Seahawks.NET Playoff Power Rankings

Coming into the postseason, who has momentum and incentive? .NET's Dylan Johnson analyzes the twelve lottery entrants in the first round.

Welcome to Week One of the Playoff Power Rankings. Rankings are based upon a team’s likelihood of winning the Super Bowl, NOT on who I think the better team is. For instance, the likelihood of a Wildcard even reaching the Super Bowl is slim, therefore the Week One road teams make up the bottom four in the rankings.

1. New England Patriots – The reigning Champions may be decimated by injury, but they find ways to win like no other team.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers – 15-1 in the regular season. The only question is how will rookie phenom Ben Roethlisberger handle the postseason pressure? My guess is he’ll do just fine.

3. Philadelphia Eagles – No T.O. and their vulnerability to the run drops them to number three.

4. Green Bay Packers – Their pass defense may be suspect, but with Minnesota and Atlanta as their most probable opponents, they’re most likely to be playing in Philly in late January.

5. Indianapolis Colts – My AFC preseason pick for the Super Bowl would be ranked much higher if they didn’t have to win on the road … twice.

6. San Diego Chargers – Nobody’s talking much about this team as a contender, but they’ve got the goods to win. Question - can they win three in a row?

7. Atlanta Falcons – A great season for the Dirty Birds so far, but I just don’t see a team that is so dependent on one player advancing against the NFL’s elite.

8. Seattle Seahawks – The ‘Hawks’ inability to protect a lead offsets an offense that has finally awakened from its long slumber.

9. New York Jets – Should they be able to find the end zone and somehow get past San Diego, they’ll face Pittsburgh and, most likely New England on the road. Not a pretty picture.

10. St. Louis Rams – The team most likely to pull off an upset in the first round will never be able to win three in a row on the road; a feat they’ve been unable to pull off yet this year.

11. Denver Broncos – The Broncos are 10-point underdogs against the Colts this weekend. It will be an accomplishment for them to cover.

12. Minnesota Vikings – Randy Moss will be walking off of the field early this Sunday, too.

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