Final Regular Season NFL Power Rankings: It’s Playoff Time

Staff Writer —

Drew Brees and the Saints go into the playoffs poised to contend for a repeat. (Courtesy Times Picayune)

The NFL regular season is in the books, and it’s time for the most exciting time of the season, the playoffs. Who will come away victorious? Will Tom Brady get his fourth Super Bowl title? Can anyone in the AFC stop the Patriots? Can the Saints get back to the Super Bowl?

All of these questions will be answered; in the meantime, it’s time for the final power rankings of the 2010 season.

In this weeks rankings, I am placing the teams in order as to how their 2010 season went as a whole. Bring the heat, I’m ready for it.

1. New England Patriots: 14-2. The Patriots enter the playoffs with Tom Brady playing the best football of his career: 26 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last ten games.

2. Atlanta Falcons: 13-3. The Falcons secured home field advantage with their dominating win over the Panthers and now, their Super Bowl quest begins.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-4. Wouldn’t it be something if Ben Roethlisberger won his third Super Bowl this season after all he went through during the off-season?

4. Baltimore Ravens: 12-4. The Ravens first task in the playoffs is to beat the Chiefs in Kansas City, where the Chiefs lost one game all season.

5. New Orleans Saints: 11-5. The defending champions quest for another Super Bowl title begins in Seattle. You’ve gotta be pretty confident if you are a Saints fan.

6. Chicago Bears: 11-5. Even though the Bears had nothing to play for, they gave the Packers everything they could handle, and get to rest in the first round of the playoffs.

7. Philadelphia Eagles: 10-6. The Eagles playoff hopes begin the same way the regular season started: Home against the Packers. This time though, Michael Vick will play the entire game.

8. Green Bay Packers: 10-6. The Packers are getting hot at the right time, but must go on the road for the entire playoffs. First test: Beat the Eagles in Philly.

9. New York Jets: 11-5. Now it’s time for the Jets to prove that they are as good as Rex Ryan says they are.

10. Indianapolis Colts: 10-6. It wasn’t easy, but the Colts are headed to the playoffs for the ninth straight season. They get a Jets team hungry for revenge from last season.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: 10-6. The regular season ended on a rough note for the Chiefs—getting blown out by the Raiders. The Chiefs overachieved this season, but can they beat the Ravens? I don’t like their chances.

12. New York Giants: 10-6. The Giants have only themselves to blame for missing the playoffs for the second straight season after their fourth quarter collapse against the Eagles.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 10-6. The youngest team in the NFL this season played better than everyone expected, and nearly snuck in the playoffs. Josh Freeman is going to be a star.

14. Oakland Raiders: 8-8. Somehow, despite finishing 6-0 in the AFC West, the Raiders didn’t win the division. Tom Cable deserves another year in Oakland.

15. San Diego Chargers: 9-7. It just goes to show you that stats mean nothing: the Chargers finished the season with the top ranked offense and defense, and missed the playoffs.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: 8-8. Jack Del Rio did a great job with the Jags this season, but they faded away late, just like last year.

17. Detroit Lions: 6-10. If Matthew Stafford can stay healthy next season, watch out. The Lions are headed in the right direction.

18. Miami Dolphins: 7-9. The Dolphins finished the season 1-7 at home, and 6-2 on the road. Yeah, that doesn’t make much sense to me either.

19. Minnesota Vikings: 6-10. With Brett Favre retiring, the Vikings need to find a quarterback this off-season. Donovan McNabb?

20. Houston Texans: 6-10. So Gary Kubiak will hang around another year in Houston, but why? It’s always the same story with this team.

21. Tennessee Titans: 6-10. The Titans have a major decision on their hands this offseason: Jeff Fisher or Vince Young?

22. Dallas Cowboys: 6-10. Next season the Jason Garrett era will officially be under way, and the Cowboys need to address their issues on defense this offseason.

23. St.Louis Rams: 7-9. It’s a shame the Rams couldn’t win in Seattle, but in no way has this season been a failure. Nobody expected this out the Rams. This offseason, they need to get Sam Bradford some weapons at receiver.

24.  Seattle Seahawks: 7-9. For the first time in NFL history, a team with a losing record will make the playoffs, and yes, the Seahawks are as bad as their record. In fact, they are worse.

25. San Francisco 49ers: 6-10. I think it’s safe to say that the Alex Smith era is officially over after this season.

26. Washington Redskins: 6-10. The Redskins will go into next season with a big question mark at the quarterback position. I’m pretty sure Rex Grossman is not the answer.

27. Cleveland Browns: 5-11. No way Eric Mangini hangs around in Cleveland after the Browns dropping their last four games, and finished with the same record as last season. Is it time to promote Rob Ryan?

28. Arizona Cardinals: 5-11. With the Cardinals in dire need of a quarterback, will they pursue Donovan McNabb this offseason?

29. Cincinnati Bengals: 4-12. A team as talented as the Bengals should not be 4-12. Changes need to be made in Cincinnati.

30. Buffalo Bills: 4-12. While Ryan Fitzpatrick played well this season, the Bills need to draft a franchise quarterback. This team needs a spark, and bad.

31. Denver Broncos: 4-12. Will Tim Tebow be the starting quarterback for the Broncos next season? I wouldn’t doubt him.

32. Carolina Panthers: 2-14. Every Panthers fan in the world is praying that Andrew Luck decides to turn pro after this nightmare season.


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