Week 14 Power Rankings

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1. Cowboys (11-1; last week No. 1): Great teams find a way to win games they should lose, which is exactly what the Cowboys did against the Vikings.

2. Raiders (10-2; No. 2): Great teams find a way to win games they should lose, which is exactly what the Raiders did against the Bills.

3. Patriots (10-2; No. 3): Great teams find a way to dismantle bad teams, which is exactly what the Patriots did against the Rams.

4. Chiefs (9-3; No. 5): The Chiefs may soon control the division that most have already handed to Oakland.

5. Seahawks (8-3-1; No. 6): The best path to the Super Bowl could be to secure the No. 2 seed and hope the Cowboys lose in the divisional round.

6. Giants (8-4; No. 4): It’s probably too late to catch the Cowboys, but a sweep of Dallas could go a long way toward building confidence for the postseason.

7. Broncos (8-4; No. 8): Last year, they were the No. 1 seed. This year, they may be the No. 6 seed. It will be slightly harder to get to the Super Bowl that way.

8. Lions (8-4; No. 9): They deserve credit for their best game of the year, but they still have a narrow margin for error, if they want to hold off the Packers.

9. Buccaneers (7-5; No. 13): The Cowboys will soon find out why they want nothing to do with the Buccaneers in the playoffs.

10. Falcons (7-5; No. 7): Their new stadium should be sponsored by Murphy’s Law.

11. Ravens (7-5; No. 15): If they win the division, they’ll be the most dangerous team in the AFC playoffs.

12. Steelers (7-5; No. 16): If they win the division, they’ll be the most dangerous team in the AFC playoffs.

13. Dolphins (7-5; No. 10): Sometimes, you just have to absorb a butt kicking.

14. Packers (6-6; No. 14): They still have the inside track to win the division, regardless of whether Lions fans don’t want to hear that.

15. Washington (6-5-1; No. 11): That tie is going to haunt them when the time comes to sort out the playoff tree.

16. Bills (6-6; No. 12): Sometimes, a season evaporates slowly. Sometimes, it goes really, really quickly.

17. Colts (6-6; No. 23): Let’s not get excited about Monday night until the Colts win like that against a team that is actually trying.

18. Texans (6-6; No. 17): If Brock Osweiler is “playing great,” how bad would the team’s record be if he wasn’t?

19. Titans (6-6; No. 19): The good news is that they’re in a three-way tie for first place. The bad news is that they should be in first place all by themselves, and they know it.

20. Vikings (6-6; No. 18): From Super Bowl dreams to “maybe if things line up just right we’ll lose in the wild-card round.”

21. Bengals (4-7-1; No. 24): If they lose to the Browns on Sunday, do they become No. 32?

22. Cardinals (5-6-1; No. 25): Too little, too late, too bad.

23. Eagles (5-7; No. 20): A coach with emotional intelligence comes in handy during a 2-7 stretch.

24. Chargers (5-7; No. 21): If they move to L.A., they’ll instantly be the best team in town.

25. Saints (5-7; No. 22): It’s spoiler time for the Saints, which isn’t how they envisioned the last four weeks of the season to be.

26. Panthers (4-8; No. 26): It’s spoiler time for the Panthers, which isn’t how they envisioned the last four weeks of the season to be.

27. Rams (4-8; No. 27): “I don’t make excuses. Here are my excuses.”

28. Bears (3-9; No. 29): When the best news is that Matt Barkley isn’t horrible, it’s been a bad year.

29. Jets (3-9; No. 28): At what point do we ask whether Christian Hackenberg has been kidnapped?

30. Jaguars (2-10; No. 30): Blake Bortles is the quarterback of the future. Literally, based on how things seem to be going in the world.

31. 49ers (1-11; No. 31): In 1980, NBC broadcast a game without announcers. On Sunday, CBS will broadcast a game without fans.

32. Browns (0-12; No. 32): RGIII is back. Don’t blink.

45 responses to “Week 14 Power Rankings

  1. Outside of the Bengals, these pretty much all go EXACTLY by record.

    Why not just link to the standings page then??

  2. 14. Packers (6-6; No. 14): They still have the inside track to win the division, regardless of whether Lions fans don’t want to hear that.

    i like your consistency florio! LOL

  3. You lose credibility every time you repeat the demonstrably false statement that the Packers have the inside track to the playoffs. The reason us Lions fans don’t like to hear it is because it’s untrue and shows your continued bias against us and towards the Packers. Did you not see the game Stafford played on Sunday? And if you do you honestly not believe that we’ll at least beat the Bears and Giants? Because that’s all it’s going to take to get us into the playoffs. Especially after the Seahawks beat the Packers on Sunday. Can’t wait to be able to say that I told you so

  4. You lose credibility every time you repeat the demonstrably false statement that the Packers have the inside track to the playoffs. The reason us Lions fans don’t like to hear it is because it’s untrue and shows your continued bias against us and towards the Packers

  5. Don’t even put the Niners on this list. They aren’t even good enough to be an NFL team right now. The Browns are better than the Niners. Niners should be ranked 33rd. Jed Dork, you SUCK!

  6. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Dec 6, 2016 12:54 PM
    You lose credibility every time you repeat the demonstrably false statement that the Packers have the inside track to the playoffs. The reason us Lions fans don’t like to hear it is because it’s untrue and shows your continued bias against us and towards the Packers
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    The only reason why he keeps saying that is because the Packers are one of the six teams he can actually name. Don’t take it personal, it’s PFT.

  7. “If they win the division, they’ll be the most dangerous team in the AFC playoffs.”

    The Ravens maybe, the Steelers absolutely not. Pats own the Steelers and crybaby Tomlin. They won’t win in Foxboro in January.

  8. That sounds a bit disrespectful that SEA ought to hope for someone to beat DAL. SEA could win in DAL. Of course it would be nice to play at home, that goes without saying. So by only saying that you give no respect.

  9. niners816 says:
    Dec 6, 2016 1:01 PM
    staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Dec 6, 2016 12:54 PM
    You lose credibility every time you repeat the demonstrably false statement that the Packers have the inside track to the playoffs. The reason us Lions fans don’t like to hear it is because it’s untrue and shows your continued bias against us and towards the Packers
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    The only reason why he keeps saying that is because the Packers are one of the six teams he can actually name. Don’t take it personal, it’s PFT.

    Ok thank you I feel better now 🙂

  10. Why when 2 teams with the same record the team who beat the other team is rated lower? Bill
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    Power rankings are supposed to be more relevant because they are based on projections of how good a team is RIGHT NOW.

  11. Sorry Detroit. I feel sorry that everyone is picking the Packers to still win the division. That will all change as soon as the Lions show that they wont collapse at the end of the season. Until then, the recent history of not being able to close the deal will be the majority of the consensus. In order to get respect, you have to prove that you deserve it. Once you win the division, then everyone’s opinion will be altered. Until then, as bad as the Packers year has been, they still have Aaron Rodgers and they still have the inside road to winning the division. If you don’t like it, then take it away from GB. It’s as simple as that. Until then don’t forget your battle cry…Detroit, Rebuilding since 1957.

  12. 6-10 are frauds and will exit playoffs in game 1. They are really not better then 11-20. There is a whole lot of mediocrity this year in the NFL. 3-4 really good teams, 3-4 stinkers and then…the rest of Goodell’s Parity machine in full display.

  13. Ravens looked really good against a team that had a 6 game winning streak (including a beat down of the Steelers). Will be interesting to see if the momentum carries over to NE. I like their chances. Ravens always seem to give NE headaches.

  14. harrisonhits2 says:
    Dec 6, 2016 1:03 PM
    “If they win the division, they’ll be the most dangerous team in the AFC playoffs.”

    The Ravens maybe, the Steelers absolutely not. Pats own the Steelers and crybaby Tomlin. They won’t win in Foxboro in January.
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    You may be right, but this won’t be the same Steeler team the Pats (WITH Gronk) played earlier this season.

    Ben is back, Green wasn’t active then, Gronk is out. It will be a pretty good matchup if they meet.

  15. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:

    You lose credibility every time you repeat the demonstrably false statement that the Packers have the inside track to the playoffs.
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    He keeps saying it because he picked the packers to win the superbowl, like just about every other sportscaster who have a crush on the packers and rodgers.

    He just can’t give it up until its officially over for the pack.

  16. bhuettl says:
    Dec 6, 2016 1:17 PM
    Sorry Detroit. I feel sorry that everyone is picking the Packers to still win the division. That will all change as soon as the Lions show that they wont collapse at the end of the season. Until then, the recent history of not being able to close the deal will be the majority of the consensus. In order to get respect, you have to prove that you deserve it. Once you win the division, then everyone’s opinion will be altered. Until then, as bad as the Packers year has been, they still have Aaron Rodgers and they still have the inside road to winning the division. If you don’t like it, then take it away from GB. It’s as simple as that. Until then don’t forget your battle cry…Detroit, Rebuilding since 1957.

    It’s ok don’t be sorry. And I guess you missed how we won 6 of our final 8 last season then? Or do you consider that collapsing at the end of the season?

  17. Just like it has been for the past 16 years, if it’s not NE then it’s Pitt or Baltimore. Sorry AFC fans. I didn’t write the rules I’m just observing what is what.

  18. It’s hard to love a Det team that’s been behind in the 4th quarter of every game but 1 and that 1 was against a poor Saint’s team and their QB had a really bad day.

  19. Colts beat a team that you say wasn’t even trying and they jump from 23 to 17. Vikings play your #1 team better than anyone has in the last 11 weeks and they drop from 18 to 20.

  20. Like someone commented, the Lions need to prove it before anyone thinks they actually finish as the NFC North champs. What I don’t get is why Florio is saying that the Packers have the inside track when the Lions play GB at HOME in week 17? Win that game, and 1 of the next 3, and the Lions are playoff bound. Seems like the Lions have the inside track.

  21. In 1980, NBC broadcast a game without announcers. On Sunday, CBS will broadcast a game without fans.
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    Since CBS signed Phil Simms, they have been broadcasting games without announcers. Seriously, though, I wish a network would occasionally repeat that game model.

  22. Harbaugh is surely working hard on some tricks plays to try to pay Belichick back for the Edelman pass. Then he will act like he invented it. He is a petty man.

  23. Lions magic number vs. Packers is 3 right now with 4 games to go by both teams. It could be one after this weekend. I don’t see that as a slim margin for error for the Lions. The Packers can’t slip.

  24. @lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy

    Smoke and mirrors enough to have 7 SB appearances and 4 SB wins in the past 20 years with no end in site.

    Your tears are delicious but crying about the pats isn’t going to make them go away lol!

  25. Packers have the inside track to win the division, huh?

    Do you even watch the games? The Pack is has only won two in a row and looked shaky at best against a terrible Houston team.

    Their offense is still sputtering, and their defense has almost completely bottomed out since undergoing a steady decline since 2010. Not a recipe for a playoff run.

    I love, A-A-Ron. You put him on ANY team and they are better for it. But you have to admit they are not a good team this year.

  26. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Dec 6, 2016 12:50 PM
    If the Packers are the favorite to win the division, why aren’t they ranked higher than the Lions?
    Anything short of a super bowl win for the packers is a massive DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHOKE.
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    That should be the goal for any team.

    But the Packers were not favored to win the Super Bowl by most this year.

    For any team that doesn’t win the Super Bowl, it’s hardly a massive choke. No team was favored overwhelmingly to win. For instance, only 2 out of 7 SI writers had the Packers in the Super Bowl, and only one of them had them winning.

  27. “If they lose to the Browns on Sunday, do they become No. 32?”

    Yes.

    And I say that as a Bengal fan.

  28. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb,

    Leave it to the Viking fans to cry about the Packers’ ranking. Don’t make your fellow Lion fans look bad.

  29. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb,

    Leave it to the Viking fans to cry about the Packers’ ranking. Don’t make your fellow Lion fans look stupid.

  30. dansardo says:
    Dec 6, 2016 3:01 PM
    Smoke and mirrors enough to have 7 SB appearances and 4 SB wins in the past 20 years with no end in site.
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    No end in site? You think Gisele’s hubby is going to play another five or more years? Heck, first sign of e.d. and he’s outa there;)

  31. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 6, 2016 1:50 PM
    Colts beat a team that you say wasn’t even trying and they jump from 23 to 17. Vikings play your #1 team better than anyone has in the last 11 weeks and they drop from 18 to 20.
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    Oh yeah, I forgot just how much the Barney fans cherish and count moral victories.
    Thanks for the grin. skoLOL!!!

  32. Raiders will eventually meet the Patriots in the playoffs, and have a chance to ‘reverse the curse’ of the Brady ‘tuck rule’ game that propelled New England on this pretty incredible run. As a long-suffering Bengals fan, I can only hope that this event would then trigger a breaking of the self-induced choke hold Cincy has on themselves in the playoffs, and maybe actually win a post-season game. Of course, you first have to MAKE the playoffs to win in the playoffs. This seems like a never-ending bad dream…..

  33. 20. Vikings (6-6; No. 18): From Super Bowl dreams to “maybe if things line up just right we’ll lose in the wild-card round.”
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    I don’t care who you are – that’s funny right there! The vikings losing real games after their fans brag about winning the off-season championship every year are the jokes that keep on giving. When you’ve NEVER won a championship, the off-season is all you can brag about. Trading away those 1st and 4th round picks for “Slingin” Sammy Bradford was absolute genius!

    (apologies to Slingin’ Sammy Baugh)

  34. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Dec 6, 2016 12:50 PM

    If the Packers are the favorite to win the division, why aren’t they ranked higher than the Lions?

    Anything short of a super bowl win for the packers is a massive DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHOKE.
    “`~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    That’s where you’re wrong. We would of course love our Packers to win yet another Super Bowl but they’ve won so many already, we’ll be fine if they don’t win it this year. We simply do not feel that crushing desperation that you purples feel.

    And by the way… 5-0 to 6-6 is a choke of epic proportions. Especially at a cost of a billion dollars.

  35. This Pats fan think the Steelers and the Seahawks a way too low. The Steelers just beat the snot out of the Giants and are 6 spots below. The Seahawks beat the crap out of my team at Gillette, and are ranked lower. Oakland, while a hot team, doesn’t have the playoff experience to hang with the big dogs. Dallas looks very good, but Jerrah will figure out some way to screw this season up by getting over involved.

    I predict the last 4 standing are Seahawks/Cowboys with Seattle going to the SB for the NFC.
    Pats/ Steelers-Ravens in a toss up for AFCCG. Pats need to considerably stiffen up on defense. In Bill we trust!

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