Week 17 power rankings

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1. Ravens (13-2; last week No. 1): Lamar Jackson‘s next test will be shutting it down for three weeks and then firing up the engine all over again.

2. Saints (12-3; No. 2): Will this be the year that the Saints reverse two postseasons of crippling heartbreak?

3. 49ers (12-3; No. 4): No one needs a first-round bye more than the 49ers.

4. Packers (12-3; No. 6): If they get the No. 1 seed, Matt LaFleur is the coach of the year.

5. Chiefs (11-4; No. 5): They likely will have to beat the Patriots in New England and the Ravens in Baltimore to get to the Super Bowl — and they can.

6. Patriots (12-3; No. 7): The Patriots are werewolves and the playoffs are the full moon.

7. Seahawks (11-4; No. 3): Beast Mode is back, and the Seahawks are instantly the most fascinating team west of Baltimore.

8. Bills (10-5; No. 9): If/when this team learns how to win big games, this team will win everything.

9. Texans (10-5; No. 10): It’s smart to play starters on Sunday; as the No. 4 seed, the Texans would be in real danger of losing at home to the Bills.

10. Vikings (10-5; No. 8): The team that showed up on Monday night has no business watching the playoffs.

11. Eagles (8-7; No. 14): The Eagles need to bottle what they do in December and January and drink it in September, October, and November.

12. Titans (8-7; No. 11): Every team in the AFC field is praying that the Titans don’t join them.

13. Steelers (8-7; No. 12): At least the Steelers know that Duck isn’t the long-term answer.

14. Cowboys (7-8; No. 13): A plane that wasn’t able to fly the Cowboys where they wanted to go is the best way to sum up the team’s season.

15. Buccaneers (7-8; No. 15): Jameis Winston is suddenly the most exciting player to watch, for every reason imaginable.

16. Rams (8-7; No. 16): The Rams went all-in without the cards. Next year, they will quite possibly have even worse cards.

17. Raiders (7-8; No. 22): Yes, the Raiders have a no-so-unrealistic shot at making it to the playoffs.

18. Falcons (6-9; No. 18): Has Dan Quinn done enough to return? Maybe he has.

19. Colts (7-8; No. 23): They’d have been thrilled with 7-8 the day after Andrew Luck retired, but this team at one point was 5-2.

20. Broncos (6-9; No. 20): For the first time in a long time, there’s real hope in Denver.

21. Bears (7-8; No. 17): The future went from being not so bad to worse pretty quickly.

22. Jets (6-9; No. 25): For as bad as they were early in the season, 6-9 is an impressive record.

23. Browns (6-9; No. 19): For as bad as they were early in the season, 6-9 still isn’t an impressive record.

24. Cardinals (5-9-1; No. 27): If only they weren’t in the NFC West.

25. Jaguars (5-10; No. 21): Firing Tom Coughlin didn’t do much to snap this team out of its funk.

26. Chargers (5-10; No. 24): They exit Dignity Health Sports Park with little or no dignity.

27. Giants (4-11; No. 30): Can the development of Danny Dimes keep the Giants from dropping a deuce on Pat Shurmur?

28. Dolphins (4-11; No. 31): Brian Flores could put a perfect bow on his rookie season by knocking the Pats out of a bye for the first time since 2009.

29. Panthers (5-10; No. 26): Maybe Mike Tomlin will be available for David Tepper to hire away from Pittsburgh, after all.

30. Washington (3-12; No. 28): Case Keenum got a chance to catch the attention of the next team that he’ll inevitably spend only one year playing for.

31. Lions (3-11-1; No. 29): The second overall pick is suddenly within their grasp.

32. Bengals (1-14; No. 32): Yeah, they’ll have the first overall pick. But how much better will this team really be after only one offseason?

50 responses to “Week 17 power rankings

  1. Keenum is sixth in completion percentage, 13th in QB rating, and threw for over seven yards per attempt. You could argue he was a top-half QB when he was in. He exceeded expectations. Unfortunately almost no one else on that team even came close to meeting theirs and so they turned to future mode. I get why Keenum keeps getting starting jobs. He’s good. Here’s hoping the next one sticks.

  2. decon49 says:
    December 24, 2019 at 9:38 am
    3. 49ers (12-3; No. 4): No one needs a first-round bye more than the 49ers

    I would think the packers need the bye more than the 49ers

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    The Packers are probably the healthiest team in the NFL right now (knock on wood).

  3. 49ers had an early bye week 4 which is the reason there defense is gassed but all the haters and trolls on this site don’t know a damn about football to even realize that. They do need the bye in the worst way to give them the rest they sorely need and to get Dee Ford and others healthy! Be scared trolls!

  4. 6. Patriots (12-3; No. 7): The Patriots are werewolves and the playoffs are the full moon.
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    No, the Patriots are the DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPIONS & the playoffs ARE THEIR PLAYGROUND & they PLAY TO WIN!!!

  5. Packers are so overrated. Minnesota actually made them look good last night.

    Nothing like a second trip to San Francisco and another 38-7 drubbing to let reality set in again or the chesse curds.

  6. I hate to say this as a ravens fan but I see them getting bounced in their first game. 3 weeks is way too long of a layoff to get their momentum rolling again.

  7. 12. Titans (8-7; No. 11): Every team in the AFC field is praying that the Titans don’t join them.

    Titans have 2 straight losses to playoff bound teams. AFC teams might say a prayer, but it will be a short one.

    4. Packers (12-3; No. 6): If they get the No. 1 seed, Matt LaFleur is the coach of the year.

    Mr. Harbaugh already has the number one seed and should be the COTY. He had the moxie and smarts to completely change his offense to make use of a talented and athletic QB, and it has paid off better than anyone could have expected. This Steelers fan grudging respect for what he has done. Mr. Tomlin has done well to keep his team together and somewhat competitive, but Harbaugh is the COTY.

  8. notwhatitseems12121 says:
    December 24, 2019 at 9:52 am
    No way the Chiefs beat the Pats in NE and the Ravens in Baltimore. Not in my lifetime anyhow.
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    Chiefs already beat NE in NE. And I hope for your sake that neither one of these happen, regards your life time comment.

  9. Mike Zimmer is not only not a good coach, he’s also classless. He got his butt handed to him last night by the Packers and Matt LeFleur and wouldn’t even shake LeFleur’s hand after the game.
    If the Vikings are smart — and they aren’t — they’ll be looking at new coaches this off season.
    While I was typing this, Za’Darius Smith just sacked Kurt Cousins again!!

  10. Jameis Winston is a back up quality QB. He was absolutely horrible this past weekend I don’t care how much they lost by or one by the guy threw for five interceptions and should have had two or three more passes picked off. I don’t know how he has a starting job in the NFL. Mind-boggling.

  11. NFL.com has the Packers at #6 and you guys have them at #3? I don’t see anything they have done that is that impressive. They beat the hapless Vikings on the road but then again have the Vikings beat anyone with a winning record? The only two teams in the NFL who haven’t been beaten by more than a touchdown this season is the 49ers and the Chiefs. All the others have been blown out at least once.

  12. jackedupboonie says:
    December 24, 2019 at 10:35 am
    Seattle held back against Cards to unleash their rested starters and the KRaKEN on Clara for the division title- this will be epic

    Yes, they dropped themselves out of contention for the 1 seed and likely the 2 seed, ON PURPOSE, so they could get the 3 seed. Genius!

  13. Clara fans will get slapped back to reality this weekend and go from 8-0 to a road wildcard game in chilly Philly. But by golly they still got grandpa Joe and Steve’s rings from yester year to reminisce about.

  14. 14. Cowboys (7-8; No. 13): A plane that wasn’t able to fly the Cowboys where they wanted to go is the best way to sum up the team’s season.

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    Ouch

  15. “Clara fans will get slapped back to reality this weekend and go from 8-0 to a road wildcard game in chilly Philly.

    haha…can’t wait to see the Seahawks try to contain Kittle and Sanders this time around since they didn’t play last game. Oh, and we have our kicker this time – and our starting corner. You have….a 33 year old off the street RB.

    If the Hawks legitimately win, hats off to them.

  16. Kolo Jezdec says:
    December 24, 2019 at 10:20 am
    notwhatitseems12121 says:
    December 24, 2019 at 9:52 am
    No way the Chiefs beat the Pats in NE and the Ravens in Baltimore. Not in my lifetime anyhow.
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    Chiefs already beat NE in NE. And I hope for your sake that neither one of these happen, regards your life time comment.
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    What do you not get? The Pats will not lose to the Chiefs in NE a second time.

  17. The Saints and 49ers have the same record, and the 49ers beat the Saints in their building — but New Orleans is still ranked higher. Jesus, lord of lords, make it make sense!!!

  18. decon49 says:
    December 24, 2019 at 9:38 am
    3. 49ers (12-3; No. 4): No one needs a first-round bye more than the 49ers

    I would think the packers need the bye more than the 49ers
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    No, the Seahawks have 6 healthy starters on defense and are literally limping. They really do need it more.

  19. What have the Packers done?

    Hmm. Let’s see. They’re one win away from going 6-0 in the division.

    They’ve won 12 games, but They are a deflected pass away from being 8-0 at home and being 13-2 on the year.

    They’re one win and a SF loss away from having home field advantage throughout the playoffs, in a stacked NFC.

    They’re top three in turnover differential

    They’re top 10 in points allowed

    They’re top half in points scored (Playing 8 games vs top 10 defenses)

    All this with a rookie head coach, learning an entirely new offense.

  20. Packers at 4 is a joke. 14 maybe but we’ll see how they do against playoff caliber teams when it’s win or go home. Everybody saw the 49ers dismantle them and a lousy Eagle team beat them at home. Just like their QB, those smug faces will go away so fast your head will spin when their hopeful season is going down the drain in round 1.

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