TVA Week 15 NFL Power Rankings
By Adam Carlson
Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A yard marker covered with snow prior to the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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!
Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) signals for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of New England
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.
Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs with the ball in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated the Panthers 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs with the ball after a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Green Bay Packers fan holds up a sign supporting Aaron Rodgers (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The Vikings and Packers tied 26-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass while under pressure from Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker (98) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) reacts on the field against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Miami Dolphins won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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?
Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field for pre-game warm up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Nov 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) makes a catch ahead of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) drops back to throw the ball during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) looks on during overtime against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Dec 8, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal (96) knocks the ball away from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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?