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NFL Power Rankings – Week 16
Team of the Week - N.Y. Jets
Player of Week - RB Jonathan Stewart - Panthers
Rookie of Week - Brian Cushing - Texans
Photo - LB Brian Cushing - Texans
Rank / Team / Record
1. Indianapolis Colts (14-1)
Colts are playing for Super Bowl not a perfect season after pulling Peyton Manning.
2. San Diego Chargers (12-3)
Chargers have won ten games in a row and may be the best team in the league.
3. New Orleans Saints (13-2)
The Saints have dropped two in a row and need to recapture their momentum in season finale.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (11-4)
Eagles play Cowboys in the finale with the NFC East title in the balance.
5. Minnesota Vikings (11-4)
Viking’s lost in overtime vs the Bears and are playing for the #2 playoff seed with Giants at home in finale.
6. New England Patriots (10-5)
Patriots clinched another AFC East title vs Jaguars with a key clutch performance.
7. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
Cards have quietly had a strong season and maybe the biggest sleeper for the postseason.
8. Green Bay Packers (10-5)
Packers bombed the Seahawks and go to the desert in interesting finale with the Cardinals.
9. Dallas Cowboys (10-5)
Cowboys are hot at just the right time and hope to continue their run with Eagles coming in with NFC East title the winners’ prize.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5)
The Bengals won a crucial game vs the Chiefs that clinched the AFC Central.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7)
Steelers stay alive with huge win over their divisional rival Ravens that keeps hopes alive for the playoffs.
12. Baltimore Ravens (8-7)
The Ravens lost a heartbreaker to the Steelers and they now depend on help to make the playoffs.
13. New York Jets (8-7)
Jets wreck Colts perfect season and can make the playoffs with win over Bengals in a roller coaster year.
14. Denver Broncos (8-7)
The Broncos have lost three in a row that has them desperate vs KC for the playoff picture.
15. Houston Texans (8-7)
Texans are still get into the playoffs, but they need a lot of help over the last weekend.
16. Atlanta Falcons (8-7)
Falcons look to win finale to post back to back winning seasons for the first time.
17. New York Giants (8-7)
The Giants let it all slip away with a few horrible performances in key situations.
18. Tennessee Titans (7-8)
The streaky Titans dug too big a hole early in season to overcome to stay on playoff pace.
19. Miami Dolphins (7-8)
The Dolphins play everyone tough, but took a step back this fall with many key young starters.
20. San Francisco 49ers (7-8)
The 49ers look to finish with a .500 record in a huge turnaround season.
21. Carolina Panthers (7-8)
Panthers jumped on the Giants in another strong late performance that earns HC John Fox and staff another season.
22 .Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8)
Jaguars have lost three in a row that ended their playoff hopes.
23. Chicago Bears (6-9)
The Bears salvaged something from this disastrous season with a great win over the Vikings.
24. Oakland Raiders (5-10)
The Raiders close out another terrible season with no campaign over 5 wins since their Super Bowl loss to Tampa.
25. Buffalo Bills (5-10)
The Bills offense has totally failed and will undergo some key changes this offseason.
26. Seattle Seahawks (5-10)
The Seahawks got bombed by the Packers last week and look to restructure this offseason.
27. Cleveland Browns (4-11)
The Browns have won three in a row that they hope carries over for next season.
28. Washington Redskins (4-11)
The Skins complete one of the worst campaigns in their long history by going to San Diego in finale.
29. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-12)
The Bucs pulled off the upset of the season with their victory over the Saints.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (3-12)
The Chiefs have just begun to rebuild and their new regime deserves the time to continue.
31. Detroit Lions (2-13)
Lions are bleeding on offense and have a major rebuilding job along their offensive line.
32. St. Louis Rams (1-14)
The Rams are light years away from being a playoff caliber club.