The end-of-regular-season NFL Power Rankings are upon us. Call it a time to take stock, look back and, for several teams around the league, look ahead.
Perhaps no organization fits that bill more than the one in the Bay Area. No, not the Raiders -- I didn't say "look away." We mean the other guys.
Nothing snarky to add here. It just is what it is, as Bill Parcells would say.
On to other matters, such as the MVP race, which has been a big topic of conversation as of late. After much deliberation -- and seeing how the playoff field shook out -- here is how I would rank the NFL's most valuable players for 2014:
All of those guys played for winning teams this season, with only Watt being on a non-playoff club -- and one that falls outside of the top 10 below. As always, we love hearing your take on the rankings: @HarrisonNFL is the place. I'm sure that if you don't disagree with my MVP accounting, the following will deliver in that regard. Oh, and Happy Playoffs, everybody!
Let the dissension commence!
(New England will be just fine.)
**1)** [Ryan Mathews](/player/ryanmathews/497188/profile) once again being [Ryan Mathews](/player/ryanmathews/497188/profile) after a one-year hiatus.
**2)** Being forced to scour the local Joe's Crab Shack for a center. (When it comes to San Diego seafood huts, I prefer Poseidon, but I digress.)
**3)** [Philip Rivers](/player/philiprivers/2506121/profile) getting treated like the turkey in a [Chiefs](/teams/kansascitychiefs/profile?team=KC) pass-rush sandwich.
**4)** [Jason Verrett](/player/jasonverrett/2543493/profile) sitting down in the cold tub more often than he sat down in zone coverage.
**5)** Blown opportunities [versus the Patriots in Week 14](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2014120713/2014/REG14/patriots@chargers). ( [Chargers](/teams/sandiegochargers/profile?team=SD) fans like New England almost as much as Los Angeles.) </content:power-ranking>