2016 NFL Conference Championship Weekend Power Rankings
Super Bowl 50 is only weeks away. We’re left with four teams, left to battle it out to see who will represent their conference in the end-all game. Each team that’s left is incredibly good, and has withstood their respective competition to get to where they are today. Ranking these teams is tricky, but we’ve tried to rank them based on momentum, skill level, and postseason experience. Without any further ado, let’s rank these teams coming into Conference Championship weekend.
Conference Championship Power Rankings & Odds To Win Super Bowl 50
#4 The Denver Broncos (Odds to win Super Bowl 50: +350)
It sounds crazy that we have the team with the best record in the AFC at the bottom of our power rankings. Truth be told, they barely squeaked out a win against a completely depleted Steelers team. They only scored one touchdown in the entire game, and were held to field goals by a decent Pittsburgh defense. This weekend they go up against Tom Brady, who has an 11-5 record against the Broncos. The one positive for the Broncos? They’re at home, and Mile High Stadium is among the toughest stadiums to play at, for any quarterback, even if you’re Tom Brady.
#3 The Arizona Cardinals (Odds to win Super Bowl 50: +275)
Ranking the Cardinals above the Panthers would be a disservice to the great play the Panthers have showcased all season. Arizona, like Denver, barely squeaked out a win against Green Bay. After a deflected touchdown catch in the end zone, a hail mary gone wrong, and a 70-yard Larry Fitzgerald pass in overtime, the Cardinals escaped their last game at home for the season. They have not faced the Panthers yet this season, but hopes are looking down on the Cardinals as they come into Charlotte against a team that just destroyed the Seattle Seahawks.
#2 The New England Patriots (Odds to win Super Bowl 50: +150)
The Patriots have everything on their side in their matchup against the Broncos, except for home field advantage. Tom Brady has been excellent this season, Peyton Manning has been sub par at best. Brady gets many of his weapons back again after seeing them in limited action against the Chiefs. Currently the Patriots are favored by 3 points against the home Broncos, and it’s easy to see why. They’re firing on all cylinders, and just took down a team that was on an 11-game win streak.
#1 The Carolina Panthers (Odds to win Super Bowl 50: +175)
Are the Panthers for real? Was the question floating in NFL fan’s heads on Sunday afternoon before kickoff. Before those fans could finish their thought, the game was 14-0, then by halftime, was 31-0. Although the Seahawks slightly came back in the game, it ended in the Panther’s favor, as they won the game 31-24. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals looked flat against the Packers.. The Panthers defense should hold them in check, and Carolina should win en route to Super Bowl 50.