Now that 2014 NFL regular season is over, it's that time to see where all 32 teams rank for one last time. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings. And for even more fun, here's a link to the first edition of this year's rankings. How did I do?
The Philadelphia Eagles rebounded with a win in their meaningless season finale.
Let's dive right in to the rankings.
BLG's FINAL POWER RANKINGS
1) Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 2) - The Seahawks started the season at the top and now they're back. The defending Super Bowl 48 champs really look like they could be the first team to repeat in a long time.
2) New England Patriots (LW: 1) - The Patriots' Week 17 game didn't really matter because they had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC last week. New England predictably put their backups in and lost. Smart strategy, but losers don't win in my rankings. Think that over next time, Belichick.
3) Green Bay Packers (LW: 3) - Aaron Rodgers' injury put a big scare on the fans at Lambeau, but it appears he will be OK. Having the bye week is a nice bonus.
4) Denver Broncos (LW: 4) - Denver finished the season strong with a big win over Oakland. In the last four weeks, however, Peyton Manning has only thrown three touchdowns to six interceptions.
5) Dallas Cowboys (LW: 6) - The Cowboys always choke in December, but not this year. Dallas finished with a very impressive 8-0 record. The Cowboys also finished with the easiest schedule in the NFL this season, at least according to strength of schedule.
6) Detroit Lions (LW: 5) - The Lions did their best to make it close but the Packers were just too much. Detroit is 4-4 on the road and will have to travel to Dallas knowing that Ndamukong Suh can't play due to a one-game suspension.
7) Indianapolis Colts (LW: 7) - Indianapolis beat the Titans comfortably despite using their backups for a significant part of the game. Life isn't too hard in the AFC South.
8) Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 9) - The AFC North race was pretty interesting all year because all four teams managed to keep it close. The Steelers finished on top thanks to a win in Game 256. The bad news for Pittsburgh is that Le'Veon Bell suffered a hyperextended knee and will have to play through pain in the playoffs.
9) Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 8) - If the Bengals don't beat the Ravens this week, Marvin Lewis will have an 0-6 playoff record.
10) Baltimore Ravens (LW: 12) - The Ravens needed help to make the playoffs and they got it. Baltimore finished with the sixth best point differential in the NFL and best overall in the AFC North, yet they are third in their division.
11) Arizona Cardinals (LW: 10) - The Cardinals are looking pretty weak with Ryan Lindley at quarterback, which shouldn't be a surprise. They might be able to beat Carolina but it's hard to see them going much further than that.
12) Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 11) - Philadelphia put a stop to their three-game losing streak by beating the Giants in Week 17. Unfortunately for Eagles fans, the team didn't qualify for the playoffs despite finishing 10-6. The Birds are 20-12 in Chip Kelly's first two years on the job in Philly.
13) Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 16) - The Chiefs went the entire 2014 season without having a wide receiver catch a touchdown pass. Incredible. Andy Reid's team managed to win their season finale despite Alex Smith being out but they didn't get the help they needed to qualify for the postseason.
14) Buffalo Bills (LW: 15) - It's not easy to win in New England, except when the Patriots are playing their backups. Still, the Bills are a lot better than I thought they'd be this year. They really need to sort out their quarterback situation considering that E.J. Manuel was benched for a player (Kyle Orton) who just retired for the second time in a year.
15) San Diego Chargers (LW: 14) - San Diego blew their shot to make the playoffs by losing to Kansas City's backup.
16) Houston Texans (LW: 17) - J.J. Watt is the only player ever to record 20 or more sacks in two different seasons. The guy is unreal.
17) Miami Dolphins (LW: 13) - Pretty disappointing end to Miami's season. The Dolphins went 1-3 down the final quarter of the season and the one win was close affair over the Vikings. Despite this, Joe Philbin is expected to be back.
18) San Francisco 49ers (LW: 19) - San Francisco ended the Jim Harbaugh era with a win. They'll have a challenge finding a coach as immediately successful as he was. Meanwhile, Michigan fans seem pretty excited about their new leader.
19) Minnesota Vikings (LW: 21) - Teddy Bridgewater is looking like the real team. A number of teams are probably going to regret passing on him.
20) Carolina Panthers (LW: 22) - Somehow the Panthers are actually in the playoffs. Their season looked to be over but they were able to stay alive because their division is just so terrible. Carolina became the first team ever to win the NFC South in back-to-back seasons.
21) St. Louis Rams (LW: 18) - St. Louis finished the season with three straight losses. Sam Bradford will be on the final year of his rookie contract in 2015.
22) Atlanta Falcons (LW: 20) - The Falcons were in prime position to win the NFC South at home and they didn't even show up. Mike Smith is out.
23) New Orleans Saints (LW: 23) - Remember when the Saints sold out to make a final push with Drew Brees? Well it sure didn't pay off in 2014.
24) New York Giants (LW: 24) - Despite another losing season, Tom Coughlin and company are returning in 2015. Odell Beckham Jr. makes the future look a little brighter.
25) Cleveland Browns (LW: 25) - Brian Hoyer will be a free agent and Johnny Manziel hasn't been very impressive at all in limited playing time. Josh Gordon continues to be a headache and could be dealt in the offseason. Same old Browns.
26) Chicago Bears (LW: 26) - Marc Trestman and Phil Emery are out. Where will Jay Cutler land? And how will they fix that awful defense?
27) New York Jets (LW: 28) - Rex Ryan and John Idzik are out. The Jets haven't had a winning record since 2010.
28) Oakland Raiders (LW: 27) - Oakland fired their coach in late September so they've had a long time to think about their decision. Who will it be?
29) Washington Redskins (LW: 28) - Washington went out with a whimper but it looks like Jay Gruden will keep his job. For now...
30) Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 30) - Maybe the Jaguars won't be as terrible next year? I don't know, feels like that's been said before.
31) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 31) - With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select... Marcus Mariota? Or Jameis Winston?
32) Tennessee Titans (LW: 32) - They're the worst and most boring team in the league, but they won't even have the No. 1 overall pick. Rough.