Welcome to the B&T Power Rankings. The place where we rank the teams on their record, front office actions, and overall craziness. Expect some arbitrary explanations, some in-depth analysis, and your fair share of surprises.
The Falcons continue to sit on top, Peyton Manning is putting on a show in Denver, and the Indianapolis Colts would be playoff bound if the season ended today. We’re at the midway point and things are starting to settle down in the power rankings.
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#9 . Green Bay Packers, 5-3: As the Packers climb out of their early season hole they must rely on more diverse ways to win games. The blocked punt for a touchdown was the deciding factor against the Jaguars. It’d be nice for the Packers to not have to rely on that type of play to beat the more mediocre teams in the league.
#10 . Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-3: Remember that one time when the Steelers made the opposing quarterback with the highest completion percentage look worse than average? Me too. These guys still have it, they coud be hitting their stride at the right time.
#11 . Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-3: The Bucs continue to turn heads and could be surprising in the second half of the season. It’ll require work, but the strength of the roster is finally starting to shine through.
#12 . Miami Dolphins, 4-3: A 30-9 victory over the Jets shouldn’t be overlooked. Ryan Tannehill is having a very good rookie season at QB and is making his team look good in the process. These Dolphins are more complete than fellow rebuilding teams Washington and Indianapolis
#13 . Minnesota Vikings, 5-3: It may be time that the Vikings come crashing back to Earth. The Bucs simply outplayed the Vikes and made them look foolish. Christian Ponder needs to find his stride again.
#19 . Indianapolis Colts, 4-3: They probably won’t catch the Texans, but the Colts are calmly climbing out of the cellar and into the light. Andrew Luck may not be the flashiest #1 overall pick in a while but he’s getting it done in a major roster rebuild.
#20 . Arizona Cardinals, 4-4: Reality hits the Cardinals hard as they continue their four game losing streak. A beat-down by the Niners doesn’t bode well for a team that is relying exclusively on its defense to be competitive.
#22 . New Orleans Saints, 2-5: Joe Vitt has returned as interim head coach. As a result the Saints were trounced by the Denver Broncos. It’s apparent the offense can’t compete against stingier defenses.
#23 . St. Louis Rams, 3-5: Brian Billick said it right when he sais the Rams are outplaying their talent. I agree and it isn’t sustainable. But right now I think that a blowout loss to the Patriots in London doesn’t rely give too much insight into a game we knew the team was going to lose.
#24 . Tennessee Titans, 3-5: Trending toward the cellar in the AFC South will be rough for the Titans. I liked the talent of their roster before the season, but they are really not trending in a positive direction right now.
#25 . Cleveland Browns, 2-6: The Browns won a tough game against the Bolts. Unfortunately I think it was mostly due to horrendous Chargers playing. Kudos to the team for running on a defense that has stopped most runners all season.
#27 . Philadelphia Eagles, 3-4: The Michael Vick experiment needs to end. This is getting away from Andy Reid level football and rapidly approaching ridiculousness.
#30 . Carolina Panthers, 1-6: The Panthers came close to winning this week, but it’s time we recognized that last year’s surprising showing was more of an aberration than initially supposed. This team needs playmakers to sustain its stronger showings.
#31 . Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-6: The MJD-less Jags did not play like a 1-6 team against the Green Bay Packers. This team is injured, near talentless, but it’s hungry. They’ll continue to play big the more QB Blaine Gabbert continues to string together big days.
#32 . Kansas City Chiefs, 1-6: With Brady Quinn out, it’s back to Matt Cassell. Well that was a fast experiment.