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Power Rankings (week 16)

December 18, 2013 by Steel Haven

Rnk LW* Team Record Comments
1. 2. Seattle Seahawks 12-2 Prohibitive favorite. Appear to be head-and-shoulders above the rest of the league.
2. 1. Denver Broncos 11-3 Didn't come to play against the Chargers on Thursday night, then lucked out when the Patriots came up short in Miami.
3. 5. San Francisco 49ers 10-4 Improved to a perfect 7-0 against teams with a losing record.
4. 6. Carolina Panthers 10-4 Win out, win the division.
5. 8. Kansas City Chiefs 11-3 Scored 101 points in the last 2 weeks.
6. 3. New Orleans Saints 10-4 Under .500 on the road.
7. 4. New England Patriots 10-4 Their last 5 games have all been decided by 4 points are less. Injuries have given them a small margin for error.
8. 11. Indianapolis Colts 9-5 Mathis became the franchise's single season and all-time sack leader on Sunday.
9. 7. Cincinnati Bengals 9-5 Blew a golden opportunity for a first round bye with horrible first quarter special teams play.
10. 10. Arizona Cardinals 9-5 Finish with games against division rivals the Seahawks and Niners which make the playoffs less likely than their record would indicate.
11. 12. Baltimore Ravens 8-6 Survived despite continually settling for FGs, luckily Tucker made all 6 including a 61 yarder to end the game.
12. 13. Miami Dolphins 8-6 Should win out with the Bills and Jets left on the schedule, but would lose a tie breaker to the Ravens.
13. 14. Chicago Bears 8-6 Overcame a pair of early interceptions including a pick 6 by Cutler.
14. 9. Philadelphia Eagles 8-6 So much for their 5 game winning streak.
15. 17. Green Bay Packers 7-6-1 Comeback from 23 point halftime deficit tied the largest in franchise history.
16. 18. San Diego Chargers 7-7 Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'
I'm a-stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' ali-i-i-i-ive

Feel I have to use these Bee Gee's lyrics at least once a year.
17. 15. Detriot Lions 7-7 Done in by Megatron's drop on the 2-point conversion after their final TD which would have meant Tucker would have only been able to force OT with his final 61 yard FG.
18. 16. Dallas Cowboys 7-7 Epic home collapse after leading by 23 at the half with Murray dominating on the ground included a pair of interceptions by Romo on their final 2 drives.
19. 20. Pittsburgh Steelers 6-8 Proved they can play with anyone. Just like last year were done in by multiple losses against inferior opposition.
20. 22. St. Louis Rams 6-8 With the Redskins pick would they consider adding Clowney to Quinn?
21. 19. New York Jets 6-8 Another pick 6 for Geno.
22. 26. Atlanta Falcons 4-10 Forced 7 turnovers yet still needed a failed 2-point conversion to beat the 'Skins.
23. 27. Buffalo Bills 5-9 Have to be pleased that Manuel had a bounce back performance.
24. 23. Tennessee Titans 5-9 Losers of 5 straight at home.
25. 29. Minnesota Vikings 4-9-1 No Purple Jesus, no Gerhart, no problem.
26. 21. New York Giants 5-9 Manning is the first QB to throw for under 200 yards with no TDs and 5 interceptions in a game since Dirty Sanchez in 2009. Never thought I would get to mention Dirty Sanchez again.
27. 24. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-10 Need a QB, Henne again showed he is just a placeholder.
28. 25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-10 Simply not as good as the Niners, no one thought they were....
29. 28. Oakland Raiders 4-10 Allowed the most points in a single game in franchise history.
30. 30. Cleveland Browns 4-10 Would a full season from Hoyer made a difference?
31. 31. Washington Redskins 3-11 I honestly had no problem with Shanahan eschewing the extra point and tie late to go for the 2-point conversion and win. They really had nothing to lose.
32. 32. Houston Texans 2-12 Just when you think things can't get any worse....

*Last week's ranking

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