2015 NFL Week 16 Power Rankings: Chiefs Continue Winning Ways
With just two weeks left in the regular season, the AFC only has two teams that have clinched. The 3-6 seeds are still all up for grabs, and could come down to the final week of the season. Over in the NFC, four teams have clinched but other than the Panthers earning a first round bye, there is still plenty to be decided.
Week 16 is a big one in the NFL. It represents the fantasy football championship week in many leagues. But it also represents the final week of Thursday, Saturday and Monday night games.
Last week I went 2-2 to bring my overall record to 24-25. Perhaps this is the week I can finally get above .500 and gain respectability back. On Thursday, I like the Raiders to win in Charles Woodson’s final career home game. On Saturday, I will take the Redskins to win on the road and clinch their division. Sunday night I will take the Vikings and Monday night I will take the Broncos to win and clinch the AFC West.
I hope everyone out there has a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with family and friends and of course, football. With that, here are the 2015 NFL week 16 power rankings.
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- Carolina Panthers (1): Another impressive performance by Cam Newton, but the defense has now blown three huge fourth quarter leads this season.
- Arizona Cardinals (2): East coast road games are never easy for West coast teams, but Arizona had no problems as they moved to within one win of a first round bye.
- New England Patriots (3): The Patriots signed Steven Jackson this week in a move that most people might not think much of, but could be the difference between them winning a second straight Super Bowl or not.
- Seattle Seahawks (4): We said it half way through the season when they looked like an average team, this team can turn it on at any time and make a run, and boy have they done just that.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (5): Six straight games scoring 30 or more points and they are doing it with ease.
- Green Bay Packers (7): Even if Green Bay finds a way to beat Arizona this week, can they really beat them twice in a month? They likely will have to because if they remain the #2 and #3 seeds respectively that is exactly what will happen if Green Bay wins their first round matchup.
- Denver Broncos (6): A month ago nobody would have thought there was any chance Denver could miss the playoffs. And even though it’s still unlikely, the possibility continues to increase each week.
- Cincinnati Bengals (8): A big test this week for the Bengals as they face the Broncos with a chance to clinch the AFC North.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9): Kansas City isn’t what you would call a sexy pick, but they sure are playing some of the best football in the league right now.
- New York Jets (10): Well I’ve said all year I don’t think the Jets are a playoff team, and at 9-5 they are actually on the outside looking in. However, I will give credit when credit is due, and the Jets have been quite a surprise this season.
- Minnesota Vikings (11): The Vikings are still in pretty good shape to reach the playoffs, but they need to get Adrian Peterson back on track if they have any hope of upsetting anyone.
- Houston Texans (14): What the Texans have accomplished this year with all the movement at quarterback is quite impressive. Don’t be surprised if they find a way to get a win during wildcard weekend.
- Washington Redskins (16): Very simple for Washington this weekend, if they win, they’re in.
- Buffalo Bills (12): The Bills began the season as a popular pick to make the playoffs but they just didn’t put it all together in Rex Ryan’s first year as head coach.
- Indianapolis Colts (13): Many picked the Colts to be in the Super Bowl this year and things have just not worked out. They may be better suited to miss the playoffs and get the best draft pick they can.
- New York Giants (17): They gave Carolina everything they could handle but they came up just short, and it appears that might very well end up keeping them out of the playoffs.
- Philadelphia Eagles (15): The only way Chip Kelley might get to keep his job is if Philly finishes with two wins and can somehow sneak into the playoffs.
- Atlanta Falcons (23): Atlanta needs two wins, and needs the Vikings to lose their final two, and they can sneak into the playoffs despite their incredible struggles over the last two months.
- Oakland Raiders (19): The Raiders can still finish with a .500 record which would be a big step in the right direction. Keep an eye on this team over the next couple of seasons.
- St. Louis Rams (25): The Rams are one of those teams that absolutely has to find a franchise quarterback, especially while they have at least five good years left in Todd Gurley.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18): Jameis Winston can still lead this team to a .500 season, and after some of their recent seasons, that would be an impressive feat.
- Detroit Lions (26): The Lions have definitely made the best of the second half of the season and will look to build on it in 2016.
- Chicago Bears (20): Jay Cutler has played very well this season, but just doesn’t have a defense that he can rely on.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (21): The Jags still have a chance to win the division but their chances are dwindling.
- Miami Dolphins (22): The offense has struggled and they just don’t have any playmakers they can rely on.
- New Orleans Saints (24): Drew Brees still has plenty left in the tank but the weapons around him have started to become few and far between.
- San Diego Chargers (30): Danny Woodhead was the first person to score four touchdowns this season. You know someone, somewhere had him active in their fantasy lineup and won a playoff matchup because of it.
- San Francisco 49ers (27): San Francisco simply has no offense. This appears to be a team that may be at least a few years away from being relevant again.
- Dallas Cowboys (28): Dallas is a prime example of why having a decent backup quarterback is critical.
- Cleveland Browns (29): Cleveland is well on their way to another very high draft pick, the question is, can they finally hit on one?
- Tennessee Titans (31): The Titans too are on their way to another high draft pick, and if they can hit on it for the second straight year, they could start to build something in Tennessee.
- Baltimore Ravens (32): Baltimore, like San Fran, just doesn’t have anything to work with on the offensive side of the ball.
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