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Week 14 power rankings

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1. Green Bay Packers (last week No. 1; 10-3):  The Green Bay defense could be moving toward its usual postseason form.  Unfortunately.

2. New England Patriots (No. 2; 10-3):  With the three AFC East rivals on the docket, anything other than 13-3 would be a surprise.

3. Seattle Seahawks (No. 3; 9-4):  Allowing only 14 points to the Eagles is even more impressive than allowing six points combined to the Cardinals and 49ers.

4. Denver Broncos (No. 5; 10-3):  The Broncos seem to be doing everything they can to Seahawk-proof the offense.

5. Arizona Cardinals (No. 6; 10-3):  With the ascension of Kerwynn Williams, “Next Man Up” is becoming “Next Man No One Has Ever Heard Of Up.”

6. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4; 9-4):  Based on Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, cross Chip Kelly’s name off the San Francisco wish list.

7. Dallas Cowboys (No. 8; 9-4):  Right state, wrong city when talking about an MVP candidate who could take it away from one of the quarterbacks.

8. Indianapolis Colts (No. 9; 9-4):  Andrew Luck is racking up stats like Peyton Manning, and late-game wins like John Elway.

9. Detroit Lions (No. 10; 9-4):  If Joe Buck thought Joseph Fauria’s touchdown dance was a disgusting act, Buck finally would have been right.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 11; 8-5):  The Steelers “A” team showed up on Sunday.  This week.  The “B” team probably will make the trip to Atlanta.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (No. 7; 8-4-1):  The Bengals “B” team showed up on Sunday.  This week.  The “A” team probably will make the trip to Cleveland.

12. Baltimore Ravens (No. 13; 8-5):  Losing Haloti Ngata left the rest of the Baltimore defense more focused than they would have been if they were on Adderall.

13. San Diego Chargers (No. 12; 8-5):  Bill Belichick said the San Diego stadium felt like a neutral site on Sunday night.  By next year, San Diego technically may be a neutral site for the Chargers.

14. Houston Texans (No. 19; 7-6):  Brian Hoyer’s next team could be pretty good next year.

15. Kansas City Chiefs (No. 14; 7-6):  The Chiefs caught whatever the Raiders were carrying.

16. St. Louis Rams (No. 23; 6-7):  Los Angeles could be getting a pretty good team.

17. Buffalo Bills (No. 15; 7-6):  Doug Marrone’s job could hinge on beating the Packers on Sunday.  If so, it may be time to start packing up the office.

18. Miami Dolphins (No. 16; 7-6):  At this rate, Stephen Ross will get turned down by Jim Harbaugh for the second time in four years.

19. Minnesota Vikings (No. 22; 6-7):  Mike Zimmer says it’s now Teddy Bridgewater’s team.  (Translation:  See ya, Adrian.)

20. San Francisco 49ers (No. 17; 7-6):  Remember the commercial with Kaepernick using headphones to tune out crazed Seattle fans who hate him?  They probably need to re-shoot it with crazed San Francisco fans who hate him.

21. Cleveland Browns (No. 18; 7-6):  When Marvin Lewis called Johnny Manziel a midget, maybe he wasn’t referring to Manziel’s height.

22. Carolina Panthers (No. 26; 4-8-1):  The Panthers passed on Victory Monday; why disrupt a routine?

23. New Orleans Saints (No. 20; 5-8):  The Saints have figured out how to win on the road just as they’ve completely forgotten how to win at home.

24. Atlanta Falcons (No. 24; 5-8):  Last night’s comeback underscores the fact that the Falcons have talent, which doesn’t bode well for the coaching staff.

25. New York Giants (No. 25; 4-9):  Good news, the Giants will finish the year swinging.  Bad news, at each other.

26. Chicago Bears (No. 21; 5-8):  From paying Jay Cutler to hiring Marc Trestman, the “C” on the helmet now stands for “caveat emptor.”

27. Oakland Raiders (No. 32; 2-11):  When they play the 49ers in four years at Santa Clara, will Jim Harbaugh be approaching his expiration date with the Raiders?

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 27; 2-11):  At this point, getting the No. 1 pick would be much better than winning the division.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 28; 2-11):  If the Jaguars host the Titans on national TV (as they will in nine days) and no one watches, does the game make a sound?

30. Tennessee Titans (No. 29; 2-11):  Jake Locker has three more games to suffer one last debilitating injury with the Titans.

31. Washington (No. 30; 3-10):  With four years of guaranteed salary left on his deal, Jay Gruden probably wishes he’d be one and done in D.C.

32. New York Jets (No. 31; 2-11):  So how many G.M. candidates will pass on the job this time?

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  1. 3yardsndust says: Dec 9, 2014 10:39 AM

    This is a crock. Washington is twice as bad as the Jets!

  2. rukkus1 says: Dec 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    I’m from Seattle, so I’m unbiased with the browns.. i feel like they are above Frisco, Minny, and Houston. I also feel like Seattle is above New England. Arizona is a good team but injuries gotta drop them some more. Also, Dallas is too helter skelter to be in the top 10.

  3. hartcarluncarlun says: Dec 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    I know the South is bad but to have the Panthers and Saints ranked ahead of them after the Falcons beat them both!!! Really?

  4. f1restarter says: Dec 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    Vikings should be at #31. After all, they did (barely) beat the #32 Jets.

  5. joebone says: Dec 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    Six teams worse than the Bears? Hard to believe.

  6. number1hawkfan says: Dec 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    These rankings could have probly stopped after the top four. It’s a forgone conclusion the NFC championship game will be Seahawks-packers the AFC will be broncos-patriots. Now everyone can debate how that will play out.

  7. slvrnblk72 says: Dec 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    Raiders should be at least 15

  8. floratiotime says: Dec 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    R-Words got the wrong Gruden … LOL … HTTR … LOL

  9. scrp2 says: Dec 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    Packers were running on all cylinders at home and still could have lost to the mediocre Falcons.

    The Patriots played a bad game and still won on the road against a very good Charger team.

  10. astburyj says: Dec 9, 2014 10:51 AM

    I want no part of Pittsburgh in the playoffs. I think they are hugely underrated and once they are 0-0 and make the playoffs all bets are off. I’d rather play Pagano and Luck than Tomlin and Roethlisberger.

  11. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 9, 2014 10:51 AM

    WHOOO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN – wait, where’s everybody gone?

  12. whatnojets says: Dec 9, 2014 10:53 AM

    Jets at 32???? Now I know how much you hate this team!

  13. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2014 10:53 AM

    “Losing Haloti Ngata left the rest of the Baltimore defense more focused than they would have been if they were on Adderall.”

    Ah, irony.

  14. weepingjebus says: Dec 9, 2014 10:54 AM

    Pats fan but I would put the Seahawks ahead of us at #2. That defense is starting to look vicious again.

  15. conormacleod says: Dec 9, 2014 10:55 AM

    19. Minnesota Vikings (No. 22; 6-7): Mike Zimmer says it’s now Teddy Bridgewater’s team. (Translation: See ya, Adrian.)
    —————————
    I’m surprised it took somebody this long to say this. But I disagree. The QB is the General. He runs a team. Even with AP coming back. The Vikings have just been waiting for a QB to arrive to want to be the General.

    BTW: if the Vikings are 19 with a rookie QB and rookie (now injured) RB, in their first year with a new Head Coach, how good are they with the best RB in football? The o-line didn’t suddenly become bad. AP just makes them that much better.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 9, 2014 10:55 AM

    Why in the world would the Texans want Hoyer….

    Just because he USED to be on the same team that O’Brien coached…?

    Please….

  17. shotgunwilly2012 says: Dec 9, 2014 10:57 AM

    Seattle “D” is like the little blonde girl on Poltergeist staring into the TV white noise….”OT-OH…They’re HERE!”
    Don’t overlook the 49’ers while waiting to play a meaningful game in Arizona in 2 weeks. They are a wounded wolf backed into a corner and will probably play lights out Sunday just to save face. You guys got this…..

    GO HAWKS!!!

  18. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 9, 2014 10:57 AM

    Watch the Steelers go south to Falcons and lose.

  19. Steelers are Superior says: Dec 9, 2014 10:57 AM

    Walk with us and experience a life beside falling confetti and engraved gold.

    #SteelerNation
    #SFL
    #March

  20. RomoIsGod says: Dec 9, 2014 10:59 AM

    Also:

    Saints: too high. A very, very bad team with a bad defense and an aging QB. They need to start thinking about life after Drew via this years draft while adding some defensive weapons.

  21. freedomofspeechyesway says: Dec 9, 2014 11:00 AM

    I have a feeling these next few weeks are going to be pretty damn exciting.

  22. 2difshoe says: Dec 9, 2014 11:01 AM

    I wonder if the 9er’s would take Cutler for Haubaugh.

  23. EJ says: Dec 9, 2014 11:01 AM

    Don’t count out a three game losing streak for the Patriots either Florio… Miami is a lot better that their record shows and NE knows that… The Jets may stack the deck on New England, especially if this is Rex Ryan’s last get together with his pal Belichick… Buffalo will be looking to play pop goes the weasel with Tom Brady, whether they are still alive for the playoffs or not… Don’t take these three rivals lightly. All three of these teams would like to ruin the Patriots chance at home field advantage and I believe one or more might just get that done.

  24. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 9, 2014 11:02 AM

    I guess Fauria’s twerking is somehow indicative of the Lion’s power?

  25. bmoreb says: Dec 9, 2014 11:03 AM

    #12 lol good one

  26. slick50ks says: Dec 9, 2014 11:04 AM

    The Chiefs are literally falling apart, and should be ranked behind every 7-6 team other than the Bills and Phins. They already beat up those scrubs.

  27. sec328onroute1 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:05 AM

    I love people complaining about power rankings. If only there was a post season tournament that existed to determine the best team……

  28. jjodirtybird1992 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:06 AM

    Jesus man….u hate the falcons or something? lol. They’ve beaten Carolina&New Orleans and Carolina just beat the snot out of the saints IN THEIR HOUSE, and u have them ahead?? No way in the world u can explain that man. Yeah the NFC south is having a bad year, but the numbers speak for them selves. 5-8 is better than 4-8-1

  29. greej1938l says: Dec 9, 2014 11:06 AM

    #1 team has nothing but negativity written about them…???

  30. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 9, 2014 11:06 AM

    It is strange to me that my Lions are just below the Colts but also that Dallas and Sanchez-led Philly are above the Colts.

  31. ninetysixer says: Dec 9, 2014 11:07 AM

    funny how people put so much stock in these rankings. Atlanta will beat the Steelers this weekend, Cincy will beat Cleveland, and the Colts are ranked way to high

  32. phillysports1 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:11 AM

    I’ll be watching that Jaguars and Titans game when they play in 9 days. Why ? Because I love football.

  33. wikidpissah says: Dec 9, 2014 11:11 AM

    4. Denver Broncos (No. 5; 10-3): The Broncos seem to be doing everything they can to Seahawk-proof the offense.
    ———————————————-

    It’s more likely that they’re preparing for a trip to frozen Foxborough in January.

  34. trumb1mj says: Dec 9, 2014 11:11 AM

    There hasn’t been a single instance all season of the Lions being ranked about a team with the same record.

  35. Steelers are Superior says: Dec 9, 2014 11:14 AM

    We have six Lombardis.

  36. FireMelTucker says: Dec 9, 2014 11:15 AM

    The ‘C’ on the helmet stands for DUMB, DUMB, DOUBLE DUMB!!!!

  37. raymondtx says: Dec 9, 2014 11:18 AM

    Brian Hoyer, uh No. It is Mallet Time next year.

    Signed,
    HTown

  38. uwisheuwereapatsfan2 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:22 AM

    Great to be a Pats fan. The twelve seasons in a row with at least 10 wins is nice. The 5 AFC championship in the 2000’s is sweet. The 3 superbowl titles is awesome. But the best part? Definitely watching all the hater’s little minds explode waiting for the domination to end! Keep it up haters! You make being a Pats fan more fun than anything else!

  39. wikidpissah says: Dec 9, 2014 11:22 AM

    EJ says: Dec 9, 2014 11:01 AM

    Don’t count out a three game losing streak for the Patriots either Florio… Miami is a lot better that their record shows and NE knows that… The Jets may stack the deck on New England, especially if this is Rex Ryan’s last get together with his pal Belichick… Buffalo will be looking to play pop goes the weasel with Tom Brady, whether they are still alive for the playoffs or not… Don’t take these three rivals lightly. All three of these teams would like to ruin the Patriots chance at home field advantage and I believe one or more might just get that done.
    ———————————————–

    Division Rivalry games are hard to predict. That said, you are what your record says you are. If the Dolphins were better than their record, they’d have one more of those close games. Big difference between September in Miami and January in New England.

    If the Jets had a deck to stack, they’d have done it by now. Their best shot at the Patriots was earlier this year.

    The pop you heard was Brady’s 23-2 record against the Bills.But you’re right, you never know with divisional games.

  40. kwjsb says: Dec 9, 2014 11:22 AM

    Why are the Colts getting so much respect when last week, if Cleveland had adequate QB play that game is a blow out. Hoyer left 28 easy points on the feild

  41. bradysdynasty says: Dec 9, 2014 11:23 AM

    4. Denver Broncos (No. 5; 10-3): The Broncos seem to be doing everything they can to Seahawk-proof the offense.

    They should be worrying about making it out of the AFC. Clearly, NE can beat them and has the upper hand for now with home field. I wouldn’t be surprised either to see them fall to San Diego or Pittsburgh.

  42. peymax1693 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:24 AM

    Broncos also appear to be “Pats proofing” the O and the D.

  43. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2014 11:24 AM

    number1hawkfan said:

    “These rankings could have [probably] stopped after the top four. It’s a forgone conclusion the NFC championship game will be Seahawks-Packers the AFC will be Broncos-Patriots. Now everyone can debate how that will play out.”

    —————————————————————

    Right, and two years ago everyone said the Broncos were bound to steamroll through the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. That was, until the Ravens traveled to Denver for an all-time classic playoff game.

  44. kimbo71006 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:24 AM

    I know why the Saints are ahead – they BEAT the Packers by double-digit points and the Falcons DID NOT beat them at all and allowed them to score 43 points. We only allowed them 21.

    THAT IS WHY!

    As for the Panthers, who knows…

  45. restorativejusticeprogram says: Dec 9, 2014 11:25 AM

    On a neutral field, would have to rank the Pats ahead of the Packers.

    Also, Bengals ranked too highly as they have an incompetent mental-midget for a coach.

  46. razon04 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:25 AM

    The previous Packers defense…never got the job done when it matters. Is this current defense better than that? Yes, but they are nothing more than average. But the Packers offense has shown that they can take what they want and the defense gets the stops in crunch time that they use to not get.

    Lets not forgot that J.Jones toasted a top-notch defense too the week prior but in a winning effort. He is having a stretch right now.

  47. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 9, 2014 11:26 AM

    14. Houston Texans (No. 19; 7-6): Brian Hoyer’s next team could be pretty good next year.

    # # # # #

    You take that back.

  48. mnvikingsfan says: Dec 9, 2014 11:27 AM

    “The Green Bay defense could be moving toward its usual postseason form.”

    Its usual postseason form is one and done. If they are moving toward that, they certainly do not deserve to be #1 in the rankings.

    The GB defense was again exposed and any decent team will look at film from that game, the Seattle game and the Detroit game to easily blow out Capers!
    ==========================

    Minnesota is about right, **maybe** a couple spots higher at best. At least ranked above the Rams.

    “See ya Adrian” says it all!

  49. kimbo71006 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:27 AM

    Jesus man….u hate the falcons or something? lol. They’ve beaten Carolina&New Orleans and Carolina just beat the snot out of the saints IN THEIR HOUSE, and u have them ahead?? No way in the world u can explain that man. Yeah the NFC south is having a bad year, but the numbers speak for them selves. 5-8 is better than 4-8-1.

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    Let me say it again, the Falcons are ranked below the Saints because WE BEAT THE PACKERS by double-digit points. Falcons allowed GB to get twice the # of points on the board than the Saints did. And the Falcons have not played the Saints in “their house.” Why don’t we see how that turns out first before you start whining.

    As for the Panthers, your guess is as good as mine.

    And to answer your question – yeah, pretty much everybody hates the Falcons!

  50. ketchupaholic says: Dec 9, 2014 11:28 AM

    How can Packers be #1? They are a ONE Man Show! Take Rodgers out, and Packers become the Oakland Raiders.

    Won’t matter, they always lose in the playoffs.

  51. blowfishes says: Dec 9, 2014 11:29 AM

    Not sure why it’s see ya, Adrian!

    Teddy is now the face of the franchise – and it’s obvious that Peterson won’t be that for any team after his recent troubles.

    It doesn’t mean that Peterson won’t be brought back to Minnesota, as the Vikings want to build a winning team in time to fill seats in the new stadium. Having Peterson taking some of the pressure off Bridgewater will help his development, whilst allowing McKinnon time to feel his way into a starting role two or three years down the line.

    Of all the coaches who has brought in players with baggage and been successful, Mike Zimmer stands out.

    Bridgewater has shown enough development this year to entice Peterson to want to come back. This Vikings current running game has been average bordering on good – and a lot of this has been due to teams not focusing on stopping Peterson.

    I strongly feel that as long as the Vikings improve their offensive line (perhaps move Kalil inside and draft or sign a new Left Tackle), and bring in some fresh blood to fill in for Robison and Brinkley, then they will be very competitive.

    I would also love for the team to draft Devonte Parker to team him up again with Bridgewater.

  52. number1hawkfan says: Dec 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    The more I think about it the more I know my Seahawks are winning it again this year. These offenses that everyone loves are going to score 14-21 points against us and it’s not going to be enough. Everyone thinks the Seahawks offense isn’t good because Russell doesn’t throw it like Rodgers or Peyton. He just makes plays and beast mode wrecks defenses. You all can get all excited about Rodgers and his numbers but don’t be blind to the fact that he ain’t doing that against Seattle and Wilson and lynch will grind that terrible defense into the ground.

  53. kimbo71006 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    Saints: too high. A very, very bad team with a bad defense and an aging QB. They need to start thinking about life after Drew via this years draft while adding some defensive weapons.

    —————————————————
    You gotta take anything that someone with a moniker of “RomoisGod” says with a grain of salt. After all, you are a Cowboys fan and that in of itself is a total failure.

    Saints are fine. Brees is just fine and proved it in the Steelers and Packers games.

    You worry about choke-Romo and we’ll worry about HOF Brees.

  54. kepdogg23 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    I have heard of Kerwynn Williams.

  55. kepdogg23 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:32 AM

    I pray that Brian Hoyer goes to Houston.

  56. clelek05 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:37 AM

    EJ says:
    Dec 9, 2014 11:01 AM
    Don’t count out a three game losing streak for the Patriots either Florio… Miami is a lot better that their record shows and NE knows that… The Jets may stack the deck on New England, especially if this is Rex Ryan’s last get together with his pal Belichick… Buffalo will be looking to play pop goes the weasel with Tom Brady, whether they are still alive for the playoffs or not… Don’t take these three rivals lightly. All three of these teams would like to ruin the Patriots chance at home field advantage and I believe one or more might just get that done.

    **********************

    You don’t believe that. You hope that. Not happening in Foxboro with the Dolphins and Bills. But the Jets will play them tough in New Jersey.

  57. freevinnycurry says: Dec 9, 2014 11:38 AM

    I’m a diehard Eagles fan and this much is clear. Green Bay and Seattle aren’t going to be messed with until they face off in Lambeau in the NFCCG.

  58. dliwsrekoj says: Dec 9, 2014 11:38 AM

    The arizona arians should be dropped to 32

  59. markdamack says: Dec 9, 2014 11:42 AM

    7. Dallas Cowboys (No. 8; 9-4): Right state, wrong city when talking about an MVP candidate who could take it away from one of the quarterbacks.
    ——————————————————–

    What does that even mean? Are you saying Houston has an MVP candidate?

    Watt? He’s not leading the league n any category? Is it because he caught a few TD’s too? I mean, they guy is not over rated by any means…but he’s not an MVP over any top QB, and he’s not even he best MVP candidate in the state.

    Demrco Murray has 25% more total yards than they guy in second, ran for 100+ in every game but two, including breaking the record streak to start the season. Is about 30 yards more per game avg than 2nd place, tied for the lead in TD’s and has carried that team on his back in more than a few games. That’s better than anything Watt’s done when compared to other players at his position, and I STILL don’t think Murray’s the MVP. Watt is definitely not.

  60. schmitty2 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:48 AM

    I can’t remember the last time I saw the Rams ranked so high. I think I was still cheering for Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk.

  61. phoenixsong117 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:50 AM

    So, do you ever have anything good to say about the Lions? Because, for a team in your top ten, you sure like to crap on them every week like they’re at the bottom.

  62. trefkennedy says: Dec 9, 2014 11:56 AM

    I’ll take the number 7 spot atm TeamCowboys

  63. jr4real says: Dec 9, 2014 11:57 AM

    Atlanta may be the worst coached team i’ve seen this year. They do have talent but what a debacle.

  64. Steelers are Superior says: Dec 9, 2014 12:00 PM

    It’s sad to think that there are teams out there with no championships. That’s just pathetic!

  65. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2014 12:00 PM

    1. Steelers
    2. Seahawks
    3. Packers
    4. Patriots

    you’ll see

  66. steelcurtainn says: Dec 9, 2014 12:01 PM

    I’ll take the steelers under the radar at 10. Defensive secondary needs work, offense can hang with any team. It’ll be in interesting to see whos at the top in the next few months.

  67. leatherface2012 says: Dec 9, 2014 12:03 PM

    f1restarter says:
    Dec 9, 2014 10:45 AM
    Vikings should be at #31. After all, they did (barely) beat the #32 Jets

    LIKE WHEN GB BARELY BEAT THE JETS……………………….RIGHT?

  68. crewchief15 says: Dec 9, 2014 12:05 PM

    New England & Packers Super Bowl, easy pick, Seattle is ok but has no real offense and AZ is an all around better team than the Hawks.

  69. Marshawn Lunch says: Dec 9, 2014 12:11 PM

    “The Broncos seem to be doing everything they can to Seahawk-proof the offense.”

    Respect.

  70. captainwhodat says: Dec 9, 2014 12:21 PM

    I have a feeling these next few weeks are going to be pretty damn exciting.

    Amen.

  71. stellarperformance says: Dec 9, 2014 12:22 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Dec 9, 2014 12:03 PM
    LIKE WHEN GB BARELY BEAT THE JETS……………………….RIGHT?
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    Wrong. Every team playing the Packers brings their SuperBowl equivalent “A” game, because they want to try and beat the best.

    It isn’t the same when two “also-rans” are playing.

  72. mvp43 says: Dec 9, 2014 12:22 PM

    In today’s NFL there isn’t a team that is awesome on both sides of the ball. Although the second half of last night wasn’t the Packers best performance, they’ve showed all year that their defense is good enough when it has to be.

    The Packers offense can score at will…..I’d rather have the ability to outscore someone than stop someone.

  73. Raider-in-PA says: Dec 9, 2014 12:23 PM

    Steelers are Superior says: Dec 9, 2014 10:57 AM

    Walk with us and experience a life beside falling confetti and engraved gold.

    #SteelerNation
    #SFL
    #March
    ______________________

    ….and fair-weathered fans who bash the team and act childishly suicidal when they lose, but think they walk on water when they win….

    Give me a break! Its a shame the Raiders dont play Pittsburgh this year, we could use another ‘W’

  74. slipperpimp says: Dec 9, 2014 12:25 PM

    crewchief15 says:
    Dec 9, 2014 12:05 PM
    New England & Packers Super Bowl, easy pick, Seattle is ok but has no real offense and AZ is an all around better team than the Hawks.
    =======================

    What? AZ is better all around than the Seahawks? What sport are you watching? Better run game? Seattle. Better passing game with Palmer out? Seattle. Better secondary? Seattle. Front 7? I’d probably still take Seattle given the lack of health on AZ. Where, exactly, are they an all around better team?

  75. ebpatton says: Dec 9, 2014 12:28 PM

    1. How the hell is anybody ranked ahead of Seattle? I love the Packers, but playing defense like that? At home? Oh hell no.

    2. The Broncos can “Seahawk-proof” their offense all they want, but they still can’t make Peyton a quarterback who doesn’t choke in big games.

    3. “Next man up” is stupid. Who ever heard of “next man after the next man up?” Teams have depth charts for a reason. Let it go.

    4. Yeah, because there’s any chance Kelly is leaving Philadelphia anytime soon.

    5. Luck needs a shave.

    6. Joe Buck sucks.

    6a. Troy Aikman sucks, too.

    7. I hope the Bengals beat the piss out of the Browns.

    8. Hoyer would be an excellent pick-up for the Texans. Sign him to a three year deal, draft a quarterback to groom for the future, and make it clear to everyone that’s what you’re doing and that it’s Hoyer’s team.

    9. Marrone’s gone, regardless.

    10. Read my lips: Harbaugh. Is. Going. To. Oakland. I have no idea why that’s so hard for people to understand.

    11. I like Teddy Bridgewater. Seriously. Good quarterback.

    11a. The team will be better off without Peterson. Use that money on O-lineman and your front seven.

    12. Manziel will never be a great quarterback. The silver spoon he was born with did nothing to enhance his work ethic, but did wonders for his sense of entitlement. But combination for any pro athlete, especially one without the natural gifts of a Rodgers or a Luck.

    13. Too bad about Mike Smith, but yeah, he’s gone. Atlanta is still going to always be a crappy sports town, however.

    14. Sadly, Coughlin’s gone too. Maybe the Bengals will hire him after all.

    15. Trestman sucks. Cutler sucks. Bears ownership sucks. The Dark Knight trilogy was filmed in Chicago, though, so they do have that.

    15a. The Dark Knight Rises is one seriously overrated movie.

    16. The Raiders have a quarterback. Next year they’ll have a coach. Has Al Davis been reanimated as a wraith?

    17. Jags-Titans will still outdraw everything else on TV that night. By a mile. Does this country love football, or what?

    18. The Washington Redskins are my favorite team ever in the history of the universe. At least right now. If Snyder fires Gruden, it’ll be decades before a quality coach ever takes that job again.

    18a. Kelly picked Philadelphia over Cleveland for a reason. Okay, maybe many reasons. But one big reason in particular. Dan Snyder, take note.

    19. I actually like Rex Ryan. He deserves better. Woody Johnson sucks. Ryan’s guys always play for him. Something to be said for that (see: Trestman, Marc).

  76. fins32 says: Dec 9, 2014 12:30 PM

    Cowboys are ranked too high.

  77. iamkillerfin says: Dec 9, 2014 12:37 PM

    FINS NEED A NEW COACH THAT’S FOR SURE!!! We need some toughness here!!! Harbaugh would be excellent but like the article says probably not gonna happen!!! GO FINS… NEXT YEAR WITHOUT PHILBIN!!!

  78. bnwpnw says: Dec 9, 2014 12:39 PM

    Those headphones suck, btw

  79. indywilson40 says: Dec 9, 2014 12:40 PM

    KWJSB, Why are the Colts getting so much respect? Who behind the Colts should be ahead of them? Not the Steelers(losses to Jets,Bucs&Saints). Not Cincy(worse record, lost 27-0 to Colts). Not Baltimore(worse record, Lost to Colts). Who then?

  80. skittlesareyum says: Dec 9, 2014 12:42 PM

    As a Packers fan I’m surprised to see them at #1. Maybe their defense is just not-bad enough to win, given the offensive firepower, but it makes me very nervous. I’d like to think last night’s performance was just Julio Jones going through an incredible run (he smoked the Cardinals too, and their defense is much better), but I’ve also sat through too many games of Dom “No Safety Help” Capers.

  81. tokyofilthblaster says: Dec 9, 2014 12:48 PM

    It’s both humbling and gratifying to see the Packers again ranked as the best team in football. Though nothing would top winning a NFL record 14th World Championship.

    We truly are blessed.

  82. zoxitic says: Dec 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    Definition of a long suffering fan?

    When you’re happy to see your team in 29th place.

  83. emoney826 says: Dec 9, 2014 12:56 PM

    Enough with the dumb comments about how the Packers are the Raiders without Rodgers. Take any franchise QB off their team and they turn into the raiders. The QB runs the offense. You put a backup in there and things sputter.

  84. mauricewalker says: Dec 9, 2014 12:57 PM

    You need to put the NFC South teams as follows:

    1. Atlanta
    2. New Orleans
    3. Charlotte

    Atlanta are undefeated against both teams and they have been looking better than both of them.

  85. kamthechancellor says: Dec 9, 2014 12:57 PM

    Seattle is playing the best football regardless of power rankings. They’re undefeated in their last 7 games if you take out the KC game which the NFL admitted they botched by not calling PI at the end. Either way though, defense wins championships…always has, always will. And no one is playing defense like the Seahawks are.

  86. deceman20 says: Dec 9, 2014 1:03 PM

    His attempts at humor are so bad.

  87. footballnut2011 says: Dec 9, 2014 1:16 PM

    Packers get smoked by the aints’ and they are the best team in the NFL…Too funny!!!!

  88. aaronitout12 says: Dec 9, 2014 1:30 PM

    kamthechancellor says: Dec 9, 2014 12:57 PM

    Seattle is playing the best football regardless of power rankings. They’re undefeated in their last 7 games if you take out the KC game which the NFL admitted they botched by not calling PI at the end. Either way though, defense wins championships…always has, always will. And no one is playing defense like the Seahawks are.

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

    Unfortunately, I agree. We(Packers) cannot beat the darn Seahawks or 49ers. Hoping you guys drop a game or two and miss playoffs!!! Dom Capers has yet to figure out the read option, and no one runs it better than Wilson.

  89. dethbytripledecap says: Dec 9, 2014 1:31 PM

    Can the Detroit D get any love?

  90. dwilkinson1968 says: Dec 9, 2014 2:02 PM

    “I’m from Seattle, so I’m unbiased with the browns.. i feel like they are above Frisco, Minny, and Houston.”

    Why do you think Cleveland should be above Houston, when the Texans beat the Browns in Cleveland??

  91. wikidpissah says: Dec 9, 2014 2:22 PM

    scrp2 says: Dec 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    Packers were running on all cylinders at home and still could have lost to the mediocre Falcons.

    The Patriots played a bad game and still won on the road against a very good Charger team.
    ________________________________

    I’m a Patriots fan, but c’mon. The packers won, very impressively last week.

    I’m not sure what you were watching Sunday night, but while the Patriots’ offense struggled, their defense and special teams were outstanding.

  92. ThinkOakland says: Dec 9, 2014 2:39 PM

    Answer to #27. How much “fun” will Coach Harbaugh have during that particular week, before that particular game, 4 Years down the road. Niner Week. This is still speculation if it is us that ends up with the Coach.
    The Mini Bye week… being the Thanksgiving Holidays did nothing for either of these Teams. I wonder how the extra stuffing had anything to do with how slow these Teams appeared at that first game back. I think back to when at the time I first saw the 2014 schedule, I thought how this would be a mini advantage for 49ers, rather than suspiciously an Achilles heel.

  93. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 9, 2014 2:45 PM

    Minnesota and St Louis ahead of several teams with winning records. Interesting.

  94. putinstolemyring says: Dec 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    mvp43 says:
    Dec 9, 2014 12:22 PM
    In today’s NFL there isn’t a team that is awesome on both sides of the ball. Although the second half of last night wasn’t the Packers best performance, they’ve showed all year that their defense is good enough when it has to be.

    The Packers offense can score at will…..I’d rather have the ability to outscore someone than stop someone.

    The 2007 Patriots tried that. Look what Belichick is doing now. Defense wins championships.

  95. higheriqthanyou says: Dec 9, 2014 3:20 PM

    Seattle’s offense is 11th and their defense is #1.

    GB’s offense is 6th and their defense is 26th.

    See a problem here?

  96. icebowler says: Dec 9, 2014 3:57 PM

    Great picture of the Frozen Tundra guy last night. Packer fans are always coming up with some awesome new getups.

  97. tedmurph says: Dec 9, 2014 5:32 PM

    You need to put the NFC South teams as follows:

    suck
    suckier
    suckiest
    unexpected suckocity

  98. aaronitout12 says: Dec 9, 2014 6:52 PM

    icebowler says: Dec 9, 2014 3:57 PM

    Great picture of the Frozen Tundra guy last night. Packer fans are always coming up with some awesome new getups.

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

    Thats no costume. Its freakin cold here.

  99. lambeauandlombardi says: Dec 9, 2014 6:54 PM

    Seattle’s offense is 11th and their defense is #1.

    GB’s offense is 6th and their defense is 26th.

    See a problem here?

    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    No problem here.

  100. crewchief15 says: Dec 9, 2014 6:57 PM

    Seattle passing game is 29th, Russell has been sacked 33 time’s and he’s rated 19th. Niner’s will win this week to end their 3 game win streak. I know this will ruffle the skirts of the seattle and expect a full trash attack.

  101. nflfan14 says: Dec 9, 2014 11:16 PM

    It’s pretty obvious what games we’ll be watching late January.
    AFCCG. Denver @ New England
    NFCCG. Seattle @ Green Bay
    First Sunday in February…
    New England VS Green Bay. Based on the game I watched between these two, I’d pick Patriots over Packers in neutral field.
    There you go.
    You are welcome.

  102. all4patriots says: Dec 10, 2014 2:03 AM

    Jets at 32 are overrated! Just stop at 31….

  103. 1910nuffsaid says: Dec 10, 2014 3:04 AM

    I can’t believe I am saying this, I’d take Fitzpatrick over Hoyer next year.

  104. bearsfan4life says: Dec 10, 2014 7:23 AM

    This is the first time all season you’ve properly ranked my bears.

    They’re a smoldering dumpster fire.

  105. jjodirtybird1992 says: Dec 10, 2014 10:31 AM

    @Kimbo71006
    Saints beat the packers, yeah u’re right man but after that what happened? lost 4 straight @ home, each game BY DOUBLE DIGITS. Get outta here man. Atlanta beat u guys in week one. Simple, we’re undefeated in the South, that stands for something and if the saints have only won 1 out of their last 5 and we’ve won 3 out of our last 5? What does that tell you? Either way tho, 5-8 shouldn’t be anything to be proud of lol, but hey….I’m just saying, ATL should be higher than u guys. Guess we’ll see for sure when we come to New Orleans. May the best team win, pray to God one of us finishes at 8-8 to shut up the critics. Heck even 7-9 will do.

  106. 504to757 says: Dec 10, 2014 11:20 AM

    you know its bad when atlanta is making a moral victory out of the packers lost .

  107. bridgeh2o says: Dec 11, 2014 12:06 PM

    Teddy is the furure, but Peterson WILL be a Viking, as he is STILL a difference maker, and the Vikes no that!

    FREE AP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. ohand16 says: Dec 14, 2014 12:44 PM

    James Starks will run wild today as he returns him. 140 with 2 TDs

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