Wednesday, January 20, 2010

LRN Power Rankings: Championship Weekend

The Super Bowl is coming faster and faster; With three of the top four seeds moving on this weekend, it's about to get very exciting. As Peyton and the Colts will take on the surprising Jets, the Saints and Vikings will give us the game we've wanted to see since week 10.

The LRN Power Rankings are out . .

1. Minnesota Vikings (4) The Vikings made a serious statement in ther 34-3 rout of the NFC East Champion Cowboys. The defense flashed the glimpses of brilliance that helped them win 10 of their first 11 games. If Jared Allen and Minnesota can dial up the defense for a second straight week, they'll make New Orleans look very average.

2. New Orleans Saints (5) New Orleans really put it on Arizona. But that was a defense that doesn't strike fear in anyone and finished the playoffs giving up 90 points. As I mentioned on Monday, for the Saints to turn home field advantage into a victory they'll need to get the same if not more from Reggie Bush. Can Drew Brees out duel Brett Favre as he did Kurt Warner?

3. Indianapolis Colts (3) Peyton Manning is the heir to Tiger Woods as the planets most marketable athlete. As the Colts approach another Super Bowl, their quarterback is reaching another stratosphere. They mashed up what once was a Rex Ryan defense last weekend, now they get the real Rex Ryan defense this week. Garcon comes up huge.

4. New York Jets (8) What?!?! How?!?! When!?!? The Jets are in the AFC Championship and will play for a trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday. They had to beat a couple of backups to get into the postseason, but beating Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers once in, is really impressive. Shonn Greene has turned the Jets into a overpowering rushing offense and paired with that defense, they are dangerous.

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