Week 13 power rankings

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1. Saints (10-1; last week No. 1): There’s a good chance this won’t be changing for the rest of the season.

2. Rams (10-1; No. 2): Aqib Talib can’t get back in the lineup soon enough.

3. Chiefs (9-2; No. 3): They still need to be very worried about the Chargers.

4. Patriots (8-3; No. 4): The AFC top seed seems like a formality for the Patriots, again.

5. Bears (8-3; No. 6): TRAP GAME ALERT.

6. Chargers (8-3; No. 7): Philip Rivers isn’t the only AFC West quarterback who should be getting MVP consideration.

7. Texans (8-3; No. 8): If they keep it up, they’ll earn a bye.

8. Steelers (7-3-1; No. 5): A team that had a shot at the top seed now has to worry about its grip on the AFC North lead.

9. Cowboys (6-5; No. 9): Yes, the Saints put their pants on the same way the Cowboys do. And then the Saints kick everyone’s butt while wearing them.

10. Vikings (6-4-1; No. 10): With tough road tests coming against New England and Seattle, the Vikings may have to win their last three games (Dolphins, at Lions, Bears) to nail down a playoff berth.

11. Seahawks (6-5; No. 11): They could be the most dangerous team in the NFC.

12. Colts (6-5; No. 14): Next year’s Super Bowl darling could still get there this year.

13. Ravens (6-5; No. 13): Flacco? Jackson? The Ravens should use both, extensively.

14. Panthers (6-5; No. 12): That Thursday night debacle continues to stick to a once-promising team.

15. Washington (6-5; No. 15): The playoffs start, as a practical matter, on Monday night.

16. Titans (5-6; No. 16): Some teams have a franchise quarterback. Some teams don’t. Some teams, like the Titans, aren’t quite sure what they have.

17. Broncos (5-6; No. 19): They may not make it to the playoffs, but they should feel good about beating a couple of playoff teams.

18. Eagles (5-6; No. 22): The margin for error is small, but the chances of a playoff berth are real.

19. Browns (4-6-1; No. 20): Gregg Williams could be coaching his way into the permanent job, or at least as permanent as the job ever gets in Cleveland.

20. Packers (4-6-1; No. 17): There could be some interesting stories from unnamed sources about the dysfunction in Green Bay if/when the team changes coaches.

21. Lions (4-7; No. 18): Matthew Stafford is still the quarterback of the future. It’s just not clear which team he’ll be quarterbacking in the future.

22. Dolphins (5-6; No. 21): Being the best team in Florida really isn’t saying much.

23. Bills (4-7; No. 26): They’re not as far away as their performances without Josh Allen would suggest.

24. Buccaneers (4-7; No. 27): Maybe Reuben Foster should have gotten a game ball.

25. Bengals (5-6; No. 23): Dave Shula has a better chance of being Cincinnati’s next coach than Hue Jackson does.

26. Falcons (4-7; No. 24): They’re simply not in the same class as the Saints, and they know it.

27. Giants (3-8; No. 25): Alex Tanney may eventually get a chance to play, which will be a great audition for his inevitable stint in the AAF.

28. Jets (3-8; No. 28): Losing to the Patriots by only 14 points feels a little like a win.

29. Jaguars (3-8; No. 29): Somewhere, someone bought their grandchild a Blake Bortles jersey for Christmas just before finding out he’d been benched.

30. 49ers (2-9; No. 30): The best they can hope for is a chance to spoil Seattle’s playoff run, twice.

31. Raiders (2-9; No. 31): And they still haven’t played the Chiefs yet.

32. Cardinals (2-9; No. 32): At least they had a 10-point lead.

94 responses to “Week 13 power rankings

  1. How is the top seed a formality for the Patriots? They would need to run the table and then get some help.

    Kansas City can easily win out and Houston can too. The Patriots have to go to Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh has the Patriots and Chargers at home and New Orleans on the road. The Patriots look okay for the #2 seed and a bye, but anything more is wishful thinking.

  2. Somewhere, someone bought their grandchild a Blake Bortles jersey for Christmas just before finding out he’d been benched.

    The modern day equivalent of a lump of coal.

  3. 12. Colts (6-5; No. 14): Next year’s Super Bowl darling could still get there this year.

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    I like the Colts, but who is calling them next year’s Super Bowl darling?? They do still have an outside shot at a playoff slot, but not even rabid Colts fans see them getting to the Super Bowl this year.

  4. “29. Jaguars (3-8; No. 29): Somewhere, someone bought their grandchild a Blake Bortles jersey for Christmas just before finding out he’d been benched.”

    Hopefully, they kept the receipt.

  5. 12. Colts (6-5; No. 14): Next year’s Super Bowl darling could still get there this year.

    Frank Reich should get some coach of the year votes if they finish strongly (same goes for Pete Carroll).

  6. Dysfunction in Green Bay?

    Really?

    It’s been going on for quite some time. The team has, of all things, a LAWYER (Mark Murphy) as the team president. He never really practiced law, but used his law degree as a steppingstone to other endeavors. Who hired him? The 43-member Board of Directors, most of whom know nothing about football, but know a lot about rubbing elbows and eating finger food in the skyboxes at Lambeau, but little about football. Together, these incompetents allowed Ted Thompson, Old Skinflint himself, to squander the prime years of Aaron Rodgers. While many have climbed aboard the Fire McCarthy Bandwagon, a coach can coach only those players allotted to him.

    I wouldn’t blame Rodgers one bit if he walked into Murphy’s office at the end of the season and threatened to retire if not traded. It’s his only hope for another ring.

    Denver, maybe?

  7. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    The ________ are too high.

    *****************************

    For the most part I agree. But the _________ are under the radar, and could make some noise in the playoffs. For that to happen, ____________ will need to keep performing, and the team will have to make up for the production lost when __________ was injured.

    Still, the schedule is favorable, with a pair of division games against __________ a home date vs. __________ and a winnable game against the suddenly struggling _____________.

  8. Tinye67 I had to say thumbs down kus I am first and foremost a Packers fan. I’m sure you would expect no less of me. But I have been a closet Browns fan since living 3 years in N. Canton. You guys have suffered enough!

  9. lightninglucci says:
    November 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    While Rivers is having an excellent season, can we hold off on that MVP talk unless the Chargers can finally beat the Chiefs in two weeks?
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    Or can we at least hold off the MVP talk until the Chargers beat a team with a winning record?

  10. I remember a little over a week ago people were telling others here that the Chiefs had no chance of losing to the Rams. Well, they did. Now, the same people here are preaching to fans that they will more than likely win out? It’s not so unbelievable that they lose against the Chargers at home or against the Seahawks in Seattle. They have the 28th ranked scoring defense in the league.

  11. 17. Broncos (5-6; No. 19): They may not make it to the playoffs, but they should feel good about beating a couple of playoff teams.
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    Broncos could realistically run the table, in which case, they would make the playoffs.

    However, the way they have been this season, it’s equally likely they could lose out.

  12. The colts amazing 5 game win streak came against the bills, jags,titans, dolphins at home and the raiders on the road. That may have been the easiest stretch of games for any team this year…knowing they also have losses against the bengals and the jets, people are talking superbowl? Most overrated team of 2018, period.

  13. Okay MF…you have the Pats listed as AFC Top seed just a formality blah blah. Then you have the Texans as keep it up and they may earn a bye.

    SO…according to you, the Chiefs are going to lose enough games over the next five weeks to fall out of a 1st rd bye? Raiders twice, Ravens & Chargers in Arrowhead and Seattle on the road. What are you smoking?

  14. 21. Lions

    You know you’ve reached rock bottom when you’re the punchline in a category on Jeopardy!.

    Sadly however, this isn’t the first time the Lions have made the national news for being perennial losers. Jay Leo took shots at them one year when they were threatening to go 0 – 16. And no, not the year they actually WENT 0 – 16!

  15. Cowboys ahead of Seattle? Seattle beat them head to head and has had much more impressive victories in the last two weeks.

  16. Why are people giving the Saints a free pass against the Cowboys? They have the 3rd ranked scoring defense in the league. The have given up an average of 19.4 points per game. Look at who the Saints have played on the road so far. They beat the 6-5 Ravens because Justin Tucker missed the extra point to send the game into OT. The Saints have the 30th ranked passing defense in the league.

  17. Patriots could easily slide to seed # 4 with losses at Pittsburgh and Miami, neither of which is hardly out of the question.

  18. fatguystrangler says:
    November 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    12. Colts (6-5; No. 14): Next year’s Super Bowl darling could still get there this year.

    Frank Reich should get some coach of the year votes if they finish strongly (same goes for Pete Carroll).
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    Shouldn’t they have to beat a team over .500 to be a Coach of the Year candidate? At least one if not not multiple teams over .500 like the rest of the candidates.

  19. The Cowboys being in the top 10 is a joke. You really think that they are better than the Vikings, or even the Colts for that matter? They have won the past 3 games by beating a bad Eagles team, a Falcons team with no D, and a Skins team with no starting QB, who they already lost to this year.

    We’ll see if they can keep their whooping on Thursday night under a 30 point loss.

  20. Get ‘cha popcorn ready. The Cowboys with their rising, young, stout defense going to land a haymaker Thursday night.

    The Saints get a preview of playing a playoff caliber team with an actual defense.

    Cowboys get the W.

  21. fmckenney says:
    The colts amazing 5 game win streak came against the bills, jags,titans, dolphins at home and the raiders on the road. That may have been the easiest stretch of games for any team this year…knowing they also have losses against the bengals and the jets, people are talking superbowl? Most overrated team of 2018, period.
    ____________________________________

    Aww, who hurt you? In the Colts defense, 3 of their 5 losses can be contributed to 3 specific plays that simply didn’t go their way. If those plays go the other way, they’re arguably 9-2 or 8-3-1… They also have Andrew Luck and the [soon to be named] Defensive Rookie of the Year in Darius Leonard who leads the NFL in tackles with 1 less played game than everyone else. So it’s not out of the question for them to be an early pick for next year’s big game – but keep letting your hate cloud any logical judgement.

  22. bondlake says:

    I wouldn’t blame Rodgers one bit if he walked into Murphy’s office at the end of the season and threatened to retire if not traded. It’s his only hope for another ring.
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    That would be a pretty expensive trade. No one is going to touch Rodgers until after the Packers pay him the his $13+ mil roster bonus in March (making his first 12 month pay $80+ mil).

    Are the Packers going to pay Rodgers $80 mil for 1 year and then trade him? I doubt it. That $60 mil cap hit would be pretty tough to manage.

    Rodgers and the Packers have made their bed with this new deal. There is no easy escape for either side until after the 2020 season.

  23. John Faulstich says:
    November 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Patriots could easily slide to seed # 4 with losses at Pittsburgh and Miami, neither of which is hardly out of the question.
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    Certainly possible. They could also lose all of their remaining games and fall out of the playoff race altogether, or win all 5 and be the #1 seed. Or lose to Pittsburgh on the road and still finish ahead of them in the playoff seedings.

  24. Hmmm….can’t argue with Saints over Rams, but there’s a some things I question. Some I love. Overall a good PR.
    1) Patriots beat the Jets. And so their road to a first round bye is assured? Vikings, Steelers, Miami in Miami. I don’t think it is assured.
    2) Great comment about the Chiefs. LAC could be that trap.
    3) Great comment about the Bears. Still am not sold on that offense – but I also recognize the NFC North is weak.
    4) Cowboys at 9? Whatever.
    5) Bottom of this list?? That I do not question. At all.

  25. Vikings are way too high. They haven’t beaten a single team with a winning record, and the one “A” game they (finally) put together beat a Packer team missing eight starters by only one TD, with healthy doses of typical Viking luck. Hardly the stuff of legends.

    Ask any Viking fan for an example of the most satisfying victory they’ve ever enjoyed. The answer will nearly always be a victory over the Packers. Their SuperBowl.

  26. The only way the Chiefs have to worry about the “other team in LA” is if the Refs screw them over. They haven’t beaten the Chiefs since Reid became coach.

  27. The Packers are trash this year, I finally said it. But at least I can look forward to the Vikings losing at least 3 of their next 5 (Patriots, Seahawks, and Bears) to join us in the mediocre middle.

  28. Doolin Danger says:
    November 27, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    fmckenney says:
    The colts amazing 5 game win streak came against the bills, jags,titans, dolphins at home and the raiders on the road. That may have been the easiest stretch of games for any team this year…knowing they also have losses against the bengals and the jets, people are talking superbowl? Most overrated team of 2018, period.
    ____________________________________

    Aww, who hurt you? In the Colts defense, 3 of their 5 losses can be contributed to 3 specific plays that simply didn’t go their way. If those plays go the other way, they’re arguably 9-2 or 8-3-1… They also have Andrew Luck and the [soon to be named] Defensive Rookie of the Year in Darius Leonard who leads the NFL in tackles with 1 less played game than everyone else. So it’s not out of the question for them to be an early pick for next year’s big game – but keep letting your hate cloud any logical judgement.

    ————

    Has the NFL concluded their inquiry into the Colts failure to properly disclose Andrew Luck’s broken ribs and kidney injury? Moreover, when is Goodell planning to suspend Luck given that all of the Colts footballs but one measured under the legal inflation limit?

  29. Patriots (8-3; No. 4): The AFC top seed seems like a formality for the Patriots, again.

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    Even as a Patriots fan I wouldn’t say that. That’s like something Dan Shaughnessy would say.

    KC are good and control their destiny for first seed. They already have beaten the Chargers once. They likley won’t lose to Balt or Seattle either.

    The Patriots have the tie breaker over Houston, but Houston have an easier schedule and one slip by the Patriots and Houston could win out and get a seed.

    The Steelers and Patriots still play, and if neither team loses their other games, that game could be for 1st/2nd seed or 4th seed.

    It’s far from a formality for the Patriots to get any seed, let alone the first seed.

    Hopefully they can do it, as they have been in this spot many times, but every game will matter.

    Next step for the Patriots is to handle their business against a good Vikings team at home and then to hopefully win a “hat and shirt” game at Miami for the Division in a place where Brady has had his struggles in the past.

  30. I see some cheesers grapes are still sour from their team’s failure to beat the Vikings for 2 straight seasons — they don’t even like the Vikings entirely subjective and meaningless power ranking.

  31. unclebluck says:
    November 27, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    Pats are done after their first playoff game this year!!

    *************************

    Here we go, I’ve heard this broken record for the last 18 years but hey, keep on spinning it and eventually you’ll be right!

  32. I’m reading all of this Cowboy hype and their chances against the Saints. I’m trying to picture them beating the Saints Thursday night and I just don’t see it. The match-ups are a nightmare for the Cowboys across the board but what stands out is the coaching and QB play. Those 2 will ultimately prevail.

  33. “They also have Andrew Luck and the [soon to be named] Defensive Rookie of the Year in Darius Leonard who leads the NFL in tackles with 1 less played game than everyone else.”

    You misspelled Defensive Rookie of the Year Leighton Vander Esch .

  34. I wouldn’t blame Rodgers one bit if he walked into Murphy’s office at the end of the season and threatened to retire if not traded. It’s his only hope for another ring.
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  35. I wouldn’t blame Rodgers one bit if he walked into Murphy’s office at the end of the season and threatened to retire if not traded. It’s his only hope for another ring.
    =====

    If he wanted out, he played his cards all wrong.

    His contract expired after 2019. If he wanted a trade, he shouldn’t have signed that new deal.

  36. Of all the things I thought I’d see this year, never in a million years would it have been the Browns and Packers having the same record in December.

  37. binarymath says:
    November 27, 2018 at 1:05 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    The ________ are too high.

    *****************************

    For the most part I agree. But the _________ are under the radar, and could make some noise in the playoffs. For that to happen, ____________ will need to keep performing, and the team will have to make up for the production lost when __________ was injured.

    Still, the schedule is favorable, with a pair of division games against __________ a home date vs. __________ and a winnable game against the suddenly struggling _____________.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Sound Analysis.

  38. The deafening sound you hear is the Packer faithful who promised, nay, GUARANTEED, a SB berth this season. All it took was for reality to hit them square in the face.

    Again, hows that Rodgers contract coming along for you and the team?

  39. unclebluck says:
    November 27, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    Pats are done after their first playoff game this year!!

    ————-

    Maybe so. However, I will be happy if they go 11-5 or better and win the division. Then they get a chance in the playoffs. That’s doable. Most teams would kill for that.

    No matter what seed the Patriots end up in they will be a tough out.

  40. mrgdawg says:
    November 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm
    The only way the Chiefs have to worry about the “other team in LA” is if the Refs screw them over. They haven’t beaten the Chiefs since Reid became coach.

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    The big challenge for the Chargers is they have to beat KC and will still need help to win the division. KC probably won’t lose 2 games. Maybe 1, but I doubt they will lose 2.

  41. contra74 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    The deafening sound you hear is the Packer faithful who promised, nay, GUARANTEED, a SB berth this season. All it took was for reality to hit them square in the face.

    Again, hows that Rodgers contract coming along for you and the team?
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    See what I mean? What would prompt a reply like this other than the Vikings having won their mid-season equivalent of the “SuperBowl,” a victory over the Packers?

    Either that, or the Vikings have already won the real Kirk “Guaranteed” Cousins SuperBowl ( and I missed it.)

    Which is it?

  42. Karma will hit the bounty boys again.
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    The same bounty boys that had the 2nd fewest opponent injuries in the 3 year so-called bounty period? Got it!

  43. Dallas should be around 12. Perhaps 8-9 if they manage to beat the Saints. If that actually happens, Florio will still say something snarky about them in the write up.

    People want to know: Is the hatred for Dallas coming from your fandom of another team or the fact that without them and Jerry specifically, this site would be insolvent?
    Go ahead commenters, pretend there aren’t more views on Cowboys stories year around than on your team by a large margin. The only time there wasn’t was during deflategate and the Tom Brady (now New England) Internet Defense Force was fully mobilized.

  44. factschecker says:
    November 27, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    Stafford to Jacksonville. I could see Tampa, Washington and possibly the NYG in play as well.
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    Meh – Winston is actually pretty good. QBR is 8th in league. He’s not perfect for sure, makes too many mistakes and is inconsistent, but the talent is there.His penchant for trying to make an impossible throw can be coached up. They just need him to, you know, stop being “grabby” with the ladies…

  45. I’m guessing you’re okay with calling African Americans “blackskins”, or naming an NFL team the “blackskins”. that doesn’t sound racist to you. Just Imagine the riots that would happen if the nfl made a new expansion team and named them the blackskins and their logo was a picture of a black man from the 1800’s. They’d be crying racism. But it’s okay to disrespect american indians with a racist slur by calling them redskins? Go around and start calling every black person you meet a blackskin, see what happens.

  46. stellarperformance says:
    November 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    contra74 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    The deafening sound you hear is the Packer faithful who promised, nay, GUARANTEED, a SB berth this season. All it took was for reality to hit them square in the face.

    Again, hows that Rodgers contract coming along for you and the team?
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    See what I mean? What would prompt a reply like this other than the Vikings having won their mid-season equivalent of the “SuperBowl,” a victory over the Packers?
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    EVERYONE…and I mean EVERYONE knows that the game against the Vikings was indeed the Packers annual regular season Super Bowl game. The Packers season would have been saved, playoffs or not, if they just got that win against the Vikings so that they could harp about it all offseason.

    Once again, the Packers lose the SB against the Vikings. Enjoy the offseason which officially began Sunday night.

  47. The Houston Texans are for real folks….Im being completely honest when I say i would much rather see the Steelers in the playoffs rather than the Texans against the Patriots..

    As the weeks dwindle down and the weather keeps getting harsher in Foxborough….The Patriots will be ready and only getting better.. I cant wait give us your best AFC!

  48. I’m not worried about the Steelers winning the North. They are going to beat Oakland and Cincy at least. That would mean Baltimore would have to go 4-1 to get first place in the north – with games at Kansas City and at Los Angeles. That’s not going to happen.

  49. Hawks beat the Cowboys, have the same record as the Cowboys, have played more road games than the Cowboys, and have played a harder schedule than the Cowboys (or anyone in the NFC).

    I get the others above the Hawks, but not the Cowboys or ANYONE in the NFC Least.

  50. stellarperformance says:
    November 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Vikings are way too high. They haven’t beaten a single team with a winning record, and the one “A” game they (finally) put together beat a Packer team missing eight starters by only one TD, with healthy doses of typical Viking luck. Hardly the stuff of legends.

    Ask any Viking fan for an example of the most satisfying victory they’ve ever enjoyed. The answer will nearly always be a victory over the Packers. Their SuperBowl.
    ____________

    Let’s see…

    Injuries? Check.
    Bad luck? Check.
    The other team played the best game they’ve ever played? Check.

    Wait a tick…You forgot to include the officiating in your Cavalcade o’ Excuses.

  51. The Chiefs OWN the Chargers. Get back with me when they ever get close to beating them again. And that was with a VERY limited Alex Smith. Phyllis Rivers is nothing more than a choking dog. But you keep betting on those losers, like any loser would.

  52. stellarperformance says:
    November 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Vikings are way too high. They haven’t beaten a single team with a winning record, and the one “A” game they (finally) put together beat a Packer team missing eight starters by only one TD, with healthy doses of typical Viking luck. Hardly the stuff of legends.

    Ask any Viking fan for an example of the most satisfying victory they’ve ever enjoyed. The answer will nearly always be a victory over the Packers. Their SuperBowl.
    ______

    Well, I used to find victories over the Packers very satisifying, but not so much anymore because it happens so often these days. 5-1-1 in the last seven. It would certainly be satisfying if it would shut you guys up, but no matter how often you’re proven wrong, you just keep coming back with ridiculous comments. Why don’t you follow the lead of freefromcommonsense and disappear until stories start appearing on the Packers’ search for a head coach?

  53. contra74 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    EVERYONE…and I mean EVERYONE knows that the game against the Vikings was indeed the Packers annual regular season Super Bowl game. The Packers season would have been saved, playoffs or not, if they just got that win against the Vikings so that they could harp about it all offseason. Once again, the Packers lose the SB against the Vikings. Enjoy the offseason which officially began Sunday night.
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    VIKING FANS……and I mean ALL VIKING FANS, are the only fans that believe this. All other NFL fans understand that a SuperBowl for the Packers could only be a real SuperBowl. Duh! You couldn’t know what you’re talking about! How could you? You can’t!!

  54. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    The ________ are too high.

    _____________________

    The _Packers_ are too high.

    Like you didn’t see that coming Cabby. 😉

  55. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    Well, I used to find victories over the Packers very satisifying, but not so much anymore because it happens so often these days. 5-1-1 in the last seven.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    But still. That’s all you have. Isn’t it.

  56. stellarperformance says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    contra74 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    EVERYONE…and I mean EVERYONE knows that the game against the Vikings was indeed the Packers annual regular season Super Bowl game. The Packers season would have been saved, playoffs or not, if they just got that win against the Vikings so that they could harp about it all offseason. Once again, the Packers lose the SB against the Vikings. Enjoy the offseason which officially began Sunday night.
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    VIKING FANS……and I mean ALL VIKING FANS, are the only fans that believe this. All other NFL fans understand that a SuperBowl for the Packers could only be a real SuperBowl. Duh! You couldn’t know what you’re talking about! How could you? You can’t!!
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    Youre all alone with this one. Enjoy the offseason.

  57. stellarperformance says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    The Vikings will be mathematically eliminated before the Packers.

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    I think you need to stop throwing a tantrum about your Packers. It’s not like they’re ENTITLED to make the playoffs every year. Am I right?

  58. MichelleObamas10inchPianist says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Where are all the Patriots “weak schedule” trolls? They have already beat 4 of the top 12 teams in power rankings and a chance to make it 6 in 3 weeks.

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    You misinterpreted – – we said you lose to weak teams on your schedule, not that you have a weak schedule. Three road losses to teams with losing records – – by double digits no less.

  59. stellarperformance says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    Well, I used to find victories over the Packers very satisifying, but not so much anymore because it happens so often these days. 5-1-1 in the last seven.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    But still. That’s all you have. Isn’t it.
    ____________

    And what do you have? Fading memories of past championships that are getting smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror. That’s great and all, but Viking fans have something you don’t: Hope.

    I much prefer watching my team play meaningful games while fighting for a playoff berth to bitterly complaining about better teams while waiting for my coach to be fired.

  60. Where are all the Patriots “weak schedule” trolls?

    They’re uncomfortable, because there’s still a realistic chance for the road to go through Foxborough.

  61. Pats only get a 10 game schedule. They start off annually with a 6-0 divisional record. How did the Pats get whacked by Jags, Detroit and recently by the Titans? They’re lucky they get 6 free W’s to start each season because they can’t do it going on the road. Go 7-3 in the other 10 and its the standard 13-3 and homefield.

  62. stellarperformance says:
    November 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    The Vikings will be mathematically eliminated before the Packers.
    ###

    Sounds like you have already declared a victory against the Cardinals.

    Not a smart thing to overlook you next opponent when your team has lost 5 of it’s last 7 games, which includes the team that you are battling for last place in the division.

  63. As anyone besides the most misinformed troll knows, the Pats have a better winning percentage against the rest of the NFL than they do against the AFCE. Doesn’t matter where or when they play teams on their annual 1rst place schedule, they’re just that dominant.

  64. Year in and year out we see some team putting up the big points but also allow teams to score in easy fashion. KC and the Rams will loose in the playoffs. These two teams are fun to watch but come playoff time when they have to actually play defense against a team who has only had to focus their game plan on them, it’s over. The teams that play good offense and also play on the defensive side of the ball win. Go ask the Patriots why they lost to Eli and the Giants defense. The Bears and San Diego are going to create havoc in the playoffs.

  65. Please media and fans. Pump the brakes on Denver. They had nice wins over the Chargers and Steelers but were badly outplayed in each game. They ain’t winning 7 in a row. No playoffs, again.

  66. I think a lot of the animus toward the Patriots and the doubt about how good they really are is based on their schedule. They lost to the lions, jaguars and I think the titans on the road. They have big wins against the texans, chiefs at home and have the vikings at home coming up. They had one big win on the road..the bears…it seems the patriots never have tough road games and is reflected in the attitude regarding their season..not to mention they play in the weakest conference in football for at least ten years.

  67. I think a lot of the animus toward the Patriots and the doubt about how good they really are is based on their schedule. They lost to the lions, jaguars and I think the titans on the road. They have big wins against the texans, chiefs at home and have the vikings at home coming tup. They had one big win on the road..the bears…it seems the patriots never have tough road games and is reflected in the attitude regarding their season..not to mention they play in the weakest conference in football for at least ten years.

  68. Again, hows that Rodgers contract coming along for you and the team?
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    Just fine.

    Think they’d be better with Marcus Mariota? Andy Dalton??.. Lamar Jackson???….

    You HAVE to have a franchise QB, or you can’t win in this League. Period.

    The Packers cap problem is guys like Nick Perry, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham.. those 4 take up nearly 25% of the Packers cap (22.5).. paid like All-Pros, playing like undrafted rookies.

    Rodgers takes up 11.54% of the Packers cap this year… Tom Brady – 12.21% of the Pats cap…..

  69. Year in and year out we see some team putting up the big points but also allow teams to score in easy fashion. KC and the Rams will loose in the playoffs.
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    I’d rather my team be loose than tight in the Playoffs……………………………………..

  70. aarons444 says:
    November 28, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    Again, hows that Rodgers contract coming along for you and the team?
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    Just fine.

    Think they’d be better with Marcus Mariota? Andy Dalton??.. Lamar Jackson???….

    You HAVE to have a franchise QB, or you can’t win in this League. Period.

    The Packers cap problem is guys like Nick Perry, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham.. those 4 take up nearly 25% of the Packers cap (22.5).. paid like All-Pros, playing like undrafted rookies.

    Rodgers takes up 11.54% of the Packers cap this year… Tom Brady – 12.21% of the Pats cap…..

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    I’m a Vikings fan but aarons444 is correct. You have to have a franchise quarterback in this league. That’s why my team paid handsomely for Cousins and why team after team takes a leap on drafting one. I wish it wasn’t that way, I prefer football when a good quarterback and a great running back could win games.

  71. You are giving the Bengals way too much credit. On one hand, this year they have been decimated by injuries. However, on the other, they have been sinking for the past three years. Marvin Lewis did great work 15 years ago in bringing the Bengals to the modern age of the NFL, but he isn’t going to get the Bengals to the next level.

    Worst of all for the long suffering Bengal fans, the injuries this year will be the excuse that Mike Brown (aka Worst Owner in Sports) uses to rehire Marvin Lewis, or worse, make Marvin the GM and hire Hue as Head Coach. Brace yourselves Bengal Fans.

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