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Power Rankings (final)

January 02, 2013 by Steel Haven

Rnk LW* Team Record Comments
1. 1. Denver Broncos 13-3 A road team winning in Mile High in January will not be easy.
2. 4. New England Patriots 12-4 Brady and Manning, just like old times.
3. 7. San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1 Harbaugh remains all in with Kaepernick.
4. 3. Atlanta Falcons 13-3 Getting no respect, nor should they really based on past playoff failures.
5. 5. Seattle Seahawks 11-5 Can rookie Wilson continue to play at a high level in the playoffs on the road?
6. 2. Green Bay Packers 11-5 Face off against the Vikings for the third time in 6 weeks.
7. 9. Indianapolis Colts 11-5 Is a playoff letdown possible after unlikely, emotional regular season run.
8. 6. Houston Texans 12-4 Lost 3 of their last 4 to blow the bye.
9. 8. Baltimore Ravens 10-6 Need Flacco to put up or shut up.
10. 10. Washington Redskins 10-6 Worst to first.
11. 11. Cincinnati Bengals 10-6 Pass rush makes them dangerous.
12. 12. Minnesota Vikings 10-6 Purple Jesus finished 9 yards short of Dickerson's all-time single season rushing record.
13. 13. Chicago Bears 10-6 Starting 7-1 and missing the playoffs cost Lovie his job after 9 seasons.
14. 16. New York Giants 9-7 Couldn't overcome Super Bowl hangover.
15. 21. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8 No offense counts on one player more than they do on Roethlisberger, not even the Vikings with Purple Jesus.
16. 18. Carolina Panthers 7-9 Newton showed he could handle adversity and rebound.
17. 20. San Diego Chargers 7-9 Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free [from AJ and Norv] at last!"
18. 14. New Orleans Saints 7-9 Can finally put bounty-gate in the rear view mirror with Payton officially signing an extension.
19. 15. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 Romo failed again when it mattered most, not a shock.
20. 22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9 Schiano experiment has to be considered a short term success.
21. 17. Miami Dolphins 7-9 Have the cap room to add much needed offensive skill position players.
22. 19. St. Louis Rams 7-8-1 Need to turn the draft picks they got for RGIII into young talent.
23. 23. Tennessee Titans 6-10 Munchak is the early favorite to be the first coach fired next season (because I can't envision Mullarkey surviving the hiring of a new GM).
24. 28. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Favorite for coaching job appears to be Whisenhunt.
25. 24. New York Jets 6-10 Need to find a GM willing to work with Ryan.
26. 25. Arizona Cardinals 5-11 Inability of Graves to find Whisenhunt a QB cost them both. Reid expected to be up next which could help Kolb.
27. 26. Cleveland Browns 5-11 Can they talk Saban into leaving college? Will they settle for McDaniels if not?
28. 27. Detriot Lions 4-12 Schwartz survived in part because Ford didn't want to buy out the final 3 years of his contract.
29. 29. Philadelphia Eagles 4-12 Flirting with Kelly. Will his system work in the pros?
30. 30. Oakland Raiders 4-12 Allen will be on a short leash in his second season.
31. 31. Kansas City Chiefs 2-14 Decision to retain interim coach Crennel heading into this season doomed them from the start. Will they make the same mistake with Pioli or will a strong coaching hire be allowed to make front office changes?
32. 32. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-14 Lost only 4 games as an expansion team, previously the worst season in franchise history.

*Last week's ranking

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