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The regular season is over, which means that 20 teams are now 0-0. Which means that I have no interest in ranking those teams as the postseason looms.

But I do have interest in ranking the remaining playoff teams. Which I’ll do right now.

1. Patriots (14-2): The No. 1 seed in the postseason will see Matt McGloin, Connor Cook, Brock Osweiler, Tom Savage, Matt Moore, or a banged-up Ryan Tannehill in the divisional round. In other words, the Patriots will be hosting the AFC title game.

2. Cowboys (13-3): They need to root for the Lions to beat the Seahawks. Otherwise, the Giants or Packers will get a chance to beat the Cowboys in their own building in the divisional round.

3. Chiefs (12-4): They can spend the entire bye preparing for the Steelers, not because the Steelers definitely will win on Sunday but because a Dolphins upset would deliver Oakland or Houston to Kansas City.

4. Steelers (11-5): For the first time ever, the Steelers will play a postseason game with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell in the lineup.

5. Giants (11-5): “Postseason Eli” isn’t a very flashy name for a superhero who makes rare appearances, but there’s nothing flashy about the Giants quarterback so it works.

6. Falcons (11-5): An upset loss by the Cowboys in the divisional round could mean that the last game in the Georgia Dome would be the NFC title game.

7. Packers (10-6): They managed to win six in a row. They’re capable of winning four more in a row.

8. Dolphins (10-6): Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.

9. Seahawks (10-5-1): Upset alert in Seattle, where the team isn’t as good as it’s been and the wound is still oozing from the final play of Super Bowl XLIX.

10. Lions (9-7): They’re good enough to earn the right to go back to Dallas and lose by 21.

11. Raiders (12-4): Can Rich Gannon get in game shape by Saturday?

12. Texans (9-7): Can David Carr get in game shape by Saturday?

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  1. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:53 AM

    Have the Vikings moved up from 19 after their big win over the Chicago Bears this weekend?

  2. leatherface2012 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:54 AM

    7. Packers (10-6): They managed to win six in a row. They’re capable of winning four more in a row.

    YEAH OK. well after sunday, they wont have their hometown refs, and even if they do, beat the belichik coached patriots? umm, no way.

  3. arrowhead816 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:55 AM

    I’ll be rooting for the Dolphins this week!

  4. dreadnok89 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:56 AM

    I would have the giants over the cowboys but under steelers

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:56 AM

    “Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.”

    Hilarious. In what alternate universe do you see the Fins winning the division next season and having the best record in the AFC?

    You still hungover from New Years Mike?

  6. taptap77 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:57 AM

    So the No 1 seeded Cowboys are supposed to cower in fear of the Giants and Packers? Not going to happen.

  7. bjwbrown2011 says: Jan 3, 2017 11:57 AM

    “1. Patriots (14-2): The No. 1 seed in the postseason will see Matt McGloin, Connor Cook, Brock Osweiler, Tom Savage, Matt Moore, or a banged-up Ryan Tannehill in the divisional round. In other words, the Patriots will be hosting the AFC title game.”

    98% sure thats what we said when they were hosting Mark Sanchez

  8. VenerableAxiom says: Jan 3, 2017 11:59 AM

    While I expect the Fins to be one and done this year, it has been a great ride. On the other hand, I’ve learned not to count them out. Next year they will be improved and hopefully not down to the bench for players. Gase is on the case.

  9. nhpats says: Jan 3, 2017 12:00 PM

    All is right with the world…… Sorry Roger….wide right…..again!

  10. mrmcdougle says: Jan 3, 2017 12:00 PM

    The divide between NFC/AFC this year reminds me of the 90’s.

  11. dickshotdogs says: Jan 3, 2017 12:01 PM

    How exactly could The Dolphins be sitting pretty “this time next year with the number one seed?” Tom Brady will still be leading The New England Patriots. I’m sorry for embarrassing you.

  12. js4strings says: Jan 3, 2017 12:03 PM

    “Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.”

    Is this Max Kellerman writing this?

  13. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Jan 3, 2017 12:03 PM

    I’d say were good enough to go back to Dallas and beat them if the league were somehow able to find some refs who were willing to call a fair game. Unfortunately as Lions fans we all know that we’ll never get fair calls from the officials when we play Dallas or Green Bay.

  14. whywerule says: Jan 3, 2017 12:03 PM

    …8. Dolphins (10-6): Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed….

    No. 1 seed of what?

    The #1 Sugar Cane seeds in South Florida?

  15. stipez says: Jan 3, 2017 12:04 PM

    That was pre-buttfumble Sanchez, or Sanchize. The butt changed a lot.

  16. henry53 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:06 PM

    New Year’s wish?
    The Giants get knocked out early.

    Signed,
    A sincere Patriots fan.

    GO PATS!!!

  17. 6ball says: Jan 3, 2017 12:06 PM

    .
    Dallas may have had the best record in the NFC, but at times throughout the year, their competition has shown that they can play big time football too. Atlanta is a bit of an unknown, however Seattle, Green Bay and the Giants have a penchant for showing up big against tough opponents.
    .

  18. whatjusthapped says: Jan 3, 2017 12:06 PM

    The Giants are rated way too high, granted they have had playoff success in the past under Coughlin but beating the underperforming Redskins in Week 17 was no great feat.

  19. RegisHawk says: Jan 3, 2017 12:06 PM

    Arrest counter is freaking out with the new year.

  20. jackedupboonie says: Jan 3, 2017 12:06 PM

    Well I will be the first in case everyone thinks we have disappeared. Seattle is ranked a little to high here. 12 is our more appropriate ranking since we struggle to beat teams going for the #1 pick.

  21. joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2017 12:08 PM

    Hilarious. In what alternate universe do you see the Fins winning the division next season and having the best record in the AFC?

    You still hungover from New Years Mike?

    —–

    I never thought I’d agree with the Patriots fans posting on this site, but what games are you watching?

  22. TB12RALLYCRY says: Jan 3, 2017 12:08 PM

    wow ……your good……Miami’s the number one seed already next year…HAHAHAHA

  23. raylewisandhisteeth says: Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM

    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

  24. 2017nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says: Jan 3, 2017 12:11 PM

    Wow…Lions winning in Seattle? In an article written by Florio?! Pinch me!

  25. TheDPR says: Jan 3, 2017 12:11 PM

    Falcons and Packers are both better than the Giants.

    Looking at this list it’s obvious that the playoff field is over-saturated. There are four or five teams with practically zero shot at winning the Super Bowl. Any suggestion that the playoffs be expanded is sheer madness.

  26. baldbuc says: Jan 3, 2017 12:13 PM

    12. Texans (9-7): Can David Carr get in game shape by Saturday?
    __________________

    David Carr really?? More like can Warren Moon get into game shape and return to Houston.

  27. lscottman3 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:14 PM

    Dolphins (10-6): Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.

    next year they play the big boy schedule, back to 6-10

    just like every year they did well in the last 20

  28. mushroommike says: Jan 3, 2017 12:14 PM

    mrmcdougle says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:00 PM
    The divide between NFC/AFC this year reminds me of the 90’s.
    ——————————————————————–
    You are aware the Patriots are in the AFC right? They are probably favorite in the Super Bowl against any NFC team and certainly have a good shot at beating anyone in the NFC.

  29. stillers213 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:15 PM

    It’s a rare occasion it seems that the Steelers enter the play-offs this healthy. Having Ben, Bell, and Brown all healthy should give opposing teams concern this year.
    Also, I’m more optimistic than previous seasons about this defense as I have watched it steadily improve throughout the season thanks to the 3 rookies Burns, Davis, and Hargrave. Also, the return and emergence of Bud Dupree gives them 4 very good LB’s, a critical part of how the Steelers employ their version of the 3-4.

  30. leatherface2012 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:17 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM

    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

    I THINK U MEAN GREEN BAY

  31. fartweasel says: Jan 3, 2017 12:17 PM

    Packers can win it all if the refs continue to overlook the obvious holding by their o line.

  32. rollotomasi14 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:18 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM
    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…
    ——————‘-
    AFC East since 2002 has best winning % in the AFC, second best in the NFL behind NFC East, and that’s not counting the Patriots record

  33. gisellichek says: Jan 3, 2017 12:20 PM

    8. Dolphins (10-6): Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.

    _________

    I can’t tell if you are being serious … that is frankly super funny!!! Did you watch that game Sunday??? Honestly , They are not even in the same universe as the Pats.

  34. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 3, 2017 12:21 PM

    Since Manning’s retirement, the Patriots have no legitimate challenger in the AFC. The Steelers have one playoffs win in the last five years. Previously great Steelers defense carried Big Ben in the playoffs, not anymore. Don’t be surprised if they go one and done this year.

    The Chiefs have Alex Smith who couldn’t get it done in San Francisco despite having a great team around him. If they didn’t face Hoyer led Texans in the playoffs last year, they would still be searching for their first playoffs win since Montana was the QB. Patriots fans need to book flights to Houston right now. It’s a done deal.

  35. mushroommike says: Jan 3, 2017 12:21 PM

    12. Texans (9-7): Can David Carr get in game shape by Saturday?
    —————————————————————–
    What are the playoffs? – David Carr

  36. Flash1287 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:21 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM
    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

    They average 12 wins a year
    They usually go 4-2 on average in the division
    What’s your excuse for all the wins outside the division?

    They have almost the exact same win% outside the division
    Which is even more impressive considering they play more games outside the division.

    #excuses

  37. teal379 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:22 PM

    and even if they do, beat the belichik coached patriots? umm, no way.

    ————————————————————-

    Really?

    2014 – Packers BB in the regular season

    Only time in the Rodgers era they’ve played.

    In fact – Rodgers doesn’t have a losing record against

    Brady, Manning (both) or Brees.

  38. chippys lost binky says: Jan 3, 2017 12:23 PM

    All season we have been laughing at how PFT has over rated GB and now the playoffs are here and you have them too low. smh

  39. gosuhgo says: Jan 3, 2017 12:24 PM

    It sucks to have lost the North but I think Seattle is an easier matchup for the Lions than the Giants.

  40. steelcurtainn says: Jan 3, 2017 12:27 PM

    The Steelers can stay at 4 as long as their 1 by years end. The pressures on the chiefs and pats.

  41. nhpats says: Jan 3, 2017 12:27 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM
    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

    ———–

    The Pats were 4-0 against the cupcake AFC North division this season. In fact, their only loss to an AFC team can within their division…..

  42. vikingsdefineaverage says: Jan 3, 2017 12:30 PM

    No idea why anyone outside of GB likes Aaron Rodgers so much or the Packers in general. I get the history behind the team but this run they went on included the likes of:

    Eagles
    Texans
    Seahawks
    Bears
    Vikings
    Lions

    They beat 1 team with a winning record who Dallas beat without much effort, and only managed to win by 7.

    The only impressive win would be Seattle and I think RW had 3 or 4 INTs in that game. This run had little to do with Rodgers doing anything differently and more so with the WRS not dropping balls.

    Not sure who wins vs the Giants but I can tell you that nobody in Dallas is scared about facing either team, or Detroit. That playbook we cracked vs Detroit is about to open up in 2 weeks.

  43. leatherface2012 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:30 PM

    SUPER BOWL WINS SINCE SEPT 1968

    DALLAS 5
    PITTSBURGH 6
    SAN FRAN 5
    NEW ENGLAND 3 and new England didn’t get in them since 2002

    GREEN BAY 2!!! SO 2 GETS U THE TITLETOWN TITLE? BWAHAHAHA

  44. eaststsfb says: Jan 3, 2017 12:31 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:17 PM
    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM

    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

    I THINK U MEAN GREEN BAY

    fartweasel says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:17 PM
    Packers can win it all if the refs continue to overlook the obvious holding by their o line.

    Any sane football fan would stop posting stupid comments like these two after the kind of season their team had. You would think that the embarrassment of starting 5-0 and missing the playoffs would drive them back into their holes and make them realize their team sucks. Its good to see that you two knuckleheads have not lost your fervor. I think I speak for everybody when I say just go away already and let the adults talk.

  45. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says: Jan 3, 2017 12:32 PM

    Dolphins 27
    Steelers 23

  46. bears5683 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:33 PM

    I’m rooting for KC, Pittsburg in AFC and Dallas or Atlanta in NFC. I’ll be happy if Greenbay, NE, Seattle and NYG don’t make superbowl. I think KC and Pittsburg can beat NE on a given day, I just hope they don’t beat each other up when they play in the divisional round game, kinda like SD and Ind. did in 2007.

  47. rl79111 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    The only way the Lions made the playoffs is because other teams lost. They didn’t earn this spot, they just lost 3 games in a row when they could have locked it up in week 15.

    LoLions!

  48. raidernation210 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:36 PM

    3 weeks ago Raiders would have been #4 and were considered the only team to challenge New England now they are 11 and most are picking one and done. Just win one for the haters!!
    #RN4L
    #RAIDERNATION

  49. justwinbaby29 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:37 PM

    Miami beat a bunch of weak teams (Jets twice, Rams, 49ers, Browns) to win 10 games. More likely 8-8 Dolphins next year.

    It’s the Oakland Raiders who will contend for the #1 seed next year. Heck they were alive for it going into week 17 without their starting QB.

  50. citizenstrange says: Jan 3, 2017 12:37 PM

    Here are the excuses for Big Ben not being able to score 20 points on Sunday:
    1) Todd Haley
    2) offensive line
    3) Heath Miller retiring.
    It is NEVER Big Ben’s fault.

  51. mrmcdougle says: Jan 3, 2017 12:37 PM

    mrmcdougle says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:00 PM
    The divide between NFC/AFC this year reminds me of the 90’s.
    ——————————————————————–
    You are aware the Patriots are in the AFC right? They are probably favorite in the Super Bowl against any NFC team and certainly have a good shot at beating anyone in the NFC
    ——

    They are the only team in the AFC who ‘could’ be a favorite. That said, they are by no means superior to the top of the NFC, they are on par. Thus my statement: 1 team in the AFC, roughly 4 in the NFC.

  52. maust1013 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:38 PM

    mrmcdougle says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:00 PM
    The divide between NFC/AFC this year reminds me of the 90’s.
    ==============

    Looking at the top 3 seeds in each conference it looks substantially more like the 2000’s.
    Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers > Cowboys, Atlanta, Seattle

  53. 6ball says: Jan 3, 2017 12:41 PM

    .
    ” Dolphins (10-6): Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.”
    _____

    The Patriots have their own draft picks, a king’s ransom in cap space plus Jimmy Garopollo as trade bait. Why would they be taking a huge step backwards?

    The Dolphins have historically been a mediocre drafting team. They have less cap space than the Patriots and do not have any desirable trade bait. Why would they be taking a huge step forward.
    .

  54. fartweasel says: Jan 3, 2017 12:47 PM

    eaststsfb says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:31 PM

    Any sane football fan would stop posting stupid comments like these two after the kind of season their team had. You would think that the embarrassment of starting 5-0 and missing the playoffs would drive them back into their holes and make them realize their team sucks. Its good to see that you two knuckleheads have not lost your fervor. I think I speak for everybody when I say just go away already and let the adults talk.
    **********************
    A casual observer of the NFL can watch any Green Bay game and see the obvious holding by their offensive line. I don’t care which team you root for. Just watch the game.

  55. kevpft says: Jan 3, 2017 12:47 PM

    The Giants are really sweating with the effort of staying one step ahead of their inherent mediocrity, but darned if they aren’t really good at that, maybe the best ever.

  56. jgreiner9 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:49 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:30 PM
    SUPER BOWL WINS SINCE SEPT 1968

    DALLAS 5
    PITTSBURGH 6
    SAN FRAN 5
    NEW ENGLAND 3 and new England didn’t get in them since 2002

    GREEN BAY 2!!! SO 2 GETS U THE TITLETOWN TITLE? BWAHAHAHA
    _________________________________________

    You forgot to add the Giants with 4 titles. Plus the Pats have won 4, not 3.

  57. mustafa67 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:50 PM

    He said the Dolphins COULD be the #1 seed, not they will be. Remember the Patriots lost 18 games in a row to the Dolphins in Miami in the 70’s and ’80’s until the won the 1985 AFC Championship game in the Orange Bowl. Nothing lasts forever, there is finally a young coach in the AFC East in Adam Gase that can maybe lead a team past the Patriots.

  58. donttrollonme says: Jan 3, 2017 12:50 PM

    Where ya at 2012s? So few comments about your impending doom?

    One.
    Year.
    Dynasty.

  59. abninf says: Jan 3, 2017 12:50 PM

    2. Cowboys (13-3): They need to root for the Lions to beat the Seahawks. Otherwise, the Giants or Packers will get a chance to beat the Cowboys in their own building in the divisional round.
    ===============================

    *rolleyes* They already beat down the Packers and the Giants won both games by a grand total of four points.

  60. jag1959 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:50 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:30 PM
    SUPER BOWL WINS SINCE SEPT 1968

    DALLAS 5
    PITTSBURGH 6
    SAN FRAN 5
    NEW ENGLAND 3 and new England didn’t get in them since 2002

    GREEN BAY 2!!! SO 2 GETS U THE TITLETOWN TITLE? BWAHAHAHA
    ______________

    For the current crop of playoff teams with more than 2 SB wins you are not only off on NE’s count you missed NYG 4. Considering your purple powered GB inferiority complex it’s surprising you left out the opponent they are facing this week. Could it be because you know Giants fans laugh at queens fans almost as much Packers fans do? Or is it just that being a MN fan you don’t know much about SB winners?

  61. arwiv says: Jan 3, 2017 12:52 PM

    The Giants beat the Cowboys twice and over the last 9 or so weeks have the best defense in the NFL. Their #5 ranking is not “too high” at all. I dont see them winning this year but with that defense they are certainly no pushover. In the last month they shut down Dallas, Detroit, and Washington….and all three have pretty good offenses. Rodgers may win on Sunday but he wont be setting any records.

  62. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:53 PM

    “NEW ENGLAND 3 and new England didn’t get in them since 2002”

    Yee gods Vikings fans are the worst.

    First of all the Pats have won 4 Super Bowls.

    Second the “got in them” in 2003, 2004 and 2014, which all happen to be “since 2002”

    You can’t even troll right SMH

  63. cboys4life2014 says: Jan 3, 2017 12:56 PM

    SUPER BOWL WINS SINCE SEPT 1968

    DALLAS 5
    PITTSBURGH 6
    SAN FRAN 5
    NEW ENGLAND 3 and new England didn’t get in them since 2002

    for somebody who talks like they think they know what they’re talking about you certainly don’t know what you’re talking about. Patriots have won 4. Visit a more updated site for your history from now on

  64. nflfollower says: Jan 3, 2017 12:56 PM

    Honestly as a Lions fan I do not see a way for them to win in Seattle. I do not see an avenue for that to happen. Hawks I know have been inconsistent but this is a team that beat the Pats in Foxborough and quite frankly I expect them to turn it on for the playoffs. The lions out of the playoff field are most flawed without a running game without a big play reciever and without a pass rush.

  65. bworacle says: Jan 3, 2017 12:58 PM

    Sorry but the Texans are above the Raiders. Connor Cook vs the NFL’s #1 Defense at home where the Texans are 7-1 and almost beat the Raiders in Mexico City with Derek Carr and Brock Osweiler playing. No way they lose to the Raiders on Saturday.

    Maybe if you guys watched a game that doesn’t feature New England or Dallas.

  66. h0metownzero says: Jan 3, 2017 12:58 PM

    With another early exit for MN, you can expect plenty of angry peasant uprisings clogging up these threads covering the successful teams.

    Poor little Viking fans.

  67. arpy911 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:04 PM

    Perhaps he meant to write “Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 PICK.”

  68. johngaltwho says: Jan 3, 2017 1:04 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:58 PM
    With another early exit for MN, you can expect plenty of angry peasant uprisings clogging up these threads covering the successful teams.

    Poor little Viking fans.

    —————————————————————

    Yup, if the skoltrolls werent consumed by hatred for the Packers, they wouldnt know that the NFL season continues past New Years.

  69. Akula says: Jan 3, 2017 1:05 PM

    8. Dolphins (10-6): Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.

    You wanna talk about blowing your ranking credibility out of the water. There are drunks that would be more rational in their thoughts.

  70. contra74isloosebutthole says: Jan 3, 2017 1:08 PM

    staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:03 PM
    I’d say were good enough to go back to Dallas and beat them if the league were somehow able to find some refs who were willing to call a fair game. Unfortunately as Lions fans we all know that we’ll never get fair calls from the officials when we play Dallas or Green Bay.
    _______________________
    It is always the refs isn’t it? At some point you should hold your team management accountable. Either they are not drafting good talent or they are hiring coaches that do not use the talent correctly. If you find yourself constantly complaining about the calls you should be mad that your team continually puts out a mediocre product.

  71. chc4 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:11 PM

    Atlanta is being underestimated imo. They are better than the Giants. Dallas/Atlanta would be one helluva matchup. The Falcons can and will score on anybody.

  72. crewchief15 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:11 PM

    Looking at the top 3 seeds in each conference it looks substantially more like the 2000’s.
    Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers > Cowboys, Atlanta, Seattle

    Didn’t Dallas beat the Steelers at Home, Seattle beat NE at Home and except for a crazy fluke play the Falcons should have beaten the Chiefs at Home???
    SO how is NE, KC and PIT better than the other 3???

  73. dontbugmeonsundays says: Jan 3, 2017 1:12 PM

    As a diehard Bills fan – Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.

  74. captainwhodat says: Jan 3, 2017 1:13 PM

    although I have my own power rankings (which do not coincide with PFT), I just want the games to be good and worthy of watching…

  75. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 3, 2017 1:17 PM

    I will never understand why people think the AFCE is a weak division. We hear it all the time as the reason the Patriots always our division. T he last 2 years the AFCE had the most total wins of any division. This year the AFCE was #3 in total wins.

    NFCE – 39
    AFCW – 38
    AFCE – 36
    NFCS – 33
    NFCN – 30
    AFCS – 29
    AFCN – 26
    NFCW – 23

  76. bencoates57 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:18 PM

    It’s rare that an NFL team is capable of beating any abd every other team. It’s all about matchups — who draws who when. Another words it’s possible that the Cowboys are the best team in the sense they would beat the greatest number if teams in the playoff field. Same could be said for the Pats. But if either team drew the Giants, who mat be in the bottom half of the playoff field and would most certainly lose to the Steelers and Chiefs and maybe even the Fins, then it’s a problem. Matchups.

  77. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:21 PM

    why are packer fans still so purple-obsessed? getting ready to choke again the playoffs perhaps?

  78. tedmurph says: Jan 3, 2017 1:22 PM

    I think people are wildly underrating/sleeping on Atlanta. Their schedule wasn’t exactly murderer’s row down the stretch, but they’re absolutely destroying everybody. Beat Oakland and Denver on the road, and almost pulled it off in Seattle. 3 of their 5 losses were by 3 pts or fewer. Their D is not great, but how good does it have to be? But, nobody seems to be talking about them(not a Falcon fan). Green Bay is hot, but Atlanta is my SBowl value play.

  79. dinozzo27 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:24 PM

    8. Dolphins (10-6): Next year at this time, the Dolphins could be sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed.

    Did I miss the news that the NFL will be re aligning the conferences and shipping New England, Pittsburgh, Kansas City to the NFC for SF, LA Rams and Chicago to the AFC?

  80. tjacks7 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:34 PM

    The only question left is what week will the Packers annual playoff choke collapse? I mean, the Seahawks choke was probably the biggest choke in the history of professional sports. But, watching flailing Caley Matthews try to chase Larry Fitz down was also hilarious.

  81. redsoxu571 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:34 PM

    Simply ridiculous to put the Giants ahead of a bye team (Atlanta), especially when the only justification is a playoff rep for Eli Manning that is largely myth (no playoff success outside of two seasons, and both successful playoff runs were largely the result of the play of the REST of the team, most of which is now long gone). Keep plugging that narrative if you feel like it, though.

  82. FlashPatterson says: Jan 3, 2017 1:35 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 11:53 AM
    Have the Vikings moved up from 19 after their big win over the Chicago Bears this weekend?
    ————————–
    They’ve been dead since week 10.. why do you need to keep pissing on their grave?

  83. remizak says: Jan 3, 2017 1:42 PM

    “9. Seahawks (10-5-1): Upset alert in Seattle, where the team isn’t as good as it’s been and the wound is still oozing from the final play of Super Bowl XLIX.”

    It’s amazing to me how many people think the Malcolm Butler interception was the final play of the game. I’m sure Michael Bennett appreciates that!

    But maybe I should give you the benefit of the doubt, Mike, and assume you meant Seattle’s final offensive play of the game.

  84. bigblue431 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:43 PM

    Giants are too high, but it’s no longer as ridiculous as I would have thought earlier in the season.

    Most Giants fans (real fans who know the team) are, overall, a pessimistic bunch (a recent history of mostly mediocre performance, bad personnel management punctuated with an occasional run to the Super Bowl), which is why they don’t trash talk too much (just read the comments, except for one or two stray comments, most Giants fans have been quiet).

    I predicted this year they would be around 6-10 again. As they started winning, I waited for the shoe to drop and the team collapse in the second half of the season has they gave been for nearly 10 years.

    Next thing I know is they’re 10-5. Then I expect them to get blown out by a hot Skins offense. Next thing I know is they’re 11-5. I haven’t seen a record like that since the early 2000s.

    I fully expect they will lose Sunday (I mean, is any team as hot as GB right now- those TD throws on Sunday by Rogers were superhuman).

    But they have given fans hope again. Giants are 5-0 against GB in the playoffs – maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance they can pull this off.

  85. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says: Jan 3, 2017 1:44 PM

    The greatest super bowl champion is the one that went undefeated with a backup QB for most of the season!
    No other team to this day can do it! 🙂

  86. superpatsfan4 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:46 PM

    If the Patriots were in your teams division, it’d be considered weak as well.

  87. steelcurtainn says: Jan 3, 2017 1:50 PM

    Steelers 31 fish 17

  88. VenerableAxiom says: Jan 3, 2017 1:53 PM

    LOL. Florio struck a nerve. All the pats fans are up in arms about Florio’s take on the Fins. While no one know’s what next year may bring, one thing is certain, the Fins will continue to get better. Gase literally took a 6-10 team and got them into the playoffs. They are drafting well again and have said they intend to build that way. Meanwhile, brady and belichick just keep getting older. Gase will get it done, that I’m certain of.

  89. styro1 says: Jan 3, 2017 1:54 PM

    bobthebillsfan says:

    I will never understand why people think the AFCE is a weak division. We hear it all the time as the reason the Patriots always our division. T he last 2 years the AFCE had the most total wins of any division. This year the AFCE was #3 in total wins.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Because there has to be some reason why the Pats usually win the AFCE while earning a playoff berth other than being a very good team. Even when they sweep or go 3-1 in the yearly rotating divisional match ups we hear that division also sucked that year.

    I guess when their teams only make the playoffs twice in a 10 year period, if they’re lucky, you start to grasp at straws or strawmen.

  90. dwarftosser says: Jan 3, 2017 2:04 PM

    You have the Giants and Steelers ahead of the Falcons? I don’t see the logic there.

  91. maust1013 says: Jan 3, 2017 2:04 PM

    crewchief15 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:11 PM
    Looking at the top 3 seeds in each conference it looks substantially more like the 2000’s.
    Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers > Cowboys, Atlanta, Seattle

    Didn’t Dallas beat the Steelers at Home, Seattle beat NE at Home and except for a crazy fluke play the Falcons should have beaten the Chiefs at Home???
    SO how is NE, KC and PIT better than the other 3???
    ================

    It may be hard for a Cowboys fan to understand as it’s been a long time since they were playoff relevant but the season is a marathon not a sprint. Good teams evolve through the course of a season and headed into the playoffs it’s how a team finished that has more bearing on what they are now. Looking at the last 5 for the top 3 teams in each conference: NE 5-0, KC 4-1, Pitt 5-0 vs Dallas 3-2, Atl 4-1, Sea 3-2.
    Today’s Pittsburgh team is far from the one Dallas beat. NE’s D has hit it’s stride and their offense has figured out how to dominate without Gronkowski. KC hasn’t allowed a 300 yd passer since the end of November. It’s after the top 3 that the NFC looks better. Headed into the playoffs it’s actually GB that looks more impressive than any of the other NFC teams.

  92. styro1 says: Jan 3, 2017 2:06 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:53 PM
    LOL. Florio struck a nerve. All the pats fans are up in arms about Florio’s take on the Fins. While no one know’s what next year may bring, one thing is certain, the Fins will continue to get better. Gase literally took a 6-10 team and got them into the playoffs. They are drafting well again and have said they intend to build that way. Meanwhile, brady and belichick just keep getting older. Gase will get it done, that I’m certain of.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    When you draft in the upper half every year for over a decade a team is bound to get better, even the Dolphins.

    But I wouldn’t be planning any division championship yet! Or the number one seed, LOL! Even if the Pats don’t get it next year there is still KC, Oak, Pitt that are way better positioned.

  93. provpats says: Jan 3, 2017 2:08 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:

    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM

    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

    Pats WP division with BB .732
    Pats WP outside the division with BB .741

    An easier playoff schedule is earned not just handed to you

  94. mikea311 says: Jan 3, 2017 2:24 PM

    You have the Giants and Steelers ahead of the Falcons? I don’t see the logic there.

    ————
    well the giants would be the second seed if they weren’t in the same division as Dallas.

    Heck, the Giants might have been the #1 seed if anyone else could have beaten Dallas.

  95. med515 says: Jan 3, 2017 2:35 PM

    Postseason Eli isn’t flashy enough? Call him SuperMann then. He epitomizes Superman a helluva lot better than Cam Newton.

    And Antrel Rolle said, after watching the beating Eli was taking in the NFCC game vs the 49ers, that he realized he had Superman on his side.

    Eli isn’t flashy and his Oline is weak, but he’s bringing a defense with him. Say what you will, he’s a dangerous QB when the Lombardi is in sight.

  96. quizlingclinic says: Jan 3, 2017 2:39 PM

    AFC East Teams were 24-16 outside of the AFC East. The AFC East is always “weak” because the Non Pats teams start out with an 0-2 record almost ever year. If the Pats were in your division your division would also be “weak”

  97. justafanofnfl says: Jan 3, 2017 2:41 PM

    The Dolphins are going to be great next season. Gase is on the case. Tannehill will be healthy. Ajayi will be running behind a more experienced and healthy Oline. The Defensive front four are nasty.

    They should be able to crush teams like Oakland, Denver, Kansas City, New England twice, Tennessee, Baltimore Tampa, Atlanta and other assorted tomato cans. The 2016 gauntlet they ran will prepare them for anything.

  98. thegreenandcold says: Jan 3, 2017 2:42 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 11:54 AM
    7. Packers (10-6): They managed to win six in a row. They’re capable of winning four more in a row.

    YEAH OK. well after sunday, they wont have their hometown refs, and even if they do, beat the belichik coached patriots? umm, no way
    —————————-
    Bill Belichicks worst winning percentage against any team in the NFL belongs to the Green Bay Packers.
    Wide left, leatherface.

  99. quizlingclinic says: Jan 3, 2017 2:42 PM

    AFC East Teams were 24-16 outside of the AFC East. AFC West teams were 26-14 outside of their division. The reason why the AFC East is considered “Weak” by many is the Patriots are almost always at top 3 team in the NFL

  100. routerunner says: Jan 3, 2017 2:52 PM

    Haha– so next year’s finally the year that the Dolphins will not only win the East but possibly get the top seed? I know for the last 10 years we’ve been hearing how it’s the Dolphins year to win the division. But wow, top seed. That’s pretty funny.

  101. longlasting2824 says: Jan 3, 2017 2:53 PM

    Don’t worry, Pats & Packs, the Giants don’t have Coughlin anymore.

  102. styro1 says: Jan 3, 2017 3:03 PM

    Just two words for Fin fans, remember 2008. Remember that year? They finished 11-5 after 1-15 the year before and the future looked rosy! Except they haven’t had a winning season since!

  103. quizlingclinic says: Jan 3, 2017 3:03 PM

    routerunner says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:52 PM
    Haha– so next year’s finally the year that the Dolphins will not only win the East but possibly get the top seed? I know for the last 10 years we’ve been hearing how it’s the Dolphins year to win the division. But wow, top seed. That’s pretty funny.

    For a team that gave up 56 points in 6 quarters when playing the Pats starting or 2nd string QB, while scoring a grand total of 14.

    The Fish were very lucky get where they got this year: Worst defense in team history (in terms of points allowed) and ran the fewest plays from scrimmage in the league (according to the broadcast yesterday). That’s a team that will regress to the mean next year not take a leap forward.

  104. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 3, 2017 3:03 PM

    The Packers should be #1. They’re playing the best ball in the league right now.

  105. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 3, 2017 3:03 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM
    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

    Evidently in 2014 the softest schedule included the Seahawks, and every other NFC team that didn’t make the Super Bowl.

  106. riraider says: Jan 3, 2017 3:04 PM

    Your team is in the playoffs this year and all you want to talk about is next year?
    What are you trying to do ? Enjoy what you have today.
    Once you start talking about next year you sound like a Vikings and Bills fans !

  107. Rdog says: Jan 3, 2017 3:04 PM

    12b. Tennessee Titans

  108. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 3, 2017 3:05 PM

    “I will never understand why people think the AFCE is a weak division. ”

    Its very simple. Pats haters hate actual facts ever more than they hate the Pats. They don’t want facts because those debunk every single Pats hater myth like this one about the AFCE.

    If they look at the facts instead of their little emotional ball of hate, then they can’t say the Pats only win because of a weak division. If they look at facts like those in the Wells report and things like the Ideal Gas Law they can’t claim the Pats win only because they “cheat”.

    They are so irrational in their claims at this point it shows only the mentality of small children. They are the Eric Cartmans of the internet.

    The Pats win because they work their rear ends off, because Brady is great and because Belichick is the best current coach. Those are facts. Pats haters can’t stand them.

  109. pkrlvr says: Jan 3, 2017 3:06 PM

    he only question left is what week will the Packers annual playoff choke collapse? I mean, the Seahawks choke was probably the biggest choke in the history of professional sports. But, watching flailing Caley Matthews try to chase Larry Fitz down was also hilarious.
    ———–
    So your team is out of contention again and hasn’t won a playoff game since the BF days but you’re still in here trolling the Packers with stuff that happened in 2014? C’mon man.

  110. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 3, 2017 3:09 PM

    Dude, the Giants are 3-4 against the Packers in the playoffs.

  111. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 3, 2017 3:10 PM

    This pats fan would like to see only one opponent if NE makes it that far. NYG. Unfinished business & all. GB would be the next on my wish list.

    For the next 3 weeks only, I’m rooting for NY. You know, us cheaters have to stick together 😉

  112. bordner says: Jan 3, 2017 3:16 PM

    fartweasel says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:47 PM

    A casual observer of the NFL can watch any Green Bay game and see the obvious holding by their offensive line. I don’t care which team you root for. Just watch the game.
    —————————————————
    So what’s your point? The same casual observer of the NFL can watch any Minnesota game and see the obvious holding by their defensive backs. I don’t care which team you root for. Just watch the game.

  113. kablaam360 says: Jan 3, 2017 3:16 PM

    They should be able to crush teams like Oakland, Denver, Kansas City, New England twice, Tennessee, Baltimore Tampa, Atlanta and other assorted tomato cans. The 2016 gauntlet they ran will prepare them for anything.
    ***************************************************
    Laughable. Denver likely will have Tony Romo.. so someone, **anyone** that can throw a ball. Oakland has been and is getting better. Significantly better over the last 2 years. NE twice? With Tannehill? Oh, sorry, you meant IN SPITE of Tannehill.
    Also, the “gauntlet” they ran was so impressive dropping a huge 14 burger on the Pats. Ha, but allowing 35. Close game though. What were they? 28 Yards of offense and 24 of penalties, and an Int going into the last 2 mins of the first half?

  114. bigblue431 says: Jan 3, 2017 3:20 PM

    longlasting2824 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:53 PM

    Don’t worry, Pats & Packs, the Giants don’t have Coughlin anymore.
    ————————
    Maybe that’s why they’re 11-5, and not 6-10

  115. bigblue431 says: Jan 3, 2017 3:23 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:09 PM

    Dude, the Giants are 3-4 against the Packers in the playoffs.
    ——————–
    You’re right, my typo.

  116. VenerableAxiom says: Jan 3, 2017 3:25 PM

    styro1 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:03 PM
    Just two words for Fin fans, remember 2008. Remember that year? They finished 11-5 after 1-15 the year before and the future looked rosy! Except they haven’t had a winning season since!
    =======
    And won the AFCE. They had Chad Pennington in his last year and unleashed the wildcat. This year the difference is Adam Gase. They made it without 5 starters, two who were pro bowl players. Everyone but you knows that Gase is the man, and the future is bright in Miami.

  117. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 3, 2017 3:25 PM

    thegreenandcold says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:42 PM
    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 11:54 AM
    7. Packers (10-6): They managed to win six in a row. They’re capable of winning four more in a row.

    YEAH OK. well after sunday, they wont have their hometown refs, and even if they do, beat the belichik coached patriots? umm, no way
    —————————-
    Bill Belichicks worst winning percentage against any team in the NFL belongs to the Green Bay Packers.
    Wide left, leatherface.

    Only one team has a winning record vs BB, Denver. NY is tied at 3-3. Neither Dallas nor Atlanta have ever beaten the BB Pats.Sorry to let a few facts paint a bit of a different picture. They’re 2-2 vs GB since BB came to NE and NE outscored GB 115-63 in those 4 games. NE lost by 18 in 2002 then came back in ’06 to win 35-0. Last 2 were 1 score games each team winning at home. I’d say that gives him a pretty good chance in the playoffs, if past wins meant anything at all in future games, which they don’t.

    Wide right then?

  118. nhpats says: Jan 3, 2017 3:27 PM

    longlasting2824 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:53 PM
    Don’t worry, Pats & Packs, the Giants don’t have Coughlin anymore.

    ——–

    They don’t have Michael Strahan either

  119. nhpats says: Jan 3, 2017 3:28 PM

    What will Jerry Jones say when Dallas goes 1-and-done? Do you think he will wish he started Tony Romo?

  120. nynbkfarsuperiorx says: Jan 3, 2017 3:39 PM

    If NY beats the Packers they should be favorites to come out of the NFC because they wont face a better QB in the playoffs (No Brady is not better than Rodgers).

  121. m8gaman says: Jan 3, 2017 3:40 PM

    mrmcdougle says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:37 PM
    mrmcdougle says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:00 PM
    The divide between NFC/AFC this year reminds me of the 90’s.
    ——————————————————————–
    You are aware the Patriots are in the AFC right? They are probably favorite in the Super Bowl against any NFC team and certainly have a good shot at beating anyone in the NFC
    ——

    They are the only team in the AFC who ‘could’ be a favorite. That said, they are by no means superior to the top of the NFC, they are on par. Thus my statement: 1 team in the AFC, roughly 4 in the NFC.
    ______________
    They are definitely superior to the top NFC teams, The Pats are clearly head and shoulders above the competition. Furthermore, KC & Steelers would best your #3 & 4 NFC teams. How many Super Bowls have the big bad NFC won lately?

  122. mattbilleauthor says: Jan 3, 2017 3:47 PM

    Cowboys will have the most trouble against a strong passing attack. If I was Jason Garrett, I wouldn’t want to see the Falcons.
    Dolphins are definitely on the upswing and finally have a good coach, but there a lot of holes in the roster. I’d say two years before they can content for a top seed.

  123. quizlingclinic says: Jan 3, 2017 3:55 PM

    “mrmcdougle says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:00 PM
    The divide between NFC/AFC this year reminds me of the 90’s.”


    You obviously don’t remember the 80s/90s. The Pats are the favorites to win it this year and have been virtually all season. The run you reference on the NFC dominance featured zero teams in the AFC anyone thought had a chance. That’s part of why Montana’s stat of being 4-0 in the SB is misleading. He never played a quality opponent (other than maybe his first one)

  124. dpdonny says: Jan 3, 2017 4:04 PM

    “… and new England didn’t get in them since 2002”

    Unless you count 1986 and 1996, of course. Ugh.

  125. ibillwt says: Jan 3, 2017 4:04 PM

    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…
    ——————————————-

    Indeed you probably won’t ever understand. Chance has no memory. The dominant team always looks to have had the easiest path in hindsight because everyone they have played is by definition a loser, as is every other team in the league whom they have in turn made bigger losers.

    Similar thinking (actually lack thereof) is exhibited by the man who has such a fear of flying that he carries his own bomb on a plane because the odds of two bombs on the same plane are very remote.

  126. bencoates57 says: Jan 3, 2017 4:04 PM

    72 Dolphins have been debunked. It’s not that they played a mere 14 game regular season (although we’very had a few teams go 14 and 0 since in a more difficult league), but that they bear only two teams that finished with winning records and both those teams were 8 and 6. Good lord. Good thing the 2007 Patriots run exposed them by getting journalists to look into that Miami season.

  127. bencoates57 says: Jan 3, 2017 4:09 PM

    Despite being older Brady is still better than Rodgers. Brady for one is more consistent. He doesn’t have some of the awfull games that Rodgers has had. He certainly fared better against the 2011 Suser Bowl winning Giants defense. I will say that when Rodgers hits his ceiling, it’s tough to find better ceilings. But there’s more to QB play.

  128. captainwhodat says: Jan 3, 2017 4:15 PM

    The greatest super bowl champion is the one that went undefeated with a backup QB for most of the season!…Larry Little says the ’73 Dolphins were actually better than the ’72 Dolphins…think I’ll take his word on the matter…oh, and check out that opponents regular season won-lost% for ’72 Dolphins (.367), only the ’99 Rams had an easier one for Super Bowl Winners…

  129. stellarperformance says: Jan 3, 2017 4:20 PM

    Rodgers could literally run circles around Brady….literally. If the question was asked of all teams in need of a QB…”who do you want right now, Rodgers or Brady?”

    The answer would be Rodgers…3-1.

  130. leatherface2012 says: Jan 3, 2017 4:33 PM

    green bay is 6 places too high.. should be 13th out of 12..oh wait, the refs account for 6 places. never mind

  131. wafflestomp says: Jan 3, 2017 4:35 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:30 PM
    SUPER BOWL WINS SINCE SEPT 1968

    DALLAS 5
    PITTSBURGH 6
    SAN FRAN 5
    NEW ENGLAND 3 and new England didn’t get in them since 2002

    GREEN BAY 2!!! SO 2 GETS U THE TITLETOWN TITLE? BWAHAHAHA
    ——————–
    Not only do you not include the Giants Super Bowl totals, you also get the Patriots wrong.

    I also find it interesting you chose an arbitrary year like 1968 totally ignoring the two previous years in which the Packers won Super Bowls.
    You seriously must be the dumbest troll I’ve ever seen.
    I’m no expert, but perhaps your braiding your hair just a tad tight.

  132. tqaztec says: Jan 3, 2017 4:53 PM

    7. Packers (10-6): They managed to win six in a row. They’re capable of winning four more in a row.

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

    Sure, they are only 3-6 since winning the SB

  133. npadln says: Jan 3, 2017 4:54 PM

    I’ll be rooting for the Dolphins this week!
    ********************************************

    Hate to break it to you but while the Pats play the Steelers and Texans next year the Phins play the Ravens and Titans. Except for those two teams both teams play an identical schedule and you better believe the Titans are going to be much more formidable next season than the Texans will be.
    Easy schedule this year, next year? Not so much. I have no trouble believing the Pats can handle it (they usually do); can the Dolphins? I’d hold off on rosy predictions for a little while yet.

  134. npadln says: Jan 3, 2017 5:01 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 4:09 PM

    Despite being older Brady is still better than Rodgers. Brady for one is more consistent. He doesn’t have some of the awful games that Rodgers has had. He certainly fared better against the 2011 Super Bowl winning Giants defense. I will say that when Rodgers hits his ceiling, it’s tough to find better ceilings. But there’s more to QB play.

    ******************************************
    Too true. In fact I would go so far as to say that that is what makes him the GOAT; not how many good games he has had but how few bad and mediocre games he has had. In 16 years you can count the number of bad games he has had on one hand. That is incredible.

  135. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jan 3, 2017 5:15 PM

    Giants, sure. Packers and their MASH unit on defense? No.

    Seattle may be one and done.

  136. bleck5 says: Jan 3, 2017 5:22 PM

    In what world is the NFC better than the AFC lol?

    An AFC team will win the lombardi for a 3rd straight year and it will stay like that for a while. This is the decade of the AFC not a nostalgia trip to the 90s.

  137. SouthStander says: Jan 3, 2017 6:00 PM

    raiders fans be like … 11? Yeah, we’re #1 twice. Lol.

    raiders and texans – two pathetic teams … too bad one of them has to win and go on to get destroyed in the divisional round.

  138. frank booth says: Jan 3, 2017 6:01 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:34 PM
    The only question left is what week will the Packers annual playoff choke collapse? I mean, the Seahawks choke was probably the biggest choke in the history of professional sports. But, watching flailing Caley Matthews try to chase Larry Fitz down was also hilarious.
    ===================================Just FYI, the Vikings have the 24th best playoff winning percentage, all-time lead in playoff losses and one-and-done’s, No SB appearance in 39 years, and have choked away NFC Championship Games during that time in several ways.

    Also, Clay Matthews was rushing the QB and was past Carson Palmer when the pass play to Larry Fitzgerald occurred, and had to turn and sprint downfield to catch up to him. You may want to actually watch the play.

  139. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 3, 2017 6:30 PM

    Rodgers is the MVP. Pats went 3-1 without Brady.

  140. infectorman says: Jan 3, 2017 6:35 PM

    venerableAxiom says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:53 PM
    LOL. Florio struck a nerve. All the pats fans are up in arms about Florio’s take on the Fins. While no one know’s what next year may bring, one thing is certain, the Fins will continue to get better. Gase literally took a 6-10 team and got them into the playoffs. They are drafting well again and have said they intend to build that way. Meanwhile, brady and belichick just keep getting older. Gase will get it done, that I’m certain of.
    _____________________________________

    Gase “literally” took a 6-10 team to the playoffs?
    Thanks for that clarification, I thought the Fishies were “figuratively” in the playoffs until you cleared that up.

    BTW, 6-10 teams play a 6-10 schedule the following year.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but the Fins ain’t going anywhere with Tannehill. Especially not next year when they have to play a 10-6 schedule.
    Welcome to the big time…we know, it’s been a while for you fishy fans

  141. bleck5 says: Jan 3, 2017 7:07 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:30 PM
    Rodgers is the MVP. Pats went 3-1 without Brady.

    ________
    Yup and they would have been 4-0 with him.

  142. azkeith says: Jan 3, 2017 8:20 PM

    12. Texans (9-7): Can David Carr get in game shape by Saturday?
    __________________

    David Carr really?? More like can Warren Moon get into game shape and return to Houston.
    __________________

    And…the correct reference would have been “More like can Dan Pastorini get into game shape and return to Houston?”

  143. nygiants4rings says: Jan 3, 2017 9:02 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:27 PM
    longlasting2824 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:53 PM
    Don’t worry, Pats & Packs, the Giants don’t have Coughlin anymore.
    —-
    They don’t have Michael Strahan either

    —————

    The Giants didn’t have Strahan on their team when they defeated the Pats in the 2012 Super Bowl either. He retired after the 2008 season.

  144. aj66shanghai says: Jan 3, 2017 9:29 PM

    Dolphins, Jets, Bills super bowl appearances since Robert Kraft became owner of Pats: 0

    Dolphins, Jets, Bills playoff wins in same time frame: 3+7+1= 11

    Dolphins, Jets, Bills playoff record during Kraft’s time as owner: 3-7; 7-7; 1-4

    So, in more than 20 years, those three teams average out to under 4 playoff wins apiece. Or, one playoff win every 5+ years

    But Pats fans will tell you how tough their division is hahaha.

  145. djscottyb says: Jan 4, 2017 1:05 AM

    The Pats and Fins had VERY similar schedules (Steelers, Browns, Rams, 49ers, Cardinals, Bills, Jets, Seahawks, Bengals, Ravens)
    The Pats went 10-2. Miami went 9-3.
    (Don’t forget the Pats are 1-3 in Miami the last 4 years)

    Miami’s BACKUP RB was 4th in league rushing.
    42 yards out of 2nd place.
    And that’s in 15 games (inactive game 1) and only 18 carries until Week 5 during the Arian Foster experiment.
    .

  146. djscottyb says: Jan 4, 2017 1:10 AM

    Dolphins had the injury bug this year.
    Not complaining about it, it’s part of the game.
    But the odds of the Fins entering Week 17 with 10 starters out,
    (Yes 10: QB, RB, C, TE, RLB, LLB, CB1, CB2, FS, SS)
    AND an LT playing with a dislocated elbow in a cast out of necessity is highly unlikely.

    The Dolphins have been jokes thru a carousel of bad coaches and FO turmoil. Stephen Ross has found a group with Adam Gase that has changed the mindset down here. We may not be No. 1 next year, but there’s no denying they’re building a better, tougher team

  147. whywerule says: Jan 4, 2017 6:09 AM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:30 PM
    Rodgers is the MVP. Pats went 3-1 without Brady.

    I expect that Matt Ryan will win the MVP, and he is deserving, and others are worthy of being in the conversation this season including, of course, Brady and Rodgers. Speaking of Brady and Rodgers, this is what Steve Smith had to say just yesterday…

    You know, Tom Brady is doing a great job without [Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski], without some of the big name guys he’s had in the past, but that makes his legacy even bigger. Because no matter who you put out there, he makes those guys better. He’s very methodical, he can carve you up, just like you said about [Packers QB] Aaron Rodgers, but I think he’s a step above Aaron Rodgers… several steps.

    Tom Brady may not be this year’s MVP for the regular season and I am sure he does not care. I am also sure that Tom Brady does not care that he is the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time. All he cares about is preparing to win the next game, and executing precisely in the game.

  148. sxk129 says: Jan 4, 2017 8:06 AM

    infectorman says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:35 PM

    BTW, 6-10 teams play a 6-10 schedule the following year.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but the Fins ain’t going anywhere with Tannehill. Especially not next year when they have to play a 10-6 schedule.
    Welcome to the big time…we know, it’s been a while for you fishy fans

    ——————————————————————–

    Mostly agree with you.
    However, there is no such thing as a “6-10” schedule or a “10-6” schedule anymore. Other than 2 games every year, each team’s schedule for the next 20 years is pretty much already set. Google “the anatomy of an NFL schedule” for more details.
    What needs to be determined each year is the time and location of the games, taking into account other events, holidays, etc.

  149. quizlingclinic says: Jan 4, 2017 11:18 AM

    sxk129 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:06 AM
    infectorman says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:35 PM

    BTW, 6-10 teams play a 6-10 schedule the following year.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but the Fins ain’t going anywhere with Tannehill. Especially not next year when they have to play a 10-6 schedule.
    Welcome to the big time…we know, it’s been a while for you fishy fans

    ——————————————————————–

    Mostly agree with you.
    However, there is no such thing as a “6-10” schedule or a “10-6” schedule anymore. Other than 2 games every year, each team’s schedule for the next 20 years is pretty much already set. Google “the anatomy of an NFL schedule” for more details.
    What needs to be determined each year is the time and location of the games, taking into account other events, holidays, etc.

    Those 2 games could be huge, however. Those two games will be harder (in theory) than they were this year. Factor in that the Fish had a -17 point differential this year and you have the recipe for a massive dropoff (they were lucky to be over .500, nevermind in the playoffs).

  150. nhpats says: Jan 4, 2017 12:52 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:30 PM
    Rodgers is the MVP. Pats went 3-1 without Brady.

    ———

    So that Pats won 75% of their games without Brady and 92% with Brady….. I get it. What other QB won that % of games?

  151. sxk129 says: Jan 4, 2017 12:58 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 4, 2017 12:52 PM
    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:30 PM
    Rodgers is the MVP. Pats went 3-1 without Brady.

    ———

    So that Pats won 75% of their games without Brady and 92% with Brady….. I get it. What other QB won that % of games?

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

    Not just that. Pats averaged 20.25 points per game and outscored their opponents by an average of 5 points per game without Brady.
    With Brady, they averaged 30 points per game and outscored opponents by 14.25 per game.

  152. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 4, 2017 1:46 PM

    Lol… how does a team with the league’s best defense get ranked last. Sure our QB situation isn’t great, but neither is Oakland’s or Miami’s.

    Not that I expect this, but the last 4 years, the league’s #1 defense went to the Super Bowl. FYI

  153. ncheelsboysfan says: Jan 4, 2017 1:50 PM

    Now this is funny:

    “I’d say were good enough to go back to Dallas and beat them if the league were somehow able to find some refs who were willing to call a fair game. Unfortunately as Lions fans we all know that we’ll never get fair calls from the officials when we play Dallas or Green Bay.”

    Whiniest-II-Fans on earth are already whining before the postseason games even start!

  154. five6site says: Jan 4, 2017 2:56 PM

    @raylewisandhisteeth

    They have a better record outside of the Division.

    He’s won 4 superbowls

    He’s 232-8 in the playoffs

    2 MVP

    should I keep going?

  155. aarons444 says: Jan 4, 2017 3:28 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIPS since 1962 –

    Packers 7
    Steelers 6
    Cowboys 5
    49ers 5
    Giants 4
    Patriots *4*

    Only team to THREE-PEAT, SUCKAS!

  156. infectorman says: Jan 4, 2017 5:52 PM

    San Diego from AFC WEST*, that is…

  157. nhpats says: Jan 5, 2017 9:16 AM

    aarons444 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 3:28 PM
    CHAMPIONSHIPS since 1962 –

    Packers 7
    Steelers 6
    Cowboys 5
    49ers 5
    Giants 4
    Patriots *4*

    Only team to THREE-PEAT, SUCKAS!

    ———————–

    Those are some impressive stats……and most of those teams are still the top teams….. Where are the Bills and the Dolphins?

  158. shoutin' get off my lawn says: Jan 5, 2017 10:44 AM

    RegisHawk says:
    Arrest counter is freaking out with the new year.

    I’m sure the Seahawks will find a way to sign them all.

  159. cornersss says: Jan 5, 2017 6:59 PM

    “As a diehard Bills fan – Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.”

    Thats Joe Montana. Because he did it when the nfl wasnt protecting qbs and wrs. Press coverage meant getting smashed all up and down the field if you were the wr.
    Getting blown up was why lots of wrs didnt like going across the middle.
    Bradys bread and butter are those little crossing patterns, in the middle of the field. If he ran that offense in 1989 those little wrs would have gotten killed. And brady would have had more than 1 major injury in his career to date.

    also hard to beat Montana’s 4-0 in superbowls and Brady is 4-2, an int away from being 3-3.

  160. orrnumberfour says: Jan 5, 2017 10:06 PM

    “As a diehard Bills fan – Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.”
    ____________

    People (who actually know a thing or two) who have said the same thing:

    Jim Kelly, HOF QB, played in 4 Superbowls,
    Boomer Esiason, 14 NFL career,
    Darrelle Revis, one of best DBs in history
    Gary Myers, NY Daily News, NFL writer, HOF voter
    Manish Metah, NY Jets beat reporter, NY Daily News
    Brett Favre, called Tom “the best”
    Max Kellerman, ESPN First Take, NY Giants fan
    John Gruden, former NFL coach, ESPN analyst
    Chris Collingworth, former player, NBC Sports color man
    Ben Roethlisberger, “Tom is greatest qb in the world”
    The list keeps growing

    Playoff wins:
    Brady: 22, most all time
    Montana: 16, second most all time.

    Montana? Please. Brady is the GOAT, its indisputable.

  161. jkcranshaw says: Jan 6, 2017 8:23 AM

    “also hard to beat Montana’s 4-0 in superbowls and Brady is 4-2, an int away from being 3-3.”

    HAHA… I love that argument. Joe ONLY got there 4 times, because he lost in the first round 3 straight years in his prime with that team. In those 3 straight losses, Joe Cool, had 0TD’s and 4INT’s… he was even benched in the second half of the last of those three games because he played so poorly.

    In regards to your imaginary 3-3 record for Brady, I’ll bite, let’s all jump on the trolley to make believe land… Brady in his two losses to the Giants gave his team the lead with ~3 minutes to go in each game. IF not for circus catches by two receivers, OR if the refs called Manning’s forward progress being stopped (much like when the Pats lost a fumble this year to that rule)… so in my imagination the could be 6-0.

    Back to the real point it is better to get there 6 times with a chance to win, than it is to take bad losses in early rounds of the playoffs.

    Please don’f follow this up with “He was facing the 80’s Bears, Redskins, and Giants!”… the worst of his 3 losses was against an 80’s Vikings team that barely had a winning record in 1987.

  162. veddermn8 says: Jan 6, 2017 10:09 AM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:09 PM

    Pats have the softest divisional schedule every year and the softest playoff schedule. How can you call them the GOAT when they are always getting help….?? Ill never understand…

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

    Pats have played a 1st place schedule almost every year since 2001. Not their fault that the AFC East has been shoddy, but they always are lined up against the best out of division teams. But even then , the AFC East was far from the worst division this year.

    Also the Pats went 4-1 against playoff teams this year. And they faced 8 of the top 12 teams in total defense this year and went 8-1 against them while scoring the third most points in the NFL.

  163. maniacwithaknife says: Jan 6, 2017 11:37 AM

    Packers choke yet again further proving Aaron Rodgers has a bad case of Peyton Manning-style teeth-clencher disease.

    As of now, Eli has won as many playoff games at Lambeau as Rodgers. After Sunday, Eli will have won more.

  164. florio4prez says: Jan 7, 2017 8:02 AM

    “11. Raiders (12-4): Can Rich Gannon get in game shape by Saturday?”

    Well, he sure had enough time to try to do so as he clearly spends NO time preparing for his weekly NFL color commentator gigs.

    Like Simms and so many other of the former players-tuned-game analysts these days, he thinks they can just show up, rattle off crap from yesteryear about teams, and nobody will know the difference, or care.

    Earth to Gannon, Simms, etal: We know. We care.

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