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Power Rankings (week 16)

December 28, 2016 by Steel Haven

Rnk LW* Team Record Comments
1. 1. New England Patriots 13-2 Could still lose home field for the AFC Championship game in the unlikely event they're beaten by the Dolphins and the Raiders win in Denver.
2. 2. Dallas Cowboys 13-2 Clinched home field throughout the NFC playoffs. Third stringer Dirty Sanchez could get the call in their final game to keep both Dak and Romo healthy.
3. 3. Oakland Raiders 12-3 Carr's broken femur puts a damper on their resurgence. Forced to turn to McGloin for the playoffs.
4. 4. Kansas City Chiefs 11-4 Added insult to injury while eliminating the Super Bowl champ Broncos from the playoffs by lining up Poe at QB and allowed him to throw a jump pass for a TD leading by 16 with under 2 minutes remaining.
5. 5. Pittsburgh Steelers 10-5 Clinched the division title and are locked in as the 3 seed. Don't even have to worry about being only team to lose to the Browns.
6. 8. Atlanta Falcons 10-5 Ryan set a single season league record by throwing TD passes to 13 different receivers.
7. 10. Green Bay Packers 9-6 Their fifth straight win sets up a winner take all matchup in Detroit for the division title.
8. 6. New York Giants 10-5 Clinched wild card spot thanks to Bucs loss after losing themselves on Thursday night.
9. 7. Seattle Seahawks 9-5-1 First home loss of the season to the eliminated Cardinals will probably cost them a bye.
10. 11. Miami Dolphins 10-5 Ajayi joins Tiki, Campbell and OJ as the only backs in league history to rush for over 200 yards in 3 games during a single season.
11. 9. Detroit Lions 9-6 Can still be a wild card with a loss to Green Bay if the Redskins get beat. Could Caldwell be fired if they lose 3 straight to end the year and miss the playoffs?
12. 16. Houston Texans 9-6 Savage did not look like the answer in his first career start. Clinched their division anyway for a second straight season thanks to the Jaguars shocking the Titans.
13. 17. Washington Redskins 8-6-1 Win against the Giants (who have nothing to play for) and they're in the playoffs for the second straight season under Gruden barring a tie by the Packers and Lions.
14. 12. Baltimore Ravens 8-7 Fail to make the playoffs for the 3rd time in 4 years since winning Super Bowl XLVII.
15. 13. Tennessee Titans 8-7 Mariota will likely miss 4 to 5 months after surgery to insert a plate to stabilize his broken fibula/ankle suffered as playoff hopes were dashed in Jacksonville.
16. 14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-7 Loss clinched the division for the Falcons, a playoff berth for the Giants.
17. 15. Denver Broncos 8-7 Siemian's play has fallen off precipitously and Lynch was simply not ready (and may never be ready). Elway made a huge mistake not bringing in a better veteran than Dirty Sanchez.
18. 22. New Orleans Saints 7-8 Cost the division rival Bucs a possible playoff spot. Can knock the Falcons out of the 2 seed and a bye in their final game.
19. 18. Indianapolis Colts 7-8 Gave up TDs on 5 straight drives in Oakland to be eliminated from the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
20. 24. Arizona Cardinals 6-8-1 Blew a 13 point lead in the final 3 minutes in Seattle only to win in regulation on Catanzaro's 43 yard FG.
21. 20. Buffalo Bills 7-8 Allowed the top 3 individual rushing performances this season, Bell's 236 yard outburst and a pair of 200+ yard rushing days by Ajayi. The Ryan brothers were fired as a consequence after earlier trying to scapegoat their offensive coordinator.
22. 19. Carolina Panthers 6-9 Both of last year's Super Bowl participants will not make the playoffs for the first time since the Bucs and Raiders in the '03 season.
23. 21. Minnesota Vikings 7-8 Defense absolutely torched by Rodgers and Nelson in the first half with Rhodes, Newman and Munnerlyn ignoring Zimmer's gameplan in which Rhodes was supposed to shadow Nelson all over the field.
24. 26. Philadelphia Eagles 6-9 Ended their 5 game losing streak in large part thanks to a pair of interceptions by Jenkins including 1 returned for a TD.
25. 23. Cincinnati Bengals 5-9-1 Bullock missed a 45 yard FG that would have given them a win on the final play of the game.
26. 25. San Diego Chargers 5-10 Again found a way to lose having a Lambo game tying FG blocked with 3:49 remaining and then missing another as time expired against the previous winless Browns.
27. 27. New York Jets 4-11 Bowles rushed to Foxboro in time to coach against the Patriots after passing kidney stones. Would have been better off staying in the hospital.
28. 30. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-12 Bortles and Lee were the first QB, receiver combo to throw TD passes to each other in the same game since McMahon and Sweetness back in '85. The pass by Lee was his first ever in a competative football game at any level.
29. 28. Chicago Bears 3-12 Barkley's 5 interceptions tied for the second highest single game total in franchise history and were the most since Cutler threw 5 back in '09. Last time they won less than 4 games in a non-strike season was in '73 with a 14 game schedule.
30. 31. San Francisco 49ers 2-13 Beat the Rams twice, winless against everyone else.
31. 29. Los Angeles Rams 4-11 Supposedly vaunted defense collapsed in the second half at home against the abysmal Niners.
32. 32. Cleveland Browns 1-14 Avoid joining the Lions as the only teams to go winless in a 16 game schedule.

*Last week's ranking

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