POWER 32: NFL Week 13 Power Rankings

As we head into the final quarter of the regular season, the clock ticks a bit quicker for those bubble teams on the outside looking in.  If the Packers and Panthers want to return to the post season they will have to win all 5 of their remaining games.  Even then both teams and others like Pittsburgh, Arizona and Washington would not only need to win out but also get some help along the way.

Although the Raiders, Patriots, Cowboys and Seahawks haven't officially clinched a playoff spot, you can bet your bottom dollar that they'll be playing in January.  While many teams are playing for a seed in the tournament, others are preparing for the next season like the 49ers, Bears, Bengals and the poor old Browns who are still seeking their first victory of the season.  Cleveland is in serious danger of joining the Detroit Lions as the only other team to go 0 - 16 in the regular season.

In my rankings it's safe to say that at least the last 10 teams have no chance of participating in the post season.  On the flip side the top 10 teams are almost guaranteed to compete for the Lombardi Trophy.  Let's see where The Sports Prophet ranks your team this week.

Quick Note: Since Week 1
Climbing the Ladder - Detroit Lions/New York Giants
Biggest Drop Off - Minnesota Vikings/Green Bay Packers

1. Dallas Cowboys
2. New England Patriots
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Detroit Lions
8. Denver Broncos
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
10. New York Giants
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Washington Redskins
13. Baltimore Ravens
14. Tennessee Titans
15. Buffalo Bills
16. San Diego Chargers
17. Houston Texans
18. Tampa Bay Bucs
19. New Orleans Saints
20. Green Bay Packers
21. Minnesota Vikings
22. Philadelphia Eagles
23. Arizona Cardinals
24. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Carolina Panthers
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Los Angeles Rams
28. New York Jets
29. Chicago Bears
30. San Francisco 49ers
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
32. Cleveland Browns
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POWER 32 - NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

Here are the week 11 NFL Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. Denver Broncos
7. Atlanta Falcons
8. Houston Texans
9. Detroit Lions
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. New York Giants
12. Arizona Cardinals
13. Baltimore Ravens
14. Cincinnati Bengals
15. Washington Redskins
16. Philadelphia Eagles
17. Tennessee Titans
18. Miami Dolphins
19. Minnesota Vikings
20. Green Bay Packers
21. Buffalo Bills
22. New Orleans Saints
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Carolina Panthers
25. San Diego Chargers
26. Los Angeles Rams
27. New York Jets
28. Indianapolis Colts
29. Chicago Bears
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. San Francisco 49ers
32. Cleveland Browns
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POWER 32 - Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

If you don't have the Patriots ranked #1 then you don't watch football.  If the Cowboys aren't in your top 3 then you haven't watched them play.  And if you have the Packers ranked in the top 10 just because Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback then you simply don't understand the amazing game of professional football.

Who would have thought teams like the Cowboys, Raiders and Falcons would be among the best in the NFL?!  Not many I'd bet!  Well we are officially past the halfway point of the 2016 regular season and while there is still a lot of football left to play, we have a pretty good idea as to which teams are post season bound.

Here are the most accurate rankings you will find anywhere on the Internet (in my opinion of course).  Your thoughts and own rankings are more than welcome so please feel free to comment.

1. New England Patriots
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Denver Broncos
8. Houston Texans
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Minnesota Vikings
11. Detroit Lions
12. New York Giants
13. Cincinnati Bengals
14. Baltimore Ravens
15. Washington Redskins
16. Arizona Cardinals
17. Philadelphia Eagles
18. Buffalo Bills
19. Indianapolis Colts
20. New Orleans Saints
21. Green Bay Packers
22. Carolina Panthers
23. San Diego Chargers
24. Tennessee Titans
25. Miami Dolphins
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27. New York Jets
28. Los Angeles Rams
29. Chicago Bears
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. San Francisco 49ers
32. Cleveland Browns
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POWER 32 - NFL Week 9 Power Rankings

We are officially halfway through the 2016 NFL season.  If you did your power rankings in week 1 I'm sure you'll notice a significant difference.  Teams like the Panthers, Packers, Colts, Cardinals or even the New York Jets aren't playing as well as we may have thought and their records reflect that.  Even though Green Bay is over .500 at (4-3) they don't look like the perennial playoff team of years past.

Then we have our surprise teams which come around every year like the Raiders, Cowboys, Falcons and even the Vikings who lost an ugly game Monday night but are still (5-2) on the year. We'll see if these underdogs heading into the regular season can hold up and make the post season.

Over the next few weeks we'll see the teams that have fallen out of contention to begin experimenting for 2017 to see who will be on the roster and who will be relocating to another city.  This may be the case in the physical realistic sense with the Chargers who may be playing their home games in Los Angeles as opposed to San Diego in the very near future.  The Rams found their way back to the City of Angels and a bolt of lighting may follow them in Southern California.

Without further adieu here are my week 9 power rankings.  No rankings are more accurate than POWER 32!

1. New England Patriots
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. Atlanta Falcons
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Denver Broncos
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Oakland Raiders
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Minnesota Vikings
10. Green Bay Packers
11. Philadelphia Eagles
12. Washington Redskins
13. Cincinnati Bengals
14. Houston Texans
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Detroit Lions
17. New York Giants
18. Buffalo Bills
19. San Diego Chargers
20. Carolina Panthers
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22. Tennessee Titans
23. Baltimore Ravens
24. Los Angeles Rams
25. New Orleans Saints
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. New York Jets
28. Chicago Bears
29. Miami Dolphins
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. San Francisco 49ers
32. Cleveland Browns
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Sports Calendar


                          JANUARY
Joe Montana raised the Lombardy Trophy 4 times
in January while winning 3 MVP's in those Super Bowls.
Montana was a perfect 4-0 in the big game.


                      FEBRUARY 

















Wayne Gretzky is widely known as the "greatest"
hockey player of all time. An 18 time All Star owning
practically every record in the NHL.

MARCH


















When I think of March Madness, John Calipari is the first 
name to come to mind. Known for turning Freshman into
Professionals, all eyes are on him during the tournament.















                          APRIL
Jack Nicklaus "The Golden Bear" owned April
owns the record for most Majors (18) on the PGA
 tour. At age 46 he won his final Masters 1986.

















                                   MAY
There have been many great MLB players "The Say Hey Kid"
is absolutely one of them. Since it's May I figured its
appropriate for the 5 tool player to represent the 5th month.




















                           JUNE
June is the 6th month on the calendar & Michael
Jordan is a perfect 6 - 0 in NBA Championships.
Coincidence, yes! But MJ is on this calendar because
he owned June filling his fingers with rings.





















                             JULY
Roger Federer has more Men's Singles Majors (17) than
any other Tennis player who ever lived. Wimbledon became
his personal backyard by winning 6 titles at Centre Court.

















                                  AUGUST
Serena Williams has dominated women's tennis for over a          
decade. She has 22 Major Titles overall & 6 at the 
                           
 U.S. Open. August belongs to Serena.

















                         SEPTEMBER                    
Lionel Messi is one of the most decorated soccer
players in the history o the sport. He holds a bunch
of records throughout various futbol leagues including
most goals and assists in a single season.



















                         OCTOBER
Reggie Jackson is known for being a home run hitter.
In October of 1977 Jackson smacked 3 HR's in one game
to lea the Yankees to another WS title earning him the
nickname "Mr. October."



















                            NOVEMBER
If Reggie Jackson is Mr. October then Derek Jeter
is Mr. November. A Yankee lifer, team captain &
one of the most beloved players in franchise history.
In 20 years Jeter had 3,465 hits, a B.A. of .310, 5 Gold Gloves
and more. The Hall of Fame awaits.
























                         DECEMBER
He may not be a big old jolly happy Santa Claus but
he does deliver presents every year. As head coach of the
Alabama Crimson Tide. He remains the only head coach
to win a National Championship with 2 different FBS schools.
The  other being LSU in 2003 and 4 in Alabama. He's been
one of the best coaches in the country since the millennium.




















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The Season of Sports

There's no doubt that the 3 major professional sports leagues in America are the NFL, NBA and MLB.  Likely in that order as millennials have moved toward the more fast paced and high scoring aspects of basketball as opposed to the slow play in baseball and golf for example.  The point is that this is without a doubt the greatest time on the sports calendar.

We have the defending NBA champions raising their banner tonight in Cleveland as pro basketball gets underway.  The NFL is in mid season and as usual us die hard fans revolve our schedules around Sunday afternoons.  Not to mention our breakfast with the Thursday night game and the legendary entree in Monday Night Football.  And if the World Series isn't enough to get you going, how about a couple of historic franchises known more for losing and bad luck as opposed to championship rings.  We know one of these losing streaks will come to an end.

The Cleveland Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948 and until the Cavaliers won the title last season were considered perhaps the worst sports city in the country as far as production is concerned.  Chicago on the other hand saw the Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985, the Bulls winning 6 championships with Michael Jordan during the 90's and the Blackhawks have been perennial contenders since the NHL began and won their latest Stanley Cup just 2 years ago in the 2014 - 2015 season.  Even the White Sox had success in 2005 when they broke their own 88 year drought without a championship going back to 1917.

But this city and its fans have been waiting longer than any other professional sports franchise in the U.S. to finally be the best in their sport.  Chicago Cubs fans are as dedicated to a team as any fan base is in any sport.  Wrigley Field has become the Chicago Cubs fans backyard.  The stadium has kept it's beautiful old school vintage look with significant upgrades in the buildings structure.  Every American should get the experience of watching an afternoon game at Wrigley Field.

So it's obvious that this particular World Series has more meaning for each city as they've waited a combined 176 years between titles.  Wow!  The Cubs are looking to become America's team in professional baseball and it's working as the sympathetic baseball fans will undoubtedly be routing for the Cubbies to finally break the curse that has plagued this team for over a century.  To be exact, 108 years!

The NBA off season was pretty exciting especially with the move of one of the leagues best players going to the defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors.  Kevin Durant joined up with what was already considered a top 2 team in the NBA.  Most expect to see the Cavaliers and Warriors play in a 3rd straight NBA Finals.  With the addition of Kevin Durant to Golden State makes the Warriors the clear cut favorite to win the NBA title.  This team broke Jordan's Bulls NBA record of 72 wins in a season last year when the Warriors won 73 games during their magical run.  Now they have Durant who is a top five player himself.  Maybe they'll win 74 games this time!?

Then of course there's America's new favorite pastime, the NFL.  There's no debate my friends.  Professional football in this country is king.  Legends retire all the time and while we miss them the league will go on and on.  No Peyton Manning, no worries.  People will always watch football.  It's almost a religion.  We're dead smack in the middle of the regular season and we're separating the men from the boys.  Contenders and pretenders are becoming more clear and as usual the New England Patriots are the best team in football.  But that doesn't guarantee a Super Bowl which would be his record breaking 5th ring as a quarterback if they were to win.  Any given Sunday, right!  That's one of the beautiful things about football.  It comes down to one game and winner takes all.

Some say March Madness and that particular time of the sports calendar is the best.  Well I find that impossible since there isn't any pro football being played.  I understand that during this time the NBA and NHL playoffs get started, pitchers and catchers report to camp and golf lovers see Augusta around the corner.  Please!  No comparison.  Right here right now, we are in the middle of the greatest month of the sports calendar.  Appreciate it now because it goes by fast!
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NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

Best 3 Headed Monster in the NFL
After 5 weeks of NFL football we can begin to separate the pretenders from the contenders.  Old school football is making a comeback as teams like the Vikings, Broncos and Steelers are playing excellent defense, running the football and keeping turnovers at a minimum.  The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl using this formula last season although they got away with a few turnovers because how great they played on the defensive side of the football.

Teams like the Falcons, Patriots and Raiders are winning by taking advantage of the league rules that benefit the offensive passing attack.  Ryan to Jones, Carr to Cooper and Brady to, well everyone!  If you can have a solid scoring offense and a defense that limits the opposition and create turnovers, you have a great chance to take home the Lombardi Trophy.

Through week 5 of the 2016 season we have a very good idea which teams will be playing come January.  Of course things can and will change due to injuries, especially to quarterbacks and other variables.  Despite these obstacles, the best teams in the league find a way to replace players and continue to win.  Two of the best examples of this are Pittsburgh and New England who keep winning even when All Pro's aren't on the field like Le'Veon Bell and Tom Brady. That's why they are top 5 teams.  Let's see how all 32 teams rank according to The Sports Prophet:

*On a side note the Cleveland Browns remain in the cellar of the NFL because they have the worst personnel in the league from owner to management to coaching and ultimately the horrific play on the grid iron.  It's truly sad...

1. Minnesota Vikings
2. New England Patriots
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Atlanta Falcons
5. Denver Broncos
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Dallas Cowboys
8. Philadelphia Eagles
9. Oakland Raiders
10. Seattle Seahawks
11. Arizona Cardinals
12. Kansas City Chiefs
13. Buffalo Bills
14. Cincinnati Bengals
15. Houston Texans
16. Carolina Panthers
17. Washington Redskins
18. Tampa Bay Bucs
19. Detroit Lions
20. L.A. Rams
21. Tennessee Titans
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. San Diego Chargers
24. Indianapolis Colts
25. New York Giants
26. Chicago Bears
27. New York Jets
28. San Francisco 49ers
29. New Orleans Saints
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Miami Dolphins
32. Cleveland Browns
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