Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NFL Week 17 Top Ten Rankings

1.    New England Patriots (13-2) – 34 points scored, 3 points allowed, cause 6 turnovers, rush for 217 yards, an NFL record 319 consecutive passes and no interceptions for Tom Brady.  Yes, it was just the Bills, but the Pats continue to improve. (Last week: 1)
2.    New Orleans Saints (11-4)
– The defending World Champs win Monday in Atlanta had more to do about tone and potential than just about the scoreboard.  Beware, here come da Saints! (Last week: 5)
3.    Philadelphia (10-4: playing Minnesota Tuesday night)
– They’ve clinched the NFC East Title and can clinch a 1st round bye with 2 wins (Minnesota & Dallas at home) and  a Bears loss to Green Bay. (Last week: 3)
4.    Baltimore (11-4)
– Getting the running game back with Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and LeRon McLain makes the Ravens very dangerous if they have to hit the road in the first round. (Last week: 5)
5.    Atlanta Falcons (12-3)
– Falcons take a step back as the Falcons offense turned in one of the lesser performances against the Saints Monday night.  They’ll still be the #1 seed in the NFC when they beat Carolina this Sunday. (Last week: 2)
6.    Chicago Bears (11-4)
– The most underrated them in the league so far.  No one believes in the Bears, but they keep winning, including becoming NFC North Champions with their win over the Jets. (Last week: 7)
7.    Kansas City Chiefs (10-5)
– Talk about your turnarounds!  4-12 last season and now the AFC West Champs.  They may not be one and done with that dynamic offense churning these days. (Last week: 9)
8.    Indianapolis Colts (9-6)
– Colts are 3-0 in their mini playoff run but still need to beat the Titans to make the playoffs.  Do you think anyone in the AFC is happy to see Peyton Manning’s comeback? (Last week: 10)
9.    Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4)
– There’s just something not right about this Steelers team. (Last week: Not Ranked)
10.    NY Jets (10-5)
– This team was supposed to run it down your throat and stop you defensively.  A 38-34 loss in Chicago proved they could do neither right now. (Last week: 8)

On the Outside Looking In:
Green Bay Packers 9-6
NY Giants 9-6
Tampa Bay Bucs 9-6

Still Alive
Jacksonville 8-7
St.Louis 7-8
Seattle 6-9

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