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NFL Power Rankings 2015: Final Edition

Ranking all 32 NFL Teams.

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Now that 2015 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 Week 1 edition of this year's rankings.


1) Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 2) - The Panthers were only one game away from an undefeated season. Pretty remarkable how much this team improved since 2014. Cam Newton went from being inconsistent to being worthy of the MVP.

2) Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 3) - Andy Reid's Chiefs looked like they were going nowhere fast after falling to 1-5 and losing Jamaal Charles for the season. But the Chiefs found a way to rally and now they've won 10 games in a row. They'll be dangerous in the playoffs.

3) Seattle Seahawks (LW: 6) - What a win for the Seahawks. They went into Arizona and dominated their division rivals. That's really impressive considering how the Cardinals are legitimately good. After a rough start to the season, Seattle could easily be headed to the Super Bowl for the third straight year.

4) Denver Broncos (LW: 5) - A dominant defense paved the way for the Broncos to be the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The quarterback situation is shaky, however, so it's fair to wonder how long the Broncos will last.

5) Arizona Cardinals (LW: 1) - Bruce Arians' team was very much looking like the best team in the NFL before getting flat out embarrassed at home by the Seahawks. This Cardinals team is good and might benefit from their first round bye.

6) New England Patriots (LW: 4) - Tom Brady is healthy enough to play, but it's certainly not a good sign that his ankle is banged up.

7) Minnesota Vikings (LW: 7) - Winners of the NFC North. Did the Vikings do the right thing by beating the Packers? They get a home game now, sure, but they have to play the red hot Seahawks.

8) Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 9) - Is this the year where Marv Lewis FINALLY wins a playoff game?

9) Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 10) - The Steelers scored an average of 32 points per game in the second half of the season. Needless to say, their offense is really dangerous.

10) Washington Redskins (LW: 10) - Who thought Washington would be in the position to be resting their starters in Week 17? Kirk Cousins has played really well.

11) Houston Texans (LW: 13) - That Texans defense is still tough. The offense isn't always so convincing.

12) New York Jets (LW: 8) - It's a shame the Jets didn't make the playoffs. They won 10 games and had a good season but fell just short by losing in Week 17.

13) Green Bay Packers (LW: 12) - This Packers team really isn't all that impressive. Take away that Hail Mary and they're 3-6 in their last nine games. They could easily be one and done in the playoffs.

14) Buffalo Bills (LW: 15) - No playoffs for the Bills, but Rex Ryan got satisfaction by beating his former team to knock them out as well.

15) Detroit Lions (LW: 16) - Remember when the Lions were the worst team in the NFL? Well, if not for allowing a Hail Mary touchdown, they'd be 7-1 in their last eight to close the season. Perhaps the team can build on this momentum for 2016. It seems like Jim Caldwell's job might be safe.

16) Oakland Raiders (LW: 14) - Happy retirement to you, Charles Woodson.

17) Indianapolis Colts (LW: 19) - Finding a way to win on a week where you just brought in Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley to be your quarterbacks is an accomplishment, I suppose. The Colts aren't headed to the playoffs but they ended the season on a high note. Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson both received extensions.

17) New Orleans Saints (LW: 20) - Is Sean Payton going to be back with the Saints in 2016? It seems less than certain.

18) St. Louis Rams (LW: 18) - Beat the Seahawks last week, lose to the 49ers this week. Your St. Louis Rams, everybody.

19) Atlanta Falcons (LW: 17) - The Falcons failed to make the playoffs despite starting off 6-1. That's rough.

20) Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 23) - The Eagles should have been tanking because they would have gotten a better draft pick by losing, but they actually played well when it counted the least. It'll be interesting to see who replaces Chip Kelly in Philly.

21) Baltimore Ravens (LW: 25) - Baltimore played tough for John Harbaugh down the stretch. The Ravens are bound for a quick turnaround in 2016.

22) Chicago Bears (LW: 21) - Losing offensive coordinator Adam Gase will be a concern for the Browns considering how much he helped Jay Cutler this season.

23) Miami Dolphins (LW: 26) - Finished the season by getting a win over the Patriots. Not a bad way for Dan Campbell to end his time as interim head coach.

24) New York Giants (LW: 22) - Tom Coughlin is stepping down. Everyone will miss his red-faced angry sideline outbursts.

25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 25) - Lost five out of their last six games to end the season. Lovie Smith is uninspiring as ever.

26) San Francisco 49ers (LW: 29) - Jim Tomsula is gone but maybe he shouldn't be! His team overachieved. It makes no sense how they won five games. The 49ers finished second worst in point differential and dead last in DVOA. Yet here they are.

28) Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 27) - Gus Bradley is 12-26 since being hired yet somehow his job is safe. Are the Jags really showing the kind of progress that merits keeping the Gus Bus around?

29) San Diego Chargers (LW: 28) - Mike McCoy's job is safe, but the Chargers' return to San Diego might not be. They could be L.A. bound.

30) Dallas Cowboys (LW: 30) - Huge step back from the 2014 season. Tony Romo's injury issues obviously held the team back, but it's fair to wonder just how good they really would have been with him healthy.

31) Cleveland Browns (LW: 31) - Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer are out. To no surprise, the Browns are still a mess.

32) Tennessee Titans (LW: 32) - New head coach, new general manager, first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and a franchise quarterback in place. Maybe this could be the start of a promising new era for the Titans.

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