NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

The Seahawks are now firmly in the No. 1 spot after their shutout win vs. the Giants. While the Panthers make a Top 5 appearance and the surprising Cardinals jumped up into the Top 10. Find out where your favorite team sits in our latest NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 16 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 12-2-0
(10-4-0)
-8.0 Seattle
Following their shutout win against the Giants, Seattle's No. 1 rated defense has allowed both the fewest yards and the fewest points in the NFL this year.
2 2 no change in rankings 11-3-0
(8-5-1)
-7.5 Denver
Questions persist about the Broncos viability in the playoffs after their spotty defense was gashed by Philip Rivers in a home loss where they were outrushed by a 177-18 margin.
3 3 no change in rankings 10-4-0
(10-4-0)
-6.5 San Francisco
Since allowing 27 or more points in each of their first three ballgames, Vic Fangio's defense has improved by leaps and bounds, holding nine of their last eleven opponents to 17 points or less.
4 5 move up in rankings1 10-4-0
(6-8-0)
-4.8 New England
Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola combined for 23 receptions for 270 yards against Miami last week, but neither guy is going to make Patriots fans forget the injured Rob Gronkowski.
5 6 move up in rankings1 10-4-0
(8-5-1)
-4.5 Carolina
The Panthers survived a tough sandwich spot against the Jets, and can put themselves in position to win an NFC South title with a revenge win over the Saints on Sunday.
6 4 move down in rankings2 10-4-0
(7-7-0)
-4.0 New Orleans
The Saints loss at St Louis featured this brilliant sequence just before halftime: TD called back on a penalty, followed by a failed third down conversion and a Garrett Hartley blocked field goal.
7 7 no change in rankings 9-5-0
(8-5-1)
-3.5 Cincinnati
Every time I start considering the Bengals as a legit playoff sleeper in the AFC, they pull a no-show, like the ugly debacle they suffered at Pittsburgh on Sunday Night.
8 10 move up in rankings2 9-5-0
(10-4-0)
-3.0 Arizona
This is no misprint. Arizona wouldn't be in the playoffs if the postseason started today, but the Cards are a team without a single area of clear weakness right now.
9 11 move up in rankings2 11-3-0
(8-6-0)
-3.0 Kansas City
The Chiefs continued their barrage of non-offensive touchdowns in their rout at Oakland last week, but this once elite stop unit has allowed 27 plus points four times in their last five games.
10 8 move down in rankings2 8-6-0
(7-7-0)
-2.5 Philadelphia
All of a sudden the Eagles body of work doesn't look all that impressive. Seven of their eight wins have come against teams at or below .500; mostly against bottom feeders.
11 13 move up in rankings2 8-6-0
(4-9-1)
-2.0 Chicago
Let's give the Bears credit. Not many teams have the mettle to rally from behind on the road in the fourth quarter after allowing both fumble return and interception return TD's.
12 9 move down in rankings3 7-7-0
(6-8-0)
-1.5 Detroit
The single worst thing about the Lions current 1-4 skid isn't the barrage of turnovers - it's their inability to make plays during crunch time. They've led in the fourth quarter in all four losses.
13 16 move up in rankings3 7-7-0
(8-5-1)
-1.3 San Diego
At 7-7, and fighting for their playoff lives, the Chargers can only wonder 'what if'. All seven of their losses have come by a single score; four of them by a field goal or in OT.
14 17 move up in rankings3 8-6-0
(9-5-0)
-1.0 Miami
The Dolphins unlikely push towards the playoffs continued last week, but their missed field goal as time expired in a loss to Baltimore earlier this year has them looking up at the Ravens.
15 14 move down in rankings1 9-5-0
(8-6-0)
-0.8 Indianapolis
Remember this the next time you're tempted to bet against the Colts following a defeat. Since Andrew Luck arrived in Indy, the Colts are 10-0 SU, 10-0 ATS coming off a loss.
16 15 move down in rankings1 8-6-0
(7-7-0)
-0.5 Baltimore
The Ravens have been remarkably adept at coming away with tight victories, notching five of their last six wins by a field goal or less, including their win at Detroit without a single TD.
17 12 move down in rankings5 7-7-0
(8-6-0)
-0.3 Dallas
The heat on head coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Bill Callahan and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will only get worse after blowing a 23 point halftime lead at home.
18 18 no change in rankings 6-8-0
(7-7-0)
0.0 Pittsburgh
Despite being out of the playoff picture, the Steelers continue to make money for their supporters: 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six ballgames.
19 21 move up in rankings2 6-8-0
(6-8-0)
2.0 St. Louis
The Rams are not an ideal candidate for teaser bettors, the only team in the league with three victories AND three losses by 20 points or more.
20 20 no change in rankings 5-9-0
(6-7-1)
3.0 Tennessee
The Titans came back from the dead with a wild 17 point rally in the final 3:17 against 'Zona, but Titans +2.5 backers were dismayed when Mike Munchak chose to kick the extra point for OT.
21 26 move up in rankings5 7-6-1
(6-8-0)
4.0 Green Bay
No Aaron Rodgers, no problem! Matt Flynn has engineered remarkable comebacks in each of the last two weeks, leading Green Bay to TD's on each of their five second half drives at Dallas.
22 22 no change in rankings 4-10-0
(6-8-0)
4.0 Tampa Bay
The Bucs 19 point loss to San Francisco was much closer than the final score would indicate. It was a six point game in the fourth quarter before the 49ers pulled away.
23 25 move up in rankings2 4-9-1
(8-6-0)
4.3 Minnesota
Very quietly, way underneath the radar, the Vikings have been earning their backers a small fortune with their 6-1 ATS mark in their last seven games, still playing hard for Leslie Frazier.
24 19 move down in rankings5 5-9-0
(5-9-0)
4.5 N.Y. Giants
We've seen back-to-back no-shows for the Giants, outscored 60-14 over the past two weeks. Another no-show this week and the G-men will drop into my bottom five.
25 24 move down in rankings1 5-9-0
(7-7-0)
4.8 Buffalo
Four of the Bills five wins have come against teams contending for the playoffs (the Panthers, Ravens, Dolphins and Jet)). The fifth came against a Jags team riding a 4-1 SU & ATS hot streak.
26 23 move down in rankings3 6-8-0
(7-6-1)
4.8 N.Y. Jets
Geno Smith's 62.9 QB rating ranks dead last among the 35 quarterbacks with enough passing attempts to qualify. Only Terrelle Pryor has a worse TD to INT ratio.
27 27 no change in rankings 4-10-0
(5-9-0)
5.5 Atlanta
I have no interest in bumping Atlanta's power rating up following yet another blown fourth quarter lead. Yes they won, but they were outrushed, outpassed and outplayed.
28 28 no change in rankings 4-10-0
(5-9-0)
5.5 Jacksonville
A first and goal from the one yard line turned into a Chad Henne interception on third down, essentially ending the Jags comeback try against Buffalo.
29 30 move up in rankings1 4-10-0
(6-8-0)
6.0 Cleveland
The Browns have held fourth quarter leads in each of their last three ballgames, but this once elite-looking defense has been unable to get stops when it mattered most.
30 29 move down in rankings1 4-10-0
(7-6-1)
6.0 Oakland
The Raiders leaky pass defense allowed three fairly simple screen passes to Jamal Charles to turn into big play touchdowns. Despite seven turnovers, they still gained 461 yards on offense!
31 32 move up in rankings1 3-11-0
(4-10-0)
7.0 Washington
Looking for more proof that a strong running game is not the key to victory in the modern NFL? Washington is the No. 3 rushing team in the NFL this year.
32 31 move down in rankings1 2-12-0
(3-11-0)
7.5 Houston
In general, teams tend to step up in their first game after their coach gets fired. Houston is so downtrodden right now, their first game under Wade Phillips was an ugly blowout loss.
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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.