Week 15 Power Rankings

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1. Patriots (11-2; last week No. 3): Bill Belichick was as happy after the win over Baltimore as he ever is. And he still came off as miserable.

2. Chiefs (10-3; No. 4): There’s still a big gap from No. 2 to No. 1.

3. Cowboys (11-2; No. 1): Once is an accident, twice is a trend, three times is Tony Romo time.

4. Giants (9-4; No. 6): No matter what the Cowboys accomplish this year, their story can’t be told without the phrase “swept by the Giants.”

5. Raiders (10-3; No. 2): Derek Carr’s pinkie could make it hard for the Raiders to give the rest of the league the middle finger.

6. Lions (9-4; No. 8): Matthew Stafford’s middle finger could make it hard for the Lions to give the Packers the middle finger.

7. Buccaneers (8-5; No. 9): It’s the biggest game in years for a Buccaneers team that could leave Dallas with the confidence needed to win in January.

8. Seahawks (8-4-1; No. 5): Russell Wilson played better when he was hurt.

9. Broncos (8-5; No. 7): Lose to the Patriots on Sunday, and the Broncos may not get the chance to lose to the Patriots in the playoffs.

10. Falcons (8-5; No. 10): The schedule is softening, and the playoffs are beckoning.

11. Steelers (8-5; No. 12): Le’Veon Bell is making a big push for the big contract it didn’t seem he’d ever get.

12. Dolphins (8-5; No. 13): If the Dolphins make the playoffs with Matt Moore, Adam Gase isn’t the coach of the year; he’s the coach of the decade.

13. Packers (7-6; No. 14): The path is still in place to a division title — as long as Aaron Rodgers is able to walk on it.

14. Washington (7-5-1; No. 15): If they don’t make the playoffs, at least they’ll have extra time to figure out what to do about Kirk Cousins.

15. Ravens (7-6; No. 11): The playoffs start in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day.

16. Texans (7-6; No. 18): What’s better? Not making the playoffs at all or losing by 30 at home?

17. Titans (7-6; No. 19): The best team in the AFC South still has a decent chance to win the division.

18. Vikings (7-6; No. 20): They need to win out and get some help to get to the playoffs. And if they get to the playoffs, they’ll need a lot of help.

19. Bills (6-7; No. 16): Rex Ryan had better fill up on those wings while he still can.

20. Colts (6-7; No. 17): Chuck Pagano says there are no trophies for second place. So what do they give you for third place?

21. Bengals (5-7-1; No. 21): The Bengals get a chance to screw things up for both the Steelers and the Ravens, which is better than losing in the playoffs for a sixth straight year.

22. Cardinals (5-7-1; No. 22): Tony Romo would look pretty good with a mildly perturbed bird on the side of his helmet.

23. Eagles (5-8; No. 23): Well, at least they won’t have to worry about Jim Schwartz being snatched up as a head coach elsewhere.

24. Panthers (5-8; No. 26): Not quitting on 2016 is a good sign for 2017.

25. Chargers (5-8; No. 24): Has any other franchise with a true franchise quarterback ever struggled so much to succeed?

26. Saints (5-8; No. 25): Apparently, yes. (Except for 2009.)

27. Jets (4-9; No. 29): Winning late in a lost season and getting lower draft position is the ultimate Jets move.

28. Rams (4-9; No. 27): Please let me know if I ever piss off Eric Dickerson.

29. Bears (3-10; No. 28): Ten years since their last Super Bowl appearance, the Bears feel more than 10 years away from their next one.

30. Jaguars (2-11; No. 30): They’re in every game. Which makes their inability to win any games even more confounding.

31. 49ers (1-12; No. 31): What’s worse, losing 12 in a row or being the only team that has lost to the Browns in their last 24 games?

32. Browns (0-13; No. 32): The holidays bring about feelings of nostalgia. For Browns fans, the years 1996 through 1998 conjure some of the best memories.

135 responses to “Week 15 Power Rankings

  1. Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!

  2. “Colts (6-7; No. 17): Chuck Pagano says there are no trophies for second place. So what do they give you for third place?”

    Hopefully a pink slip.

  3. But the Packers won, by PFT standards shouldn’t they automatically be in the top 3?

    Patriots
    Chiefs
    Cowboys
    Giants
    Lions
    Hawks
    Raiders
    Falcons
    Bucs
    Broncos

  4. “The Lions will be 4th place in the NFC North this year…WORSE THAN THE BEARS. Calvin Johnson made Matthew Stafford what he is” – Every ‘expert’ this prior offseason.

    What explanation do you have for this turnaround, ‘experts’ including those on PFT?Stafford is balling out of control and gets nowhere near enough credit!

  5. 2. Chiefs (10-3; No. 4): There’s still a big gap from No. 2 to No. 1.

    Chiefs lost by 7 to the Pats last year in Gillette with no Charles and no Houston. Both should play this year and the Pats have no Gronk this year.

    That gap isn’t as big as you seem to think it is.

  6. Finally woke up to the chiefs being the 2nd best team in the afc. Get used to it they ain’t going anywhere and probably will go to and win the super bowl.

  7. Leveon Bell is a great RB, but any GM who pays big bucks for that position is a fool.

    You can get 80% of the production for a fraction of the price and spend some of the remaining money on your pass rush / secondary / o-line.

  8. Tampa has won 5 straight and has its first chance at making the playoffs in almost a decade. I see them making the playoffs the NFC south winner at 11-5 winners of 8 straight and being 7-1 on the road. Nobody is going to want to play the BUCS come January

  9. largejk says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:22 PM
    Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!

    Get over it CRYBABY

  10. The purples will lose their minds entirely. Well done, Florio!

    Not really. Everyone knows that both the Packers and Vikings season depends on their week 16 matchup AND getting help. Loser of that game is out either way. Recent history suggest that smart money will be on the Vikings.

  11. cboys4life2014 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:21 PM
    So is the Giants SB season of 2007 now marked with “swept by Dallas.”
    _________________

    Perhaps, but one thing we do know is it’s marked as being one of 2 won in this millennium. Next month the Cowgirls most recent SB victory will be old enough to legally drink

  12. 1. Patriots (11-2; last week No. 3): Bill Belichick was as happy after the win over Baltimore as he ever is. And he still came off as miserable.

    This is true.

    The only time Bill Belichick, the Greatest Head Coach of All-Time, is complacent after an NFL game is when the Pats win the Super Bowl.

    The only time Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, is complacent after an NFL game is when the Pats win the Super Bowl.

    The only time whywerule, the Greatest Patriots Fan of All-Time, is complacent after an NFL game is when the Pats win the Super Bowl.

    We all look forward to being complacent on 2/5/17, after Super Bowl LI.

  13. This just in: The Patriots Swept the AFC North. How is this possible? Ravens’ fans claim this is the toughest division in football?

  14. largejk says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:22 PM
    Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!

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    What game were you watching???

  15. Is the vikings 17 ranking based on the number of times the overrated one holds the opposing wide receiver and never gets flagged for it? SKOAl

  16. largejk says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:22 PM
    Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!

    The Patriots just dropped 30 on the #2 scoring defense in the league. They put up 500 yards of offense against a team that has been giving up half of that.

    If not for a back to back bonehead special teams plays it is a blow out. even with those plays, Baltimore never moved the ball against NE. It would have taken them getting the ball inside the 20 again for a reasonable chance of scoring TD to tie it at the end.

  17. largejk says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:22 PM
    Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!

    __________________________

    Two screw ups by the Pats special teams doesn’t make the Ravens any good. The game wasn’t close. JumpBallJoe stinks. I’m not a Pats fan.

  18. cboys4life2014 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:21 PM
    So is the Giants SB season of 2007 now marked with “swept by Dallas.”

    No. you lost one. That’s not a sweep. Remember?

  19. largejk says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:22 PM

    Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!
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    Do you own a TV? Did you watch the game? Patriots gifted the Ravens 2 special teams red zone turnovers, dominated every other second of the game, shut down jump ball Joe and ran roughshod over their vaunted “#1” defense.

    But OK, this is “barely” in your world.

  20. This makes no sense. You guys ranked the Packers way too high every week while they were losing. Now they blow out Seattle and they only move up one spot? I think that’s probably about right, but you’re really messing with our heads here.

  21. Washington 7-5-1
    Green Bay 7-6

    Washington beat Green Bay 3 weeks ago.. 42-24

    Green Bay is ranked ahead of Washington. Yup – this makes sense.

  22. “20. Colts (6-7; No. 17): Chuck Pagano says there are no trophies for second place. So what do they give you for third place?”

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    Second place is a set of steak knives. Third place is your fired!

  23. largejk says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:22 PM

    Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!
    —————-
    Did you WATCH the game, or just look at the box score in the morning?

    This game was NOT close. The Raven’s brought in the #1 defense and it was shredded. Tommy threw for over 400 yards and 3TDs, and Blount had a decent game on the ground too. Patriots Defense played lights out. Both the Ravens scores totaled like 25 yards due to back to back special teams fumbles.

    I repeat, this game was not close nor competitive even though special teams tried to give it away

  24. vikingsdefineaverage says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:25 PM

    justintuckrule says:

    Dec 13, 2016 12:20 PM
    You all better pray our offense don’t start clicking
    __________________________________
    Never going to happen with Eli at QB

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    As a Pats fan I cannot understand, or figure out Eli. He has the tools, but has crazy inconsistency. Once is a fluke, twice is kryptonite. I want nothing to do with the GMen in the playoffs, something just clicks when they get in, I cannot explain it

  25. The Patriots should be the clear SB favorites from the AFC now that Manning has retired. Last season Manning scored twice as many TDs as Brady in AFCC game and we ended up missing the SB. The path is clear this go around.

  26. vikingsdefineaverage says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:25 PM
    justintuckrule says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:20 PM
    You all better pray our offense don’t start clicking
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    Never going to happen with Eli at QB
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    You must have just become an NFL fan within the last 4 years. Welcome to our brotherhood.

  27. jjackwagon says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:25 PM
    2. Chiefs (10-3; No. 4): There’s still a big gap from No. 2 to No. 1.

    Chiefs lost by 7 to the Pats last year in Gillette with no Charles and no Houston. Both should play this year and the Pats have no Gronk this year.

    That gap isn’t as big as you seem to think it is.
    ================

    Or as small as you seem to think it is. Injuries are part of the game. Everyone can do something like that with their team at the end of the year. The Pats only had one starting offensive lineman from the beginning of the season playing in that game and he was at a different position.

  28. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:44 PM
    The Patriots should be the clear SB favorites from the AFC now that Manning has retired. Last season Manning scored twice as many TDs as Brady in AFCC game and we ended up missing the SB. The path is clear this go around.
    ========================

    What did the AFCCG have to do with your Jests not making the playoffs?

  29. Its not about Eli at qb….Johnny Unitas couldnt put together a decent season playing behind the Giants o-line. Reese….why didnt you get us an nfl-caliber o-line??????

    My Giants are likely doomed to fail at some point because we certainly have one of the 5 worst offensive lines in the league. Eli is still a good QB but his o-line has gotten into his head and he is playing scared.

  30. Look out for the Titans !!! Can’t wait to see how we match up on the road vs KC. Looks like this team is ahead of schedule and a win on Sunday should put us in the playoffs…Been way to long.

  31. nhpats says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:33 PM
    This just in: The Patriots Swept the AFC North. How is this possible? Ravens’ fans claim this is the toughest division in football?

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    Cupcake division that plays the tough guy card. Brady has a better record against them than his so called weak division.

    At least the fish are always trouble in south beach and the Jests always play us tough regardless of record.

  32. justintuckrule says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:36 PM
    cboys4life2014 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:21 PM
    So is the Giants SB season of 2007 now marked with “swept by Dallas.”

    No. you lost one. That’s not a sweep. Remember?

    hmm:
    WK 1: NYG 35- DAL 45
    WK 10

  33. largejk says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:22 PM
    Should have #1 Patriots: Because I’m Mike Florio and I just couldn’t wait to put them back at number 1, even after barely beating the Ravens!

    ________________________________________

    Really, dude? Aside from two god-awful special teams plays, that was as lop-sided as any match between these two teams in the last 10 years.

  34. Steelers have won four straight by an average of 13+ points. Throttled KC and the Giants, and were one play away from beating Dallas and you have them at #11? Nine behind the Chiefs and seven behind NY? I’m not making a case for #2 or #3, but 11? Seems low considering the Raiders (5), Seahawks (8), and Broncos(9) just lost.

  35. The Steelers are not an elite team yet, but there are at least 4 or 5 teams ranked above them that are not better than them right now. When they beat the Browns and Colts, no one was impressed. So now they dominate the Giants and run right through the Bills, and apparently still no one is impressed.

  36. Tom Brady, GOAT, vs the AFC North

    24-5, by far his best record vs any division
    103.3 passer rating

    It’s a shame he couldn’t play that soft and weak division more often!

  37. 4. Giants – “No matter what…” If Dallas beats NYG in the playoffs, is it still a sweep?

    9. Broncos – You seem to have forgotten that Denver knocked NE out of the playoffs just last season.

    13. Packers – Should say “they need to win out and get some help to get to the playoffs”

  38. There are two types of comments regarding Seattle

    First type of comment is “Hawks are so overrated and need to be lower”

    Second type of comment is”hey, the (insert team name) just beat the Seahawks! They deserve to be higher!”

    Every week same thing, it’s pretty amusing

  39. I’m looking at the lower tier of the top ten thinking, these teams really aren’t single-digit good. Then I look at the upper teen tier and they’re not very good, either. The bottom half are all horrid.

    Why are ratings down? There are fewer than half a dozen really good football teams right now. Another maybe ten mediocre teams, and the rest are just bad at professional football.

  40. celticsforever says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:38 PM
    Washington 7-5-1
    Green Bay 7-6

    Washington beat Green Bay 3 weeks ago.. 42-24

    Green Bay is ranked ahead of Washington. Yup – this makes sense.

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    Very few, it seems, understand the concept of a ‘power ranking’. It isn’t simply confined to a teams record. It involves several things, including momentum, strength of opponent, and margin of victory included. Offense, defense, and ST overall and the matter in which that transcribes onto the field.

    For instance, GB – Winner of 3 straight, including a blowout victory over a previous top 5 team. Realistically, they move up the ladder. Upward trends are taken into account as well as personnel and injured players returning. It really isn’t that difficult to see but you probably just don’t like objectivity.

    GB has a long road ahead, but the NFL is about how you finish and not necessarily how you begin it.

    toodlez

  41. “….So is the Giants SB season of 2007 now marked with “swept by Dallas.”
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    That’s about as lame as the Colts’ participation banners hanging from the rafters.
    Having attained what all other 31 teams set out to do every year, they won the big one, defeating the favorite and undefeated Pats. A season where the NY media was calling for Coughlin’s head to roll after 3 weeks and ending with a ticker tape parade.
    Who cares what team beat them during the “regular” season. I’m positive not one Giants’ player from that team does.

  42. carloswlassiter says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:07 PM
    The Steelers and Ravens should just be glad NE is not in the AFC North.
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    QFT, Brady has a career win % of .828 against the Powder Puff division. And that’s in spite of only playing the division winner in 2 of every 3 years. The other teams in the AFC East sure don’t get much help against the Pats out of that sorry excuse for a division.

  43. All year the Packers jump tons of spots for barely beating bad teams, and now that they massacre a good team they barely budge? What?

  44. Flash1287 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:51 PM
    After last night, Tom Brady is 7-0 when facing No. 1 defenses:

    W-L: 7-0
    Comp %: 66.1
    Pass YPG: 344.4
    TD-INT: 15-4
    Rating: 102.1
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    Who cares what def is call #1 because of yards given up. Last year the Broncos where the best defense in the NFL and your boy CryBrady was 0-2

  45. MINUS 5 DEGREES AT SOLDIER FIELD SUNDAY..SHOULD BE GOOD FOR ERIN’S FAKE HAMMY AND CALF INJURY. BETTER BUTTON UP THAT ICE FISHING TENT ON THE SIDELINE AND LEAVE A PHONE IN THERE SO HE CAN CALL HIS FATHER

  46. A wise man once said, “Champions are made in the offseason.”

    Minnesotans took it literally and that’s why they are spending this season working toward their 55th Offseason World Championship.

  47. celticsforever says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:38 PM

    Washington beat Green Bay 3 weeks ago.. 42-24

    Green Bay is ranked ahead of Washington. Yup – this makes sense.
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    For what its worth, there’s a reason this changes from week to week. Its intended to reflect current rather than historic rankings. Washington beat a Packers team without their number 1, 2, 3 cornerbacks, both starting inside linebackers, and their most impactful pass rusher – oh yeah, and with no running backs on the roster. You like that?

  48. tjacks7 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:31 PM

    The purples will lose their minds entirely. Well done, Florio!

    Not really. Everyone knows that both the Packers and Vikings season depends on their week 16 matchup AND getting help. Loser of that game is out either way. Recent history suggest that smart money will be on the Vikings.
    __________________________________

    I agree with everything you said till you g0t to, “smart money will be on the Queens. Seriously? Vikes will be luck to stay within 14 of GB on Christmas Eve. As for the Lions, they won’t win another game this season.

  49. nhpats says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:33 PM

    This just in: The Patriots Swept the AFC North. How is this possible? Ravens’ fans claim this is the toughest division in football?
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    you beat a steeler team w/ no Roethlisberger and two teams in that division would struggle w/ Alabama. impressive sweep. if you were the colts you could hang a banner.

  50. Viking lose to the Colts.

    Packers beat the Bears.

    Lions beat the Giants or the Cowboys(not playing well, should have lost to the vikes).

    Vikings beat the Packers.

    Lions win the division.

    Lions playing for seeding week 17.

  51. arwiv says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:52 PM
    Its not about Eli at qb….Johnny Unitas couldnt put together a decent season playing behind the Giants o-line. Reese….why didnt you get us an nfl-caliber o-line??????
    _____
    Reese had to pay a fortune just to in free agency and the draft to te build the Giants’ pathetic defense from last year and it appears to have worked. With a salary cap and only so many draft picks You can’t get everything you want.

  52. The playoffs are a crapshoot this year. The Pats are the top team now and the most solid favorites in the AFC, but I could see the Chiefs, Raiders, even the Steelers knock them out. The Cowboys can be beat by any slightly above average team. The Seahawks can be either the best team or the worst team in the league any given Sunday. The Giants, Lions, Bucs, and Falcons aren’t great, but are good enough to have a great day and beat anybody.

  53. I don’t think the Pats are concerned about KC at all. Belichick absolutely owns Andy Reid.

  54. I don’t think the Chiefs are better than the Cowboys. That’s a bit of recency bias because one of them lost last week.

    Chiefs fans may think they’re on top of the NFL for some reason, but the Chiefs (and their 27th-ranked rushing defense) could easily fall to the Titans. Mariota is always better on the road, and the Titans have not been an easy win for anyone. And did I mention the Chiefs’ 27th-ranked rushing defense? The Chiefs had to have a field goal bounce in overtime to beat the Broncos, but the Titans beat the Broncos more comfortably. Don’t count out the Titans.

  55. blah773 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:56 PM

    nhpats says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:33 PM

    This just in: The Patriots Swept the AFC North. How is this possible? Ravens’ fans claim this is the toughest division in football?
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    you beat a steeler team w/ no Roethlisberger
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    Blah, blah, blah. It’s not NE’s fault that Ben is too soft to stay on the field. He sure does miss a lot of games for the “toughest guy in the NFL”.

  56. jjackwagon says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:25 PM
    2. Chiefs (10-3; No. 4): There’s still a big gap from No. 2 to No. 1.

    Chiefs lost by 7 to the Pats last year in Gillette with no Charles and no Houston. Both should play this year and the Pats have no Gronk this year.

    That gap isn’t as big as you seem to think it is.
    ===========================================
    If you saw the game you’d know that it was nowhere near as close as the score. The Patriots controlled the game from the beginning, and a late score by the Chiefs made it respectable.

    That said, if the Chiefs are able to secure home field, they’d have a real chance of beating New England at KC, but no chance in Foxborough.

  57. Re the #25 Chargers, has there been a more over rated “franchise” QB than Rivers in the last 15 years???

  58. “The Steelers and Ravens should just be glad NE is not in the AFC North.”

    I’m not sure why this statement applies only to the Steelers and Ravens. The teams in every division other than the AFC East should be glad that the Patriots aren’t in their division. The Pats are the best team in the NFL right now, hands down. I’m a Steeler fan, but I’d have to be a complete idiot or homer to not recognize who the Pats see right now.

  59. MINUS 5 DEGREES AT SOLDIER FIELD SUNDAY..SHOULD BE GOOD FOR ERIN’S FAKE HAMMY AND CALF INJURY. BETTER BUTTON UP THAT ICE FISHING TENT ON THE SIDELINE AND LEAVE A PHONE IN THERE SO HE CAN CALL HIS FATHER
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    Says the fan of a team that plays in a dome and just got embarrassed by the Bears.

  60. r and two teams in that division would struggle w/ Alabama.

    LOL. No they wouldn’t. I’d lay you 60 points and I’d still take the Browns over the Tide without a second thought.

    There is no way even the best Division I team could ever hang with with an NFL team. Any other opinion is trash. It’s just stupid, really.

  61. So you call the titans the best team in the afcs but then rack them behind Houston? Seems legit.

  62. GB has a long road ahead, but the NFL is about how you finish and not necessarily how you begin it.

    The next time Mike McCarthy finishes strong will be the first time.

  63. Seattle did not lose to GB…

    Seattle IMPLODED and lost to a mediocre team.

    GB is not better than NE

    Seattle handled NE in NE.

    Seattle is inconsistent, but lets be clear, Seattle lost because of internal meltdown on both sides of the ball, not because GB is better. Clearly.

  64. There is no way even the best Division I team could ever hang with with an NFL team.

    I’m not sure that’s true anymore.

    Look at the NFL these days; College offenses, the option, awful coaching, poor tackling.

    I think Saban would have an okay shot. Better than FSU, Miami and USC of the past.

  65. 18. Vikings (7-6; No. 20): They need to win out and get some help to get to the playoffs. And if they get to the playoffs, they’ll need a lot of help.

    Same could be said about the Packers

  66. Tony Romo would have been at IR after week one if he had to take the hits Palmer is taking. And I have to say Arian’s zero protection schemes with David Johnson as a WR is not exactly slowing down the pass rush.

  67. 20. Colts (6-7; No. 17): Chuck Pagano says there are no trophies for second place. So what do they give you for third place?

    … a banner?

  68. 20. Colts (6-7; No. 17): Chuck Pagano says there are no trophies for second place. So what do they give you for third place?
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    This ones easy. One of those splashy AFCS Third Place Banners of course.

  69. Who cares what def is call #1 because of yards given up. Last year the Broncos where the best defense in the NFL and your boy CryBrady was 0-2
    ==================================By crybrady do you mean TB 12,( 4 time super bowl winner), the GOAT, and the winningest QB in NFL history? WINNINGEST!!!
    If you want to bring up past seasons, how bout when Tom beat Seattle in Super Bowl 49, 28-24, coming from behind 14 points in the 4th quarter to beat Seattle. Seattle, the SAME team that embarrassed Denver 43-8 the year before in the Super Bowl.
    Tom has NEVER been embarrassed in a Super Bowl like Denver was.

  70. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Dec 13, 2016 2:57 PM
    r and two teams in that division would struggle w/ Alabama.

    LOL. No they wouldn’t. I’d lay you 60 points and I’d still take the Browns over the Tide without a second thought.

    There is no way even the best Division I team could ever hang with with an NFL team. Any other opinion is trash. It’s just stupid, really.
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    Exactly. Every year, doesn’t matter what sport, people always claim the best college team could beat the worst professional team. Those people are morons. 52 grown men vs 18-22 year olds would not be a challenge at all. The Browns would dominate Alabama.

    You can’t run sideways in the pros, LBs are just as fast, hell some DEs are too

  71. aarons444 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 3:34 PM

    There is no way even the best Division I team could ever hang with with an NFL team.

    I’m not sure that’s true anymore.

    Look at the NFL these days; College offenses, the option, awful coaching, poor tackling.

    I think Saban would have an okay shot. Better than FSU, Miami and USC of the past.-
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    Saban couldn’t beat NFL teams with NFL players. Getouttahere!!

  72. cardiovascularendurance says:
    Dec 13, 2016 2:19 PM

    I don’t think the Pats are concerned about KC at all. Belichick absolutely owns Andy Reid.
    _________________________

    I may be wrong here but since Andy took over as coach in 2013, these 2 teams have played twice.
    1.) Jan 2016 Payoffs – pats won by 6
    2.) Sept 2014 – Chiefs won by 27

    Now historically between the two coaches it may be a different story but….

  73. Chiefs fan here…

    Not sure where the Chiefs really belong, but they seem to get just enough done to win, and a lot of their injuries have gotten better now.

    Everyone needs to look out.

  74. Vikings fans should tone down their criticisms of the Packers so they don’t feel so bad when the Packers finish ahead of them.

  75. vikingsdefineaverage says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:25 PM

    justintuckrule says:

    Dec 13, 2016 12:20 PM
    You all better pray our offense don’t start clicking
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    Never going to happen with Eli at QB
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    Yeah, it’s not like the guy ever won 2 Super Bowls or 2 SB MVP’s

  76. I’m not a Redskin fan, but where I live they are on TV every week so I see a lot them. What I don’t understand is that the national media seems to think Cousins is not a franchise QB, to me and I believe the numbers bear this out, is that he’s as good or better than many guys that are swooned over. I could be wrong, but he seems like a good QB who is improving every year he holds down the position.

  77. Pats fan here. Here are my rankings. These rankings are greatly influenced by recent injuries to New England, Seattle, and Kansas City.

    Kansas City
    Green Bay
    New York Giants
    Dallas
    Oakland
    Seattle
    New England
    Pittsburgh
    Atlanta
    Baltimore
    Miami
    Tennessee
    Denver

  78. titimium says:
    Dec 13, 2016 2:40 PM
    Re the #25 Chargers, has there been a more over rated “franchise” QB than Rivers in the last 15 years???
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    Has there ever been a dumber comment on this site in the last 15 years? Yes, but not by much! I would love to see Rivers on a good, and not too injured, “team”.

  79. leatherface2012 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:47 PM
    MINUS 5 DEGREES AT SOLDIER FIELD SUNDAY..SHOULD BE GOOD FOR ERIN’S FAKE HAMMY AND CALF INJURY. BETTER BUTTON UP THAT ICE FISHING TENT ON THE SIDELINE AND LEAVE A PHONE IN THERE SO HE CAN CALL HIS FATHER
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    Whatever you say cody59ariani74…just don’t SHOUT!!!

  80. maust1013 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:27 PM

    carloswlassiter says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:07 PM
    The Steelers and Ravens should just be glad NE is not in the AFC North.
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    QFT, Brady has a career win % of .828 against the Powder Puff division. And that’s in spite of only playing the division winner in 2 of every 3 years. The other teams in the AFC East sure don’t get much help against the Pats out of that sorry excuse for a division.
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    No offense intended, but I’ve been seeing that “2 of every 3 years” comment a lot lately and have to correct it. I get what you mean but it’s wrong, you know. The only years Brady hasn’t played all three division winners were 2003 and 2009 as 2002 and 2008 were the only years Patriots didn’t win AFC East. What I mean is, they play each AFC division on a rotating basis, which means they play that division winner along with the rest of the division, plus the other 2 division winners, that’s all 3 accounted for.

  81. 6thsense10 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 2:09 PM

    arwiv says:
    Dec 13, 2016 12:52 PM
    Its not about Eli at qb….Johnny Unitas couldnt put together a decent season playing behind the Giants o-line. Reese….why didnt you get us an nfl-caliber o-line??????
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    Reese had to pay a fortune just to in free agency and the draft to te build the Giants’ pathetic defense from last year and it appears to have worked. With a salary cap and only so many draft picks You can’t get everything you want.
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    What we got was #1 pick Ereck Flowers – The human turstile.

  82. It’s always a treat. Witnessing the better angels of NE fans nature and trying to figure out who are the bigger hacks. I mean really, NE fans take ameturism to professional levels and they don’t even break a sweat doing it. Bravo, bravo

  83. Congrats to the pack. That was a great win over the seahawks! The Vikes win over the Jags means if both teams win this weekend, Xmas Eve is gonna be huge. Someone’s going to wake up in a foul mood Xmas morning, hope it’s not me. I can still take pleasure in knowing that the Vikings and their fans are still living rent free in the heads of packer fans everywhere.

  84. jdubkc says:

    I may be wrong here but since Andy took over as coach in 2013, these 2 teams have played twice.
    1.) Jan 2016 Payoffs – pats won by 6
    2.) Sept 2014 – Chiefs won by 27

    Now historically between the two coaches it may be a different story but….
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    You’re comparing September results to a playoff game? The Patriots dominated the playoff game, a garbage time touchdown by the Chiefs made the score respectable.

    Because the new CBA is so restrictive on the amount of practices and full contact, the Patriots treat September as an extension of the preseason. They get better as the season progresses. New England won the Super Bowl that season while the Chiefs missed the playoffs.

    Reid is a very good coach who, more often than not will have a winning season. But he’s 1-4 in conference championships and 0-1 in the Super Bowl, with a track record of mismanaging the clock in tight games.

  85. switchwitch59 says:
    Dec 13, 2016 11:44 PM

    No offense intended, but I’ve been seeing that “2 of every 3 years” comment a lot lately and have to correct it.
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    You are misreading it. In 2 of every 3 years the only team from the AFCN the Patriots play is the division winner

  86. I know the Steelers had a weird 4 game slump in the middle of the season but they are getting hot at the right time. Not to mention, they lambasted the Chiefs 43-14 and they beat the Giants in a game that wasn’t as near as close as the score would indicate. The game in Buffalo also wasn’t nearly as close either. Put KC and Pitt on a neutral field and I’ll take Pitt in a heartbeat. Come Super Bowl time, it’s gonna be either the Pats or Steelers out of the AFC.

  87. Why don’t the Chiefs get the same kind of “old school, blue collar, all American city” love that teams like the Bears, Packers and Steelers get? If one of those other teams were having the same kind of year as the Chiefs are having, it would be their team and players on the cover of every magazine and the top of every sports news show.

    I hate those teams and don’t like KC much but it seems bizarre that the Chiefs can do so well the past two years yet get less coverage slash media love than even Houston or Baltimore

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