Can The Saints And Colts Be Stopped? [NFL Power Rankings]
1. Saints, 12-0, Last week: 1
They looked pretty bad against the Redskins, but the 'Skins have been playing well lately, and the Saints' resiliency was impressive. Can anyone beat this team? I'm honestly not sure anyone can really hang with them for 60 full minutes of football... or more, if that's what it takes.
2. Colts, 12-0, Last week: 2
They staved off the Titans, effectively killing Tennessee's chances, and they're in cruise control for the rest of the season. 16-0 seems within reach if they want it, but I still think they'll lose in the playoffs.
3. Chargers, 9-3, Last week: 4
The Chargers are playing as well as any team in the league right now. Aside from the Saints and Colts, their 7-game winning streak is the longest in the NFL.
4. Vikings, 10-2, Last week: 3
Their loss to the Cardinals exposed some issues that the Vikings have. I have a hard time believing they could beat the Saints in New Orleans in the playoffs. But then again, that applies to everyone.
5. Bengals, 9-3, Last week: 5
The Bengals have all but wrapped up the AFC North. Who could have predicted that they could have this division wrapped up with several weeks to go?
6. Cardinals, 8-4, Last week: 8
It looks like they have avoided the curse of Super Bowl losers, and they have a MUCH better chance of making it to the playoffs than the Steelers, who beat them.
7. Eagles, 8-4, Last week: 9
They brought Michael Vick back to Atlanta, and basically toyed with the Falcons. This team is heating up at the right time, and is in great shape to finish up the season, despite some key injuries.
8. Packers, 8-4, Last week: 11
They had an ugly win over the Ravens on Monday night, but it was still a win. This team can beat anyone in the NFL... except for maybe the Vikings.
9. Broncos, 8-4, Last week: 12
They coughed up the division, but it looks like the Broncos will make the playoffs anyway. Barring some craziness, they'll walk away with the #5 seed in the AFC.
10. Cowboys, 8-4, Last week: 6
Are they reverting to the same old, same old in December? I suppose the good news is that Roy Williams is finally making a difference.
11. Patriots, 7-5, Last week: 7
They look downright bad right now. Losing to the Saints is one thing... but the Dolphins? The Patriots will need to make a lot of adjustments if they want to legitimately contend next year.
12. Jaguars, 7-5, Last week: 17
They found a way to beat the Texans even without MJD scoring a touchdown, or running for 100 yards. If they can do that, imagine the potential when he goes off.
13. Giants, 7-5, Last week: 18
Was their win over the Cowboys enough to push them back into the playoff picture? They don't really look like a playoff team, and they have a tough schedule. Hmmm... sounds like 2007.
14. Ravens, 6-6, Last week: 10
What the hell, Joe Flacco? Their franchise QB has not been looking like the solution right now. If he doesn't turn things around soon, that could be a huge step backwards for the team.
15. Titans, 5-7, Last week: 13
Their honeymoon finally ended with their loss to the Colts, and now the playoffs are virtually impossible, even if they win out. Well... it was nice while it lasted.
16. Atlanta, 6-6, Last week: 14
Not only did the Eagles beat them, they added insult to injury, when former Falcons star Michael Vick was responsible for multiple TD's for the first time since his return.
17. Dolphins, 6-6, Last week: 20
It might be too little, too late, but the Dolphins put themselves (and the Jets) back into the division hunt with their win over the Patriots. Next year, when everyone is healthy and Chad Henne has another year under his belt, this could be a tough team.
18. Steelers, 6-6, Last week: 15
There's really no beating around the bush... the Steelers are not a good team this year. They'll most likely have to win out to clinch a playoff spot, and they still have games against the Packers and Ravens. It could be tricky.
19. 49ers, 5-7, Last week: 16
The 49ers are a good QB away from being a good team. If only there was a good QB available for them to take instead of Alex Smith back in 2005.
20. Jets, 6-6, Last week: 23
The Jets looked good against the Bills, and they've shown flashes of adequacy here and there, but overall, they're just not a good team.
21. Bears, 5-7, Last week: 23
When the offense doesn't even look good against the Rams, there's something seriously wrong. The Bears need to try a drastic change to shake up this offense. Maybe a big trade, involving giving away all of their first round picks for the next 3 years or so.
22. Panthers, 5-7, Last week: 21
Sticking with Matt Moore at QB for the rest of the year definitely wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Yeah, I actually just said that. And it's true.
23. Texans, 5-7, Last week: 19
A Rex Grossman sighting this week? That's not a good sign for ANYONE. Their playoff hopes are pretty much gone.
24. Seahawks, 5-7, Last week: 24
The Seahawks are in a tough spot. Not good enough to make the playoffs, but not bad enough for a top draft pick. This era might continue for a while.
25. Raiders, 4-8, Last week: 27
They beat the Steelers, but whatever. Everyone's doing it these days. The AFC North is having a hell of a time with the West this year, for some reason.
26. Bills, 4-8, Last week: 25
Ryan Fitzpatrick might be their best option for the rest of the year... and that's a scary thought. What's the point of signing Terrell Owens if you're not going to have a good QB?
27. Chiefs, 3-9, Last week: 26
The Chiefs are probably wondering if Matt Cassel was worth it. Honestly, he's not. They could have used the draft picks, and wait to find their QB later. For now, QB doesn't matter. They're that bad.
28. Redskins, 3-9, Last week: 28
The Redskins could have jumped a lot this week, with a win over the Saints. Instead, they showed their true colors... and it was not pretty.
29. Lions, 2-10, Last week: 29
At this point, I'm just wondering how bad the Lions can be next year, so we can see if they can have the worst 3-year stretch in the history of the league. You have to set some low goals, with this team.
30. Rams, 1-11, Last week: 30
They continue to threaten with these close calls, but with their remaining schedule, I think the W column will read "1" for the rest of the year.
31. Buccaneers, 1-11, Last week: 31
Josh Freeman threw 5 interceptions against the Panthers this week. That must have been confusing for Panthers fans, who are used to seeing that from their OWN player.
32. Browns, 1-11, Last week: 32
The Browns are awful. That is all. I'm all for seeing them keep losing, if it means they'll blow it up and start over. This team is a mess
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