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.

32

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.

31

Arizona Cardinals 3-11

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


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

30

Jacksonville Jaguars 4-10

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


Jacksonville needs sweeaping offensive changes.

29

San Francisco 49ers 4-10

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


The 49ers are playing spoiler to the hilt.

28

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.

27

Detroit Lions 5-9

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


Matt Patricia isn’t making a great first impression.

26

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-9

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


The offense couldn’t do much against the Ravens.

25

Buffalo Bills 5-9

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


Sean McDermott is doing a great job in Buffalo.

24

Cincinnati Bengals 6-8

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


The Bengals somehow have six wins.

23

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.

22

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.

21

Carolina Panthers 6-8

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


Goodnight.

20

Denver Broncos 6-8

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


The Broncos are about to clean house.

19

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.

18

Green Bay Packers 5-8-1

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


Green Bay needs to get to the offseason.

17

Miami Dolphins 7-7

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


Miami didn’t get any miracles this week.

16

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.

15

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.

14

Philadelphia Eagles 7-7

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


Nick Foles is doing it again.

13

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?

12

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.

11

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.

10

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.

9

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.

8

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?

7

Indianapolis Colts 8-6

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


Indianapolis is quietly becoming a real force in the AFC.

6

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.

5

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.

4

Los Angeles Rams 11-3

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


Jared Goff isn’t a fan of pressure.

3

Kansas City Chiefs 11-3

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


Just a horrendous, horrendous loss.

2

Los Angeles Chargers 11-3

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


Just a tremendous, tremendous win.

1

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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