FINAL 2014 NFL POWER RANKINGS: Ravens and Panthers in the Tournament

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The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

This week the top 8 teams consist of the four NFC and four AFC teams that I expect to still be standing after the first round of playoffs next week. Teams 9-12 are the teams that I think will lose in the wildcard round.

Eight of the teams that I had in the top 12 for week one this season, made it into the post season. Biggest surprises for me were how far the Saints fell and I must admit the Steelers and Cowboys were better than I expected.

Week 18 Change
1. Patriots (12-4) 0
2. Seahawks (12-4) 0
3. Broncos (12-4) 0
4. Packers (12-4) 0
5. Cowboys (12-4) +1
6. Steelers (11-5) +1
7. Colts (11-5) +1
8. Panthers (7-8-1) +12
9. Lions (11-5) -4
10. Cardinals (11-5) -1
11. Bengals (10-5-1) -1
12. Ravens (10-6) +1
13. Eagles (10-6) +1
14. Texans (9-7) +1
15. Chiefs (9-7) +1
16 Chargers (9-7) -5
17. Bills (9-7) +1
18. 49ers (8-8) +1
19. Dolphins (8-8) -2
20. Saints (7-9) -4
21. Vikings (7-9) +4
22. Browns (7-9) -1
23. Falcons (6-10) -11
24. Rams (6-10) -1
25 Giants (6-10) -3
26. Bears (5-11) 0
27. Jets (4-12) +1
28. Redskins (4-12) -1
29. Jaguars (3-13) 0
30. Raiders (3-13) 0
31. Titans (2-14) +1
32. Bucs (2-14) -1

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2014 NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Seahawks With Late Surge

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The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

12 in The “Tournament”
Coach Parcells referred to the playoffs as a tournament and I think it’s a good description. All 12 teams haven’t all been determined yet so there is a lot at stake in some of the games next week.

The Lions hold the edge in the NFC north however, I believe the Packers will win at home against the Lions Sunday to take the division and gain a first round bye. My rankings reflect that prediction.

The Falcons play the Panthers for a winner take the division game and while the Panthers have a slight edge, I think the Falcons who have already defeated the Panthers, will win at home. That’s why I have the Falcons at 12 and in the tournament.

The defending champs Seahawks are currently one of the hottest teams in the NFL winning 5 straight and the road to the super bowl is looking like it will go through Seattle once again. That’s not good news for the other NFC teams.

No play in game for Dallas this year as they clinch the division title by rolling up a Colts team who didn’t appear to be into it at all.

With a loss to the Texans, the Ravens fell from the top 12 and allowed the Chargers back in the picture.

Week 17 Change
1. Patriots (12-3) 0
2. Seahawks (11-4) +2
3. Broncos (11-4) 0
4. Packers (11-4) +1
5. Lions (11-4) +1
6. Cowboys (11-4) +2
7. Steelers (10-5) +2
8. Colts (10-5) -1
9. Cardinals (11-4) -7
10. Bengals (10-4-1) 0
11. Chargers (9-6) +4
12. Falcons (6-9) +13
13. Ravens (9-6) -2
14. Eagles (9-6) -1
15. Texans (8-7) +3
16 Chiefs (8-7) -2
17. Dolphins (8-7) -2
18. Bills (8-7) -2
19. 49ers (7-8) -2
20. Panthers (6-8-1) +4
21. Browns (7-8) -1
22. Giants (6-9) +4
23. Rams (6-9) -2
24. Saints (6-9) -12
25 Vikings (6-9) -3
26. Bears (5-10) -3
27. Redskins (4-11) +4
28. Jets (3-12) -1
29. Jaguars (3-12) -1
30. Raiders (3-12) 0
31. Bucs (2-13) -2
32. Titans (2-13) 0

NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Patriots Back on Top with Two Games Left

NFLTeamsThe Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

TOP 12:
The Packers offense was grounded in Buffalo and it drops the Packers out of the top spot. If the Packers can play at home throughout the post season, they will be fine but if they go on the road, it may not go well.

By winning in Philadelphia, the Dallas Cowboys move into the top 12 teams and in first place in the NFC East. The game with the Colts this week is a must win for them to win the East. The Eagles lurk at #13 ready to pounce if the Cowboys should stumble.

A win by the Ravens combined with a loss by the Chargers, moves the Ravens into the top 12 teams and bumps the Chargers out.

Week 16 Change
1. Patriots (11-3) +1
2. Cardinals (11-3) +2
3. Broncos (11-3) 0
4. Seahawks (10-4) +1
5. Packers (10-4) -4
6. Lions (10-4) 0
7. Colts (10-4) +1
8. Cowboys (10-4) +5
9. Steelers (9-5) 0
10. Bengals (9-4-1) 0
11. Ravens (9-5) +3
12. Saints (6-8) +13
13. Eagles (9-5) -6
14. Chiefs (8-6) +4
15. Chargers (8-6) -4
16 Bills (8-6) +3
17. 49ers (7-7) 0
18. Texans (7-7) -3
19. Dolphins (7-7) -3
20. Browns (7-7) 0
21. Rams (6-8) 0
22. Vikings (6-8) 0
23. Bears (5-9) 0
24. Panthers (5-8-1) 0
25 Falcons (5-9) -13
26. Giants (5-9) 0
27. Jets (3-11) +4
28. Jaguars (2-12) -1
29. Bucs (2-12) -1
30. Raiders (2-12) 0
31. Redskins (3-11) -2
32. Titans (2-12) 0

NFL Power Rankings Week 15: Seahawks On the Move Up

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The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

TOP 12:
This week the defending champ Seahawks went to Philadelphia and made a statement that they are in this thing by beating the Eagles. That moves them up to the 5th spot and while Dallas took care of business at Chicago, the fact is they are the 7th ranked team in the NFC and outside looking in at the playoffs. But they can move up into the top 12 with a win against the Eagles Sunday night.

Week 15 Change
1. Packers (10-3) 0
2. Patriots (10-3) 0
3. Broncos (10-3) 0
4. Cardinals (10-3) 0
5. Seahawks (9-4) +8
6. Lions (9-4) +1
7. Eagles (9-4) -2
8. Colts (9-4) -2
9. Steelers (8-5) +5
10. Bengals (8-4-1) -2
11. Chargers (8-5) -2
12. Falcons (5-8) 0
13. Cowboys (9-4) -3
14. Ravens (8-5) +4
15. Texans (7-6) +5
16 Dolphins (7-6) -5
17. 49ers (7-6) -2
18. Chiefs (7-6) -2
19. Bills (7-6) -2
20. Browns (7-6) -1
21. Rams (6-7) 0
22. Vikings (6-7) +2
23. Bears (5-8) 0
24. Panthers (4-8-1) +1
25 Saints (5-8) -3
26. Giants (4-9) +1
27. Jaguars (2-11) -1
28. Bucs (2-11) 0
29. Redskins (3-10) 0
30. Raiders (2-11) +2
31. Jets (2-11) -1
32. Titans (2-11) -1

2014 NFL POWER RANKINGS Week 14: The Pack are Back

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The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

TOP 12:
The game between the Patriots and Packers Sunday just may turn out to be a super bowl preview with the Packers winning and moving into the to spot this week. With the Cardinals slumping at the wrong time, the road to the super bowl in the NFC may indeed go through Green Bay. They look like a juggernaut at home.

At 7-5, the Dolphins move into the top 12 and the AFC wildcard picture, taking advantage of losses by the Ravens, Browns and Steelers. Three out of their final four games are at home for the Dolphins.

Week 14      Change
1. Packers (9-3) +3
2. Patriots (9-3) -1
3. Broncos (9-3) 0
4. Cardinals (9-3) -2
5. Eagles (9-3) 0
6. Colts (8-4) +1
7. Lions (8-4) +7
8. Bengals (8-3-1) 0
9. Chargers (8-4) +7
10. Cowboys (8-4) -4
11. Dolphins (7-5) +7
12. Falcons (5-7) 0
13. Seahawks (8-4) 0
14. Steelers (7-5) -4
15. 49ers (7-5) -6
16 Chiefs (7-5) -5
17. Bills (7-5) +2
18. Ravens (7-5) -1
19. Browns (7-5) -4
20. Texans (6-6) +1
21. Rams (5-7) +1
22. Saints (5-7) +2
23. Bears (5-7) -3
24. Vikings (5-7) -1
25 Panthers (3-8-1) 0
26. Jaguars (2-10) +5
27. Giants (3-9) -1
28. Bucs (2-10) -1
29. Redskins (3-9) -1
30. Jets (2-10) -1
31. Titans (2-10) -1
32. Raiders (1-11) 0

2014 NFL POWER RANKINGS Week 13: Pats Move Into Top Spot

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Power ranking of all 32 NFL teams after week twelve.

The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

TOP 12:
Same top two teams however the Patriots replace the Cardinals in the top spot after taking care of the Lions 34-9 while the Cardinals lost in Seattle. If the Pats, who have now won 7 straight, can secure home field throughout the playoffs, it will be tough to keep them out of the super bowl. Last year it was week 12 that I ranked the Seahawks and Broncos 1 and 2 and they went on to go to the super bowl.

The Lions drop out of the top 12 teams and are replaced by the 49ers who may have another strong finish in them like last year. Falcons stay in top 12? Hey someone has to win the NFC South even if no one deserves it. Right now the Falcons have as good of a chance to make the post season as any team in that weak division with a 4-0 division record.

Week 13 Change
1. Patriots (9-2) +1
2. Cardinals (9-2) -1
3. Broncos (8-3) 0
4. Packers (8-3) +1
5. Eagles (8-3) +1
6. Cowboys (8-3) +1
7. Colts (7-4) +2
8. Bengals (7-3-1) +2
9. 49ers (7-4) +5
10. Steelers (7-4) +1
11. Chiefs (7-4) -3
12. Falcons (4-7) 0
13. Seahawks (7-4) +3
14. Lions (7-4) -10
15. Browns (7-4) +1
16 Chargers (7-4) +1
17. Ravens (7-4) +1
18. Dolphins (6-5) -5
19. Bills (6-5) +1
20. Bears (5-6) +2
21. Texans (5-6) -2
22. Rams (4-7) -1
23. Vikings (4-7) 0
24. Saints (4-7) 0
25 Panthers (3-7-1) 0
26. Giants (3-8) 0
27. Bucs (2-9) 0
28. Redskins (3-8) 0
29. Jets (2-9) 0
30. Titans (2-9) 0
31. Jaguars (1-10) 0
32. Raiders (1-10) 0

2014 NFL POWER RANKINGS week 12: Cards Remain on Top Even With Backup QB.

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Power ranking of all 32 NFL teams after week eleven.

The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

Why should anyone pay attention to my version of NFL rankings? Last year it was week 12 that I ranked the Seahawks and Broncos 1 and 2 and they went on to go to the super bowl.
2013 WEEK 12
TOP 12:
The red hot Packers move into the top 12 teams after destroying the Eagles Sunday but remain behind the Lions since the Lions beat the Pack earlier this season. The Packers replace the Seahawks who lost to the Chiefs and will struggle to make the post season it appears.

With that beat down Sunday, the Eagles are now tied with Dallas (bye week) at 7-3 however I rank the Eagles just slightly higher since they are 2-0 in the NFC East and Dallas is 1-1. That Redskin loss could haunt the Cowboys before it’s over with as they try to win the division. A huge show down with the Eagles coming on Thanksgiving day and an opportunity for Dallas to help themselves.

Week 12 Change
1. Cardinals (9-1) 0
2. Patriots (8-2) 0
3. Broncos (7-3) 0
4. Lions (7-3) 0
5. Packers (7-3) +8
6. Eagles (7-3) -1
7. Cowboys (7-3) -1
8. Chiefs (7-3) 0
9. Colts (6-4) -2
10. Bengals (6-3-1) +1
11. Steelers (7-4) +3
12. Falcons (4-6) +10
13. Dolphins (6-4) +5
14. 49ers (6-4) +1
15. Seahawks (6-4) -6
16 Browns (6-4) -6
17. Chargers (6-4) +2
18. Ravens (6-4) -2
19. Texans (5-5) +2
20. Bills (5-5) -3
21. Rams (4-6) +4
22. Bears (4-6) +5
23. Vikings (4-6) -3
24. Saints (4-6) -12
25 Panthers (3-7-1) -1
26. Giants (3-7) -3
27. Bucs (2-8) +3
28. Redskins (3-7) -2
29. Jets (2-8) 0
30. Titans (2-8) -2
31. Jaguars (1-9) 0
32. Raiders (0-10) 0