Week 16 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 17. For reference purposes, here’s a link back to last week’s NFL Power Rankings.
BLG’S WEEK 17 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 1) - What new is there to say? 11 straight wins and Lamar Jackson is unstoppable as ever.
2 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 2) - Andy Reid’s team could be riding a six-game win streak heading into the playoffs.
3 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 3) - The 49ers are either going to be the No. 1 seed or the No. 5 seed. Kind of a big difference. The pressure is on them to win in Seattle.
4 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 4) - The Saints will likely miss out on a first-round bye despite winning 13 games. Result of a stacked NFC.
5 - New England Patriots (LW: 6) - The Pats are in position to have a first-round bye. But what’s new?
6 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 7) - The Packers clinched the NFC North with a win in Minnesota. Beat Detroit in Week 17 and they clinch a first-round bye.
7 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 5) - Seattle used to be unbeatable at home. They’ve lost three home games this year, including one to a backup quarterback. It also took them overtime to beat the Bucs and they only beat the NFL’s worst team by one point. Re-signing 33-year-old Marshawn Lynch will fix everything though.
8 - Houston Texans (LW: 11) - Still don’t fully buy the Texans but they’ll always be somewhat dangerous with Deshaun Watson in the fold. Still think they win one playoff game at best.
9 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 8) - Kirk Cousins is now 0-9 on Monday Night Football. The Vikings are a lock as a one-and-done playoff team considering how Cousins regularly comes up small in big moments.
10 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 9) - The Bills might be able to beat Houston but will they advance much further than that? Josh Allen likely limits this team’s ceiling.
11 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 15) - Huge win for the Eagles to put themselves one more victory away from clinching the NFC East. Carson Wentz is silencing his critics by playing like a franchise quarterback down the stretch. He has a 101.7 passer rating though four December games thus far.
12 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 10) - The Stillers need some help to make the playoffs now. They might go 9-7 and still miss out on the sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture.
13 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 12) - The Titans are facing a win-and-in scenario in Houston. They just lost to their AFC South rivals a couple weeks ago. Will this time be different?
14 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 13) - The Bucs are reportedly planning on tagging Jameis Winston to bring him back in 2020. This despite the fact he has 20 touchdowns to 32 combined interceptions and fumbles in his last 10 games. Maybe try to do better, Tampa.
15 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 14) - The Cowboys had a chance to clinch the NFC East with a win in Philly but they never even held a lead during the game. Dallas needs to beat Washington AND needs Philly to lose to New York in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs.
16 - Los Angles Rams (LW: 16) - Remember when last year’s head coaching search cycle was all about trying to find someone connected to Sean McVay? Dude didn’t even make the playoffs a year after appearing in the Super Bowl. There are concerns about the Rams’ long-term outlook given all the money they’ve spent and the lack of draft assets they possess.
17 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 18) - Falcons fans must be frustrated the team waited until they were eliminated to play their best football. Dan Quinn’s probably back in 2020.
18 - Denver Broncos (LW: 19) - Drew Lock figures to enter 2020 as the Broncos’ starter. Denver’s 3-1 with him so far.
19 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 20) - The Colts stopped their losing streak with a big win over a bad Carolina team. Still need to find a new starting quarterback for 2020 and beyond. Jacoby Brissett belongs as a quality backup.
20 - Chicago Bears (LW: 17) - Mitchell Trubisky followed up a nice two game stretch by being awful again. The Bears should try to trade for Nick Foles.
21 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 24) - Seattle’s home field advantage clearly isn’t what it used to be but, still, quality win for the Cards on the road.
22 - New York Jets (LW: 25) - The Jets have won five out of their last seven games. Progress? Probably not since they’re just wasting time by keeping Adam Gase around.
23 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 27) - The Raiders are still alive in the AFC playoff picture! It probably won’t happen because they need a bunch of things to go right for them but, hey, who knows?
24 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 21) - Philip Rivers has thrown 10 touchdowns to 12 interceptions in his last eight games. The 38-year-old might just be cooked.
25 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 22) - There is nothing nice about the Browns’ 6-9 record. A big disappointment in 2019.
26 - New York Giants (LW: 29) - No one ruins draft position like Pat Shurmur does. The Giants have won two in a row as they look to potentially spoil Philly’s playoff hopes in Week 17.
27 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 26) - Seven of the Jags’ last eight games have been multiple possession losses. Moving on from Tom Coughlin was the right call but they have a lot of work to do.
28 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 30) - The Dolphins are winning a little too much for a team that’s supposed to be tanking.
29 - Washington Redskins (LW: 28) - Dwayne Haskins was showing some potential before suffering an ankle injury that’s ended his season. Washington really won by losing to New York since they’ll get a higher draft pick.
30 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 23) - The Panthers have lost seven in a row. Will Grier’s first NFL start resulted in a 32-point loss.
31 - Detroit Lions (LW: 31) - The Lions are likely going to end the season on a nine-game losing streak. At least they’re alive for Chase Young.
32 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 32) - The Bengals officially clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Come on down, Joe Burrow.