NFL Power Rankings: Eagles rise as the top remains the same
2019 NFL Power Rankings
With a winning streak that's reached 11 games, the Ravens remain in the top spot. Can anyone stop them?
With an Eagles win over Dallas, how does the NFC East shake-up?
32. Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 32
Notes: Only one more week until the Andy Dalton era is over. Despite an overtime contest with the lowly Dolphins, the Bengals dropped their 14th game of the season.
Cincinnati has secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and will almost certainly select LSU's Joe Burrow.
31. Washington Redskins
Last Week: 29 (-2)
Notes: Dwayne Haskins was on his way to the best game of his brief career before spraining his ankle against the Giants, ending his season. In his last six quarters, Haskins showed plenty of promise.
Washington is now in line for the No. 2 overall pick, one they could take highly-talented edge rusher Chase Young with. Things aren't as bad in Washington as one may think.
30. Detroit Lions
Last Week: 27 (-3)
Notes: The Lions have lost eight straight games and in position for the No. 3 overall selection in the draft. Remember their great month of September?
29. Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 31 (+2)
Notes: The Dolphins entered 2019 expected to be one of the worst teams in NFL history, yet they won their fourth game of the season on Sunday.
Say what you want about Miami, but head coach Brian Flores has them playing hard, despite their sheer lack of talent. They badly still need to take a QB in the first round.
28. New York Giants
Last Week: 30 (+2)
Notes: A winning streak? A winning streak!
The Giants won their second game in a row, a 41-35 overtime thriller over the Redskins. Daniel Jones had the best game of his career, throwing for five touchdowns and no turnovers.
New York may have won the game, but moved back in the draft order and likely missed their chance to nab edge rusher Chase Young.
27. Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 26 (-1)
Notes: Will Grier's first career start ended with three interceptions and zero trips to the end zone.
Cam Newton, who once seemed certain to be traded this offseason, is still without a doubt the best QB this team can play in 2020.
26. New York Jets
Last Week: 28 (+2)
Notes: Spoiler! The Jets upset the Steelers in Week 16, giving the Titans the ability to control their own destiny.
While there's been promise in New York, it's been another lost season for the Jets.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 25
Notes: Jacksonville fell to Atlanta in the most meaningless game of the weekend.
Gardner Minshew is 5-6 as a starter. Nick Foles is 0-4. Tom Coughlin is gone. They have a lot of young talent. A youth movement is coming.
24. Los Angeles Chargers
Last Week: 20 (-4)
Notes: The Chargers usually find a new, frustrating way to lose every week.
They and the Browns are having a competition for 2019's most disappointing team award.
23. Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 21 (-2)
Notes: The Browns are a mess.
Freddie Kitchens likely has one week left. The bigger question is if Sunday will be Odell Beckham Jr.'s final game in a Browns uniform.
22. Denver Broncos
Last Week: 22
Notes: Drew Lock's is 3-1 as a starter. John Elway might have finally found his QB.
Phillip Lindsay had a nice afternoon in Sunday's victory over Detroit, rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown.
21. Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 24 (+3)
Notes: The Cardinals have a lot of promise behind Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury. In Week 15, they knocked off the Seahawks on the road in convincing fashion.
This team has the right building blocks to be a competitive team down the line.
20. Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 23 (+3)
Notes: The good: the Falcons have figured out how to win again.
The bad: each win means Dan Quinn is closer to returning in 2020.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 19
Notes: Jameis Winston has thrown for 31 touchdowns in 2019 and leads the NFL in passing yards. He's also on the verge of throwing 30 interceptions.
Bruce Arians has a big decision on what he wants to do at QB in the offseason.
18. Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 18
Notes: Year 1 without Andrew Luck started off promising, but has fallen off quick.
Indianapolis has a chance to finish .500 with a victory over Jacksonville in Week 17.
17. Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 17
Notes: The Raiders slim postseason chances stayed alive in Week 16.
Just a few weeks ago, this team seemed prime for January football. Now, they need a lot of help.
16. Chicago Bears
Last Week: 15 (-1)
Notes: Sorry, Bears fans. You're tired of hearing how this team passed up on Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes.
But losing to the Mahomes' Chiefs in convincing fashion on primetime only pushed that narrative even further.
15. Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 12 (-3)
Notes: There's no excuse now. Dallas fell to an undermanned Philadelphia team in the de-facto NFC East title game in Week 16.
Jason Garrett is almost certainly out, as this Cowboys team has way too much talent to be this poor.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 14
Notes: In control of their own playoff destiny, the Steelers fell to the Jets in Week 16 and will now need some help to make the postseason.
13. Los Angeles Rams
Last Week: 13
Notes: The Rams went blow for blow with the 49ers, but a busted coverage late in the game allowed San Francisco to sneak away with the victory.
For the first time under Sean McVay, the Rams will be sitting the postseason out.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 16 (+4)
Notes: There's just something different about Eagles football in December.
Carson Wentz and co., undermanned and outmatched, edged out the Cowboys in a crucial Week 16 matchup. Now, they control their own destiny in the NFC East.
11. Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 11
Notes: The Titans fell in Week 16 to the Saints, but control their own playoff destiny now with a Steelers loss in Week 16.
10. Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 8 (-2)
Notes: Minnesota fell at home to Green Bay on Monday, as Kirk Cousins remains winless in Monday Night Football.
The Vikings are in the postseason, but they ruined their NFC North chances on Monday. Another January trip to Lambeau could be coming.
9. Houston Texans
Last Week: 10 (+1)
Notes: Houston clinched the AFC South in Week 16 with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Barring a Chiefs loss in Week 17, the Texans will likely finish in the AFC's No 4 spot and host Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs.
8. Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 9 (+1)
Notes: The Bills are legit.
They came a play or two short from upsetting the Patriots in Week 16. Buffalo will be a tough out in January.
7. Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 4 (-3)
Notes: Seattle has been hit with the injury bug at the worst time. The Seahawks will be without their top three running backs for the remainder of the season, as Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise are all injured.
So, what did Pete Carroll have up his sleeve?
Welcome back, Beast Mode. The Seahawks lured Marshawn Lynch out of retirement, as the two have 'unfinished business.'
6. New England Patriots
Last Week: 6
Notes: New England held on against the Bills in Week 16, moving to 12-3 on the season.
This is the least convincing Patriots team we've seen in quite some time, which means they'll somehow still find their way to the Super Bowl.
5. Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 7 (+2)
Notes: The Packers took care of business on the road against Minnesota, clinching the NFC North.
Green Bay finally has a solid running game, and have proved they can win in multiple ways. The Packers will be a tough out in the playoffs, especially if they get the No. 2 seed.
4. San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 5 (+1)
Notes: San Francisco bounced back with a huge victory over the Rams in Week 16.
They'll face Seattle on Sunday Night Football with a chance to not only win the NFC West but earn the No. 1 overall seed, too.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 3
Notes: The Chiefs offense usually fills the headlines, but no defense has played better over the past month than Kansas City's.
Patrick Mahomes looks like the Mahomes of old as Chiefs are healing up at the perfect time for a playoff run.
2. New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 2
Notes: The Saints are clicking on all cylinders right now. They came from behind to defeat Tennessee on the road in Week 16.
This team is among the NFC and NFL's best and will be a tough team to beat in January.
1. Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 1
Notes: Baltimore has been the best team in the NFL for months.
During their 11-game winning streak, Baltimore has defeated the Seahawks, Patriots, Texans and Rams all in considerable fashion. Don't forget the 49ers, too.
The AFC's No. 1 overall seed is primed for a Super Bowl run.