The 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's 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.
BLG's FINAL 2017 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1) - Since they rested their starters for most of the game in Week 17, I’m not going to move the Eagles down. But there’s obviously a lot of concern with this team. Nick Foles has been horrendous. The offense can’t convert a third down to save their life. The good news is that Philadelphia’s defense continues to look strong at home. The Eagles finished the 2017 season with the most pressures of any team. Their pass rush really needs to continue to play at a high level to give them a shot in the post-season.
2 - New England Patriots (LW: 2) - After some early season struggles, the Pats settled in and finished as the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Shocking, I know.
3 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 3) - They beat Cleveland with their backups.
4 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 4) - Minnesota arguably looks like the best team in the NFC heading into the playoffs.
5 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 5) - They rested their starters in order to play the Eagles in the divisional round (or at least that’s the suspicion) but they ended up being the No. 3 seed anyway.
6 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 6) - Yikes, losing to the Bucs isn’t a good look. New Orleans is a very good team but they’re not invulnerable.
7 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 7) - The Panthers didn’t look very threatening in their final two games of the regular season.
8 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 8) - Blake Bortles: Still a big issue.
9 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 10) - Andy Reid hasn’t made it to the championship round since 2008. Is 10 years a charm?
10 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 13) - The Falcons needed to win to ensure they’d clinch a playoff spot. And that they did. Atlanta isn’t super scary but the reigning NFC champions should put up a fight in the post-season.
11 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 16) - THE BILLS MADE THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1999! Huge deal. That was the longest playoff drought in sports. Anything from here on out is gravy for them.
12 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 14) - Jimmy G-sus is undefeated as a starter in the NFL. He’s going to get a lot of money this offseason.
13 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 12) - Classic Chargers season. Metrics indicate they were better than their record showed, but they still fell short of the playoffs.
14 - Detroit Lions (LW: 15) - Jim Caldwell is out in Detroit. One thing you can say about Caldwell is that his players played pretty hard for him. He should’ve been fired a long time ago but he was able to save his job multiple times because of the players’ support. But it’s clearly time to turn the page.
15 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 9) - In order to make the playoffs, all the Ravens had to do was beat Cincy at home. They blew it. Embarrassing.
16 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 11) - Seattle was eliminated from the playoffs by Atlanta’s win but the Seahawks didn’t even give themselves a chance by losing at home to Arizona. No playoffs for them.
17 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 19) - Bruce Arians went out with a bang. The Cardinals played really hard for their coach in his final game before retiring. Good way to go out.
18 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 21) - The Titans stink but they barely got by the Jags and made it into the post-season.
19 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 18) - The Cowboys’ starters struggled against the Eagles’ backups. Dallas only managed to win the game by a final score of 6-0.
20 - Washington Redskins (LW: 17) - In his last game before free agency, Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions against a bad NYG defense. Pretty embarrassing end of the season for Washington.
21 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 24) - The Bengals effectively played spoiler the last two weeks. Marvin Lewis could easily be done in Cincy, but it’s still unclear if that’ll officially be the case. It’d be classic Bengals to keep him around.
22 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 20) - Green Bay’s struggles in 2017 led to the team reassigning Ted Thompson. The Packers are looking for a new GM. Maybe this one won’t ignore free agency.
23 - Chicago Bears (LW: 22) - Chicago made the obvious call to fire John Fox. Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo could be a great hire for them.
24 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 28) - Kudos to the Bucs for showing some life in Week 17 against the Saints. They made sure New Orleans ended up as the fourth seed instead of third.
25 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 23) - Jack Del Rio is out in Oakland. Jon Gruden could be replacing him, which is really something.
26 - New York Jets (LW: 25) - Despite a disappointing season, the Jets showed their loyalty to Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan by giving them contract extensions.
27 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 26) - Lost year without Ryan Tannehil. But how good would they really have been with him?
28 - Denver Broncos (LW: 27) - Lost to Kansas City’s backups. John Elway really screwed Denver’s quarterback situation and the team paid for it in 2017.
29 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 30) - They gotta hope like hell Andrew Luck gets back for next season.
30 - New York Giants (LW: 31) - The G-Men almost blew their shot at the No. 2 pick. If Indy hadn’t won, they’d be picking at No. 3. They got lucky that didn’t happen.
31 - Houston Texans (LW: 29) - The good news is the future looks bright for Houston once Deshaun Watson gets back. The bad news is they were hopeless without him. The Texans have the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft but they owe it to Cleveland.
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - You know what time it is: the Browns are 1-31 since passing on Carson Wentz. Just the second team ever to go 0-16 in the regular season. And they’re still keeping Hue Jackson!