The OBR NFL Power Rankings: Week 15

Our Cleveland Browns controlled the 49ers last week but did they get out of the basement of our weekly NFL Power Rankings?

Rank Team Last Rank W or L Record Jared Barry Lane Andrea Rick Fred Hayden
1 Carolina 1 W 13 - 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Arizona 2 W 11 - 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2
3 New England 4 W 11 - 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
4 Seattle 7 W 8 - 5 5 4 4 6 6 5 7
5 Denver 5 L 10 - 3 7 6 6 5 5 4 5
6 Cincinnati 3 L 10 - 3 6 8 9 4 4 7 4
7 Green Bay 6 W 9 - 4 4 5 7 7 7 6 6
8 Pittsburgh 8 W 8 - 5 8 7 5 8 8 8 8
9 Kansas City 10 W 8 - 5 9 9 8 9 9 9 10
Note: The Chiefs have played their way up the rankings slowly and now fall in line with the top group. The Seahakws also had a big jump this week, all the way up to #4 before their matchup with the Browns. The Bengals, most likely due to expectations that Andy Dalton will be out for awhile, drop 3 spots.
10 Jets 11 W 8 - 5 10 11 10 10 10 11 11
11 Minnesota 9 L 8 - 5 11 10 12 12 11 10 9
Note: The Jets and Vikings are the last two teams with winning records, only 11 in the league right now, but haven't show enough consistency to be included with the top group.
12 Buffalo 14 L 6 - 7 13 12 11 13 13 14 12
13 Houston 13 L 6 - 7 14 13 13 11 15 13 14
14 Indianapolis 12 L 6 - 7 18 14 14 16 12 12 13
15 Giants 16 W 6 - 7 12 15 15 17 14 16 18
16 Oakland 18 W 6 - 7 15 16 16 15 17 18 20
17 Tampa Bay 17 L 6 - 7 19 19 18 14 16 17 19
18 Washington 20 W 6 - 7 17 18 19 18 18 20 15
19 Philadelphia 21 W 6 - 7 16 17 17 19 20 21 16
20 Atlanta 15 L 6 - 7 20 20 22 21 19 15 17
Note: Then we have this large group of 6 - 7 teams. Three of the four NFC East teams tied for 1st fall in this category as the division is likely to be won by a middling team. Most of these teams are still in the NFL Playoff race but the Falcons are in their free fall, down another 5 spots.
21 Chicago 19 L 5 - 8 21 21 20 20 21 19 21
22 St. Louis 22 W 5 - 8 23 22 24 22 22 22 22
23 Jacksonville 23 W 5 - 8 22 23 23 23 23 23 23
24 Miami 24 L 5 - 8 26 26 25 24 24 24 24
25 New Orleans 28 W 5 - 8 24 24 21 28 27 26 25
26 Dallas 25 L 4 - 9 28 25 27 25 25 25 26
27 Detroit 26 L 4 - 9 25 27 26 26 26 27 27
28 Baltimore 27 L 4 - 9 27 28 29 27 28 28 28
Note: Most of these teams thought they would be competing for a playoff spot this season. Hasn't happened, though the Jags and Cowboys are not far away. This group will make the top of the NFL Draft very interesting for sure.
29 San Diego 30 L 3 - 10 29 29 31 28 29 31 30
30 San Francisco 29 L 4 - 9 31 30 30 30 30 29 29
31 Cleveland 32 W 3 - 10 30 31 28 32 31 30 32
32 Tennessee 31 L 3 - 10 32 32 32 31 32 32 31
Note: Losing to the Browns, in a game they didn't have much control of, the Niners fall to #30. The Browns, on the backs of two #30 and a #28 ranking rise above the Titans, the team they beat earlier in the season. Will be interesting if the Niners fall below the Browns at some point in time.

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