NFL Power Rankings 2019: Where 49ers, Raiders stand entering playoffs
49ers, Raiders rise in NFL Power Rankings
The Raiders closed out their time in Oakland with a tough loss in Denver, while the 49ers won a wild "Sunday Night Football" showdown in Seattle.
As the regular season wraps up, let's take a look at where everyone stands entering the NFL playoffs.
Some teams are dreaming of April and the NFL draft, while others have aspirations of lounging on the beach in Miami come early February.
32. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
Last week's rank: 32
Joe Burrow’s going to his home state. That’s a given. Actual question: Will Zac Taylor get to coach him?
31. Washington (3-13)
Last week's rank: 31
Dear Ron Rivera, don’t do it. Seriously Do not, under any circumstances, coach this team. Worst owner in sports. Let Marvin Lewis handle Daniel Snyder’s special brand of crazy.
30. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Last week's rank: 26
It’s just astonishing that the Panthers still stink after firing Ron Rivera. We just can’t believe it wasn’t the coach that caused all these problems. It definitely can’t be the talent assembled. Too bad Christian McCaffrey’s taking all these hits trying to improve a terrible product.
29. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
Last week's rank: 30
Lions showed some life against the Packers. Don’t let that keep Matt Patricia employed.
28. New York Giants (4-12)
Last week's rank: 27
Dave Gettleman ruined the Panthers. Now he’s ruining the Giants.
27. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
Last week's rank: 24
Browns fired befuddled head coach Freddie Kitchens right away. Huge mistake for a promising team that fell flat on its face.
26. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
Last week's rank: 29
Don’t care what the record says. Brian Flores is a damn good coach. Just wait ‘til he gets some talent.
25. L.A. Chargers (5-11)
Last week's rank: 25
Watch Philip Rivers’ emotional press conference after losing to K.C. He says he gave it everything he had as Chargers quarterback. He knows the end of an era is near.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
Last week's rank: 28
Doug Marrone said in his press conference that he’s going to drink “more than one” beer after the regular-season finale. He deserves it. And another year at the helm. Tom Coughlin, however, does not.
23. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
Last week’s rank: 23
Kyler Murray’s going to be a damn good quarterback for a long, long time.
22. N.Y. Jets (7-9)
Last week's rank: 22
Another good draft and this team might be legit. We’re Sam Darnold-stans around here.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
Last week's rank: 21
Jameis Winston joined the 30-30 club. Thirty scores. Thirty picks. And, somehow, he has the gall to ask for $30 million?
20. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
Last week's rank: 19
Winning four straight to close the season should infuriate Falcons fans. So much promise. So much wasted talent.
19. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
Last week's rank: 17
Colts withered down the stretch. Indy needs more playmakers. And maybe a new quarterback. Not sold on Jacoby Brissett.
18. Raiders (7-9)
Last week's rank: 15
The Silver and Black needed a win in Denver and a whole lot of help. They didn’t get any of that. Playoffs crash from a mile high.
17. Denver Broncos (7-9)
Last week's rank: 20
This Drew Lock kid’s legit. The future is bright in Denver.
16. Chicago Bears (8-8)
Last week's rank: 16
Bears win with an Eddy Pineiro field goal. How about that for symmetry? The good: Bears kept the Raiders in the playoff hunt as the afternoon games kicked off. The bad: That first-round pick from the Khalil Mack trade gets a little bit worse.
15. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Last week's rank: 18
Jason Garrett was on the field at AT&T Stadium more than four hours after the game. Almost like he doesn’t want to go home and see a pink slip nailed to the door.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
Last week's rank: 13
The Steelers making the playoffs without Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Big Ben would’ve been a great story and made for a terrible playoff game. They’re on the outside looking in, right where they belong.
13. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)
Last week's rank: 14
The Rams went all-in on the 2018 campaign and fell just short. That’s regrettable because life gets a lot tougher without any first-round picks until kingdom come.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Last week's rank: 12
The Eagles won and got into the playoffs by winning a terrible division. They’re no layup. Winning a playoff game in Philly is no easy task.
11. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
Last week's rank: 10
Kirk Cousins didn’t play Sunday. He will in the playoffs, and that’s a problem. He brings down a damn good team.
10. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Last week's rank: 11
The Titans run the ball so well. Derrick Henry could be a nightmare in the playoffs.
9. Houston Texans (10-6)
Last week's rank: 8
DeShaun Watson in the playoffs. Right where he belongs. Will J.J. Watt join him? Texans could be scary if he does.
8. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
Last week's rank: 9
Bills have first-round exit written all over them.
7. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
Last week's rank: 7
Lost the NFC West by an inch. Literally. Tough break for a good team with a great quarterback. Now they’ve got to go on the road.
6. New England Patriots (12-4)
Last week's rank: 3
Patriots look vulnerable, and not just because they lost to Miami. King Belichick might have to give up his crown.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Last week's rank: 6
Chiefs have a first-round bye and at least one game at home. Book their trip to the AFC title game.
4. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Last week's rank: 5
The Aarons (Rodgers and Jones) make the Pack a ferocious attack.
3. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Last week's rank: 4
Saints enter the postseason with a great chance to win it all. Assuming, of course, the refs don’t screw it up.
2. 49ers (13-3)
Last week's rank: 2
The NFC’s No. 1 and a first-round bye. Great regular season for the Sourdough Sams.
1. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
Last week's rank: 1
Ravens sat everybody and still beat Pittsburgh. Yeah. They’re that deep and that good.