Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NFL Power Rankings - Week 16

Skipped a week so last week's number isn't included.

1. Carolina Panthers: 446
Last Week: 1
Notes: A nail biter, but they get to the exclusive 14-0 club.

2. Arizona Cardinals: 380
Last Week: 2
Notes: Probably the most well rounded team in football. Definitely not a team others want to face in the playoffs.

3. New England Patriots: 371
Last Week: 3
Notes:  They are powering through despite injuries and look like a lock for a first round bye.

4. Cincinnati Bengals:302
Last Week: 4
Notes: They rebound and get the win and pretty much all but clinched the division.

5. Seattle Seahawks: 241
Last Week: 6
Notes:  A likely 5 seed, but a team that can very likely make the Super Bowl this year. During their 5 game winning streak they looked like the Super Bowl caliber team they were last year, maybe even better.

6. Green Bay Packers: 230
Last Week: 7
Notes:  The Packers are finding their rhythm again and have won 3 games in a row.

7. Kansas City Chiefs: 218
Last Week: 9

Notes: The Chiefs are now winners of 8 in a row. They should clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Browns next week.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers: 213
Last Week: 8

Notes: Just shows you that this offense can win any game. With the Jets and Chiefs playing good football, the playoffs aren't a lock, but not a team others want to face come playoff time if they make it.

9. Denver Broncos: 190
Last Week: 5
Notes: The Broncos are starting to look like a mess. If they lose to the Bengals and the Jets, Chiefs, and Steelers win next week the playoff picture becomes very interesting.

10. New York Jets: 173
Last Week: 10
Notes:  Not an easy win, but they keep pace with the Chiefs and Steelers with a win over the Cowboys.

11. Minnesota Vikings: 137
Last Week: 11
Notes: A win that pretty much makes them a lock for the playoffs.

12. Washington Redskins: 37
Last Week: 16

Notes:  The Redskins are now in first place by themselves in the NFC East. A win against the Eagles is all they need to win the east.

13. New York Giants: 29
Last Week: 13
Notes: A great comeback, but you just knew the Panthers were going to score on that last drive. No Beckham really hurts the Giants against the Vikings next week.

14. Houston Texans: 29
Last Week: 17

Notes:  The Texans are really benefiting from a Luck-less Colts team. 

15. Atlanta Falcons: 28
Last Week: 15
Notes: The win keeps their playoff chances barely alive. They need to win out and the Vikings need to lose their remaining games.

16. Buffalo Bills: 21
Last Week: 12
Notes: The Bills are officially out of the playoffs. Players are quitting on Rex after his first year. What a mess.

17. Philadelphia Eagles: -20
Last Week: 14
Notes: Just when the Eagles look like they're back on track they show why they are a mediocre at best team.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -37
Last Week: 18
Notes: 2nd place would still be a small victory for this team who is used to being at the bottom of the division.

19. St. Louis Rams: -39
Last Week: 24
Notes: If they can win another game this season, they at least improve over their 6-10 record from last year.

20. Oakland Raiders: -40
Last Week: 19
Notes:  No matter how they end up this year, they at least are a significantly improved team from 2014.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars: -66
Last Week: 21

Notes: A win would have kept it a 3 way race in the AFC South. They're still in it, technically, but need a miracle.

22. Indianapolis Colts: -70
Last Week: 20
Notes: Without Luck they're pretty much dead in the water.

23. Detroit Lions: -86
Last Week: 28

Notes: This is the highest the Lions have been all season. Still a disappointing season after making the playoffs the year before.

24. Chicago Bears: -88
Last Week: 22
Notes: After looking like a potential wild card team, the Bears lose 3 straight.

25. New Orleans Saints: -92
Last Week: 23
Notes: They'll need to completely revamp their team to become the Saints we are used to seeing.

26. Miami Dolphins: -121
Last Week: 25
Notes: With the Patriots being the Patriots, the Jets improving significantly, and even the Bills the Dolphins need to make some serious upgrades to become competitive next season.

27. Dallas Cowboys: -126
Last Week: 27
Notes: From first to last in the division. Shows how important Romo is to this team.

28. San Diego Chargers: -136
Last Week: 31
Notes: Give the Chargers credit for at least playing hard still.

29. Baltimore Ravens: -137
Last Week: 26
Notes: Tied for the longest losing streak alongside the Colts and Bears.

30. Tennessee Titans: -180
Last Week: 29
Notes:  If they lose out, they'll end up with the worst record in football, losing the tiebreaker against the Browns.

31. San Francisco 49ers: -191
Last Week: 30
Notes: As with a lot of the other teams towards the bottom, some serious upgrades need to happen to this team in order to be competitive again.

32. Cleveland Browns: -232
Last Week: 32
Notes: 3-13 is probable with games against the Chiefs and Steelers coming up.

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