NFL Power Rankings: Where Do the Green Bay Packers Rank Amongst Playoff Teams?

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IDecember 29, 2010

NFL Power Rankings: Where Do the Green Bay Packers Rank Amongst Playoff Teams?

0 of 16

    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out of the pocket against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will most likely be the No. 1 seeds in the AFC and NFC, respectively.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have the inside track on the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

    The New Orleans Saints will be the No. 5 seed in the NFC most likely, and the New York Jets will be the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

    Other than that though, not much has been decided in terms of playoff seedings.

    But, seedings aside, which teams still in the playoff hunt are the best?

    These power rankings will rank the playoff teams in order of who's most likely to win the Super Bowl.

16. Seattle Seahawks (6-9)

1 of 16

    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 26: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    The Seahawks have lost their last three games by a combined 58 points.

    Yet, somehow, they still can win the NFC West if they beat the Rams on Sunday.

    If they do pull off the win, they’ll be the first team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a 7-9 record.

15. St. Louis Rams (7-8)

2 of 16

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to throw a pass during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Get
    Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    The Rams just need to win at Seattle on Sunday, and they’ll have gone from 1-15 last season to 8-8 this year.

    And, most importantly, they’d prevent a 7-9 team from making the playoffs.

    That’d be good for the NFL’s image.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6)

3 of 16

    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    The Bucs still haven’t beaten a team with a winning record this season.

    But, if they want to make it to the playoffs, they’ll need to do just that this weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

    Then, they’ll need both the Packers and Giants to lose.

    It’s a tough task, but the Bucs haven’t walked the plank yet.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7)

4 of 16

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 19: David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars passes against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
    Scott Boehm/Getty Images

    If the Jaguars beat the Texans this weekend, and the Colts lose to the Titans, Jacksonville will be the AFC South champions and the No. 4 seed in the AFC.

    Of course, with the way the Titans have been playing lately, I wouldn’t pick them to beat the Panthers.

    The Jags will need a miracle to get into the playoffs. But, they’re no strangers to miracles.

    In their last matchup against the Texans, they won at the last second with a Hail Mary pass.

12. New York Giants (9-6)

5 of 16

    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    The Giants literally threw away their lead in the Wild Card race.

    Eli Manning was picked off four times on Sunday against the Packers in a game that could have sealed a Wild Card spot for New York.

    But, if the Bears beat the Packers next weekend, and the Giants beat the Redskins, the Giants would be in the playoffs.

11. New York Jets (10-5)

6 of 16

    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets rolls out to look for a receiver against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    The Jets have been on a worrisome slide as of late.

    They’ve lost three of their last four games but still managed to clinch a playoff spot when the Jaguars lost on Sunday.

    Now, as the No. 6 seed in the AFC, they’ll have to play all their playoff games on the road.

10. Green Bay Packers (9-6)

7 of 16

    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    The Packers are an entirely different team with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.

    He makes the offense more confident.

    But, more importantly, he also makes the defense more confident. They know that if they make a mistake, the offense will put points on the board to cover it.

9. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

8 of 16

    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The Colts just need to beat the Titans this Sunday, and they’re in the playoffs.

    Plus, if the Chiefs lose, the Colts could be as high as No. 3 in the AFC.

    First though, they have to take care of business against a struggling Tennessee team.

8. Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

9 of 16

    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens lands on the ground during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pittsburgh won 13-10.  (Photo by Larry Fren
    Larry French/Getty Images

    The Ravens are the No. 5 seed in the AFC right now, but they can rise as high as the No. 2 seed if the Steelers lose to the Browns and the Ravens beat the Bengals.

    I wouldn’t count on the Browns beating the Steelers though.

7. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5)

10 of 16

    ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 19: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to get by Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwana
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    The Chiefs are the champions of the AFC West, which means they’ll get to host a home playoff game.

    That’s as close to a guaranteed victory as there is in the NFL, as the Chiefs are 7-0 at home.

    Plus, they have the NFL’s best rushing attack, another big advantage in the playoffs.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (10-5)

11 of 16

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    If a team can figure out how to stop Michael Vick, beating the Eagles will be pretty easy.

    Unfortunately for opposing teams, stopping Vick has proven nearly impossible this season.

    Teams are going to need a great pass rush in any playoff game against the Eagles.

    Looking at film of what the Giants did in their first game against the Eagles and what the Vikings did on Tuesday night will be a good start to figuring out Vick.

5. New Orleans Saints (11-4)

12 of 16

    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the second half during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Phot
    Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    The Saints proved they are still a team to be reckoned with in the NFC.

    They proved they could win on the big stage, something the Falcons showed they aren’t quite ready to do yet.

    The Saints can still be the No. 1 seed in the NFC if the Falcons lose to the Panthers on Sunday, and the Saints beat the Buccaneers.

4. Chicago Bears (11-4)

13 of 16

    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks for a receiver as David Harris #52 of the New York Jets rushes at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Get
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    No one predicted the Bears would be this good before the season.

    Jay Cutler’s improving familiarity with Mike Martz’s offense is the biggest factor.

    If the offense can keep clicking in the playoffs, this team will be a very tough out.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4)

14 of 16

    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass during the game against the Carolina Panthers on December 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    The Steelers really need to win this weekend against the Browns so they can preserve their first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

    That way, they have an extra week to rest and get healthy.

    That’ll be crucial for Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu and the offensive line.

2. Atlanta Falcons (12-3)

15 of 16

    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass during warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran
    Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    The Saints took some of the luster off of the Falcons’ perceived invincibility at home.

    But, that doesn’t mean the Falcons won’t be really tough to beat in the playoffs.

    All they have to do is beat the Panthers on Sunday, and they’ll still be the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

1. New England Patriots (13-2)

16 of 16

    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 26:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  New England won 34-3.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
    Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    The Patriots are simply the best football team in the NFL so far this season.

    That doesn’t mean they’ll make the Super Bowl, but it’s certainly going to be tough for any AFC team to beat them in Foxborough.

    I like their chances to make it to the Super Bowl, but who knows what’ll happen in Dallas?