Week 16 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 17 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1) - The Eagles did NOT look very good at home against a bad Oakland team. Nick Foles was downright incompetent against an inept defense. Speaking of defense, at least Jim Schwartz’s unit bounced back. So there’s that. And hey, the Eagles are the No. 1 seed in the NFC! Not that many people actually feel great about that. But to their credit, the Eagles have found ways to keep winning. So I’m keeping them here for now. You can also bet I’m leaving the Eagles here in part to spite the haters. Feel free to flame me in the comments.
2 - New England Patriots (LW: 2) - The Patriots continue to receive beneficial calls from the refs. You can argue that Kelvin Benjamin didn’t really stay in-bounds, but there’s just no way you can say there was definitive evidence to overturn the ruling on the field.
3 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 3) - Pittsburgh blew out a crappy Houston team in order to clinch a first-round bye. The Steelers actually only rank sixth in weighted DVOA.
4 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 4) - They didn’t completely blow out a Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay, but they did shut them out in Lambeau. Case Keenum has looked more like the Keenum you’d expect in two out of Minny’s last three games. Something to keep an eye on.
5 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 6) - The Todd Gurley MVP talk is really heating up. He’s a beast.
6 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 7) - The Saints are clearly the best team in the NFC South. They can officially clinch the division with a win over Tampa Bay.
7 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 8) - It wasn’t pretty, but the Panthers hung in to get it done. They’re a good team but clearly below the rest of the NFC’s elite, in my view.
8 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 5) - Blake Bortles was playing good football ... until he wasn’t. He’s just not going to be able to hold up in a shootout.
9 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 10) - Baltimore quietly ranks seventh overall in DVOA. We’ve seen the Ravens make runs in the playoffs before. They could be a tough out, at the least.
10 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 15) - The Chiefs are back. Andy Reid’s team will host at least one playoff game in the post-season.
11 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 16) - It sure looked like they were dead last week, but nope. The Seahawks don’t die easily. They can still make the playoffs if they beat Arizona and Atlanta loses to Carolina. That’d be annoying.
13 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 9) - Atlanta controls their destiny this weekend. After losing to Carolina earlier this season, they’ll need to find a way to win this time in order to make the playoffs.
14 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 19) - The 49ers dropped 44 points on the best defense in the NFL! Jimmy Garoppolo really illustrates how having the right quarterback can change everything.
16 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 13) - Buffalo’s post-season hopes aren’t over, but they’ll need some help to get in.
17 - Washington Redskins (LW: 18) - Washington has done a great job of racking up some meaningless wins that only hurt their draft positioning.
18 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 14) - The same people who thought Carson Wentz was bad also thought Dak Prescott was great. What a terrible season it’s been for Draft Twitter.
Dak Prescott in an elimination game at home:— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) December 25, 2017
21/34, 182 yards (5.4 avg), 0 TD, 2 INT, 51.3 rating
Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL in Week 14, has still thrown a TD pass more recently than Dak Prescott.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) December 25, 2017
Wentz: 1 TD, 0 INT
Dak: 0 TD, 4 INT
19 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 21) - It’s been a lost year for the Cards but they still could end up going 8-8. That’s really not terrible given all their injuries. There’s been talk about Bruce Arians and Arizona mutually parting ways, but we’ll see.
20 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 17) - Brett Hundley sucks.
21 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 20) - This team doesn’t deserve to make the playoffs with the way they’ve been playing. They still might get in with help elsewhere, though.
22 - Chicago Bears (LW: 25) - The Bears haven’t looked so bad recently. John Fox should still obviously be fired, though.
23 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 22) - The Raiders gave Derek Carr a contract extension worth $125 million this offseason. His 2017 stats: 21 TD, 12 INT, 6.7 YPA, 86.0 RTG. Not a great value so far.
24 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 27) - The Bengals are 6-9. That’s not so nice for them.
25 - New York Jets (LW: 23) - They showed some surprising signs of competency this season with Josh McCown at quarterback. Without him, however, they’re pretty screwed.
26 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 24) - With very slim playoff hopes on the line, Miami lost by 16 points in Kansas City.
27 - Denver Broncos (LW: 26) - After winning two games in a row, the Broncos went back to being a pathetic offensive team.
28 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 29) - The Bucs put up some good effort against division opponents the past two weeks. But they only have two losses to show for it.
29 - Houston Texans (LW: 28) - They just don’t stand a chance with T.J. Yates starting.
30 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 31) - A wasted year without Andrew Luck.
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - You know what time it is.