NFL Power Rankings: Week 17
After another week in the NFL, the power rankings are updated as we head into the last week of the season.
Power Rankings Week 17:
Ranking from previous week in parentheses.
1 (2). Denver Broncos (12-3) – 10 straight victories led by MVP candidate, Peyton Manning, and DPOY candidate, Von Miller.
2 (4). New England Patriots (12-3) – Offense has been struggling a bit the last few games, but I’m not worried at all.
3 (1). Houston Texans (12-3) – Didn’t show any caring last week, and they really need a sharp game if they want home-field throughout the playoffs.
4 (5). Atlanta Falcons (13-2) – Their offense has been clicking at the right time, and they need it to be clicking like this in January as well.
5 (3). San Francisco 49′ers (10-4-1) – Kaepernick’s first poor game, came at a bad time against their division rivals. They need to win to stay atop the NFC West.
6 (6). Green Bay Packers (11-4) – Can clinch a first-round bye with a victory. The Packers are probably the most feared team in the NFC.
7 (8). Seattle Seahawks (10-5) – They have outscored their opponents 150-30 in their last three games.
8 (7). Baltimore Ravens (10-5) – They need to ride the momentum from the Giants game along way. Likely drawing the Colts in the first round.
9 (11). Washington Redskins (9-6) – RG3 has led the Redskins to within one game of the playoffs. If they win, they take the NFC East.
10 (10). Indianapolis Colts (10-5) – Luck, Pagano, Arians, and the Colts have been a great story this year. They will enter the playoffs as the #5 seed.
11 (12). Dallas Cowboys (9-6) – Their late season surge has brought them to one game for the playoffs. They win and they’re in.
12 (13). Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) – The Bengals will enter the AFC playoffs as the six seed again. A good year for the Bengals.
13 (14). Minnesota Vikings (9-6) – Who would have thought that in week 17 this year, the Vikings would control their own destiny?
14 (15). Chicago Bears (9-6) – Through the first half of the season it looked like the Bears were primed for the playoffs. Now? They need a Vikings loss, and to win themselves to make it.
15 (9). New York Giants (8-7) – The G-Men have shot themselves in the foot (see what I did there?). No offense, and a lack of pass-rush have led to their demise. They need the Bears, Vikings, and Cowboys all to lose, and a win themselves.
16 (18). New Orleans Saints (7-8) – The Saints won’t be playing football in January, but I suspect they want to win their last game and finish at .500.
17 (16). Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) – Big Ben has made several non-Ben like mistakes the last few games, and the Steelers will be a surprise non-playoff team this year.
18 (22). St. Louis Rams (7-7-1) – Coach Fisher has coached this team to a .500 record so far, and I know he wants to finish over .500.
19 (20). Miami Dolphins (7-8) – Who would have thought that the Dolphins could be a .500 team this time last year?
20 (21). Carolina Panthers (6-9) – They have won five out of their last eight, and it looks like Coach Rivera might have saved his job.
21 (17). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) – Freeman looked terrible early on, on fire in the middle, and back to terrible. Will be interesting to see who the Bucs QB is next year.
22 (26). San Diego Chargers (6-9) – So if they reach ten losses is Norv Turner out?
23 (23). Buffalo Bills (5-10) – 3rd straight season with ten or more losses. New head coach needed?
24 (19). New York Jets (6-9) – It took 15 games for them to finally realize that a receiver is the best quarterback on their roster.
25 (24). Cleveland Browns (5-10) – I must admit I thought Weeden would do worse then he actually did this year. Solid rookie campaign.
26 (25). Detroit Lions (4-11) – So are the 2013 Lions more likely to be this year’s Lions or last year’s?
27 (27). Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) – Vick will start their season finale which should be pretty interesting.
28 (28). Tennessee Titans (5-10) – Will be interesting to see if Owner Bud Adams cuts ties with first year coach Mike Munchak after their disappointing season.
29 (29). Arizona Cardinals (5-10) – Kolb has 8Td’s and 3Int’s whereas the other three qb’s (if you can call them that) have combined for 2Td’s and 17Int’s.
30 (30). Oakland Raiders (4-11) – A long and bad season for the Raiders. What else to say?
31 (31). Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) – They have competed in several games this year, but are many pieces away from being relevant.
32 (32). Kansas City Chiefs (2-13) – They are a shoe-in for the first overall pick. A bad year for that pick.
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.