Dr. J's NFL Power Rankings for Week 17

Rest in peace, Reggie White. You were one of the very best who ever played this game.

1) Pittsburgh (14-1)
Last Week: 1st, Defeated Baltimore 20-7
Steelers avenge their only loss of the year and will never have to leave home this January.

2) New England (13-2)
Last week: 2nd, Defeated NY Jets 23-7
So much for the Monday night letdown…

3) Indianapolis (12-3)
Last Week: 3rd, Defeated San Diego 34-31 in OT
Peyton Manning makes his 49th count in a big way.

4) San Diego (11-4)
Last Week: 4th, Lost to Indianapolis 34-31 in OT
The Chargers play perfect defense for 55 minutes.

5) Atlanta (11-4)
Last Week: 5th, Lost to New Orleans 26-13
Falcons take a pass. Nothing to gain, nothing to lose.

6) Philadelphia (13-2)
Last Week: 6th, Lost to St. Louis 20-7
Eagles play it safe and sit out most of their #1 squad after a few series.

7) Buffalo (9-6)
Last Week: 9th, Defeated San Francisco 41-7
Willis McGahee shakes off a bad knee and does his part to keep his team alive.

8) NY Jets (10-5)
Last Week: 7th, Lost to New England 23-7
Jets win, and they are in next week.

9) Green Bay (9-6)
Last Week: 11th, Defeated Minnesota 34-31
Second verse, same as the first…Packers beat Vikings with same score, almost exactly the same way.

10) Carolina (7-8)
Last week: 13th, Defeated Tampa Bay 37-20
No matter what happens next, John Fox and his team deserve to take a bow.

11) Denver (9-6)
Last week: 14th, Defeated Tennessee 37-16
Broncos get a Christmas gift in the form of control over their own destiny.

12) Baltimore (8-7)
Last Week: 10th, Lost to Pittsburgh 20-7
Ravens can't run the ball, can't stop it, and now are on the outside looking in.

13) Jacksonville (8-7)
Last Week: 8th, Lost to Houston 21-0
With their playoff lives at stake, Jags lay a big fat egg.

14) Minnesota (8-7)
Last Week: 12th, Lost to Green Bay 34-31
This time, same as last time…Vikings can clinch a playoff spot with a win in final game of the season.

15) Kansas City (7-8)
Last week: 15th, Defeated Oakland 31-30
Dante Hall saves the day with a big time return with just seconds left.

16) Cincinnati (7-8)
Last Week: 16th, Defeated NY Giants 23-22
Bengals make their only big play count when it counts the most.

17) St. Louis (7-8)
Last Week: 17th, Defeated Philadelphia 20-7
Rams face a do or die against another team looking to do or die, the Jets.

18) Houston (7-8)
Last Week: 18th, Defeated Jacksonville 21-0
Texans pitch first shutout in team history.

19) New Orleans (7-8)
Last Week: 19th, Defeated Atlanta 26-13
Team that didn't seem to have any heart showing plenty down the stretch.

20) Seattle (8-7)
Last Week: 22nd, Defeated Arizona 24-21
This up and down team still manages to make the playoffs.

21) Dallas (6-9)
Last week: 24th, Defeated Washington 13-10
For a day, Cowboy fans can thank 41-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde and rookie receiver Patrick Crayton.

22) Tampa Bay (5-10)
Last Week: 21th, Lost to Carolina 37-20
Bucs defense gives up 141 yards rushing to the Panthers 5th and 6th team running backs.

23) Oakland (5-10)
Last Week: 23rd, Lost to Kansas City 31-30
Why a squib kick right then?

24) Washington (5-10)
Last Week: 20th, Lost to Dallas 13-10
Redskins are swept by the Cowboys for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

25) Detroit (6-9)
Last Week: 28th, Defeated Chicago 19-13
Lions steal one, Kevin Jones' big day not withstanding.

26) Tennessee (4-11)
Last Week: 25th, Lost to Denver 37-16
On the positive side, Drew Bennett won a title for somebody's fantasy team out there.

27) Arizona (5-10)
Last Week: 28th, Lost to Seattle 24-21
Cards play tough defense, but can't stop Trent Dilfer's scramble at the end.

28) Chicago (5-10)
Last Week: 27th, Lost to Detroit 19-13
I'm sorry, but Bernard Berrian was in bounds and he scored. When will the NFL go to full time referees?

29) Miami (4-11)
Last Week: 30th, Defeated Cleveland 10-7
Nick Saban takes Dolphins offer. So now what?

30) NY Giants (5-10)
Last Week: 29th, Lost to Cincinnati 23-22
Luke Petitgout forgets the snap count and Giants lose a chance to slam the door on the game.

31) Cleveland (3-12)
Last Week: 31st, Lost to Miami 10-7
With the 2nd pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

32) San Francisco (2-13)
Last Week: 32nd, Lost to Buffalo 41-7
Overmatched, undermanned, micromanaged, and outsmarted.

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