2014 NFL Playoffs: Power Ranking Teams in the Divisional Round

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Power Ranking Teams In Divisional Round

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The NFL postseason is in full swing, and the emotion is already reaching top levels with several weeks left to play.

The Wild Card Round left us some exciting matchups and moments that will surely be discussed for a long time, and the four teams that were able to advance to the Divisional Round are now officially one step closer to reach the Super Bowl. However, things are not going to be any easier now as the four best teams record-wise will make their way into the bracket after a full week of rest and preparation.

Some crazy things happened during this past weekend, and now that the eight teams that will continue to fight for the title are set in stone it is time to rank them from the worst to the best.

Things like the overall talent and their star power are obviously considered, but some side factors – like the strength of their previous matchup, performance in the Wild Card Round and their upcoming adversary – are also taken into account. Therefore, teams like the New Orleans Saints might not be as high as expected while others could be very high on the list thanks to their Wild Card showdown. One thing that is certain is that these eight teams are all very dangerous and have enough merits to be here in the final stages of the postseason.

Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we power rank the remaining eight teams left in the NFL postseason that will take part in the Divisional Round.

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8. San Diego Chargers

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The San Diego Chargers played a solid all around game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but now they have a tough ahead in the Denver Broncos. Even though San Diego won the last matchup against Peyton Manning and company things might end up different this time, and the superior overall strength from Denver might be too much to handle for the Chargers.

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7. New Orleans Saints

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If the New Orleans Saints had home-field advantage they would be ranked much higher, but since the team struggles playing on the road they won’t have much of a chance against the Seattle Seahawks.

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6. Indianapolis Colts

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Andrew Luck led a remarkable comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs, but that’s the only bright spot in the team right now. The Indianapolis Colts' defense is a mess, and the two running backs had suspect performances in the Wild Card round. They will struggle mightily against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

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5. Carolina Panthers

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The Carolina Panthers will play at home against the San Francisco 49ers, and even though their defense is one of the best in the NFL, it remains to be seen how they will handle Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' offense. Carolina already won their matchup in the regular season, but the momentum is on San Francisco’s side right now.

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4. San Francisco 49ers

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The 49ers are a team that steps their game up during the playoffs, and it was noticeable in their win against the Green Bay Packers. They will surely look to revenge the loss against the Panthers in the regular season, and it appears that they have what it takes to advance to the next round.

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3. New England Patriots

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Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to an No. 2 seed in the AFC, and he’s enough reason to guarantee the Patriots are a top-3 team in the NFL right now. Their offense is slowly finding their groove, and against a poor defense like the one the Colts have, New England should have no trouble moving into the next round.

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2. Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos have the best attack in the NFL, but unfortunately the same thing can’t be said about their defense. The team is too polarizing right now, and if Manning and company can’t click from the start they aren’t a sure thing to advance even though they are clearly the better team in their divisional round matchup.

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1. Seattle Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks still look like the best team in the NFL and a week of rest can only do them better. They boast one of the defensive units in the game, a young QB who is taking strides towards elite level and they appear to be a well-oiled machine that is ready to overcome any obstacle that gets in their way.