Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NFL Power Rakings - Week 16

1. Seattle Seahawks: 377
Last week: 2
Notes: The Seahawks reclaim the #1 spot after dominating the Giants and should remain there for the rest of the season.

2. Denver Broncos 340
Last week: 1
Notes: A loss that makes the AFC West battle a little more interesting. The Broncos are still the best in the AFC, but are certainly beatable.

3. Kansas City Chiefs 314
Last week: 3
Notes:  The Chiefs have always shown how good their defense, but their offense has been looking great as of late as well. This team could be dangerous come playoff time.

4. Carolina Panthers: 265
Last week: 5
Notes:  Crazy to think that by the end of the season the Panthers could either be a #2, #5, or #6 seed.

5.  San Francisco 49ers 264
Last week: 6
Notes:  Finally back to the top 5 spot and well deserved. The 49ers are on fire.

6New Orleans Saints 237

Last week: 4
Notes: The Saints need to figure out how to play a lot better on the road or there is no way they're making it to the Super Bowl.
7. New England Patriots:192
 Last week: 7
Notes: That loss opens up the possibility of making the playoffs as wildcard instead of a division winner.

8. Cincinnati Bengals:182
Last week: 8
Notes: The Bengals keep things interesting in the AFC North with a loss to the Steelers. For the first time in a long time, the AFC North doesn't look to be a gimme for this team.

9. Arizona Cardinals 156
Last week: 9
Notes: The Cardinals keep pace with the 49ers and Panthers with a win over the Titans. This might end up being the best team who doesn't make the playoffs.

10. Indianapolis Colts:118
Last week: 11
Notes: Playing the Texans is always a confidence booster.

11.  Miami Dolphins: 87
Last week: 13
Notes: It's surprising how great this team has been playing with the whole Icognito / Martin mess that happened earlier in the year.

12. Philadelphia Eagles: 79
Last Week: 10
Notes: The Eagles looked up unstoppable and then get blown out by the..Vikings?

13. Baltimore Ravens: 77
Last week: 15
Notes: The Ravens not only can make it as a #6 seed, but end up taking the division.
14. Chicago Bears: 74
Last week: 16
Notes: The Bears are looking like the new favorite in the NFC North.

15. San Diego Chargers: 61
Last week: 17
Notes: The Chargers need for things to happen still in order to make the playoffs, but you have to be impressed with recent wins over both the Chiefs and Broncos.

16Dallas Cowboys:  47
Last Week: 12
Notes: A running theme with the Cowboys, but they always seem to find surprising (and upsetting ways) to lose games.

17. Detroit Lions: 44
Last week: 14
Notes: It's tough to be a Lions fan. From first to third just like that.
18. Green Bay Packers:27
Last week: 18
Notes: If Rodgers comes back next week, this team will take the North.

19. St. Louis Rams -2
Last Week: 20
Notes: The Rams continue to show how they're the most inconsistent team in football.This team has the potential of being a playoff team if they can play like they did against the Saints every week.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: -17
Last week: 21
Notes: The Steelers upset the Bengals to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
21. Tennessee Titans: -57
Last week: 19
Notes: 3 weeks ago, I had the Titans taking the 6th seed. They've lost 3 in a row since then and look like a mess of a team.
22. Buffalo Bills -69
Last week: 25
Notes: Beating the Jaguars in the 2nd half is a lot more impressive than beating them the 1st half of the season. Manuel looked great this game.

23. Minnestota Vikings -114
Last week: 28
Notes:The Vikings had flashes of their good 2012 season against the Eagles.

24. New York Jets: -118
Last week: 24
Notes: They played better against the Panthers then I thought, but the loss officially ends the Jets season.

25. New York Giants: -121
Last week: 22
Notes: The defense doesn't look bad, but the offense is a disaster. They'll need to make some significant changes in the offseason and Eli needs to get it together in order for this team to be competitive next year.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -122
Last week: 23
Notes: They were just outmatched against a red hot 49ers team.

27. Cleveland Browns: -142
Last week: 26
Notes: They at least haven't officially given up. 3 of their last games were losses, but by 7 points or less.

28. Oakland Raiders -169
Last week: 27
Notes: They'll likely end the season 4-12 with games against the Chargers and Broncos coming up.

29.  Atlanta Falcons -140
Last week:29
Notes: Funny how last year the Falcons playing a Redskins would have been thought of as a game against two great teams. Completely the opposite this year.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars: -239
Last week: 30
Notes: They drop one against the Bills, but you have to be happy with their second half progress.
31. Washington Redskins: -240
Last week: 31
Notes: Cousins looked decent against the Falcons. We know he's not the starting QB for this team next year though. Maybe trade bait if he ends the season well?

32. Houston Texans  -253
Last week: 32
Notes: Another week, another loss.

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