2011 NFL Week 17 Powre Rankings
Well, we are at the finish line for the regular season, and while the fun is just beginning for 12 fortunate teams, we will be saying goodbye to 20 others (mercifully, in some cases). Here are this week’s Powre Rankings:
1. Green Bay Packers (14-1).
As much as I like to see teams play at their best and realize their maximum potential, I have a nagging feeling that they are going to lose by a FG and yield 34-42 points in the process in their first playoff game. Their defense just bends far too much to be trusted; although it is opportunistic.
2. New Orleans Saints (12-3).
Same with them, although they are on the complete opposite end of the turnovers forced spectrum.
3. New England Patriots (12-3).
The teams with the best regular season records have some of the worst total defense (this Patriots’ outfit is on pace to be the worst defense statistically OF ALL TIME). The good thing for the Patsies is that the AFC Playoffs will have to go through Foxborough if they win in Week 17 and BAL and PIT both lose.
4. San Francisco 49ers (12-3).
5. Baltimore Ravens (11-4).
I. just. do. not. trust. JOE. FLACCO.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4).
No Roethlisberger Sunday? He almost has to play (not really, look at their Week 17 opponent) in order for the team to avoid playing their entire playoff slate on the road. But if he’s not 100% going INTO the playoffs, they won’t be in them for long anyway.
7. Detroit Lions (10-5).
They’re heading in the right direction again.
8. Houston Texans (10-5).
They are NOT.
9. New York Football Giants (8-7).
The Giants just need to play with the effort that they played with in Week 16. There have been several entire games and half or 3/4s of others where they’ve completely sleepwalked throughout. When they play their game, the talent is there and they can beat anyone in any style of game.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6).
We will know a lot about this team’s moxie after Week 17.
11. Oakland Raiders (8-7).
You are what your record says you are.
12. Atlanta Falcons (9-6).
Soft, predictable, no help from the refs this year.
13. Tennessee Titans (8-7).
They’ve exceeded expectations.
14. Denver Broncos (8-7).
Considering the opponent, which had been in a total free fall for two full months, that was the worst possible kind of loss.
15. Seattle Seahawks (7-8).
They should have won that game; but all in all, the close loss to the Falcons would have ruined their hopes at the 6 seed in th end.
16. Arizona Cardinals (7-8).
They too, had a chance at the Wild Card, but unlike Seattle, failed to show any grit in Week 16.
17. Carolina Panthers (6-9).
How much of this is going to carry over into next year, though?
18. San Diego Chargers (7-8).
Two straight seasons like this from Norv.
19. Kansas City Chiefs (6-9).
Romeo Crennel is pining for his final head coaching opportunity. A win Sunday may do not.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (7-8).
21. Dallas Cowboys (8-7).
Listless effort in a game they really needed to win. Not exemplory of a playoff contender.
22. New York Jets (8-7).
Sanchez and Schottenheimer cannot co-exist and be successful. Glass half-full people see the results of their 2009 and 2010 seasons and think there’s more where that came from. The rest of us see a pedestrian at best QB being handicapped even more than his limited ceiling would suggest — by sometimes-incompetent and uncoordinated Offensive Coordinator.
23. Chicago Bears (7-8).
Why put guys on IR the week before the season ends when you knew they weren’t returning this season regardless?
24. Buffalo Bills (6-9).
Good win to get off the schneid.
25. Miami Dolphins (5-10).
Totally hosed by the refs in the New England game, but they’ve tried hard this year.
26. Washington Redskins (5-10).
This same team marched all over the field against the Giants and then allowed a team with its backup QB and missing the league’s best RB to score 33 on them. GO FIGURE.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11).
28. Cleveland Browns (4-11).
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11).
With better, more experienced coaching, these could have all been playoff teams this year.
30. Minnesota Vikings (3-12).
Good win for the guys who will actually be in Eden Prairie next year (which will only be slightly more than half the team, as a hint to you guys out there reading this).
31. Indianapolis Colts (2-13).
BREAK UP THE COLTS!
32. St. Louis Rams (2-13).
Just fire Spags already and ditch the leaked stories by St. Louis officials who want to have a legitimate (in their minds) reason to fire the guy. They only rival the Giants in being decimated by injury.