Week 13 is over, and by the looks of things, so are the Saints’ and Colts’ chase for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Both seem to have it all but locked up as we go into week 14. While nothing is 100% certain, it’s damn near close. Meanwhile the other 30 teams in the NFL are all scrambling for position. Some for playoff positioning and others for their spot in the 2010 draft. Here are the rankings after 13 weeks.
1. New Orleans Saints (12-0) – N’awlins has been a hard place to play all season, which is easy to see because of the Saints’ perfect record. You can’t help but be happy for the people of New Orleans after what they went through just 4 years ago.
2. Indianapolis Colts (12-0) – The Manning’s are having a great season, but I hope the NFL doesn’t just give their poster boy another MVP because the guy quarterbacking the team right above them is far more deserving.
3. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) – Please don’t start to panic because they got beat by last year’s NFC champions. I still like these guys in the long run.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-3) – The Bengals could lose all the rest of their games and, by the way the rest of the AFC North is playing, they would still make the playoffs.
5. San Diego Chargers (9-3) – The Chargers better not slip up in any of their remaining games because Denver is hot on their heels for the AFC West title.
6. Green Bay Packers (8-4) – Another win for the Pack. Aaron Rodgers is a beast for anyone who hasn’t noticed it yet.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) – I enjoyed watching Mike Vick defeat his former team. Huge game against the Giants coming up.
8. Denver Broncos (8-4) – Its looks like we are starting to get our swagger back after two good wins after the four game slide. The biggest test of the season is this week against the Colts.
9. Arizona Cardinals (8-4) – Nice win against the Vikings, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they lost to the 49ers this week because of how inconsistent they are.
10. Dallas Cowboys (8-4) – Never will I put my money on the Cowboys to win the GOTW again.
11. New England Patriots (7-5) – It’s simple. The Patriots just don’t have the talent on the defensive side of the ball, or in the running game to be considered a serious threat for the title this year.
12. New York Giants (7-5) – The Giants saved their season with a win against the Cowboys last week. They will be in another fight for their lives this week against the hot Eagles.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) – No one believes in this team. Not even their 15,000 fans that show up each week to their games.
14. Miami Dolphins (6-6) – Big game next week against the team right above them that could catapult them into the 6th seed of the playoffs.
15. Baltimore Ravens (6-6) – Tough loss to a team on the brink of doing big things. The defense is just not what it used to be.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6) – As Jimmy Johnson would say, STICK A FORK N’ EM because the champs are done.
17. Atlanta Falcons (6-6) – If Vick had the team the Matt Ryan has now, this team would have won a Super Bowl back in 2004.
18. Tennessee Titans (5-7) – Their season still isn’t over, and truth be told, no one would want to face this team in the playoffs.
19. New York Jets (6-6) – Probably the sorriest 6-6 team in the league.
20. Houston Texans (5-7) – Ehh’ these guys just can’t seem to ever put it together for an entire season.
21. Carolina Panthers (5-7) – They’re still making noise in Carolina, but that won’t translate into a playoff berth this season.
22. Chicago Bears (5-7) – The beef between Urlacher and Cutler is bigger than they would want you to believe. I guarantee it.
Shout Out to the Raiders for benching Jamarcus Russell. he is probably headed to the other football league whatever it’s called.
23. Seattle Seahawks
24. San Francisco 49ers
25. Oakland Raiders
26. Buffalo Bills
27. Washington Redskins
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Detroit Lions
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
32. Cleveland Browns