Power Rankings

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Seth Dunlap
December 31, 2018 - 7:52 pm
The NFL playoffs are finally (suddenly?) here with the first wild card playoff games set to kickoff this Saturday. While the NFL regular season can be, at times, difficult to predict and handicap, the playoffs are a different story. Professional football's postseason has become fairly predictable...
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Seth Dunlap
December 11, 2018 - 6:27 pm
The final three weeks of the NFL season are upon us which means the return of bruising divisional matchups with some inter-conference intrigue littered in. The first round byes in each conference are basically wrapped up, with only the Texans-Patriots battle for the #2 seed in the AFC remaining...
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Seth Dunlap
November 27, 2018 - 8:02 pm
As the final month of the season approaches, the playoff races are, expectedly, heating up. Only the division battles in the NFC West, NFC South, and AFC East are truly forgone conclusions. The five other divisions likely won’t be settled until Christmas approaches, or after. The jockeying for Wild...
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Seth Dunlap
November 20, 2018 - 7:20 pm
NFL Power 12 rankings – Week 12: Offensive Takeover As detailed in my column earlier, the NFL is entering an unprecedented era of offensive firepower and ingenuity. It’s made the league incredibly compelling to watch, especially when a two of the NFL’s offensive juggernauts do battle, as the Chiefs...
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Seth Dunlap
November 13, 2018 - 7:13 pm
The top tier of the NFL’s hierarchy has been pretty well defined for the past month or so. The Saints, Rams, Chiefs, and Patriots are prohibitive favorites in their respective conferences and that’s unlikely to change over the final seven weeks of the season. While some teams are trying to enter...
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Seth Dunlap
November 07, 2018 - 8:01 pm
While the NFL playoff picture has solidified a bit the past few weeks, there was still a bit of uncertainty at the top of each conference heading into last weekend. In the NFC the Los Angeles Rams were undefeated, but they had barely escaped potential losses multiple times over the past month. The...
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Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) works against Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Darrell Williams (63) during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Seth Dunlap
October 30, 2018 - 7:57 pm
There aren’t any “dog days” of the NFL season. No, instead we get a November cornucopia of division grudge-matches, battles for conference supremacy, and possible Super Bowl previews. That begins this week with perhaps the game-of-the-year in the league between NFC heavyweights Los Angeles and New...
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Seth Dunlap
October 23, 2018 - 8:05 pm
If there’s such a thing as the dog days of the NFL season, we’re entering it now. Wear and tear on bodies now becomes a factor, especially for those teams who haven’t had their bye week yet. The league is also into the part of the season where a whole mess of teams is clogged up near .500, and...
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Oct 14, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) runs after a catch against Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Orlando Scandrick (22) in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated Kansas City 43-40.
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Seth Dunlap
October 16, 2018 - 6:55 pm
We’re entering that part of the NFL schedule where confidence in playoff predictions can being to rise. No longer are headlines about Ryan Fitzpatrick or Baker Mayfield sucking the oxygen away from objective context. No, we now see the teams we thought would be good actually begin to look like it...
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Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures against the Washington Redskins in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 43-19.
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Seth Dunlap
October 09, 2018 - 7:24 pm
If this season is proving anything, it's that nobody can figure out who is good besides the top four teams on our rankings. The Rams, Saints, Chiefs, and Patriots all have looked like conference contenders since before the season started. Yes, even yours truly had the Chiefs as a Mahomes-led dark...
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