With the playoffs around, power rankings are almost completely over. No longer can the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to climb their way on the rankings ladder. Nor do the Baltimore Ravens or Miami Dolphins have to deal with free-falling any longer.
No, they are completely safe. This power ranking is about the teams that are in the playoffs, the teams that have a chance to be the only one standing at the end of the year. Here are the 2013 playoff power rankings.
Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) fights off a couple of Kansas City Chiefs defenders during the overtime period at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
12. San Diego Chargers
Say what you would like about the last game, the Chargers did everything they could in previous games to even put them in that situation. They beat the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs both away and the Indianapolis Colts at home.
So they do have a nice record, but that defense has not been able to do much consistently and they’ve had some bad losses as well. This miracle season does not appear it will be going on much longer, but the Chargers will not go down without a fight.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are one of the best feel-good stories this year, and Andy Reid has made them into a playoff team. Starting off 9-0, their defense was on fire. Since that start, however, they are 2-5. Jamaal Charles has been arguably the best player of the year and defense has kept them in games, but at times they’ve needed their offense to score.
With defensive injuries that don’t seem to be going away, the Chiefs may have a tough time in the wild card round. However, this has been a resilient bunch all year.