1. Green Bay Packers - 11-0
Undefeated with 11 games to go and they have the best QB and run away MVP at this point in Aaron Rodgers. If they can get past the Giants this week their shouldn't be anything to stop them from going undefeated.
2. Baltimore Ravens - 8-3
The win Thursday against the 49ers without Ray Lewis was very impressive. I'm not quite ready to book it but at the moment the top 2 teams in my power rankings could be the super bowl matchup this year. Ravens have proven to me that if necessary they can beat Pittsburgh and the only teams that can really beat them are average or bad because for whatever reason they've been playing down to their competition which shouldn't be a problem since all playoff teams are good.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-3
If you look at their record against teams other than the Ravens you got a team that's 8-1. Not to excuse their losses but the Ravens are the 2nd best team in all of football right now. The Steelers are a complete team and this is usually the time of year they thrive in. With a great Defense as usual and one of the most explosive receiving cores in the league they should go deep into the playoffs.
4. San Francisco 49ers - 9-2
I still think the 49ers are legit but their game against the Ravens brought up some concerns for me. Their Defense can hold it's own against anyone but clearly this offense will struggle against any elite defense ESPECIALLY if they cannot run the ball.
5. New Orleans Saints - 8-3
The Saints have the 2nd best offense in the league and are believed to be the only team that can win a shootout with GB. They've got weapons all over the place and Brees is having a career year as he might pass Marino for most passing yards in a season.
6. New England Patriots - 8-3
The Pats offense has been consistently good for the most part all season and TE Rob Gronkowski is match up nightmare for every team they play. However this is one of the worst defenses in the league in terms of yards allowed and teams have shown that given the right scheme they can slow Brady down.
7. Dallas Cowboys - 7-4
The Scary thing is Dallas's record could be much better than this. This team has fought through injuries and criticism all year and now control their own destiny to win the division. Demarco Murray adds a solid running game to an already explosive offense. Romo has came up big most of the year when the Cowboys have needed it the most and I expect it to continue.
8. Atlanta Falcons - 7-4
The Falcons have finally started to play like the team that I thought would be the 2nd best in the NFC this year. If they make the playoffs their built to be able to beat anybody and could go pretty far. Also with the Saints on the schedule one more time they can still win the South.
9. Houston Texans - 8-3
The Texans were a legit super bowl threat and the best team in the AFC just a couple weeks ago. Then Matt Schuab went down for the year and I thought ok that pushes them back a little but maybe with a top 5 defense and rushing attack maybe Matt Lineart can manage the situation. Then he got hurt for the year last week and now Houston is down to their 3rd string QB. I can't ranked them any lower than this with all the rest of the teams past this point having their flaws but the Texans can't expect to make a run a the Super Bowl with T.J. Yates starting at QB. Unless they sign a better option as a FA this is as far as I can put them.
10. Oakland Raiders - 7-4
The Raiders look like their going to win the West with the Chargers looking terrible and the Tebow led Broncos being their biggest competition. Even without Darren McFadden their still running the ball very effective and their defense is solid especially the front 4. Palmer is continuing to get better week after week. With the Texans QB problems theirs a chance the Raiders can pass them and get the 3 seed so they can avoid Pit or Bal in the wild card round.
11. Detroit Lions - 7-4
The Lions clearly have some issues and will have to play their next 2 games without their best player Sue. If they suffer defeat in both games they could very well miss the playoffs. Also it appears teams have figured out Calvin Johnson and are forcing the Lions to beat them in other ways.
12. New York Giants - 6-5
The G-Men looked awful Monday Night but I'll just chalk that up to a bad night similar to Dallas's against the Eagles. with Hanne at QB now for the Bears there's really no other team to put ahead of them with their full body of work this season. Eli has been fantastic maybe top 5 and they've got the best front 4 in football.
13. New York Jets - 6-5
It's not pretty it's not consistent but the Jets have found away to hang in there despite not looking anything like most people expected coming into the year. The Jets offense is come and go and can't be counted on at all and even the defense has suffered it's share of bad performances this year. However it's looking like despite all that if they can hang in their they should get the final wild card spot.
14. Cincinnati Bengals - 7-4
The Bengals have been way better than expected but still aren't the real deal. Their going to lose again this week to Pittsburgh and if the Jets win they fall into a tie with them and with Baltimore on the schedule again that could be the loss that eliminates them. With a rookie QB, inconsistent running game, and no signature wins on the year I don't trust this team down the stretch.
15. Chicago Bears - 7-4
Without Jay Cutler this team just isn't the same. Their receivers just aren't nearly good enough to be effective without a QB of Cutlers talent who's athletic enough to extend plays giving them more time to get open and who has the strongest arm in the league which gives him the ability to make throws into thigh windows when the receivers are well covered. If the Bears lose this week to KC they can probably kiss their playoff hopes good bye.
16. Tennessee Titans - 6-5
I haven't seen nearly enough to believe that what Chris Johnson did last week can become a consistent thing but he did confirm one thing for me with that performance and that's that somewhere in him the ability is still there. He's way to young and hasn't carried the ball nearly enough to have fallen off I just think the lockout and his holdout really hurt him and it took him a long time to be ready. The Titans defense has been solid all year if Hasselback can stay healthy and Chris Johnson is really back they might be able to catch Hou for the division if their QB situations becomes a major problem.
17. Denver Broncos - 6-5
Somehow the Broncos are 6-5 and 5-1 with Tebow as their starting QB. I've been saying he's the worst starting QB in the NFL but he's forced me to change that statement. I'll say for now he's the worst passer of the starting QB's in the NFL (that didn't get the job due to injury). Still this teams defense has been the reason for the season in Denver and with great play in the secondary from Dawkins and Bailey and Von Miller and Dummervil getting after the passer the Raiders can't let up or Den could catch them.
18. Buffalo Bills - 5-6
What looked like a promising season for the Bills has fallen by the wayside and even though they've been competitive all year that's not enough in this league as it showed last week as they couldn't get it done against the Jets.
19. Philadelphia Eagles - 4-7
This team has no real shot to make the playoffs now and Vick is going to miss another game. I have to wonder with this huge disappointing season is it time for the Eagles to find a new coach?
20. Tampa Buccaneers - 4-7
I called it coming into the year that this team wasn't going to be around 10-6 again and I was right. Josh Freeman has seemed to regress and Blount isn't nearly as effective on the ground this year as last.
21. Kansas City Chiefs - 4-7
The Chiefs have been playing decent of late even against a much better Pittsburgh team on Mon. Night it came down to the final drive.
22. Washington Redskins - 4-7
The Redskins have a solid defense. However inconsistency in both the running and passing game has hurt them this season.
23. San Diego Chargers - 4-7
This team despite it's talent has played awful this year and I don't even recognize Rivers at the moment. Looks like Norv Turner days as coach in SD are coming to an end which regrettably for the Chargers was a year to late.
24. Seattle Seahawks - 4-7
The Seahawks have really turned it around from the beginning of the season when it looked like they'd be contenders for the 1st pick. They actually compete and make it hard on teams to win if not win themselves week to week.
25. Miami Dolphins - 3-8
Who are these Dolphins and where they the 1st 7 games of the year? After winning 3 straight they gave Dallas more than they bargained for on Thanksgiving. They could really be spoilers down the stretch.
26. Arizona Cardinals - 4-7
Larry Fitzgerald is having a good year despite the inconsistency at QB and Patrick Peterson really looks special.
27. Cleveland Browns - 4-7
The Browns lost yet another game in the 4th quarter to the Bengals and have officially been swept by them for the year.
28. Carolina Panthers - 3-8
As competitive as the Panthers have been they've just been unable to win some of the games they should have. All their losing has allowed Andy Dalton to creep up into the offensive ROY discussions. Losing Jon Beason for the year really hurt this squad I believe.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - 3-8
Jack Del Rio has been fired and the team has been sold. Hopefully new management can surround Jones Drew with some help on offense next year.
30. Minnesota Vikings - 2-9
It really hasn't mattered who was at QB this season this offense hasn't been able to do much. And as usual Peterson is hurt for his normal 1-2 weeks per year.
31. St. Louis Rams - 2-9
The Rams have been absolutely terrible on run defense all year as they allowed another running back to go over 200 yards last week.
32. Indianapolis Colts - 0-11
Unless Peyton comes back before the year ends and plays the Colts really might lose every game. They fired their defensive coordinator but I wanna know when are they going to get rid of Caldwell. I don't care what player gets hurt you can't lose EVERY game in a season and keep your job.