Power Rankings: Week Sixteen
With all but two of the playoff teams decided there’s not going to be much movement the last two weeks. The haves get more and the have nots get even less. As always if you think you can do better; leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1. Denver Broncos (12-3). 10 straight weeks of victory makes you the NFL’s best team.
2. Atlanta Falcons (13-2). Who cares about the regular season, let’s see what they can do come January.
3. Houston Texans (12-3). Houston needs momentum heading into the playoffs.
4. New England Patriots (11-4). The Pats need help to get the elusive bye week, but it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility.
5. Green Bay Packers (11-4). Four straight, not too shabby for Rodgers and the Double Check Gang.
6. Seattle Seahawks (10-5). The Seahawks are the most dangerous home team in sports.
7. Indianapolis Colts (10-5). Looks like Baltimore and Indianapolis once again.
8. Baltimore Ravens (10-5). After much consternation, Joe Flacco finds his mojo and the Ravens finally seal up the AFC North.
9. San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1). What the hell was that? Perhaps a hangover from the previous week?
10. Washington Redskins (9-6). One week and one win away from going worst to first.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6). Back to back playoff appearances in over 20 years. Maybe the Browns have finally got the right idea.
12. Minnesota Vikings (9-6). Desperately clinging to that six seed.
13. Chicago Bears (9-6). The Bears need a lot of help to make the postseason.
14. Dallas Cowboys (8-7). The entire season boils down to one final game in Washington, tough draw.
15. New York Giants (8-7). Hope is running out for another miracle run.
16. St. Louis Rams (7-7-1). The Rams are just playing for a winning season at this point.
17. Miami Dolphins (7-8). Baby steps for the Miami Dolphins.
18. New Orleans Saints (7-8). This season may just go down as the season that never was for the New Orleans Saints.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8). And thus ended the Steelers. No mourning was noted.
20. San Diego Chargers (6-9). One win cannot salvage this train wreck of a front office.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9). Josh Freeman’s sophomore slump has been particularly brutal.
22. Carolina Panthers (6-9). What is 2013 going to bring for Cam Newton?
23. New York Jets (6-9). Sort of scary how quickly the wheels fell off this unit.
24. Cleveland Browns (5-10). Too bad the game against Pitt means nothing, it would have been nice to have the Browns play for something meaningful.
25. Buffalo Bills (5-10). Another frustrating season for the Buffalo Bills.
26. Tennessee Titans (5-10). It gets hard to write something each week for bad teams.
27. Arizona Cardinals (5-10). See Titans, Tennessee.
28. Oakland Raiders (4-11). The biggest sting of the Palmer trade will come next spring during the draft.
29. Detroit Lions (4-11). Sloppy, sloppy play from a normally consistent unit.
30. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11). Well at least you’ll have one last week to determine if Michael Vick is salvageable.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13). Good call Tagliabue, good call.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (2-13). Had the #1 pick in the draft all locked up, and then ruined it by beating the Panthers.