The second to last rankings of the season have little in the way of up or down movement but in my opinion give an OK barometer on the teams heading to the postseason. Don’t agree? Well, as always if you think you can do better; leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1a. Green Bay Packers (14-1). Despite injuries throughout the lineup, this is still arguably the best team in football. They get the 1a over the 1b only due to record and consistency.
1b. New Orleans Saints (12-3). The Saints are the most well rounded team in the game right now. They flat embarrassed a very good Falcons team and would otherwise be playing for the overall seeding if not for some early season stumbles.
3. New England Patriots (12-3). The Patriots continue to win, but if you’re Belichick, you have to be worried about your odds come January, home field or not. The Defense cannot stop anyone right now.
4. San Francisco 49ers (12-3). All that is left for San Fran to complete their miracle turnaround is to sew up the bye week and go into the playoffs rested and healthy. Jim Harbaugh is all but a lock for coach of the year.
5. Baltimore Ravens (11-4). Many fans around Baltimore are very nervous about this team heading into the playoffs, and they should be. Injuries and inconsistency are systemic throughout this squad. That said, they have not yet lost to a team with a winning record.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4). Pittsburgh is not the same team without Ben under center, but their schedule and their defense have bailed them out and kept them in position to claim the North.
7. Detroit Lions (10-5). The Lions are headed into the playoffs for the first time in what seems like an eternity.
8. Atlanta Falcons (9-6). The Falcons were beginning to blaze but unfortunately ran right into the New Orleans Express. You know, the one bound for Lambeau? The carnage was grizzly to say the least.
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