Monday, December 26, 2011

NFL Power Rankings Week 17

1. Green Bay Packers: 581 (533)
Previous Week: 1
Notes: A Christmas Day win over the Bears secures home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Packers.

2. New Orleans Saints: 486 (434)
Previous Week: 2
Notes: The Packers might have the best record, but the Saints look like the team nobody wants to be playing against right now. Drew Brees breaks Dan Marino's 27 year old record during Monday Night football.

3. San Francisco 49ers: 451 (422)
Previous Week: 3
Notes: A win gives this team a #2 seed and a bye week for the playoffs. Remarkable for a team who finished 6-10 the year before.

4. New England Patriots: 441 (413)
Previous Week: 4
Notes:  The Patriots are the best in the AFC (both in record and their playing ability), but their defense might give them some trouble come playoff time.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers: 393 (341 )
Previous Week: 7
Notes: Even with two losses against the Ravens this season, the Steelers have been playing better overall as of late.

6. Baltimore Ravens: 384 (355)
Previous Week: 6
Notes: A win or a Steelers loss gives this team the AFC North and a first round bye.

7. Houston Texans: 348 (389 )
Previous Week: 5
Notes: This team might be starting to feel the effect of their injuries. A loss to the lowly Colts doesn't do much in terms of confidence boosters.

8. Detroit Lions: 328 (270)
Previous Week: 8
Notes: The Lions make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

9. Atlanta Falcons: 226 (270 )
Previous Week: 9
Notes:  Even with getting crushed by the Saints, the Falcons can do some damage come playoff time.

10. Cincinnati Bengals: 196 (177)
Previous Week: 13
Notes: The Bengals control their own playoff destiny. A win and they're in as the #6 seed.  Just last year they were 4-12.

11. Dallas Cowboys: 185 (227)
Previous Week: 10
Notes: That game against the Eagles didn't matter since the Giants beat the Jets. That being said, the Cowboys will need Romo to be a 100% in order for them to pull off a win against the Giants and take the NFC East.

12. Philadelphia Eagles: 170 (130)
Previous Week: 14
Notes: Too bad this team is eliminated from the playoff picture. They've been playing like the Eagles we expected prior to the start of the season.

13. New York Jets: 148 (193)
Previous Week: 11
Notes: The Jets lose bragging rights in New York and likely a playoff spot with a loss to the Giants.

14. New York Giants:  132 (82)
Previous Week: 18
Notes: The Giants control their own playoff destiny. A win and their in over the Cowboys. This team has so much potential, but they're not nearly playing up to their ability. They will likely struggle come playoff time (if they make it in) unless they get it to together.

15. San Diego Chargers: 128 (189)
Previous Week: 12
Notes: The loss against the Lions ends any chance of making the playoffs and will likely be the end of Norv Turner.

16. Tennessee Titans:  119 (88)
Previous Week: 17
Notes: The Titans win and cling onto their playoff life. They need to beat the Texans and also need help from some other teams.

17. Chicago Bears: 98 (112)
Previous Week: 15
Notes: After looking like a wildcard favorite, the Bears lose 5 in a row and are now eliminated from the playoff picture. People have been saying "Peyton Manning as MVP", but what about Jay Cutler?

18. Seattle Seahawks: 75 (104)
Previous Week: 16
Notes: Even though they're out of the playoff race, the Seahawks have played a lot better than anyone expected this year.

19. Oakland Raiders: 57 (31)
Previous Week: 21
Notes:  The Raiders have a shot at the AFC West with a win and a Broncos loss. 

20. Carolina Panthers: 55 (-9)
Previous Week: 23
Notes: No team is going to want to face an even better Cam Newton come next season.

21. Denver Broncos: 35 (82)
Previous Week: 19
Notes: The division leader in the AFC West ranked at 21? Well, the Broncos (specifically Tim Tebow's) luck has run out and chances are that even if they make in the playoffs they will get killed by the Steelers or Ravens in the first round. 

22. Arizona Cardinals: 15 (42)
Previous Week: 20
Notes: Like the Seahawks, a team that has performed better than anyone expected.

23. Miami Dolphins: 8 (28)
Previous Week: 22
Notes: A good fight against the Patriots. The Dolphins hope to finish the season in 3rd place in the AFC East after starting the season 0-7.

24. Buffalo Bills: -4 (-59)
Previous Week: 25
Notes: They finally get a win, but the Bills  can't help but feel very disappointed after starting the season so strong.

25. Washington Redskins: -59 (-26)
Previous Week: 24
Notes:  They win big against the Giants and then lose to a Vikings team without Peterson in the 2nd half. It will be interesting to see the changes this team makes in the off season.

26. Kansas City Chiefs: -104 (-87)
Previous Week: 26
Notes: The way this team has played their last two games is enough to convince me to give Romeo Cremel the full time coaching gig. A win against the Packers and an overtime loss against the Raiders is impressive considering how this team has played the other 13 games of the season.

27. Cleveland Browns: -161 (-132)
Previous Week: 28
Notes: The Browns have now lost 5 in a row and really have nothing to fight for other than to avoid getting their 6th loss in a row.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars: -187 (-126)
Previous Week: 27
Notes: Even though the Browns also lost, they lose a spot against them in the rankings. They look like the worse team right now.

29. Minnesota Vikings: -204 (-230)
Previous Week: 30
Notes: Very bad news for the Vikings team losing Peterson considering how this season has gone. Hopefully he'll be 100% healthy come next season.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -266 (-215 )
Previous Week: 29
Notes: Officially 9 losses in a row after getting slaughtered by the Panthers. Freeman is not the answer at QB.

31. Indianapolis Colts: -366 ( -389 )
Previous Week: 32
Notes: The Colts finally move out of the last spot in the rankings with a win streak. That's right, they actually won two games in a row!

32. St. Louis Rams: -370 (-318)
Previous Week: 31
Notes: They have the same record as the Colts, but have easily been playing a lot worse over the last few games (even before the Colts started winning). The Rams have the second longest current losing streak.

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