Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season schedule is officially in the books. Now it’s time to see how all 32 teams stack up heading into Week 15. For reference purposes, here’s a link back to last week’s NFL Power Rankings.
BLG’S WEEK 15 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 1) - The Ravens haven’t lost since September. They should be able to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture with their remaining schedule: vs. NYJ, at CLE, vs. PIT.
2 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 5) - The 49ers left a tough three-game stretch with wins over Green Bay and New Orleans road and a three-point road loss to the NFL’s best team. In other words, the 49ers are legit. Best team in the NFC.
3 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 6) - Andy Reid’s Chiefs are heating up down the stretch. An impressive win in New England allowed KC to clinch the AFC West.
4 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 3) - New Orleans blew a golden opportunity to seize the No. 1 seed. They’re currently the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoff picture.
5 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 2) - The Seahawks could be a 12-win team that’s playing on the road on wild card weekend.
6 - New England Patriots (LW: 4) - The Pats are 2-3 in their last five. Tom Brady had a mere 74.2 passer rating in that span. They’ll probably hold on to their AFC East lead though with games against Cincy and Miami left to play.
7 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 7) - The Packers haven’t been super impressive but they’ve won 10 games and are currently sitting at the No. 2 seed. Just got into the playoffs with Aaron Rodgers and you have to like your chances.
8 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 10) - With remaining games at LAC, vs. GB, and at CHI, it’s not inconceivable that Kirk Cousins could choke down the stretch for the second year in a row.
9 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 11) - The Stillers were left for dead after an 0-3 start and now they’re in solid position to earn a wild card spot at 8-5. Mike Tomlin’s done a great job with this group.
10 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 9) - There’s no shame in a one-score loss to the best team in the NFL. The Bills
11 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 12) - The Titans are 6-1 since Marcus Mariota was benched for Ryan Tannehill. He’s posted a 121.7 passer rating in those seven games. That’s pretty good!
12 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 13) - The Rams have rebounded since getting blown out by Baltimore a few weeks ago. They’re making a push for a wild card spot.
13 - Houston Texans (LW: 8) - Houston ranks 16th in point differential and 15th in DVOA. They’re more of an average team than an actually good team.
14 - Chicago Bears (LW: 16) - Mitchell Trubisky is … playing well!? 116.9 passer rating in his last two starts! Nice.
15 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 17) - The Bucs are somehow 4-4 in their last eight games despite the fact Jameis Winston has accounted for 27 total interceptions and fumbles in them.
17 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 14) - The Cowboys have basically been begging Philadelphia to win the NFC East with the way they’ve been falling apart. The Jason Garrett era will likely soon be over.
18 - Denver Broncos (LW: 21) - The Broncos blowing out Houston on the road is one of the season’s most unexpected results. Drew Lock doing some good things provides hope for the future.
19 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 15) - Frank Reich’s Colts are 1-5 in their last six games. They’ve blown their chance to come out on top in a winnable AFC South.
20 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 22) - Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly telling players he wants out of Cleveland. Very surprised to see OBJ involved in drama.
21 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 23) - The Chargers did not Charger this week. Not that it really matters since they’re only 5-8.
22 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 24) - The Falcons are fighting for Dan Quinn to some extent. Will Atlanta keep him?
23 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 18) - Remember when the Panthers were winning by relying on giving Christian McCaffrey a billion touches per game? And how that didn’t feel sustainable? Yeah, well, the Panthers have lost five in a row.
24 - New York Jets (LW: 27) - The Jets are 4-1 in their last five but the one loss was a two-possession defeat to a previously winless Cincy team. So, some progress, but still a long way to go.
25 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 26) - Perfect tank win for the Dolphins. Close game where the team played hard but escaped with the loss to retain prime draft positioning.
26 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 20) - Jon Gruden’s team owns the NFL’s fifth worst point differential despite being 6-7. This squad is clearly worse than their record indicates.
27 - Washington Redskins (LW: 25) - The on-field product hasn’t looked like a total dumpster fire over the last three weeks. Still, officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in Green Bay.
28 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 29) - Kyler Murray has struggled in his last two starts but he still offers hope for the Cards beyond 2019.
29 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 28) - The Jags have lost five in a row. Their average margin of defeat in that span is 23.4 points. More historical perspective:
Per FOX, the #Jaguars are the first team since the 1986 Buccaneers to lose 5 straight by 17+— Andrew Gibson (@1010XLAG) December 8, 2019
30 - Detroit Lions (LW: 30) - David Blough? More like David Blows. Gottem. Season can’t end soon enough for the Lions.
31 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 31) - The Bengals could (and should) lose out to secure the No. 1 overall pick. Remaining games: vs. NE, at MIA, vs. CLE.
32 - New York Giants (LW: 32) - The Giants’ 10th loss in a row dropped Eli Manning’s career starting record below .500. It’s too bad he’ll only be remembered as a losing quarterback and nothing else.