NFL Power Poll – Titans Clinch AFC South Title
Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 18
Bengals Clinch AFC North Title for First time in Six Years
Titans Earn AFC South Title For 2nd Year in a Row
Team of the Week
Bengals Take AFC North Title in Chiefs Win 34-31
QB Joe Burrows outshines Patrick Mahomes to win a great shootout that may be a postseason preview.
Upset of the Week
Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) Edges Indianapolis Colts (9-7) – 23-20
Players of the Week
Offense – QB Joe Burrow – Bengals
Defense – LB TJ Watt – Steelers
Rookies of Week
Offense – WR Ja’Marr Chase – Bengals
Defense – S Jevon Holland – Dolphins
Game of Week 18
LA Chargers (9-7) at Las Vegas Raiders (9-7)
Winner Earns Wild Card spot in playoffs.
NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff
Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 13-3 Packers
The Packers maintain the best record in the league for bye and homefield advantage. Face Lions in their finale.
#2 – 12-4 Bucs
Bucs bounced back vs the Jets behind late dramatics by Tom Brady. Host the Panthers this Sunday.
#3 – 11-5 Chiefs
Chiefs lost a shootout vs the Bengals with their secondary toasted by Joe Burrow. Travel to Mile High for finale.
#4 – 12-4 Rams
Rams beat the Ravens behind late game heroics by QB Matthew Stafford. Host the 49ers this Sunday hoping to clinch the NFC West and high playoff seating.
#5 – 11-5 Titans
The Titans drilled the Dolphins to clinch the AFC South title. Travel to Houston for their finale hoping to earn AFC bye with a victory.
#6 – 11-5 Cardinals
Cardinals end a three game losing streak with a big Sunday night win over the Cowboys. It was their best performance on the season. Hosting the Seahawks this week.
#7 – 10-6 Patriots
Pats bounced the weak Jaguars to clinch a playoff berth. Travel to Miami for hoping to win the AFC East with a victory.
#8 – 11-5 Cowboys
The Cowboys came up short vs the Cardinals. Travel to Philly for Saturday night finale that will dictate both club’s playoff positions.
#9 – 10-6 Bills
Bills took care of business vs the Falcons. Host the Jets looking to repeat with an AFC East title.
#10 – 10-6 Bengals
Bengals outshot the Chiefs for an impressive late season victory. Winning the AFC North behind another strong performance by QB Joe Burrow. Travel to Cleveland looking to maintain momentum.
#11 – 9-7 Colts
The Colts lost tough thriller to the Raiders in last one. Travel to Jacksonville this Sunday and needs a victory and help to claim a Wild card berth in the AFC logjam.
#12 – 9-7 Chargers
Chargers rebound and blasted the Broncos. They face the Raiders in a must win situation for both clubs with the winner in for the playoffs.
#13 – 9-7 49ers
The 49ers beat the Texans to stay alive for the postseason. Travel to LA to face the Rams looking for victory to claim the final Wild card NFC position.
#14 – 9-7 Eagles
The Eagles claimed a Wild card spot off a victory over WFT. Host the Cowboys on Saturday night
hoping to get a favorable playoff matchup.
#15 – 8-7-1 Steelers
Steelers beat the Browns in Ben Roethlisberger’s home finale to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Travel to Baltimore hoping to earn final Wild card spot.
#16 – 9-7 Raiders
The Raiders hung together for the stretch run and won a huge game vs the Colts. Host the Chargers Sunday night with the winner going to the Show.
#17 – 8-8 Dolphins
Dolphins were eliminated after coming up empty vs the Titans. Play out the string playing on pride with the Patriots coming to town.
#18 – 8-8 Saints
The Saints stayed alive for the postseason edging the Panthers. Travel to Atlanta for finale looking for victory to claim a Wild card berth.
#19- 8-8 Ravens
Ravens lost a close one to the Rams that put their postseason hopes as only a longshot. Host the Steelers looking to end their playoff hopes.
#20 – 7-9 Vikings
Vikings lost to arch rival the Packers Sunday night ending any playoff hopes. Host the Bears in finale with a postseason of many changes coming.
#21 – 7-9 Browns
Browns came up short again this time vs the Steelers. They were eliminated from playoffs and play out the string hosting Bengals without QB Baker Mayfield.
#22- 7-9 Broncos
The Broncos continue to lack the firepower to beat the top clubs. They fell to the Chargers last week. Host the Chiefs playing only on pride after their 5th consecutive sub .500 season.
#23 – 7-9 Falcons
Falcons come up flat vs the Bills. Host rival the Saints hoping to end their playoff hopes.
#24 – 6-10 WFT
The WFT lost to the Eagles in another close game where they come up short offensively. Play Giants in an NFC East game of disappointing clubs.
#25 – 6-10 Seahawks
Seahawks crushed the Lions. Travel to Arizona hoping to make a final statement in the NFC West.
#26 – 6-10 Bears
The Bears beat the Giants for their first two game win streak since 2020 season. Face the Vikings in their finale where both clubs expected to have major overhauls.
#27 – 5-11 Panthers
Panthers lost to the Saints. They travel to Tampa playing out the string in a season where they collapsed after a good first month.
#28 – 4-12 Texans
Texans fell to the 49ers with a weak offensive performance. Host the Titans to complete a horrible season and major changes expected prior to training camp.
#29 – 4-12 Giants
The Giants offense scored another FG in loss to Bears. Host WFT in a merciful finale of season that never got off the ground.
#30 – 4-12 Jets
Jets pushed the Bucs to the limit before falling on Tom Brady’s late heroics. Travel to Buffalo where they can impact the AFC East winner with a top performance.
#31 – 2-14 Jaguars
Jaguars were blasted by the Patriots in another mismatch. Host the Colts in a must win for them in the finale in a season where little progress was made.
#32 – 2-13-1 Lions
Lions were toasted by the Seahawks. Host the Packers looking to establish respect for next season.