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PFT’s Week 17 Power Rankings

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1. Cardinals (13-2; last week No. 2): Nine straight wins, and a much-deserved leapfrogging of a team with one less loss.

2. Panthers (14-1; last week No. 1): If 16-0 in the regular season makes it harder to go 3-0 in the postseason, it’s better to go 15-1 en route to 18-1.

3. Patriots (12-3; No. 3): Marty Mornhinweg says, “Does this mean I finally get another head-coaching job?”

4. Broncos (11-4; No. 9): Peyton Manning will now have plenty of time to issue statements and give interviews disputing that Al Jazeera report.

5. Chiefs (10-5; No. 7): Nine straight wins makes them the hottest team in the AFC. And still no one believes in them.

6. Packers (10-5; No. 4): Last week, I said they’re just good enough to lose in the divisional round. I was wrong. They’re just good enough to get blown out in the divisional round.

7. Seahawks (9-6; No. 5): Suddenly, Marshawn Lynch’s return seems inevitable.

8. Vikings (10-5; No. 11): Are they better off as the No. 3 seed at home against Seattle or as the No. 5 seed on the road at Washington?

9. Bengals (11-4; No. 8): A.J. McCarron already plays as well as Andy Dalton — in prime time.

10. Jets (10-5; No. 10): Rex Ryan guaranteed to take Buffalo to the playoffs. He’ll have to settle for trying to knock out the team that fired him last year.

11. Washington (8-7; No. 12): At the outset of the season, Washington would have been ranked this high only if they had moved to the CFL.

12. Steelers (9-6; No. 6): They’re the most dangerous team in the AFC. Especially to themselves.

13. Texans (8-7; No. 13): The only thing standing in the way of a playoff berth is a chain of events that would end up being far more memorable that the inevitable one-and-done that’s looming.

14. Falcons (8-7; No. 19): Sunday’s performance against Carolina makes all the losses even more confounding.

15. Raiders (7-8; No. 14): The Raiders belong in Oakland, and the folks in Oakland deserve a better Raiders team. Maybe both will happen.

16. Rams (7-8; No. 20): They’re cobbling together just enough hope to justify staying the course, again.

17. Bills (7-8; No. 17): Rex Ryan guarantees that the Bills will field a team next year. Hopefully, he’ll be able to make good on that one.

18. Eagles (6-9; No. 15): Chip Kelly now says he wasn’t the G.M. Plenty of fans wish he also wasn’t the head coach.

19. Giants (6-9; No. 16): Tom Coughlin thinks his players shouldn’t worry about the coach’s future. Based on Sunday night’s game, they apparently aren’t.

20. Bears (6-9; No. 21): They should be better. They could be worse.

21. Buccaneers (6-9; No. 18): Three straight losses have killed what once seemed to be a stunning turnaround. They’ve still tripled their wins from a year ago.

22. Colts (7-8; No. 22): They’re getting closer and closer to signing Tim Tebow or Vince Young.

23. Lions (6-9; No. 23): Cooterball could still save Jim Caldwell.

24. Saints (6-9; No. 26): Based on Drew Brees‘ performance, quarterbacks throughout the league will be trying to tear their plantar fascia tendons.

25. Ravens (5-10; No. 29): Long dead, the Ravens were happy to potentially take the Steelers with them.

26. Jaguars (5-10; No. 24): That 51-point outburst seems like it happened a long time ago.

27. Dolphins (5-10; No. 25): Hopefully the Dolphins won’t cut Brent Grimes; his wife’s Twitter page is the most entertaining thing about the team.

28. Chargers (4-11; No. 27): Eric Weddle’s squabble with the team provides a nice distraction from the fact that the team is about to leave town.

29. Cowboys (4-11; No. 28): Sean Payton has long been linked to the Cowboys. After the team’s performance in 2015, maybe those rumors will finally gather some steam.

30. Browns (3-12; No. 30): If Johnny Manziel is posting those videos in order to get cut, he’s smarter than anyone realizes.

31. 49ers (4-11; No. 31): Jim Tomsula said he’s the coach until someone tells him otherwise. More than 75 percent of the fan base already has volunteered to be the messenger.

32. Titans (3-12; No. 32): They don’t know how to do much, but they know how to nail down the No. 1 seed.

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  1. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 8:03 AM

    Broncos*

    *A cheater QB won a few games for them

  2. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 8:04 AM

    22. Colts
    25. Ravens

    Delicious.
    🙂

  3. romophobic says: Dec 29, 2015 8:15 AM

    The Packers are number 6? Are you serious? The Packers are probably the most over rated football team in the NFL. For some reason the media loves themselves some discount double check and have done nothing but make excuses for him all year. He’s simply proven himself to be a guy who isn’t as good as everyone thinks without his number 1 and has proven his number 1 to be much better than anyone thought previously.

    It will be nice to see Palmer win the MVP trophy though. Humility goes a long way in life and he certainly has a ton of it. Maybe if Cam is lucky Carson will share some with him.

  4. suhmonster90 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:19 AM

    Absolutely could not wait to find a reason to drop the Panthers. I’m surprised they’re still in the Top 10.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:23 AM

    So many crappy teams this year.

  6. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:24 AM

    Packers are too high

  7. profootballcaulk says: Dec 29, 2015 8:29 AM

    Payton to the Cowboys. Snooze to me…

  8. juice08 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:30 AM

    keep hating on the REDSKINS, Florio. You can’t accept that they’re a playoff team.

  9. dirtyhelmet says: Dec 29, 2015 8:32 AM

    Slide the packers in behind the Bengals and your top ten is a whole lot closer. Did you not watch AZ slap them around? I think the Cards are the team to beat right now, but quite a bit of what we saw there was how incomplete that packers “team” really is.

  10. paychrisjohnson28 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:36 AM

    My Titans know how to nail down the #1 seed? in the playoffs? Don’t you mean how to nail down the #1 pick in the NFL Draft ?

    — Titans Fan Dan

  11. jets4thewin says: Dec 29, 2015 8:37 AM

    Jets beat the Patriots and don’t move a single spot. Vikings beat the Giants and jump 3 spots to pass the Jets.

    You can be bitter the Jets took the playoff spot from the Steelers but let’s also try and be a little objective.

  12. lscottman3 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:38 AM

    is it only me, or are there others who see the Jets losing to Buffalo, not because of Rex, but because the are the J-E-S-T-S?

  13. bucks4ever13 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:40 AM

    Even at 15-1, Cam is still the MVP by a healthy margin. Carson is a runaway in the NFC offensive player of the year and comeback player awards. Nice to see both guys having great years for teams having great years. Would love to see them battle to go to the Super Bowl.

  14. pftcancer says: Dec 29, 2015 8:40 AM

    romophobic says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:15 AM

    The Packers are number 6? Are you serious? The Packers are probably the most over rated football team in the NFL. For some reason the media loves themselves some discount double check and have done nothing but make excuses for him all year. He’s simply proven himself to be a guy who isn’t as good as everyone thinks without his number 1 and has proven his number 1 to be much better than anyone thought previously.

    It will be nice to see Palmer win the MVP trophy though. Humility goes a long way in life and he certainly has a ton of it. Maybe if Cam is lucky Carson will share some with him.

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

    Yeah, Cam is still going to win, regardless of your allegiance.

  15. bucks4ever13 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:40 AM

    And to eliminate confusion, by 15-1 I mean after a win at Tampa.

  16. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 29, 2015 8:41 AM

    Bills should be no higher than the top 30, despite that pathetic win the other day, so long as Rex is the coach

  17. willycents says: Dec 29, 2015 8:41 AM

    STILLlolatpatshaters says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:03 AM

    Broncos*

    *A cheater QB won a few games for them
    _______________________________

    Patriots****
    *A cheater QB won quite a few games for them

    There, fixed your typos for you

  18. floriostoupee says: Dec 29, 2015 8:41 AM

    packers way too high
    jets two wins, two weeks, no movement?
    grimes comment – priceless
    I don’t believe the chiefs yet either

  19. ctiggs says: Dec 29, 2015 8:41 AM

    I wish Jed York would pull a Donald Sterling.

  20. ohand16 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:45 AM

    Bills are way too high

  21. ctiggs says: Dec 29, 2015 8:45 AM

    Chiefs have beaten zombie peyton manning and a Landry jones lead steelers team outside of that they have beaten The Lions before the overhaul, buffalo, Oakland, ravens, browns and chargers twice. They are frauds.

  22. ctiggs says: Dec 29, 2015 8:45 AM

    Packers should be 15th at best

  23. flaccodelic says: Dec 29, 2015 8:46 AM

    “The most dangerous team in the AFC” probably wouldn’t get swept by the Ravens, who I fully admit are terrible this year.

  24. filmex2000 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:48 AM

    I’d take the Chiefs and the Seahawks over Denver in a minute.

    You keep hearing about the Broncos’ “#1 defense” but everytime I watch them on prime time, they’re getting run up and down the field. It looked like AJ McCarron froze last night, or the Broncos would have lost that one, too.

    The Broncos aren’t a contender, with Peyton or with Brock.

  25. ariani1985 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:50 AM

    Packer fans still think that they will go 14 -2 with home field advantage!

  26. bleedeaglegreen says: Dec 29, 2015 8:51 AM

    “18. Eagles (6-9; No. 15): Chip Kelly now says he wasn’t the G.M. Plenty of fans wish he also wasn’t the head coach.”

    How can you tell Chip Kelly is lying? His mouth is moving.

    Now he’s not the GM, he didn’t want total control over personnel. Unless Chip had went 15-1, then Chipper would be telling us all what a fantastic job he did but since Kelly’s team was terrible he wasn’t in charge!

    Lurie doesn’t see what a sick & dysfunctional situation he has going on within the coaching & front offices of this franchise?

    This guy is pathological & makes Andy look like Vince Lombardi.

  27. htowntexan says: Dec 29, 2015 8:51 AM

    Texans aren’t great, but they should be 3 or 4 spots higher. They beat the bengals and jets recently and the Redskins don’t have a win against a team with a winning record. East coast bias again.

  28. tqaztec says: Dec 29, 2015 8:51 AM

    “12. Steelers (9-6; No. 6): They’re the most dangerous team in the AFC. Especially to themselves.”

    Truth.

  29. chieffanforlifehelpme says: Dec 29, 2015 8:52 AM

    CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. stipez says: Dec 29, 2015 8:53 AM

    Panthers beat 2 teams with winning records, two.

  31. whatnojets says: Dec 29, 2015 8:53 AM

    You really do hate the New York Jets!!!

  32. hendawg21 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:55 AM

    Still taking shots at your #11 ranked team, why? because they’ve proved you and MDS wrong the last several weeks when you’ve picked against them and because you find the name Redskins offensive? Now everyone will say they won the NFC East because it’s a weak division, however, they just played the schedule they were given…and if you look at the league as a whole, there are 18 or 19 teams at or below .500 so you can’t blame the Redskins or anyone else for that matter…as a matter of fact take a look you’ll see most teams played a majority of their schedule against .500 or worse teams.

  33. skinsfan2 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:58 AM

    Green Bay #6? Seriously?

    As a Skins fan, I’m really hoping we draw GB in the 1st round. Anybody who was actually watched them play the last couple months (and that apparently does not include the ones doing these rankings) know they are just not a good team right now. Skins would have an excellent chance of knocking them off.

  34. bassplucker says: Dec 29, 2015 9:01 AM

    “20. Bears. They should be better. They could be worse.”
    ——————
    Well put. The talent on that team isn’t where it needs to be (especially on D and the OL), but if the quality players they do have had been healthy this season they could very easily have been an 8- or even 9-win team. One of the Bears beat writers noted that their offenseive starters have missed something like 37 combined games this year – almost all of which being in their WR and TE ranks – and when that happens it’s virtually impossible to put things together consistently.

    The silver lining is that a lot of 2nd and 3rd stringers on that team have gotten enough live-fire reps this year and out of all, 4 or 5 guys have emerged who could be, if not bona fide starters, at least quality backups.

  35. edaniel82 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:03 AM

    Chief win nine straight is not that impressive when you consider the only playoff team they played was Denver with a Injured Manning giving them 4 picks. They are ranked too high should be about 9 or 10

  36. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 9:03 AM

    Broncos QB rankings without cheating:
    1. Osweiler
    2. Any other guy not named Peyton*
    3. Peyton*

    #ThoseRecordsMeanNothingToMeAnymore
    #MightAsWellHaveNeverSetThem

  37. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 9:08 AM

    2007 Patriots > 2015 Panthers

    The 07 Patriots beat 9 teams that made the playoffs that year.
    The 15 Panthers have beaten a puny 2 winning teams to date.🙂

  38. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 29, 2015 9:09 AM

    Stipez said:

    “Panthers beat 2 teams with winning records, two.”

    Why do people who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about come on here and post crap like this? … The Panthers have defeated FIVE teams this season that have winning records.

    – Titans Fan

  39. dirtydawg44 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:12 AM

    Browns are ranked too high….time for pop warner Pettine to exit stage right with Farmer.

  40. lambeaudungbarn says: Dec 29, 2015 9:15 AM

    I don’t get it, the Vikings look unbeatable one week then they look like crap the next.
    One thing for sure, they need to figure out how to beat the Packers.
    BTW, they were the last team to beat the Chiefs.
    They Bitch Slap the teams that beat the Packers, and play the No1 rated team right up to the last minute of the game, then lose big to Green Bay. But I agree, they need to lose this weekend to Green Bay.
    They can beat Washington, and Green Bay can beat Seattle.
    Plus get a better Draft Pick.
    If the Colts can tank a whole season to get Andrew Luck……

  41. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 9:15 AM

    Peyton* proved this year he’s just a system QB. The truth hurts folks. All the chest thumpers saying Peyton* can play in any system? Wrong.

    Osweiler steps in and the Broncos don’t miss a beat. And he’s beaten some of the top teams in the AFC too.

    Peyton proved he’s a cheat too but that’s a different conversation.🙂

  42. hendawg21 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:16 AM

    Really..

    htowntexan says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:51 AM

    Texans aren’t great, but they should be 3 or 4 spots higher. They beat the bengals and jets recently and the Redskins don’t have a win against a team with a winning record. East coast bias again.

    What a whiner…and btw when they beat St. Louis they had a winning record, and are they to blame for the teams on their schedules records?

  43. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:18 AM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:09 AM

    Stipez said:

    “Panthers beat 2 teams with winning records, two.”

    Why do people who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about come on here and post crap like this? … The Panthers have defeated FIVE teams this season that have winning records.

    – Titans Fan
    —————————–
    You’re right, it’s more than two…..name them

  44. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 9:20 AM

    Peyton* might as well retire now. Any record he still has to set will be tainted and completely meaningless.

    Thankfully the GOAT Tom Brady will set things right soon in the record book. I want my records to mean something not be tainted by a PED cheat. I despise cheating.
    🙂

  45. willycents says: Dec 29, 2015 9:22 AM

    STILLlolatpatshaters says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:03 AM

    Broncos QB rankings without cheating:
    1. Osweiler
    2. Any other guy not named Peyton*
    3. Peyton*
    ______________
    Patriots QB rankings without cheating:
    1. None
    2. None
    3. None

    fixed your typos again for you, no thanks needed

  46. jetsfan1985 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:22 AM

    How in the heck are the Jets still 10? Lower than the Vikings the Packers and even the Bengals?

    Let’s see what happens after next week when it’s 6 in a row.

    If you look at the 6 teams that will most likely make it in the AFC, I would rank them Pats, Jets, Chiefs, Broncos, Bengals, Houston. But the Jets are still 10th.

    ok…

  47. robaloconmosca says: Dec 29, 2015 9:25 AM

    stipez says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:53 AM

    Panthers beat 2 teams with winning records, two.

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    This guy sucks at math. Must be a Dallas fan. 1+1+1+1+1 equals 5. Plus, two of the teams the Panthers played would have winning records but for their losses to the Panthers.

  48. crazyallives says: Dec 29, 2015 9:25 AM

    11. Redskins (8-7; No. 12): At the outset of the season, the Redskins would have been ranked this high only if they had moved to the CFL.

  49. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:28 AM

    Don’t get me wrong, not a Panthers fans but why are people posting they only beat two teams with winning records. The following teams having winning records:

    Seahawks
    Redskins
    Texans
    Packers
    Falcons (maybe a push since they lost to them also)

  50. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:29 AM

    think about it….if not for the batted ball non-call in the Seahawks-Lions game, the Seahawks would be fighting with the Falcons and Rams for that wild card spot

  51. edaniel82 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:31 AM

    STILLlolatpatshaters You gotto be joking right? You despise cheating! so you think Peyton’s records are tainted over 1 cheating allegation but Brady who has several cheating allegations some proven is more deserving of the records? Wow!

  52. schmitty2 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:33 AM

    Being a Rams fan can be miserable. Headed towards another potential 8-8 season under the king of mediocrity Jeff Fisher. The sad thing is their record would have put them in playoff contention in the AFC south and NFC east. That’s a true testament about how bad the league has been this year.

  53. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 29, 2015 9:40 AM

    This season, the Panthers have defeated the Texans, Seahawks, Packers, Redskins and Falcons. All five have winning records.

    You’re welcome.

  54. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Dec 29, 2015 9:42 AM

    As a Cardinals fan, this is getting less uncomfortable. But not totally.

    Good luck to the team but still trying to keep a level head about it and be the anti-Seahawks/Panthers fans about the whole thing.

  55. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:46 AM

    “Even at 15-1, Cam is still the MVP by a healthy margin.”

    I wouldn’t say a healthy margin. Brady is neck and neck with him.

    Now I don’t know anything about the Panthers injury situation but the Pats have 17 guys on IR including most of their starting Oline and yet the Pats are still 12-3 and pretty likely to end up the #1 seed.

    If the Panthers have as much in the way of injuries then both could be argued as mvp. If they don’t then its Brady all the way.

  56. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:47 AM

    “STILLlolatpatshaters You gotto be joking right? ”

    Actually I think he’s just sick of the mindlessness of the Pats haters and enjoys throwing the same sort of crap back in their faces.

  57. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:47 AM

    edaniel82 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:31 AM

    STILLlolatpatshaters You gotto be joking right? You despise cheating! so you think Peyton’s records are tainted over 1 cheating allegation but Brady who has several cheating allegations some proven is more deserving of the records? Wow!
    ———————–
    Several? Like?

  58. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:50 AM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:40 AM

    This season, the Panthers have defeated the Texans, Seahawks, Packers, Redskins and Falcons. All five have winning records.

    You’re welcome.
    ——————
    Too late, I already did it for you

  59. crush22 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:51 AM

    STILLlolatpatshaters says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:04 AM
    22. Colts
    25. Ravens

    Delicious.
    ———
    Much love to Francis.😦

  60. ohand16 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:53 AM

    Steelers should be ranked higher considering they had to play without Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree last week.

  61. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 9:58 AM

    Actually I think he’s just sick of the mindlessness of the Pats haters and enjoys throwing the same sort of crap back in their faces.

    —-🙂

  62. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2015 9:58 AM

    jets4thewin says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:37 AM
    Jets beat the Patriots and don’t move a single spot. Vikings beat the Giants and jump 3 spots to pass the Jets.

    You can be bitter the Jets took the playoff spot from the Steelers but let’s also try and be a little objective.

    Let’s be truly objective. The jets beat the patriots playing with half a team. The jets have only played 3 games all year against teAms with a current winning record and 2 of those were against the pats. Finally, the jets have not “taken” any playoff spot yet.

  63. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 9:59 AM

    Brady is neck and neck with him.

    —-

    There is precedent for co MVPs.

    I think that’s the sensible and objective thing to do. Both guys are deserving.

  64. lscottman3 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:01 AM

    teelers should be ranked higher considering they had to play without Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree last week.
    ==================================

    so the patriots without Amendola, edelman, McCourty and others sholud be ranked what?

    it is what it is

  65. bart15np says: Dec 29, 2015 10:02 AM

    Packers are way too high
    – packer fan

  66. seahawksbmx says: Dec 29, 2015 10:03 AM

    Seahawks fan, but I’ve been touting the Chiefs as a dark horse team ever since they evened up their record after the atrocious start. DVOA is real and the Chiefs, like the Seahawks, are high on the list. Both teams may surprise a lot of people over the next few weeks.

  67. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2015 10:03 AM

    flaccodelic says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:46 AM
    “The most dangerous team in the AFC” probably wouldn’t get swept by the Ravens, who I fully admit are terrible this year.

    If you really are a Ravens fan and are familiar with the rivalry then you should know better. These teams could play each other with one being 15-0 and the other 0-15 and it could still come down to the final play of the game. 11 of the last 16 meetings have been decided by 3 points. Steelers are well known to play down to bad teams but the Ravens play up against the Steelers most of the time no matter what.

  68. Chris says: Dec 29, 2015 10:04 AM

    Even at 15-1, Cam is still the MVP by a healthy margin. Carson is a runaway in the NFC offensive player of the year and comeback player awards.

    Eric Berry came back from cancer to make the Pro Bowl. I am a Cardinals fan, and thought Carson would have the inside track on comeback player of the year, but nothing trumps beating cancer. Berry would get my vote, happily.

  69. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Dec 29, 2015 10:07 AM

    Panthers are not making it out of the NFC.

    I like the odds for an XLIX rematch in L.
    🙂

  70. minson15 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:07 AM

    rollotomasi14 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:18 AM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:09 AM

    Stipez said:

    “Panthers beat 2 teams with winning records, two.”

    Why do people who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about come on here and post crap like this? … The Panthers have defeated FIVE teams this season that have winning records.

    – Titans Fan
    —————————–
    You’re right, it’s more than two…..name them
    —————–
    TEXANS, SEAHAWKS, PACKERS, REDSKINS, CARDINALS, FALCONS…..THATS 6

  71. minson15 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:08 AM

    They haven’t played the Cardinals. So its 5

  72. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2015 10:09 AM

    lscottman3 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 10:01 AM
    teelers should be ranked higher considering they had to play without Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree last week.
    ==================================

    so the patriots without Amendola, edelman, McCourty and others sholud be ranked what?

    it is what it is

    Don’t take that bait. The steelers offense stunk it up and that is why they lost. The play calling was bad, the coach decisions were off, Ben played his worst game of the year and the receivers not named Antonio Brown did not even put up an effort. Having said that, the steelers should be ranked way down after that loss.

  73. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2015 10:15 AM

    The AFC is a mess. The QB injuries are going to really hurt the bengals and Broncos and if the pats cannot get some of their key guys back, a wildcard team is going to get to the super bowl. The problem with that is that the Chiefs and jets have not had to cycle wins through good teams yet and the Texans are slightly better than mediocre. Flip a 6 sided coin and there you will have it.

  74. codythao35 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:16 AM

    Packers are a very dangerous team but only to themselves. Lol.

  75. thisguy124 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:17 AM

    It’s 15 games into the season and people STILL talking about strength of schedules. We’ve heard it the last 14 weeks, why the need to repeat it one more time? Just stop already, there are only like 5 good teams this year if you havn’t noticed.

  76. flyerfan78 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:23 AM

    The final power rankings after the super bowl according to PFT…

    1. Packers: despite being blown out in the first round of the playoffs, they still showed the best effort out of any team in the league. This team is definitely trending in the right direction.

  77. schmitty2 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:31 AM

    Remember when many people predicted that horrible non call in the Seattle-Detroit Monday night game might cost another team a playoff spot? St. Louis and Atlanta must be pretty upset right now.

  78. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 29, 2015 10:34 AM

    Ted Ginn aka James Franklin( from the replacements) Devin Funchess, Philly Brown and Greg Olsen.

    GRONK,Lafell, Eldelman(until hurt), Amendola(until hurt).

    Fitzgerald, Mike Floyd, John Brown, and David Johnson.

    These are the playmakers for each QB, Cam/Brady/Palmer. Anybody who knows and 1/8 about football can see that Cam has done a heck of a lot more with less that Both these guys. GRONK trumps everyone and the plethora of WR that Palmer has is ridiculous. People I understand You All might not like Cam, for what ever reason. The Dab( Aaron Rodgers Double Check Thrusting his private into the face of groan men) no issues with that/Tom Brady showing up every opponent mouthing off at his leisure/ Kirk Cousins clamor for fame in his new “You Like That”. All of which are ok. But Cam Newton 14-1 needs to learn humility. Wow America. Don’t let your Bias poison your rationale. It discredits you and your opinion, when it’s just that and opinion.

  79. purplepackerhater says: Dec 29, 2015 10:34 AM

    How are the packers even in the top 10? They beat one team with a winning record (at the time of the game) and haven’t just been beaten, they’ve been trounced by good teams and lost to bad teams. They are one hail mary miracle away from being in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

  80. annes22 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:35 AM

    Mikko Grimes needs to get the hell away from the Miami Dolphins, and take her husband with her. She already lost her job for being drunk at a game recently and arrested, go to hell Mikko Grimes and just leave Florida please. We don’t need a looser like you, and your husband is playing like crap too.

  81. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:35 AM

    Pats still #1 seed after having 20 players placed on IR this season (#4). The teams with more aren’t even in the playoffs. Imagine if they could have stayed relatively healthy.

  82. 6250claimer says: Dec 29, 2015 10:41 AM

    At the turn, Cardinals were 6-2 and skeptics pointed out that their second half schedule was brutal compared to the first. All they’ve done since is go 7-0 against tougher opponents, including last weekend’s boat race over the still-reeling Packers. This team is scary-good and primed for a big run all the way to Santa Clara.

  83. realeyezlife says: Dec 29, 2015 10:59 AM

    the giants need to keep the coach and get rid of that 20 million dollar bum eli manning…the mannings don’t care about football – they only care about getting overly paid and participating in stupid commercials so they can make even more money…they are bums..see ya

  84. PurpleRaid18 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:11 AM

    The Packers at 6?!

    This is the same team that, since their 6-0 start to the season, are 4-5 over the last 9 games (and should be 3-6, thanks to the Detroit “Fakemask” penalty, but I digress) yet everybody continually pens them as an elite contender.

    They’ve been dismantled by the Broncos, Panthers (it was 21-3 at one point) and now the Cardinals this past week. Still, they remain in the top 10… unreal.

  85. conormacleod says: Dec 29, 2015 11:16 AM

    Ha ha ha. More rankings based upon past seasons reputation, and certainly not how teams are playing today.

  86. unknownsniper says: Dec 29, 2015 11:18 AM

    why no tebow??

  87. In Teddy We Trust says: Dec 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    I’m not saying the Vikings should be ranked above the Packers; that will be determined this week. But watching those two games on Sunday, it sure seems hard to consider the Packers to be a better team right now.

  88. kissmysandwich says: Dec 29, 2015 11:31 AM

    When is someone in the media going to just admit that Green Bay is not a good team this year? They are completely average and have some embarrassingly bad losses on their record this year. #6? Dohkay.

  89. mmack66 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:32 AM

    edaniel82 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:31 AM

    STILLlolatpatshaters You gotto be joking right? You despise cheating! so you think Peyton’s records are tainted over 1 cheating allegation but Brady who has several cheating allegations some proven is more deserving of the records? Wow!
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    Tom Brady only has one allegation of cheating, and it was definitely not proven.

  90. bengalsfan2079 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:35 AM

    The Packers just got their doors blown off by Arizona. And they would be one less win had it not been for a fluke Hail Mary. And they’re 5 spots ahead of the Bengals who lost to that same Cardinals team by 3 and lost to the best ranked defense by 3 with a backup.

  91. truetrue85 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:56 AM

    jets4thewin says:
    Dec 29, 2015 8:37 AM

    Jets beat the Patriots and don’t move a single spot. Vikings beat the Giants and jump 3 spots to pass the Jets.

    You can be bitter the Jets took the playoff spot from the Steelers but let’s also try and be a little objective.
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    The Jets needed OT at HOME to beat a Patriots team missing their top 2 receivers, best running back, both starting safeties and 3 starters on the offensive line. That game told us a whole lot more about the Patriots than it did the Jets. New York is a decent team but accomplished nothing more than the opportunity to be knocked out of the playoffs if/when they travel to Foxborough to face the real Patriots.

  92. bringbackwayne says: Dec 29, 2015 12:05 PM

    Vikings at 8? Although the author of these rankings is a Vikes fan.

    Smh about Packers at 6.

  93. jets4thewin says: Dec 29, 2015 12:15 PM

    @enoughofthatalready

    I fully understand that the Jets beat a Pats team without two of their better receivers and missing their safeties but also recognize that the Vikings beat a sub .500 Giants team with no Beckham and who had found out earlier that day they had nothing to play for.

    So to say that win was more impressive than beating Brady and Gronk to me is ridiculous.

    And if you’re counting games against teams with a winning record the Jets (and the Pats count as 2 as you stated) you’re still missing the Texans and the Redskins which would be 4.

  94. j huber says: Dec 29, 2015 12:20 PM

    Deadskins don’t belong in top ten, since they backed into playoffs. Belong to a conference where only one, is almost better than .500. Who wants to watch?

  95. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 29, 2015 12:44 PM

    Ted Ginn aka James Franklin( from the replacements) Devin Funchess, Philly Brown and Greg Olsen.

    GRONK,Lafell, Eldelman(until hurt), Amendola(until hurt).

    Fitzgerald, Mike Floyd, John Brown, and David Johnson.

    These are the playmakers for each QB, Cam/Brady/Palmer. Anybody who knows and 1/8 about football can see that Cam has done a heck of a lot more with less that Both these guys. GRONK trumps everyone and the plethora of WR that Palmer has is ridiculous. People I understand You All might not like Cam, for what ever reason. The Dab( Aaron Rodgers Double Check Thrusting his private into the face of groan men) no issues with that/Tom Brady showing up every opponent mouthing off at his leisure/ Kirk Cousins clamor for fame in his new “You Like That”. All of which are ok. But Cam Newton 14-1 needs to learn humility. Wow America. Don’t let your Bias poison your rationale. It discredits you and your opinion, when it’s just that and opinion
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    Wow, what a rant. I dont who you are yelling at? I’m a Pat’s fan and would say Cam should be MVP based on what I’ve seen all year, but it’s a very slight margin.

    I think Gronk is the best play maker of the players mention, and Palmer definitely has the best weapons overall. But you discredit the run game for Carolina as “not a weapon” for Cam. That cannot be ignored, they’ ve been great. And both defenses have been great overall.

    Brady – 4690 total yds of offense, 39 total TDs, 8 total turnovers
    Cam – 4190 total yds of offense, 41 total TDs, 14 total turnovers

    How can you say that anyone who knows 1/8 about football should Cam is running away with this, based on what? And LaFell, a former stone hands Panther with Cam, is now a potent weapon with Tom??? That’s interesting.

    “Tom Brady showing up every opponent mouthing off at his leisure” – what the hell does that even mean??

    Dont accuse others of their opinion of Cam needs to grow up and gain some humility if you’re going to do the same thing.

    As I said earlier, my vote for MVP is still Cam, but use ‘1/8 fact’ to back your arguments next time.

    My rant over.

  96. sullijo1 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:58 PM

    Broncos are 5-1 against the other top 10 teams…..just sayin

  97. hailtoskins says: Dec 29, 2015 1:42 PM

    The Seahawks or on the list twice and you forgot the Redskins

  98. kurtnorrisblog says: Dec 29, 2015 1:54 PM

    How in the hell are the lions ranked worse than the eagles that they blew out on Thanksgiving, the giants, colts, bears and bucs??? What about the fact that 7 of their 9 loses were to the 1,4,5,6,7, and 8th ranked teams in the NFL, the other was too a healthy chargers and pretty decent rams team.

  99. kurtnorrisblog says: Dec 29, 2015 1:57 PM

    and not to mention failmask and the blown call during the seattle game… but I digress

  100. skinsprinting says: Dec 29, 2015 2:01 PM

    Say what you will about the NFC East, but the Redskins earned the division by winning games at the end of the season that they had to win and by playing their best football.

    No, I do not think they will go very far in the playoffs but who even thought they would be in the playoffs?

    21 of the 32 NFL teams currently have a losing record !!

  101. gnflyer says: Dec 29, 2015 2:14 PM

    The Texans are too low if these ranking are to reflect current strenght. The Texans beat ninth ranked Bengals and tenth ranked Jets and have won six of thier last eight.

    An interesting fact: the Texans have started 8 QB’s in the last two seasons. Three of those QB’s pulled major up sets this last weekend, Fitz beat NE; Keenam beat SEA; Mallet beat Pitt.

  102. nicksibilla says: Dec 29, 2015 3:50 PM

    that manziel comment though lmao

  103. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 29, 2015 5:54 PM

    I agree that Rodgers isn’t as good as everyone thinks. He’s even better. Just ask his all-time leading career passer rating.

  104. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 29, 2015 6:05 PM

    Viking fans are still crying about the face mask in the Packers-Lions game, but sure don’t like to talk about the pass interference that should’ve put the Packers in field goal range.

  105. metlifeteardown says: Dec 29, 2015 7:21 PM

    These rankings are dysfunctional. Are they cumulative or who would you not want to play tomorrow? I don’t think Pats are a #3 with A and E out and 1 for 10 on third down v Jets. Plus allowing 420+ yards. Healthier OK. If Jets had black and gold jerseys they would be #2. The steel Curtain is back!!!!!

  106. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 29, 2015 9:58 PM

    Everyone is also right that the Packers shouldn’t be #6. Top 3 is more accurate.

  107. motsuret06 says: Dec 30, 2015 12:26 AM

    Do the math if you can figure it out??? 14-1 is better than 13-2 Still nothing but disrespect for the Carolina Panthers!

  108. metlifeteardown says: Dec 30, 2015 2:05 AM

    For all the Pats fans whining about injuries. In week 7 Jets matchup Lorenzo Mauldin and Bilal Powell , Quincy Enunwa all did not play. You remember them from Sunday right? Skrine gave himself a stinger in the first half popping Edelmen, Calvin Pryor left after early 2nd half high ankle sprain, Richardson was in his 2nd game back after a 4 game suspension where he cannot practice with team, Decker sprained his PCL week 1, Leonard Williams was in his 6th NFL game, Ivory partially torn quad on 1st play from scrimmage. If Brandon Marshall makes catch were up 8 mid 4th in your building. Now we are healthy, and the rookies are for real. Just like the Giants in 2007, you can’t block us. When the Jets went from 4-1 to 5-5, Mauldin, Powell and Enunwa were all out, Mangold had a neck injury, Marshall a high ankle, Fitz broke his thumb. I could go on so stop whining unless Brady or Rob get hurt OK?

  109. goingthextramile says: Dec 30, 2015 10:09 AM

    Florio, please keep my Jets a perfect 10 after they beat the Bills this week. You’re rankings have been like a green good luck charm. Tee hee🙂

  110. jjackwagon says: Dec 30, 2015 10:17 PM

    Broncos are 5-1 against the other top 10 teams…..just sayin

    And will be one & done in the playoffs again…just sayin

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