PFT’s Week 13 Power Rankings

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1. Panthers (11-0; last week No. 2): It’s been a year since they’ve lost a regular-season game. The real question for the rest of the current year is whether they’ll win three games in the postseason.

2. Broncos (9-2; No. 6): The Broncos could be paying a quarterback $19 million next year, after all. Just not the one they thought.

3. Patriots (10-1; No. 1): Will Tom Brady eventually be throwing passes to Tony Gonzalez, Randy Moss, and/or Terrell Owens?

4. Bengals (9-2; No. 4): The Bengals are back. As long as they don’t have to play at night.

5. Cardinals (9-2; No. 3): Good teams find a way to win even when they’re playing the opposite of good.

6. Vikings (8-3; No. 8): The Steve Hutchinson/Nate Burleson Tit-for-Tat Bowl finally has both teams playing for something other than spite.

7. Packers (7-4; No. 5): If Peyton Manning or Tom Brady had young teammates who weren’t spending enough time preparing to play, the last thing either of them would need to do is complain about it publicly.

8. Seahawks (6-5; No. 9): Russell Wilson played better than ever with Marshawn Lynch not in the building. Which may not be a coincidence.

9. Chiefs (6-5; No. 10): Yes, the 49ers kept the wrong guy.

10. Steelers (6-5; No. 7): That fake field goal was so bad that the Colts were laughing at it.

11. Colts (6-5; No. 14): 4-0 is the new 40.

12. Texans (6-5; No. 15): Few teams have improved more than this one during the season, and few can figure out how they did it.

13. Raiders (5-6; No. 13): Every time the Raiders give us a reason to give up on them, they give us a reason not to.

14. Bills (5-6; No. 12): They need to finish 4-1 to match what they did without LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor, Charles Clay, and Rex Ryan.

15. Jets (6-5; No. 16): Stephen Ross no longer owns the Dolphins; the Jets do.

16. Bears (5-6; No. 20): Thirty years after a team to never forget, the Bears are gradually piecing together a season to remember.

17. Washington (5-6; No. 25): I like that at home; I hate that on the road.

18. Giants (5-6; No. 11): How bad would they have played in Washington if they hadn’t had two weeks to get ready?

19. Falcons (6-5; No. 17): Matty Ice has a modified nickname.

20. Buccaneers (5-6; No. 18): Is it a drop if it never actually touches your hands?

21. Lions (4-7; No. 24): The Lions have mastered Cooterball.

22. Ravens (4-7; No. 28): Thanks, Ravens, for the annual reminder that the Texans actually paid many millions of dollars to Matt Schaub.

23. Rams (4-7; No. 21): Apparently, “kiss my ass” comes from the Competition Committee’s special parliamentary procedures known as Robert’s Rules of Odor.

24. Dolphins (4-7; No. 22): If the Dolphins fire someone every time they lose to the Jets, the Dolphins may eventually have no one left to fire.

25. Jaguars (4-7; No. 23): At least folks in Jacksonville can enjoy the holidays without being distracted by playoff seedings.

26. Eagles (4-7; No. 26): At this rate, the Eagles may give the Titans a first-round pick to take Chip Kelly.

27. Saints (4-7; No. 27): Drew Brees will make it to 45 only if he becomes a kicker.

28. Chargers (3-8; No. 31): The Chargers are so bad that beating the Jaguars is actually an upset.

29. 49ers (3-8; No. 29): The 49ers are so bad that Rob Schneider is calling them out.

30. Cowboys (3-8; No. 19): At least the expectations won’t be quite as high next year.

31. Titans (2-9; No. 30): If the NFL played 45 minutes game, the Titans would be a lock for the Super Bowl.

32. Browns (2-9; No. 32): A Pick Six and a Kick Six and anyone who watched that one got sick at least six times.

135 responses to “PFT’s Week 13 Power Rankings

  1. The broncos needed to be at home, have a gigantic slew of patriots injured AND the refs in their back pocket to squeak out a win in OT and you have them rated higher than the Pats!

    hilarious!

  2. Funny shot at Rodgers….but it actually has a ring of truth. If he ever evolves into the type of guy that realizes sometimes he needs to point a finger at himself he really might turn into the QB that some have hyped him to be.

  3. Looks like someone forgot to look at the NFL’s week 11 results. The Cardinals defeated the Bengals, the Lions held on against the Raiders, and the Packers throttled the Vikings. But hey, it’s just rankings, right??

  4. Any way we can drop the Patriots 14 spots after a tough road loss to a playoff team? That paid off nicely last year.

  5. Gee.. Win 5 games in a row and you get dropped to the #5 team in the league, under the team you beat almost a week ago. Who’s making these rankings, the NFL refs?

  6. Florio, you continue to be way to kind to my Bills and our incompetent schmuck coach….should be more like #20…..

  7. Florio, you really think a 2 loss Denver team is better than NE? Sure they won in OT, at home, against an injury ravaged NE roster with the benefit of some questionable calls in crucial plays. I think the Pats would welcome a playoff rematch in Denver or Foxborough.

  8. Well done Panthers. Not sure Broncos deserve a 4 place climb after a win at home that needed OT, altitude, help from refs, low hits and spearing by Vonn Miller, against an opponent that was absent a great many players, but it’s a rare opportunity to downgrade the Pats.

  9. “7. Packers (7-4; No. 5): If Peyton Manning or Tom Brady had young teammates who weren’t spending enough time preparing to play, the last thing either of them would need to do is complain about it publicly.”

    So true! You could also have put Brett Favre or Bart Starr into that statement.

  10. Packers receiving core:
    Jordy Nelson: out for year
    Randall Cobb: can’t get open with no Nelson to draw coverage
    Davante Adams: Robert Ferguson 2.0
    Ty Montgomery: always injured
    Jared Abbrederis: always injured
    Jeff Janis: can’t seem to learn to run routes
    Andrew Quarless: injured
    Richard Rodgers: is a blocking TE who they are trying to force into being Jimmy Graham

    But it is somehow all Rodgers fault. LOLOLOLOL!!!

  11. Finally. All it took was for every other undefeated team to lose. Thanks for recognizing more than halfway through the season that Carolina is for real.

  12. Denver managed a win with a backup qb in his second start (basically a rookie), four injured pro-bowlers, a third stringer starting at left tackle, two other starters injured. New England’s run defense looked worse than the Colts from last year. Patriots are over rated in this post.

  13. I was going to complain about the Ravens and Seahawks rankings due to your obvious bias for those teams. Then I looked at the teams below them and thought “ehhh, I guess that’s about right.”

    This year’s NFL features 5-6 good teams, 5-6 dumpster fires, ~20 average teams that could beat each other regardless of ranking, and the Browns.

  14. Parody! Watching that game last night of 2 seller dwellers and having it be that fun to watch is apparently what the NFL wants. I guess it makes sense but on one hand I miss the times of great dynasty’s like the Steelers, Niners & Cowboys . The Pats are the closest thing ( A team we all love to hate) currently but the old days were cool too, before the salary cap and FA. Of course what do I know anyways, I’m sitting on my couch eating cup cakes :). Have a great day my friends.

  15. I cannot believe the Broncos are ahead of the Patriots. (Carolina at #1? Absolutely. They’re undefeated.)

    Both NE and DEN were beaten up and injured, but only one of those teams had seven extra players (all dressed in stripes) helping them along throughout the game.

    Broncos don’t win without a slew of bogus phantom penalties helping them along and extending plays at critical times.

    Oh. And Harper. (Sorry, buddy.)

  16. No smart-@$$ comments from me today. My team is 11-0 at the top of the heap. Seasons like this don’t happen very often, so I’m trying to savor it. Looking forward to win #12 in New Orleans.

  17. hurricane6670 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 7:28 AM

    Nice “rip” on Aaron Rodgers…. Captain Smug!
    —–
    Captain Smug aka Aarogant Rodgers.

  18. “Yes the 49ers kept the wrong guy” Are you serious? Alex still has not accomplished as much as Kaep has and he has been in the league for a decade. Alex has 9 lives, and the chiefs are going no where. #Nobodyhasitbetterthanus

  19. Why the problem with Rodgers calling out his players publicly? Brady doesn’t have to worry about doing that because Belichick would cut any player who goofed off like that.

    As a Viking fan, I have no love lost for the Packers at all, and their spot in these rankings is probably higher than they deserve, considering their poor play over four of the last five weeks. But if those players called out come out Thursday and play like they did against the Vikings, and keep that up for the rest of the season, will Rodgers get credit for being a leader?

    One thing’s for sure: outside of that Viking game, the Packers have been playing like they’ve already got a division title wrapped up over the last five weeks. On Thursday, they travel to face a Lions team that has won three straight, and has a red-hot offense. If the Packers lose that game, they are in real trouble. Rodgers knows this, and is doing his part to fix it by calling out unprepared players.

  20. As an obvious Bronco fan, I thought it was wrong to rank us at #6 and #7. The same thing goes for now at #2. Just goes to show how ridiculous these power rankings are.

  21. So the Pats should be rated higher because they couldn’t beat a QB making his second start ever. Or they should be rated higher because they have a ton of injuries to key players who won’t be back anytime soon. Watching Gronk cry like a girl when he didn’t tear anything was priceless

  22. Great crack on Evans’ “drop”. Also, the Browns ending was pathetic. “You’ve come all this way, only to fail now” – Count Rugen.

  23. The Steelers defense made Johnny Manziel look great before the bye and they made Russell Wilson look great after the bye. Don’t get too excited by the Seahawks just yet.

  24. I realize these rankings are dashed off by the writing staff with hastily-written, nominally clever one-liners. That said, I watched the Bengals’ night games this year and previous years, and even though they lost close games to the Cardinals and Texans, this is not the same timid, deer-in-the-primetime-headlights team of past years. Maybe they’ll get the long-sought playoff win this year, maybe not, but it will not be the same old Bengals.

  25. Hate to see the Broncs ahead of the Pats,but it’s correct,in my opinion. The game was full of questionable calls and plays for both teams,but in the end,the Pats couldn’t shut down their run game. Osweiler made the plays when he had to. So they deserve the #2 spot…for now.

  26. Carolina is the real deal. A hearty “well done” to the Panthers.

    I just wish you’d dropped the 1-loss Patriots a little lower. I want to be sure that NE Nation has enough motivation to get through the Dog Days of December.

    Go Patriots!

  27. I love how Pat fans are now all about how injuries can hamper a team but they will tell you that the injuries the Seahawks had in the SB had no affect whatsoever in the NE win. With that being said, the Broncos ranked higher than the Pats is just stupid.

  28. Not sure I like my Vikes at 6. it’s been the Adrian Peterson show so far. I just don’t think that formula will get us very far in the playoffs. We need Teddy to step up and for the coaching staff to help him step up by preparing him and giving him a proper game plan. Our (non) rivals to the East showed us what will happen if teams can stop AD. We need to be more than a one trick pony.

    Skol!

  29. Patriots fans are hands down the the biggest bunch of whining crybabies in all of sports. Every team this year has been the victim of bad calls, blame your coach for passing with under 3 minutes to go instead of running when Denver only had 1 time out. Blame the punt returner who muffed a punt, stop crying about refs and blame your teams mistakes that allowed Denver to win.

  30. People exaggerate the degree to which there are “5 good teams and the rest are dumpster fires lololol….”

    In fact:

    There are 5-6 legtimate super bowl contenders.

    There are 5-6 good teams who are fighting for the final playoff spots.

    The next 10 or so teams are mediocre and will finish between 7-9 and 9-7.

    And then there are 10 bad teams.

    Not really that different from years past to be honest.

    Good teams have hit some bad skids this season and worked to correct themselves too. You can’t just look at records. Every season has ups and downs. Seems like some of you just started watching 2-3 years ago. Must be Seahawks fans.

  31. I am red-skinned, not thin-skinned. Proud of my heritage and the skin I was born into, please don’t be offended for us. Call them the Redskins, a majority of us don’t care.

  32. “As a Cardinals fan I guess ill take five but i mean they did just beat the Bengals two weeks ago…”

    And then they beat a bad 49ers team by a whole 6 points.

  33. willycents says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:21 AM
    Denver managed a win with a backup qb in his second start (basically a rookie), four injured pro-bowlers, a third stringer starting at left tackle, two other starters injured. New England’s run defense looked worse than the Colts from last year. Patriots are over rated in this post.

    Before Hightower went out Denver had 4o yards on the ground
    After he left due to injury they had 101 yards rushing.

    So after NE was missing both starting MLB Denver was able to run.

    Coming into this game after 10 games NE was 2nd in the NFL vs the run.

    So clearly another uninformed (willycents) CRYBABY.

    I suggest you look up the definition of “overrated”

  34. Of course there are some complainers about the Broncos being ahead of the Patriots, but imagine the backlash if the Patriots were still ahead of the Broncos… I think it’s right.

  35. I have to agree with fwippel on this. Like it or not Rodgers has consistently shown that he is an elite QB. Maybe calling other players out publicly isn’t the most PC way of going about things but who’s to say he hasn’t already been saying this to those players behind closed doors. Maybe those words have fallen on deaf ears. It is my opinion that playing with an elite player at such an important position can go 1 of 2 ways, it will either raise the play of others in the locker room or those players will be slack of because they know they don’t have to work as hard when you have Player X on your team. Don’t get over confident Detroit a desperate Packers team is more dangerous than normal.

  36. absodefinitely says:
    Dec 1, 2015 9:40 AM
    Patriots fans are hands down the the biggest bunch of whining crybabies in all of sports. Every team this year has been the victim of bad calls, blame your coach for passing with under 3 minutes to go instead of running when Denver only had 1 time out. Blame the punt returner who muffed a punt, stop crying about refs and blame your teams mistakes that allowed Denver to win.

    The game did turn on the fumbled punt.

    That being said, it’s just “Patriot fans” blaming the officials.

    They have been pointing out those 2 bad calls on pretty much every sports outlet.

  37. Rdog says:
    Dec 1, 2015 9:51 AM

    Of course there are some complainers about the Broncos being ahead of the Patriots, but imagine the backlash if the Patriots were still ahead of the Broncos… I think it’s right.

    —-
    I like to think of power rankings at the order of best team to worst team as of this very moment.

    Broncos today are “better” than an injury crippled Patriots team? You could argue either way. I have no problem with saying they are at the moment. Which of course means nothing when the World Champions see them again in a couple months and blow them out. 🙂

  38. The broncos needed to be at home, have a gigantic slew of patriots injured AND the refs in their back pocket to squeak out a win in OT and you have them rated higher than the Pats!

    hilarious!

    ———————————————————

    New England beat a depleted Seattle team the last SB including three key deffensive players that went down during the game, but hey, no excuses right?, unless you are rooting for the Patriots.

  39. sc5000 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 9:09 AM

    So the Pats should be rated higher because they couldn’t beat a QB making his second start ever. Or they should be rated higher because they have a ton of injuries to key players who won’t be back anytime soon. Watching Gronk cry like a girl when he didn’t tear anything was priceless

    —-
    Tee hee 🙂

    I love laughing at these internet tough guys who say whatever they want hiding behind a keyboard but are just too wussy to even think of saying anything like that to his face.

    Priceless indeed.

    🙂

  40. Brock wins 2 starts (both which could have gone the other way with one play), and now he’s worth $19 million per season?

    It’s worth pointing out that Ryan Leaf won his first 2 starts as well.

  41. flash1287 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 9:49 AM

    willycents says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:21 AM
    Denver managed a win with a backup qb in his second start (basically a rookie), four injured pro-bowlers, a third stringer starting at left tackle, two other starters injured. New England’s run defense looked worse than the Colts from last year. Patriots are over rated in this post.

    Before Hightower went out Denver had 4o yards on the ground
    After he left due to injury they had 101 yards rushing.

    So after NE was missing both starting MLB Denver was able to run.

    Coming into this game after 10 games NE was 2nd in the NFL vs the run.

    So clearly another uninformed (willycents) CRYBABY.

    I suggest you look up the definition of “overrated”

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    We’ll see how overrated they are when the Patriots get players back and beat DEN by 30 in Foxboro in a couple months.

    🙂

  42. The Steve Hutchinson/Nate Burleson Tit-for-Tat Bowl finally has both teams playing for something other than spite.
    _________

    They could be playing for something else, but they already said spite…

  43. I love how Pat fans are now all about how injuries can hamper a team but they will tell you that the injuries the Seahawks had in the SB had no affect whatsoever in the NE win.

    —-
    Funny how I don’t remember any Patriot fan saying anything like that. 🙂

  44. I’m actually less on edge now that the Pats are out of the top spot. I always go back to see where the Super Bowl winner finished up in the regular season rankings, and it’s almost never the #1 team.

  45. The Bengals are back. As long as they don’t have to play at night.
    _______________________

    Can we let that die, please? Or do we need to keep it alive so that you can use it as a one-liner about them when you don’t want to expend any effort thinking up something relevant?

    The Bengals pounded the Browns at night this year. Then they played one of the best teams in the league, the Cardinals, tough at home and lost at the very end after coming back from a 14 point deficit. They have not wilted in prime time this year as they have in years past.

    Also, I think having the Bengals ahead of said team when they were beat by them a couple weeks ago makes little sense.

  46. Chip Kelly’s team is rated 10 positions too high. Three years with zero playoff wins from a guy that’s billed as such an innovator, what has he innovated in his 3 seasons in the pro game, LOSING?? Then our birds get embarrassed 45-17 & 45-14 to the Buccs & Lions in consecutive weeks it’s time to start over. Lurie is an awful NFL owner.

  47. I got a feeling that after the Broncos blow it on the road against a terrible Chargers team, people will start being more reasonable about Brock Osweiler. They still won’t want Peyton back though.

  48. —–7. Packers (7-4; No. 5): If Peyton Manning or Tom Brady had young teammates who weren’t spending enough time preparing to play, the last thing either of them would need to do is complain about it publicly.

    BWAHHAHAHAAAAAA…..
    SO TRUE!

  49. There are only two things in the NFL that can beat the Patriots: Themselves, and the Zebras. A healthy New England Team is by far the best in the NFL, and everyone knows this. The only real key contributor that we have lost for a considerable amount of time was Lewis. Other than that, everyone will be back in time for the SB50 run.

    That being said, I pray we get Denver in the AFCCG. It honestly wont even be close, if the Broncos make it that far.

  50. I would wholeheartedly agree with the Bills assessment if Tyrod Taylor and Lesean McCoy had played every game, along with Sammy Watkins. While the latter two may not have made an impact in the games they missed and the Bills lost, Tyrod Taylor beats the Jags 99/100 and gives them atleast a “chance” against Cinci. As long as he doesn’t implode down the stretch, I actually feel comfortable about the QB situation in Buffalo heading into the offseason. The rest of the roster is a crap shoot, who knows if the coaching staff will survive.

  51. willycents says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:21 AM
    Denver managed a win with a backup qb in his second start (basically a rookie), four injured pro-bowlers, a third stringer starting at left tackle, two other starters injured. New England’s run defense looked worse than the Colts from last year. Patriots are over rated in this post.

    —-
    Talk to us when they also lose the services of Von Miller, Marshall, Demaryius, Sanders, Daniels, their starting LT, CJ Anderson, and are forced to start guys that have no business leaving the practice roster.

    And let’s face it is the downgrade from Peyton to Brock THAT steep these days?

    🙂

  52. The Broncos are 2-0 with Brock as starter, with a very good team and plenty of top offensive weapons around him. A similar situation that helped Matt Cassell in 08 when the Patriots lost the services of the GOAT QB Tom Brady for the year.

    Patriot Hater Logic: Therefore, logically that means Peyton Manning is just a system QB. Brock is 2-0 therefore it must be the system that makes the Broncos good.

    #SeeHowSillyThatSounds
    #IWillCrushAnyArgumentToTheContrary
    #BringIt

  53. Packers dropping the ball lately, getting beat up and then lose to my Bears at home, in primetime…move em up two spots into the top 5, that seems logical.

  54. I thought is was just Brady that was a whiner, but I think it is a Pat fan thing. Maybe you didn’t notice, but Denver was playing a 2nd string QB with 1 game experience. They’ve also lost pro bowl left tackles and Demarcus Ware. We are into the meat of the season. Everyone is dealing with injuries. Stop whining and suck it up.

  55. lackofabetter says:
    Dec 1, 2015 11:12 AM

    Patriots fans blaming injuries is as funny as Patriots fans pretending their trophies aren’t tainted


    Speaking of tainted trophies…Steeler fan huh? 🙂

    #NoPlayoffWinsWithoutDrRydze
    #CantEvenBeatTebowWithoutDrRydze
    #5ByCheating1ByRefs
    #0LegitTitles

  56. 31. Titans (2-9; No. 30): If the NFL played 45 minutes game, the Titans would be a lock for the Super Bowl.

    And except for 2 games, so would The Giants.

  57. What a joke these silly power ratings are. Anyone with half a brain knows the Pats went to Denver with half a team and was handling them with ease until devine intervention and some horrible calls gave Denver the win.

  58. Patriots opponents have a combined record of:
    44 wins (3 home games in a row)
    All wins played with starter qb

    Broncos opponents have a combined record of:
    57 wins (zero back to back home games)
    2 games started with backup qb
    beat 2 undefeated teams*

  59. But our defense is #1in points allowed. But our Tommy can make a waterboy into a probowler. Next man up. BB plays chess. Sure, we can’t stop the run. Sure, we can’t, don’t want to, and won’t run the ball. But it was the refs! We’re the only team that draws penalties. It’s just no fair. Plus, if we want to throw it 70% of the time they should change the rules to let us carry 10 extra receivers. If you don’t change the rules you’ll anger Him, and His wrath will be swift. He’ll flood the Earth with His tears and the Tears of His followers. He IS a God amongst men after all.

  60. I’m not gonna complain about the Broncos being placed over the Patriots (even though its BS) after needing OT and more than a few questionable calls to beat an injury ravaged team at home. With that said, how in god’s name do the Patriots drop 2 spots after going toe to toe with the #1 defense in the league on the road, in the snow, missing their 4 best offensive weapons and 2 best players on defense? Even with all of that, they had that game won on 2 different occasions just to see it wiped out by some BS penalty. I figured YOU of all people would take that into consideration when ranking teams. Carolina DESERVES to be ranked above the Patriots… but that is it.

  61. bradygirl12 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 9:31 AM

    Hate to see the Broncs ahead of the Pats,but it’s correct,in my opinion. The game was full of questionable calls and plays for both teams,but in the end,the Pats couldn’t shut down their run game. Osweiler made the plays when he had to. So they deserve the #2 spot…for now.

    —————————-

    Osweiller didn’t make the plays per se, it was Anderson who did (handing the ball off to a RB hardly counts as a playmaker). That guy was on fire. With our last run stop linebacker out (Hightower), Denver ran away. But the reff’ing was decidedly opportunistic. The refs should be listed as #1.

  62. The Power ratings are for the team RIGHT NOW, not last week or a month ago. Just for those Bitching.
    The loss of 70% of Brady’s Pass catchers makes the team not as good.
    This reminds me of other threads when teams fans remind us how many Championships they won 40 or 50 years ago.

  63. gotitan says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:16 AM

    I thought I was supposed to get my popcorn ready since the Pats were going 19-0? ****
    ————————–

    You should be more concerned about the soon to be 2-14 Titans.

    **One Yard Short**

  64. Pats fans are shaking in their boots. They just saw a non contender (at least that’s what you’d think reading their posts) go toe to toe with their precious babies and beat them. Yet every single one of the close minded fans still thinks it’s a lock for the pats to be hosting and winning the afccg. Oh well, their heart break will be that much sweeter come January.

  65. Pats fans are shaking in their boots. They just saw a non contender (at least that’s what you’d think reading their posts) go toe to toe with their precious babies and beat them.
    ___________________
    Your team lost to the Chiefs and Colts. Oh no, the Pats have one loss. Pats lose games every year, they lost 4 last season and still won the SB. It’s ok because either Denver or Cincy are going to have a 3rd loss soon.

  66. snowdood163 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 12:00 PM
    Pats fans are shaking in their boots. They just saw a non contender (at least that’s what you’d think reading their posts) go toe to toe with their precious babies and beat them. Yet every single one of the close minded fans still thinks it’s a lock for the pats to be hosting and winning the afccg. Oh well, their heart break will be that much sweeter come January.
    ——————–
    The way Denver fans are acting, you think they just won the SB. Closest you’ll ever get to winning one again.

  67. snowdood163 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 12:00 PM

    Pats fans are shaking in their boots. They just saw a non contender (at least that’s what you’d think reading their posts) go toe to toe with their precious babies and beat them. Yet every single one of the close minded fans still thinks it’s a lock for the pats to be hosting and winning the afccg. Oh well, their heart break will be that much sweeter come January.
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    The Broncos finally, barely, beat a team with a winning record, and all of the sudden they are in the Super Bowl?

    The Browns took their “no weaknesses” defense to overtime.

    If the Patriots would have had even a marginally healthy team, the game wouldn’t have been close.

  68. they will tell you that the injuries the Seahawks had in the SB had no affect whatsoever in the NE win.

    Never said that. We just didn’t care.

    Just like Denver and their fans don’t care about New Englands injuries, nor should they.

  69. Settle down Cardinal fans. We know you’re new to this football thing, but these are power rankings, not standings. The fun thing about power rankings is that the creator of the list ranks teams not solely on record, but on where the creator actually thinks that team deserves to be ranked.

    So, yes, your record is 9-2. However, because your team has been gifted quite a few wins this year by the magic of the yellow flag thrown by the guys in stripes, your ranking has dropped a little bit. You should feel very fortunate to be at #5 as your 9-2 straw man record is assuredly a sham. Without heavy assistance from the refs on Sunday, the Cards would have lost to the 49ers, one of the worst teams of the century. A #5 ranked team should never be in a situation to need the refs help to win a game against a team that bad. So, instead of crying about injustices of a power ranking, just keep quiet and enjoy staying under the public’s radar. Because the truth is that most people haven’t watched the Cardinals play this year to see how truly mediocre they are and how absolutely lucky they’ve been to somehow be in the ref’s good graces enough for them to be throwing games in their favor. It won’t last forever, though. Come playoffs, the games will be in the spotlight and the refs won’t be able to get away with as much. Kinda like how they don’t want Mirreli’s crew in the spotlight of Sunday night this week.

  70. Thanks for calling out Rodgers on that. All this jerk does is open his mouth about everyone in this league. He has no class, doesn’t know how to carry himself and you can see how his teammates don’t like him because their sick of the constant criticism in public to their faces or on the field with Rodgers’ constant pouty tantrums when something doesn’t go his way.

  71. The Broncos finally, barely, beat a team with a winning record, and all of the sudden they are in the Super Bowl?
    ________

    They beat the Chiefs, Vikings, Packers, and Patriots, all of which have winning records. The Patriots beat the Steelers in the first game of the season and lost when they played the next team with a winning record.

  72. They punish the Cardinals because they didnt blow out the 49ers but reward the Bengals, who lost to the Cardinals last week, for beating the Rams? These power rankings make no sense!

  73. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 1, 2015 12:34 PM
    The Broncos finally, barely, beat a team with a winning record, and all of the sudden they are in the Super Bowl?
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    They beat the Chiefs, Vikings, Packers, and Patriots, all of which have winning records. The Patriots beat the Steelers in the first game of the season and lost when they played the next team with a winning record.
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    Wrong, the Bills had a winning record when the Pats played them.

  74. They beat the Chiefs, Vikings, Packers, and Patriots, all of which have winning records. The Patriots beat the Steelers in the first game of the season and lost when they played the next team with a winning record.
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    Also, Jets.

  75. This thread, from a Bills fans perspective, is hilarious. You get the few non-pats fans here or there, but the majority is made up of those Pats fans making excuses, when, according to them, there are no excuses. In all honesty, the Pats are reeling. It does have a lot to do with injuries, but they have no running game. The Patriots literally paved the way to the Super Bowl with the running game. Tom Brady has proved doubters wrong, but it’s pretty clear he needs a running game and his receivers to rack up the YAC to be dominant. I’d definetly throw money down on them not losing another regular season game, but 2 weeks in a row they faced beatable and depleted teams respectively and lost one, and probably should have lost the other. When the cold-front moves in, this team turns up the heat, they seem to be “fading” at the wrong time.

  76. Sorry, who’s still the #1 seed in the AFC? Do people really think Denver will win out the rest of their schedule? Denver is the soup du jour, just like the Dolphins were when they got the new coach. Reality will set in eventually.

  77. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 1, 2015 12:34 PM

    They beat the Chiefs, Vikings, Packers, and Patriots, all of which have winning records. The Patriots beat the Steelers in the first game of the season and lost when they played the next team with a winning record.
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    They barely beat the Chiefs the first go around, and were soundly beaten by the Chiefs, in Denver, the second time around.

  78. All but 2 or 3 teams in the top 25 would have a legitimate shot at beating the Packers. Almost all of them would beat the Packers 75% of the time, if not more.

  79. The Patriots literally paved the way to the Super Bowl with the running game

    They did?

    13 carries 14 yards 1.1 YPC vs Ravens
    21 carries 57 yards 2.7 YPC vs Seahawks

    #NotExactly

  80. nrns77 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:05 AM

    Packers receiving core:
    Jordy Nelson: out for year
    Randall Cobb: can’t get open with no Nelson to draw coverage
    Davante Adams: Robert Ferguson 2.0
    Ty Montgomery: always injured
    Jared Abbrederis: always injured
    Jeff Janis: can’t seem to learn to run routes
    Andrew Quarless: injured
    Richard Rodgers: is a blocking TE who they are trying to force into being Jimmy Graham

    But it is somehow all Rodgers fault. LOLOLOLOL!!!
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    Yep. 9/11 is Rodgers’ fault. The Holocaust is Rodgers’ fault too. The Black Death? Rodgers’ fault. I suppose all these Bears, Lions, and Vikings fans should hunt down and capture Aaron Rodgers before he causes us to get into an apocalyptic nuclear war with Russia.

  81. 7. Packers (7-4; No. 5): If Peyton Manning or Tom Brady had young teammates who weren’t spending enough time preparing to play, the last thing either of them would need to do is complain about it publicly.
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    And if they did, everyone would be calling them “leaders.” Rodgers is always “smug” while Brady and Peyton always get a pass.

  82. nrns77 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:05 AM

    Packers receiving core:
    Jordy Nelson: out for year
    Randall Cobb: can’t get open with no Nelson to draw coverage
    Davante Adams: Robert Ferguson 2.0
    Ty Montgomery: always injured
    Jared Abbrederis: always injured
    Jeff Janis: can’t seem to learn to run routes
    Andrew Quarless: injured
    Richard Rodgers: is a blocking TE who they are trying to force into being Jimmy Graham

    But it is somehow all Rodgers fault. LOLOLOLOL!!!
    _________________________________
    Hey everyone, let’s play this game, too:

    Bears receiving corps:
    White – was supposed to be a starter, out all year.
    Jefferies – has missed all but four games this season, was hurt and played for two of them
    Royal – has missed all but three games this season
    Wilson – inconsistent – 100 yards one week, 0 catches another
    Meredith – a converted Division II QB playing WR
    Mariani – only playing WR since #1-3 options out with injuries
    Bennett – has dropped off significantly since last year
    Miller – has more TDs in last four weeks than his entire career

    But it is somehow Cutler is having one of his best seasons ever. LOLOLOLOL!!!

  83. 15. Jets (6-5; No. 16): Stephen Ross no longer owns the Dolphins; the Jets do.

    I gotta admit… That’s a pretty good burn

  84. Oh, right, the Pats didn’t torch the Colts for 200+ in the AFCCG… They outscore opponents 142-60 in games they rush for over 100 yards, +82. All others they are 169-145, +24. If Gronk and Amendola cannot go on Sunday, they will have lost 1227 YAC on the season 34% of Tom Brady’s total yards, between 4 players (Edelman, Amendola, Gronk, Lewis). They have o-line injuries, evident by the amount of hits Brady has taken the last 2 weeks. Keep downplaying the running game, it’ll come back to bite them, that is fact.

  85. throw out week one wins for both pats and broncos, the pats have beaten 2 teams with a current winning record:

    indy 6-5
    jets 6-5

    Broncos have beaten 5 teams

    kc 6-5
    minn 8-3
    pack 7-4
    indy 6-5
    ne 10-1

    combined wins = 2 wins

  86. lucky5936 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 7:37 AM
    Looks like someone forgot to look at the NFL’s week 11 results. The Cardinals defeated the Bengals, the Lions held on against the Raiders, and the Packers throttled the Vikings. But hey, it’s just rankings, right??
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    Right, and the packers lost to the bears last week and the lions just 2 weeks ago, how are they ahead of them?…

  87. Right, and the packers lost to the bears last week and the lions just 2 weeks ago, how are they ahead of them?…
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    Um, because the Packers are 3 games ahead of the Bears and 4 game ahead of the Lions….

  88. romophobic says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:21 AM
    The Ravens should be last.

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    If the Ravens were in the NFC East, they would only be a game out of first place….food for thought. 🙂

  89. docsweeney says:
    Dec 1, 2015 2:55 PM

    nrns77 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 8:05 AM

    Packers receiving core:
    Jordy Nelson: out for year
    Randall Cobb: can’t get open with no Nelson to draw coverage
    Davante Adams: Robert Ferguson 2.0
    Ty Montgomery: always injured
    Jared Abbrederis: always injured
    Jeff Janis: can’t seem to learn to run routes
    Andrew Quarless: injured
    Richard Rodgers: is a blocking TE who they are trying to force into being Jimmy Graham

    But it is somehow all Rodgers fault. LOLOLOLOL!!!
    _________________________________
    Hey everyone, let’s play this game, too:

    Bears receiving corps:
    White – was supposed to be a starter, out all year.
    Jefferies – has missed all but four games this season, was hurt and played for two of them
    Royal – has missed all but three games this season
    Wilson – inconsistent – 100 yards one week, 0 catches another
    Meredith – a converted Division II QB playing WR
    Mariani – only playing WR since #1-3 options out with injuries
    Bennett – has dropped off significantly since last year
    Miller – has more TDs in last four weeks than his entire career

    But it is somehow Cutler is having one of his best seasons ever. LOLOLOLOL!!!
    ——————————————————–
    But unlike with the Bears’ receiving corps, defenses have had all year to build a game plan suitable for Jordy Nelson’s injury.

  90. Colts, Texans and Chiefs are all playing very good right now. Could be a very interesting AFC playoff with a 4,5 or 6 seed making some noise.

  91. People sure get wound up over these power rankings. I laugh at some of these clowns and how they think. A 3 win team could beat a 10 win team, and they think the 3 win team should be ahead of the 10 win team. I don’t know if these people are little kids, know nothing about football or are just plain stupid. Throw in some Brady and Rodgers bashing and toss in a little “Fire Goodell”, and it is good for five minutes of laughter anyway.

  92. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Dec 1, 2015 7:24 PM

    _________________________________
    Hey everyone, let’s play this game, too:

    Bears receiving corps:
    White – was supposed to be a starter, out all year.
    Jefferies – has missed all but four games this season, was hurt and played for two of them
    Royal – has missed all but three games this season
    Wilson – inconsistent – 100 yards one week, 0 catches another
    Meredith – a converted Division II QB playing WR
    Mariani – only playing WR since #1-3 options out with injuries
    Bennett – has dropped off significantly since last year
    Miller – has more TDs in last four weeks than his entire career

    But it is somehow Cutler is having one of his best seasons ever. LOLOLOLOL!!!
    ——————————————————–
    But unlike with the Bears’ receiving corps, defenses have had all year to build a game plan suitable for Jordy Nelson’s injury.
    ————————————————–
    Seriously? A whole year?! He got hurt in August. It just turned December. I’m not a math major but that’s less than four months. So the loss of one receiver makes a multiple MVP winner suddenly suck!? Wow, break open the piggy banks in Cheddarland. Jordy Nelson needs to be the highest paid player in the NFL.

    Your arguement is like those cheese heads you like to wear: soft and full of holes!

  93. “Why are the Bengals ahead of the Cards?”

    The Bengals barely lost to the Cards in their house in a classic game among 2 teams that were clearly very evenly matched. The Cards followed up this game with a very unimpressive win over the 48ers while the Bengals smacked down the Rams 31-7.

  94. The power rankings are not based solely on win/loss record or who beat whom in the last couple of weeks. Who’s hot, who’s not? Which team is headed in the right direction? Who has momentum? Which team is showing the ability to win down the stretch? Which team is intact? If I wanted a list of who has the best record, I know where to find it.

  95. As a Chiefs fan for over 40 years, I am ecstatic about their turnaround. It looked like another year of false hope and pretty damn bleak the first part of the season. I’m glad that they not only are playing as well as anybody in the league, on both sides of the ball, but that some are seeing the Alex Smith that I have been watching for the past 5 years, or so, even before he became a Chief and are giving him the credit he deserves.

    Smith does everything in Andy Reid’s offense, that is asked of him. That largely has led to the “game manager” label. Well, we are seeing him being able to take games over, with both his arm and his legs and he now has the Chiefs as the 6th best offense in the league, to go along with the 6th or 7th best defense (as far as points scored and points allowed).

    This is a team that nobody is going to want to face, in the playoffs, if they can keep this streak rolling. This weeks game at Oakland may very well be the hardest remaining game on their schedule. I mean, you never know, with the NFL having more parity than I have seen in a long time, if ever.

    All I know is that the Chiefs have to keep their attitude of being the tougher and better team, regardless of who they play and be able to come back when hit in the mouth, like they did against the Bills. If they do that, the sky is the limit.

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