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NFL Power Poll – Cowboys Clinch East, Seahawks Earn Wild Card Berth

NFL Power Poll – Week 17

Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

NFL Power Poll – Final Regular Season Games
Cowboys Clinch East Division, Seahawks Earn Wild Card Berth

Team of the Week  
    Ravens rip Chargers, 22-10

Upset of the Week
  Seahawks outlast Chiefs, 38-31

Players of the Week
  Offense – RB Christian McCaffrey – Panthers     
  Defense – LB Jaylen Smith – Cowboys
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – RB Sony Michel – Patriots
    Defense – LB Tremaine Edmunds – Bills

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Game of Week #17 – Colts (9-6) at Titans (9-6)  
Winner Earns Final AFC Wild Card Berth

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 17

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 13-2 Saints
Saints’ earned the home field advantage plus bye thru NFC playoffs.

#2 -12-3 Rams
Rams’ stopped their two game losing streak, holding 2nd spot in NFC playoffs.

#3 – 11-4 Chiefs
Chiefs’ lost a tough game to the Seahawks. Host the Raiders with AFC West title in the balance.

#4 – 11-4 Bears
The Bears can knock the Vikings out of the playoffs this week and claim #2 spot.

#5 -11- 4 Chargers
Chargers are here to stay. Hoping to clinch West title with win over Broncos and Chiefs loss.

#6 – 10-5 Texans
Texans’ lost to the Eagles on the last play of the game that may cost them a bye week in playoffs.

#7 – 10-5 Patriots
Pats won their 10th straight AFC East title with win over the Bills. Nothing ever changes in this division.

#8 – 9-6 Seahawks
Seahawks came up big and beat the Chiefs that earned a wild card berth.

#9 – 9-6 Cowboys
The Cowboys win the East division title with some big plays on both sides of the ball.

#10 – 9-6 Ravens
Ravens beat the Chargers in an impressive display of defense and one of the emerging teams in the AFC currently.

#11 – 9-6 Colts
QB Andrew Luck brought the Colts back from a big deficit. Face the Titans in a winner takes all wild card spot in the AFC.

#12 – 8-6-1 Steelers
Steelers’ lost to the Saints in a must win situation. Host the Bengals in must win spot but also needs the Browns to beat the Ravens to win the North title.

#13 – 9-6 Titans
The Titans took care of the Jets to complete a New York sweep.

#14 – 8-7 Eagles
Eagles won huge matchup with Texans. Travel to the Capital in must win situation while hoping Vikings lose to Bears.

#15 – 8-6-1 Vikings
Vikings beat the Lions for another big win. Face the Bears in their final must win game situation for playoff hopes.

#16 – 7-8 Redskins
The Redskins host the Eagles, hoping to end their repeat dreams.

#17 – 7-7-1 Browns
Browns had a great season and could finish over .500 with a win over the tough Ravens on the road.

#18 – 7-8 Dolphins
Dolphins lost to the Jaguars that ended their slim playoff hopes.

#19 – 6-9 Falcons
Falcons wacked the Panthers for a respectable late run.

#20 – 6-9 Broncos
Broncos came up empty once again with another horrible loss this time to the Raiders. Big changes this offseason.

#21 – 6-9 Panthers
Panthers have been inept over the 2nd half of the season. This club needs a fairly big overhaul.

#22 – 6-9 Bengals
Bengals’ lost to the Browns for a Cleveland sweep this season for the first time since the 2002 season.

#23 – 5-10 Giants
The Giants allowed the Colts to get back into the game and gave away another contest late in the 4th period.

#24 – 5-9-1 Packers
The Packers came back and beat the Jets in overtime. Expect an active offseason here.

#25 – 5-10 Lions
Lions failed to show up vs the Vikings. Close season at Green Bay to end a very disappointing campaign.

#26 – 5-10 Bucs
Bucs came up short vs Cowboys. Club has failed to improve and continues their 10 year+ playoff drought.

#27 – 5-10 Bills
Bills turned the page with rookie QB Josh Allen at the helm, but a lot of rebuilding necessary to establish themselves as a contender.

#28 – 5-10 Jaguars
Jaguars’ ended the Dolphins playoff dreams last week. This offense needs new leader and playmakers.

#29 – 4-11 Jets
Jets’ lost to the struggling Packers in overtime. Finish in New England with slight improvement to build on going forward.

#30 – 4-11 49ers
The 49ers played the Bears tough, but continue to struggle with weak scoring offense.

#31 – 4-11 Raiders
Raiders beat the hated Broncos. Hope to parlay that with a victory in Kansas City in Sunday’s finale.

#32 – 3-12 Cardinals
Cardinals’ inept offense scored their only TD on a Larry Fitzgerald scoring pass. Finale in Seattle could be ugly.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites