NFL Power Rankings Week 18 – All The Marbles

Ab Stanley

We’ve made it to the final week of the regular season in the NFL and for all intents and purposes the playoffs start now. There’s so many teams still eligible for the postseason you’ll need an actual hand guide to navigate through all the scenarios.

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place.


1. Baltimore Ravens (13-3)
After the brutal beat down they handed Miami, Baltimore can sit pretty and watch the other dominoes fall. They have a chance to rest their starters for two weeks, after wrapping up a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.


2.  San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
The 49ers have already clinched the NFC West title. They’ve also locked up a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.


3. Cleveland Browns (11-5)
Cleveland is locked into the number five seed in the AFC. They will face the winner of the AFC South on Super Wildcard weekend.


4. Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
Dallas can win the NFC East and clinch the number two seed with a win over the Washington Commanders.


5. Miami Dolphins (11-5)
Miami has to get that embarrassing loss out of their minds and focus on Sunday night’s tilt with Buffalo. All they have to do is win and they are AFC East champions.


6. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
The Chiefs have clinched their eighth AFC West title in a row. They’ll finish off their regular season against the Los Angeles Chargers.


7. Detroit Lions (11-5)
Detroit has already clinched the NFC North title and more than likely will be the third seed in the conference. If Philadelphia and Dallas both lose, Detroit could move up to the two seed with a win over Minnesota.


8. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)
The Eagles can clinch the division title if they defeat the Giants and if Dallas drops their game against Washington. If that doesn’t happen they’ll stay at the fifth seed and face the winner of the NFC South on the road.


9. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
If the Bills defeat Miami on Sunday night, they’ll snatch the AFC East title. If the Bills lose that game, they could possibly be eliminated from playoff contention.


10. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7)
If Jacksonville defeats the Titans this weekend they would clinch their second straight AFC South division title. If they lose that game, they could still potentially get in as a wild card team if a couple of other teams lose.


11. Indianapolis Colts (9-7) and 12. Houston Texans (9-7)
The winner of this game between Indianapolis and Houston on Saturday night will clinch an automatic playoff spot. The winner also would have a chance to take the division title if Jacksonville loses its game on Sunday.


13. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)
With Seattle’s loss to Pittsburgh, the Rams have clinched a playoff spot. They can lock up the sixth seed with a win over San Francisco.


14. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)
The Steelers need the game between Indianapolis and Houston to a have a definitive winner (no tie), a Buffalo loss at Miami, plus a win over Baltimore to sneak into the playoffs. Baltimore will most likely be resting their starters this weekend.


15. Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
Seattle needs a win over the Cardinals and a Green Bay loss or tie to get into the playoffs. The Seahawks have won two out of their last three games.


16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)
If the Buccaneers can defeat the lowly Carolina Panthers they’ll lock up their third NFC South title in a row.


17. Green Bay Packers (8-8)
The Packers can clinch a playoff spot with a win over division rival Chicago. They can get up to the sixth seed with a win and a Los Angeles Rams loss.


18. Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
The Bengals have been eliminated from a potential playoff spot, but they’ve had a hell of a season despite major injuries. They’ll finish off their season against Cleveland.


19. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)
The Raiders can no longer make the playoffs and the question of whether they should keep Antonio Pierce as Head Coach still remains. A win against Denver to close out the season should help his chances.


20. New Orleans Saints (8-8)
The Saints can clinch the NFC South with a win over Atlanta and a Tampa Bay loss to Carolina. They still have an outside chance of making the playoffs with a loss, but that would take a bunch of other stuff to happen.


21. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
The Falcons can win the NFC South with a win against New Orleans and a Tampa Bay loss. This is the only way for Atlanta to qualify for a  playoff spot.


22. Denver Broncos (8-8)
Denver has been eliminated from playoff contention, but that’s the least of their problems. Their biggest problem is a high priced head coach and a high priced quarterback that don’t get along.


23. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
Minnesota needs a boatload of help, starting with a win at Detroit to get into the playoffs. They definitely need a Packers loss and Seahawks loss in their respective games. Then they’ll need either a Tampa Bay or New Orleans loss to complete the process.


24. New York Jets (6-10)
The Jets have announced they’ve released running back Dalvin Cook. Cook averaged a robust 14.3 rushing yards per game, finishing his Jets tenure with zero touchdowns and two fumbles.


25. Chicago Bears (7-9)
Chicago becomes the ninth team to receive back to back first overall picks in the NFL draft. Usually that means back to back terrible sessions, but Chicago has won five out of their last seven games.


26. Tennessee Titans (5-11)
The Titans have lost three in a row and they’ve scored a total of 36 points during that stretch. They are ranked 28th overall in total points scored.


27. New York Giants (5-11)
The Giants will potentially have a top five draft pick and they could go a number of ways. Would they be willing to draft another quarterback while Daniel Jones is still on the roster?


28. s Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
The only thing  the Chargers can look forward to is a top ten draft pick in the upcoming draft. This has been a disappointing season for the Chargers, who started off with playoff aspirations.


29. Arizona Cardinals (4-12)
The Cardinals currently hold the fourth pick in the NFL draft and the popular thought is they will draft a playmaker for Kyler Murray (like Marvin Harrison Jr.).


30. New England Patriots (4-12)
It’s extremely ironic that Bill Belichick’s potential last game as the Patriots’ Head Coach is against the New York Jets.


31. Washington Commanders (4-12)
The Commanders will probably say goodbye to Ron Rivera and his coaching staff after week 18. They could play spoiler against Dallas this weekend.


32. Carolina Panthers (2-14)
The Panthers have locked up the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. This is unfortunately not good news for Carolina, because the pick goes to Chicago.


Offensive Player Of The Week
Lamar Jackson – Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens: 321 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns

Defensive Player Of The Week
Aidan Hutchinson – Defensive End, Detroit Lions: 5 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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