NFL Power Rankings

NFL power rankings, Week 16: Steelers rise, Patriots fall

The Indianapolis Colts are going to be a problem for someone if they reach the playoffs, while the New England Patriots are running on fumes.


Oakland Raiders 3-11

Last week: L, 30-16 at CIN
Last rank: 32nd

We could be seeing their final game in Oakland come Monday night.


Arizona Cardinals 3-11

Last week: L, 40-14 at ATL
Last rank: 30th

The Cardinals are trying, but the talent isn’t there.


Jacksonville Jaguars 4-10

Last week: L, 16-13 vs. WSH
Last rank: 29th

Jacksonville needs sweeaping offensive changes.


San Francisco 49ers 4-10

Last week: W, 26-23 (OT) vs. SEA
Last rank: 31st

The 49ers are playing spoiler to the hilt.


New York Jets 4-10

Last week: L, 29-22 vs. HOU
Last rank: 27th

New York played tough against Houston, but couldn’t finish the job.


Detroit Lions 5-9

Last week: L, 14-13 at BUF
Last rank: 21st

Matt Patricia isn’t making a great first impression.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-9

Last week: L, 20-12 at BAL
Last rank: 24th

The offense couldn’t do much against the Ravens.


Buffalo Bills 5-9

Last week: W, 14-13 vs. DET
Last rank: 28th

Sean McDermott is doing a great job in Buffalo.


Cincinnati Bengals 6-8

Last week: W, 30-16 vs. OAK
Last rank: 25th

The Bengals somehow have six wins.


New York Giants 5-9

Last week: L, 17-0 vs. TEN
Last rank: 22nd

New York was playing better, and then got shut out by the Titans at home.


Washington Redskins 7-7

Last week: W, 16-13 at JAX
Last rank: 23rd

The Redskins are a half-game out of the playoff picture. Seriously.


Carolina Panthers 6-8

Last week: L, 12-9 vs. NO
Last rank: 20th



Denver Broncos 6-8

Last week: L, 17-16 vs. CLE
Last rank: 19th

The Broncos are about to clean house.


Atlanta Falcons 5-9

Last week: W, 40-13 vs. AZ
Last rank: 26th

Atlanta has been incredibly disappointing, but a blowout win is always nice.


Green Bay Packers 5-8-1

Last week: L, 24-17 at CHI
Last rank: 18th

Green Bay needs to get to the offseason.


Miami Dolphins 7-7

Last week: L, 41-17 at MIN
Last rank: 17th

Miami didn’t get any miracles this week.


Cleveland Browns 6-7-1

Last week: W, 17-16 at DEN
Last rank: 16th

The Browns are vastly improved and have a real franchise quarterback.


Seattle Seahawks 8-6

Last week: L, 26-23 (OT) at SF
Last rank: 8th

Seattle suffered a horrible loss. Now it tries to bounce back against Kansas City.


Philadelphia Eagles 7-7

Last week: W, 30-23 at LAR
Last rank: 15th

Nick Foles is doing it again.


Minnesota Vikings 7-6-1

Last week: W, 41-17 vs. MIA
Last rank: 14th

Minnesota looked much, much better. The start of a trend?


Tennessee Titans 8-6

Last week: W, 17-0 at NYG
Last rank: 12th

Tennessee has no quarterback, but Derrick Henry and that defense are the truth.


Dallas Cowboys 8-6

Last week: L, 23-0 at IND
Last rank: 7th

Getting shut out is a bad look as the playoffs approach.


Baltimore Ravens 8-6

Last week: W, 20-12 vs. TB
Last rank: 11th

The Ravens keep winning. Now for a huge game against the Chargers.


New England Patriots 9-5

Last week: L, 17-10 at PIT
Last rank: 6th

The Patriots aren’t a threat to win the Super Bowl.


Pittsburgh Steelers 8-5-1

Last week: W, 17-10 vs. NE
Last rank: 13th

Pittsburgh finally turned it on. Can they keep it going at the Superdome on Sunday?


Indianapolis Colts 8-6

Last week: W, 23-0 vs. DAL
Last rank: 10th

Indianapolis is quietly becoming a real force in the AFC.


Houston Texans 10-4

Last week: W, 29-22 at NYJ
Last rank: 9th

The Texans weren’t great on Saturday, but they won and got to double-digit victories.


Chicago Bears 10-4

Last week: W, 24-17 vs. GB
Last rank: 5th

Chicago won the NFC North, and that defense is going to be a factor in January.


Los Angeles Rams 11-3

Last week: L, 30-23 vs. PHI
Last rank: 3rd

Jared Goff isn’t a fan of pressure.


Kansas City Chiefs 11-3

Last week: L, 29-28 vs. LAC
Last rank: 2nd

Just a horrendous, horrendous loss.


Los Angeles Chargers 11-3

Last week: W, 29-28 at KC
Last rank: 4th

Just a tremendous, tremendous win.


New Orleans Saints 12-2

Last week: W, 12-9 at CAR
Last rank: 1st

Ugly win, but not a problem.

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