t forget the defenseless helmet to helmet hit on Fitzgerald that the zebras closed their eyes to that was caught on camera for everyone to see. Of course there was no flag as the officials wanted the Titans to get the ball.

    Many years ago, Rozelle warned that once that betting money factor corrupted the NFL, the game as a game to be won by the players and coaches would be lost and big money would control things from that point forward. ITS HERE!

  74. broncfanwa says: Dec 17, 2013 11:51 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 17, 2013 8:11 AM
    Our rings are precious. Your name is jealousy.

    Your rings are old. Our name is 2013…

    *sigh* i hate to admit it, but the rankings for 1-2 are about right. currently, Seattle deserves to be there. I’ve still got all my fingers crossed and i’m rubbing my lucky (orange and blue, natch) rabbit’s foot that things will be different in February, but what the heck, right? Good luck to all 32 teams!

    Ok, maybe not the Patriots

  75. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:53 AM

    If the Cardinals didn’t play in the NFC West they would at least be a 10-4 team with 2 games to go. Next year its going to only get tougher for all teams in that division because they will have at least a top 4 pick from Redskins and their own 1st rounder.

    That being said I have a hard time thinking they can win this weekend at Century Link.

  76. Florioisadouche says: Dec 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    rtwoj says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:23 AM
    7. Chiefs (11-3; No. 8): As the offense keeps getting better, the defense keeps getting worse.

    —————————————————-

    5 Interceptions (1 returned for a TD) & a fumble recovery against a gun-slinger QB and a team with nothing to lose…

    Interesting notion ya got there.
    ………………………………
    The Raiders also dropped 31 on them. The Raiders. It looks like you copied and pasted that stat line from your fantasy football page and you think because they got you 2o points this week that makes them a good defense. I’ll clue you in on something: the Packers defense was a great fantasy defense to have last year, too. Look how good theyre doing this year.

    KC has a mediocre defense that has been exposed week after week since they first played the Broncos. You know, a team that’s actually good.

  77. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 11:58 AM

    Ireland and the Dolphins minus a couple OLs from a bullying scandal and that’s still good enough for more wins than the healthy Detroit Lions. That’s pretty sad.

  78. justamoguy says: Dec 17, 2013 12:02 PM

    rtwoj says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:23 AM
    7. Chiefs (11-3; No. 8): As the offense keeps getting better, the defense keeps getting worse.

    —————————————————-

    5 Interceptions (1 returned for a TD) & a fumble recovery against a gun-slinger QB and a team with nothing to lose…

    Interesting notion ya got there.

    ==================================

    I think the ranking is more based on some other numbers. Like the numbers 11 and 3.

  79. blackbug99 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:08 PM

    To answer Mike’s comment on the Bills: You could be nicer to Bills fans during The Holiday Season! Realistic expectations, or Not. At least Buffalo fans support their team through Thick, and thin, and thin, and thinner!! Besides, every team’s fans, not holding the Lombardi after the super bowl, will have expectations!! Merry Christmas!!

  80. coachbeck says: Dec 17, 2013 12:08 PM

    Lol at Bengals #11 they lost by 10 to a division rival on the road. And questionable calls have the steelers 12 pts.

    The lack of personal foul on the hit and the non safety. = 12 point swing.

  81. dstep24 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:10 PM

    jakafett says:
    Dec 17, 2013 8:31 AM
    The Seahawks are the wall huh? I guess we should tell everyone else to skip the playoffs so Seattle can have their parade early.

    ________________

    OK, you can have your pick….

    Either the Seahawks are the wall, or Kam Chancellor is the wall…

    ‘Course, you know what the latter is like already. Doesn’t end well. At least he didn’t get concussed from the wall.

    Yeah, I’d stick with the wall.

  82. ashdanielson says: Dec 17, 2013 12:14 PM

    The Steelers can beat any team the the NFL right now. I promise you no one wants to play us. We are too physical, too fast, too smart, too disciplined. If the league had any decency they would bypass some rules to sneak us into the playoffs. When the Steelers are in the playoffs, the TV ratings triple.
    ======================================

    Doooooooood. Steelers lost to the Dolphins 9 days ago.

  83. beardinals says: Dec 17, 2013 12:23 PM

    There was a scenario that said it was BETTER for the Cardinals to lose to the Hawks. Seeing as it will probably happen – let’s hope for that to play out.

  84. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 12:43 PM

    beardinals:

    What scenario is better for the Cardinals to lose? I saw an article about it being better for the Hawks to lose to the 49ers for some kind of mental reasoning that still confounds me, but there’s never going to be a scenario where losing is better for a team’s playoff chances unless it’s because you think a lower seed creates a better matchup. But it’s impossible for a team to improve their playoff chances by losing in lieu of a win. You can’t get a tiebreaker advantage because it’s always better to have that extra win and not need a tiebreaker by being in a higher win total category.

  85. ghost26 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:48 PM

    Coachbeck,

    The Bengals have a problem @ QB. The Red Raider can’t win on the road.

  86. ghost26 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:01 PM

    Dolphins at 15??? Really???

  87. southpaw2k says: Dec 17, 2013 1:09 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 17, 2013 8:10 AM
    The Steelers can beat any team the the NFL right now. I promise you no one wants to play us. We are too physical, too fast, too smart, too disciplined. If the league had any decency they would bypass some rules to sneak us into the playoffs. When the Steelers are in the playoffs, the TV ratings triple.

    —————————————————

    Oh yeah, you’re absolutely right.

    Well, except for the Titans, Bengals, Bears, Vikings, Raiders, Ravens, and Dolphins.

    Oh, and I guess you don’t see the irony in calling your team disciplined when your head coach stepped out into the field of play on Thanksgiving night?

    It’s posts like this one that makes me scream SWITCH TO DISQUS!!!!!!

  88. omeimontis says: Dec 17, 2013 1:12 PM

    The 49ers showed that they are the best team in the NFL by beating the Seahawks. And the playoffs will decide who is the best team in the NFL. The Power rankings are as good as a piece of used toilet paper. The only thing you can do with them is to flush them down the toilet.

  89. shayeezy says: Dec 17, 2013 1:13 PM

    @justamoguy

    if the rankings are based on records, why are four 10-4 teams ahead of the 11-3 chiefs? the quality of the chiefs losses (two to denver, one to san diego) is higher than any other team, too.

  90. axespray says: Dec 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    Flynn + good coaching = Guy that can do ok as a starter.

    Flynn + competition with Aaron Rodgers/M.Night = decent backup.

    Not his fault the bills and raiders are laughingstocks.

  91. WACANHFL says: Dec 17, 2013 1:20 PM

    When the playoffs come, the 49ers will be Vernon Davis and the Seahawks will be the wall.

    EXACTLY!

    GO HAWKS!

  92. jakafett says: Dec 17, 2013 1:31 PM

    mrwalterisgod says:
    Yeah, you should. We’ve already seen the greatness of Seattle at home. I guess the Niners will need a third dose to remind them of their inferiority. SCam Newton couldn’t beat Seattle AT home twice. Drew Brees and the Ain’ts? Good one. Whatever feeble NFC East/North team? HAHAHAHAHA.

    Hawks are doing God’s work.

    AND

    dstep24 says:

    OK, you can have your pick….

    Either the Seahawks are the wall, or Kam Chancellor is the wall…

    ‘Course, you know what the latter is like already. Doesn’t end well. At least he didn’t get concussed from the wall.

    Yeah, I’d stick with the wall.
    —————————————-

    Oh Seahawk fans…first off I am an objective fan that has no problem admitting your squad is extremely capable of winning it all. That seems to be a problem for those of you in the Northwest. I simply put out there that to be designing the ring this early is premature…for anyone even the Avengers…err Seahawks. I think the hard core Seattle fan, who have been great fans long before 24 hour sports coverage and maniac Johnny come lately folks like most of you, deserve a little reward for their devout fandom. However your arrogance for nothing makes me look forward to even more now your teams strength being your undoing. And by the way God’s work would be more humble with alot less drug use…and before you say anything “oh oh Aldon Smith blah blah blah”, no person or team be playing a game and being obsessed with self promoting is doing God’s work. Follow your team with enthusiasm, not blinders!

  93. 1westcoastphinfan says: Dec 17, 2013 1:33 PM

    Dolphins at #15 is way too low. They beat 3-4 teams ranked higher. A little respect would go a long way here.

  94. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 17, 2013 1:36 PM

    kimbo71006 says:Dec 17, 2013 10:45 AM

    Saints are good and pissed off now…I think they will resovle their road woes with a second proper stomping of the Panthers on their own home turf.

    Remember I said that coming Monday morning.

    GEAUX SAINTS!!
    ——————————
    I remember you talking the same trash before the Seattle game and what happened? Your team is an absolute joke on the road. That pretty much what any of us “remember”

  95. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 17, 2013 1:43 PM

    omeimontis says:
    Dec 17, 2013 1:12 PM

    The 49ers showed that they are the best team in the NFL by beating the Seahawks. And the playoffs will decide who is the best team in the NFL. The Power rankings are as good as a piece of used toilet paper. The only thing you can do with them is to flush them down the toilet.
    *************
    The playoffs do not decide which team is the best in the NFL. The Giants won two SB after having regular season records of 10-6 & 9-7. The Ravens lost 4 0f their last 5 regular season games last year to finish 10-6, yet they won the SB.

    All the playoffs tell you is which team gets hot at the right time. Nothing more, nothing less.

  96. cjspiller12 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:50 PM

    axespray says:Dec 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    Flynn + good coaching = Guy that can do ok as a starter.

    Flynn + competition with Aaron Rodgers/M.Night = decent backup.

    Not his fault the bills and raiders are laughingstocks.
    ___________________________
    You need your head examined and don’t know squat about football. Flynn sucks dude…..he just played the worst pass defense in the NFL last week. Humpty Dumpty could of put those numbers up. Flynn stole money from the Raiders and the fact is Pryor is a better QB, he beat him out. Flynn has a noodle arm. System QB just like Cassell was when he played for the Pats. He couldn’t even make 3rd string when the Seahawks cut him. And as far as you bashing Buffalo dude, think before you post………Bills were down to 3rd string QB and Flynn was only in Buffalo for less than a week and never got on the field. They cut him because EJ and Lewis came back, and both are way better than Flynn.

  97. jimmyt says: Dec 17, 2013 2:04 PM

    Since you allow so many homer nuts to comment I declare that the Rams should be ranked number. Every year. No matter what. That’s no more preposterous than some of the Steeler/Patriots/GB type tripe posted here on a regular basis.

  98. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 17, 2013 2:07 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:11 AM

    Our rings are precious. Your name is jealousy.
    ——————————-

    I just envisioned golum with a steelers hat on rubbing his superbowl ring…. My precious….

  99. seaeagle707 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    @beardinals

    Okay, I get it, any team that ever called the Windy City home, is good with you. Truth be told though, it has been a while since the Redbirds practiced on the shores of Lake Michigan.

    But as for this nonsense about the imagined Seattle bandwagon, allow me to explain it to you. The team started in 1976, back when the Cards still got beat up in St. Louis. I hoisted the Hawks banner first in 1987. Others have joined the party since that time. Many, simply because they had yet to be born, and then had the audacity to take years to come to football cognizance. But if someone decided yesterday that the blue and green is for them, so what?

    As we do better, we gain fans. The more fans we gain, all the better. Hawks fans are happy people, who like sharing the good times with others.

  100. bluejay89 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:25 PM

    Steelers are dog’s team

  101. boisestatewhodat says: Dec 17, 2013 2:40 PM

    NFC Championship:

    Saints-24
    Seahawks-20

  102. 4d9erdynasty says: Dec 17, 2013 2:49 PM

    He meant 49ers are vernon davis and the seahawks are adderall.

  103. danielisthor says: Dec 17, 2013 3:03 PM

    As a Dolfan, this is tough for me to defend Brady, but to compare Romo to Brady as far as tossing game ending interceptions is more than just a reach. How many times has Brady choked like that in his entire career? How many times has Romo done it? Hell, Romo did it twice in that game.

  104. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 17, 2013 3:36 PM

    ^^

    give brady dez bryant.
    55TDs no doubt.

  105. indyshepherd says: Dec 17, 2013 3:41 PM


    When the Steelers are in the playoffs, the TV ratings triple.

    Whenever the Steel Curtain comes down in the playoffs, somehow the world is suppose to end. People are still tuning in to watch it happen.

  106. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 17, 2013 3:51 PM

    beardinals says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:50 AM

    I fear the tires will pop …… from all the extra weight….. on the Seattle bandwagon.
    *********
    Eh….it happens when teams do really well. It happened with the Cardinals a few years back.

    Living in Denver, I don’t see as many Cardinals jersey’s as I did when the Cardinals had their super bowl run.

    I don’t see as many Cowboy or Steelers Jersey’s here as well. I did when they’re in the playoffs though. I see a lot more 9er fans in Colorado now than I did 3-4 years ago.

    Bandwagon fans are not endemic to one team.

  107. seahawksteven777 says: Dec 17, 2013 3:53 PM

    49er fans before each game at Seattle:

    At Seattle last year: “Yeah, they’re on a roll but we’ll come in there and beat them.” 42-13 Seattle

    At Seattle this year: “Last year was just a fluke. We weren’t prepared for the noise and Kaepernick is more prepared now. Plus, Justin Smith is back.” 29-3 Seattle

    What’s going to be the reason this time?

  108. goldrush94 says: Dec 17, 2013 4:10 PM

    Niners are getting healthy and clicking at just the right time. No one wants a piece of them in the playoffs. This team is as poised and talented as any. If any team can go up in Seattle and come away with a W, I’d put my money on SF.

  109. misterautomatic says: Dec 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    The wall came after the VD-TD, with the 49er win not far behind. Terrible analogy.

  110. starderup says: Dec 17, 2013 7:14 PM

    Enjoyed the comments, and can’t disagree with them. I was at the Dome when the Redskins went for 2. I think everyone just wanted to go home. That game had the feel of preseason. I have never been so apathetic before. When I got home, I found my family turned off the video recording device and I didn’t care that I only got about a quarter of the game.
    2014

  111. lemmetalkwouldya says: Dec 17, 2013 9:12 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 8:10 AM

    If the league had any decency they would bypass some rules to sneak us into the playoffs.

    ———————————————————-
    See, most teams get there without league intervention………. they do it the simple way:

    win football games ;)

  112. trick49er says: Dec 17, 2013 11:55 PM

    Keep talking Seahawks fan- just remember your team has never won a meaningful game in franchise history

  113. justamoguy says: Dec 18, 2013 12:37 AM

    I swear some people just like to argue.

    First rtwoj says the Chiefs are ranked too well. Then shayeezy points out that the there are teams with worst records that lost to worst teams, that are ranked better in a very weak attempt to insult them.

    Here is what I know. The Chiefs are the 3rd highest scoring team in the NFL, have the 4th fewest points scored against them, and are tied for the second best record in the league.

    I do not care if they are ranked #1 or #32, the fact is they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the play-offs. And I dare say for many years to come.

  114. njpackersfan says: Dec 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    I’m suffering from Flynnsanity! I’m Flynnsane!

  115. billdakamackattack says: Dec 20, 2013 6:59 PM

    thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:53 AM

    If the Cardinals didn’t play in the NFC West they would at least be a 10-4 team with 2 games to go. Next year its going to only get tougher for all teams in that division because they will have at least a top 4 pick from Redskins and their own 1st rounder.

    That being said I have a hard time thinking they can win this weekend at Century Link.
    ————————————————-
    Technically Arizona has two first round picks next year two. Arizona selected LG J. Cooper 7th overall in the 1st round of the 2013 draft this last spring, but he got rolled up on while run blocking past the second level bull rushing his man upfield, breaking his lower leg. His leg is already healed up, but Arizona put him on IR for the year. Cooper was highly regarded as the best & most athletic OG to come out of the draft in the last 20+ years. Arizona is basically guaranteed to draft a LT with their 1st pick in the 2014 draft , a draft loaded with quality LTs , and all the LTs said to be go somewhere in the top 20-25 are all top tier franchise caliber Left Tackles. Arizona has there future RT Bobby Massie already on the team who Arians wanted to develop in his new system for one year before starting him. Massie gave up ZERO sacks in the last 8 games , and was rated by profootball focus as a top 3 NFL RT in the second half of 2012. He has split with reps in 3-4 games with Eric Winston this season, and he was a beast, grading out by profootball focus positively in all games and higher than Winston did. He is bigger, stronger, faster , superior in pass protection & run blocking to Winston, really I don’t know why he isn’t in over Winston right now!!!! With Cooper and a quality LT , Arizonas offensive line is going to be a high caliber O-Line next year that affords Palmer much better pass protection.

    The Rams are still going to be in 4th best team in the NFC-W Next year, regardless if they have a extra pick or not, which they are most likely either trading out of , or taking a OT. Everyone is going to have one year of experience in Arians complex offense under their belts. Palmer has been playing with a sub-par O-Line this year and lighting it up, next year his O-Line is going to be far, far better. Over the last 7 games Palmer ranks as a top 5 NFL QB with a 69.4 Completion Percentage, 278.4 passing yards per-game, averaging 8.44 yards per pass attempt, 13 Touchdowns to 4 interceptions, & a 105.9 passer rating. Next season the offense is not going to have a 5-6 game learning curve but will be effective from the start. Arizona has a stable of quality running backs , Andre Ellington is a beast. They likely bring in 1 more power RB to compete. Arizona has one of the best premiere top WR Duo’s in the league in L. Fitzgerald n M. Floyd, with a very solid #3 slot guy in Andre Roberts , and two rookies in J. Brown n B. Golden who have loads of potential. TE Rob Housler with his elite speed is a excellent receiving TE. Jake Ballard is fast with 4.6 40 speed and is a good receiving TE. TE Jim Dray is just average as a receiver/blocker. Arizona likely will draft a wide receiver type TE with sub 4.5 speed , and excellent receiving skills in the 2nd-3rd RD to compliment Rob Housler n Ballard , and possibly another receiver. With Arizonas elite quality defense , and this offense only getting better , with Palmer having a far superior O-Line next year , Arizona is only going to be that much better next year. Arizona absolutely DESTROYED The Rams , and they left 13 points off the board with J. Feely missing 2 chip shot FGs which is super rare for him, and Jim Dray fumbling a TD pass in the end-zone from Palmer. Bradford isnt that good really , and he doesn’t make that team much better really. Arizona offense absolutely DESTROYED STL’s Defense , badly , very badly. Palmer ripped the Rams secondary to shreds. He completed 27 of 32 pass’s for a 84.5% completion percentage with 2TDs ( 3 really but Dray dropped one) . Fitzgerald was targeted 12 times , recording 12 receptions. A Jeff Fischer defense is a bad matchup against a Bruce Arians offense, because Arians know how to expose the weak areas of that defense. Arizona will be competing with SEA next year for 1st place in the west , mark my words.

  116. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 24, 2013 5:39 AM

    This simply is the worst power ranking you’ve ever compiled.

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