NFL Power Rankings Week 16
The Seahawks handed the Giants their first home shutout defeat since 1995 and picked off Eli Manning five times. They also forced a record-setting amount of sightings of the “Eli Manning face.”
2. Denver Broncos (11-3)
Despite a shocking loss to the Chargers at home on Thursday, they’re still the best team in the AFC by a decent margin and they will almost assuredly get Wes Welker back for Week 16.
3. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
The 49ers–winners of their last four and eight of nine–look to send off Candlestick the right way this Monday night against the Falcons.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
Jamaal Charles made a mockery of the Raiders defense on Sunday, scoring five touchdowns (four receiving) and making his fantasy owners giddy. Charles now has an unheard of 18 total touchdowns on the season with two games left to play.
5. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
Opponents have taken away Jimmy Graham of late, and the Saints offense has struggled a bit as a result. Graham posted four 100 yard receiving games in the first five week of 2013, but has just one such performance in his last six games.
6. Carolina Panthers (10-4)
Riverboat Ron Rivera went from hot seat to leading candidate for Coach of the Year. Who would have guessed?
7. New England Patriots (10-4)
The 10-3 Patriots shockingly came into Miami as two-point underdogs against a middling Dolphins team and the public rushed to bet on the Patriots. This is why you don’t mess with Vegas. It’s like they have a damn crystal ball.
8. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
The Cardinals need a whole lot of help to reach the playoffs, but there’s no denying Bruce Arians has this team trending in the right direction.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
Last week I remarked, “They’re probably better than I give them credit for.” I retract that statement. They’re overrated and I wish I could rank them lower, but the other options are scarce.
10. Chicago Bears (8-6)
Jay Cutler shook off some first half rust (two interceptions) to finish with a 102.2 passer rating against the Browns on Sunday. With the Lions loss, the Bears now have an inside track at the NFC North crown.
11. Indianapolis Colts (9-5)
The Colts took advantage of their weak division with a blowout victory over the Texans this Sunday. Again.
12. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
After a six field goal performance topped off by a game-winning 61 yarder to beat the Lions last night and riding 33 straight makes, it’s worth it to wonder. Based on value to his team, is Justin Tucker > Ray Rice + Joe Flacco?
13. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)
LeSean McCoy ran for 217 yards in the snow in Week 14 and then got eight carries in Week 15 in a loss to the Vikings. Looks like Kelly is a Chip off the ol’ Andy Reid block. And yes, I’m aware of how bad that joke is.
14. Miami Dolphins (8-6)
The Dolphins have now beaten the Colts, Bengals, and Patriots this year, forcing me to actually consider that they could be good. And they control they’re on destiny and have only the Bills and Jets left. Ughhh…
15. San Diego Chargers (7-7)
Ryan Mathews is now over the 1,000 yard mark following his third 100+ yard performance in his last five games. But what’s more surprising is that he could play a full 16 games for the first time in his four year career.
16. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)
Matt Flynn and Co. got it done at Jerry Jones stadium Sunday, overcoming a 23 point deficit and scoring touchdowns on four straight second half possessions. The Packers now control their own destiny, and the return of Aaron Rodgers looms.
17. Detroit Lions (7-7)
Jim Schwartz and his 29-49 record might finally be sent packing after this season. Despite an immensely talented roster, the Lions continue to find ways to lose games late.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8)
Antonio Brown–a 6th round pick in 2010–is enjoying a breakout season. His 95 receptions and 1.307 receiving yards are both 3rd most in the NFL in 2013.
19. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
The Cowboys are like a car accident on the side of the road. It’s horrible, but you just can’t take your eyes off of it.
20. St. Louis Rams (6-8)
The Rams have now beaten three potential division champions (Colts, Bears, Saints) over the last five weeks by a combined score of 107-45. They’re the good bad team of 2013.
21. Tennessee Titans (5-9)
With Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, and Delanie Walker, the Titans passing game should be a lot of fun to watch if Jake Locker reaches his potential in 2014.
22. New York Jets (6-8)
We can finally stop talking about a possible playoff appearance for Gang Green.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10)
At least the stands were somewhat filled against the 49ers this Sunday. The Buccaneers can be excited about that.
24. New York Giants (5-9)
Eli Manning won two Super Bowls. No seriously, what’s so funny?
25. Cleveland Browns (4-10)
Jason Campbell looked like, well, Jason Campbell this Sunday. That usually results in a loss.
26. Buffalo Bills (5-9)
In a game so irrelevant that not one TV out of 100 in the sports bar I went to on Sunday had it on, the Bills beat the Jaguars 27-20. So what if I had to google it?
27. Atlanta Falcons (4-10)
How the Falcons game took up two TV’s in that same sports bar is beyond me.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)
Jordan Todman racked up 153 yards on 29 touches starting for an injured Maurice Jones-Drew this Sunday. He’s still very raw, but he looks like he has a bright future.
29. Oakland Raiders (4-10)
Getting rid of Darren McFadden this offseason should add a couple wins to the Raiders schedule in 2014.
30. Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1)
Matt Cassell and Greg Jennings got it on like it was 2008 this past Sunday against the Eagles.
31. Washington Redskins (3-11)
The Redskins went for two with nine seconds left in a 27-26 game against the Falcons because they figured they’d be closer to the offseason no matter the outcome.
32. Houston Texans (2-12)
Case Keenum was so riled up this week that he guaranteed a Texans victory against the Colts. Then he scored three points. Rasheed Wallace he is not.