NFL Power Rankings: Week 16
After another week in the NFL, the power rankings are updated as we head into week 16.
Power Rankings Week 16:
Ranking from previous week in parentheses.
1 (2). Houston Texans (12-2) – The Texans are one of two teams (DEN) that rank in the top-10 in the NFL in offense (6), defense (7), scoring (3) & scoring D (7).
2 (3). Denver Broncos (11-3) – They are second for the same reason as the Texans are number one.
3 (5). San Francisco 49′ers (10-3-1) – Impressive win in New England, however, still worried about the young Kapernick making the right decisions in the playoffs.
4 (1). New England Patriots (11-3) – Patriots took their first fall in December in a long time. This will probably give them a nice-sized chip on their shoulder when they get to the playoffs.
5 (4). Atlanta Falcons (12-2) – Impressive statement win against the Giants in the dome. Many people still aren’t sure about the Falcons, and they will need to prove that they are part of the elite when it comes to January.
6 (6). Green Bay Packers (10-4) – Rodgers has many weapons to play with, and the Packers are just waiting to hopefully get a game or two in Lambeau.
7 (7). Baltimore Ravens (9-5) – The Ravens are reeling and still have yet to clinch the division. They have the playoff berth, however they could be in danger of just being the wild-card team which would hurt them a lot if they have to go on the road the first week of the playoffs.
8 (9). Seattle Seahawks (9-5) – They look to be the hottest team in the NFL, and more impressively was last week’s win on the road in Toronto. They have a huge game against the 49’ers that could determine if the Seahawks get to play in front of the 12th man.
9 (8). New York Giants (8-6) – They are scuffling now, but no team knows better than the Giants, it is more important to be hot in January, then in December. However, they still need to win if they even want to make it into January.
10 (10). Indianapolis Colts (9-5) – Played a pretty good game against the Texans, but they need to win this game against the Chiefs to ensure a chance to play the Ravens in the first round (as opposed to the Patriots).
11 (12). Washington Redskins (8-6) – And look at the Redskins go. No RG3 proved to be no problem as OC Kyle Shanahan coached up rookie Kirk Cousins, and he led them to victory. They will need RG3 healthy for the playoffs, and they could use him these next two weeks as they play for the division title.
12 (15). Dallas Cowboys (8-6) – The Cowboys have won five out of six and have forced a three-way-tie for the division lead. Romo has looked good, and has avoided his usual December mistakes, and they really need that to continue for the last two weeks.
13 (13). Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) – Huge game against the Steelers this week. If they win, they are in.
14 (14). Minnesota Vikings (8-6) – The Vikings have been carried by Adrian Peterson, and they will have to hope to ride him into the playoffs. Tough game against the Texans this week, where Peterson will need to go wild, if the Vikings hope to win.
15 (11). Chicago Bears (8-6) – The Bears have been struggling after starting the season 7-1. They now need to win-out for any chance at making the playoffs. Their O-line has struggled, Cutler has struggled, and their defense is beat up.
16 (16). Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) – If they can beat the Bengals, they have a shot at the playoffs, otherwise they look to be done.
17 (17). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) – The Bucs made a nice run in the middle of the season but will end up just a bit short.
18 (18). New Orleans Saints (6-8) – The Saints were dealt a terrible hand when Peyton was suspended for the season. The result is no playoffs for the Super Bowl hosts.
19 (19). New York Jets (6-8) – This team is making news for NO reason. Pathetic team, with just a few players that are good.
20 (20). Miami Dolphins (6-8) – They will need to give Tannehill more weapons for next year, but they must be pretty happy with his development this year.
21 (25). Carolina Panthers (5-9) – The Panthers turned on the switch just a bit too late this season, and must be upset looking back on it. They are talented even though many of their players were hurt all year.
22 (21). St. Louis Rams (5-7-1) – They were a tough opponent for the 49’ers this year, but otherwise there was not much to be excited about for Rams fans.
23 (26). Buffalo Bills (5-9) – This was the year where their defense was supposed to step up and help them make the playoffs. Check that one off as things that didn’t happen this season.
24 (23). Cleveland Browns (5-9) – 5 Wins is impressive but that won’t help them make the playoffs, and will hurt them when the draft is here.
25 (24). Detroit Lions (4-10) – Many talented players, with very little wins. No discipline.
26 (22). San Diego Chargers (5-9) – Many disappointments on this roster.
27 (27). Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) – See the Chargers.
28 (28). Tennessee Titans (5-9) – It looks like they will beekeeping CJ next year at a hefty price.
29 (29). Arizona Cardinals (5-9) – How they won last week, no one knows.
30 (30). Oakland Raiders (4-10) – They should have lost last week for a chance at a number 1 or 2 pick. Oh well.
31 (31). Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) – They need a few seasons of top picks to rebuild.
32 (32). Kansas City Chiefs (2-12) – A number one pick can really help this team next year.
Saturday Night Game of the Week:
The Falcons are locked in after that beatdown of the Giants, and the Lions have nothing to play for. The Falcons clinch the #1 seed with a win.
Prediction: Falcons 31 Lions 17
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.