2013 NFL Power Rankings: Broncos 2012′s Best, Chiefs Worst
This is it. The absolute definitive final regular season rankings for 2012. For most, it’s already looking ahead to next season; for a few, it’s playoff time!
1. Denver Broncos (Last Week Rank: 1): I ran out of fingers: How many games have the Broncos won in a row?
2. New England Patriots (2): Gronk is back. He may have only had two catches (one for a TD), but he only played 24 snaps. Expect more in the playoffs.
3. Seattle Seahawks (4): We knew the defense was good, but the offense hasn’t scored less than 20 points in a game since October 18th.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5): A first round bye might actually hurt Kaepernick more than help. He will have to adjust to playoff intensity.
5. Atlanta Falcons (3): Until Atlanta wins a playoff game, they will not be seen as legit contenders.
6. Green Bay Packers (6): The Packers have an uphill battle if they are going to see another Super Bowl.
7. Washington Redskins (8): The Redskins are on a roll. A delicious poppy seed hard roll…great, now I’m hungry.
8. Houston Texans (7): The Texans have been steadily falling the last few weeks and even managed to fall from the #1 seed to #3 this week.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (9): Defense may very well win Championship, but the Bengals better find some more consistency on offense if they don’t want a repeat of last post-season.
10. Baltimore Ravens (10): The Ravens are not where they need to be to make another serious run, maybe they are just doing the old rope-a-dope.
11. Minnesota Vikings (13): AP2K…congrats. Can he keep it going?
12. New York Giants (12): The G-men were inconsistent all season; no surprise that they fell short this season.
13. Chicago Bears (11): They finish 10-6 and fire Lovie Smith? Doesn’t make much sense to me.
14. New Orleans Saints (14): The NFC South was full of disappointments this season; the Saints were just one of them.
15. Carolina Panthers (16): The NFC South was full of disappointments this season; the Panthers were just one of them.
16. Dallas Cowboys (15): Big shock…the Cowboys fell short, again.
17. St. Louis Rams (17): The Rams made some strides in 2012, but they are going to have a tough time competing with San Fran and Seattle on the rise.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18): The NFC South was full of disappointments this season; the Bucs were just one of them.
19. Indianapolis Colts (20): Hands down the feel-good story of 2012, no matter what happens in the playoffs.
20. Miami Dolphins (19): The Dolphins were kind of anonymous all season.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (21): A down year in Pittsburgh. Fans are hoping it’s isolated and not a trend.
22. San Diego Chargers (22): Turner and Smith are both gone. It was time for a change in San Diego.
23. New York Jets (23): Who was the worse the offseason pick-up? Tebow or Sparano?
24. Cleveland Browns (24): If you’re a loyal follower (do I have any of those?), then you know I think it was a big mistake to fire Shurmur.
25. Detroit Lions (26): The Lions need to figure out who wants to be there, who deserves to be there, and who they need to get rid of.
26. Tennessee Titans (28): I expected more from the Titans this season. Maybe next year.
27. Buffalo Bills (27): It never came together for the Bills in 2012. Big changes will be needed to return this franchise to glory.
29. Philadelphia Eagles (29): Do you think Andy Reid made it out of the locker room on Sunday before he got fired?
30. Oakland Raiders (30): Have the Raiders played the last few weeks? If they have, I hadn’t noticed.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31): The London Jaguars? The Jacksonville Tebows? Whatever…
32. Kansas City Chiefs (32): Scott Pioli has done a fairly poor job as GM of the Chiefs, so they keep him but drop Romeo Crennell.