Week 15 power rankings

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1. Ravens (11-2; last week No. 1): The best evidence of a great team is the ability to win when not playing at their best (and to shotgun a beer while doing it).

2. 49ers (11-2; No. 4): Giving up 46 points is cause for concern, but when able to score 48 it doesn’t ultimately matter.

3. Saints (10-3; No. 3): Sean Payton immediately apply for trademark protection on “worry about your meat.”

4. Seahawks (10-3; No. 2): They may not be the best team in the league, but they’re capable of beating whichever team it is.

5. Chiefs (9-4; No. 8): Who better to challenge the Ravens than the team that has beaten them in each of the last two regular seasons?

6. Packers (10-3; No. 7): The wins are lackluster, but they just keep winning.

7. Patriots (10-3; No. 5): Apparently, they were “on to Cincinnati” a week too early.

8. Vikings (9-4; No. 10): The table is set . . . for Kirk Cousins to vomit all over it.

9. Titans (8-5; No. 12): Forget about a wild card; the Titans are suddenly in great position to win the division.

10. Steelers (8-5; No. 11): The whole continues to be much greater than the sum of the parts.

11. Rams (8-5; No. 13): Did they wait too long to put Todd Gurley‘s knee at risk?

12. Bills (9-4; No. 9): A playoff berth could hinge on a Week 17 win against the Jets.

13. Texans (8-5; No. 6): A signature win over the Patriots, followed by the kind of showing that will get Cal McNair thinking about putting his signature on multiple pink slips.

14. Bears (7-6; No. 15): The chances of making it to the 2019 playoffs are slim, but there’s real hope for 2020.

15. Buccaneers (6-7; No. 18): They’re going to achieve just enough to give Jameis Winston a chance to underachieve again in 2020.

16. Eagles (6-7; No. 20): If they suffer many more injuries, it could be time to bring back Vince Papale.

17. Browns (6-7; No. 19): Even when they win, it feels like they lose.

18. Cowboys (6-7; No. 14): Does the fairytale include getting the Rams at the worst possible time?

19. Broncos (5-8; No. 22): Drew Lock may be in the process of saving John Elway.

20. Raiders (6-7; No. 16): A divorce three years in the making finally arrives on Sunday.

21. Colts (6-7; No. 17): Remember those “they’re better off without Andrew Luck” takes?

22. Chargers (5-8; No. 24): Maybe Austin Ekeler will be the guy holding out next year.

23. Jets (5-8; No. 23): Sam Darnold is to Mitch Trubisky as Lamar Jackson is to Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.

24. Falcons (4-9; No. 26): Could Dan Quinn be saving his job?

25. Panthers (5-8; No. 21): Another year, another second-half collapse.

26. Jaguars (4-9; No. 25): They’re 9-20 over the past two years, which is bad news for anyone currently employed on the coaching staff or in the front office.

27. Washington (3-10; No. 27): If this were any other team, there would be reason for optimism.

28. Lions (3-9-1; No. 28): The only question left is whether ownership will clean house.

29. Dolphins (3-10; No. 29): Should they be mad that they got screwed out of a win, or grateful that they picked up a loss without having to tank for it?

30. Cardinals (3-9-1; No. 30): Kyler Murray has lost 300 percent more games as an NFL rookie than he lost in his college and high-school careers, combined.

31. Bengals (1-12; No. 31): Are we sure the Patriots weren’t filming the Bengals sideline in search of bloopers?

32. Giants (2-10; No. 32): Finito.

82 responses to “Week 15 power rankings

  1. Ravens still holding steady in the #1 spot.

    Meanwhile, in New England they’ve resorted back to their old ways! Recording the Bengals??! Seriously?!

  2. Darnold was and most likely will turn out to be the best quarterback of that draft in the end. Give it a few years Jackson will be hurt. No one not even the ravens if they had the chance would ever take Jackson over darnold if they would go and re do it. They would do it now but not back than.

  3. 17. Browns (6-7; No. 19): Even when they win, it feels like they lose.

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    More of that unbiased PFT reporting that we all love. SMH.

  4. Bills lose to #1 by 7 points and drop two spots and Steelers and Titans beat a 6-6 Raiders and a 3-8-1 Cardinals team and push past the Bills?

    I’m not saying the Bills should be top 10 after a loss but come on..

  5. Have to admit I chuckled over the Cousins vomit crack, although I suspect if there is any choking, it will come from the Viking secondary, not the QB.

  6. 21. Colts (6-7; No. 17): Remember those “they’re better off without Andrew Luck” takes?
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    He’d either be “coming back any week now. I’m super serious this time” or on IR by now.

  7. The Jacksonville Jaguars passed on every QB leading a top 10 team right now. A couple of them in the draft AND free agency.

  8. 8-5 or not but there’s no way the Steelers are a top ten team. If they are, then this league has a lot more bad teams than I thought.

  9. Pats have the worst Oline of Brady’s career. Doesn’t feel like it going to be enough to get them through the playoffs to the Super Bowl. That’s ok though let someone else have a turn.

  10. 8. Vikings (9-4; No. 10): The table is set . . . for Kirk Cousins to vomit all over it.

    So true. The entire Vikings franchise history can be summed up pretty well with that pie eating contest in “Stand By Me”.

  11. purpleguy says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Have to admit I chuckled over the Cousins vomit crack, although I suspect if there is any choking, it will come from the Viking secondary, not the QB.

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    I have a feeling that neither the Vikings or Kirk are “chuckling” over that remark especially coming from someone who CLAIMS to be a life-long Vikings fan.

    Guy gets SO MUCH Grief. Geesh. If that Secondary had been even MIDDLING the past 5 games this team would have been 11-2 or BETTER. I think it’s fair to opine that pretty much only the BEARS and PACKER early season losses can be placed mostly on Cousins.

  12. What in the heck are you talking about with this statement?
    20. Raiders (6-7; No. 16): A divorce three years in the making finally arrives on Sunday.
    Explain please!

  13. 1. Ravens (11-2; last week No. 1): The best evidence of a great team is the ability to win when not playing at their best

    6. Packers (10-3; No. 7): The wins are lackluster, but they just keep winning

    So you are really saying the packers are a great team.

  14. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    My unbiased top 5:

    1. Niners
    2. Saints
    3. Chiefs
    4. Ravens
    5. Packers
    5.

    11 19 Rate This
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    The Ravens based on stats, wins, and wins against strength of opponent are currently on a historic pace to delivery one of the top ten regular seasons ever.

    Now they could still fall flat on their faces and lose their first playoff game and it would all be for naught, but to say they arent the best team in football right now is silly…to rank them 4th is ridiculous.

  15. Why do I get the feeling that if Kirk won the MVP and Super Bowl MVP, Florio would still give him grief. If Lamar Jackson wasn’t balling out so hard, Cousins would be in the MVP conversation. Instead the media drums out the same dumb and inaccurate story lines because they’re lazy and stupid.

  16. jets2469 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    Screw that that’s a terrible comment on the jets.

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    Or you could look at it as Darnold will lead the Jets to the playoffs this season, make the Pro Bowl, and contend for the playoffs next season. Considering none of that is going to happen is it really a terrible comment on the Jets?

  17. Like Forrest Gump would say… “sh*t happens.” Very dissapointed with the Texans effort vs the Broncos. That’s on EVERYBODY not just Obie. It was a trap game and we just our butts kicked. It happens. Any team can win on any given Sunday. Let’s see how we rebound vs Titans!

    But you have got to be kidding me if you think Houston and Buffalo are worse than Titans (who lost 16-0 to Denver earlier this season with a worse QB) and Pittsburgh.

    Yeah the Titans are playing well but the only impressive team they beat was KC at home. We beat them on the road.

  18. lol. its power rankings for the whole league but mainly back of the Pack fans talking trash about the Vikings ranking because they are insecure and know the Vikes have the better team overall. Impressive 5 point win at home against a horrid Redskins team but ok.

  19. 4. Seahawks (10-3; No. 2): They may not be the best team in the league, but they’re capable of beating whichever team it is.
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    On the money. Seahawks definitely aren’t the best team. They can lose to anyone, but they can beat anyone too. I won’t be surprised if they’re out in the 1st round; nor will I be if they get to the SB.

  20. ets2469 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    Darnold was and most likely will turn out to be the best quarterback of that draft in the end. Give it a few years Jackson will be hurt. No one not even the ravens if they had the chance would ever take Jackson over darnold if they would go and re do it. They would do it now but not back than.

    How can you type that with a straight face? He is not even one of the top 5 in his draft class

  21. Swaps:
    KC above SEA
    NE above GB
    DAL above PHL (and I’m an Eagles fan)
    IND above OAK
    WAS above JAX
    NYG above CIN

  22. schmokes says:
    December 10, 2019 at 1:01 pm
    1. Ravens (11-2; last week No. 1): The best evidence of a great team is the ability to win when not playing at their best

    6. Packers (10-3; No. 7): The wins are lackluster, but they just keep winning

    So you are really saying the packers are a great team.

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    Your packer anti-sarcasm filters are working overtime today schmokey

  23. Your man-crush on little Russ is so cute. After being on the set for the SNF game that the One Ring Dynasty had it’s behind handed to it – the offense couldn’t even score a touch-down, and now “they can beat the best team, whoever it is”?!?!?!

    Laugh
    out
    Loud

    They couldn’t beat the 10th or 11th teams on your list!

  24. I think Cousins has earned more respect this year than Florio is willing to give him. My guess is he’s trying to shake what he has proclaimed over and over that he grew up a Vikings fan. I don’t know why anyone would claim that if it weren’t true but his comments every week say otherwise. Getting old.

  25. The Jags, MY Jags, are WAY too high. Hey, maybe that’s the problem. They’re way too high. Maybe a drug test is in order.

    But seriously, the Jags should be #33 at best. They are undoubtedly the worst team I have seen in years.

  26. mstattraider says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    “What in the heck are you talking about with this statement?
    20. Raiders (6-7; No. 16): A divorce three years in the making finally arrives on Sunday.
    Explain please!”
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    Actually it’s their second divorce from Oakland. The explanation for above is: It’s supposed to be their last game in Oakland before they move out for good, and then all their fans will be singing “She’s Gone” by Hall & Oates.

  27. Darnolds 22 with 20 games under his belt. If you can’t see the potential and the fact that he has basically had nothing in terms of a offensive line than your getting to much sun in Florida. I get ur a fin fan who obv is not a jet fan but seriously you have to be smarter than that. Does he make mistakes yeah but what young quarterback doesn’t. The future for the jets and darnold is only going to go up. So hopefully you find ur quarterback soon cuz we have ours.

  28. And I’m not saying he is better than Jackson right now cuz he isn’t even close. But in 5 years darnold will be the best quarterback out of that draft class. Jackson will not last if he looks to run first rather than pass and you don’t have almost 1000 yards rushing as a quarterback if your looking to pass first. Hopefully he stays healthy but that’s a big if.

  29. “2. 49ers (11-2; No. 4): Giving up 46 points is cause for concern, but when able to score 48 it doesn’t ultimately matter.”

    It could matter if they play against a defense ranked in the top 10…

  30. jets2469 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    And I’m not saying he is better than Jackson right now cuz he isn’t even close. But in 5 years darnold will be the best quarterback out of that draft class. Jackson will not last if he looks to run first rather than pass and you don’t have almost 1000 yards rushing as a quarterback if your looking to pass first. Hopefully he stays healthy but that’s a big if.

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    Lol in 5 years Darnold will be a mid-season signing to be like, the Bears’ backup.

  31. Patriots lose to the #5 team by 7 pts and drop 2 spots, Bills lose to the #1 team by 7 pts and they drop 3 points.

  32. How many times in the history of the game have NFL head coaches gone for 2 when they were leading 13-7 in the first quarter? There is a reason why they don’t Sean “watch your meat” Payton. You took crucial points off the board Sunday and it bit you.

  33. fmc651 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    How many times in the history of the game have NFL head coaches gone for 2 when they were leading 13-7 in the first quarter? There is a reason why they don’t Sean “watch your meat” Payton. You took crucial points off the board Sunday and it bit you.
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    Somehow Payton will blame the refs or replay for that bone-headed decision.

  34. @jets2469,

    The Jets would have been a better team with Teddy Bridgewater. The decision to trade him for next to nothing and roll the dice on an unproven draft pick will prove to be a monumental blunder.

  35. Alan Light says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Packers would lose to #7-26 on this list…and barely squeaked by 27
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    C’mon cheesefat, we already know that the Packers are more than good enough to knock off the #8 team.

  36. godkingskovald says:

    December 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Bills lose to #1 by 7 points and drop two spots and Steelers and Titans beat a 6-6 Raiders and a 3-8-1 Cardinals team and push past the Bills?

    I’m not saying the Bills should be top 10 after a loss but come on..

    If Tannyhill had started the season as QB, the Titans record would probably be at least 10-3. They most certainly would have beaten the Bills.

  37. You are obsessed with teddy man it’s a little scary. Every time you comment on the jets that’s what you say. And you couldn’t be more wrong

  38. Like Forrest Gump would say… “sh*t happens.” Very dissapointed with the Texans effort vs the Broncos. That’s on EVERYBODY not just Obie. It was a trap game and we just our butts kicked. It happens. Any team can win on any given Sunday. Let’s see how we rebound vs Titans!

    But you have got to be kidding me if you think Houston and Buffalo are worse than Titans (who lost 16-0 to Denver earlier this season with a worse QB) and Pittsburgh.

    Yeah the Titans are playing well but the only impressive team they beat was KC at home. We beat them on the road.
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    Then you haven’t been watching the Titans. They went from having one of the worst QBs in the league to one playing MVP caliber football. Don’t believe me? Look at the stats.

  39. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    The Vikings will lose at least 2 of their last 3 games, maybe all 3.
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    That’s funny, I KNOW the Cheeseheads will lose 2 of their last 3 games, maybe all three if Stafford comes back for that last game IN DETROIT like he says he will. The Bears will massacre you with a roaring Akiem Hicks back in the D to complement Mack. Are you REALLY sure Aaron can function against such pressure? I don’t. And then Anthony Barr. . . He can’t wait, especially at his OWN HOME where his team doesn’t lose and the Cheeseheads have never won. I can’t wait for the last three weeks.

  40. drflamehead says:
    December 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    godkingskovald says:

    December 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Bills lose to #1 by 7 points and drop two spots and Steelers and Titans beat a 6-6 Raiders and a 3-8-1 Cardinals team and push past the Bills?

    I’m not saying the Bills should be top 10 after a loss but come on..

    If Tannyhill had started the season as QB, the Titans record would probably be at least 10-3. They most certainly would have beaten the Bills.

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    Tannehill is 4-7 career against the Bills with 11 INTs and 7 fumbles. I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

  41. JoeTorontoBlowsGoats says:

    December 10, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    drflamehead says:
    December 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    godkingskovald says:

    December 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Bills lose to #1 by 7 points and drop two spots and Steelers and Titans beat a 6-6 Raiders and a 3-8-1 Cardinals team and push past the Bills?

    I’m not saying the Bills should be top 10 after a loss but come on..

    If Tannyhill had started the season as QB, the Titans record would probably be at least 10-3. They most certainly would have beaten the Bills.

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    Tannehill is 4-7 career against the Bills with 11 INTs and 7 fumbles. I wouldn’t be so sure about that.
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    Not the same team or the same Tannehill……

  42. “drflamehead says:
    December 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm
    Then you haven’t been watching the Titans. They went from having one of the worst QBs in the league to one playing MVP caliber football. Don’t believe me? Look at the stats.”

    As a Texans fan, I do follow my division rivals. I said that the Titans have been better recently, but other than KC they haven’t beat anybody worth a damn.

    Was I wrong?

  43. jerruhjones says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    17. Browns (6-7; No. 19): Even when they win, it feels like they lose.

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    More of that unbiased PFT reporting that we all love. SMH.

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    I mean — it IS an accurate statement, isn’t it?

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