• Top 10...Bottom 5 - Final 2014 Rankings

    Well the regular season has come to the end, and the NFL got what it wanted in Week 17: intrigue. It was a wise move by the NFL a couple of years ago to make every Week 17 game a division game. It almost ensures that every game means something.

    There's another reason Week 17 this year had intrigue this year: injuries. Stars like AJ Green and Le'Veon Bell suffered injuries that could keep them out of this week's playoff games. Further, while Aaron Rodgers was also injured, you gotta imagine he's going to be taking full advantage of his bye week his team earned. Similarly, the Suh suspension could be a crushing blow for a team that is going to need all hands on deck on the Dline. It could end up being a game deciding suspension.

    Week 17 also saw an exciting finish with the Sunday Night Football game. Both teams made plenty of mistakes (3 turnovers a piece) and in the end the team who made the last turnover lost the game, as AJ Green fumbled in FG range with the Steelers up 3 late. Not surprisingly, the better QB/WR combo prevailed in the game.

    The first round of the playoffs will also have plenty of intrigue. Carolina vs Arizona could be a fascinating game to follow. The team with a better record is in a free fall, and the sub .500 team is on a winning streak. Further, the NFL must be doing backflips over a Baltimore/Pittsburgh primetime playoff game. Elsewhere, the Bengals get a chance at redemption (on multiple levels) in Indy, while Detroit has to try and stop the New Triplets without Suh. Not a single lopsided matchup in the bunch. Get ready for a great football weekend!

    Let's get to the rankings.

    Top 10

    1. New England (1) - not much to say about the Patriots this week. They rested a bunch of starters this week and still only lost to a good Bills team by one score.
    Ben Volin@BenVolin 3m3 minutes ago
    Today was the first #Patriots home loss to an AFC team (regular season) since #Steelers in 2008, a streak of 35 games. Remarkable
    2. Seattle (2) - another solid day at the office for Russell Wilson, who's creeping towards top 5 talk.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28Marshawn Lynch with career-high 13th rush TD this season
    3. Green Bay (3) - gutty effort by Rodgers to finish the game injured to ensure that his team gets a first round bye.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    Aaron Rodgers: 11-13, 129 yards, 1 Pass TD, 1 Rush TD following return from injury
    4. Denver (6) - everyone still freaking out about the Broncos? Looks like they'll be just fine.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    Broncos' opponents had 0 defensive TD in first 14 games. They have 2 in their last 2 games.
    5. Dallas (5) - the Cowboys have a new set of triplets, and all three are playing at a high level going into the playoffs. Can they drive a storied franchise who has just one playoff win in the last 18 years? Statworthy: The Cowboys finished 8-0 on the road.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    New triplets? Cowboys records broken in 2014
    -Tony Romo: Pass yds (career)
    -DeMarco Murray: Rush yds (season)
    -Dez Bryant: Rec TD (season)
    6. Detroit (4) - what a rough Week 17 for the Lions. They lose the game, lose the division, lose a first round bye, and lose Suh for the first round of the playoffs. Statworthy: Matt Stafford is now 0-16 all time on the road against teams with a .500 or better record.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    Calvin Johnson: 14 career games vs Packers...14 TD
    7. Pittsburgh (8) - a nice division win for the Steelers to take the division crown, but did it come at a price? Bell could be out for multiple playoff games, but they should still have the firepower to make a run. Statworthy: Antonio Brown has 3 career punt return TD's. All 3 have come against Cincinnati's Kevin Huber, the only 3 Huber has allowed in his 6 year career.

    8. Indianapolis (9) - can Andrew Luck get some help? That will determine how far the Colts go in the postseason. Statworthy: Adam Vinatieri was a perfect 29 for 29 this season, just the 5th Kicker in NFL history to have a perfect season.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    Andrew Luck: 86 TD passes in 1st 3 seasons is 2nd-most all-time (Dan Marino had 98)
    9. Cincinnati (10) - there's got to be some level of concern about the Dalton/Green connection in Cincinnati. At the end of year four together, they shouldn't still be having so much mis-communication between each other.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
    Giovani Bernard: 4th TD in 4th career games vs Steelers
    10. Arizona (7) - The Cardinals are in the dance, but they can't feel great about their chances. Their defense can only carry them so far.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    Ryan Lindley: 1st career TD pass comes on 229th career pass attempt

    Baltimore - they got in, that's what matters, but they can't feel too great about their flat performance in Week 17. They won't be able to get away with that this week.

    ESPN Stats & Info@ESPNStatsInfo
    Ravens: 5th 10-win season under John Harbaugh; Ravens had 4 10-win seasons between 1996-2007
    Carolina - yes, they're 7-8, but they're also on a 4 game winning streak and have a legitimate shot at beating a weak Arizona team on Wild Card Weekend.
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo ·
    Cam Newton: 14th win in December/January in last 4 seasons. Only Tom Brady (16) has more
    Bottom 5

    28. Jacksonville (28) - I still think this team has a lot to look forward to in future years, but you can't overlook yet another 3 win season. Statworthy: Jacksonville is tied with Oakland, Tampa Bay and Washington with the worst record (7-25) over the last two years.

    29. Washington (30) - who survives in Washington? Is Gruden back? Is RGIII? Is Cousins? You figure probably 2 of those 3 are gone, and all 3 wouldn't be a shock.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    @Redskins WR DeSean Jackson's touchdown was his 8th reception of at least 50 yards this season, most in the NFL.
    30. Oakland (NR) - Oakland only won 3 games this season, but they seemed to have found cornerstones to build around on both sides of the ball in Derek Carr and Khalil Mack.

    31. Tampa Bay (31) - congratulations Bucs! You've got the #1 pick but you're not the worst team in the league. That honor belongs to...

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Dec 28
    Buccaneers clinch No. 1 pick with loss to Saints. Buccaneers blew a 20-7 fourth-quarter lead in the loss.
    32. Tennessee (32) - is there any franchise in worse shape than the Titans? Some teams are a QB away, some are a handful of pieces. The Titans seem like they're a dozen.

    What Say You FP?

    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      and just like that, Suh has won his appeal.

      Game On.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      and just like that, Suh has won his appeal.

      Game On.
      The Discount Double Step.
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      and just like that, Suh has won his appeal.

      Game On.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      29. Washington (30) - who survives in Washington? Is Gruden back? Is RGIII? Is Cousins? You figure probably 2 of those 3 are gone, and all 3 wouldn't be a shock.
      Sporting News@sportingnews 4h4 hours ago
      Jay Gruden reveals "all hell broke loose" at team meeting following his RG3 comments. http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2014-12-30/jay-gruden-robert-griffin-rg3-washington-redskins-quarterback-starter-draft-picks-cap-space-meeting?eadid=SOC/Twi/SNMain …
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Adam Schefter@AdamSchefter 2m2 minutes ago
      During appeal, Ndamukong Suh said his feet were numb from cold and he couldn't tell difference between Aaron Rodgers' feet and the ground.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Bears lost 5 straight, there RB set the record for receptions in a season (if that isnt the greatest indictment of the play calling I dont know what is). There best WR is getting in fights with the media and fans. Tjere supposefly break out star 2nd WR had the most false starts by a WR in the NFL, and fifth overall imcluding all the crappy RTs pkaying out there. There defense just went from one of the worst run Ds ever, to a franchise worst Pass Ds the next year, thanks to Mel Tucker's cover 0 experiment. No jammingcat the line, no bump and run... this the year after the Seahawks taught the world the secret is to hold, hold, and then hold some more.

      After 10 years of the best ST run in ages, we put up 2 of the crappiest Efforts ever these last 2 seasons.

      And Bengals wont even dignify us with a bottom 5...
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      haha, sorry for thinking too much of your team.
    1. iwatt's Avatar

      cant loose for winning? Cant win for loosing..

      Anyways this season sucked