Since we’re just about crossing the halfway point of the NFL season, I wanted to take stock of the entire league by dishing out my thoughts in a power ranking setup. Mainly, I’m doing this because I would love to hear your guys’ comments and whether you agree or (most likely) disagree with anyone’s placement on this list.
I know a lot of publications do weekly power rankings, so I’m not here to compete against those bigger names. Just strictly trying to get a feel for what our readers think, not the national media. So, let’s get to it…
1. Green Bay Packers (7-0) – The class of the league. Pure and Simple.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – After a 1-2 start, they’ve risen as the team to beat in the AFC.
3. New England Patriots (5-2) – They still have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, after all.
4. San Francisco 49ers (6-1) – Not a huge believer, but 6-1 can’t be ignored.
5. New Orleans Saints (5-3) – Beaten a lot of bad teams, and lost to a bad one in STL, but this team is scary once they find their groove.
6. Detroit Lions (6-2) – Found their game this week after two straight losses. Granted, the Broncos flat out suck.
7. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) – Their defense is championship-caliber. Their offense isn’t even Pop Warner-caliber.
8. Buffalo Bills (5-2) – Signing Fitzpatrick to that deal will come back to haunt them in future years, but he’s hot this season.
9. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) – Matty Ice is starting to get his groove back…just like Stella.
10. Houston Texans (5-3) – Granted, they have three of their wins against a weak division, but they deserve credit for not having let-downs.
11. New York Giants (5-2) – This team isn’t this good, and the real G-Men will start to show themselves this week against Brady and Co.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – They have a defense that’s ranked second overall, only behind Baltimore. Bet you didn’t know that.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) – Your Birds are starting to gel, and that’s something no one else in the league wants to hear. I actually believe they are better than a few teams ahead of them on this list, but you can’t ignore their overall body of work like it never happened.
14. Chicago Bears (4-3) – Huge game against the Eagles on Monday night after a bye. Their offensive talent is non-existent, and their defense is going through changes after cutting safety Chris Harris.
15. New York Jets (4-3) – Mark Sanchez is tough to watch, but they still have that defense and some guy named Revis.
16. San Diego Chargers (4-3) – Different year, same story: the Chargers can’t live up to expectations. Imagine that!
17. Oakland Radiers (4-3) – The days of them being cellar dwellers are over. May not make the playoffs this year, but they’re starting to turn the corner. Then again, in a weak division, they just might.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) – Josh Freeman continues to impress, and they have a chance in the NFC South that no one wants to win.
19. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) – They’ve won four straight. It’s a shame their coach looks like a homeless guy next to Paddy’s Pub.
20. Dallas Cowboys (3-4) – Rob Ryan ate his words on Sunday night. God it felt good to knock the ‘Boys down a couple pegs.
21. Tennessee Titans (4-3) – The early heroics from Hasselbeck have come down to earth, but they still have CJ and play in a terrible division.
22. Carolina Panthers (2-6) – They’re clearly set at QB for the next decade. Now, just give the guy a defense.
23. Cleveland Browns (3-4) – This team is as boring as their name and colors.
24. Minnesota Vikings (2-6) – Clearly, the switch to Christian Ponder came a few weeks too late. He’s looked very good in his two starts.
25. Washington Redskins (3-4) – After four losses in five games, it’s obvious both Grossman and Beck stink. Sexy Rexy, I’d just go ahead and keep your mouth shut next season.
26. St. Louis Rams (1-6) – Even though it was their first win, a win against a team like the Saints can’t be ignored. Especially without their franchise QB.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) – This team is going no where, and it looks like Jack Del Rio’s days are finally up.
28. Seattle Seahawks (2-5) – Having Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst on your roster can only mean one thing: your team is bad.
29. Arizona Cardinals (1-6) – Hey, at least we locked all our money up in an unproven QB who can’t get the ball to the WR we locked the rest of our money up in! I’d like to take this time to personally thank the Arizona Cardinals for being horribly run and taking the miserable Kevin Kolb off our hands. The rest of the league found out what we already knew in Philly: he sucks. That second round pick is looking good!
30. Denver Broncos (2-5) – Can’t tell you how gratifying watching Tebow struggle this week was for me.
31. Miami Dolphins (0-7) – Next.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-8) – Trade Manning. Draft Luck. Rebuild.