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NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Postseason
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Team of Week 15 - Miami Dolphins
Matchup of Week 16 – Saints at Panthers –
Rank / Team / Record
1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2)
The Seahawks are clicking on all units and peaking at the right time.
2. Denver Broncos (11-3)
Broncos have 10 days to lick their wounds from their late loss to Chargers.
3. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
Saints go to Carolina with South title in the balance.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
The Chiefs get Colts at home in a contest with major AFC playoff ramifications in play.
5. New England Patriots (10-4)
Patriots go to Baltimore that could decide two AFC divisions.
6. Carolina Panthers (11-3)
The hot Panthers get Saints at home with South title for the winner.
7. Indianapolis Colts (9-5)
Colts face acid test this week with trip to Kansas City.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
The Bengals have slipped over last month and need a strong win over Vikings at home to solidify first place in AFC North.
9. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
The 49ers are dangerous despite being behind the Seahawks in NFC West.
10. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Ravens continue to hang in playoff hunt and get huge home game vs Patriots this week.
11. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
Cards might be the best team that sits out the playoffs this season.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)
Eagles are trying to shoot themselves with the NFC East title there for the taking.
13. Chicago Bears (8-6)
The Bears go to Philly with a slim half game lead over the Packers.
14. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)
Packers are hoping their finale at Chicago is for the NFC North title.
15. Miami Dolphins (8-6)
The Dolphins won huge game vs Patriots, but need to run table vs Bills and Jets for playoff chance.
16. San Diego Chargers (7-7)
Chargers are hot over last month, but need help to claim final playoff spot.
17. Detroit Lions (7-7)
Lions gave away first place in the North and need big win with Giants coming to town.
18. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
Cowboys are only alive because East is a mess. Their defense is among the worst in the league.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8)
Steelers have won a few late games for respectability but have a lot of work to do this offseason.
20. St. Louis Rams (6-8)
The Rams play hard weekly, but need a strong draft class to take the next step up.
21. New York Jets (6-8)
The Jets have major work on offense this offseason, though their defense is at playoff levels.
22. New York Giants (5-9)
The GMen have struggled offensively this season and look to rebuild on that side of the ball.
23. Tennessee Titans (5-9)
The Titans are not a playoff contender especially on defense.
24. Buffalo Bills (5-9)
The Bills are competitive and look to break Dolphins’ playoff bubble this week.
25. Oakland Raiders (4-10)
The Raiders have played hard, but are still young and find a way to win close games.
26. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-10)
Bucs recaptured some respectability over second half, but are still a club without offensive leadership.
27. Atlanta Falcons (4-10)
Falcons look to regroup through NFL Draft where they are in position for a top five pick.
28. Cleveland Browns (4-10)
The Browns travel to New York with both clubs facing with pressing issues with young QBs.
29. Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1)
Vikings travel to Cincinnati this Sunday with only their pride at stake.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)
Jaguars think they can win another with Titans coming to town this week.
31. Washington Redskins (3-11)
The Skins have caved in with major questions related to HC Mike Shanahan and RBIII among key offseason issues.
32. Houston Texans (2-12)
Texans get the Broncos at home this week with the #1 overall pick in NFL Draft in the balance.