Christmas Week NFL Power Rankings

On this Christmas week, we take a look at our weekly NFL Power Rankings. Tiers are pretty clear.

Rank Team Last Rank W or L Record Jared Barry Lane Andrea Rick Fred Hayden
1 Carolina 1 W 14 - 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 New England 3 W 12 - 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2
3 Arizona 2 W 12 - 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3
4 Seattle 4 W 9 - 5 5 4 4 4 5 4 5
5 Cincinnati 6 W 11 - 3 4 6 5 5 4 7 6
6 Denver 5 L 10 - 4 8 5 6 8 6 5 4
7 Green Bay 7 W 10 - 4 6 7 7 7 7 6 7
8 Pittsburgh 8 W 9 - 5 7 8 8 6 8 9 8
9 Kansas City 9 W 9 - 5 9 9 9 9 9 8 9
10 Minnesota 11 W 9 - 5 11 10 10 11 10 10 10
11 Jets 10 W 9 - 5 10 11 11 10 11 11 11
Note: Eleven teams with winning records in the NFL. Most would probably tier them into at least two, maybe three, but there are few teams that seem unbeatable. While both won, the Patriots leap over the Cardlinas and Minnesota jump a spot over the Jets. These 11 teams are fighting for 10 spots and would be joined by the AFC South & NFC East champs in the Playoffs.
12 Houston 13 W 7 - 7 12 12 12 12 12 13 12
13 Buffalo 12 L 6 - 8 16 13 13 13 13 12 15
14 Washington 18 W 7 - 7 14 15 14 16 14 18 13
15 Giants 15 L 6 - 8 13 16 15 19 16 15 17
16 Indianapolis 14 L 6 - 8 17 17 16 18 15 14 16
Note: The Texans & Colts fight for the AFC South while Washington and New York battle it out for the NFC East title. The Eagles still have a chance as well but at this point these 4 teams seem to be fighting for 2 spots. Washington with the biggest jump, 4 spots, this week. The Bills are highly disappointing but if they were in one of the divisions mentioned here, they would be 1 game out. The good news is that, for now, we wouldn't have a team with a losing record in the NFL Playoffs.
17 Oakland 16 L 6 - 8 18 14 17 14 17 16 18
18 Tampa Bay 17 L 6 - 8 20 18 18 15 18 17 19
19 Atlanta 20 W 7 - 7 15 19 19 27 19 20 14
20 Philadelphia 19 L 6 - 8 21 20 20 17 21 19 20
21 St. Louis 22 W 6 - 8 19 21 21 20 20 22 21
22 Chicago 21 L 5 - 9 22 22 22 21 22 21 22
23 Jacksonville 23 L 5 - 9 24 23 23 23 23 23 23
24 Miami 24 L 5 - 9 25 24 24 24 26 24 24
25 Detroit 27 W 5 - 9 23 26 25 22 25 26 26
26 New Orleans 25 L 5 - 9 26 25 26 25 24 25 25
Note: Raiders, Bucs, Jags and Lions all seem to have their QBs of the future. Atlanta has struggled, which Browns fans and many media are blaming on Kyle Shanahan, and some are questioning Matt Ryan's future. Jay Cutler has had a resurgence but the Bears might not want to keep him around on his big contract. Ryan Tannehill has taken a step back and has many wondering if the Dolphins will soon look for another "future QB." Drew Brees is a Hall of Famer. How much longer can he play though? The Eagles and Rams, who made a QB trade this offseason, both are in need at the game's most important position.
27 Dallas 26 L 4 - 10 27 27 27 26 27 27 27
28 Baltimore 28 L 4 - 10 29 29 28 29 28 28 28
29 San Diego 29 W 4 - 10 28 28 29 28 29 29 29
30 San Francisco 30 L 4 - 10 31 31 30 30 30 31 30
31 Cleveland 31 L 3 - 11 30 30 31 32 31 30 31
32 Tennessee 32 L 3 - 11 32 32 32 31 32 32 32
Note: Browns almost rose above the Niners, losing out by .28. Either way, this group is full of teams struggling. The Browns difficult schedule certainly means they will lose the Strength of Schedule tie breaker to the Titans. They can root for the Titans to win against AFC South foes Texans and Colts. More importantly for the Browns, including the future of Ray Farmer, Mike Pettine and Johnny Manziel, is being competitive and possibly winning one of their last two.

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