OBR NFL Power Rankings: Top 8 Separate

Our Cleveland Browns continue to fight for the #1 draft pick while the Panthers and Patriots fight over the top spot in our Weekly OBR NFL Power Rankings.

Rank Team Last Rank W or L Record Jared Barry Lane Andrea Rick Fred Hayden
1 Carolina 2 W 11 - 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 1
2 New England 1 L 10 - 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 2
3 Arizona 3 W 9 - 2 3 3 3 4 3 3 3
4 Cincinnati 4 W 9 - 2 4 5 4 3 4 5 4
5 Denver 7 W 9 - 2 5 4 5 5 5 4 5
6 Minnesota 6 W 8 - 3 6 6 6 6 6 7 6
7 Green Bay 5 L 7 - 4 7 7 7 7 7 6 7
8 Seattle 10 W 6 - 5 8 8 8 8 8 8 9
Note: The difference between the 8th and 9th spots is over 2 based on our average, seems like a good place to split. Seattle has come back strong in our rankings since an early season slump. With only 14 teams in the league with an over .500 record, the Seahawks belong back in the coversation. Carolina takes over the top spot from the Pats who held strong for most of the season. Two writers still had New England #1 even with their loss.
9 Pittsburgh 8 L 6 - 5 11 11 11 12 11 9 8
10 Kansas City 15 W 6 - 5 10 9 9 9 10 13 13
11 Jets 13 W 6 - 5 14 12 14 11 12 11 11
12 Indianapolis 14 W 6 - 5 9 14 13 17 9 12 12
13 Houston 17 W 6 - 5 16 10 10 10 14 16 14
14 Atlanta 9 L 6 - 5 12 16 19 14 13 10 10
Note: These 6 join the upper echelon group as the only winning teams in the league. The Chiefs, like Seattle, have come back strong and jump into the Top 10. Hard for the rest of the teams to be trusted but Houston and Kansas City make the biggest jumps this week.
15 Giants 12 L 5 - 6 13 13 12 16 15 15 16
16 Buffalo 11 L 5 - 6 15 15 17 15 16 14 15
17 Oakland 16 W 5 - 6 19 17 18 13 17 17 17
18 Chicago 19 W 5 - 6 17 19 15 18 19 20 19
19 Washington 20 W 5 - 6 18 18 16 19 18 18 20
20 Tampa Bay 18 L 5 - 6 20 20 20 20 20 19 18
Note: A group of surprise teams. The Giants and Bills continue to be inconsistent while few expected Chicago, Washington and Tampa Bay to be fighting for .500 records or playoff spots. Buffalo is our biggest faller this week: Down 5 spots, tied with Atlanta.
21 Philadelphia 21 L 4 - 7 22 21 22 22 22 21 21
22 St. Louis 22 L 4 - 7 23 22 23 21 21 22 22
23 Jacksonville 26 L 4 - 7 24 25 24 27 24 26 24
24 Dallas 23 L 3 - 8 27 24 27 23 23 24 27
25 Miami 24 L 4 - 7 28 23 29 24 25 23 23
26 Detroit 30 W 4 - 7 21 26 21 29 28 25 30
27 Baltimore 27 W 4 - 7 25 28 25 26 27 29 26
28 New Orleans 25 L 4 - 7 29 27 28 25 26 28 25
29 San Diego 29 W 3 - 8 26 29 26 30 30 27 29
30 San Francisco 28 L 3 - 8 30 30 30 28 29 30 28
31 Cleveland 31 L 2 - 9 31 32 31 32 31 31 32
32 Tennessee 32 L 2 - 9 32 31 32 31 32 32 31
Note: Not a lot of hope down here. Detroit has turned things around but face a stiff test on TNF against he Packers. The Browns still haven't hit rock bottom yet, but 3 of our 7 experts have them last. The "fight" for the #1 overall pick could be interesting.

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