NFL Power Rankings

Where does your team stand? See which team is making moves up the rankings every Tuesday of the regular season with our NFL Power Rankings.

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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 15-1
▲ 1
If anyone other than Cam Newton wins MVP, non-Newton voters should have their voting privileges revoked.
2 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 13-3
▼ 1
Not the best way to end the season, but Arizona was as good as any team in the league this year. In fact, the Cardinals are 26-5 over their last 31 games in which Carson Palmer has played, and three of the losses have been by three points or fewer.
3 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 12-4
▲ 1
The Broncos did what they had to do: They beat the Patriots, they beat the Bengals and they held serve without Peyton Manning. If any team deserved the No. 1 seed in the AFC, it was this one.
4 New England Patriots New England Patriots 12-4
▼ 1
At 10-0, perfection was a distinct possibility. But after dropping four of six to end the season, a seventh Super Bowl appearance for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick seems unlikely.
5 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 12-4
The Bengals deserve credit for hanging tough with AJ McCarron, but they need to beat the Steelers at home this Saturday – regardless of who’s under center.
6 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 11-5
Ten straight wins after a 1-5 start. That’s insane.
7 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 11-5
Statement win by the Vikings at Lambeau. Now they just have to avenge their Week 13 home loss to Seattle, when they lost 38-7. Yikes.
8 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 10-6
▲ 1
Russell Wilson had 24 touchdowns and one interception in his final seven games, during which Seattle went 6-1. That’s four straight 10-win seasons for the Seahawks, who, once again, look mighty dangerous entering the playoffs.
9 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6
▲ 1
After winning six of eight to close the season, no one – and I mean no one – wants to face this team in the playoffs.
10 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 9-7
▲ 1
Kirk Cousins’ final eight games: 22 touchdowns (19 pass, three rush) and two interceptions.
11 Houston Texans Houston Texans 9-7
▲ 1
The Texans – with Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden and others – are AFC South champs for the third time in five seasons. Incredible.
12 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 10-6
▲ 1
After going 4-6 in their final 10 games, the Packers have a chance against Washington, but that’s about it. The Super Bowl is simply not in the cards this year.
13 New York Jets New York Jets 10-6
▼ 5
After five weeks of virtually flawless football, Ryan Fitzpatrick picked a bad time for his second three-interception day of the season. The Jets mustered just 17 points in four of their six losses this year, including Sunday’s 22-17 season-ending loss in Buffalo.
14 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 8-8
In keeping the Jets out of the playoffs, Buffalo finished back-to-back seasons with a non-losing record for the first time since 1999-2000. Yes, the Bills underachieved this year, but the foundation for success is there, and it seems they’ve found their quarterback.
15 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 8-8
▲ 1
Without a healthy and effective Andrew Luck, this team had no shot.
16 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 7-9
▼ 1
The Raiders won seven games this season – as many as they won in their last two seasons combined. It’s been a long time since anyone has said this, but the future is bright in Oakland.
17 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 7-9
▲ 1
You got to hand it to the Lions. They went 6-2 following a 1-7 start, and one of the losses, with all due respect to the Packers, was a bit of a fluke.
18 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 7-9
▲ 1
Drew Brees led the league in passing for a record sixth time, but after finishing 7-9 in three of the last four seasons, the Saints need to make some hard decisions this offseason. And it would be wise to make those decisions with their heads, not their hearts.
19 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 8-8
▲ 1
An 8-8 finish after a 5-0 start is highly disappointing. Julio Jones was a beast, but the offense struggled down the stretch, averaging 32.4 points in its first five games but just 16.1 in its final 11.
20 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams 7-9
▼ 3
If only the Rams had been a little better on the road, where they finished 2-6. Even more frustrating? Three of those road losses were by a field goal.
21 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 7-9
▲ 1
If you’re going to give a guy complete control over a franchise, you can’t fire him less than one year into it – especially after he went 20-12 in his first two seasons. The Eagles clearly lost all faith in Chip Kelly.
22 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 6-10
▼ 1
How does a team go 5-3 on the road but 1-7 at home? Do you want to know how many teams had a winning record on the road this year? Ten. Nine of them are in the playoffs.
23 New York Giants New York Giants 6-10
One playoff appearance in six years just isn’t going to cut it.
24 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 6-10
▲ 3
It was an up-and-down year for the Dolphins, who fired their coach, went 3-5 at home, 3-5 on the road and beat the Patriots. Miami has a lot of choices to make this offseason.
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-10
▼ 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10): Not a bad first season for Jameis Winston by any means, but he’ll have to do a better job down the stretch next year. The Bucs lost their final four games after a 6-6 start.
26 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11
▼ 1
There’s a lot to build on here, but the 1-7 road record clearly needs to improve. So does the ability to finish. Jacksonville lost five of six down the stretch.
27 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 5-11
▼ 1
The Ravens won five games or fewer for just the third time in 20 seasons – none as injury-plagued as this one.
28 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 5-11
▲ 2
Three coaches in three years. That’s probably not how Jed and Trent scripted this whole thing.
29 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 4-12
Nine losses were by one possession.
30 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 4-12
▼ 2
The 4-12 finish was the Cowboys’ worst since 1989, when they went 1-15. The top priority this offseason? Get Tony Romo healthy.
31 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 3-13
Well, back to the QB drawing board.
32 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 3-13
At least they’ve got the No. 1 pick?

Tony Meale is the author of The Chosen Ones: The Team That Beat LeBron. He lives in Chicago and won’t be mad if you follow him on Twitter @TonyMeale.

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