NFL Power Rankings: End of Regular Season

The Seattle Seahawks will enter the National Football League Playoffs as the hottest team in the NFL and a favorite to win the Super Bowl. We saw the first edition of this movie last winter, and signs are pointing toward the sequel having a similar outcome. Seattle may be better now than the team was at the start of 2014. The Seahawks have the experience of successfully completing a championship run. Quarterback Russell Wilson has only improved over the past 12 months. No defense in football is playing better. Everything is coming up Seattle at the moment.

With all of that said, nobody should be seeking to hand the Seahawks the Vince Lombardi Trophy just yet. The Dallas Cowboys, left for dead by many so-called knowledgeable football minds and even by some diehard members of the club's fan base in August, have proven that they can go out west and beat the Seahawks in Seattle, and Dallas is also bringing the league's best offensive line and best rushing attack into the postseason. Those of you looking to make predictions as New Year's Day approaches may want to ask yourselves a question that contains four words: "How 'bout dem Cowboys?"

There will be no playoffs for the teams that are already on the clock as it pertains to their 2015 NFL Draft statuses. Marcus Mariota out of Oregon is right now today the consensus No. 1 overall pick, a potential franchise quarterback who has the physical tools to be a star in pro football but who also has plenty to prove to analysts, scouts, and general managers over the next several months. Here is hoping that the Duck likes warm weather, because his flight would be taking him south to Florida were the draft held this holiday season.

32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14)

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31 Tennessee Titans (2-14)

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30 Chicago Bears (5-11)

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29 Washington Redskins (4-12)

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28 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)

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27 Oakland Raiders (3-13)

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26 New York Jets (4-12)

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25 Cleveland Browns (7-9)

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24 St. Louis Rams (6-10)

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23 New York Giants (6-10)

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22 Atlanta Falcons (6-10)

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21 New Orleans Saints (7-9)

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20 San Francisco 49ers (8-8)

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19 Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

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18 Miami Dolphins (8-8)

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17 San Diego Chargers (9-7)

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16 Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

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15 Houston Texans (9-7)

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14 Buffalo Bills (9-7)

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13 Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)

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12 Arizona Cardinals (11-5)

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11 Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

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10 Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1)

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9 Detroit Lions (11-5)

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8 Carolina Panthers (7-8-1)

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7 Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

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6 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

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5 Denver Broncos (12-4)

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4 Green Bay Packers (12-4)

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3 Dallas Cowboys (12-4)

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There is an easy argument to be made for the Cowboys and not the Seattle Seahawks being the best team in the NFC. Dallas has a championship offensive line. The defense of the Cowboys has exceeded all expectations. Tony Romo has showed zero signs of suffering any late-season collapse that could cost Dallas a chance to win the Super Bowl. Dallas already defeated the Seahawks in Seattle this year. Love them, hate them, or somewhere in between, you have to respect the 2014 edition of the Cowboys. Dallas has the goods to make history.

2 New England Patriots (12-4)

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1 Seattle Seahawks (12-4)

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They were unable to keep possession of the throne for all 17 weeks, but the Seahawks begin and end the regular season as kings of NFL power rankings. That is an impressive feat. The hottest team in all of football has lost only once since the middle of October, and that game occurred on the road. That loss on November 16th was the last time that an opponent posted 20+ points on Seattle. The Seahawks surrendered a total of 19 points over their last 12 quarters of play. Oh yeah: Quarterback Russell Wilson is even better than he was last January. Best of luck to the other NFC playoff teams.

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