NFL Power Rankings Week 14
So it’s been 13 weeks in the season, and we are starting to finally get ready for the playoffs. Which teams are the best, and which ones have to wait for next season.
1. New Orleans Saints (12-0)
This should come as no surprise. With Drew Brees as your QB, anything can happen. This team is able to do it consistently through the air and ground. While they may lack a runningback that can get over 1000 yards a season, their system is just as effective, maybe even more so.
The defense does give up a lot of yardage, but does an excellent job at causing turnovers.
The Saints will be #1 no matter what happens. They can lose 2 games, and the Colts can win out, and I would still have the Saints as #1.
2. Indianapolis Colts (12-0)
Not much of a surprise here. A passing powerhouse that seems unstoppable(just ask the Patriots and Texans). Their defense gets the job done when it counts. But who needs a defense when you have Manning orchestrating the offense? Even when the Colts were down against the Texans, he was able to keep his composure and lead them to victory. Plus, Addai scoring two touchdowns really helps out.
They’re running game is weak, really weak. That’s really the only bad thing I can say about the team.
3. San Diego Chargers (9-3)
Phillip Rivers is just insane. He’s been playing some great ball, and has lead this team to really impressive victories.
The game against the Browns should have been a gimme, but their defense did not play well, allowing 23 points.
Regardless of some defensive woes, Phillip Rivers may make this team really dangerous during the playoffs, and could be the only team that can spoil Indy in the playoffs.
4. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
Brett Favre finally had a bad game in a Vikings uniform. Despite this fact, he’s been playing like an MVP the whole season up to that point. Every great player has a bad day. Hopefully this does not repeat itself because its not like the Vikings haven’t blown big division leads before. (Starting 6-0 a few seasons ago, just to end the season 9-7) They have the division in the bag, but Favre needs to rip Cincinnati apart this upcoming Sunday. Why? Because he broke apart last season, and a lot of skeptics will wonder how he will perform during the upcoming weeks.
Defense is still stellar, despite the blowout at Arizona.
Side note: Brett Favre is 10 TDs away from 500 in a career. Isn’t that a remarkable number?
5. Cincinnati Bengals (9-3)
Everyone was skeptical about the Bengals. When Ocho Cinco was interviewed on ESPN, and said the team was going to win the division, everyone thought was wishful thinking. Even though the team has talent, the Steelers and Ravens have dominated that division the decade. The Bengals are 6-0 against divisional opponents.
1st in points allowed and run defense. This team has been rebuilt from the ground up by Marvin Lewis. Faith in Lewis has proven to be a very good move by the Bengals management. He may even be AFC coach of the year material.
Next weeks matchup against Minnesota could solidify a move-up in the rankings.
6. Green Bay Packers (8-4)
This team was the epitome of average the first 2 months of the season. After the lost to the Bucs, they’ve become one of the most impressive teams in the league. If only Favre and Brees weren’t killing teams with their passing, Rodgers could have been one of the front runners for MVP of the league. Did I mention he has twice as many sacks as Favre, Brees, and Manning, but still has numbers very similar to theirs?
Has one of the top 10 offenses in the league, and one of the elite defenses in the league. And people have been calling Ted Thompson an idiot for getting rid of Favre even though he’s built such an amazing team.
Green Bay wins ugly, and if they keep on committing stupid penalties, they may see an early exit from the playoffs.
7. Arizona Cardinals (8-4)
Impressive victory against the Vikings. They were able make Brett Favre uncomfortable all night. Too bad their defense showed signs of weakness against the Titans. Hopefully they can wrap up the division in San Francisco, and get ready for their playoff run.
8. New England Patriots (7-5)
Yes they have 2 straight losses, but I still have a lot of confidence in their team. They have the best receiving duo in the league, a decent running game. Defense shows signs of brilliance, and mediocrity. They faced the Colts and Saints the last 3 weeks, and a Miami team that has the ability to play spoiler down the line.
Carolina and Buffalo should be easy victories, but if they somehow lose those, then this team would just be a shadow of its former self, and may need a revamp on defense over the offseason.
9. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4)
I feel like I should rank them higher, but I also feel like the other teams have better talent than them. The Eagles have a monster of a schedule, and may not even make the playoffs depending on the outcome of the Giants and Cowboys game. All three of these teams are fighting for a playoff spot, and all of them have a similar record. One screw up could spell the end for their season.
Regardless, I rank the Eagles ahead of the Giants and Cowboys because they have the best shot at winning the big ones.
10. Denver Broncos (8-4)
They are winning with defense, a really good defense. An embarrassing lost against the Chargers may have doomed their chances at winning the division, but they can still show they have a legit shot at being a team to be a afraid of.
Knocking off the Colts could jump them in the standings, and they know this game is a must win in order to stay alive in the division, and 1st round bye race. Their running game is strong, and Brandon Marshall is a dangerous receiver that can make a huge difference in that game.
No one cares about these teams, so I’m not going to right anything up about them.
11. Dallas Cowboys (8-4)
12. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)
13. Miami Dolphins (6-6)
14. Tennessee Titans (5-7)
15. Baltimore Ravens (6-6)
16. New York Giants (7-5)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6)
18. New York Jets (6-6)
19. Houston Texans (5-7)
20. Atlanta Falcons (6-6)
21. San Francisco 49ers (5-7)
22. Carolina Panthers (5-7)
23. Seattle Seahawks (5-7)
24. Oakland Raiders (4-
25. Chicago bears (5-7)
26. Washington Redskins (3-9)
27. Buffalo Bills (4-
28. Kansas City Chiefs (3-9)
29. Detroit Lions (2-10)
30. Cleveland Browns (1-11)
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-11)
32. St. Louis Rams (1-11)