NFL Power Rankings: Week 16
32. Oakland Raiders (LW: 32)
31. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 30)
They have a chance to make the NFC real weird with games against the Bears and Seahawks. The problem is they're bad.
30. New York Jets (LW: 27)
Props to Sam Darnold to doing some serious damage control to the ol' brand heading into their impending coaching search.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 28)
The scary Jaguars defense got beat by Josh Jackson. Soooo that's what's happening in Jacksonville this year.
28. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 31)
The Bears and Rams is a brutal end, but they've shown some punch in the last two weeks.
27. Buffalo Bills (LW: 29)
Remember when Vontae Davis just straight up quit mid-game?! That was this year!
26. New York Giants (LW: 25)
The "Maybe Eli Isn't A Problem" articles are starting to show up, a fun yearly tradition in New York.
24. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 26)
Only two more games of watching this defense, Atlanta. Just two more.
23. Detroit Lions (LW: 24)
There are a lot of bad teams in the NFL, but I'm not sure anyone has a lower ceiling than the Lions.
22. Green Bay Packers (LW: 22)
He is quite literally the least of their problems but boy did Aaron Rodgers sure looked like a guy who's clocked out already.
20. Carolina Panthers (LW: 16)
They're basically already playing playoff games, so at least we're going to get some WILD Ron Rivera calls this last month.
19. Cleveland Browns (LW: 19)
Is anyone not rooting for the Browns at this point? Give me Baker Mayfield on the road in Wild Card Weekend.
18. Washington Redskins (LW: 23)
I guess they're still technically in the playoff hunt, which is an impressive feat for that roster. Run it back next year fellas!
17. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 17)
The Nick Foles run! It's happening!
16. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 15)
You can say that firing John DeFilippo is going to fix the Vikings' offense, but teams that fire coordinators in Week 14 usually have a whole bunch more going on.
15. Denver Broncos (LW: 17)
John Lynch tried to hire Mike Shanahan out of retirement but got rejected by the owner, which feels lowkey like a kind of big deal?
14. Tennessee Titans (LW: 14)
I *love* the Marcus Mariota block but man, do you not want your franchise QB who can't stay healthy in the first place throwing shoulders like that.
13. Miami Dolphins (LW: 11)
Extremely Dolphins performance from the Dolphins this weekend. All the momentum in the world and a big ol' dud against a beatable Vikings team.
12. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 13)
They're a spooky, spooky Wild Card opponent all of a sudden. Lamar Jackson continues to be that dude.
11. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 10)
A team that has Prescott, Elliot, Cooper and still ranks in the bottom-5 of most all major offensive categories doesn't have a player problem, it has a Scott Linehan problem.
10. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 9)
Ooooof. I know divisional games can get wonky but ooooof.
9. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 12)
Maybe Frank Reich gets some COY recognition?
8. New England Patriots (LW: 5)
Yeah, they're just not that good this year. Discount the Patriots in the playoffs if you want, but the lack of talent is pretty clear.
7. Houston Texans (LW: 7)
It feels very full-circley for the Texans to get another crack at the Patriots in Foxboro after how the season started.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 8)
They needed a big win against New England to stop the three-game skid, so credit where credit's due. Still, not a super-convincing W.
5. Chicago Bears (LW: 6)
They did it! I can confidently claim the Bears are one of the NFL's best 5 teams. cough2seed?cough
4. Los Angeles Rams (LW: 3)
They look suspiciously like a clinched team that maybe isn't totally giving 100% right now, but the Eagles loss was an eye-opener and the 2-seed is suddenly not a lock.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 2)
It's got to be maddening to be 11-3 and still fighting this hard for home-field and a bye week.
2. Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 4)
I gave the thought of the Chargers winning in Kansas City on a short week literally not a single thought. It's wild that the AFC is going to have a 12-win Wild Card team.
1. New Orleans Saints (LW: 1)
It remains so so weird that they didn't play the Panthers until Week 15 and 17.