NFL Rankings and Time Capsule-Like Post Season Predictions

Timothy KesslerAnalyst INovember 4, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gets ready for the hike from center Russ Hochstein #71 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 27, 2005 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs won 26-16.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Nearing the halfway point of the 2010 season, things are starting to take shape. Despite a season where parity has been at an all time high, the cream is rising to the top.

In fact, the top nine teams in football at this point will make the playoffs, without a doubt. That leaves only three spots to be fought after by the remaining 23 teams. So they better start stepping it up if they want to make the show.

Without any further adieux…


Third Tier Teams

The bottom half of the NFL.

Interestingly enough, because of how weak the NFC West is, there will be one playoff team from this section, while many better teams will not make it in.

32 Carolina Panthers (1-6)

31 Buffalo Bills (0-7)

The Bills are a team with a lot of close losses to decent teams, yet they have been unable to pull out a win. If they continue at this pace, Andrew Luck may be in their near future, and that is a good thing.

30 San Francisco 49ers (2-6)

29 Denver Broncos (2-6)

28 Dallas Cowboys (1-6)

Certainly the most disappointing team of the 2010 season. They had high expectations that went as far as being the first team to play a Super Bowl on their home turf. Now their QB is out and their coach’s job security is in question. Oh, how the mighty can fall.

27 Detroit Lions (2-5)

Like Buffalo, they have played many close games against tough teams, but this is not horse shoes or hand grenades. They may be a good draft away from being decent.

26 Cleveland Browns (2-5)

Another team on the verge of competing and lifting themselves out of the doldrums.

25 Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)

The second biggest disappointment, expected to possibly take the always tough AFC North title. Not happening.

24 Minnesota Vikings (2-5)

Just retire already, Favre. It’s like a never ending bad relationship. Let the team move on and grow. If you love them, set them free.

23 Chicago Bears (4-3)

22 Washington (4-4)

Looked really good early, but have had their weaknesses increasingly exposed. Throw in a little QB controversy for good measure and they are at .500.

21 Arizona (3-4)

20 Jacksonville (4-4)

19 St. Louis Rams (4-4)

Another surprisingly tough home team at 4-1, while being winless on the road. One of only two third tier teams with a shot at the post season this year, with the other being…

18 Seattle Seahawks (4-3)

Currently undefeated at home (3-0) and leading the NFC West division by a half game over the Rams. Its crazy to think that either of these teams deserve to be a fourth seed, but one of them will be.

17 Oakland Raiders (4-4)

After two impressive wins and having an impressive 3-1 home record, I almost feel bad putting them in this spot. But they are the Raiders, and consistency is the key to continued success, something they have lacked in the past. Not to mention, every team ahead of them is better at this point.

16 Houston Texans (4-3)


Second Tier Teams

15 Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)

A long shot to get the final NFC wildcard. They would be an alternate at this point, in my opinion, with other teams in the driver’s seat.

14 San Diego Chargers (3-5)

A lot of people will claim this is too good for this team, but despite their record, they are more than capable of winning any game they play. That is, if they play up to their capabilities. I think they just turned the corner as they are perennially slow starters.

They are a tough 3-1 at home while being unable to win on the road at 0-4. They will be battling it out with Kansas City for the AFC’s fourth seeding, which means they better start winning away from home if they are to have any chance.

13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)

Could very possibly be one of three NFC South teams making the playoffs. While being only 2-2 at home, they are tough on the road being undefeated at 3-0.

12 Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)

Can only hope to hold on, as San Diego will make their annual run for the division crown. Like San Diego they are extremely tough at home, holding a 4-0 record there, while being only 1-2 on the road.

11 Miami Dolphins (4-3)

Call me crazy, but I have been saying for weeks that this team deserves to be up here. A tough road team going undefeated at 4-0. Unfortunately for them, they play six games against the four best teams in the league.

Add a game against Tennessee for good measure, and that is possibly seven loses for a team that can easily finish as one of the 10 best in the league, yet have no shot at the playoffs.

10 Tennessee Titans (5-3)

Like Philadelphia in the NFC, they are the AFC’s long shot at getting the final wild card. When you consider there are only six spots, and the West gets one of them, that leaves only five in a conference that is very top heavy with the best teams in football. With the addition of Moss, I considered moving them up, but felt it be best to wait and see what he brings.

NOTE: Up until this point only three teams have a chance at making the postseason, with St. Louis and Seattle fighting it out for one, the Chargers battling with the Chiefs for the other, with only one more team out of the previous 23 making it. Tampa Bay being the best bet, with Philadelphia and Tennessee being long shots and possible final seeds.

The next two teams have a high likelihood of making the postseason.

9 NY Giants (5-2)

8 Atlanta Falcons (5-2)


First Tier Teams

The best seven teams in the league, almost assuredly making the playoffs.

7 New Orleans Saints (5-3)

6 Green Bay Packers (5-3)

5 Indianapolis Colts (5-2)

Peyton Manning… what else needs to be said?

4 Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

They are as good as any team on any given day, with a defense every bit as good as the Steelers and Jets. They have got to be ready for the Dolphins this weekend and not underestimate them or they will lose.

3 NY Jets (5-2)

2 Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)

Both the Steelers and Jets have offenses that are more than capable with defenses that can, and usually do, win them games.

1 New England Patriots (6-1)

They simply find ways to win. They most definitely have the best coaching in football.

So there you have it, NFL rankings from worst to best while laying claims on who will make the postseason.


Postseason Recap

AFC (In no specific order)

New England, NY Jets, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Kansas City or San Diego. With Tennessee having a chance to pull out a wild card.

NFC (In no specific order)

Green Bay, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Seattle or St. Louis. With Philadelphia having a chance to pull out a wild card.

Mark it down. You seen it here first.


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