Another season is upon us, and so is another Foxboro Blog Top 12. As usual, I will be ranking the Top 12 teams in the league each week. Since there's 12 playoff spots up for grabs, I figured that was a good number to go with when I was coming up with the concept. After all, nobody cares who's the 27th best team in the league, right? So without further ado, here's my very innaccurate list that is bound to be unrecognizable come Week 17.
#1 – San Francisco 49ers
Going with a #1 was tough for me this year. Usually, I just homer it in and pick the Pats… At any rate, the defending NFC Champs are as good a pick as any, even if the injury bug has left me wondering if they'll be taking a step back this year.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: vs. Packers
#2 – Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta was given strong consideration for the top seed. However, after some major playoff choke jobs, they're going to need to show me something before I just outright hand them the #1 spot.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ Saints
#3 – New England Patriots
Remember when Tom Brady took a receiving corps headlined by Reche Caldwell to the AFC Championship game and within a few minutes of the Super Bowl? Remember the last time scandal rocked the Patriots early in the season back in 2007? Remember how everyone said they were dead in the water going into the year in 2003? I'll believe Amendola is capable of replacing Welker until he proves otherwise. I'll believe that Kenbrell Thompkins and Zach Sudfeld can replace Aaron Hernandez's production. I'll believe that the defense will be stronger with another year under their belts. So why only the #3 spot?
Gronk ain't playing Week1.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ Bills
#4 – Denver Broncos
Denver is everybody's pre-season favorite to make it to the Super Bowl. Apparently having no center and losing Elvis Dumervil are no cause for concern. Don't get me wrong, we seemed destined for a Brady/Manning AFC Championship matchup, but I'm still not a huge believer in the Broncos.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: vs. Ravens
#5 – Seattle Seahawks
Everyone's ready to crown the Seahawks. Everyone but me, that is. They were a fun team in 2012, but were still an RGIII injury away from being sent packing in the Wild Card round. I think the whole "Seahawks taking over the NFC West" bit is a little premature.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ Panthers
#6 – Green Bay Packers
I feel like the Packers are slightly under-rated heading into the season. In fact, I think they're being under-rated right now by me. Don't be shocked to see them in the Super Bowl. I'm getting the vibe of a sleeper team here.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ 49ers
#7 – Houston Texans
They could easily be ranked much higher, but I still don't have faith in this team in a big game.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ Chargers
#8 – Cincinnati Bengals
How about another sleeper for you? While I can't imagine them stringing off a series of playoff wins to make it to New York, I do see them taking the AFC North.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ Chicago
#9 – Baltimore Ravens
They are who we thought they were. A mediocre team who managed to get hot at just the right moment. I still can't explain how this team won the Super Bowl, other than horrible defense by the Broncos and Ray Lewis' contract with Satan. I mean, this team was off the Top 12 board heading late into the season last year. Now, with a depleted and picked over roster, they're going to be a shell of themselves. Which is a shame, since I absolutely loved it when the Patriots played them.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ Broncos
#10 – Chicago Bears
The Bears seem to like residing here in the doldrums of the Top 12. I foresee them having a permanent place here, being just good enough to fend off mediocrity.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: vs. Bengals
#11 – Washington Redskins
I'm grasping for straws down here at the end, as usual. These bottom two spots are always the toughest. We're an RGIII knee injury away from this team being ranked 26th in the league.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: vs. Eagles
#12 – Dallas Cowboys
This is our annual event where we put the Cowboys in the Top 12 based on "reputation", only to have them plummet off the board, never to be seen again.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: vs. Giants