2012 NFL Power Rankings | Divisional Round Edition
The 2012 NFL Playoffs got off to a rocky start with the wild round consisting of mostly blowouts, but boy did it end in dramatic fashion with Tim Tebow delivering big-time in overtime to send the Denver Broncos to the next round.
The playoff picture has been changed dramatically with that one win, and it’s anyone’s guess how things will unfold in the divisional round with four very interesting matchups.
Here are your 2012 NFL Power Rankings for the remaining eight teams as the playoffs continue into the divisional round:
The Packers didn’t play and get a tough test against a Giants defense that completely shutdown the Falcons. However, they’re not the Falcons and they’re at home. I still like them to win the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.
I know it’s not fair to drop the Patriots without playing a game, but the Saints look like the true number two team to the Packers right now. If they were in the AFC, it’d be Green Bay and New Orleans in the Super Bowl.
New England has serious defensive questions and contrary to popular belief, they’ll haven their hands full trying to dispose of Tim Tebow and the Broncos for the second time this year. Still, they’re easily a top-three team in these playoffs.
I’m not going to jump and say they’ll beat the Packers, because I don’t think they will. But if they were facing the 49ers, Texans, Ravens or Broncos this week, I doubt they lose.
They’re balanced and can shut offenses down, but I don’t trust Alex Smith in a shootout, and I’m not sure any defense can stop the Saints out-right right now.
Baltimore is a team on a mission. I don’t think it ends with a Super Bowl title (or appearance), but I don’t think they lose right off the bat to T.J. Yates and the Texans, either.
Something tells me the Broncos go into Foxboro and create at least one more week of Tebow magic. It’s going to be tough, but it’s equally tough to beat any NFL team twice in the same season, which is exactly what the Patriots will be asked to do in this one.
I really like what I saw from the Texans last week, but they got their first franchise playoff victory. Now it’s time to bow out of the playoffs by the hands of the Ravens.