Seahawks.NET Power Rankings - Week Sixteen

This week's Power Rankings don't have too much movement - with the exception of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who tumbled six spots after getting blanked by the Patriots, and the Washington Redskins, who leapt up four spot after their shellacking of the Cowboys. Indianapolis doesn't drop out of the top spot despite losing for the first time this season. 

In fact, other than Indianapolis at number one, all the teams in the top ten this week won their games last weekend. That’s what playoff teams do: win in December.

And remember folks, this isn’t ice dancing - there are no points for style.   This isn’t the B.C.S. - there are no points for margin of victory.  This is the National Football League and the only thing that counts is wins. 


This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Week
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Whatever will the talking heads talk about now that the quest for the undefeated season is over? Indy shouldn't be worried - they're still far and away the best team in football.
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2
Seattle is undefeated at home this year and needs just one win in their last two games (one home, one away) to clinch Home Field Advantage throughout the playoffs.
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3
Cincinncati won the division on Sunday in a dominant fashion. Homefield advantage might not be the best thing for the Bengals, though - they've actually got a better record on the road.
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4
Denver is the only AFC team that's undefeated at home, so they'd love to have teams come to Denver in the postseason.
4
5
Tiki Barber ran roughshod over the Chiefs, but the Giants surrendered 169 yards on the ground to Larry Johnson. That's got to be a concern heading into a road game against Clinton Portis and the resurgent Redskins.
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6
Carolina absolutely demolished first-time starter Todd Bouman last week. They'll look to do the same to veteran Drew Bledsoe this week.
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7
The Bears defense returned to from on Sunday night, surrendering just three points to the Falcons.
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8
The Steelers took charge and kept their hold on the final AFC playoff spot by smacking around the Vikings last week.
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9
Talk of running the table in the postseason is premature. The Pats are just 4-5 against teams with winning records this year.
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10
Despite being the only team to beat the Colts this year, the Bolts find themselves on the outside looking in for the playoffs. They'll need to win out and get a little help to make the show.
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11
Jacksonville just squeaked by lowly San Francisco to keep their one game lead in the Wildcard race. Managing only 10 points against the NFL's worst defense doesn't bode well for the postseason.
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12
Tampa Bay's offense continues to be their Achilles' Heel. Getting blanked by the Patriots raises major questions about the team's ability to make the playoffs.
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13
If the season ended today, the Redskins would be in the playoffs. Not bad for a team that was 5-6 after Thanksgiving.
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14
The Cowboys were flat-out crushed by the Redskins last Sunday. They now find themselves out of the postseason and need to win out and get help from other teams to squeak in.
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15
I don't know about the rest of the NFL. but tackling is definitely a lost art in Kansas City. If they can't get it together immediately, they'll be playing golf in two weeks.
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16
Four trips into the red zone yielded a whopping three points. That won't get you into the post-season.
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17
The problem with being one-dimensional is that it's easier to shut down just one thing, even if it is Michael Vick. Vick managed just 157 total yards, 0 points and 2 INT's on frozen Soldier Field last week.
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18
Sage Rosenfels led Miami to another 4th Quarter comeback victory. Unfortunately, it was too late to save the season as a combination of other games knocked the Dolphins from the list of postseason hopefuls.
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19
The Eagles go up by one early in the fourth quarter. They're averaging twice as much per play rushing as they are passing. Yet Reid calls passing plays 2:1 over rushing plays leading to a sack, an INT and zero points. Am I the only one who thinks this is nuts?
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20
Charlie Frye made some rookie mistakes, but generally looked good. Or at least as good as you can winning a game 9-7.
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21
Philly and St. Louis combined for 13 punts and 230 yards in penalties last week. Talk about a train wreck.
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22
You're ahead by three. You have the ball on the opponents' 6. You are one of the NFL's worst teams in converting 4th downs. Why aren't you going for the points?
25
23
Attention Arizona Front Office: If you're going to start an ancient QB you must have a great line. You don't even have a good line.
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24
The Bills need to evaluate more than just the physical skills of their players this offseason. They need to evaluate heart.
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25
Kyle Boller showed enough last week against the Packers to silence his critics … until next week.
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The Jets finished the 2005 campaign winless on the road. That's the worst in franchise history.
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27
Do you think the Raiders have figured out why you don't draft kickers in the first round yet?
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28
Watching Brett Farve on Monday Night was like watching Ali in his last comeback: painful.
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29
When the fans come to the stadium and wear the opponents' colors in protest, you've got much bigger problems than just the talent on the field.
27
30
I've run out of ways to describe the futility of the 49ers' season.
30
31
Todd Bouman threw 4 interceptions and lost one fumble last week. At least there's no dropoff from Aaron Brooks.
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Now, don't all of you people who were claiming conspiracy feel stupid? No, of course not. Not while the NFL's agents are spying on you…
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