It's no surprise that the Carolina Panthers claim the top spot in the NFL Playoff Power Rankings, but the Broncos, the other No. 1 seed, isn't as lucky.
The NFL’s 50th Super Bowl champion will be crowned on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. Will the playoffs unfold according to plan up to that point or, as is usually the case, are we in for a few surprises along the way?
The better question may be if anything even would qualify as a true surprise this year, given the parity (you may call it “mediocrity”) on display around the league. Records aside, there does not appear to huge gaps among the 12 playoff teams, at least in the wide open AFC.
How might it all go down? Which teams are the ones to beat? Our Playoff Power Rankings sets the stage for the postseason: