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2013 NFL Power Rankings: Broncos 2012′s Best, Chiefs Worst 

Denver Broncos

A week later, nothing changes, as Denver ends 2012 on top.

This is it. The absolute definitive final regular season rankings for 2012. For most, it’s already looking ahead to next season; for a few, it’s playoff time!

1. Denver Broncos (Last Week Rank: 1): I ran out of fingers: How many games have the Broncos won in a row?

2. New England Patriots (2): Gronk is back. He may have only had two catches (one for a TD), but he only played 24 snaps. Expect more in the playoffs.

3. Seattle Seahawks (4): We knew the defense was good, but the offense hasn’t scored less than 20 points in a game since October 18th.

4. San Francisco 49ers (5): A first round bye might actually hurt Kaepernick more than help. He will have to adjust to playoff intensity.

5. Atlanta Falcons (3): Until Atlanta wins a playoff game, they will not be seen as legit contenders.

6. Green Bay Packers (6): The Packers have an uphill battle if they are going to see another Super Bowl.

7. Washington Redskins (8): The Redskins are on a roll. A delicious poppy seed hard roll…great, now I’m hungry.

8. Houston Texans (7): The Texans have been steadily falling the last few weeks and even managed to fall from the #1 seed to #3 this week.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (9): Defense may very well win Championship, but the Bengals better find some more consistency on offense if they don’t want a repeat of last post-season.

10. Baltimore Ravens (10): The Ravens are not where they need to be to make another serious run, maybe they are just doing the old rope-a-dope.

11. Minnesota Vikings (13): AP2K…congrats. Can he keep it going?

12. New York Giants (12): The G-men were inconsistent all season; no surprise that they fell short this season.

13. Chicago Bears (11): They finish 10-6 and fire Lovie Smith? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

14. New Orleans Saints (14): The NFC South was full of disappointments this season; the Saints were just one of them.

15. Carolina Panthers (16): The NFC South was full of disappointments this season; the Panthers were just one of them.

16. Dallas Cowboys (15): Big shock…the Cowboys fell short, again.

17. St. Louis Rams (17): The Rams made some strides in 2012, but they are going to have a tough time competing with San Fran and Seattle on the rise.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18): The NFC South was full of disappointments this season; the Bucs were just one of them.

19. Indianapolis Colts (20): Hands down the feel-good story of 2012, no matter what happens in the playoffs.

20. Miami Dolphins (19): The Dolphins were kind of anonymous all season.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (21): A down year in Pittsburgh. Fans are hoping it’s isolated and not a trend.

22. San Diego Chargers (22): Turner and Smith are both gone. It was time for a change in San Diego.

23. New York Jets (23): Who was the worse the offseason pick-up? Tebow or Sparano?

24. Cleveland Browns (24): If you’re a loyal follower (do I have any of those?), then you know I think it was a big mistake to fire Shurmur.

25. Detroit Lions (26): The Lions need to figure out who wants to be there, who deserves to be there, and who they need to get rid of.

26. Tennessee Titans (28): I expected more from the Titans this season. Maybe next year.

27. Buffalo Bills (27): It never came together for the Bills in 2012. Big changes will be needed to return this franchise to glory.

29. Philadelphia Eagles (29): Do you think Andy Reid made it out of the locker room on Sunday before he got fired?

30. Oakland Raiders (30): Have the Raiders played the last few weeks? If they have, I hadn’t noticed.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31): The London Jaguars? The Jacksonville Tebows? Whatever…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32): Scott Pioli has done a fairly poor job as GM of the Chiefs, so they keep him but drop Romeo Crennell.

About the author: Jason Bates

Jason lives in Virginia with his wife and 2 daughters. Born a Steelers fan, he watched from his playpen as they won Super Bowls and established the Terrible Towel as being more comfort than his blankie. Jason has enjoyed and analyzed NFL football for his entire life; often annoying friends and family by calling plays and fouls before they happen and arguing with the announcers when they are blatantly wrong. He is a contributing writer on and has had poetry and short fiction appear in ABCTales Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Bruhaha222.

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