Now that Week 15 of the 2014 NFL season is over, it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
Let's dive right in to the rankings.
BLG's WEEK 16 POWER RANKINGS
1) New England Patriots (Last Week: 2) - The Patriots are back on top after clinching the AFC East with a blowout win over the Dolphins. New England is just too good at home. That said, it's a little funny that their closest home wins have come against the Raiders and Jets.
2) Denver Broncos (LW: 3) - Denver clinched their fourth straight AFC West title with a win in south California. Even the flu can't stop Peyton Manning.
3) Green Bay Packers (LW: 1) - For as very good as the Packers are when they're playing at Lambeau, they look very mortal when playing on the road.
4) Seattle Seahawks (LW: 4) - The reigning Super Bowl champs are red hot. Seattle is 7-1 in their last eight games. The Seahawks defense is only allowing an average of 11.5 points per game.
5) Indianapolis Colts (LW: 5) - Indy were the easy favorites to win the cake walk AFC South yet again and they clinched the division with a win on Sunday.
6) Arizona Cardinals (LW: 7) - Well, they keep finding a way to win. The Cardinals are now down to their third string quarterback in Ryan Lindley after Drew Stanton suffered an injury against St. Louis. Bruce Arians may be a good choice, but Todd Bowles really deserves the credit here. That defense is playing great. The Arizona offense, on the other hand, is averaging 10.5 offensive points scored in their last 4 games (2-2). Take away a garbage time TD against Atlanta and it’s 8.5.
7) Detroit Lions (LW: 8) - Detroit's win combined with Green Bay's loss now means they're the No. 2 seed in the NFC. The Lions are in good position to make the playoffs in Jim Caldwell's first year on the job.
8) Dallas Cowboys (LW: 9) - Dallas got off to a great start against Philadelphia. Tony Romo apparently benefited from extra rest because he looked sharp. He made some great throws to star receiver Dez Bryant. The Cowboys have control of the NFC East with two games left.
9) Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 6) - The Eagles had a chance to boost their playoff chances to 97% with a win over the Cowboys. They didn't capitalize on the opportunity and instead totally blew it. The Birds made a major gaffe on the opening kickoff and that really set a bad tone for the entire game.
11) Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 11) - Pittsburgh fans travel well. It was like a Steelers home game down there in Atlanta.
12) Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 12) - Bengals players had fun mocking Johnny Manziel as they were dominating the Browns. I'm not sure that Cincy is the best team in their division but they do control the AFC North lead.
13) Buffalo Bills (LW: 18) - Big win for the Bills. Beating the No. 1 team is worth a big jump in the rankings. Buffalo's defense is legit. Allow me to pat myself on the back for picking the Bills outright.
14) Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 17) - The Raiders were responsible for both causing and ending the Chiefs' three-game losing streak. Andy Reid's group will need to finish the season strong and get some help in order to make the playoffs.
15) Miami Dolphins (LW: 13) - Remember when the Dolphins beat the Patriots with ease in Week 1? That seems like forever ago. The season goes by so fast.
16) San Diego Chargers (LW: 14) - San Diego seems pretty mediocre. This is the perfect spot for them.
17) St. Louis Rams (LW: 14) - The Rams are 6-8 but have only lost three games by more than one score. They have a good shot at finishing 7-9.
18) San Francisco 49ers (LW: 17) - San Francisco is a mess. They'll be looking for a new coach after the season. Will they be looking for a new quarterback, too?
19) Houston Texans (LW: 19) - Houston is .500. Their best win of the season was against the Bills, and E.J. Manuel was benched after that game. Mediocre team that benefits from playing the Jaguars and Titans twice.
20) Minnesota Vikings (LW: 20) - Minnesota plays tough, but they're just not there yet.
21) New Orleans Saints (LW: 23) - The Saints are first in the NFC South after a road win in Chicago. Can they hold on to win the NFL's worst division?
22) Atlanta Falcons (LW: 21) - The Falcons aren't very good, but they're even worse without Julio Jones. Of course, Atlanta is still alive in the awful NFC South.
23) Carolina Panthers (LW: 24) - Carolina actually controlled first place in the NFC South before New Orleans won on Monday night. Cam Newton's status seems uncertain after being involved in car accident last week.
24) Cleveland Browns (LW: 22) - johnny football ha yeah right more like johnny "i don't know how to play" football
25) New York Giants (LW: 26) - It looks like the Giants might decide to keep Tom Coughlin around. The G-men are heating up and are going to be dangerous if they make the playoffs.
26) Chicago Bears (LW: 25) - Will Marc Trestman be two and done in Chi-town?
27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 27) - If Tampa Bay was actually as good as some people thought they were going to be heading into the season, they would have won the NFC South so easily.
28) New York Jets (LW: 28) - The Jets picked up a meaningless win over the worst team in the league and hurt their draft position.
29) Oakland Raiders (LW: 29) - What are the Raiders going to trade for Jim Harbaugh? And will they hire Tom Gamble?
30) Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 30) - For being a bad team, you could do worse than losing on the road to the Ravens by one score.
31) Washington Redskins (LW: 31) - A timeline of Washington quarterbacks: Robert Griffin III starts the season and gets hurt, Kirk Cousins plays bad and gets benched, Colt McCoy plays OK and gets benched once Griffin gets healthy, Griffin plays bad and gets benched, McCoy plays bad and gets hurts and gets benched, now it's back to RG3. Fun times in D.C. Oh, and Jay Gruden is apparently returning for the 2015 season.
32) Tennessee Titans (LW: 32) - The Titans almost came close to pulling off a new Music City Miracle to beat the Jets, but it didn't work.