The Top 20
- Seattle Seahawks (11-1): They dominated the Saints with ease and next up is a tough road test against the 49ers. If they win that one I see no reason to believe they won't cruise to the Super Bowl.
- Denver Broncos (10-2): With 2 wins over the Chiefs in 3 weeks the Broncos have all but officially won the West. All that's left is holding off the Patriots from caputring that 1 seed.
- Carolina Panthers (9-3): The month of December is going to be critical for Carolina. They have 2 games remaining against the Saints and the first one is this week in the Super Dome. Can they keep their win streak alive?
- New England Patriots (9-3): As great as Peyton has been playing this season a real case can be made for Brady as MVP just because of all this team has overcome. Despite the injuries they're having another terrific regular season.
- New Orleans Saints (9-3): Saints got destroyed on national TV but they must shake it off quickly if they hope to bounce back against the red hot Panthers.
- San Francisco 49ers (8-4): The 49ers slowly but surely are starting to look like the team I envisioned them being in the offseason. If they are to have any chance at not being a wildcard this Sunday's matchup against Seattle is a must win.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-3): The Chiefs have lost 3 straight after a 9-0 start and with the other wild card teams being so mediocre the Chiefs are most likely a lock for the playoffs but that doesn't mean they want to go into them with no momentum. They need to go to Washington and handle their business or people might start to worry in KC.
- Cincinatti Bengals (8-4): Cincy won a tough road game in San Diego and now get a declining Indy team at home. It's a game they should win and if they do they take full possession of the 3 seed in the AFC.
- Philadelphia Eagles (7-5): I gotta admit I just knew this whole Nick Foles thing wouldn't last but it turns out it just might. I don't know if he's the long term solution but he's definitely the answer right now.
- Detroit Lions (7-5): The Lions showed on Thanksgiving what they're capable of when properly motivated. Now the question is how do they find a way to get up like that for every game.
- Dallas Cowboys (7-5): It wasn't pretty but the Cowboys got it done against Oakland and now start to get some bodies back with the return of Sean Lee and Mo Claiborne.
- Indianopalis Colts (8-4): Colts won a game they needed to against an inferior opponent but they just don't look the same without Reggie Wayne and I don't expect them to get to Cincy and pull off a win.
- Arizona Cardinals (7-5): Cardinals put up a good fight against Philly but it just wasn't enough. With the 49ers and Seahawks both remaining on the schedule their playoff hopes look bleek.
- Baltimore Ravens (6-6): I thought they'd lose on Thanksgiving but they didn't and now they're 500 and in the driver's seat for that 6th and final playoff spot in the AFC.
- Miami Dolphins (6-6): Miami has clawed their way back to 500 and New England is the only 1 of their 4 remaining opponents with a winning record. They will certainly have their shot at making the playoffs.
- San Diego Chargers (5-7): Tough loss to Cincy for the Chargers and with 2 games still remaining against the Broncos and Chiefs it's looking like the Chargers will miss the postseason for yet another season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7): Losing to Baltimore was a set back but they get Miami next and finish the season against Green Bay and Cleveland so there is still hope for the Steelers. Hopefully Tomlin can exhibit better awareness of his surrounding when "looking up at the scoreboard" from now on.
- St. Louis Rams (5-7): The Rams lost to the 49ers as expected but I thought they hung in there just as they've done all season.
- Chicago Bears (6-6): Chicago just looks lost too me. When they need something to go right it just seems to go wrong. Even Robie Gould, one of the most dependable kickers in the NFL, couldn't come through for them last week.
- Tennessee Titans (5-7): The Titans are desperately hanging on to their playoff lives but a trip to Denver might be all it takes to loosen their grip for good.
21. New York Giants (5-7)
22. Green Bay Packers (5-6-1)
23. New York Jets (5-7):
24. Oakland Raiders (4-8)
25. Buffalo Bills (4-8)
26. Cleveland Browns (4-8)
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9)
28. Atlanta Falcons (3-9)
29. Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1)
30. Washington Redskins (3-9)
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9)
32. Houston Texans (2-10)