The season is almost over, only three weeks left to go and there really is no clear definitive answer as to who is going to win the Super Bowl this year. Every team in the top ten has their weakness that could end up costing them a chance at making the big game. New England lacks a single offensive threat missing Gronk, Dallas has a weak defense that could cost them, Kansas City’s defense is clicking right now, but could turn the other way at the drop of a dime. Oakland and Detroit both have QBs playing with slight hand injuries, Big Ben seems to struggle on the road more than when he’s at home. I could go on and on but this is the Power Rankings, so lets’ get into the updated rankings!
Check out the previous weeks Power Rankings here.
1. New England Patriots (11-2) – Up 2
Clearly the best team in the league at the moment. They dismantled the number one defense of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night. Many thought Brady would suffer without Gronk on the field but he has continued to spread the ball around to all of his options, making for a dangerous passing game.
2. Dallas Cowboys (11-2) – Down 1
The team is struggling a little bit after the last two games, but their defense, which many suspected to be the weak spot of the team, came to play against the division rival New York Giants. Outside of the one long pass play to Odell the defense played surprisingly well while the offense struggled mightily.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) – Up 2
The Chiefs came to play Thursday night laying a beat down on division opponent and leader, the Oakland Raiders. The score reflects a much closer game than what it actually was, but the Chiefs managed to take the lead of the division and knock them out of the #1 playoff seed.
4. Oakland Raiders (10-3) – Down 2
While the Chiefs looked good in the TNF matchup, the Raiders looked more like the team of seasons past than the Raiders of 2016. All it took was one bad game and just like that the Raiders lost not only the #1 seed in the AFC, but also the division as well.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) – Up 3
If LeVeon keeps running like that, no one will stop the Steelers. I think with that performance, Bell puts himself into the MVP race and is clearly in the top three of running backs in the league.
6. Detroit Lions (9-4) – Remain at 6
They continue to win games in the fourth quarter. After losing a late lead, an injured Matt Stafford led the Lions to another victory. Will his finger injury prevent this team from making a run in the playoffs?
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) – Up 2
The defense has been playing much better of late and Jameis is having a good second season. At one point it looked like Atlanta had this division wrapped up early but the Bucs are now tied for the lead with Atlanta.
8. Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1) – Down 4
This team is so unpredictable. They have scored 12 or less points in five games this season. In three of the four games after scoring 12 or less, they have score 25 or more. Will this be another week of high scoring for Seattle? Or can the Rams hold them down like they did in their first meeting this season?
9. Denver Broncos (8-5) – Down 2
I’ll keep saying it. This team has no QB. The defense has been good, but not as good as last season. With no QB, this team may not even make the playoffs let alone make a deep playoff run.
10. Atlanta Falcons (8-5) – Up 2
After scoring more touchdowns in LA in one game, than LA has in all of their home games, they had to jump into the top 10 over a Giants team that struggled offensively against a weak Dallas secondary. Atlanta travelled across country and delivered the beating that they should have.
Biggest Jump: Pittsburgh Steelers
Biggest Drop: Seattle Seahawks
Dropped out of Top 10: New York Giants
Rest of the League outside of the Top 10:
11. New York Giants (9-4)
12. Washington Redskins (7-5-1)
13. Green Bay Packers (7-6)
14. Houston Texans (7-6)
15. Baltimore Ravens (7-6)
16. Miami Dolphins (7-6)
17. Tennessee Titans (7-6)
18. Minnesota Vikings (7-6)
19. Buffalo Bills (6-7)
20. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1)
21. Indianapolis Colts (6-7)
22. Carolina Panthers (5-8)
23. New Orleans Saints (5-8)
24. San Diego Chargers (5-8)
25. Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1)
26. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8)
27. New York Jets (4-9)
28. Chicago Bears (3-10)
29. Los Angeles Rams (4-9)
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-12)
32. Cleveland Browns (0-13)