We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that at least some of you get a few extra days off to relax as we head into 2013. Our Week 16 Power Rankings have the Seahawks supplanting the 49ers by virtue of the Sunday night smackdown that they laid upon them. And despite the 13-2 record of the Atlanta Falcons, they’re still not getting love here, as they are ranked fourth going into the final week of the regular season. Here is our complete set of rankings for this week:
1. Denver Broncos (12-3, W10, U) – Still not seeing them as Super Bowl bound, but all they do is win
2. Seattle Seahawks (10-5, W4, +5) – The idea of this team with a potent offense is just frightening
3. New England Patriots (11-4, W1, U) – So which Patriots team shows up for the playoffs? The one that pasted the Texans or the one that barely beat the Jaguars? Perhaps only Gronk knows…
4. Atlanta Falcons (13-2, W2, U) – There is only one question where the Falcons are concerned, and we will start getting our answers in three weeks
5. San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1, L1, -3) – Any points they got for winning in Foxboro just got wiped away in Seattle
6. Green Bay Packers (11-4, W4, U) – The offense is clicking at the right time, but will their defense stop anyone in the playoffs?
7. Houston Texans (12-3, L1, -2) – This could be the most potent team to go one and done in the playoffs
8. Indianapolis Colts (10-5, W1, +1) – Is there a better success story in the NFL this season?
9. Washington Redskins (9-6, W6, +2) – Not bad for a team written off by their own coach just six weeks ago
10. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6, W2, +1) – They don’t match up well with the Patriots, so they are hoping for the Pats to go up or down in the seedings
11. Baltimore Ravens (10-5, W1, +1) – Not so potent, and also facing a possible one and done
12. Minnesota Vikings (9-6, W3, +3) – Are the Vikings the Colts of the NFC? We’ll know in one more week…
13. New York Giants (8-7, L2, -5) – The fat lady hasn’t sung yet, but she’s warming up
14. Dallas Cowboys (8-7, L1, U) – The teasing reached a new low against the Saints
15. Chicago Bears (9-6, W1, +1) – One more chance to salvage Lovie’s job…
16. New Orleans Saints (7-8, W2, +2) – Truth be told, this team got the 2012 it deserved; can it rebound for a more successful 2013?
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8, L3, -4) – This team has some serious off-season questions to answer
18. St. Louis Rams (7-7-1, W1, +1) – The fact that this team was alive through 14 games is a testament to the coaching of Jeff Fisher
19. Miami Dolphins (7-8, W2, +2) – Ryan Tannehill is not going to be Rookie of the Year, but he may be the answer to Miami’s quarterback woes
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9, L5, -3) – Perhaps the Bucs were over-performing, but this is a disappointing ending to what was a promising first season for Greg Schiano
21. Cleveland Browns (5-10, L2, -1) – The house-cleaning will likely clear away both GM and Head Coach, but Tom Heckert has done right by the Browns
22. San Diego Chargers (6-9, W1, +1) – Philip Rivers will survive the post-season changes coming, but should he?
23. Carolina Panthers (6-9, W3, +1) – The Panthers are showing some character by finishing strong, and likely saving Ron Rivera in the process
24. Detroit Lions (4-11, L7, +2) – They moved up because they can beat the teams below them, but this team needs to fix a defense that is built on hype
25. Buffalo Bills (5-10, L3, U) – Speaking of defenses built on hype…
26. New York Jets (6-9, L2, -4) – The only way to fix what’s wrong is to blow it up; it’s that bad – of course the Jets won’t, and 2013 is already looking bleak
27. Arizona Cardinals (5-10, L1, +1) – Is Brian Hoyer the 2013 starter?
28. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11, L2, +1) – Michael Vick starts his last game as an Eagle
29. Tennessee Titans (5-10, L1, -2) – Titans on pace to give up franchise record number of points, and their offense isn’t very good either
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13, L4, U) – Gutsy performance against New England, but this is a very bad team
31. Oakland Raiders (4-11, L1, U) – Will Carson Palmer be back?
32. Kansas City Chiefs (2-13, L3, U) – Romeo Crennel won’t be…