Playoff Power Rankings, plus New Year’s Resolutions for the teams on the outside looking in.
1. Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 1
They’re still the team to beat, but it’s interesting that the Colts of all teams didn’t learn that you should go into the playoffs with a head of steam.
2. San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 3
Another team goes limping into the Playoffs, but when they’re actually playing for something, they’re tough to beat.
3. New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 2
Home field advantage throughout the Playoffs, but they’ve been exposed pretty heavily over the past couple weeks. I hope Drew Brees enjoyed his rest.
4. Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 7
Nobody’s played a better last three halves than the Vikings, and Brett Favre is going to get an extra week to rest that trick arm.
5. Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 9
Playing on the road, which won’t help, but there isn’t a team more prepared to make a run from the Wild Card spot right now.
6. Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 8
They got their revenge from last year, and now they’re in good position to win a home game and get another crack at taking out New Orleans.
7. New England Patriots
Last Week: 5
See, NFL? This is why you allow your teams to rest their starters! Really though, Brady and Moss are dangerous in the Playoffs, but losing Welker is going to make things tough.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 6
They lost a big time receiver too in Boldin, and even though they’ll be at home, they shouldn’t be favored to beat the Packers.
9. Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 4
They came in playing hot, but ended up just being a hot mess. And now they have to go in and play Dallas on the road again? Not good.
10. Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 10
They’re in and they get a home game, but they’re going to have to show more than flashes to make a run in the Playoffs, even if they do beat the Jets.
11. New York Jets
Last Week: 11
Superior effort against an undermanned Bengals team to put them in the Playoffs, but now "The Sanchise" and co. have to do it again, this time in Cincy.
12. Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 12
The last Wild Card team, and they’ve got the pieces to make a run, but the deck is stacked against them in the first round.
13. Houston Texans
Last Week: 15
New Year’s Resolution: Win enough games to make the Playoffs before Week 17 in 2010.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 14
New Year’s Resolution: Replace Mike Tomlin with Omar Epps at halftime of first game. See if anybody notices.
15. Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 17
New Year’s Resolution: Draft twenty more quarterbacks just in case they run into the situation where they need to play Tyler Thigpen again.
16. Denver Broncos
Last Week: 13
New Year’s Resolution: Try to finish hot, instead somehow still find a way to end up a game out of the Playoffs.
17. New York Giants
Last Week: 16
New Year’s Resolution: See also Broncos, Denver. Oh, but seriously, try to play some defense in games that matter.
18. Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 18
New Years Resolution: Try to figure out whether or not Vince Young is Vince Young or Vince Young.
19. Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 19
New Year’s Resolution: Figure out a way to go through a whole second season with Tony Gonzalez stuck at 999 career catches. Laugh.
20. Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 22
New Year’s Resolution: Find out why they won more games with their backups playing than any of their star players.
21. San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 20
New Year’s Resolution: Hire another new offensive coordinator just to really screw up Alex Smith and scar him for life.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 21
New Year’s Resolution: Keep checking those real estate ads for Los Angeles until you find a place that really suits your budget. No, not the Coliseum.
23. Chicago Bears
Last Week: 23
New Year’s Resolution: Offer a trillion dollar contract to T.O. contingent on him not messing up Orlando Pace’s disappointing veteran streak.
24. Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 27
New Year’s Resolution: Use Mike Holmgren’s mustache to whisk away the coaching staff and half the roster. Find out what Bill Cowher is up to.
25. Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 26
New Year’s Resolution: Pick up a new quarterback, put him in JaMarcus Russell’s uniform. Don’t tell Al Davis.
26. Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 26
New Year’s Resolution: More games in the snow. (Call Toronto about taking roof off Skydome!)
27. Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 25
New Year’s Resolution: Have Nate Burleson and TJ Houshmandzadeh use their contracts to buy the team a defense.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 28
New Year’s Resolution: More creamsicle uniforms, less hilariously bad home record. Not that their away record was much better, mind you.
29. Detroit Lions
Last Week: 29
New Year’s Resolution: Trade up in draft, draft three wide receivers in first round, profit. Oh, wait, sorry this was their resolution from New Year’s 2003.
30. Washington Redskins
Last Week: 30
New Year’s Resolution: Find a head coach who is actually ready to be a head coach instead of “the only guy willing to work with Dan Snyder anymore.”
31. Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 31
New Year’s Resolution: Todd Haley Swear Jar. After two days you’d have enough money to sign a new offensive line!
32. Saint Louis Rams
Last Week: 31
New Year’s Resolution: Draft Tim Tebow. Quietly sneak out of draft party and giggle while the whole room erupts into a brawl.
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