Updated Jan. 2
The NFL's regular season is finished, which means it's time for the last batch of Power Rankings.
You know what else it means? It's time to rip myself again.
|Top dogs now, the Chargers started at a humble No. 16. (US Presswire)|
The gap this season was bigger than the one between Mike Strahan's teeth. Of the top 10 teams in my final rankings, four opened the season in the top 10. Yecch.
Hold on. It gets worse.
The two top teams in the final rankings -- the Chargers and Ravens -- weren't even in first top 10. Neither were the Bears.
San Diego opened the season at No. 16 and Baltimore was 17th, with the Bears at No. 18.
See, you all don't get it. I always put the best teams in the middle to start the season just to test them a bit, to see if they can answer the challenge.
They all did, which is why they're at the top now and those first set of rankings are now funnier than Bob Saget.
The Steelers opened as the top team in those first rankings, but they finish way down at No. 17. The Panthers, Jaguars and Broncos are three other preseason top-10 teams that failed to make the playoffs.
Go ahead. Laugh some more.
The Chargers head to the playoffs as the top-ranked team in the NFL. That doesn't mean anything now. Just ask Indy. They found that out last season when they lost to the Steelers at home in the playoffs.
One other note about the final rankings: The top four teams are from the AFC. After San Diego and Baltimore, it's Indianapolis and New England. The AFC is the power conference and that should make for some good playoffs.
So enjoy them. I'll be back with another batch of Power Rankings after the season is over. Then I'll update as we move toward the open of 2007.
Just remember the message here: If you're looking for the good teams for 2007, look somewhere in the middle of my rankings leading up the season.
It happens every year.