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Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-2):?Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will?learn from this road loss and?only get better, because that is the type of team that they are.?Ranking last week: 1

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(11-1):?It didn't take long for the Seahawks as they proved once again, that home-field advantage could be the deciding factor this year in the playoffs, and luckily for them, it looks like the NFC Playoffs will go through Seattle. The Seahawks had their foot on the gas pedal from kickoff and jumped out to an early lead at the end of the first quarter 17-0. While their offense was impressive, the defense has to be commended for holding future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to just 147 yards through the air, a number that just doesn't look right next to Brees' name as he usually racks up 300+ yards a game. Russell Wilson & Co. didn't look back and routed the Saints by a final score of 34-7. If Peyton Manning wasn't having the year he is, Wilson would have to be considered for MVP. Face the facts, the Seahawks are easily the best in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. Carolina Panthers (9-3): Praying for a Saints loss, the Panthers got their wish, setting up a matchup against New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line. Carolina won their eighth straight game against the Buccaneers, and their defense shined, holding Tampa Bay to just two FG's. Cam Newton had another mediocre game, throwing two touchdowns accompanied by two interceptions, but it didn't matter in the end. Maybe his mind was still on Auburn shocking Alabama just a day earlier, who knows. But the Panthers are on a roll, and when teams end the season hot, it can only bode well for them. Will the Panthers defense eat up the Saints like the Seahawks did? My money is on Carolina. Ranking last week: 3

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?An idle week for the Seahawks as they prep for one of the biggest games of the season against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. These two teams have been #1 or #2 for a majority of the season so this could be a preview of the NFC Championship matchup in a couple of months that a lot of people are hoping for. Grab your popcorn everybody. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (9-2):?A matchup against the Atlanta Falcons that lost a lot of?its lust?when the Falcons started to tank. Drew Brees didn't have a record-breaking week, throwing for just 278 yards and two touchdowns, but he got the job done. Jimmy Graham continues to reassert himself as one of the NFL's best TE's, racking up 100 yards receiving and throwing down a slam dunk after a TD that bent the field-goal post. The Saints are chomping at the bit as they get ready for a battle against the top dog in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks. Can the Saints break?Seattle's 12-game winning streak at?home? If any team could do it, it's New Orleans.?Rankings last week:?2

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(10-1):?The Seahawks claimed their 13th home victory in a row in impressive fashion by picking apart the Minnesota Vikings as they head into the bye week. Their defense wasn't as?impressive as previous weeks, giving up 336 yards of total offense to a team ranked 25th in the NFL in passing and 17th in rushing.?I am starting to believe the Saints or the Panthers would give the Seahawks a real test, and luckily, after?Seattle is off this week, they host New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (8-2):?Another game riddled by a controversial call, this time involving Drew Brees as he took a pounding to the upper body?from Niners Ahmad Brooks that was?flagged,?and gave Brees and the Saints another shot down the field that they wouldn't give back. Saints?kicker Garrett Hartley would hit three?FG's in the fourth quarter, including a last second 31-yarder that would give?New Orleans their?eighth win of the season. Brees looked somewhat human on Sunday, throwing just one touchdown and one interception for 305 yards, while the Saints running game was?next to invisible.?Rankings last week:?2 3. Carolina Panthers (7-3): Say what you want about the controversial call on Monday night against the Patriots in the final seconds of the game; the Panthers deserved to win that game. Cam Newton led his team down the field as well as any quarterback has this season and completed a 25-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. to give Carolina?their sixth straight win. Amazing....a couple of weeks ago we were?saying that the Panthers should pull the plug on head coach Ron Rivera and claim Newton a bust; talk about a turnaround. This team can compete with the?big?boys, not only in the NFC, but?the entire NFL.?The?Panthers are licking their chops as week 13 approaches when they travel to New Orleans.?Ranking last week: 3

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?1. Seattle Seahawks?(9-1):?Talk about?scraping away the rust. The Seahawks rebounded from some poor performances on the road?as they?picked apart the Falcons and moved to 9-1 in the record column. Russell Wilson finished the day with 287 yards and two touchdowns, while Marshawn Lynch lived up to his name "Beast Mode" and ran for 145 yards on 24 carries. Not many teams will test the Seahawks when they are running on all cylinders and this game was over by halftime. Maybe a Falcons team that was completely healthy would have been able to compete, but this game was over by halftime. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (7-2):?Give Picasso a paintbrush and he will make a masterpiece...that was more or less the saying for Drew Brees and the Saints as they embarrassed the Cowboys on Sunday night. Brees was flawless against a battered Dallas defense, completing 83 percent of his passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. The?New Orleans running game account for the other three touchdowns that were split up between Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas who combined for 242 yards on the ground...talk about heavy artillery. The reformed defense under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is something to be talked about as well, allowing just 193 yards and 17 points. Rankings last week:?33. Carolina Panthers (6-3): Here they come! The Panthers won their fifth straight game on Sunday against the defending NFC champions San Franciso 49'ers and may finally be shutting down any sort of doubt that critics have about the team. Their stout defense has led the way as they rank second in league against the run, points allowed and yards allowed. This team is exciting to watch with Cam Newton at the helm?and playmakers such as DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith have allowed this team to pass the so-called "litmus test" of the week against the Niners. The Panthers still have two games against their NFC South division rival, the New Orleans Saints, a series that could determine who holds the crown. Carolina is perhaps the most balanced team in the NFC in terms of offense and defense, and?although four out of the five teams they?have beaten on their streak?have an under .500 record, a Sunday night matchup against the?New England Patriots is must-see football.?Ranking last week: 6

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Even with four teams in the NFC having off this past week, there was still some outcomes that affected my rankings. Seattle was able to turnaround a disastrous start against Tampa Bay and inch out a victory in overtime against the still winless Buccaneers; keeping them at the top spot in the NFC. The Saints however, were not so lucky as they suffered a stunning loss to the New York Jets on the road and showed that Drew Brees is indeed human. More importantly, the Green Bay Packers were without their star QB Aaron Rodgers for a majority of their Monday night loss against the Chicago Bears and will lose Rodgers for several weeks with a broken collarbone; shaking up the rankings even more. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 9...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(8-1):?The Seahawks have been cutting it close when it comes down to these games. Each week they have been on the brink of defeat, and this week was no different. Down 21 points to the winless Buccaneers, all signs pointed to Seattle facing their first defeat at home since 2011. But the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson were able to muster up a stunning comeback and leave CenturyLink Stadium with an overtime victory, keeping their streak at home alive. This team has shown tremendous resilience when they needed it the most. RB Marshawn Lynch had?his way with the Tampa Bay defense, carrying the ball 21 times for 121 yards. Should?Seattle be worried? I don't think so.?The way the Seahawks have strung together this steak is amazing and?when their backs have been up against the wall, even?against teams like the Rams and Buccaneers, they have found a way to walk away with a victory. This team is STILL the cream of the crop in the NFC.?Ranking last week: 1

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We have officially reached the midway point of the NFL season and for a majority of it, the Seattle Seahawks have held the top spot in the NFC, and rightfully so. The NFC, probably more than its AFC counterpart, has a clear cut favorite to run the table in the playoffs on the way to Super Bowl XLVIII, especially if the Seahawks have home field advantage, as they look unstoppable inside of CenturyLink Stadium. However, some?questions on offense were raised?involving Seattle?from their near loss to the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, but they were able to squeak out their seventh win in eight games to start the season and still remain at the top of my rankings. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 8...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(7-1):? A goal-line stand is all that stood between the Seahawks and their second loss of the season to the Rams on Monday night, but?once again their defense came up big. WR Golden Tate was a key player,?finding the endzone?on both of Seattle's touchdowns and finished the night with 93 yards on five receptions.?It's a testament on how important Seattle's defense has been over the first half of the season while their offense ranks 28th in the league in passing yards, averaging just under 200 yards per game. It's a good thing that QB Russell Wilson can utilize his legs to move the ball, along with RB Marshawn Lynch going "beast mode" on every team; the Seahawks are averaging 140 yards on the ground per game, fourth best in the NFL.?More importantly, the Seahawks lost a?big part of their receiver core as WR Sidney Rice is out for?the season with a torn ACL. ?Ranking last week: 1 2. New Orleans Saints (6-1):??What more can you say about the Saints offense? It is a powerhouse, a monster, a force to be reckoned with and just straight up scary. QB Drew Brees and the Saints are averaging 310 yards per game through the air, while their defense, behind the coaching of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan?has?transformed back into?the defense that won them a?Super Bowl in 2009. Each week, the Saints force?me to consider if they?are worthy?enough to break the?top spot?in the NFC as they are slowly creeping to the pinnacle of the conference.??Rankings last week:?3

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To say the least, it was a dangerous week in the NFL with several teams losing key players to injury. The Seahawks were able to crank out another win, while the Eagles fell to their division rival in the Cowboys as they failed to make up any ground in their division. The Giants finally got their first win of the season last night against the lowly Vikings, while the Rams, Cardinals and Bears all lost; with Chicago suffering the worst on Sunday, losing QB Jay Cutler for up to at least a month. The Packers lost another key piece of their offense with the injury to TE Jermichael Finley who looks to be out for the remainder of the season (in addition to the loss of Randall Cobb last week). With these critical?injuries, it looks as if the NFC might just come down to three teams; all of which are in my top three. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 7...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(6-1):? Another week, another win for the Seahawks. After losing to the Indianapolis Colts in week 5, Seattle has erased all doubt that they are the cream of the crop in the NFC. Not to mention that their easy schedule during the middle of the season will only help their plight to acquire home-field advantage during the playoffs. After their 34-22 victory against the Cardinals on Thursday, the next four teams that the Seahawks will go up against have a combined six wins total. Their defense ranks among the best in the NFL, while their ground game on the back of RB Marshawn Lynch has been unstoppable (578 yards this season, second to RB LeSean McCoy of the Eagles). Ranking last week: 1

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Another shift in the rankings this week as we witnessed the New Orleans Saints being taken down by the New England Patriots late yesterday, and in turn, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both churning out victories. This week, we will take a look at the rankings by the numbers, as they do a justified job of telling the story in the NFC. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 6...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(5-1):? The number - 11?- The number of consecutive games the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have won at home. They always talk about the 12th man on the field, but playing in Seattle may be the hardest thing any team has to do all season. If the Seahawks can claim home-field advantage in the NFC, they?just might?the easiest road to the Super Bowl. Even with?five fumbles?yesterday against the Tennessee Titans and no touchdowns for Wilson, the Seahawks were able to rattle off their fifth win of the season. Ranking last week: 2

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For the first time since week 2, we have a new number one in the NFC as the New Orleans Saints have moved up to the top with the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Indianapolis Colts. I don't always associate a loss with an automatic switch in the rankings, but the Saints dominated the Chicago Bears on Sunday, while the Seahawks couldn't stop a late Colts rally. The Atlanta Falcons continue to drop, as they suffered another loss last night to the New York Jets and fall to a surprising 1-4, with the playoffs slowly slipping out of their reach. In a critical NFC North?matchup, the Green Bay Packers were?hold the?Detroit Lions to just?nine points in their?win, while the Dallas Cowboys lost?a high scoring shootout?with the Denver Broncos where close to 100 points were scored between the two teams. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 5...

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Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).? Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed?a gift on Sunday?against the Houston Texans.?What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in?overtime.?A key play;?CB Richard Sherman picked off?Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown?in the?fourth quarter on a poorly thrown?ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face?Andrew Luck and the Colts.?Seattle's 62-point score?differential speaks for itself; this team?can score and their defense is one?of the best in the NFL.??Ranking last week: 1

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Talk about a wild week in the NFC. If someone were to tell me that the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons were going to be under .500 after week 3, I wouldn't of believed it. But so is the case after the third week in the NFL. We are seeing the toll that injuries are playing on teams as well as some poor performances by star players. Here are your NFC Power Rankings for the week 3...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(3-0): Not much of a test against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The huge spread?was tough to swallow?(19.5 points), but the Seahawks lived up to the deal, crushing the Jags by a final of 45-17. Seattle is easily the best team in the NFC right now and will travel to Houston next week to face the Texans in what should be a defensive battle. After routing the 49ers last week, you have to wonder who will stop the Seahawks from easily?taking the NFC crown. Ranking last week: 1

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If there were any questions among teams after week 1, some answers were provided this past Sunday. T San Francisco 49ers got walloped in Seattle, the Chicago Bears may be the real deal, and the entire NFC East fell short of a victory. In addition, NFC teams?went 0-4 in matchups against the AFC; making the rankings even more difficult.?All in all, here are my NFC Power Rankings for the week 2.

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(2-0): The Seahawks did everything right on Sunday night against the Niners. After an hour delay due to weather, the defense held 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (13-for-28, 127 yards, zero touchdowns)?in check, and?forced three interceptions that were costly.?Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch went on a tear and the much anticipated NFC West battle; was anything but that as the Seahawks cruised to a 29-3 victory. This team is scary good, whether it's offense or defense. Ranking last week: 2

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The Giants really blew it. They?ll need plenty of help to earn a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Seahawks look like the most dangerous team in the NFC.

1. Atlanta Falcons 13-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons clinched home-field advantage with a win over the Lions.

2.?Seattle Seahawks 10-5 (Last week, 4): The Seahawks are pounding teams just in time for the playoffs. Watch out for Seattle.

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A big win from the Giants moves them up a spot. The Falcons just keep pulling out wins to remain in the top spot.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 10-1 (Last week, 1): The Falcons relied on a late touchdown to earn a win over the Buccaneers. It?s been getting a little more difficult, but Atlanta is still winning close games.

2.?San Francisco 49ers 8-2-1 (Last week, 2): Colin Kaepernick was at it again as the 49ers earned a sound win over the Saints. Two defensive touchdowns helped as well.

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Only two NFC teams take undefeated records into Week 4, the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals. The New Orleans Saints are still winless. Seven teams are 2-1 and six teams are 1-2.

1. Atlanta (3-0)- Yes, they are looking good, even though they haven't played another NFC power yet. In fact, they haven't played another NFC team yet. Doesn't matter. They are second in the conference in points scored and third in points against. It doesn't hurt the Falcons' cause that they have not trailed in any of their three contests thus far.

2. San Francisco (2-1) - Hard to judge what's happening with this team after they lost to Minnesota on the road last week. They looked strong at home against Detroit (so what) and even stronger against the Packers in Green Bay. We'll ignore the Minny trip and keep them high on the list until further evidence surfaces.

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After two weeks it's tough tell who will be left standing come January, but it's fun to predict. Currently, four teams are undefeated: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Arizona and San Francisco. The only winless team are the Sean Payton-less Saints. Everyone else is 1-1.

1. San Francisco - Don't think many will argue with this one. Their defense alone makes them the top contender. They added some depth to their offense in the offseason that is already making a difference. Oh, and they have the best punter (Andy Lee) and placekicker (David Akers) in the conference.

2. Atlanta - Their offense (especially indoors) will give opponents fits en route to a 12-win season this year. QB Matt Ryan has been aces thus far and may have the best 1-2 WR punch in the league in Roddy White and Julio Jones (Giant fans would disagree). If their defense holds up, they could be a factor for once in late January.

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Tier One: Elite

1. Packers (14-1) - Aaron Rodgers' five touchdown performance against the Bears pretty much guarantees that he'll be the MVP. But we already knew that.

2. Saints (12-3) - The Packers are the better team, but when the Saints and newly crowned yardage champion Drew Brees are playing in the dome, they are close to un-beatable.

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Tier 1: Elite

1. Packers (13-1) - No longer the owners of their own tier, the Packers are still the favorite to win the Super Bowl. Some of the luster is off after their first loss, but you'd still pick them against anyone.

2. Saints (11-3) - Drew Brees is a cyborg. It's that simple.

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Tier 1: The Packers

1. Packers (13-0) - The Packers are to football what Breaking Bad is to television.

Tier 2: Playoffs, Here We Come!

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Tier One: The Packers

1. Packers (12-0) - The Giants gave them their toughest test, but 58 seconds is enough time for Aaron Rodgers to lead three scoring drives.

Tier Two: Playoffs, Here We Come!

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Tier 1: The Packers

1. Packers (11-0) - For any other quarterback, 22 of 33 for 307 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions is a great game. For Aaron Rodgers, its an off day.

Tier 2: Playoffs, Here We Come!

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1. Packers (10-0) - The Bucs made it close, but at some points it felt like the Packers were just playing with them: BJ Raji and Tom Crabtree scored the first two offensive touchdowns.

2. 49ers (9-1) - Jim Harbaugh and the Niners will face arguably their biggest test of the season this Thursday when they visit John Harbaugh and the Ravens. And you thought your family fought on Thanksgiving (I'll be here all week!).

3. Saints (7-3) - Not that they need the help, but the Saints' toughest remaining games are all at home, where they are 4-0 (3-3 on the road).

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1. Packers (9-0) - It is now clear that Aaron Rodgers earned his medical degree over the offseason; the guy is a surgeon.

2. 49ers (8-1) - A good team that does not make mistakes has the potential to be great. It would be an upset if Jim Harbaugh does not win Coach of the Year.

3. Saints (7-3) - The Saints got their first quality road win against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome, which is impressive even if Mike Smith handed them the ball in overtime.

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1. Packers (8-0) - The defense may be their Achilles Heel, allowing 460 yards to the Chargers. They did force three turnovers and score two touchdowns, though, so it's not all bad.

2. 49ers (7-1) - They continue to win ugly games, and now lead their division by a ridiculous five games.

3. Saints (6-3) - Few things are more important than starting off your day with a well-balanced offense. The Saints have the second best passing offense and the ninth best rushing offense.

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1. Packers (7-0) - As long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, the Packers are favorites to repeat.

2. 49ers (6-1) - I never dreamed I'd be ranking this team at number two, but that's the way the season has progressed.

3. Saints (5-3) - At home, they look near-unbeatable. On the road, they're just another talented, yet flawed team.

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1. Packers (7-0) - It was surprising to see the Vikings play them as close as they did, but the Packers are the cream of the crop right now.

2. Saints (5-2) - Wow. We knew the Saints were far superior to the Colts, but that looked a match up of LSU and my high school football team.

3. 49ers (5-1) - Few picked the 49ers to be 5-1 right now, but looking at their schedule, this team could pretty easily end up 12-4.

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1. Packers (6-0) - The only thing I'm sure about is that the Packers are the best team in football. After that, take your pick.

2. Saints (4-2) - Yeah, they have two losses while teams below them have one, but I still believe the Saints are a step above the 49ers and Lions. It took a freak occurrence (Brees' 3 INTs) for the Bucs to hang on at home.

3. 49ers (5-1) - Their upside is curbed by their mediocre QB, but beating the Lions in Detroit is impressive. I'd probably still pick the Lions in a rematch, but I have to give the 49ers their due.

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1. Packers (5-0) - Scored 25 unanswered points in a tough environment to stay undefeated.

2. Saints (4-1) - Went head to head with the Panthers and needed a late scoring drive to win, but there's no shame in that against Cam Newton's upstart team.

3. Lions (5-0) - One of the best stories in football, the Lions just keep on rolling. For the first time this year, Calvin Johnson did not score two touchdowns (5 receptions, 130 yards, 1 TD).

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1. Packers (4-0) - Aaron Rodgers is the best player in football right now.

2. Saints (3-1) - They didn't blow out the Jags like they should have, but they got the win. Jimmy Graham is a breakout star at tight end.

3. Lions (4-0) - Another huge comeback, this time from down 24 in Dallas. Calvin Johnson has two touchdowns in every game, and is a serious MVP contender.

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1. Packers (3-0) - Jermichael Finley was one of the best players non-fantasy footballers didn't know about, until his breakout three touchdown performance to sink the Bears.

2. Saints (2-1) - Beating the Texans despite giving up the luckiest touchdown pass I've ever seen is another feather in this team's cap. It was also good sign that Mark Ingram scored the game winning touchdown.

3. Lions (3-0) - The fact that they were down 20-0 to the Vikings gives me some pause, but the fact that they came back to win in overtime shows how dangerous this offense can be.

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1. Packers (1-0) ? The defending champs are a well oiled machine, and Aaron Rodgers is nearly unstoppable.

2. Eagles (1-0) ? They are still rusty, and Michael Vick didn?t have a great day through the air, but they still blew out the Rams.? They could be scary when they start firing on all cylinders.

3. Bears (1-0) ? I thought the Bears overachieved last season, but their defense looked downright dominant against a good Falcons team.

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With free agency just about over and the pre-season underway, every team has hope...until major injuries inevitably strikes. Let's rank some teams!

1.?Packers ? The defending champs should better their 10-6 record from a year ago, and a healthy JerMichael Finley will be a big part of it.

2. Eagles ? The Packers get the benefit of the doubt, but no one would be surprised to see the dream team win 13 games. The expectations are almost MiamiHeat-esque.

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Free Agency is hopefully around the corner, so these rankings are sure to change before the season starts. Until then...

1. Packers- The defending champs were playing without their top running back and tight end, both of whom should only make the offense even more dangerous.

2. Eagles- A full season of Michael Vick, plus continued development of LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin and a healthy DeSean Jackson make this offense scary.

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1. None - I have come to the realization that there are no great teams in the NFC. We always hear about parity in the NFL, but this year has taken it to a new level. After 16 weeks, no one has any idea who will beat who on...say it with me..."any given Sunday."

2. Falcons (12-3) - The way they played offensively against a solid but not great Saints defense did not instill much confidence, despite?supposedly?being unbeatable at home. I do not trust that Mike Smith will get this team to win a playoff game.

3. Bears (11-4) - I still can't get the taste of their shellacking against the mediocre Giants out of my mouth, but they looked pretty good against the Jets. Are the Bears for real? I still don't think so, but in this strange season, they've earned this spot.

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Tier 1: Contenders

1. Falcons (11-3) - Playing at home makes them a tough out, but I think most teams would rather visit the Falcons than the Eagles come playoff time.

2. Eagles (10-4) - Two weeks ago I said EJ Henderson and Mike Williams (SEA) were the comeback players of the year. Just like the Giants defense, I forgot about Michael Vick.

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Tier One: Conteders

1. Falcons (11-2) - Getting the #1 seed would be huge, as they are undefeated at home (6-0).

2. Saints (10-3) - The Saints have an Amare Stoudemire-like streak of five straight games with 30+ points. They'll face the Falcons two weeks, but a great matchup with Baltimore looms.

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Tier 1: Contenders

1. Falcons (10-2) - It took a second half comeback to beat the Bucs, but the Falcons can pretty much stamp their ticket to the playoffs.

2. Saints (9-3) - The Saints may have gotten a little lucky, but they have now scored 30 points in four straight and exactly 34 in three of four.

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Tier 1: Contenders

1. Falcons (9-2) - With a win over a very good Packers team, the Falcons have finally left no doubt that they should be the #1 ranked team in the NFC.

2. Saints (8-3) - They've now scored 30 points three games in a row and are somehow still flying under the radar.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 13
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1. Eagles (7-3) - The Eagles didn't look invincible, but they now have a one game lead in the NFC East.

2. Falcons (8-2) - You could argue they should be #1, as they have the best record in the NFL. Matt Ryan is quietly having an MVP caliber year.

3. Packers (7-3) - They've won four in a row with superb offense and defense. This may be the most complete team in the NFC, even with some big injuries.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 12
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1. Eagles (6-3) - Who wants to face this team right now? ?No one, that's who. ?They may have more overall speed than any team I have ever seen.

2. Falcons (7-2) - Beating the Ravens was their most impressive win of the season. ?Home-field?advantage would be a huge coup for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

3. Giants (6-3) - They couldn't stop Jon Kitna last week, now it's Michael Vick's turn. It's not time to panic yet, but it seems like every season, the Giants spin a wheel to determine which position will suffer a rash of injuries. ?This season it's wide receiver...and offensive line.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 11
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Cream Rising to Top; Opposite Also True

1. Giants (6-2) - An impressive win in Seattle, a place that had been tough on them in recent years. ?The win was as dominant as they come; the 41-7 score actually made the game seem closer than it really was.

2. Packers (6-3) - Their victory Sunday night was impressive, even if they were playing the worst team in the NFC.

3. Saints (6-3) - In throttling the Panthers, the Saints are just taking care of business, but Drew Brees has not been as dominant this season as in the past couple of years.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 10
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1. Giants (5-2) - It seems like the Giants start off 5-2 every year, but this season feels different than last season. ?They'll look to continue their winning ways against Seattle and their 12th man.

2. Saints (5-3) - In shutting down the Steelers, Drew Brees and the Saints showed that they are still the same team that hoisted the Lombardi trophy last season.

3. Packers (5-3) - This was a much needed win against a good team. ?Their defense was fantastic, and their offense did just enough to beat the team many were calling the NFL's best.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 9
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Statement Game Puts G-Men In Drivers Seat

1. Giants (5-2) - The mauling in Dallas only further cements them as the #1 team in the NFC. ?With their defensive line playing as good as ever, and the wide receivers coming into their own, the Giants have shed their beloved underdog label.

2. Falcons (5-2) - The trio of Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Michael Turner makes the Falcons formidable every week. ?White may be the most underrated receiver in the league.

3. Eagles (4-3) - A fumble deep in Titans territory was the turning point in a game the Eagles could have won, and a late pick-six made the score deceiving. ?Kevin Kolb showed that he cannot be trusted week in and week out, but with Vick set to return after the bye, this will remain a dangerous team.

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NFC Picture Getting Clearer, Still No Elite Team

1. Giants (4-2) - Not a pretty win against the Lions, but they got the job done and have now won 3 in a row. ?Consider the top 3 teams 1A, 1B and 1C.

2. Saints (4-2) - The champs rolled over the Bucs and finally hit on all?cylinders.

3. Eagles (4-2) - After beating last week's #1 team, you could argue the Eagles should be in the #1 spot. ?Kevin Kolb had a very encouraging game.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 7
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No Clear Cut Favorites In NFC

1. Packers (3-1) - Avoided a late comeback from a frisky Detroit team. ?It was closer than they would have liked, but they got the job done.

2. Falcons (3-1) - Battled back from a 14-0 deficit to defeat an underperforming 49ers team.

3. Saints (3-1) - The offense still isn't clicking, and they could easily be 1-3 right now. ?Still, they have the pieces in place.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 5
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1. Saints (2-1) - Drew Brees finally got it going in the passing game, but the Saints couldn't muster up a ground game. ?Yeah, they lost to the Falcons, but I still think they're better. ?And after all, these are my power rankings. I have the power.

2. Packers (2-1) - I still think this is the most talented team in the NFC, but their performance yesterday was a little disappointing. ?They dominated the Bears in terms of yards and time of possession, but were crippled by penalties and a late turnover.

3. Falcons (2-1) - Their only loss came to the Super Bowl contender Steelers, and they gritted out a tough win against the defending champs in their own building. ?This is a definite contender.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 4
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1. Saints (2-0) - The offense hasn't quite gotten it going yet, but they still won two close games against quality opponents.

2. Packers (2-0) - Business as usual, taking care of the lowly Bills.

3. Falcons (1-1) - After the top two teams, there's a big drop off. ?But still, the Falcons played the Steelers into overtime, and then demolished the Cardinals. ?They look like a definite playoff contender.

Tags: New York Giants, NFC, power rankings, week 3
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