NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

Tom Brady, probably mad that it is so cold out.


We have reached the final regular season power rankings of the season – who will finish on top? The answer seems quite obvious. New England certainly is the best team in the AFC and might just be the best team in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys will certainly have something to say about that. Scroll down to see where every other NFL team ends the regular season.

Rank
Last Week
Team
Record
Comments
32
32
cleveland
1-14
Christmas came a day early for the Browns. Not only did Cleveland win their first game all season, but San Francisco also won..which means the Browns still hold the 1st overall pick!
31
31
san-francisco
2-13
San Francisco pulled out the one point victory in the Battle of Terrible California Teams. Good for them I guess.
30
29
chicago
3-12
Matt Barkley was showing potential for the Bears' seemingly open quarterback position but then proceeded to throw 5 interceptions against Washington. This is not good, Matt Barkley.
29
30
jacksonville
3-12
The Jaguars were shot out of a cannon this weekend, likely because of the motivation of a new coach coming in. Doug Marrone might not be the answer, but he did a great job last weekend handling the Titans.
28
28
los-angeles
4-11
Los Angeles is 0-2 under their interim head coach. This team is so checked out, man. Week 17 can't come soon enough.
27
27
new-jets
4-11
Man, the Jets got embarrassed this weekend by New England. Now, Bryce Petty is hurt again and Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely close the season out. This is so Jets.
26
26
san-diego
5-10
San Diego, wat r u doin? Mike McCoy HAS to get himself fired after this season. Nothing in San Diego makes sense right now.
25
25
cincinnati
5-9-1
The Bungles live again. Cincinnati might need some big changes this off season. Might be time to let Marvin Lewis take off.
24
22
carolina
6-9
Carolina has shown in their up and down season that they might still have some of that 2015 spark available. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Super Bowl hangover is real and they paid the ultimate price.
23
23
philadelphia
6-9
Philadelphia got their moral victory against the Giants this week. Won't do much for their season but it can certainly be something to build off for this team.
22
24
arizona
6-8-1
With their season lost, Arizona did not give up against Seattle. The Cardinals still had the ability to play spoilers, in terms of playoff seeding, and did just that. Seattle might be able to recover but you can't say that Arizona didn't try.
21
20
minnesota
7-8
Minnesota's big gamble of Sam Bradford did not pay off like they thought it would. Injuries drained this team of it's life as well. Minnesota will look to finish at .500 for some sort of season salvation.
20
19
indianapolis
7-8
Indianapolis continues to go nowhere fast. Will Chuck Pagano survive? Probably. The Colts have become such pushovers.
19
18
buffalo
7-8
Rex Ryan punted on 4th and 2 with the season on the line. The Bills went on to lose and be eliminated from the playoffs. Rex and Rob got fired - here we go again.
18
21
new-orleans
7-8
New Orleans has gotten a lot better from the start of the season but they're playing spoiler at this point. They singlehandedly might have kept Tampa Bay out of the playoffs.
17
16
baltimore
8-7
Baltimore got themselves to the door step but just couldn't hold Pittsburgh back. The Ravens have an entire offseason to figure out how they can fix themselves up.
16
15
tampa-bay
8-7
These Buccaneers are not a bad squad - they've certainly not had timely losses though. Tampa Bay will be a team to deal with for years to come but they need too much help to grab that final Wild Card spot in the NFC.
15
13
denver
8-7
Denver continued their spitting of the bit this week against Kansas City. Whether it was overwhelming expectations or just bad play, Denver has some things to figure out this offseason.
14
12
tennessee
8-7
Tough break for Tennessee this weekend, when Marcus Mariota went down with a broken fibula. The Titans did not play well against Jacksonville though. Their season is over after this week's loss.
13
17
washington
8-6-1
Washington was able to pull out a big victory against a bad Bears team and with a Cowboys victory Monday night, playoff hopes will survive into Week 17.
12
9
detroit
9-6
Detroit dropped the ball on Monday night but still has a fantastic chance of making the playoffs. Detroit will try to beat Green Bay (good luck), while becoming the world's largest group of New York Giants fans. We'll see how this one plays out.
11
11
houston
9-6
Clinched AFC South - how is Houston here? Process of elimination, unfortunately. They survived enough and things (literally) broke their way.
10
14
green-bay
9-6
Green Bay is the hottest team in the NFC and quite possibly the scariest team in the NFL right now. They can complete the stretch and win the NFC North next weekend with a win over Detroit.
9
7
seattle
9-5-1
Clinched NFC West - Seattle was outperformed on Christmas Eve, but that's OK. They're still headed to the playoffs.
8
10
miami
10-5
Clinched AFC Wild Card berth - You know, Miami lost Ryan Tannehill but they've managed to pick up the slack and do what they needed to do in order to be playing in January.
7
4
new-giants
10-5
Clinched NFC Wild Card berth - New York did not get the victory against Philadelphia but clinched their playoff berth by default this weekend. The Giants remain one of the scarier teams headed to the postseason.
6
8
pittsburgh
10-5
Clinched AFC North - What a game for the Steelers. A last second slant to Antonio Brown, who stretched the ball over the goal-line as if he was Michael Jordan in Space Jam. What a game, what a play. Pittsburgh is getting scary.
5
6
atlanta
10-5
Clinched NFC South - Atlanta rolled Carolina this weekend and grabbed the NFC South in the process. Will be interesting to see how this team reacts in January.
4
5
kansas-city
11-4
Clinched playoff berth - If Kansas City's defense shows up in January, we might be looking at the AFC Champions.
3
3
oakland
12-3
Clinched playoff berth - Sunday was a costly victory for the Raiders. Derek Carr is out for the season with a broken fibula. Matt McGloin will lead the charge into the playoffs.
2
2
dallas
13-2
Clinched NFC East - These Cowboys look so damn good. Right now, it's hard to find a team playing better football.
1
1
new-england
13-2
Clinched AFC East - In what amounts to a playoff tune-up, the Patriots handled the Jets without issue. What a great, all-around game for the Patriots.

Written by Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe is the founder and editor-in-chief of BLTD Sports. He can be heard on the BLTD Podcast. Ryan's writing is also featured over at TheHockeyWriters.com.

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