NFL Power Rankings: Week 15

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

The same old faces make an appearance in the Top 5 and despite the tough loss in San Francisco, Seattle managed to hold on to the top spot for the second straight week. Find out where your favorite team sits in our latest NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 15 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 11-2-0
(9-4-0)
-8.0 Seattle
I have no interest in downgrading the Seahawks out of my #1 ranking. Even on a subpar day Seattle covered the spread in defeat and held San Fran to a single TD.
2 2 no change in rankings 11-2-0
(8-4-1)
-7.8 Denver
It's December and I've officially run out of superlatives to describe this Broncos offense. Against a solid Titans D, they had 39 first downs and their second 50 point outing of the year.
3 3 no change in rankings 9-4-0
(9-4-0)
-6.5 San Francisco
For all the 49ers offensive struggles this season, San Fran is still 9-4 ATS, tied with Seattle and Arizona as the best pointspread teams in the NFL this year.
4 5 move up in rankings1 10-3-0
(7-6-0)
-6.0 New Orleans
How good is New Orleans at home? After blasting the Panthers, they're 18-1-1 ATS in their last 20 home games with Drew Brees at QB and Sean Payton as their head coach.
5 4 move down in rankings1 10-3-0
(6-7-0)
-5.0 New England
The 10-3 Patriots are 6-1 in games decided by a field goal or less; a squad that could be 4-10 without a bevy of remarkable second half comebacks.
6 6 no change in rankings 9-4-0
(8-5-0)
-4.5 Carolina
While Cam Newton is unquestionably a superstar in the making, the Panthers passing attack has only enjoyed one 300 yard game all season and looked weak against the Saints.
7 8 move up in rankings1 9-4-0
(8-4-1)
-4.5 Cincinnati
Last year, the Bengals went a modest 4-4 SU at home; earning profits from their supporters by going 6-2 ATS on the highway. This year, they've been dominant at home: 6-0 SU and ATS.
8 10 move up in rankings2 8-5-0
(7-6-0)
-4.0 Philadelphia
Since their 3-5 start (wins over bottom feeders Tampa, the New York Giants and Washington), Philly has morphed into the NFC East favorites while reeling off five straight impressive wins.
9 7 move down in rankings2 7-6-0
(6-7-0)
-3.5 Detroit
The Lions just can't get out of their own way lately. They've committed a whopping 20 turnovers in their last six contests and haven't won a single turnover battle since Week 6.
10 11 move up in rankings1 8-5-0
(9-4-0)
-3.0 Arizona
The three best ATS teams in the NFL this year all come from the same division. Arizona is tied with Seattle and San Francisco; 9-4 ATS through their first 13 games.
11 13 move up in rankings2 10-3-0
(7-6-0)
-2.5 Kansas City
With both punt return and kickoff return TD's against the Redskins last week, the Chiefs lead the NFL with nine defensive or special teams TD's this year.
12 9 move down in rankings3 7-6-0
(8-5-0)
-2.0 Dallas
There have been three games in the NFL this year when one team hasn't forced a single punt. Two of those three games involved Monte Kiffin's miserable defense.
13 15 move up in rankings2 7-6-0
(3-9-1)
-1.5 Chicago
While head coach Marc Trestman continues to insist that Jay Cutler will be his starting QB when healthy, Josh McCown's 109.8 QB rating is more than 20 points better than Cutler's.
14 12 move down in rankings2 8-5-0
(7-6-0)
-1.0 Indianapolis
The fact that Indy clinched the AFC South title on a day that they were completely blown out (again) at Cinci speaks volumes about the weakest division in the league.
15 14 move down in rankings1 7-6-0
(6-7-0)
0.0 Baltimore
Tight end Dennis Pitta had an immediate impact in his first game on the field this year, catching a clutch fourth down TD pass to set up the wildest final two minutes in NFL history.
16 18 move up in rankings2 6-7-0
(7-5-1)
0.0 San Diego
The Chargers +25 point differential this year is best point differential for any team in the NFL with a losing record, by a wide margin (St Louis' -19 ranks second).
17 19 move up in rankings2 7-6-0
(8-5-0)
0.5 Miami
With the game on the line in the fourth quarter in the cold and snow of Pittsburgh, Ryan Tannehill was rock solid once again on Miami's game winning TD drive.
18 16 move down in rankings2 5-8-0
(6-7-0)
1.0 Pittsburgh
Following back-to-back heartbreakers against the Ravens and Dolphins, it won't get any easier for the Steelers this week, with a Sunday Night TV matchup against surging Cinci.
19 17 move down in rankings2 5-8-0
(5-8-0)
2.0 N.Y. Giants
The Giants defense was a complete no-show at San Diego on Sunday, forcing only one punt and one turnover while allowing seven Chargers scoring drives.
20 20 no change in rankings 5-8-0
(6-6-1)
3.0 Tennessee
The Titans were leading at halftime before the Broncos second half explosion. Cornerback Alterraun Verner: "We were doing well at the beginning but they took off like a rocket."
21 21 no change in rankings 5-8-0
(5-8-0)
3.5 St. Louis
The Rams offense suffered a major blow when Tavon Austin went down with an ankle injury at Arizona, but luckily, it doesn't look too serious, leaving him 'questionable' for Sunday.
22 23 move up in rankings1 4-9-0
(6-7-0)
4.0 Tampa Bay
Greg Schiano might actually get to keep his job if the Bucs keep winning (4-1 SU and ATS in their last five), but notching upset victories against the Niners and Saints certainly won't be easy.
23 26 move up in rankings3 6-7-0
(7-6-0)
4.5 N.Y. Jets
Jets offensive guard Willie Colon following their win over Oakland on Sunday: "We're out of lifelines. We have to execute and have to get it done, and today was the first step."
24 22 move down in rankings2 4-9-0
(6-7-0)
5.0 Buffalo
To say that the Bills offensive line was overmatched on Sunday would not be an exaggeration. EJ Manuel took seven sacks and threw four picks, under constant pressure.
25 25 no change in rankings 3-9-1
(7-6-0)
5.0 Minnesota
A double dose of bad news for Minnesota. Their defense was unable to hold a pair of leads inside the final two minutes at Baltimore, and Adrian Peterson could get shut down for the year.
26 32 move up in rankings6 6-6-1
(5-8-0)
5.3 Green Bay
I probably over-reacted last week when ranking Green Bay dead last in the NFL. Stealing a one point win against Atlanta saved their season, if Aaron Rodgers can come back this week.
27 24 move down in rankings3 3-10-0
(5-8-0)
5.5 Atlanta
A 'cappers dilemma: Give Atlanta credit for travelling to the frozen tundra and covering the spread against the Packers, or do we downgrade them off yet another second half meltdown?
28 30 move up in rankings2 4-9-0
(5-8-0)
5.5 Jacksonville
The betting markets just aren't willing to give this team much credit for their current 4-1 SU and ATS run, installing the Jags as home underdogs against the 4-9 Bills this week.
29 27 move down in rankings2 4-9-0
(7-5-1)
5.5 Oakland
Following their double digit loss to the Jets last Sunday, the Raiders have now lost 13 straight games played in the Eastern Time Zone.
30 28 move down in rankings2 4-9-0
(6-7-0)
6.0 Cleveland
The Browns have a unique propensity for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, blowing a 12 point lead in the final 1:01 at New England thanks to a Pats onside kick recovery.
31 29 move down in rankings2 2-11-0
(3-10-0)
6.5 Houston
Classy move by former head coach Gary Kubiak, taking out a full page ad in the Houston Chronicle to thank the fans after his firing following their 11th straight defeat.
32 31 move down in rankings1 3-10-0
(3-10-0)
7.5 Washington
Last week's complete no-show in all three phases of the game at home against KC dropped the Redskins to 3-10 ATS, tied with Houston as the worst pointspread team in the NFL.
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Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.