14 weeks down and three more to go before the real NFL season starts. But before we get to the playoffs, there are still are a bunch of teams fighting for playoff spots. It’s hard to believe that we are heading into week 15 and only three teams have guaranteed themselves the chance to play for the Super Bowl in MIA. Here are the week 14 rankings.
1. New Orleans Saints (13-0) – With games against Dallas, Tampa Bay, and Carolina, if these guys actually try, they could definitely go undefeated the rest of the way heading into the playoffs.
2. Indianapolis (13-0) – Ditto for the Manning’s as they face three lackluster teams in their last games. (Jags, Jets, and Bills)
3. Minnesota Vikings (11-2) – They’re the only team that’s not undefeated that has clinched a playoff spot. They could realistically finish 13-3 without Favre in the lineup, so they should just give the old man a rest before January.
4. San Diego Chargers (10-3) – There is something about this team that doesn’t convince me that they are the 2nd best team in the AFC.
5. Green Bay Packers (9-4) – This team has to win at least 2 of their last 3 to guarantee themselves a playoff spot.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) – Philly has taken back control over the NFC East and they shouldn’t lose it again with the way the Cowboys and Giants are playing.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) – The Bengals may be headed for two losses in a row with the San Diego “Super” Chargers next up on their schedule.
8. Denver Broncos (8-5) – They lost a game no one expected them to win, but Brandon Marshall is a beast.
9. New England Patriots (8-5) – The media is making a bigger deal about the Moss situation than it really is. They should finish up their schedule nicely with what should be three victories against teams that they are better than.
10. Arizona Cardinals (8-5) – I said in last week’s rankings that I wouldn’t be shocked if they were to lose against the 49ers. And look, they did.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-6) – Didn’t these guys start off the season like 0-3 or something? Now they’re right in the thick of things for an AFC wild card spot.
13. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) – The Ravens are still alive and well in the AFC. With three very winnable games left on the slate, I don’t see a reason why they won’t be one of the wild card teams.
14. New York Giants (7-6) – The have to win out. There is no other way to put it for the G-Men.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-6) – Once again they proved me right in the fact that they can’t beat any good teams.
16. Tennessee Titans (6-7) – It’s going to be fun seeing what these guys can do against two good teams in the next two weeks.
17. New York Jets (7-6) – Falcons, Colts, Bengals in the next three weeks…I think they’re done.
18. Houston Texans (6-7) – They may not make the playoffs, but they could at least have their first 9-7 season in franchise history.That’s if they win out.
19. Atlanta Falcons (6-7) – The Dirty Birds just keep fallin and fallin.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-7) – Ditto for the Champs, so much for unleashing hell in December.
21. San Francisco 49ers (6-7) – Next Year, maybe next year.
Shout Outs to the NFC West for winning the dubious honor of 2009’s worst division in the league.
22. Carolina Panthers
23. Chicago Bears
24. Seattle Seahawks
25. Buffalo Bills
26. Washington Redskins
27. Oakland Raiders
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Detroit Lions
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Cleveland Browns
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers