NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

1. Denver Broncos (12-3)
1. Denver Broncos (12-3)
Congratulations to Peyton Manning for breaking the single-season touchdown record; no quarterback in the league is more deserving. The Broncos are now one win away from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
2. Seattle Seahawks (12-3)
2. Seattle Seahawks (12-3)
I looked past a two-point loss at San Francisco. I can’t look past a home loss to the Cardinals, as Seattle has now dropped two of three. This is still the team to beat in the NFC, but they’re not as invincible as we thought three weeks ago. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
3. Carolina Panthers (11-4)
3. Carolina Panthers (11-4)
First Tom Brady, now Drew Brees. Elite quarterbacks are coming to Carolina and losing. The Panthers are 9-1 in their last 10 games. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
4. New England Patriots (11-4)
4. New England Patriots (11-4)
Beating the Ravens wasn’t necessarily surprising; but dominating them 41-7 was. With a home game against Buffalo to close the regular season, the Patriots have the AFC’s No. 2 seed all but locked up. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
5. San Francisco 49ers (11-4)
5. San Francisco 49ers (11-4)
The 49ers clinched a playoff berth and sent Candlestick out in style. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
6. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5)
6. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5)
Make it three playoff appearances in three years for Andy Dalton and the Bengals. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
7.  Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
7. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
If you can win at Seattle, you can win anywhere. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they might win 11 games and still miss the playoffs. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
8. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)
8. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)
That’s four losses in six games – all to teams that are currently 8-7 or better. Well, guess who you’re going to face in the playoffs? (Teams that are 8-7 or better). (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
9. New Orleans Saints (10-5)
9. New Orleans Saints (10-5)
The Saints came to play against Carolina, but they’ve now lost five of their last six road games. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
10. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6)
10. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6)
The Eagles are averaging 34.6 points over their last seven games, during which they are 6-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
11. Indianapolis Colts (10-5)
11. Indianapolis Colts (10-5)
Just what the doctor ordered. The Colts held the Chiefs scoreless after the 11:05 mark of the first quarter. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
12. San Diego Chargers (8-7)
12. San Diego Chargers (8-7)
They’re going to need help, but the Chargers, who have won four of five, need a home win against reeling Kansas City to have a shot at the postseason. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
13. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)
13. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)
Tony Romo not getting a chance this Sunday is just sad. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
14. Baltimore Ravens (8-7)
14. Baltimore Ravens (8-7)
The Ravens have scored one touchdown in their last two games combined. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
15. Chicago Bears (8-7)
15. Chicago Bears (8-7)
It doesn’t matter who your quarterback is when you give up 54 points. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
16. Miami Dolphins (8-7)
16. Miami Dolphins (8-7)
Miami’s 103 total yards – against Buffalo, of all teams – was the third-worst in franchise history. Not good for a team fighting for a playoff spot. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8)
How does a team that started 0-4 and 2-6 still have a shot at the playoffs? It’s simple: That team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the AFC is weak. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
18. Green Bay Packers (7-7-1)
18. Green Bay Packers (7-7-1)
That one hurts. Aaron Rodgers needs to play this weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
19. Detroit Lions (7-8)
19. Detroit Lions (7-8)
Why does this team not want to win the NFC North? (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
20. New York Jets (7-8)
20. New York Jets (7-8)
The 24-13 win over Cleveland was the Jets’ most lopsided victory of the season. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
21. St. Louis Rams (7-8)
21. St. Louis Rams (7-8)
The Rams have won three straight home games – all by double digits. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
22. Tennessee Titans (5-9)
22. Tennessee Titans (5-9)
The win at Jacksonville snapped a three-game losing streak. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
23. Buffalo Bills (6-9)
23. Buffalo Bills (6-9)
The Bills blanked Miami 19-0 for their first home shutout since 2006. The opponent that day? Yup, the Dolphins. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
24. New York Giants (6-9)
24. New York Giants (6-9)
After back-to-back 23-point losses, the Giants showed grit in beating the Lions 23-20 in overtime. There are still a lot of flaws here, but the Giants have won six of their last nine games. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
25. Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1)
25. Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1)
Cordarrelle Patterson needed just three carries to finish with a game-high 54 rushing yards against the Bengals. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
26. Atlanta Falcons (4-11)
26. Atlanta Falcons (4-11)
The only thing worse than a pick-six is a pick-six in the red zone. The Falcons fell to 1-7 on the road. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
The Bucs have lost three of their last four – all by double digits. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11)
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11)
The Jaguars led the Titans 16-6 late in the third quarter but couldn’t make it stick. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
29. Cleveland Browns (4-11)
29. Cleveland Browns (4-11)
The Browns have lost nine of 10, including six straight. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
30. Oakland Raiders (4-11)
30. Oakland Raiders (4-11)
The Raiders have lost seven of eight, including five straight. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
31. Washington Redskins (3-12)
31. Washington Redskins (3-12)
Another start by Kirk Cousins, another one-point loss. At least the Redskins are getting closer. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
32. Houston Texans (2-13)
32. Houston Texans (2-13)
Thirteen straight losses. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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