PFT’s Week 15 Power Rankings

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1. Panthers (13-0; last week No. 1): The only way Cam Newton isn’t the NFL’s MVP if is they change the meaning of the acronym to something like “Mint Veal Pancreas.”

2. Cardinals (11-2; No. 4): The new America’s Team is 4-0 in prime time, with another date on Sunday Night Football looming.

3. Patriots (11-2; No. 5): Every time Tom Brady runs with the ball, I expect to hear John Facendas voice. Then I realize it’s not actually slow motion.

4. Packers (9-4; No. 6): If Mike McCarthy is a genius for taking back play-calling duties, was he an idiot for giving them up?

5. Seahawks (8-5; No. 7): Cam Newton will be the MVP — and Russell Wilson could be the Super Bowl MVP.

6. Broncos (10-3; No. 2): It would be a good idea for the receivers and tight ends to stop dropping passes before Uncle Peyton starts throwing them again.

7. Steelers (8-5; No. 9): The most dangerous team in the AFC could still be watching the playoffs from home.

8. Chiefs (8-5; No. 8): Apparently, they were the best 1-5 team in NFL history.

9. Bengals (10-3; No. 3): Andy Dalton will finally prove his value to the Bengals through his inability to play.

10. Jets (8-5; No. 10): IK Enemkpali should be named team MVP.

11. Vikings (8-5; No. 11): Well, at least there’s now a chance they won’t get embarrassed in their one-and-out playoff appearance.

12. Raiders (6-7; No. 16): With Khalil Mack and Derek Carr, the future’s so bright that the logo will need a sunglass monocle.

13. Eagles (6-7; No. 18): Chip Kelly may not have called LeSean McCoy last week. Chip definitely should give him a call this week.

14. Washington (6-7; No. 19): Just when they stop winning at home, they figure out how to start winning on the road.

15. Giants (6-7; No. 20): Monday night’s game wasn’t a playoff game, but Eli Manning performed like it was.

16. Bills (6-7; No. 12): Doug Marrone got seven losses without LeSean McCoy or Tyrod Taylor.

17. Texans (6-7; No. 14): To have a chance at winning the division, they simply need to win in a city where they have never, ever won.

18. Buccaneers (6-7; No. 15): The Bucs are a lot better, but they’re still not good enough.

19. Bears (5-8; No. 17): Don’t worry, Robbie Gould. You’ll have a chance to miss key field goals with another team next year.

20. Colts (6-7; No. 13): Chuck Pagano says the team hasn’t quit. Imagine how ugly that 51-16 loss to the Jaguars would have looked if the team had.

21. Jaguars (5-8; No. 28): Hanging 51 points on the Colts could be the dam-breaking win the Jaguars needed.

22. Falcons (6-7; No. 21): If a vote of confidence is bad, is a vote of “complete confidence“worse?

23. Dolphins (5-8; No. 22): The uniform of the team from the ’70s looked good on Monday night. Players who play like those teams would look even better.

24. Rams (5-8; No. 27): And now it’s time for the late-season surge that will persuade ownership to stick with the status quo.

25. Saints (5-8; No. 29): Ending Carolina’s unbeaten streak would have been nice. Putting a fork in Tampa Bay’s playoff chances will be the consolation.

26. Lions (4-9; No. 23): At least ownership won’t have a tough decision to make about Jim Caldwell.

27. Cowboys (4-9; No. 25): Maybe the Cowboys should have signed the quarterback they’ll see on Saturday night, when the Jets come to town.

28. Ravens (4-9; No. 26): All the Ravens wanted for Christmas was to not have to play the Steelers at home on a Sunday night.

29. Browns (3-10; No. 32): The Factory of Sadness had an uncharacteristic holiday-season shutdown.

30. 49ers (4-9; No. 24): The 49ers fell victim to a trap game? The 49ers are the trap game.

31. Chargers (3-10; No. 31): How bad would this team be without Philip Rivers?

32. Titans (3-10; No. 30): Remember the Titans II: Forget the Titans.

130 responses to “PFT’s Week 15 Power Rankings

  1. Coach rankings:

    Chess (Grand Master)
    Belichick
    Chess (Average player)
    Harbaugh, Bowles, Kubiak, Coughlin, McCarthy, Carroll, Ariens, Tomlin, Rivera, Fisher, and Payton
    Chess (Beginner)
    Lewis, Reid, DelRio, Fox, McCoy, Kelly, Quinn, Smith
    Checkers
    Campbell, Pagano, Pettine, O’Brien, Bradley, Mularkey, Garrett, Gruden, Caldwell, Zimmer, and Tomsula
    Chutes and Ladders
    Ryan

  2. “#32 Titans”

    I’ve been ardently following this team since they arrived in Tennessee 18 years ago … and sadly, I can’t disagree with you on this. Where else could you have a QB breaking NFL rookie records, and still be the worst team in the league?

  3. The Jets have zero- ZERO- wins against teams with winning records. Fitz has Eric Decker & Brandon Marshall, how could he NOT be servicable?

    They have only played ONE team with a winning record, and have lost to 4 other teams who are 6-7.

    This Jets team is NOT good.

  4. How are the Chiefs, who beat Pittsburgh, below them when they have the same record and said win is what’s keeping the Steelers at the #7 seed right now? Yeah, and stop with the “Big Ben didn’t play” BS. The Chiefs were without Charles AND were 1-5 and could have just tossed it in. They didn’t and that win, without Charles, catapulted them to where they are right now.

  5. waldoampere says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:04 AM
    What a shame that either the Chiefs, Steelers, or Jets are going to miss out on the playoffs while the Colts or Texans get in.
    ……………..
    No, it is not a shame, because the Jets have played 1 team with a winning record all year. One. The Jets dont deserve a playoff spot, and they wont get one, either.

  6. Coach rankings:

    Chess (Grand Master)
    Belichick
    Chess (Average player)
    Harbaugh, Bowles, Kubiak, Coughlin, McCarthy, Carroll, Ariens, Tomlin, Rivera, Fisher, and Payton
    Chess (Beginner)
    Lewis, Reid, DelRio, Fox, McCoy, Kelly, Quinn, Smith
    Checkers
    Campbell, Pagano, Pettine, O’Brien, Bradley, Mularkey, Garrett, Gruden, Caldwell, Zimmer, and Tomsula
    Chutes and Ladders
    Ryan

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    Tomsula, Mcoy, Pettie, are playing UNO

  7. Bengals drop 6? Overreact much. They’re a minimum of 2 of 3 the next three games and win the North. But w/e

  8. Chief fan, i’m pretty sure the drop off from Big Ben to Landry Jones is a tad more significant than the Chiefs having to put in their second string RB.

  9. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 15, 2015 9:16 AM

    Bengals drop 6? Overreact much. They’re a minimum of 2 of 3 the next three games and win the North. But w/e
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    They dropped because they lost their starting QB.

  10. Real power rankings.. Based on current play and injury situations.

    Panthers
    Cardinals
    Patriots
    Seahawks
    Steelers
    Broncos
    Packers
    Cincy (no Dalton is a kill shot)

    Everyone else…

  11. I am going to snap if I see more comments about how Tyrod Taylor is the reason the Bills are doing bad.

    Penalties, a bad defense, and horrendous play calling/coaching. It is not Taylor’s fault that his coaches consistently call deep ball passes that have a 50/50 chance of completion on 3rd and short. He does not run the scheme. Anyone who watches the games, know that. Tyrod will be just fine, it’s his coaching staff who is the problem.

  12. .
    For those of you who correctly predicted the Carolina / Arizona perfecta in the Week 15 power rankings, your winnings are available for pickup. Please bring your own Brinks truck.
    .

  13. Top 2 teams have the 3rd and 2nd easiest SOS in the NFL.
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    2/3 of the league are mediocre and have a .500 record. There are only like 4 legit teams, so of course every single one of them are going to have easy schedules because NOBODY can beat them lol

  14. @iloveagoodnap

    a team in the playoff hunt currently has a top ten offense and a top 5 defense. they will soon have two 1,000 yard receivers with 10+ tds each. they will also have a 1,000 yard rusher and a qb that will probably toss 30 tds. would you say that’s a good nfl team or not?

    it’s funny, before the season started everyone was saying that this team would be lucky to win 5 games. now they haven’t played anyone good haha. it’s funny how that works. the team is the jets btw.

  15. “Cam Newton will be the MVP — and Russell Wilson could be the Super Bowl MVP.”

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    I guess Rush Limbaugh was right.

  16. stipez says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:15 AM
    Brady runs like the Tin Man
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    Yes, but he’s generally very successful when he does it because he’s smart. He’s also the greatest at QB-sneaks (be it under, around, or launching over the top). Which is all exactly what a classic pocket passer needs to be great at when running it himself – and the best way to stay healthy.

  17. The Ravens are too high!!! The Cowboys should be last though. That team is garbage and their coaching staff is actually worse. Of course, their GM is no spring chicken either.

  18. Jags and Colts should be flipped, given that the Jags just hammered the Colts. Not really sure why that isn’t the case.

    Falcons should be way lower. Their losing streak is as bad as the Chief’s is good.

    As a Bengals, I’ve been saying all year that Power Rankings should be based on the current team, which includes injuries, and which is why Florio had the Cowboys way too high for way too long when Romo was out. The Bengals current ranking is fair until further notice.

  19. Still giving backhanded compliments and one-and-done playoff predictions for the Panthers, I see. I guess Rodney Harrison has convinced you that the Panthers are to be hated, no matter what they accomplish.

  20. jgedgar70 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:44 AM

    Still giving backhanded compliments and one-and-done playoff predictions for the Panthers, I see. I guess Rodney Harrison has convinced you that the Panthers are to be hated, no matter what they accomplish.
    ========

    Convinced????

    More like cowed.

  21. jetsarestacked says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:28 AM
    @iloveagoodnap

    a team in the playoff hunt currently has a top ten offense and a top 5 defense. they will soon have two 1,000 yard receivers with 10+ tds each. they will also have a 1,000 yard rusher and a qb that will probably toss 30 tds. would you say that’s a good nfl team or not?

    it’s funny, before the season started everyone was saying that this team would be lucky to win 5 games. now they haven’t played anyone good haha. it’s funny how that works. the team is the jets btw.
    ………………….
    All those stats you listed are great, except it doesnt change the fact theyve been accomplished against 1 team with a winning record, and 12 teams with a losing record. So no, it’s not a good team. It’s a team that’s taken advantage of an incredibly soft schedule.

  22. troy43mvp says: Dec 15, 2015 9:39 AM

    These rankings are as valuable as a return ticket on the Titanic.

    It’s the comedic value that you have to appreciate.

  23. I nominate myself for 2015 NFL Mint Veal Pancreas. The trophy will look identical to the Most Valuable Player trophy, and will only be referred to by its acronym.

  24. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 15, 2015 9:21 AM

    peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 15, 2015 9:16 AM

    Bengals drop 6? Overreact much. They’re a minimum of 2 of 3 the next three games and win the North. But w/e
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    They dropped because they lost their starting QB.
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    Getting thumbs down on my statement about them losing their starting QB. Why? Did they not lose their starting QB. Is that not a fact? People are weird

  25. Las Vegas odds on winning Super Bowl go against Florio’s rankings, but everyone has their own opinions and that’s what makes these things more fun than anything else. Here is Vegas top 10 in order.

    1. New England
    2. Carolina
    3. Pittsburgh
    4. Arizona
    5. Seattle
    6. Cincinnati
    7. Denver
    8. Green Bay
    9. Kansas City
    10. NY Giants

    In any case, according Vegas, Green Bay is the team Florio overrates and the Patriots and Steelers are teams he underrates. Pretty much everyone right now understands Wilson has stepped up his game and the Seahawks are again a real threat. NY odds surprise me a bit because there is a good chance they miss the playoffs, but so much money bet is out of NY and that accounts somewhat for those odds.

  26. The Patriots have you all right where they want you.
    They will be on stage accepting the Lombardi for SuperBowl 50, and the rest of you will be asking what the hell just happened?

  27. “No, it is not a shame, because the Jets have played 1 team with a winning record all year. One. The Jets dont deserve a playoff spot, and they wont get one, either.”

    The Jets have a top 5 defense, are #1 against the run, and are peaking at the right time. You play who’s on the schedule. And they play 14 of the same 16 as the Pats.

  28. As for me, I grab the popcorn each week when these rankings are posted just to sit and watch you guys take it so personally when your team is ranked wrong.

    What’s the definition of insanity again?

  29. “They dropped because they lost their starting QB.
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    Getting thumbs down on my statement about them losing their starting QB. Why? Did they not lose their starting QB. Is that not a fact? People are weird”
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    you’re getting a thumbs down because you’re stating the obvious. of course they dropped because they lost their starting qb.

  30. If my Packers are the 4th best team, it simply proves what a dumpster fire the NFL is this year. And it stands to only get worse as teams even out even more, and the NFL is going to be bereft of quarterbacking talent (nothing in the college pipeline). These 7-9 to 9-7 teams duking it out to a draw so that the referee’s errors determine the outcome. But, hey, at least there’s all the taxpayer funded stadiums and the solid 2.5 hours of commercials per game to excited about.

  31. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    Bengals drop 6? Overreact much. They’re a minimum of 2 of 3 the next three games and win the North. But w/e

    26 14

    __________

    Not without Dalton they dont win 2 of 3

  32. I don’t see how Taylor gets knocked – he’s played way better than I thought. If that team had a calculated, thought out approach to how to attack and be disciplined (REX), they would be a playoff team. Too much talent.

  33. iloveagoodnap says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:14 AM
    waldoampere says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:04 AM
    What a shame that either the Chiefs, Steelers, or Jets are going to miss out on the playoffs while the Colts or Texans get in.
    ……………..
    No, it is not a shame, because the Jets have played 1 team with a winning record all year. One. The Jets dont deserve a playoff spot, and they wont get one, either.
    ———-

    I hate this talk about who teams have played. You’re knocking the Jets well the AFC South and NFC East are terrible, not 1 team with a winning record, why couldn’t 1 of them establish themselves as the best in their division? Shouldn’t have been hard but none of them could even break even. Even better those 2 divisions both got to play the Jets and have gone 2-5 so far. So who doesnt deserve it? You can only play who you play. But it is how it is, you win your div you get in. I’m not in favor of changing that part but a re seeding would make sense.

  34. realitycheckbaby says:
    Dec 15, 2015 10:03 AM
    Carolina’s opponents combined 19 games under .500

    AZ opponent’s combined 23 games under .500

    Sea opponents combined 9 over .500
    _____
    10/18/2015, at Seattle:

    Carolina 27
    Seattle 23

  35. Seattle isn’t going to lose until they rest their starters at the end of next season, now that their offensive line is playing well and giving Wilson time.

    Everyone called Wilson a “game manager” and criticized his ability to throw from the pocket; he’s responded by, thanks to that line finally giving him some time, putting up possibly the best four-game stretch in NFL history from the pocket.

    Compare Wilson’s stats against the first four years starting for the games best current QBs first four years as starters and he’s got better numbers than Manning, Brady, and Brees. Only Rodgers has a slight advantage, but he also sat in the bench for three seasons before being the starter.

    Nearly four full seasons in and Wilson has the second highest career passer rating in NFL history and has won more games through his first 61 starts than anyone.

    Seattle has won with its D in the past but Wilson has finally taken over and Seattle may not look back for quite a while. You can say they have beaten some mediocre teams lately but they have done what a good team should do to bad teams and made their efforts look futile.

  36. I don’t mind the Vikings being 11th. I mind the snide comments. They are clearly on the rise. So if they get to the play offs this year and stay the course, adding a few more players in next year’s draft, they could be a powerhouse. but in the building phase, I am good with one and done if they advance to the playoffs. that would be progress

  37. I am a Packers fan, and I don’t think they are top 5 at the moment, but definitely in the top 8. Their offense has not performed anywhere close to where it should be.

    Mike Mccarthy calling changes it a little bit. If they beat Arizona, maybe we can move them up to there.

  38. The reactions to these rankings are priceless. Half of you are at a high stroke risk if someone’s opinion is such a source of aggravation.

    It is hilarious how some of you think a 10 win team should be below a 4 win team because the 4 win team beat the 10 win team in week 2. I look forward to these rankings weekly. I get a laugh every Tuesday. Thanks!

  39. I’m a (pragmatic) Packers fan; they are not a top 10 team as of Dec. 15.

    Too many issues remain with underachieving WRs, no quality TE, and a linebacker corps that is, aside from Matthews — who is playing out of position — undersized and, well, pedestrian.

    Green Bay has not beaten a quality QB this season.

    Derek Carr will test them. Carson Palmer will shred them.

    They should sneak in to tournament, but, again, they aren’t built to beat Seattle, Arizona or Carolina, three teams who are more talented and balanced on offense and have enough defense to shut down what has become a one-dimensional offense.

  40. Power rankings have all the legitimacy of ESPN’s home-cooked QB rankings, in other words none.

    In the case of PFT’s power rankings, the veiled and not-so-veiled insults that accompany the rankings reduce them to a value of less than zero.

  41. Minnesota had better hope they don’t go 1 and done. After spending the last 5 years telling Packer fans how much better it is to miss the playoffs completely than get there and lose, they’ll never hear the end of it.

  42. theangrytammy says:
    Dec 15, 2015 10:00 AM
    If Brady doesn’t receive MVP, Pats fans will put Goodell on hit list. Fact.

    I disagree with that as fact, and I am a Pats fan. I think the following statements are true of most, if not all Pats fans.

    1. Goodell is already on the Pats fans hit list, and that has nothing to do with individual awards.

    2. Pats fans overwhelmingly could not possibly care less about individual awards.

  43. Jets have 2 byes on their schedule, at Dallas and at Buffalo so they should have a very good chance of making the playoffs. The home game against NE won’t be easy but it is definitely winnable.

  44. bonesawisready says:
    Dec 15, 2015 10:46 AM
    Minnesota had better hope they don’t go 1 and done. After spending the last 5 years telling Packer fans how much better it is to miss the playoffs completely than get there and lose, they’ll never hear the end of it.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Right? They’ve been spouting as though NOT making it to the playoffs (at all) would be better than making it but not winning it all including the SuperBowl. That would be choking.

    According to them.

  45. Upon reflection, the Vikings better hope they make it to the postseason. Three games to play with (only) a two game lead?

    History tells us there are no guarantees in that.

  46. jim699 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:34 AM

    Packers at 4 is hilarious.
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    You’re right, they should be #1.

  47. waldoampere says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:04 AM
    What a shame that either the Chiefs, Steelers, or Jets are going to miss out on the playoffs while the Colts or Texans get in.

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    Yes! This! ^^^ And the same goes for my Eagles and the other NFC Least Pretenders. Winning the division should *not* punch one’s ticket to the dance if there are six other teams in the conference with better records!

    Tons of thumbs up for waldo’s post!

    And yet, anyone who said something similar in the comments section of yesterday’s Re-seeding article got thumbs-downed back to the stone age. What’supwiddat?

  48. marcuswelby1 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:00 AM
    Coach rankings:

    “Chess (Grand Master)
    Belichick
    Chess (Average player)
    Harbaugh, Bowles, Kubiak, Coughlin, McCarthy, Carroll, Ariens, Tomlin, Rivera, Fisher, and Payton
    Chess (Beginner)
    Lewis, Reid, DelRio, Fox, McCoy, Kelly, Quinn, Smith”

    You’ve got Tomlin WAY too high on this list, otherwise I’m in total agreement with your rankings 😉

  49. Thus far the Bills only win versus a winning team this season is versus the the Jets that iloveagoodnap is ragging on, and let’s be honest that win was Rex’s Super Bowl.

    With 3 games left this season, the 6-7 Bills are MOST LIKELY headed for NO PLAYOFFS, a LOSING RECORD (7-9) and a 3RD PLACE finish in the AFC East.

    Come week 17 the 10-5 Jets will be coming to Buffalo to bully the 7-8 wannabe bully Bills, and advance to the playoffs with their 11 win in front of Rex Ryan and the Bills fans with their new coach Todd Bowles getting the Gatorade dumped on him. BOOK IT…baby.

  50. The Jets have zero- ZERO- wins against teams with winning records. Fitz has Eric Decker & Brandon Marshall, how could he NOT be servicable?

    They have only played ONE team with a winning record, and have lost to 4 other teams who are 6-7.

    This Jets team is NOT good.

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    The Patriots have played two teams with winning records and are 1-1 big deal. you play the team thats on your schedule, half the league is 500 or below…..

  51. I can’t wait to see Scam Newton lose the panthers first game in the playoffs. Name one quality win that the panthers have this year. Seattle was playing terrible when the panthers played them and the packers no longer look that great.

  52. Isn’t great to see the two teams that “tried to screw” with the Patriots (shouting about bad balls).. both having losing seasons.. QB’s that are hurt and just lousy playing……..Coaches that are overrated….

    Must have the football gods……..handling these two teams now…

  53. My bad, the only week the Texans had a winning record for the 2015 season, they played the Bills in Buffalo. Either way, the Bills are a 6-7 team in the NFL entering week 15. They’ll likely finish 7-9 during the next 3 weeks with losses to the Redskins and Jets.

  54. Scam a lock for MVP? Maybe the alternate one. Palmer, Brady, Rodgers, Wilson all switching up almost weekly to accomodate for significant injury losses. For all of you jumping on Carolina’s bandwagon, they may go 16-0, but they will be out in the divisional round.

  55. Obviously, the Seahawks should be number one now. Not only do they have the greatest QB the world has ever seen, but they also have a 34 year old starting running back. Nano bubbles are the secret ingredient there. Any team which can beat not one, but two different teams quarterbacked by Jimmy Clausen in the same season deserves way more respect than what you are giving them.

  56. chieffanforlifehelpme says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:13 AM

    How are the Chiefs, who beat Pittsburgh, below them when they have the same record and said win is what’s keeping the Steelers at the #7 seed right now? Yeah, and stop with the “Big Ben didn’t play” BS. The Chiefs were without Charles AND were 1-5 and could have just tossed it in. They didn’t and that win, without Charles, catapulted them to where they are right now.
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    So, using your own logic, the Vikings, who have the same record as the Chiefs, but beat them head to head, have to be ranked ahead of the Kansas City right?

  57. If there was only some way to determine who the best team really is at the end of the season; like a playoff or something. Seriously no one wants to play the Steelers or the Seahawks. The Patriots are very tough at home and both the Broncos and the Bengals could have (and could still) keep that from happening but last week changed the formula. 9 teams are 6-7 and five of them have (realistic) playoff hopes (2 will each win a bad division) and then we can really see.

  58. Bengals drop 6? Overreact much. They’re a minimum of 2 of 3 the next three games and win the North. But w/e

    26 14

    __________

    Not without Dalton they dont win 2 of 3——
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    you do realize that the next three teams they play are all sporting backup qbs don’t? what am I saying, obviously you don’t.

  59. The Panthers aren’t just winning (hail mary, cough cough). They are destroying people. If you’re picking anyone other than the Panthers to represent the NFC in the SB, then you’re betting with someone else’s money.

  60. “If Mike McCarthy is a genius for taking back play-calling duties, was he an idiot for giving them up?”

    The premise is false, but the conclusion is still probably true. And I am a Packers fan. Packers have struggled most of the year, esp since the bye. They look good only because the Vikings are in their division, but truthfully the Packers are an average team with a lot of issues, and have a coach who takes forever to even recognize a problem. They got lucky to beat Detroit, they lost to Detroit and Chicago at Lambeau, and didn’t put Dallas away until the 4th Quarter – if you saw how bad Cassel was that game, you’d know why GB should’ve had the game iced by halftime.

    Having said all that, if they somehow find a way to get their receivers open (doubtful considering who their coach is), they could move way up.

  61. The Kid With “The Fake Smile”… who Charley Casserly said belonged on the P-Squad his rookie year. “Cam… whoa, Cam!” (“PrimeTime” aka Deion Sanders)

  62. Florio, you’re MVP will be at home eating some Oinkos Yogurt watching the Superbowl. Sure he would have rather have that SuperBowl MVP that he won’t be dancing with.

  63. The Packers at #4? LOLOLOL They needed help from the refs to get by the Lions, and beat a horrible Cowboys team, which gave them trouble in the first half. The Packers are in full swing decline.

  64. Being happy with Tyrod Taylor is a great example of why the Bills will never win a damn thing, the bar is set too low.

    Never mind his QB rating, look at how many TD passes he has on the year and his yards per game.

    He’s a #2, not a #1.

  65. bonesawisready says:
    Dec 15, 2015 10:46 AM
    Minnesota had better hope they don’t go 1 and done. After spending the last 5 years telling Packer fans how much better it is to miss the playoffs completely than get there and lose, they’ll never hear the end of it.
    =====================

    Kind of like how Packer fans been telling everyone up until week 8 they were the best team in the NFL and the Vikes would finish last in the division. Or that they wouldn’t lose a step after Jordy Nelson went down, or after….

    Well you get the point. Packer fans are not only obnoxious, but the most hypocritical and arrogant fans in the NFL.

  66. “What a shame that either the Chiefs, Steelers, or Jets are going to miss out on the playoffs while the Colts or Texans get in”

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    I should think this will work out quite well for the Patriots

  67. this is all crazy

    two weeks ago who saw the eagles beating the patriots at gillette?

    this week who saw the broncos losing to the raiders?

    and who could ever see dalton being intercepted on a shovel pass and breaking his thumb?

    its all too crazy to worry about florio’s rankings even at week 14, the nfl is to whacked.

  68. The 50 top players of the Dolphins should have played last night, instead of what was on the field. Except for Suh, Miller & Landry
    no one did anything. Tannehill cannot win a game in the 4th quarter, it’s pathetic to watch.

  69. realitycheckbaby says:
    Dec 15, 2015 10:03 AM
    Carolina’s opponents combined 19 games under .500

    AZ opponent’s combined 23 games under .500

    Sea opponents combined 9 over .500
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    Both Arizona and Carolina beat Seattle in Seattle lol

  70. purplepackerhater says:
    Dec 15, 2015 12:11 PM

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    Pot/kettle much? We spending all offseason every year hearing about the Vikings greatness that is surely coming. And do I even need to bring up the pre and post NFCCG rhetoric? Just look at your own username for gosh sakes.

  71. Here’s what I don’t get about your power rankings: If you think Wilson could be the Super Bowl MVP, why didn’t you rate the Seahawks #1?

    Not that I think they should or should not be, but if you think the Seahawks are the best team right now, why aren’t they #1 in your list?

    We can rank them in W-L order ourselves.

  72. If I read one more time that “Pittsburgh is the most dangerous team in the AFC” I’m going to lose my lunch.

    Fast receivers, mediocre defense, terrible coaching staff. I just hope they make the playoffs and find their way to Foxboro so we can see Tomlin’s genius at work.

  73. Bears can’t seem to pull it together for a strong finish. Knock off the Packers at Lambeau on national TV and then blow back to back home games to struggling teams and look bad doing it. Whatever they’re missing (and it’s more than just talent), I hope these last 3 games they can at least take steps towards finding it.

  74. carloswlassiter says:
    Dec 15, 2015 1:12 PM

    If I read one more time that “Pittsburgh is the most dangerous team in the AFC” I’m going to lose my lunch.
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    They were saying that about Baltimore last year.

  75. joetoronto says:
    Dec 15, 2015 12:09 PM
    Being happy with Tyrod Taylor is a great example of why the Bills will never win a damn thing, the bar is set too low.

    Never mind his QB rating, look at how many TD passes he has on the year and his yards per game.

    He’s a #2, not a #1.
    …………………
    His stats, including the ones you mention, are comprable to Russel Wilson. Do you think he’s a #2?

    Once again, if you’ve watched the Bills play, you would see he is held back by his coaching staff. Throwing deep balls all game long is going to lower your stats, why? Because they’re low percentage throws.

    Not having a good QB has made me a better at evaluating QB talent, why? Because Ive always been looking at what other teams have. I can see that Tyrod absolutely has the capabilities to be a #1, and most experts agree. It’s whether he has the coaching staff to guide him there that’s the issue. And he doesnt, for now at least.

  76. jvw1982 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 11:15 AM
    The Jets have zero- ZERO- wins against teams with winning records. Fitz has Eric Decker & Brandon Marshall, how could he NOT be servicable?

    They have only played ONE team with a winning record, and have lost to 4 other teams who are 6-7.

    This Jets team is NOT good.

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    The Patriots have played two teams with winning records and are 1-1 big deal. you play the team thats on your schedule, half the league is 500 or below…..
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    yes, you play who you play. That doesnt mean I have to believe the Jets are good. Having seen them play several times, they are not. They’re an average team whos been able to take advantage of the fact that, not only is the league bad this year, theyve gotten the worst of the bunch.

  77. Seattle actually got credit for beating some of the worst teams in football? The ravens missing 18 players and clasen as qb moved the ball on them effortlessly. Turnovers are what killed them, which happens when you’re down to your 3rd/4th options in ball positions. Seattle should be very worried after their bye weeks are over.

  78. The Bills have beat the Jets the last 4 times they have played, including this year in New Jersey. I think Rex was coaching the Jets to long. All of their fans have picked up his bad habits. Come to Buffalo in Early January with visions playoffs dancing in your head and watch that streak get extended. Even in the year the Jets won the Superbowl, they lost in Buffalo. It is not a happy place for the Jets.

  79. Steelertroll….not really when you’re team is 1-5 and the Chiefs scored a total of 10 points in 6 quarters after losing Charles. Both teams were without their star players and the Chiefs beat them. Difference was, the Chiefs season at the time was “over”. What a difference 7 weeks makes.

    Maddog…yes, the Vikings should be ranked higher than the Chiefs because they beat them. Easy enough?

  80. goingthextramile says:
    Dec 15, 2015 11:09 AM
    Thus far the Bills only win versus a winning team this season is versus the the Jets that iloveagoodnap is ragging on, and let’s be honest that win was Rex’s Super Bowl.

    With 3 games left this season, the 6-7 Bills are MOST LIKELY headed for NO PLAYOFFS, a LOSING RECORD (7-9) and a 3RD PLACE finish in the AFC East.

    Come week 17 the 10-5 Jets will be coming to Buffalo to bully the 7-8 wannabe bully Bills, and advance to the playoffs with their 11 win in front of Rex Ryan and the Bills fans with their new coach Todd Bowles getting the Gatorade dumped on him. BOOK IT…baby
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    I dont believe I ever said the Bills were good, they’re horrible. Even if they were 8-5 I’d say the same thing, because they also have had a soft schedule.

    Believe it or not, it’s possible to be objective.

  81. jgedgar70 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 9:44 AM

    Still giving backhanded compliments and one-and-done playoff predictions for the Panthers, I see. I guess Rodney Harrison has convinced you that the Panthers are to be hated, no matter what they accomplish.
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    Take a look at the list of teams they’ve beat to be a perfect 13-0 and then get back to me. The only credible win they have is at home against a Packer team that was in a slump. THIS is exactly why nobody takes them seriously. They will probably finish 16-0, but come playoff time they wont be playing the same dumpster fires they’ve been routinely blowing out.

  82. Redskins in first place in division…check.
    Redskins defeated Philadelphia head to head…check.
    Redskins ranked behind Philadelphia by PFT in standings…of course, check.

  83. Zimmer playing checkers? You do realize how horrific the defense was before he got here, right? I would take him over about 30 other coaches in the league without a second thought. The guy can flat out coach.

  84. I’ll use division leaders as an example..

    Patriots – Have beat 3 teams with a winning record
    Denver – Have beat 4 teams with a winning record
    Bengals – Have beat 3 teams with a winning record
    Colts – Have beat 1 team with a winning record
    Redskins – Have beat 0 teams with a winning record
    Packers – Have beat 3 teams with a winning record
    Cardinals – Have beat 3 teams with a winning record
    Panthers – Have beat 2 teams with a winning record

    For all the football newbs like
    eyeamlothar
    truetrue85
    donny05

    How many quality wins do the Panthers need for 13-0 to sink into your dense skulls?

  85. It doesn’t make sense people keep bringing up that the Panthers aren’t good because the beat teams with a losing record. All the other top teams have losses on their record to teams with a losing record:

    Broncos-lost to Colts, Raiders
    Seahawks-lost to Rams
    Patriots-lost to Eagles
    Cardinals-lost to Rams
    Steelers-lost to Ravens
    Packers-lost to Lions, Bears
    Bengals-lost to Texans

    So maybe beating a team with a losing record isn’t as much as a gimmie as it’s made out to be & what the Panthers are doing this year really is impressive, regardless if the teams they’re beating have a winning record or not.

  86. The Packers at #4 may be a bit high, they can earn that ranking if they go 3-0 in their final 3 games. There are signs they might be jelling for a legitimate run in the playoffs. Got to admit the Seahawks are looking very, very good. At 13-0, I’m still not sold on the Panthers, they’ll go 0-1 in the post season compliments of the Seattle Seahawks, setting up either an all NFC West championship or a rematch of the Pack and Hawks, this time in Lambeau.

  87. As a Panther fan I went thru the bad times, 1-15 in 2001…it was horrible but to be a true fan you must remember the bad in the past to appreciate the good in the future.

    Seriously, in the 80’s I felt sorry for Green Bay, New England and the Steelers… even Seattle went 3-4 in playoffs

    Never forget the past.

  88. 4sacroc says: Dec 15, 2015 10:39 AM

    I’m a (pragmatic) Packers fan; they are not a top 10 team as of Dec. 15.

    Too many issues remain with underachieving WRs, no quality TE, and a linebacker corps that is, aside from Matthews — who is playing out of position — undersized and, well, pedestrian.

    Green Bay has not beaten a quality QB this season.

    Derek Carr will test them. Carson Palmer will shred them.

    They should sneak in to tournament, but, again, they aren’t built to beat Seattle, Arizona or Carolina, three teams who are more talented and balanced on offense and have enough defense to shut down what has become a one-dimensional offense.
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    did you forget that the packers beat seattle by 10 this year… or don’t you consider Wilson a quality qb

  89. kylexitron says:
    Dec 15, 2015 10:19 AM

    Everyone called Wilson a “game manager” and criticized his ability to throw from the pocket; he’s responded by, thanks to that line finally giving him some time, putting up possibly the best four-game stretch in NFL history from the pocket.

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    Well yeah. That’s because in his first 2 seasons, his job was to manage the game and not turn the ball over. He did exactly that, and they won a Super Bowl on the backs of Lynch and the defense. That’s not a knock against Wilson, that’s simply what his job was.

    He took much less heat than he deserved to after throwing that interception at the end of the Super Bowl last year. That single play made me extremely critical of his ability to make pocket passes. This stretch of games that he’s on makes me excited for him, since it seems like he’s developing his passing game. He has the foundation to be an incredible QB, and I really don’t want to see another Kaepernick.

    I’m not a fan of the Seahawks (Pats), but I do want to see some more elite QBs, and Wilson has the potential. The state of quarterbacks in the league this year has been terrible with Brees, Ryan, Stafford, Manning, Luck, and Rodgers all looking like shells of themselves, and the majority of the rest just being bad. If Fitzpatrick, Palmer, and Dalton didn’t make miraculous turnarounds this season, the league would be in shambles.

  90. fringetastic says:
    Dec 15, 2015 1:08 PM
    Here’s what I don’t get about your power rankings: If you think Wilson could be the Super Bowl MVP, why didn’t you rate the Seahawks #1?

    Not that I think they should or should not be, but if you think the Seahawks are the best team right now, why aren’t they #1 in your list?

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    Damn. Good point.

  91. The Packers didn’t need the refs’ help to beat the Lions. Lions got away with a pass interference on the 3rd to last play which should’ve put the Packers in field goal range.

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