NFL Power Rankings Week 15 | Packers, Chiefs, Rams
COVID problems threw a curve in the NFL's scheduling in a Week 15 that gave us plenty of twist and turns. The Packers remain at the top of the rankings.
Here's our semi Christmas version of the NFL Power Rankings. The holiday references ran out after the top ten, but here is a look at the new list of the league from top to bottom. Enjoy, and happy holidays everyone.
1) Green Bay Packers (11-3, 1 last week)
The Packers are the only team with 3 losses heading into Week 16, and Aaron Rodgers has Green Bay fans dreaming of a Green and Gold Super Bowl the Christmas season.
2) Kansas City Chiefs (10-4, 5 last week)
The Chiefs are like the Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer of the NFL season. They were getting beaten up on the field and ragged on by everyone in the media, but they look like they’ll be here to save Christmas for KC fans after winning their seventh straight.
3) Los Angeles Rams (10-4, 7 last week)
The Rams finally have their off season acquisitions incorporated, and running on all cylinders. Stafford has the offense rolling and a defense that was once “soft” looks meaner than the abominable snowman.
4) New England Patriots (9-5, 4 last week)
The Pats lost to the Colts, snapping their seven game win streak and falling a game behind the Chiefs in the race for top spot in the AFC. All is not lost in New England, who will be singing “I’ll be home for Christmas, and hopefully throughout playoffs”
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-4, 3 last week)
Brady and the Bucs got blanked by the Saints 9-0 and are going through some injury problems at the moment. They will have to get back in the workshop to be celebrating like “Last Christmas.”
6) Dallas Cowboys (10-4, 9 last week)
Dallas took care of business against their divisional rival, the NY Giants, and despite all the problems in Big D they are in the thick of the home field advantage hunt hoping to get some love from the Ghost of Christmas Past.
7) Indianapolis Colts (8-6, 10 last week)
The Colts brought an end to the Pats win streak, and Johnathan Taylor has been spreading more joy than jolly ole St. Nick in Indy.
8) Arizona Cardinal (10-4, 2 last week)
What a drop off it has been for the Cardinals over the last few weeks. The Cardinals’ Jingle Bells are staring to Rock and not it a good way.
9) Miami Dolphins (7-7, 13 last week)
They may not be dreaming of a White Christmas in Miami, but I don’t think anyone was dreaming of a Dolphins six game win streak after a 1-7 start to the season. Anything seems possible in South Florida heading into the holiday season.
10) San Francisco (8-6, 14 last week)
The Niners are for real. Jimmy G and the gang have San Francisco in prime position for a post season. If the Niners keep winning there will be no Silent Nights in San Fran.
11) Baltimore Ravens (8-6, 8 last week)
Alright that’s enough of the Chirstmas references. I’ve only watched one holiday movie so give me a break, and give the Ravens a break too. They only lost to the Packers by a point this week, but they lost control of the AFC North.
12) Buffalo Bills (8-6, 11 last week)
The Bills got back on track against the plummeting Panthers after losing three of four. They still trail the Pats in the AFC East, could you imagine if the Bills don’t make the playoffs after being one of preseason favorites?
13) Los Angeles Chargers (8-6, 12 last week)
This might sound crazy, but the Chargers loss to the Chiefs might be a big boost. They played one of the top teams in the league to overtime, and if they would have won the toss we could be sitting here talking about them leading the division over KC.
14) Cincinnati Bengals (8-6, 16 last week)
I may be guilty of being too harsh on the Bengals, who know lead the toughest conference of football. The AFC North is a toss up, but the Bengals are in pole position.
15) Tennessee Titans (9-5, 6 last week)
The Titans have had the biggest drop off of any team in my book. They have lost three of four and are desperate to get King Henry back before it’s too late.
16) Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6-1, 20 last week)
I know, I know the Steeler beat the Titans so they should be above the Titans, but I have a tough time believing in this team. I think their tie to the Lions is going to be the back breaker that keeps them out of the playoffs.
17) Philadelphia Eagles (7-7, 22 last week)
All the talk has been about Washington lately, but the Eagles have over taken their division rivals and they are looking for a piece of the playoff pie.
18) Cleveland Browns (7-7, 17 last week)
The Browns were a last second field goal away from being in a three way tie in the AFC North, but the Raiders drilled the game winner and now Cleveland are at the bottom of the division.
19) Washington Football Football (6-8, 15 last week)
What a shame to see COVID stop the progress of the Tyler Heinicke and WFT. They are one of the Cinderella stories of the league, and as a neutral fan I have to say I’m pulling for them.
20) Minnesota Vikings (7-7, 19 last week)
The Vikings won an ugly one against the Bears on Monday night, but they got the job done to stay right in the thick of the Wild Card race.
21) Denver Broncos (7-7, 18 last week)
Every loss hurts around this time of the season. Especially when you’re a team right in the mix of the playoff picture. Especially when it’s to a team that are fighting for your spot in the post season. That’s exactly what happened to the Broncos against the Bengals
22) Las Vegas Raiders (7-7, 23 last week)
The Raiders scraped by the COVID plagued Browns. The win keeps them in the hunt in the AFC, but of all the teams hovering around the Wild Card spot, I have the least amount of faith in the Raiders.
23) New Orleans Saints (7-7, 25 last week)
The Saints win over the Bucs would have been the shocker of the week, if not for the Lions stunning the Cardinals. Miraculously the Saints level on wins with the Vikings who would be moving on to the post season with the Wild Card spot, but they are right on Minnesota’s heels.
24) Seattle Seahawks (5-9, 21 last week)
The Seahawks played the Rams close on Tuesday night, but that’s not going to do them any favors when it comes to getting into the post season.
25) Atlanta Falcons (6-8, 24 last week)
Another week, another loss for the Falcons who continue to be on the fringe of the playoffs, but I don’t think there’s anyone in their right mind who would bet on them to be in the post season after Week 18.
26) Carolina Panthers (5-9, 26 last week)
If the Panthers could end the season today and toss the memory of this year in the garbage disposal I bet they’d do it. What a false sense of hope their 3-0 start gave fans in Charlotte.
27) New York Giants (4-10, 27 last week)
Daniel Jones was ruled out for the rest of the season, and I’m sure the rest of the Giants are ready for the same.
28) Chicago Bears (4-10, 28 last week)
Another flat performance on the offensive end for the Bear leads to the eighth loss in Chicago’s last nine. Big changes seem to be on the way in the Windy City.
29) Detroit Lions (2-11-1, 32 last week)
What a win over the Cardinals. Who would have expected the once winless Lions to topple the Cardinals? The Lions are proving was Dan Campbell has been saying the entire season. They are a much better team than their record would tell you.
30) New York Jets (3-11, 29 last week)
The Jets loss to the Dolphins was their sixth in their last seven. They can use the last few games to get Zach Wilson and the rest of the team some positivity heading into the off season.
31) Houston Texans (3-11, 30 last week)
The Texans beat the Jags. Big deal. That’s the end of the summary.
32) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12, 31 last week)
The loss to the Texans confirmed what many thought all season. Now they have a worse record than Detroit, and are officially bottom of the Power Rankings.