Seahawks.NET Power Rankings- Wildcard Edition

Yes, they're STILL #1...

Welcome to Week One of the Playoff Power Rankings. Rankings are based upon a team's likelihood of winning the Super Bowl, NOT necessarily on who the hotter or better team is. For instance, the likelihood of a Wildcard even reaching the Super Bowl is slim, therefore the Week One road teams make up the bottom four in the rankings.

This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Week
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Indianapolis has been the most dominant team in football all year, and with homefield advantage throughout, they remain the number one team in the power rankings.
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The Seahawks earned a bye and that will allow the multitude of players with injuries to recoup. According to Mike Holmgren, OLB D.D. Lewis is the only question mark for the Divisional Round, and it's still possible that he'll play.
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Denver has only misstepped a few times this season and with a bye and home game on the schedule, they're clearly a contender for the AFC Crown.
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The Bears only need to win two games to make the Super Bowl, which is the only reason they're ranked fourth. Their offense is far and away the worst in the Postseason, and with Grossman's QB rating at 59.7 (the same as deposed Kyle Orton), he's going to need to step it up several notches in order to lead the Bears past the Divisional round.
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Tampa Bay's offense has been wildly inconsistant this year. They have, however, been good enough to earn the Bucs a home game in the Wildcard Round. Trouble is, if they win, they get to travel to Chicago and play the NFL's best defense on frozen Soldier Field.
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The Giants' fortunes rest on the shoulders of second year quarterback Eli Manning. If he holds true to form, the Giants will win the Wildcard Round at home and lose the Divisional Round on the road.
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The Pats get Jacksonville at home in the Wildcard Round, but then will need to win two straight on the road against good teams, which is something they haven't been able to do all year. Still, they are the reigning Super Bowl Champs, so I can't discount the intangables that seem to always favor New England.
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The Bengals appear to have slipped a bit over the the last few weeks (last week's performance by the bench notwithstanding). They'll be hosting division rival Pittsburgh in the Wildcard Round, a team with whom they split the regular season series with. Oh, and the home teams lost in both meetings this year.
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Both the Steelers and Bengals were better on the road then they were at home this year, which bodes well for the Steelers who will have to win three road games to make the Super Bowl.
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The Panthers have been wildly inconsistant this year, which is why they occupy such a low rung in the Playoff Power Rankings. They could beat the Giants in the Meadowlands this weekend and it wouldn't surprise me. Then again, losing by 17 wouldn't surprise me either. Carolina is the true Wildcard this year.
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Washington faces their fourth straight elimination game, and this time, it's actually a Playoff game. They are this year's dark horse, and are revelling in their role as underdog. I'd rank them higher, but they'll need to win 3 straight road games to make the Super Bowl, and that's almost impossible to do.
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Jacksonville has the lowest-scoring offense of the AFC Playoff teams. Even if they manage a first round upset of New England, they'd have to win two more road games to earn a ticket to Detroit, including one in Indianapolis.
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