Final 2012 NFL Power Rankings
Added by Vin D'Anton on January 3, 2013.
The Denver Broncos have become a favorite to make the Super Bowl. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
1. Denver Broncos (1): Eleven wins in a row. Unbelievable. I’ll be shocked if they don’t make it to the Super Bowl. But this next team…
2. New England Patriots (4): …is the only one that can beat them. They are a more complete offense than people think with that running game. All America wants is them and Denver in the AFC Championship. As Bart Scott once said, “can’t wait!”
3. Atlanta Falcons (2): A game like that will have the haters out again. This team will go as far as Mike Smith and Matty Ice can take them.
4. Green Bay Packers (3): So much for my Aaron Rodgers MVP argument. Yeah his numbers were fantastic Sunday but that really good running back for the Vikings upstaged him. Having said that, they’ll crush the Vikings Saturday night.
5. Seattle Seahawks (6): Good teams always find a way to win and they did just that Sunday. Russell Wilson may steal Rookie of the Year.
6. San Francisco 49ers (7): Turns out kissing their sister helped them. If they don’t get to the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh will hear it about Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith. Either way, Alex Smith should be traded in the offseason. Kaepernick was a clear steal last year.
7. Houston Texans (5): They remind me of the 2008 Giants except New York clinched home field. I know I wouldn’t want to face the same team two years in a row in the playoffs. Especially when that team knows how to get to the quarterback.
8. Indianapolis Colts (8): Did anyone not get emotional watching Chuck Pagano? They are going to enter Baltimore like a bat out of hell for the ex-Raven defensive coordinator. They are 50-1 odds to win the Super Bowl; why not throw some cash on them for the heck of it?
9. Cincinnati Bengals (9): Who knew it would take Bruce Gradkowski to beat he Ravens? Oh wait, Tyrod Taylor played too. Anyway, what a season for them after I had them out in Week 6. Marvin Lewis still needs to win a playoff game. Luckily his owner is cheap so he’s safe.
10. Washington Redskins (10): FedEx Field is an animal house, seriously they have hogs there. Looks like “Mopey” Mike Shanahan’s evil plan worked and they are hosting a playoff game. Well, they can thank the Super Bowl Champs for sucking too.
11. Minnesota Vikings (12): Good for them. Out of all the teams fighting for that last playoff spot, the Vikes deserved it the most. Adrian Peterson should be the MVP.
12. Baltimore Ravens (11): In a year where they are an afterthought entering the playoffs, they may sneak up on us and make a run.
13. Chicago Bears (13): Lovie Smith is gone yet Jay Cutler is in no trouble whatsoever? That’s troubling.
14. New York Giants (15): The slogan for the 2012 New York Football Giants: Frustrating and disgraceful. Why Perry Fewell was extended is beyond me. The second half crap has to stop and it hurts the legacy of Coughlin and Eli.
15. Dallas Cowboys (14): You support Tony Romo all season then he stabs you in the back with an abysmal performance once again when it mattered most. That interception made you want to rip your hair out if your a Cowboy fan.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (17): People want to make changes but I think it was a just a weird year with injuries. They’ll be back next year. Maybe a new pass rusher and running back would be nice though.
17. Carolina Panthers (19): Ron Rivera needs another chance. If the multi-million dollar backfield fails again next year then you fire him. CAM!
18. St. Louis Rams (18): Way to go out swinging in Seattle. However I will end this season saying what I always say about the Rams…GET A WIDE RECEIVER!!!!
19. New Orleans Saints (16): Sean Payton.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21): Greg Schiano said he needs to evaluate Josh Freeman? Evaluate yourself coach, or maybe your entire defense.
21. Miami Dolphins (20): Joe Philbin and that coaching staff should be proud of what they did this year. Now it’s time to spend some money with all that cap space. Oh wait, Jeff Ireland is the GM.
22. San Diego Chargers (23): I feel bad for Norv Tuner but not A.J. Smith. He’s a douche and will realize that when no one offers him a job.
23. Tennessee Titans (24): Maybe Darius Reynaud and Zach Brown should start on offense. They need to find out next year if Jake Locker is their guy.
24. Cleveland Browns (22): Nick Saban is the only man for the job. Why? Because he has a connection with Cleveland and he may actually care about the franchise. Well, maybe it’s a long shot to say Nick Saban cares about someone other than Nick Saban.
25. Buffalo Bills (29): Fire Chan Gailey, it doesn’t matter because no coach can fix this team. They need an Andrew Luck or RG3.
26. New York Jets (25): So nothing from Rex and Woody until next Tuesday? This team gets more useless for me as a football fan every minute of every day.
27. Arizona Cardinals (26): Websters definition for Ken Whisenhunt; when choosing a quarterback goes wrong.
28. Detroit Lions (27): Another day of undisciplined football led to another “shoulda, woulda, coulda” game.
29. Philadelphia Eagles (28): Phinally Andy Reid is gone. Now what? Oh, Michael Vick, your careers over.
30. Oakland Raiders (30): Should have never fired Tom Cable. Where is he? Oh wait, he’s an assistant in Seattle.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (31): So they fire the coach who was at the helm for one season, but not the GM who has been there for four and had one good team.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (32): Are we in London yet?