Here’s how I see the rankings after the regular season.  Unlike the college game, we don’t just take the top 2 teams and have them play for all the marbles.  No, the NFL has a single elimination tournament and the last team standing gets the crown…  It’s determined on the field and not in some computer or some geeky sportswriter’s agenda-laden vote.  So, lets get these playoffs started…and in the words of that loudmouth tool Bart Scott  “I can’t wait”!

Rank/Team/W-L

1.Packers 15-1 Best team all season long but their defense might prevent them from repeating…

2.Saints 13-3 Best team at home for sure, but a different squad on the road.  I’m rooting for another match with Green Bay..that one will be awesome…

3.Niners 13-3 Best defense in the game but can their offense do enough to advance in the playoffs??

4.Patriots 13-3 The weakest #1 seed I’ve seen in some time.  They did not have one win against a team with a winning record and their defense is so weak, its hard to imagine them beating anyone good.

5.Ravens 12-4 If they can’t get to a superbowl this year, they never will…however, they may need to beat Pittsburgh a 3rd time to get there…

6.Steelers 12-4 Not always impressive, but they got a good draw against Denver and will set up a barn burner against Baltimore or New England.

7.Falcons 10-6 Not in GB’s or NO’s league, but can beat SF, Det or NY I think.

8.Lions 10-6 Stafford is pretty good, but their defense is pretty shaky.

9.Giants 9-7 Saved Coughlin’s job but don’t see them making much of a run in these playoffs.

10.Texans 10-6 Finally made the playoffs, but go in with a 3rd string QB…can you say early exit?

11.Eagles 8-8 Best non-playoff team this year….but nobody to blame but themselves.

12.Titans 9-7 Best AFC non-playoff team…a good solid season under a first year coach.

13.Bengals 9-7 Backed into the playoffs and got a good matchup with a QB-less Texan team.  Wouldn’t be surprised if they win this one.

14.Cowboys 8-8 The defense is the problem in Big D my friends, pure and simple.

15.Jets 8-8 Happy 43rd anniversary of your last superbowl appearance!!  When the Jets last won the superbowl, the dead sea was just sick…

16.Broncos 8-8 Backed into playoffs big time…now they get to face the Steelers to officially end their season.

17.Chargers 8-8 An enigma wrapped in a riddle….

18.Cardinals 8-8 Who is the QB in the desert going forward?

19.Raiders 8-8 Had the division gift-wrapped for them and they laid a big egg.

20.Bears 8-8 After the Colts, exhibit #2 on the importance of a backup QB.

21.Chiefs 7-9 If Romeo doesn’t get the job, it will be a crime…these guys LOVE playing for him and it shows…

22.Seahawks 7-9 A perfectly mediocre season for a perfectly mediocre coach.

23.Panthers 6-10 If they can add some defensive talent, this team is positioned well for next year.

24.Dolphins 6-10 Jet haters everywhere owe you a big THANK YOU!

25.Jaguars 5-11 Nice uniforms, Maurice Jones-Drew, but little else.

26.Redskins 5-11 Shanahan looks too uptight to me…can’t imagine he’s fun to play for..

27.Bills 6-10 How do you blow a 21-0 lead? 

28.Browns 4-12 Where is the Holmgren “relieved of duties” headline?

29.Vikings 3-13 The Purple People Eaters need Odor Eaters…

30.Bucs 4-12 The Peter Principle at work in Tampa.

31.Rams 2-14 The best of the available coaching gigs..

32.Colts 2-14 Don’t let the door hit you in the ass, Polian…   you tool you….