NFL Power Rankings

Updated every Tuesday of the regular season.


Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 New England Patriots New England Patriots 14-2
Best team in football. Again.
2 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 13-3
Dallas could reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
3 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 12-4
▲ 1
A bye is big for any team, but especially this one. Kansas City has a legitimate chance to reach the AFC Championship – and with that defense, anything is possible.
4 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 11-5
▲ 2
If the defense is merely serviceable, the offense can take care of the rest.
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5
If any AFC team can win a shootout with New England, it’s this one.
6 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 10-5-1
▲ 1
The defense isn’t quite what it used to be, but the offense is good enough to win in the playoffs. Frankly, the Seahawks don’t have a choice.
7 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 10-6
▲ 2
Regardless of where this team was in October, you just knew Aaron Rodgers would find a way. He did.
8 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 12-4
▼ 5
The injury to Derek Carr was heartbreaking, but Oakland is back – even if the playoff results suggest otherwise.
9 New York Giants New York Giants 11-5
▼ 1
The Giants have had a fine season, but beating the Packers in Green Bay will be difficult.
10 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 10-6
Making the playoffs for the first time since 2008 was a monumental achievement, but don’t expect a playoff win just yet.
11 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 9-7
The Lions couldn’t win at home and will now face Seattle on the road. Good luck.
12 Houston Texans Houston Texans 9-7
▲ 1
The Texans have finished 9-7 in three straight seasons. Not bad, but not elite. That’s Houston.
13 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 9-7
▲ 2
After going 5-27 in 2014-15, Tennessee is back to respectability. There’s a lot to like here.
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7
▲ 2
They missed the playoffs, but the Bucs finished with a winning record for the first time since 2010. That’s progress.
15 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 9-7
▲ 3
Denver has a lot of decisions to make, starting at quarterback.
16 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 8-7-1
▼ 4
Washington looked like a lock for the playoffs but dropped four of six to end the season.
17 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 8-8
▼ 3
Baltimore finished without a winning record for the third time in four seasons.
18 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 8-8
▲ 1
After going 11-5 in three straight seasons, the Colts have gone 8-8 in each of the last two. That, friends, is the wrong direction.
19 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 7-9
▼ 2
A third straight 7-9 season.
20 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 7-9
Another losing season, another head-coaching casualty.
21 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 7-8-1
The Cardinals finished with a losing record for the first time under Bruce Arians.
22 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 8-8
That 5-0 start seems like two seasons ago. The Vikings enter the offseason at a crossroads.
23 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 7-9
▲ 1
All things considered, it wasn’t a bad year.
24 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 6-10
▼ 1
Last year was a dream season. This year was a nightmare. Next year will tell us the reality.
25 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 6-9-1
If significant changes are not made, fans should boycott next season.
26 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 5-11
The Chargers have lost 13 of their last 14 games against AFC West foes. They also lost to Cleveland. Mike McCoy had to go.
27 New York Jets New York Jets 5-11
Six straight years without a postseason appearance.
28 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13
The Jags have averaged 3.7 wins per season since 2011.
29 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams 4-12
▲ 2
Los Angeles wanted a football team, but this probably isn’t what the city had in mind.
30 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 3-13
▼ 1
The Bears have failed to make the playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons.
31 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 2-14
▼ 1
You think San Francisco regrets getting rid of Jim Harbaugh yet?
32 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 1-15
Another No. 1 overall pick. The quarterback search continues.

Tony Meale is the author of The Chosen Ones: The Team That Beat LeBron. He lives in Chicago and won’t be mad if you follow him on Twitter @TonyMeale.

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