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Power Rankings (final regular season)

January 04, 2017 by Steel Haven

Rnk LW* Team Record Comments
1. 1. New England Patriots 14-2 AFC playoffs go through Foxboro.
2. 2. Dallas Cowboys 13-3 Dak tied Roethlisberger for the most wins by a rookie starting QB.
3. 4. Kansas City Chiefs 12-4 Dynamic Hill gives them the big play element they previously lacked.
4. 5. Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5 After Roethlisberger (17) and Brady (31) the other QBs in the AFC playoffs have started a grand total of 5 playoff games, all by Smith.
5. 6. Atlanta Falcons 11-5 Ryan is the front runner for MVP.
6. 7. Green Bay Packers 10-6 Red hot entering the playoffs.
7. 8. New York Giants 11-5 Second best record in the NFC get them a road game on wild card weekend because they play in the wrong division.
8. 9. Seattle Seahawks 10-5-1 Heading into the playoffs questions surround offensive skill positions, defense due in large part to injury.
9. 3. Oakland Raiders 12-4 What might have been before Carr's broken leg?
10. 10. Miami Dolphins 10-6 Will go as far as Ajayi can take them.
11. 11. Detroit Lions 9-7 Backed into the playoffs off 2 losses thanks to the Redskins choking.
12. 15. Tennessee Titans 9-7 The future looks bright. The extra picks from last year's trade of the top pick don't hurt.
13. 12. Houston Texans 9-7 Enter the playoffs committed to Osweiler due to Savage being in the league's concussion protocol.
14. 16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7 Decision to move on from Lovie to give Koetter the job was a clear success.
15. 17. Denver Broncos 9-7 Interesting to see what direction the franchise goes in with Kubiak retiring due to health concerns.
16. 13. Washington Redskins 8-7-1 Can't lose a home game with a playoff berth on the line against an opponent playing for nothing.
17. 19. Indianapolis Colts 8-8 Wasted another season of Luck.
18. 14. Baltimore Ravens 8-8 Need to find some difference makers at the offensive skill positions.
19. 20. Arizona Cardinals 7-8-1 Will Palmer retire? If so will they gamble on Romo staying healthy?
20. 23. Minnesota Vikings 8-8 Whether Bradford keeps his job or Bridgewater returns the key will be rebuilding the injury decimated offensive line.
21. 18. New Orleans Saints 7-9 Talk of trading Payton seems to have died down. Must decide what to do with Brees because of next season's astronomical cap figure.
22. 24. Philadelphia Eagles 7-9 Season a success simply because they gave Wentz a year of experience. Now need to find him some weapons.
23. 25. Cincinnati Bengals 6-9-1 Lewis survived black Monday. Can he lead a resurgence or have things grown too stale after 14 years on the job?
24. 21. Buffalo Bills 7-9 Seem inclined to keep interim coach Lynn at the helm which is almost always a mistake, will likely just delay complete rebuild for a season.
25. 22. Carolina Panthers 6-10 Never recovered from Super Bowl hangover losing 9 more regular season games than the previous season.
26. 27. New York Jets 5-11 Decided to give Bowles another chance. Firing him after 2 seasons when he won 10 games in the first does seem unfair. Still hard to envision him being able to clean up what at least on the surface looks like a very dysfunctional roster, locker room.
27. 26. San Diego Chargers 5-11 Should they move on from Rivers and start over completely in Los Angeles?
28. 28. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13 Bortles has 11 wins and 11 interceptions returned for TDs in 46 career starts.
29. 29. Chicago Bears 3-13 Fox and the veteran coaching staff will get another opportunity. Now they need to find a QB.
30. 30. San Francisco 49ers 2-14 Had no choice but to move on from Baalke and could not saddle the next GM with Kelly.
31. 31. Los Angeles Rams 4-12 Terribly mishandled Goff as a rookie. Need to hire a competent offensive coaching staff.
32. 32. Cleveland Browns 1-15 Finding the QB of the future a priority with the first and 12th picks overall in the draft.

*Last week's ranking

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