NFL Films Interns Top 15 Teams Week 12 Edition

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Cam Newton and the Panthers showed the nation they're here to stay Monday night.

Cam Newton and the Panthers showed the nation they’re here to stay Monday night.

Some epic finishes to some of the more anticipated games of the season shook up our Top 15 this week. The Broncos established their dominance in their division and in the AFC West with a statement victory over the formerly unbeaten Chiefs, while the two other marquee matchups, San Francisco vs. New Orleans and New England vs. Carolina, came down to the wire and hinged on both amazing plays from both teams as well as some controversial calls. How did this past week change the face of the playoff standings for each conference, as well as the heirarchy of football teams in general? No need to go any further – we’ve got you covered right here. This week, it was a two-man job constructing the rankings:

Kyle Toot, Producers Department, NFL Turning Point

Kevin Joyce, Producers Department, Inside the NFL

Here’s how things shake down according to us:

  1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1) – The Seahawks are flying high at No. 1, which might raise some eyebrows over in Mile High. Both are leaders in the best division in their respective conference, I just think the Seahawks match-up really well with Denver. (Toot)
  2. Denver Broncos (9-1) – The Broncos saddled the undefeated Chiefs and reigned in Jamaal Charles (holding him to 75 yards) which bodes well if they were to indeed to face off against Marshawn Lynch and Seattle later this season in New York. (Toot)
  3. New Orleans Saints (8-2) – They showed some grit in what was both a rematch of one of the more memorable games to take place at Candlestick Park as well as a potential playoff preview. (Joyce)
  4. Carolina Panthers (7-3) – Carolina displayed ferocity through the teeth of their defense as well as an ability for a quick strike offense. This game went down to the wire against a Patriots bunch, and so did the battle for the No. 4 spot. (Toot)
  5. New England Patriots (7-3) – The final play notwithstanding, this game showed the country that the Patriots’ offense of old is back. Putting up 390 yards and 28 first downs against the #1 ranked defense in the league is nothing to scoff at. Denver will have its hands full come Sunday night. (Joyce)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) – A tough loss, but something the Chiefs can learn and regroup from, no doubt. They’re still in position to take a playoff spot and are very much still in contention for the division and a coveted first-round bye. (Joyce)
  7. Indianapolis Colts (7-3) – Their wins haven’t exactly been pretty lately, but any NFL team knows that you’ll take them however you can get them. They’re currently projected as the #2 seed in the AFC. (Joyce)
  8. San Francisco 49ers (6-4) – The 49ers have lost 50/50 games to two elite teams – it’s nothing to be ashamed of and shows that they can hang with anybody in their conference. This team will be dangerous going into the playoffs. (Joyce)
  9. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) – The Bengals got back on track in a rout of the Browns, with the defense and the special teams putting on a show. (Joyce)
  10. Detroit Lions (6-4) – They’re still in the lead for their division, though you gotta think they’re looking over their shoulder, just waiting for a certain quarterback’s return. (Joyce)
  11. Chicago Bears (6-4) – It’s anybody’s division now in the NFC North. Get ready for a wild finish in the final six games. Is this the new NFC East? (Joyce)
  12. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) – Who would have thought coming into Week 13, that the Eagles would be in the lead of their division, in the running for a home playoff game come January? Stories like this are why we watch the games. (Joyce)
  13. Arizona Cardinals (6-4) – Yet another surprising team, surpassing preseason expectations. They have their biggest test of the season coming up against the Colts. If they win that, look out, we’ve got another NFC contender in the best division in football. (Joyce)
  14. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) – Could the Cowboys be involved in yet another de facto NFC East Championship Game in their last regular season matchup against the Eagles? (Joyce)
  15. Green Bay Packers (5-5) – They’re getting Rodgers back soon – that’s all that matters. When he’s back, this team can beat anybody in the league. Anybody. (Joyce)

So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!

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