NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

NFL Power Rankings: Week 16
December 18, 2013, 10:15 am
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Week 15 has come and gone. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into Week 16 of the season.

Rank Team Record  


LW: 2


The Seahawks can clinch home field advantage with a win against the Cardinals Sunday, which would skyrocket their chances at reaching the Super Bowl.


LW: 1


Peyton Manning won’t have to answer questions about playing in the cold this week. The Broncos travel to Reliant Stadium in Week 16. Expect a BIG day from No. 18.


LW: 4


Yes, they lost on the road to the Dolphins, but there is no reason to panic – yet – with the Patriots. The Ravens could change that if they play a rude host to New England this weekend.


LW: 5


Michael Crabtree’s return has made the offense dynamic. The 49ers have won four straight and are reminding everyone why there were the NFC representatives in last year’s Super Bowl.


LW: 7


Jamaal Charles (five TDs vs. the Raiders) continues to case to be mentioned in the MVP conversation.


LW: 6


Sunday against the Saints is arguably the biggest game for this franchise since their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots nine years ago.


LW: 3


The Saints have been blown out in two straight on the road, and now must face the Panthers in Carolina with a first-round bye on the line.


LW: 10


The possible loss of Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) in Seattle Sunday could doom the Cardinals' playoff hopes.


LW: 11


Good teams find ways to win close game, and the Ravens have done so in the last two games. Now Tom Brady comes to town.


LW: 13


The Colts defense showed improvement by shutting down Case Keenum and the Texans. The Chiefs, however, will not be as easy this weekend.


LW: 9


The Eagles' defense has no business giving up 48 points to the Vikings.


LW: 8


The Bengals can’t win on the road. They’re 3-5 this year.


LW: 12


The decision to go back to Jay Cutler didn’t burn the Bears, but he’ll need to avoid turning the ball over if the team is going to win the NFC North.


LW: 14


They topped the Patriots for the first time in 12 tries, but still remain on the outside looking in the AFC Playoff picture.


LW: 18


The Chargers have won 3 of their last four – and two of those wins were against the Chiefs and Broncos. This is a scary team right now.


LW: 17


Lost in the shuffle of the complete meltdown by the Cowboys is the fact that Eddie Lacy is turning into a very good NFL running back.


LW: 19


What if the Steelers didn’t start 0-4 this season?


LW: 16

 (7-7) It was an epic meltdown by the Cowboys, and will cost Jason Garrett his job if the team fails to make the playoffs.


LW: 15


Matthew Stafford (three INTs vs. Baltimore) confirmed he is just an average quarterback. He’s failed to win a big game for the Lions, who are now looking up at the Packers and Bears in the division.


LW: 23


The future looks bright with the Rams – who will have two picks (one from Washington in the RGIII trade) in the first round of April’s draft. If they hit on both selections, they’ve have an unbelievable young core.


LW: 22


Their late rally fell short against the Cardinals, but give credit to the Titans, who are still fighting despite the massive changes the franchise will make in the offseason.


LW: 27


Matt Cassell and Matt Asiata - not who you thought would run wild on the Eagles in Week 15.


LW: 20


They’ve lost three of four and once again Rex Ryan’s seat is very warm.


LW: 21


It’ll be a battle of disappointing teams when they head to Detroit this weekend.


LW: 29


They’re beating teams they should (Buffalo, Washington), but that’s not saying much.


LW: 30

 (5-9) Wasn’t C.J. Spiller supposed to be a future superstar? Veteran Fred Jackson is completely outplaying him, and providing decent pass protection for rookie E.J. Manuel.


LW: 24


You know it’s a good year for Josh Gordon when he has 67 receiving yards and a touchdown in a BAD outing.


LW: 25


The Bucs keep playing well (even in losses), so Greg Schiano may have saved his job.


LW: 26


If the Jaguars hadn’t blown a late lead to Buffalo, they would’ve won four of their last five.


LW: 28


See ya, Dennis Allen.


LW: 31

 (3-11) Same to you, Mike Shanahan


LW: 32


Only two more weeks, Texans fans.

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