PFT’s Week 16 2020 NFL power rankings

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1. Chiefs (last week No. 1; 13-1): If it’s Chiefs vs. The Field to win the Super Bowl, most would take the Chiefs.

2. Bills (No. 2; 11-3): If anyone from The Field is going to beat the Chiefs, it’s the Bills.

3. Packers (No. 3; 11-3): The Frozen Tundra is heating up.

4. Saints (No. 4; 10-4): They’re holding steady at No. 4, but they’re suddenly in grave danger of another premature postseason exit.

5. Colts (No. 7; 10-4): There’s a fine line between 10-4 and 8-6, as evidenced by a pair of narrow wins over the Texans.

6. Seahawks (No. 8; 10-4): The constant churning when it comes to the best team in the NFC could work its way back to the Seahawks as the playoffs arrive.

7. Browns (No. 9; 10-4): AFC North champions has a nice ring to it.

8. Titans (No. 10; 10-4): They’ll go as far as Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill will take them.

9. Steelers (No. 5; 11-3): The Steelers are skydiving sans parachute.

10. Dolphins (No. 11; 9-5): Terminating the Patriots could be as rewarding as getting to the playoffs.

11. Buccaneers (No. 12; 9-5): The Bucs could be the NFC team best suited to upset the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

12. Ravens (No. 13; 9-5): They’re 3-0 in playoff games, with two more to go before the playoffs start.

13. Cardinals (No. 14; 8-6): They likely won’t get very far in the playoffs, but any playoff experience they get now will help them in the future.

14. Rams (No. 6; 9-5): Losing to the Jets should disqualify them from the playoffs.

15. Bears (No. 23; 7-7): Left for dead a couple of weeks ago, the Bears are breathing again.

16. Vikings (No. 15; 6-8): When will “just good enough” no longer be good enough for the Wilfs?

17. Patriots (No. 16; 6-8): Without a true franchise quarterback, the Patriots are going to face several years of the treatment that they routinely have dispensed to other players.

18. Washington (No. 17; 6-8): If Ron Rivera can beat the team that fired him last year, Washington will likely secure an unlikely playoff berth.

19. Falcons (No. 18; 4-10): The fumes of 28-3 still linger. What will it take to eradicate them?

20. Raiders (No. 19; 7-7): The Jon Gruden experiment is going just well enough that no one is pointing out that it’s not going well enough.

21. Cowboys (No. 27; 5-9): Maybe the non-Rose Bowl Rose Bowl won’t be the only postseason game at AT&T Stadium, after all.

22. Eagles (No. 20; 4-9-1): For Carson Wentz, the best way to get out of Philly may be to say, “I’ll gladly take $25 million to sit on the bench.”

23. Chargers (No. 29; 5-9): The Chargers have their franchise quarterback. Now, they have to focus on figuring out how to get some wins.

24. 49ers (No. 21; 5-9): When you stick with Nick Mullens at quarterback, you get what you deserve.

25. Giants (No. 22; 5-9): A Super Bowl XXXV rematch is looming, and the result likely will be protected.

26. Bengals (No. 30; 3-10-1): Ryan Finley won’t be able to get out of bed until Friday, but it was worth it.

27. Texans (No. 28; 4-10): The most important month in franchise history starts the Monday after Week 17.

28. Lions (No. 25; 5-9): The most important month since January 1992 starts the Monday after Week 17.

29. Broncos (No. 24; 5-9): Nothing will change until the ownership issue is resolved.

30. Panthers (No. 26; 4-10): A pair of season-ending, draft-enhancing losses will do much more for the team over the long haul than winning those games.

31. Jets (No. 32; 1-13): Jets fans really can’t have, or get, nice things.

32. Jaguars (No. 31; 1-13): Relax, Jets fans, the Jaguars will find a way to screw it up. Just like the Jets did.

56 responses to “PFT’s Week 16 2020 NFL power rankings

  1. The Chiefs would DESTROY the Bucs.

    It’s moot anyway…Tommy ain’t winning 3 road playoff games.

  2. 15. Bears (No. 23; 7-7): Left for dead a couple of weeks ago, the Bears are breathing again.

    We must have hit a thermal air pocket. It’ll be gone soon enough.

  3. “The Bucs could be the NFC team best suited to upset the Chiefs in the Super Bowl”
    The saints were just a fumble recovery away from beating the chiefs without 3 of their top 4 WR’s, during one of Brees’ worst games of his career with him at less than 100%. Theres no way you dont say this kind of stuff just to stir up the pot. Lol

  4. I mean sure, Bucs vs Chiefs is ideal for the WWE, eerr.. i mean, NFL just like Patriots vs Rams was. It would be poetic justice for the Bucs to come back and beat the Saints on the way to the SB, im sure..

  5. The top 4 would make for an entertaining final 4 in the playoffs.

    I hope the Bills get to play the Chiefs. Both offenses are fun to watch – that game could be a “whoever has the ball last” kind of thing.

  6. The Packer Bear game week 17 should be very interesting for many reason. The Bears will likely be playing for their playoff lives assuming they beat Jax this week. And Green Bay will either be:
    A. Fighting for the top seed if they lose this week to Tennessee and Seattle or Saints win
    or
    B. Playing Jordan Love and their backups if they clinch, giving Chicago a better shot at victory.

    Puts a lot of pressure on Arizona to win out. Should be a fun end to the season.

  7. How about those amazing Miami Dolphins everyone playing with backup receivers, running backs and O-lineman and still in contention!

    Phins Up!
    Mask On!

  8. I don’t follow the Saints and always assumed their reputation as sore losers and whiners was boosted by their rivals. My mistake. The muffed fumble recovery occurred in the first half… Plenty of time to still win, but they couldn’t because their best wide receiver was injured even though they just won three out of four games when their QB was injured. And, they do play dirty. I’m hoping we play an honorable opponent in the Super Bowl, like Rodgers or Wilson, but admit that pounding the Saints again would be fun, too.

  9. For the fan who hopes the Bills play the Chiefs the Bills did play the Chiefs this year in a game that was over by the third quarter. The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards.

  10. What are you even yammering about? We know the muffed fumble was in the first half. We know you won, its not a stretch to think it would be a competitive rematch with 4 of our top 5 WR playing rather than 3 undrafted practice squad guys and a more healed up Brees. And if by dirty, a guy threw a stupid punch after getting dragged around by his collar for half the game, yes- that was a dumb play no matter how frustrated you are. And please, when you employ Tyreek Hill, lets not talk about “honorable”.

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    calkcfan says:
    December 22, 2020 at 11:42 am
    I don’t follow the Saints and always assumed their reputation as sore losers and whiners was boosted by their rivals. My mistake. The muffed fumble recovery occurred in the first half… Plenty of time to still win, but they couldn’t because their best wide receiver was injured even though they just won three out of four games when their QB was injured. And, they do play dirty. I’m hoping we play an honorable opponent in the Super Bowl, like Rodgers or Wilson, but admit that pounding the Saints again would be fun, too.

  11. “For the fan who hopes the Bills play the Chiefs the Bills did play the Chiefs this year in a game that was over by the third quarter. The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards.”

    We watched different games. The Chiefs had a near fumble with just over 2 minutes to go that, had the knee not barely made it down, would have given the Bills a chance to win. Even though they had one of their worst games of the year in bad weather.

    Would love to see a rematch. The Bills are playing much better football now.

  12. The Bills are most likely team to beat Chiefs and they are definitely playing better than the game vs KC earlier in the year. However, as a Bills bandwagon fan – they are not quite there in my opinion. If they play each other, should be close. MIA, TEN, Indy, BAL arent pushovers in playoffs either. I think all the AFC playoff games will be close.

  13. calkcfan says:
    December 22, 2020 at 11:50 am
    For the fan who hopes the Bills play the Chiefs the Bills did play the Chiefs this year in a game that was over by the third quarter. The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards.
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    KC has no defense and the Bills are playing the run much better now with Milano and Tremaine Edmunds healthy and given the number of interceptions the “anointed” one has been throwing lately I would love to see my Bills take on KC in the AFCCG…

  14. The Bills lost because of a near fumble in bad weather? That’s like the Saints griping about the muffed fumble recovery in the first half costing them the game. Lots of excuses. If wishes were horses all men would ride. Here’s a better explanation: you lost to the world champs and the best team in the NFL.

  15. “The Bills lost because of a near fumble in bad weather? That’s like the Saints griping about the muffed fumble recovery in the first half costing them the game. Lots of excuses. If wishes were horses all men would ride. Here’s a better explanation: you lost to the world champs and the best team in the NFL.”

    No excuses. The Bills lost. But it wasn’t “over by the 3rd quarter.” The game was still undecided with a couple of minutes to go.

    The Chiefs should be favored in a rematch, but that game is a coin flip w/ the way both teams are playing now. The Bills are just better than they were in October – they’ll give KC everything they can handle and then some.

  16. The Chiefs with “no defense” are 8th in the league in points per game allowed. The Bills are 16th.

  17. Here’s how you lose a game. It’s not if, near, missing a player, or weather. The reason the Chiefs lost to the Raiders this year is that the Raiders out played us. They made more plays and better. They deserved to win that game. They worked at it and won it.

  18. (AFC East champ) Hats off for being the only major sports outlet to put the Bills ahead of the Packers. Strength of schedule, plus the Bills blew out their last opponent, unlike the Packers who squeaked by. Seems like a no-brainer. Packers getting by on name recognition or what?

  19. Let’s not forget that the Titans throughly dominated the Bills with no practice and missing a bunch of players… and that the Titans beat the Chiefs in the regular season last year.

  20. The Bills, with a loss since losing to the Chiefs, are “better now” compared to the Chiefs, with no losses since the Bills game… Makes sense.

  21. How are the Falcons ahead of 8 teams with better records, including 3 that beat them? I’m a lifelong Atlanta fan, but this is ridiculous.

  22. 14. Rams (No. 6; 9-5): Losing to the Jets should disqualify them from the playoffs.

    Yuck it up Florio. I can’t wait to see what you say next week after the Rams have beaten the Seahawks like they normally do.

  23. “The Bills, with a loss since losing to the Chiefs, are “better now” compared to the Chiefs, with no losses since the Bills game… Makes sense.”

    The Bills are playing better football right now. I wouldn’t say that they’re better than the Chiefs right now – but they are playing much better football than they were in their 1st matchup. No one would really dispute that.

    Honestly, I made a fairly innocent comment about being excited about the potential match up, because both offenses are excellent. I certainly wasn’t guaranteeing victory or anything, though I like the Bills chances.

    I guess you feel like it’s a done deal for KC, because they squeaked by in the 1st game?

  24. calkcfan says:
    December 22, 2020 at 11:42 am
    I don’t follow the Saints and always assumed their reputation as sore losers and whiners was boosted by their rivals. My mistake.
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    About the only fan base worse than that are the Viking fans, they have a Rolodex full of excuses and complaints to refer to after any loss.
    Expect the comment section on Christmas night to be nearly insufferable regardless of who wIns or loses.

  25. Rdog says:
    December 22, 2020 at 12:51 pm
    Let’s not forget that the Titans throughly dominated the Bills with no practice and missing a bunch of players… and that the Titans beat the Chiefs in the regular season last year.

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    You’re trash talking a team that has a better record than the Titans and have one of the hardest strength of schedules in the league (5th). For comparison’s sake, the Titans have the 20th hardest strength of schedule in the league. And that’s without mentioning you alluding to a regular season win from 2019. Gee, it’s almost like beating the Chiefs in the regular season didn’t affect the Chiefs ability to win the Super Bowl at all. How weird

  26. billsrock says:
    December 22, 2020 at 12:22 pm
    calkcfan says:
    December 22, 2020 at 11:50 am
    For the fan who hopes the Bills play the Chiefs the Bills did play the Chiefs this year in a game that was over by the third quarter. The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards.
    ……………………………………………………………………..
    KC has no defense and the Bills are playing the run much better now with Milano and Tremaine Edmunds healthy and given the number of interceptions the “anointed” one has been throwing lately I would love to see my Bills take on KC in the AFCCG

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    Check again. KC has the #4 scoring defense in the league. And consider this, you can pretty much count on Mahomes and the offense to put up 35+ points whenever they want. SO all the Chiefs defense needs to do is keep the other team under 35 and KC wins.

  27. schmitty1 says:
    December 22, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    14. Rams (No. 6; 9-5): Losing to the Jets should disqualify them from the playoffs.

    Yuck it up Florio. I can’t wait to see what you say next week after the Rams have beaten the Seahawks like they normally do.

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    Do keep in mind that, under Pete Carroll, every single one of the Seahawks’ division clinching wins have been against the Rams.
    Seattle clinches the NFC West with a win on Sunday vs. the Rams.

  28. calkcfan says:
    December 22, 2020 at 12:29 pm
    The Bills lost because of a near fumble in bad weather? That’s like the Saints griping about the muffed fumble recovery in the first half costing them the game. Lots of excuses. If wishes were horses all men would ride. Here’s a better explanation: you lost to the world champs and the best team in the NFL.

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    I don’t think anyone is saying the Bills WILL definitely beat the Chiefs, just that they would have a shot at it. KC is better, I think nearly all Bills fans would agree. The better team doesn’t win every game.

    That person wasn’t making any excuses, just pointing out that even though the Bills didn’t play particularly well, the game was still within reach until the very end.

  29. With all the talk about who could beat the Chiefs, there’s very little talk about beating the Chiefs on one of their GOOD days. Simply put, almost any team in the top 14 COULD beat the Chiefs if the Chiefs turn the ball over 4-5 times or if Mahomes gets hurt, but there’s not a single team in the NFL who would beat them if the Chiefs play their A game. Their C game is equal to most team’s A game. Even fewer have their A game competing with the Chiefs B game. Tenn, IMO, has the best shot and this coming from a Raven’s fan who realizes his team has no shot against the Chiefs A or B game. As for the rest of the rankings, I love the Browns story about finally getting near the playoffs, but 0-3 and 123-55 (the scores against Baltimore and Pitt) has to have them lower on this list.

  30. Really Florio the Pats at #17….how can you possibly think that they are the 17th best team in the NFL, they haven’t scored a touchdown going on 3 games now, but yeah they are the 17th best team lol.

  31. Buffalo fan here. Anyone that thinks theres any “favorites” are out of their minds. In either conference. I can see any number of teams coming out. AFC??? I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see Tennessee come out. Hell even Cleveland, the way their playing.

    Sure Buffalo is good, so is Indy with that defense, so is Seattle when Russ is cooking.

    Right now, all I see is a crapshoot.

  32. About the only fan base worse than that are the Viking fans, they have a Rolodex full of excuses and complaints to refer to after any loss.

    This week it took until Tuesday for Minneapolis sports radio to start complaining about the unfair officiating in the 2009 NFC Championship game against the Saints. Yesterday they broke down every Vikings penalty from the the Bears game. Every flag against the Heidis was a horrible call and a game-changing play. Shocking.

  33. dklewand says:
    December 22, 2020 at 2:24 pm
    Buffalo fan here. Anyone that thinks theres any “favorites” are out of their minds. In either conference. I can see any number of teams coming out. AFC??? I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see Tennessee come out. Hell even Cleveland, the way their playing.

    Sure Buffalo is good, so is Indy with that defense, so is Seattle when Russ is cooking.

    Right now, all I see is a crapshoot.

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    Uh, the Chiefs are the favorites. Come on.

  34. No. 2 to 7 are really all close. Saints and Steelers are just there because of the first half of the season

  35. ivotedfornixon says:
    does home field actually mean anything this year? just wondering.
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    It didn’t appear to during the regular season.
    But even with no crowd noise, I suppose in a playoff game, where a team is presumably motivated and prepared and not looking beyond this week’s game, sleeping in your owns beds and not having to travel will provide some kind of small advantage.

  36. The arrogance of Chiefs fans is staggering. The fall of their team in the playoffs is gonna be great.

  37. The hype over the Bills is hilarious.
    They’ve lost to the best two teams they’ve faced. Their quality wins came against the Rams, Seahawks and Steelers neither of which would anybody list as top contenders, and have been beaten by the Chiefs, Titans and Cardinals. It’s telling that their success has coincided with the collapse of the Patriots.
    They’ve improved year to year, and are progressing nicely, but to suggest that they’re the team most likely to topple the Chiefs is comical. They’ve shown weaknesses on both sides of the ball and were life or death against lesser foes.

  38. Check again. KC has the #4 scoring defense in the league. And consider this, you can pretty much count on Mahomes and the offense to put up 35+ points whenever they want. SO all the Chiefs defense needs to do is keep the other team under 35 and KC wins.
    ……………………………………………..
    I did check again and your Chief are #8 in scoring defense not #4. They are #21 against the rush and #11 against the pass and if Mahomey keeps throwing interceptions the Bills will beat the Chiefs!!!

  39. ivotedfornixon says:
    December 22, 2020 at 11:45 am
    does home field actually mean anything this year? just wondering.

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    Let’s see a show of hands for all the teams that want to play at Lambeau in January.

  40. I believe that the Colts have a great shot at beating the chiefs should they meet in the playoffs. They did it last year with Jacoby brissett at QB.

  41. lewansfingermoustache says:
    December 22, 2020 at 2:47 pm
    The arrogance of Chiefs fans is staggering. The fall of their team in the playoffs is gonna be great.

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    Oh yes, if we happen to lose in the playoffs we will be wallowing in tears following our incredible 22-1 record the past 400+ days that includes a Super Bowl win, while looking forward to 10+ more years of the best QB in football at the helm of our team.

    We will not be able to overcome our sorrow.

  42. This Chiefs fan agrees the Chiefs are playing at about a B- level right now. Primarily because they’re missing two o-lineman. If they get back, and up to speed, and if the Chiefs play well… I don’t see how anyone beats them. That said, they’ve had this “play just well enough, or to your opponents level, to get the win, mentality. So that could bite them with anyone, or the “any given Sunday” point.

    I’m excited for the small markets, of course I want KC to to take it, but I’ll take Buffalo, Cleveland or Tennessee as a 2nd team and be happy for those fan-bases.

  43. 14. Rams (No. 6; 9-5): Losing to the Jets should disqualify them from the playoffs.

    But the Seahawks losing to the Giants with Colt McCoy and the Steelers losing to the Bengals with Ryan Finley shouldn’t disqualify them from the playoffs?

  44. When will “just good enough” no longer be good enough for the Wilfs?

    They don’t care, Zigi is a big NY Giants fan

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