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NFL Power Rankings. Fans love them. And love to kill anyone who disrespects their team. Basically they are meangingless. One person's opinion on ranking teams that are already ranked by performance and record at points in time and most-importantly, at the end of the season. Everyone can see the records.
But what's behind the records? Last year Arizona was 4-0. They were in most people's top 5 at that point in time. They finished 4-12. We are deep enough into the season to have some meat on the bone, so here are my rankings. By Tier. Five Tiers. Six teams each. And the two leftovers. Fire away in the comments:(Teams within each Tier are listed by record, but not reflective of any other order.)
Denver (6-0), Kansas City (6-0), New England (5-1), New Orleans (5-1), Seattle (5-1), Detroit (4-2).
Comment: The Lions get Cincinnati and Dallas at home the next two weeks, so we'll know a lot more about them. Reggie Bush has added a huge new dimension to the offense, Stafford is playing well and the defense...well it's still a work in progress. The rest? Real deal. Book 'em in the playoffs.
Indianapolis (4-2), San Francisco (4-2), Green Bay (3-2), Dallas (3-3), St. Louis (3-3), San Diego (3-3)
Comment: San Francisco has been a bit disappointing and like Dallas and many other teams has been hit hard by injuries. San Diego was really impressive Monday night against Indy but play four of the next five on the road. St. Louis is coming on but at Carolina and home to Seattle trhe next two weeks will tell us if contenders or pretenders. Jeff Fisher's chance to shine.
Cincinnati (4-2), Baltimore (3-3), Philadelphia (3-3), Arizona (3-3), Carolina (2-3), Pittsburgh (1-4).
Comment: This league is about elite QBs. Andy Dalton isn't one of the them. I want Cam Newton to show that he is. Hopefully Ron Rivera's more aggressive coaching strategy will bring that out. Either Baltimore or Pittsburgh won't be in this group on Monday.
Chicago (4-2), Miami (3-2), Tennessee (3-3), Cleveland (3-3), Houston (2-4), Buffalo (2-4)
Comment: Show me. I don't see a playoff team in the group. In fact I don't see a record above .500 at season's end in this bunch.
New York Jets (3-3), Oakland (2-4), Washington (1-4), Atlanta (1-4), Minnesota (1-4), Tampa Bay (0-5)
Comment: The Jets and Raiders have exceeded expectations, largely because their QBs haven't been horrific. But in reality which of these six teams looks to be on the right path right? The Skins have RGIII, the Falcons Matt Ryan, but big flaws with both squads.
Didn't Make The Cut
Jacksonville (0-6), New York Giants (0-6)
Comment: Jax point differential -128, NYG point differential -106. Next worst in the NFL? Houston -71, Tampa Bay -37.