NFL Power Rankings: Playoffs
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1. Seattle Seahawks (14-4) - Previously: #1 - Russell Wilson was awesome at the end of the game, but he was brutal in the first half. What happened exactly? I was perplexed until I saw the following picture taken of Wilson...
Wow. No wonder the Seahawks sucked early on. Sounds like this is another edition of...
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2. New England Patriots (14-4) - Previously: #2 - The Patriots opened as underdogs at +2 and then went to +3 with some sharp action on the Seahawks. Once New England got way out in front of Indianapolis, the public pounded the AFC team, prompting the Patriots to be favored. Not to scare New England fans, or anything, but the same thing happened with the Broncos a year ago.
Sorry about that, Pats fans. Here's something that'll cheer you up:
3. Green Bay Packers (13-5) - Previously: #3 - Mike McCarthy cost his team by being too conservative at the 1-yard line. He left eight points off the board, which ultimately helped the Seahawks mount a furious fourth-quarter comeback.
I just had to find out why McCarthy was so conservative despite having Aaron Rodgers under center, so I sat down with him for an interview. Here's the transcript:
Me: Hey Mike, thanks for agreeing to the interview.
Me: Sorry about your loss, Mike.
Me: So, what was the thought process on those two field goals?
Me: Mike, why won't you answer me? What are you writing down? Hmm, let's see... "I cannot risk using my vocal cords, for one of them may burst while I'm talking, so I'll play it safe and write instead."
Me: But aren't you taking a risk by writing? What if you snap your wrist? Mike, where are you going? You look like I scared the s*** out of you, but I wasn't trying to do that! Mike! MIKE!
7. Indianapolis Colts (13-6) - Previously: #6 - Andrew Luck can't beat the Patriots. One of three things will happen:
1. With some help, he'll eventually be able to overcome his nemesis.
2. Belichick and Brady will retire, opening the door for the bearded quarterback.
3. Luck will kidnap Brady and chain him up in his basement so that the Patriots don't beat his team anymore.
Something new this year - I'm keeping track of precise run defense, pass defense and pass protection rankings in Excel. The benefit to this is that it'll be broken down by week. Here are the download links: