PFT’s Week 15 2020 power rankings

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1. Chiefs (last week No. 1; 12-1): They returned to Miami in December and left with an increasing likelihood that they’ll be heading to Tampa in February.

2. Bills (No. 4; 10-3): Some teams step up in December. Some teams don’t. The Bills are.

3. Packers (No. 5; 10-3): They have the inside track to the No. 1 seed. But can they win two home playoff games?

4. Saints (No. 2; 10-3): Drew Brees wouldn’t have made a difference on Sunday in Philly, not with the defense giving up 246 rushing yards.

5. Steelers (No. 3; 11-2): The No. 1 seed is evaporating.

6. Rams (No. 6; 9-4): They won’t have to worry about losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl again.

7. Colts (No. 9; 9-4): Any year in which Philip Rivers has as many wins as kids is a good year.

8. Seahawks (No. 10; 9-4): They needed to re-establish themselves by destroying the Jets, and they did.

9. Browns (No. 8; 9-4): The Browns will be hard to beat in January.

10. Titans (No. 11; 9-4): Derrick Henry has an outside shot at the single-season rushing record, and the MVP.

11. Dolphins (No. 7; 8-5): The playoffs have gone from being a sure thing to a tenuous proposition.

12. Buccaneers (No. 12; 8-5): They tried to give it to the Vikings, but the Vikings didn’t want to take it.

13. Ravens (No. 13; 8-5): They need to run the table or they won’t get a chance to end their postseason losing streak.

14. Cardinals (No. 16; 7-6): Once they develop more consistency, they’ll become an elite team.

15. Vikings (No. 14; 6-7): And now they’ll beat the Bears and then the Saints and then have a chance to get into the playoffs by beating the Lions in Week 17 . . . and lose.

16. Patriots (No. 15; 6-7): This may only be the beginning of an extended run of mediocrity.

17. Washington (No. 20; 6-7): Of all of the NFC East teams, this one is the best suited to turn the automatic home playoff game into a win.

18. Falcons (No. 17; 4-9): Raheem Morris gets a great chance to make his case, with two of his final three games against the Buccaneers.

19. Raiders (No. 18; 7-6): Jon Gruden has begun the process of looking for others to blame for three years of no playoff berths.

20. Eagles (No. 27; 4-8-1): Fortunately, they’re starting to figure things out. Unfortunately, they’ve got two teams to jump in order to win the division.

21. 49ers (No. 21; 5-8): The quarterback position is killing the 49ers.

22. Giants (No. 19; 5-8): Daniel Jones should not have been on the field, and it showed.

23. Bears (No. 24; 6-7): Even if it was only for a day, Mitchell Trubisky got some vindication.

24. Broncos (No. 25; 5-8): There’s still a chance to avoid another losing season.

25. Lions (No. 22; 5-8): There’s still a chance to avoid another losing season.

26. Panthers (No. 23; 4-9): With a losing season guaranteed, they should embrace the chance to enhance their draft standing.

27. Cowboys (No. 28; 4-9): Another season of high expectations, unfulfilled.

28. Texans (No. 26; 4-9): They’re three weeks away from arguably the most important hires the franchise has ever made.

29. Chargers (No. 29; 4-9): The pandemic is saving them from having no fans at their games for the usual reasons.

30. Bengals (No. 30; 2-10-1): In any other city, the seat would be getting hot for the head coach.

31. Jaguars (No. 31; 1-12): With each passing game, their Week One win over the Colts becomes more confusing.

32. Jets (No. 32; 0-13): J-E-T-S, Just-End-The-Season, After-We-Finish-Winless-And-Secure-The-Top-Pick.

76 responses to “PFT’s Week 15 2020 power rankings

  1. Those amazing Miami Dolphins playing with the JV team now however still hanging in!

    Phins Up!
    Mask On!

  2. 19. Raiders (No. 18; 7-6): Jon Gruden has begun the process of looking for others to blame for three years of no playoff berths.

    ^ THIS!

  3. Packers are the only team to lose 5 straight road playoff games by 25.7 points.. let that sink in.

  4. If the Packers have to play the Rams in the playoffs they will suffer another huge playoff loss.

  5. You *actually* think Brees wouldn’t have managed to score points in the first half? You think he wouldn’t have had a better pace than Taysom? You think he would have fumbled?
    Ok……

  6. The one constant in these rankings is that the top teams all have top QB’s. The weakest of all the top 10 teams in your rankings at QB is Jared Goff, in my opinion. And after him, it’s Big Ben Roethlisberger, simply because he looks old and slow, and then Philip Rivers, simply because he always does something in big games which hurts his team. But those teams happen to have good defenses.
    But the rest of the QB’s — with Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Drew Brees (if he’s playing), Russell Wilson, and even Baker Mayfield the way he is finally playing, can all carry their team to victory.
    No matter what anyone says, this is a QB driven league and with the rules the way they are, that isn’t going to change. It’s why so many teams have struggled year after year for decades — because they never are able to develop good QB’s.
    In the playoffs, the best two things you can have are a top QB and a solid defense. More often than not, the team that has a top QB and a solid defense will win the Super Bowl when all is said and done.

  7. ariani1985 says:
    December 15, 2020 at 10:59 am
    Packers are the only team to lose 5 straight road playoff games by 25.7 points.. let that sink in.

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    Playoff road games going back to 1013 are 2019 @SF 20-77L, 2016 2016 @DAL 34-31W, 2016 @ATL 21-454L, 2015 @WAS 35-28W, 2015 @AZ 30-36L, 2014 @SEA 22-28L, 2013 @SF 230-23L

    So where do you get this average of 25.7? Simply making stuff up.

  8. Packers are the only team to lose 5 straight road playoff games by 25.7 points.. let that sink in.

    Ariani passed 4th grade math! That won’t sink in.

  9. #31 when indy has to go into buffalo or tennessee in the playoffs they are going to wonder and kick themselves about that week one loss too

  10. To aria I, the Pack has NOT lost 5 straight playoff road games by an average of 25 points. Lost thier last 2 by a 20 point average, yes.

  11. Both Minnesota and Atlanta also lost and have worse records than Las Vegas, but of course, Florio has them ahead. SMH.

  12. 21. 49ers (No. 21; 5-8): The quarterback position is killing the 49ers.
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    Been saying that for years.
    And garoppolo is not the answer.

  13. Every credible NFL Power Ranking has the Packers at 2. Not a shocker that Florio just couldn’t bring himself to put the Packers at 2. Too funny😜

    Also, I have seen no other Power Ranking with the Vikings higher than 16. Also too funny😛

  14. Thanks Bears. I decide to tile the bathroom instead of watching and you finally light up a team. Figures.

  15. collectordude says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:28 am
    21. 49ers (No. 21; 5-8): The quarterback position is killing the 49ers.
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    Been saying that for years.
    And garoppolo is not the answer.
    __________

    I believe if the 49ers kept Alex Smith they would have a Lombardi not to mention the world would be a better place.

  16. “bradygirl12 says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:06 am
    Patriots are ranked too high…ugh!”
    They are still living on past laurels… next year they will need to fight for a real ranking

  17. If Chicago beats Minny and Jax, and Arizona loses another game, week 17 Bears Packers gets a whole lot more exciting.

  18. collectordude says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:28 am
    21. 49ers (No. 21; 5-8): The quarterback position is killing the 49ers.
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    Been saying that for years.
    And garoppolo is not the answer.

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    Were you saying that oh wise one when the 49ers, led by Jimmy Garroppolo, were leading at halftime of the Super Bowl? How has genius Kyle Shanahan done when Garroppolo is not playing QB for the 49ers?

  19. ariani1985 thinks Ted Thompson is still the Packers’ GM. So anything he/she says in this forum should be taken with a grain of salt. Or a dump truck full of salt.

  20. Just remember, folks, should the Vikings ever defy fate and actually win a world championship for the first time in their miserable existence, they’ll still only have a quarter of the titles held by the Lions, a team with a single playoff victory since the Eisenhower Administration.

  21. 5 is too high for the Steelers. They’re record might make it appear they’re a top team, but their actual play says they’re out of the top 10. They’ll finish 11-5. The Browns will win the North. The Steelers will have an ugly playoff game/loss. Prove me wrong -lol

  22. When the Vikings attempt an extra point or field goal, I’m reminded of Shaq going to the line to shoot a free throw.

    Except he won championships.

  23. philmccracken says:
    When I’m kicking field goals, I like to aim BETWEEN the uprights.
    ==

    Too obvious. That’s just what they’ll be EXPECTING you to do. Like the Vikings, you need to think more outside the box — or in this case, the uprights.

  24. I’m a Browns fan and even I don’t understand how you have them ranked over the Ravens

  25. I am either Packers or Bills at #2. Feel like the Bills have a bit more sandpaper.
    Id guess home team would probably win that one.

  26. Ariani1985 is brain dead and makes things up because his team is a joke! He really admires the Greatness of Greenbay Packers!

  27. philmccracken says:
    December 15, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Pro tip for Viking fans:

    When I’m kicking field goals, I like to aim BETWEEN the uprights.
    ************
    Pro tip for Viking fans #2:

    The league and game day officials are not responsible for your team’s mediocre record, mismanaged cap funds, lukewarm roster talent and subpar coaching are.

  28. The league has it in for our Vikings. That’s why we don’t have more super bowl wins!

  29. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Every credible NFL Power Ranking has the Packers at 2. Not a shocker that Florio just couldn’t bring himself to put the Packers at 2. Too funny😜

    Also, I have seen no other Power Ranking with the Vikings higher than 16. Also too funny😛
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    The AFC is a tougher conference than the NFC this season and it shows in his rankings… the rest of the media hasn’t realized it yet.

  30. And my Rams stay under the radar. At least they are ranked above the Seahawks which is more than I can say for CBS’s “power” rankings.

  31. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Every credible NFL Power Ranking has the Packers at 2. Not a shocker that Florio just couldn’t bring himself to put the Packers at 2. Too funny😜

    Also, I have seen no other Power Ranking with the Vikings higher than 16. Also too funny😛
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    Besides, The Packers have one win vs a team with a winning record… The Bills have five. That might factor into it.

  32. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Every credible NFL Power Ranking has the Packers at 2. Not a shocker that Florio just couldn’t bring himself to put the Packers at 2. Too funny😜

    Also, I have seen no other Power Ranking with the Vikings higher than 16. Also too funny😛

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    The Packers have lost to the 7, 12, and 14 teams in this poll, their best win is obviously the Saints (#3), but beyond that who have they beaten? Their next best win is probably against the currently 6-7 Vikings.

    The Bills have lost to the 1, 10, and 15 teams in this poll (and the loss to 15 was on a last second hail mary). They’ve also beaten the Steelers (#5), Rams (#6), Seahawks (#8) and Dolphins (#11).

    It’s hardly rocket science to figure out why someone might have the Bills ahead of the Packers.

  33. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Every credible NFL Power Ranking has the Packers at 2. Not a shocker that Florio just couldn’t bring himself to put the Packers at 2. Too funny😜

    Also, I have seen no other Power Ranking with the Vikings higher than 16. Also too funny😛

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    Also the Bills and Packers have the same record with the Bills having played 8 of their 13 games against teams currently with a winning record (they’ve gone 5-3) and the Packers having played only 3 of their 13 games against teams currently with a winning record (and they’ve gone 1-2).

  34. gotitan says:
    December 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    Titans are better than the Bills. And proved it on the field, not some poll.

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    Steelers are better than the Titans, and proved it on the field. Bills are better than the Steelers, and proved it on the field.

    It’s almost like you have to look beyond a one game sample size.

    PS Bengals are better than the Titans and proved it on the field.

  35. gotitan says:
    December 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    Titans are better than the Bills. And proved it on the field, not some poll.
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    So let me get this correct. After sending the NFL into a frenzy because your organization was not able to follow simple protocols. Getting extra rest while the Bills try to figure out if they should travel, cancel the game, play Tenn or prep for KC. Playing the game without their starting CB1, WR2 and starting WLB. Look at the stats, the numbers are not as bad as the score indicates. Buffalo as able to move the ball with little difficulty they just had bad luck. Titans are not the better team and everyone in the football world outside of Tennessee knows this.

  36. Drew Brees wouldn’t of made a difference? Quit smoking that crack. The Eagles secondary was hit hard by injuries Brees would of had a field day.

  37. Man, Firing Adam Gase is like throwing wine on the Mona Lisa. This level of ineptitude is artwork and it would be a shame to ruin it before we see just how far it can go. #keepadamgase

  38. Titans are better than the Bills. And proved it on the field, not some poll.
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    In a horrible weather game with half the Bills defense injured (without both starting CBs, starting LB, and several offensive weapons out. You also forget that at their weakest point this season, that lackluster Bills D held king henry to a paltry 3 yards per carry. If the game were held today, aka not in a tropical storm, I think the outcome would be very different.

  39. BuckyBadger says:
    December 15, 2020 at 11:02 am
    If the Packers have to play the Rams in the playoffs they will suffer another huge playoff loss.
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    Agreed. I expect the Rams would lose that game by 30.

  40. Earlier this season, I was a hopeful Bills fan. When they put Buffalo in the top 5 heading into the Titans game, I said I was scared they have an expectation. They lost those two games to Tenn and KC. Since that KC game, only the Murray Hail Mary has been the hiccup. I thought I’d never say this, but I trust this football team. Now if they stumble, I won’t be thinking “that’s what I get for having high hopes.” Now it’s an expectation to be a great football team. That is both scary and exciting. I’m almost 34 years old, and haven’t had this feeling of a GREAT football team since I was 8 years old.

  41. Imagine being the Ravens, and beating a higher ranked division rival, and then not moving up in the rankings, which includes still being ranked lower than the team you beat twice this years.

    Brilliant work, y’all. Good job.

  42. It’s pretty clear we have the answer to the “Brady vs. Belichick” question, and it’s the one that was obvious all along. Neither are as good on their own, and that is completely natural. Great QBs and great coaches need one another to achieve all-time performance. It’s the nature of the game and that doesn’t diminish either of them.

    Belichick can only do so much without a reliable QB and Brady is struggling in a system where the coaches don’t design their offense around player skill sets. We see the value of being on the same page and sharing a vision, along with being superb at one’s own job.

    Greatness always fades, and there’s no shame in that. Those who mock the decline are those who haven’t achieved the peaks.

  43. gotitan says:
    December 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    Titans are better than the Bills. And proved it on the field, not some poll.

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    Then I guess the Bengals are better than the Titans since they blew them out by double digits?

    I’m glad you point to a game in early October, so I just did the same thing. Guess what, NOBODY cares what happened in Sept or October. If you don’t believe me, ask the Bears fans who just won their first game SINCE that Bills/Titans game.

  44. I think you meant to say – 13. Ravens (No. 13; 8-5): They need to run the table or they won’t get a chance to extend their postseason losing streak.

  45. Too many geniuses around here; not enough wisdom. Biggest surprises ytd? Buffalo and Cleveland. Vegas had the Packers at maybe 9 wins for the year and called them overperformers in 2019. So much for that. No one is surprised the Vikings have tanked. Bears pretty much playing up to their level of expectations. I’m not in the prognostication business, but I believe Chicago has what it takes to defeat Minnesota this weekend.

  46. As a Hawks fan, the Rams scare me the most. You win Championships with defense and theirs is really, really good.

  47. The punch line the wretchedly-run Jets deserve is to finish 0-16 and somehow still miss getting Lawrence in the draft (either through him not declaring or declaring he won’t go to the Jets).

    Lawrence deserves a team better than this clown show, and the current Jets players deserve better leadership from bottom to top in that organization.

  48. 15. Vikings (No. 14; 6-7): And now they’ll beat the Bears and then the Saints and then have a chance to get into the playoffs by beating the Lions in Week 17 . . . and lose.///////// on a missed kick?

  49. N Lu says:
    December 15, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    WFT, Eagles and Falcons over Bears?
    WHY?

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    Not to mention they beat a no Brees Saint team at home by 3. At this rate, moving up 7 spots a week, three more wins and they’ll be # 1 at 7-8-1. Sheesh.Slow your roll a bit guys.

  50. Ravens beat Cleveland twice! One a blowout, other when they were on a hot streak! Still ranked lower?

  51. The Dolphins could miss the playoffs at 11-5 while still ending up with a top 5 overall pick (three picks in top 37). The rebuild is way ahead of schedule.

  52. So true about any other team then the Bengals the HC would be on the hot seat….such a sorry organization!

  53. The Browns are rated way to high. That team is garbage. No defense and you cannot predict how the running game is going to go. Some of the worst play calling I have seen in years for a team boasted to be on the rise. Cleveland could easily miss out on the playoffs

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