NFL Power Rankings Week 17 – The Door’s Wide Open

Ab Stanley

With the extra game this year in the NFL things are still not quite finished yet. It seems like every team in the league is in a race for something, whether be a playoff spot, a division title or even home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the teams already eliminated, these last two weeks gives them a chance to play spoiler or to solidify their draft positioning.

One thing is for sure: these last two weeks should provide some real drama.


1. Green Bay Packers (12-3)
Aaron Rodgers has 33 touchdowns and a lowly four interceptions. He’s 311 passing yards away from his tenth season going over 4,000 passing yards.


2. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)
Really funny the turn of events this season in regards to the Chiefs. Earlier in the season some people were questioning Mahomes’ play, Andy Reid’s coaching ability and other kinds of foolishness. I wonder what everyone thinks of Kansas City now?


3. Los Angeles Rams (11-4)
The Rams have won four in a row, scoring over 30 points in three of those games. Los Angeles is currently ranked sixth in total points scored.


4. Dallas Cowboys (11-4)
I think Dallas just scored another touchdown on Washington a minute ago.


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-4)
Tampa Bay is currently ranked second in total points and total yards gained. They sit fourth in the NFC playoff race.


6. Tennessee Titans (10-5)
The Titans have been up and down in their last four games, but were able to squeak out a win versus the 49ers. Tennessee can win the AFC South with a victory over Miami or a Colts loss.


7. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)
Carson Wentz has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Colts currently hold the fifth spot in the AFC and they have a big showdown with Las Vegas on Sunday.


8. Buffalo Bills (9-6)
Buffalo is currently ranked first in total yards allowed. They finish off their season with Atlanta and then the New York Jets at home.


9. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)
Joe Burrow has thrown for 4,165 yards and 30 touchdowns. The Bengals can win the AFC North with one more win.


10. New England Patriots (9-6)
The Patriots are on a two game losing streak and have lost a grip on the division lead. They play Jacksonville on Sunday.


11. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
The Cardinals have lost three in a row at the worst possible time. They have been knocked out of the top seed in the NFC West and they play a tough Dallas team on Sunday.


12. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)
The Eagles have won three in a row and have pushed themselves into the third wild card spot in the NFC. They play division rivals Washington and then Dallas to finish off their season.


13. Miami Dolphins (8-7)
The Dolphins are the only team to have a seven game losing streak and a seven game winning streak in the same season. If they win out they will be the first team to make the playoffs after a 1-7 start.


14. San Francisco 49ers (8-7)
The 49ers’ two game win streak was snapped in their loss against the Titans and their grip on a playoff spot has loosened. The last time the 49ers failed to score at least 20 points was a week nine loss.


15. Baltimore Ravens (8-7)
The Ravens have lost four in a row and they’ve lost their hold on the division lead and a playoff berth. They are hoping to get Lamar Jackson back this week.


16. Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)
The Chargers are on a two game losing streak and are now on the outside looking in at the playoffs.


17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-7)
The Raiders have won two in a row and have put themselves back into the playoff hunt. They will need to win their last two games and get a little bit of help to get in.


18. Cleveland Browns (7-8)
The Browns have lost three out of their last four games and they’re losing ground in the AFC playoff race. They currently sit in the 12th spot in the conference.


19. Minnesota Vikings (7-8)
Minnesota’s loss hurts them in their hunt for a playoff berth. They’ll have to beat the Packers on Sunday Night Football to keep their slim playoff hopes.


20. Denver Broncos (7-8)
The Broncos are tied for number one in total points allowed in the NFL (260). The offense currently ranks 23rd in total points scored.


21. Atlanta Falcons (7-8)
Kyle Pitts has taken over the Falcons’ franchise record for receiving yards for a tight end. He’s 127 yards away from Mike Ditka’s record for receiving yards for a rookie tight end (1, 076).


22. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7-1)
If fools gold was a football team, it would be the 2020 and 2021 versions of the Steelers.


23. New Orleans Saints (7-8)
Ian Book’s NFL debut is a game he would probably like to forget. He was sacked eight times and threw two interceptions in their loss to Miami.


24. Washington Football Team (6-9)
A few weeks ago we thought Washington could challenge Dallas for the division title. The Cowboys quickly finished that talk with two victories and a combined 83 points scored.


25. Chicago Bears (5-10)
The Bears scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Seattle. They finish their season with the Giants at home then a road game in Minnesota.


26. Seattle Seahawks (5-10)
Seattle has been knocked out of playoff contention and it has been an overall terrible season for Pete Carroll and company. The future is up in the air to all major parties involved with the Seahawks.


27. Carolina Panthers (5-10)
The Panthers failed to score double digits for the third time this season. They currently rank 26th in total points scored.


28. Houston Texans (4-11)
The Texans are undefeated when they score 30 or more points. They have won two in a row, scoring a combined 71 points.


29. New York Jets (4-11)
The Jets are 3-1 when they score 25 points or more. The team is currently ranked 27th in total points scored.


30. New York Giants (4-11)
The Giants’ season might be over and their quarterback is on the shelf, but there’s a good chance they will finish with two top ten picks in general NFL draft.


31. Detroit Lions (2-12-1)
Amon-Ra St. Brown has 74 receptions for 692 yards, which both lead the Lions. Getting this kind of production from a fourth round pick is huge plus for the Lions going forward.


32. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13)
Jacksonville has a good chance to have back to back first overall picks in the NFL draft. The  last team to pull that off was the Cleveland Browns in 2017 and 2018.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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