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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?(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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It took seven games, but the Giants have finally found their first win of the season last night against the Minnesota Vikings. While the offense did not play exceptionally well, it was the play of Big Blue's defense that secured a much needed victory that has fans everywhere, breathing a sigh of relief.

Yes, they did just beat the lowly Minnesota Vikings, who started QB Josh Freeman for the first time since acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and the Giants defense, has to be commended for their victory.

Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson was held to just 28 yards on 13 carries and was bottled up on each carry. With the score close for much of the game, the Giants packed the box in an effort to make sure that AP did not break out for a game-changing run, something that he has commonly done over his stellar seven year career in the NFL.

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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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Coming into Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs had yet to turn the ball over. Three games, three wins and zero turnovers; for a reinvigorated and restructured?Kansas City team that has done a complete 180 degree turn from disastrous season just a year ago in which they finished 2-14.

The Giants were looking to bounce back from a 38-0 loss against the Carolina Panthers last week and?attempting to win their first game of the season?to?avoid starting?0-4 for the first time since 1987.

Three Kansas City turnovers, only one Eli Manning interception, 62 yards for Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles and 164 yards, plus a little salsa dance for Giants WR Victor Cruz...all signs would point to Big Blue's first win of the season; but looks can be deceiving.

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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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