For the first time, The Viking Age will be doing Power Rankings. If you’re not familiar with how Power Rankings work, what they do is rank the teams in the order of how good they are. Enough with the fluff though, let’s get to the rankings!
Seattle Seahawks (11-2): Despite a loss to San Francisco last week, the Seahawks are the best team in the NFL. They have that combination of bruising defense and blistering offense that should scare the tar out of any team that they play against.
- Denver Broncos (11-2): Any time you have a team with Peyton Manning, you know they’re going to be pretty good, but this Broncos team is much more than just Peyton’s plaything.
New Orleans Saints (10-3): The Saints came into the game against the Carolina Panthers expecting to struggle immensely against one of the NFL’s top defenses. Instead, the Saints took them apart and showed why they’re the best team in their division.
- Kansas City Chiefs (10-3): The Chiefs are winning games with a great pass rush and an efficient offense. When you don’t turn the ball over and are able to take the ball away, that makes you a darned good football team.
New England Patriots (10-3): The Patriots may have won a barn-burner on Sunday, but they lost one of their most dynamic offensive weapons in Rob Gronkowski to torn ACL and MCL.
- San Francisco 49ers (9-4): When you can beat the team that I have considered to be the best in the NFL, then that definitely makes them the best team with their division. Sadly, if the 49ers have to play in Seattle in the playoffs, they will most likely be out.
Carolina Panthers (9-4): The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the game against the Saints. They still could be a very scary team in the playoffs that has the potential to beat anyone.
- Cincinnati Bengals (9-4): Andy Dalton looked great against the the Colts pressure, which is something he’s been criticized for in the past. The Bengals defense did their part too, of course.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-5): LeSean McCoy is the NFL’s leading rusher after a MASSIVE performance of 217 rushing yards last week put him into the Eagles’ record books. If only Foles could have had a good game to compliment him.
- Arizona Cardinals (8-5): Arizona’s run defense is underrated and they just lost their rookie cornerback, Tyrann Mathieu, for the season. It’s hard to believe this is the same team as last year since they’re fighting for a wild card spot.
Detroit Lions (7-6): This team just has too much explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball not to be taken seriously. Defensively, they boast a beastly defensive line, but other than that, the Lions are a beatable team that looks to win the division.
- Indianapolis Colts (8-5): Andrew Luck has shown himself to be a franchise quarterback. With the defense giving up so many points the last several weeks, they’ll need him to score as often as possible.
Miami Dolphins (7-6): The Dolphins are a team that I’m kind of confused by. They are quietly putting together a squad that is competing for a wild card spot in the playoffs. Even if they don’t get in this year, this is an exciting young team to watch.
- Chicago Bears (7-6): Josh McCown is looking like Jay Cutler even though Cutler is out. He’s got very talented players around him, including emerging mega-star Alshon Jeffery.
Dallas Cowboys (7-6): Will Tony Romo ever lead this team to glory? I have my doubts, but at least he’s giving this team a chance to find out this year. The Cowboys are hot on the Eagles’ heels in the division race.
- Baltimore Ravens (7-6): They didn’t have a good game against a struggling Vikings team in the snow, but they have a lot of pieces to the puzzle. Whether or not Flacco is an “elite” quarterback is definitely still up for debate.
Green Bay Packers (6-6-1): Somehow, the Packers are still in the race for the division without Aaron Rodgers. This team has dealt with a ton of injuries and if they do make the playoffs with a healthy squad, they could be scary.
- San Diego Chargers (6-7): Philip Rivers has a new weapon in Keenan Allen and is turning up the heat just in time for the end of the season. Will it be enough for them to take a Wild Card spot?
New York Jets (6-7): Geno Smith has 23 turnovers on the year and the Jets should be a better team than this. The fact that this team is a playoff contender is kind of a joke at this point of the season.
- St. Louis Rams (5-8): Their defense is the main reason why this team is rated as highly as they are. The Rams are another team that is dealing with issues at the quarterback position that are seeing their trade with the Redskins for RG3 paying dividends this year.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8): It’s hard to believe this team dropped off so quickly. They have too much talent and are too well coached to be a 5 win team. It’s too late to turn it around this year, but there’s always next year, right?
- Tennessee Titans (5-8): The Titans defense is failing to get pressure on quarterbacks and have no idea who their quarterback or head coach will be next year. At least they have a lot of young players to evaluate from here on out.
New York Giants (5-8): Eli Manning may be “elite”, but this team isn’t. The Giants GM has stated that everyone is “on notice”. Should make for an interesting offseason for the Giants.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9): I always joke about this team, but they have one heck of a defense. They are really just an offense away from being a contending team. But until they get the pieces together, they will be continual cellar dwellers.
Cleveland Browns (4-9): I was wrong about Josh Gordon. He’s a beast. They need pieces around him though. The Browns have a couple first round draft picks coming up thanks to the Trent Richardson trade, so at least they can get better quickly.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9): Tampa has won four of their last five, but that could be all they end up with this year. They end the season against the 49ers, Saints, and Rams. Not a good sign for a team that wants to be taken seriously.
Buffalo Bills (4-9): They can’t run the ball and they’re turning the ball over too much. Rookie QB E.J. Manuel is having some growing pains, but does look to have some potential going forward.
- Oakland Raiders (4-9): What is there to say about the Oakland Raiders. They are a team that is consistently at the bottom of the league and doesn’t really look to be getting any better. They haven’t had a winning record since 2002.
Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1): Things are looking good for the future of the Vikings with so many young players doing so well. Sadly, things are looking awful for the present with the TERRIBLE defense and questionable decisions from the coaching staff.
- Washington Redskins (3-10): RG3 doesn’t look like the RG3 of last year. Despite that, the Redskins shouldn’t be as bad as they are. With him getting the headlines, it’s the Redskins defense that deserves the heaviest criticism.
Atlanta Falcons (3-10): Is Julio Jones really that important to Matt Ryan? If so, does Ryan really deserve the money that he was paid? The talent is there, but the production isn’t. At least they’ll have a top draft pick, right?
- Houston Texans (2-11): The Texans will be looking for a lot of help this offseason. Although they lost Arian Foster and benched Matt Schaub, fans in Houston should still be VERY disappointed with what they are seeing from their team this year.
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