1. Seattle Seahawks (1) – Well that was a dominant win in every sense of the word. Faster, stronger, more efficient. Destroyed on D, Special Teams and Offense. Looked for the world like a group of young guys beating up a team of retirement home residents. I don’t know if they can do this again, very few teams ever do it twice in a row but they can certainly relish this win. This team, with their coach, is the BEST in the NFL. They have a lot of free agent issues and contract things coming so it will be interesting to see if they can win their own tough division next year.
2. Denver Broncos (2) – Well they got schooled nationally. Peyton Manning doesn’t like the word embarrassed to be used to define their loss but if the cleat fits…The Broncos got a lot of press about their improved D in the playoffs. The simple fact is they had a D that couldn’t cover all through the season and they were lucky enough to have Manning out score whatever their D allowed. They met a D that strangled Manning and their D couldn’t cover Seattle’s not very superb WR. The Broncos can keep scoring lots and make the playoffs again but they are not capable of playing with the big boys of the NFC. If I was Manning I would walk away…he is not winning one with Denver and if they face Seattle or SF in the Super Bowl next year it will be 49-6.
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3. San Francisco 49ers (2) – Came out with a great game plan and used it to effectively dominate the first half. The great play by their QB was stunted by multiple picks that he threw that cost them the game. There was a horrible incident where a member of the SF team, on the sideline, clotheslined Sea Special Teamer Jeremy Lane during a play. I am hopeful but not certain that the NFL Will hit SF with a massive fine. That sort of classless behavior cannot be allowed in the NFL.
4. New England Patriots (4) – The Pats got spanked and that is a super surprise. The biggest surprise was that you can lay the blame fully at the feet of Tom Brady. He over-through his open receivers so many times that it literally cost the NE Pat offense a chance to be competitive in this game. Never saw that coming and getting one year older isn’t going to make New England better next year.
5. Carolina Panthers (2) – Played their heart out in the first half, outnumbered by facing the 49ers and the Referees too. It is virtually a capital crime to have an incredible battle between two amazing teams ruined by horrible refs. Whatever chance this team had in this game was ended early by horribly biased bad ref calls and it is no surprise that a young team couldn’t come back from it. They will dominate next year and I can’t wait to see Carolina play SF next year and pound them pillar to post.
6. Indianapolis Colts (6) – I told Indy that they couldn’t do this again and let a team take a lead on them in a game like this. Now they have a hole to dig out of and Andrew, turnovers are GOLD. This year the Colts went one game further. They got schooled by failing to play a full 60 again. I think with some D improvements and another year of experience for Andy Luck I think they could be AFC Championship game bound next year.
7. San Diego Chargers (7) – The D did a fair job of holding Denver to only 14 in the first half. The Offensive line was horrendous letting a not great Denver pass rush Sack Rivers 3 times and totally destroy any SD passing game. They must keep holding Denver down and mount some sort of pass game or this is over now. The D played well enough to give them a shot but it was the inability of the O line to block in the first quarter that sealed it. A good effort and we will see if they can build on it next year.
8. New Orleans Saints (8) – Troubled by the rain more than wind, chippy cheapshot D makes them look bad and being shutout in the first half really defined the Road Worriers. Brees was able to use terrible referee calls and cheap shot utilizing D to get within one score but in the end the Aint D was the walking crap hole it always is and their alleged big shot Dback Keenan Lewis couldn’t even push #BeastMode out of bounds. Go slink into the offseason and figure out how to pay bigger bounties next year.
9. Green Bay Packers (9) – Terrible start on O and the D was bad between the 10’s but stout in the goal line area for the most part. They are staying in the game and if within 7 in the 4th Q they will have a shot. Green Bay gave their all and battled and battle til the very end but just couldn’t make the stops. A team who’s D was an issue all year lost because their D couldn’t make a stop. Ding Dong the Pack is dead which is happiness for a BEARS Fan.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (10) – The Eagles are shooting themselves in the foot and are keeping a dangerous Saints team in the game and that may come back to haunt them yet. Let the haunting begin. They didn’t play good enough on offense to allow for their D to play as bad as it did and win the game. Close doesn’t count and they need to get a lot better on D or they will be lucky just to be one and done in the playoffs next year (everyone else in their division is awful so they can win it).
11. Kansas City Chiefs (11) – Blew Indy away in the first half without any real dominance. They lost their best offensive weapon almost from the start and then they simply ran their offense. Not being tackled has been their secret weapon. The Chiefs gave all they had and their offense couldn’t do anymore. The D was actually shredded but to be fair it was shredded by injury first. A good effort but fell one point short.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (12) – Solid rush attack, some but not many good throws by Dalton and on and off D got them a slim lead at the half. They need to toughen up their tackling and take the opening kick of the 2nd half for 7 and that would put them on the road to the Division round. They had a shot and blew it. The Bengal D couldn’t deal with the run and Andy Dalton proved once more that turnovers are GOLD. The fumble, the multiple picks…there was nothing that they could do to overcome the turnovers. If I was Cincy I might fire both the HC and the QB and start over fresh twice. This isn’t working and their window will close sooner than they think.
13. Arizona Cardinals (8) – D was flat early but the Off came together late to make it a game but in the end they are just a team that is THAT close to playoffs. They could win their division next year. They are that good.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (14) – Gave their all, veterans know how to perform late in the year when it is on the line. They did all they could to give themselves a shot at the playoffs. Good try. They need to get younger on D in a big way and they need to draft a new QB, Big Ben is Big Old and Battered. Need more help on O too. Rebuild time.
15. Baltimore Ravens (13) – When it came down to it, Flacco proved that turnovers are gold and he can throw picks with the worst of them. An ugly end to a pretty ugly year. They need WR help, and to try to build on what they have on hand…close but not elite by a long shot.
16. Tennessee Titans (22) – A solid performance that will hopefully put and end to the spurious talk that Munchak should be fired…he didn’t hurt Locker and that was what killed this team’s year. All they need to do now is get their QB healthy, draft solidly, add one or two players and they will be wild card at least next season.
17. Dallas Cowboys (17) – How ’bout ‘Dem Cowboys? Couldn’t have happened to a nicer team in the NFC. So much fun to continue to watch Jerry Jones celebrate wildly during games he eventually loses. Smart owners celebrate after a win not after a first down. This team needs a QB, needs a RB who isn’t fragile or a fumbler, needs a WR who is a talent but not a mother beater. Their secondary is horrible. They are lucky Washington and NYG are in their division so they may yet finish 2nd again next year but out of the playoffs. Fire Garrett.
18. St. Louis Rams (15) – Shockingly undisciplined and mistake filled game. A good year of promise ends on a very sour note. They need to decide pretty quick if Bradford is their future or was he a flop. Do they give him zillions or draft a new one and kind of start fresh? They need help at WR too and another left tackle might help Bradford too.
19. Chicago BEARS (16) – Off did all it reasonably could to win the game but the D just isn’t good enough to be playoff capable. They face a ton of contract issues that could and likely will gut this team. They were good enough to be a serious playoff contender but the mass injuries destroyed their D. This may not even be a top 25 team with all the players they can’t re-sign.
20. New York Giants (24) – A sad sack Giant team that pulled out a win for the gipper and for their old coach. They must rebuild. They need a new QB to get ready behind a massively aged Eli and they need to inject talent to a horrible O line and need to add talent to the missing link of a secondary. Years away from playoffs.
21. Buffalo Bills (23) – In a veritable monsoon Buffalo tried but failed. They still need to build on their foundations and are likely 2 years away from contending but they are coming along.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (18) – They were a team that seemed to have started their offseason before they played their last game. Never in the game. They did play .500 in the last 8 and have some talent but desperately need a franchise QB, need talent who doesn’t use drugs at WR and need lots of help on D. Years away. If they draft Manziel they will be in a media circus of crappy QB play until 2020.
23. Minnesota Vikings (28) – A gutsy last game won in their old dome. This team needs a ton of help. There are a ton of franchise-like QBs coming available and the Vikes need to draft one. They need to get WR help, they need D help, they need O line help. Oh and can your head coach would be what I would do first thing Monday am. (written Sunday night Dec 29)
24. Detroit Lions (20) – Stafford played poorly and the D quit. The self defeaters self defeated themselves again. This team needs to can their head Thug, cut some problem players, draft character, get younger on O and try again. A team that can’t win with who they have because talent with lack of discipline/maturity is no talent at all.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19) – Were never able to make a stop in the first half and were so far behind they could never come back. The D was destroyed and the team needs to start fresh next year. They are talented enough to even surprise some people next year. ((that they fired their coach now may set back any hope this team has for rapid improvement especially if the new guy wants his own QB))
26. New York Jets (26) – A great game by Geno Smith for a change that saved Sexy Rexy’s job and let the season end on a positive. A team that needs to cut #Buttfumble ASAP and start to move forward.
27. Miami Dolphins (25) – FINALLY! This team of dysfunctional bully supporting, gang color wearing scumbags is put to rest. They have to cut management and players and work to bring some respect back to what used to be a classy organization. They should run Ireland out of town on a rail.
28. Atlanta Falcons (29) – I will give them credit for this, they have played great the last 2 weeks. It is a nice way to end a horribly disappointing season. They did everything but win. This is exemplary in how a team with a poor D that wins a lot will fare when facing a tougher schedule the next year. Atlanta needs to spend an offseason continuing to build a porous D and they need to get younger at WR and they need a new TE now and perhaps draft/sign a good backup QB…if Ryan gets hurt this team will go plop.
29. Cleveland Browns (27) – Never were in it, seemed like they were already starting their off season. The total team meltdown and anonymous bitch sessions post game are sad and that the organization is going to fire Chud who simply is guilty of being the face of botched organization decisions? An awful team can’t draft good players…that doesn’t happen and Cleveland is still YEARS away from contending.
30. Washington Redskins (30) – A monsoon ended any slim chance this bad team had of winning their last game. They need to gut the team and start again…not sure if anyone will be able to play on this team with Snyder treating RGIII better than the rest. Shanahan will be fired but who wants to coach there??? A team in super long term turmoil. Oh and this D is just horrid so draft D, draft D and then later DRAFT D.
31. Oakland Raiders (31) – Were blown away from the moment the game started. The D never tried and the O didn’t offer much either until it didn’t matter. This team has some talent. It needs to add more and become more disciplined. It would be a huge mistake to tear this team down. They are on the way up.
32. Houston Texans (32) – JJ Watt and pray for rain…that is the menu for the Texans. This team is loaded…with Crap. Schaub should get a small parade on the way out of town. They need help at QB, WR, RB, TE, LB and DBs…I don’t see playoffs for this team again for at least 2 seasons.