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NFL Power Rankings: With regular season over, let's review hits, misses


This is my last batch of Power Rankings for the 2013 season. So that means that it's time to look back at the first batch from last August, which is always good for at least a chuckle or two.

How bad did I do?

As usual, there was good and bad.

Let's start with the good because that's how I roll. Some of the highlights:

 Seven of my top 11 teams from the first set made the playoffs.

 The Broncos opened the season in the top spot and they close the ranking there.

 The Bengals opened at No. 7 and finished in the sixth spot.

 Denver, New England, San Francisco and Seattle all opened the season in the top six and finished there.

Now for the bad:

 The Chargers were 27th to start the season, the Eagles were 25th and the Chiefs were 24th. All three made the playoffs.

 The Falcons opened the season at No. 3. They didn't finish close to that.

 The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and New York Giants all opened the season in the top-10 and failed to make the playoffs.

 The Carolina Panthers, who earned a first-round bye in the NFC, opened the season at No. 19.

Laugh all you want. That's why predicting this league is so hard each season.

That's also what makes it such great theater every Sunday.

The next batch of rankings will come shortly after the Super Bowl. Until then, enjoy the playoffs.


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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