CSN's NFL Power Rankings: Here come the Giants and Packers

CSN's NFL Power Rankings: Here come the Giants and Packers

Two weeks remain in the regular season and playoff races are as hot as ever.

With Week 16 upon us, here's a look at CSN's latest NFL power rankings, compiled by Derrick Gunn and John Boruk, ahead of all the big games.

1. New England (12-2)
Time to start giving the Patriots’ defense some props. The D allows only 16.6 points per game best in the league. - Gunn (1)

As far as I’m concerned, the Patriots have lost just one game — can’t count the loss to Buffalo in Week 4 with a third-string QB. - Boruk (1)

2. Dallas (12-2)
All you Cowboys fans screaming for Tony Romo, stop it! Dak Prescott went 32 of 36 vs. Tampa Bay. - Gunn (2)

Loved how Prescott responded (32 of 36, 279 yards) after two bad weeks. Still think he’s the team MVP. - Boruk (2)

3. Oakland (11-3)
The Raiders are back in the playoffs for first time since 2002, looking to make some noise. - Gunn (3)

WR Amari Cooper has under 30 yards in three of the past four weeks. Oakland needs to find a way to get him the ball. - Boruk (3)

4. Kansas City (10-4)
Losing to Tennessee was a real stunner. But a win this weekend over Denver and the Chiefs are postseason bound. - Gunn (4)

Some bad home losses to Tampa Bay and Tennessee by identical 19-17 scores. That’s how close the Chiefs are to 12-2 record. - Boruk (4)

5. Pittsburgh (9-5)
Look out, the Steelers are rolling with five wins in a row. Antonio Brown is second in the league with 11 TD receptions. - Gunn (5)

From 4:30-8 p.m. Christmas Day, the family is not to bother me with the AFC North title on the line. - Boruk (7)

5. N.Y. Giants (10-4)
The G-Men have won eight of their last nine and the defense is getting better. - Gunn (6)

Have won eight of their last nine coming to Philly. The injury to CB Janoris Jenkins could be a concern. - Boruk (6)

7. Seattle (9-4-1)
Rock solid at home but on shaky ground on the road. All four losses away from home. - Gunn (9)

Host the Cardinals this week — a rematch of the 6-6 tie in Arizona back in October. Somebody make a field goal! - Boruk (5)

8. Atlanta (9-5)
Matt Ryan has league-best QB rating of 114.8. - Gunn (7)

Atlanta has put up 40-plus points in back-to-back games without Julio Jones. A surprise team in the NFC. - Boruk (8)

9. Green Bay (8-6)
From losing four in a row to winning four in a row, and now the Pack control their own destiny. - Gunn (8)

Ty Montgomery just became the Packers’ leading rusher this season … with 390 yards. - Boruk (11)

10. Baltimore (8-6)
The Eagles gave the Ravens a gift win, now let’s see if Baltimore can cash in on it against Steelers this Sunday. - Gunn (10)

The Ravens have won the last three meetings against the Steelers in which they were underdogs. - Boruk (10)

11. Detroit (9-5)
Could this be the beginning of the end for the Lions? Their last two games are at Dallas and vs. Green Bay. - Gunn (12)

The Lions have given up 20 or fewer points in seven straight games in one season for the first time since 1961. - Boruk (9)

12. Miami (9-5)
QB Matt Moore starts for first time since January 2012 and the Dolphins don’t miss a beat. - Gunn (11)

I know it’s the Jets, but I like Moore as Miami’s QB more than Ryan Tannehill. - Boruk (14)

13. Denver (8-6)
Defending champs have lost two in a row and locker-room bickering doesn’t help. - Gunn (14)

Denver’s entire season rides on winning in Kansas City. The Chiefs beat the Broncos, 30-27, in Week 11. - Boruk (12)

13. Tampa Bay (8-6)
Despite loss at Dallas, the Bucs hold No. 6 seed in NFC but need to win out. - Gunn (13)

Where have you gone Mike Evans? One hundred thirty-nine yards receiving in his last three games combined. - Boruk (13)

15. Houston (8-6)
The $72 million man Brock Osweiler finally gets benched, but is Tom Savage truly the answer to the Texans’ QB woes? - Gunn (17)

Osweiler is finally where he belongs — on the bench. DeAndre Hopkins could put up big numbers now. – Boruk (15)

15. Washington (7-6-1)
Maybe the ‘Skins shouldn’t play at home on Monday nights. With loss to Panthers, Washington is 1-16 in last 17 games on its turf for Monday Night Football. - Gunn (15)

Just a bad, bad loss to the Panthers. The Redskins are now 1-16 on Monday night at FedEx Field. - Boruk (17)

15. Tennessee (8-6)
How many of you were willing to bet the Titans would be tied for AFC South lead at this point of the season? Be honest. - Gunn (16)

Has won four of five against the Packers, Broncos and Chiefs. That’s quality football. - Boruk (16)

18. Indianapolis (7-7)
Impressive beatdown of the Vikings, but might be too little, too late to save the Colts’ season. - Gunn (18)

First time this season Andrew Luck wasn’t sacked. The Colts gained franchise-record 21 first downs in first half. - Boruk (18)

19. Minnesota (7-7)
Not even the return of Adrian Peterson could jolt the Vikes. - Gunn (19)

Remember when the Vikings were 5-0, and there was all this foolish talk about the Super Bowl? Neither do I. - Boruk (21)

20. New Orleans (6-8)
Offense is No. 2 in points per game with 29.0, but defense is 30th, allowing 28.0. - Gunn (22)

Drew Brees on pace to win triple crown for QBs — first in yards, touchdown passes and completion percentage. - Boruk (20)  

21. Cincinnati (5-8-1)
The Bengals have scored only 11 fourth-quarter points in last six games. - Gunn (21)

Cincinnati needs a workhorse running back. Somehow, I see Leonard Fournette wearing Bengals stripes. - Boruk (23)

21. Carolina (6-8)
The Panthers that beat the ‘Skins on Monday night — where have they been all season? - Gunn (20)

Cam Newton’s QB rating has plummeted from 99.4 last season to 78.9 this season. An unbelievable drop. - Boruk (24)

21. Buffalo (7-7)
Last eight games, the Bills are 3-5. - Gunn (25)

LeSean McCoy closing in on 9,000 career yards rushing. Averaging 5.5 yards per carry this season. - Boruk (19)

24. Arizona (5-8-1)
Still can’t figure this team out. How does the Cards’ fourth-ranked defense give up 48 points to the Saints? - Gunn (23)

The Cards are officially eliminated from the postseason race. - Boruk (22)

25. San Diego (5-9)
Second straight losing season is getting to Philip Rivers. - Gunn (24)

Rivers completing just 61.5 percent of his passes, the lowest of his career since 2007. - Boruk (25)

26. Eagles (5-9)
The effort is there but the wins are not. Five losses in a row. - Gunn (26)

Have allowed no more than 15 points in their five wins, and no less than 23 points in their nine losses. - Boruk (26) 

27. N.Y. Jets (4-10)
Have spent a lot of money on players and have gotten little in return. - Gunn (28)

Good to see undrafted Temple rookie Robby Anderson get some targets in this Jets offense. - Boruk (28)

27. Los Angeles (4-10)
QB Jared Goff is a major project. Rams’ next head coach better have plenty of patience. - Gunn (29)

Todd Gurley hasn’t had a 100-yard game all season. Hosting San Francisco will present, by far, his best chance to do that. - Boruk (27)

27. Chicago (3-11)
The Bears’ last three losses have been by a total of 12 points. - Gunn (27)

The Eagles need a WR. Alshon Jeffery will be a free agent. He has size (6-foot-3) and speed to stretch an offense. - Boruk (29)

30. Jacksonville (2-12)
A .226 winning percentage will get you fired. Just ask Gus Bradley. - Gunn (30)

Bradley fired. Remember, he would have been the Eagles’ coach had Chip Kelly turned them down. - Boruk (30)

31. San Francisco (1-13)
Does anyone feel sorry for Kelly and the Niners? Uhhhhh no! - Gunn (31)

Allowing a league-worst 176 rushing yards per game — 21 more yards than the next worse team. - Boruk (31)

32. Cleveland (0-14)
The Browns are staying committed to RG3, who in last two starts has zero passing TDs and one INT. - Gunn (32)

Fourth team in NFL history to start the season 0-14. Only the 1980 Saints were able to win one of their final two games. - Boruk (32)

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

The Super Bowl champion Eagles face a multitude of tough decisions this offseason. 

The toughest is what to do with Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. With franchise QB Carson Wentz recovering from a serious knee injury, the situation becomes more complicated.

Longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian essentially thinks Foles is untouchable.

Two first-round and two second-round picks would be a doozy of an offer for a quarterback who has one year left under contract. But that speaks to how highly Polian values Foles and the idea of having a top-notch backup QB on a contending team.

Former Eagles LB turned TV host Dhani Jones is in the same boat as Polian, saying he believes that Foles should be the starter, even if Wentz is healthy by Week 1.

Check out Jones' opinion in the video above.

Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

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Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

While the Eagles have been figuring out their new-look coaching staff, one of the more important people in the NovaCare Complex is leaving.

Head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his role with the team.

"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the Eagles said in a statement.

Peduzzi took over as head trainer after Rick Burkholder went to Kansas City with Andy Reid in 2013. But Peduzzi had been with the Eagles in some capacity since 1999, when he joined the franchise as an assistant trainer.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly. I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions.

"However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off. This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future. I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”