It is hard to remember a year when so much of the seeding could be shakenup in the final two weeks, and I know there has never been a year when one division has been so putrid…
1. New England Patriots (12-2) – Bill Belichick won’t let them take the foot off the gas in the final two weeks, as they face the basement dwellers of the AFC East.
2. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) – A quiet 12-2. Let’s see how they handle New Orleans this Monday Night, but either way they have all but locked up home field advantage.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) – Players like Mike Vick and Desean Jackson mean the Eagles are never out of a game.
4. Baltimore Ravens (10-4) – Impressive win over the defending champs kept their NFC North title hopes alive.
5. Chicago Bears (10-4) – How many people picked them to win the NFC North?
6. New York Jets (10-4) – The best way to shoot up in the power rankings is by beating a quality opponent in their building. Can they do it two weeks in a row?
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) – Their offense has been inconsistent and their defense isn’t anywhere near the same without Troy Polamalu in the line-up.
8. New Orleans Saints (10-4) - They can be happy with likely playing the NFC West winner in the first round of the playoffs.
9. New York Giants (9-5) – Went from a potential number two seed to playing for their playoff lives in Lambeau this Sunday.
10. San Diego Chargers (8-6) – They’ll win out, but will they get the help needed to win the AFC West?
11. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) – The Chiefs should be able to handle business to become the surprise winners of the AFC West.
12. Green Bay Packers (8-6) – Do or die against the Giants at home this week.
13. Indianapolis Colts (8-6) – One of the weaker Colts teams in recent memory but they will still be hosting a home playoff game, unless something strange happens.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6) – It was only a matter of time until the Colts caught them. Who wanted to watch Jacksonville host a playoff game anyway?
15. Tampa Bay Bucs (8-6) – Nothing for this young team to hang their head about, if they fall short of the playoffs this year.
16. Oakland Raiders (7-7) – The Colts will have their hands full with the Raiders in Oakland this Sunday.
17. Dallas Cowboys (5-9) – They have played very good football since Jason Garrett has taken over.
18. Miami Dolphins (7-7) – Another mediocre season for the Dolphins, who have some major questions to answer this off-season.
19. Tennessee Titans (6-8) – Took a few weeks too long to wake up out of their mid-season funk.
20. Houston Texans (5-9) – Are you really surprised the Texans were a “disappointment” this year?
21. St. Louis Rams (6-8) – The only team in the NFC West that I have a small amount of respect for.
22. Buffalo Bills (4-10) – Way too high? I don’t think so. They play with heart and remain competitive every single week.
I have to be honest…I can’t even rank beyond this point. It is just a pile of crap, that doesn’t deserve to be sorted through. It feels like the Seahawks lose by 30 every week and yet they could still host a playoff game. The 49ers are four games under .500 and could still host a playoff game. The Vikings have clearly quit. The Browns appear to have quit. The Bengals are a disaster. The Lions…well hey, they won a road game. The Cardinals and Panthers are unwatchably awful, and of course are both playing prime-time games this week.
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