NFL Power Rankings: 1 Week Left

The NFL season has 1 week left, that means 1 more batch of our NFL Power Rankings before we go on to what looks like an interesting off-season for the Cleveland Browns. Here is our second to last NFL Power Rankings.

Rank Team Last Rank W or L Record Jared Barry Lane Andrea Rick Fred Hayden
1 Arizona 3 W 13 - 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2
2 Carolina 1 L 14 - 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 1
3 New England 2 L 12 - 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 3
4 Denver 6 W 11 - 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 5
5 Cincinnati 5 L 11 - 4 7 5 4 6 5 7 4
6 Seattle 4 L 9 - 6 5 6 6 7 6 6 10
7 Kansas City 9 W 10 - 5 9 9 9 5 9 5 6
8 Green Bay 7 L 10 - 5 8 7 7 9 7 8 9
9 Minnesota 10 W 10 - 5 6 8 8 11 8 10 7
10 Jets 11 W 10 - 5 10 11 11 10 10 9 8
Note: Four of our top six, and half of the top ten, in our Power Rankings lost this week. Seattle is the only team in our Top 10 that doesn't have double digit wins so far this season. They also dropped 2 spots with their loss. KC actually rose 2 with their narrow victory over the Browns. Arizona now owns the top spot, taking more than half of the #1 votes. Carolina actually got two third place votes, in a bit of a surprise.
11 Pittsburgh 8 L 9 - 6 11 10 10 8 11 11 11
12 Houston 12 W 8 - 7 12 12 13 12 12 12 12
13 Washington 14 W 8 - 7 14 13 12 14 13 13 13
Note: Washington and Houston are in and yet the Steelers, who need some help to make the Playoffs, sit above them in our Power Rankings. That is why winning in the division is so important. The Steelers need to beat the Browns, shouldn't be tough, and the Jets to lose to the Bills in order to make it in. Browns are unlikely to play spoilers but Rex's Bills may help Pittsburgh out.
14 Buffalo 13 W 7 - 8 13 15 15 13 14 14 15
15 Atlanta 19 W 8 - 7 15 14 14 21 17 15 14
16 Indianapolis 16 W 7 - 8 16 16 16 17 15 18 16
17 Oakland 17 W 7 - 8 17 17 17 15 16 19 17
18 St. Louis 21 W 7 - 8 18 18 18 19 20 16 18
19 Giants 15 L 6 - 9 21 19 20 20 18 17 19
20 Tampa Bay 18 L 6 - 9 20 20 21 16 19 20 20
Note: Talk about a muddled mess. Five of these seven teams won but all are out of any Playoff contention, instead they fight to finish with a .500 record. Any win greatly impacts Draft positioning with a ton of teams with 6 wins. The Giants take the biggest fall, 4 spots, but were likely ranked a little high anyways due to them still being in contention for the NFC East, and their history. The Rams get a boost for their victory while Atlanta has rebounded well, and up 4 this week for giving the Panthers their first loss.
21 Chicago 22 W 6 - 9 19 22 19 22 21 22 22
22 Philadelphia 20 L 6 - 9 24 21 22 18 22 21 21
23 Detroit 25 W 6 - 9 22 23 23 25 23 23 23
24 New Orleans 26 W 6 - 9 23 24 24 24 24 24 24
25 Jacksonville 23 L 5 - 10 26 26 25 23 26 25 25
26 Baltimore 28 W 5 - 10 25 25 26 28 25 28 27
27 Miami 24 L 5 - 10 27 27 27 26 27 26 26
Note: Which team would you want to root for out of this group? The Bears had a better season than most expected in John Fox's first year, Philly fired Chip, Detroit has looked good since the shake up, the Saints just don't have enough defense, the Jaguars will have Gus back but struggled again, the Ravens hurt their draft position but beat the Steelers and Miami just looks flat. All are better than the Browns, but how much better?
28 Dallas 27 L 4 - 11 30 28 28 27 28 27 28
29 San Diego 29 L 4 - 11 28 29 29 29 29 29 29
30 Cleveland 31 L 3 - 12 29 30 30 30 30 30 32
31 San Francisco 30 L 4 - 11 31 31 31 31 31 31 30
32 Tennessee 32 L 3 - 12 32 32 32 32 32 32 31
Note: The Browns rank 30th in the league, and could likely stay there, above two of the three teams they beat. San Diego and Dallas have their QBs for the next couple of years, as long as health continues while the Titans think Mariota will be great, most do. Could we see coaching changes in 4 of the bottom 5 teams (Dallas isn't likely to fire Jason Garrett)? Can the Browns do anything to move up in the Power Rankings in the last week? Should they even be 30th at this point?

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