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NFL Week 14 Power Poll: BCS Style
Matt Ryan leads the Falcons from behind in December ,on the road against a divisional foe

The Men are starting to separate themselves from the boys after week 13.

I have waited all season long to see the Chargers debut in this BCS style poll. Any team considered for ranking must be above .500.

Last week the Chargers finally climbed above .500 and made this poll. Thanks to the Oakland Raiders season sweep of them, they are gone again.

The Chargers loss to Oakland at home was their most disappointing since losing as favorites a few years ago in the AFC Championship game to the Patriots.

While Tom Brady is firmly entrenched at the head of the list for the MVP award, Peyton Manning has to be wondering what went wrong.

The Colts all time leading passer threw four more interceptions on Sunday as Dallas stunned Indy at home, winning 38-35 in overtime.

This was Manning's 11th pick in three games and making matters worse, four of his interceptions in the last two weeks have been returned for touchdowns.

I must add that anyone counting the Colts out of the playoff picture is making a huge mistake.

The best rivalry game of the weekend didn't take place in Baltimore Sunday Night.

The Falcons and Buccaneers played a back and forth, hard hitting,  playoff like game. The Falcons would prove they belong in the elite talk by coming from behind and winning 28-24.

Atlanta is the best team in the NFC.

Many point to Matt Ryan leading his team on an 80 yard 40 second game winning drive against Baltimore a few weeks ago as his true coming out party,

After watching Ryan lead the Falcons down the field on the game winning drive against a divisional rival on the road in December, I’m convinced of Mattie Ice and his abilities to take the Falcons to the Super Bowl.

As a Raven fan I can tell you there is no more debating Matt Ryan verses Joe Flacco, it’s Matt Ryan, end of story.

Speaking of my boy Flacco, not completing that fourth and two play on Sunday night to a wide open receiver is not good for a third year quarterbacks confidence, especially headed into the stretch drive.

Was the miss of the wide open receiver bad mechanics, as Flacco described it, or was Flacco still thinking about Polamalu’s strip-sack fumble?

Many former great quarterbacks will tell you that your memory must be short to be successful in this league.

Ryan’s memory was able to shake off an interception that led to a Buccaneers touchdown, putting Tampa up by ten with just over ten minutes remaining.

Ryan composed himself after throwing that interception to lead the Falcons on the game winning drive in comparison, Flacco's fourth and two debacle was the worst missed play in his brief three year career.

This is a BCS style point’s poll. Net point difference, offensive and defensive rankings, opponent’s strength of schedule are three of the six categories considered.

Wins and losses at home and on the road are also factored into the equation, wins and losses at home and on the road against your division factors a little more into the equation.

It’s also important to note that it will be interesting to see if a team like the Patriots with such a horribly ranked defense can win a championship..

There are only 13 teams in the poll this week, a season low. An entire division is absent from the rankings. For the third straight week, the PAC 10 minus six or the NFC West is not represented.

While both Seattle and St. Louis are 6-6, that’s not over .500 and subsequently they don't qualify. It is important to mention that the Rams, in reaching six wins, have reached their win total from the last three seasons combined.

The Steelers, Patriots and Falcons are locked in to this poll, all three well over the .500 mark. Click on the slide show above to see how they stack up against each other with all of these statistics considered.

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