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Power Rankings 3.0 – The Push for the Playoffs

Many see the Colts and Saints as the last teams standing. (courtesy of desipad.com)

It’s hard to believe, but the NFL regular season is dwindling.  We are already 3/4th of the way done and now teams will be jockeying for a playoff spot.  The best part, there are many teams still in the running.  The Saints and Colts have punched their tickets to the postseason, now 22 teams will look to scratch and claw their way to secure a playoff birth.  Sports of Boston’s Patriots writers have followed the season closely and now will share their top ten teams in the league.  Also, what team on the outside of the current playoff picture will make it’s way in and what team will fall out.

John Scullane

  1. New Orleans Saints
  2. Indianapolis Colts
  3. Minnesota Vikings
  4. San Diego Chargers
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Arizona Cardinals
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys

Miss/Make the playoffs: None

The Steelers and Ravens are reeling, and the Cowboys will probably drop behind the Eagles but keep a wildcard, and the Patriots are bleck lately, but Tom Brady is Tom Brady. Some seed jostling here and there perhaps, but overall things look like they’ve stabilized.

Erikk Hokenson

  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. New Orleans Saints
  3. San Diego Chargers
  4. Minnesota Vikings
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Arizona Cardinals
  7. Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Green Bay Packers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys

Team to get in the playoffs: Miami Dolphins

With a fourth-quarter-come-from-behind victory over the New England Patriots last Sunday, the ‘Fins find themselves in control of their playoff destiny. They visit Jacksonville, who has a one game lead over Miami for the final playoff spot, then visit Tennessee for (hopefully) a sure victory, and close out the season hosting Houston and Pittsburgh. It won’t be easy, but it’s certainly possible after beating New England.

Team to get knocked out: Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are coming off of a loss to the New York Giants in the Meadowlands to fall to 8-4 and will close out their season with one a very tough schedule: San Diego, @ New Orleans, @ Washington, and Philadelphia. They don’t need to win out, but finishing 8-8 is not an option for Romo & Co.

George Fitopoulos

  1. New Orleans Saints
  2. Minnesota Vikings
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. San Diego Chargers
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Philadelphia Eagles
  7. Green Bay Packers
  8. New England Patriots
  9. Dallas Cowboys
  10. Denver Broncos

Team to get in the playoffs: Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens still have a good chance at stealing a wild card spot thanks to their easy remaining schedule. They face the Lions (2-10) and Bears (5-7) at home and the Raiders (4-8) on the road. Their toughest test will come in week 16 when they travel to Pittsburgh (6-6) in what could be the deciding game for the last playoff spot in the AFC.

Team to get knocked out: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars will end the season against the putrid Browns (2-11), but the road to Week 17 features games against the Dolphins (6-6), the Colts (12-0) and at the Patriots (7-5). They will have to win at least three of their remaining four games to lock up the wild card spot or else they leave their fate to chance.

KC Downey

  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. New Orleans Saints
  3. Minnesota Vikings
  4. San Diego Chargers
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Denver Broncos
  7. Green Bay Packers
  8. Philadelphia Eagles
  9. Arizona Cardinals
  10. Dallas Cowboys

Team to get in the playoffs: Baltimore Ravens

They were in the game Monday night with the Packers deep in the fourth quarter, but Joe Flacco through two crucial INTs. I think Flacco is better than that, and if the team can get Ed Reed healthy, they’re very capable of getting in even though they’re 6-6. The road is very tough, but with so many teams at 6-6, you have to look at the tiebreaking scenarios. Of the 6-6 teams, the Ravens have the best conference record (6-4)

Team to get knocked out: New England Patriots

I really think this is unlikely, but that’s exactly why I’m picking the Pats to sit out of the playoffs in this spot. They have four winnable games left (vs. Panthers, @ Bills, vs. Jaguars, @ Texans) and if they do win out they’ll be 11-5 and clinch the division, but do you really see this team as presently constituted doing that? After a crushing loss to the Dolphins (albeit in Miami), the Pats have their work cut out for them the rest of the year, with the Jets and Dolphins (both 6-6) still lurking in the race.

Teddy Byrne

  1. New Orleans Saints
  2. Indianapolis Colts
  3. Minnesota Vikings
  4. Arizona Cardinals
  5. San Diego Chargers
  6. Cincinnati Bengals
  7. Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Denver Broncos
  9. Green Bay Packers
  10. New England Patriots

Team to get in the playoffs: New York Jets

The Jets are sitting at 6-6 and might be benching Mark Sanchez this week.  Still, they might have the easiest schedule of any team remaining.  First up is a matchup with the 1-11 Buccaneers followed by an injured Falcons teams that is struggling.  Next will be match ups with the Colts and Bengals, but those two teams have noting to lose, so might sit their starters for the playoffs.  If the Jets can pull out those four games, they will end 10-6 and will likely steal a spot.  If not, they will J(ust) E(nd) T(he) S(eason).

Team to get knocked out: Dallas Cowboys

Forget that the Cowboys have no success in December in the past decade.  the only thing that matters is their schedule.  This Sunday they play the San Diego Chargers, who have been on a tear lately.  The next match ups are the undefeated New Orleans Saints, their oldest rivals the Washington Redskins and then the Philadelphia Eagles, in what could be a game for the division.  The Cowboys could realistically lose all four games and be sitting on an 8-8 record, which will not get them in the playoffs.

About Teddy

Was born in Queens, NY, but moved up to New Hampshire around 12, when my interest in sports really began to boom. A huge fan of the Boston sports scene, especially the Sox, Celts, Bruins and Pats. Went to Keene State College where I majored in Journalism and went around covering the college teams. Not just a bandwagon fan... i tend to follow everything from the Draft to Championships. Love to write and look forward to bringing a fun, interesting style... hopefully...

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