Last week, Dunton and I released the first ever Wayniac Nation Power Rankings. Some of the teams betrayed us this week. Other teams surprised us and entered the charts. Remember, we are doing an AFC and NFC Power Rankings separately until the playoffs commence, at which point it will become a comprehensive power rankings.
So, who made the cut?
AFC Top Five:
No. 5. Tennessee Titans (Last week: NR). How can a team that is .500 and not even atop their own crappy division make the Power Rankings? The Titans are red hot and Marcus Mariota is proving to be the real deal. Throw in an ever-improving receiving corps, one of the most reliable tight ends in the game and the best running back in the NFL right now in DeMarco Murray, and this is one of the scariest offenses in the AFC right now.
No. 4. Denver Broncos (Last week: No. 3). A championship team wins games like the Broncos won on Saturday, but that was too close. It is certainly worrisome that Kubiak couldn’t get a run game going against the Saints defense and his defense allowed 20 second half points.
No. 3. Kansas City Chiefs (Last week No. 4). They too played a close game against a Panthers team that looked like they were ready to return to form, but that defense pulled it out. They are atop the toughest division in football, so they get the bump over Denver, despite having two big games left against them.
No. 2. Las Vegas Raiders (Last week No. 2). Simply put, this is the same team it was last week because of a bye. They didn’t deserve to be bumped because other teams won.
No. 1. New England Patriots (Last week No. 1). Yea, they lost. Tom Brady is human and threw no TDs and one INT. Yes, the ending of that game was a frightening case of Deja Vu. But they are still the Patriots. This season is about consistency, and the Pats are more consistent than any other team in the NFL.
NFC Top Five:
No. 5 (tie) New Orleans Saints (Last week No. 5)/ New York Giants (Last week NR). Sure, the Saints lost and the Giants won, but the Saints offense kept grooving against a stout Denver defense. This offense is dangerous and minus a few mistakes (Michael Thomas fumbles and the game-ending debacle) the Saints won that game. The Giants went from outsiders to right in the middle of the playoff hunt on their four-game winning steak. They also are responsible for the one in the Cowboys 8-1 record, which could be pivotal come season’s end.
No. 4. Detroit Lions (Last week No. 4). A bye keeps Matthew Stafford and his first place Lions in the four-spot.
No. 3. Atlanta Falcons (Last week No. 1). The Eagles are a good team, so it wasn’t like it was a major upset of sorts. Still, those are the type of games the No. 1 team in a conference needs to win. They failed to get anything going on the ground and the defense needs some serious work.
No. 2. Seattle Seahawks (Last week No. 3). From last week: They are the Seahawks. They could be 1-7 at midseason, and we would still believe they had a chance for the playoffs. They just beat arguably the best team in football and they are about to run away with the NFC West, especially with the Arizona Cardinals proving to be one of the most overrated teams in the NFL.
No. 1. Dallas Cowboys (Last week No. 2). From last week: That offensive line has turned Dak and Zeke into superstars. That hasn’t changed. This team is really good and firing on all cylinders. You can say it’s the offensive line, but these two rookies are still performing very well. Dez Bryant has made Prescott even more dangerous.
So… did we get it right? Let us know and come back next Tuesday for our sthird power rankings of 2016.