The regular season is over, but that does not mean Power Rankings will go away. Today we will rank the top 12 playoff teams that remain in both conferences.
1. Carolina Panthers: 15-1
The Carolina Panthers finished the regular season with a record of 15-1 and earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If this team can defeat Arizona or Seattle in the postseason, I believe they can win the Super Bowl.
2. Arizona Cardinals: 13-3
The Arizona Cardinals had one of their best seasons in franchise history when they dethrone the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC West Title in 2015. They are currently the 2nd seed in the NFC Playoff Picture right now. The firepower on this roster can play with any ball club in the AFC.
3. Denver Broncos: 12-4
Last Sunday the Denver Broncos secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the AFC after an emotional victory over the San Diego Chargers. However, head coach Gary Kubiak is tasked with the crucial decision of whether to start Brock Osweiler or Peyton Manning in regards to the starting quarterback position.
4. Kansas City Chiefs: 11-5
After starting off the season with a record of 1-5, the Kansas City Chiefs finished their 2015 campaign on a ten game winning streak. The Chiefs have an opportunity to win their first playoff game since 1994 when they take on the Houston Texans.
5. Seattle Seahawks: 10-6
For the first time in almost two years, the road to the Super Bowl will not go through Seattle. The Seahawks will begin their quest for a third trip to the Super Bowl when they face the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in the NFC Wildcard Round of the playoffs.
6. Cincinnati Bengals: 12-4
The Cincinnati Bengals will once again try to make it out of the first round of the playoffs when they go up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday Night. Fans and analyst will not take them seriously until they win a playoff game.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers: 10-6
The Pittsburgh Steelers is one ball club that nobody wants to face in the postseason. Their Achilles heel is their horrible pass defense that ranks 30th in the league. Other than that, this football team can contend with any ball club that NFC has to offer in the Super Bowl.
8. New England Patriots: 12-4
The New England Patriots failed to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the AFC when they lost their season finale against the Miami Dolphins 20-10. As a result, of that, the Pats are now the 2nd seed in the AFC Playoff Picture. Maybe the talk of the Patriots plugging in anybody from off the street and they perform at a higher level is not a true statement after all.
9. Minnesota Vikings: 11-5
The Minnesota Vikings are in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. If they can run the football successfully with Adrian Peterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater can cut down on the mistakes, this team can go far in the postseason.
10. Washington Redskins: 9-7
In a season that featured Tony Romo missing the majority of the year with a severe injury and a New York Giants team that was not at full strength, the Washington Redskins came out on top as NFC East Champions. They have a showdown with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wildcard Round of the playoffs.
11. Houston Texans: 9-7
The Houston Texans regained control of the AFC South when they locked up a spot in the AFC Playoff Picture when they defeated the Tennessee Titans 34-6. In the last three games, the Texans defense has only allowed 22 points. Can this defense have those type of numbers in the postseason, is another story.
12. Green Bay Packers: 10-6
The Green Bay Packers will not host at least one playoff game for the first time since 2010. They face a difficult journey towards their fifth Super Bowl Title in franchise history. The loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the preseason had a bigger impact on the Packers than we thought it would be.
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