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NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks new No. 1, but overall quality is lacking

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We have six weeks left in the regular season, a time when teams should be emerging as legitimate playoff teams, getting hot down the stretch.

So why do I get this feeling that there really aren't a lot of good teams and perhaps the final playoff spot in the AFC will be a survival test rather than a team surging to grab it?

Look at the teams in the mix for the final playoff spot in both conferences.

Even the 4-6 teams still have hope. Is that a good thing?

Is it parity, like the NFL would like you to believe, or vulgarity?

Take a look at some of the teams in the thick of the playoff race, teams like the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Buffalo Bills and even the Oakland Raiders in the AFC. In the NFC, it's not so bad, but the 4-6 Giants are considered a surging team.

Is anybody any good?

Even teams at the top of the league had issues this week. The 49ers, Chiefs, Lions and Patriots all lost.

That has forced a shakeup at the top of my Power Rankings. With Kansas City losing to Denver, the new top team is the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks, who are on a bye this week, have 10 wins and they look to have the inside track to the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

The Seahawks have not lost a game since Oct. 6, so at least they appear to be surging.

That's more than we can say for the rest of the league.

Is it parity or vulgarity? You make the call.

RANK TEAM MOVE (LW)

Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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