Week 17: NFL Power Rankings

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Number 17: Miami Dolphins (8-7) – Last Week 14

The Miami Dolphins do not deserve to make the playoffs after that embarrassing performance against the Bills. Just an awful performance. Those players need to be ashamed of themselves.

Number 18: St. Louis Rams (7-8) – Last Week 19

The St. Louis Rams have been able to close out the season on a real high note. Imagine if this team didn’t lose their quarterback early on in the season. Hats off to Coach Fisher and the rest of the staff.

Number 19: Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) – Last Week 20

The Pittsburgh Steelers kept their playoff chances alive with a win against Green Bay this past Sunday. They need a win and a loss from the Ravens, Dolphins and Chargers to make the playoffs.

Number 20: New York Jets (7-8) – Last Week 21

Geno Smith looked very good against Cleveland this past week, but then again, what quarterback doesn’t? I never thought I would say this, but they need to keep Rex Ryan for another season. He has done a great job this year.

Number 21: Tennessee Titans (6-9) – Last Week 22

Tennessee was able to snap their three game losing streak this past week with a win against division rival Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be interesting to see what they will do with the quarterback position next season. Do you keep Jake Locker or draft another signal caller?

Number 22: New York Giants (6-9) – Last Week 23

Eli Manning was able to defeat Matthew Stafford in the game of interceptions this past week. Unfortunately, that won’t help make Eli’s Christmas any sweeter as they will miss the playoffs.

Number 23: Buffalo Bills (6-9) – Last Week 24

The Bills completely dominated Miami in every phase of the ball this past Sunday. They were also able to set a franchise record for most sacks in a season with 56. They also have three players with 10 or more sacks which is a very impressive thing to do.

Number 24: Detroit Lions (7-8) – Last Week 15

I cannot believe the Detroit Lions blew their season like this. Matthew Stafford looks uncomfortable and Jim Schwartz needs to be fired. I don’t care what the players have to say.

Number 25: Oakland Raiders (4-11) – Last Week 25

I really hope that Dennis Allen keeps his job when the season is over. He has done a phenomenal job with the lack of resources and players he has had to work with.

Number 26: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) – Last Week 26

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team that had tons of potential heading into this season. Obviously the Josh Freeman incident set this team back, however, with the way Glennon has played this season and the amount of young talent this team possesses, the expectations will be high next season in Tampa.

Number 27: Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1) – Last Week 27

The Vikings were completely ran out of the building this past week against the Bengals. I’m not sure coach Leslie Frazier will be back next season.

Number 28: Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11) – Last Week 28

The Jacksonville Jaguars have cooled off after their three game win streak. Better luck next year, Jacksonville.

Number 29: Atlanta Falcons

Real tough loss for the Falcons. They had a chance to go into San Francisco and upset them during the final game at Candlestick Park. This would have been a huge confidence boost close out the season, instead, they will be heading into their game against Carolina with their heads down. Unfortunate season for this team.

Number 30: Cleveland Browns (4-11) – Last Week 30

The Browns continued the dismal season with a very poor performance against the New York Jets. They made Geno Smith look like Joe Namath out there.

Number 31: Washington Redskins (3-12) – Last Week 31

The Kirk Cousins experiment has not really been a success in Washington. Also, Mike Shanahan will most likely coach his final game on the Washington sideline this Sunday.

Number 32: Houston Texans (2-13) – Last Week 32

After starting off 2-0 the Houston Texans have lost 13 straight games. I guess it isn’t that bad as they will most likely receive the first pick in the draft.

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  • chas territo

    Miami- 17th? Bills-23? How can a team that lost, not once but twice be ranked so much higher than the victor? Another Bills hater I see!! GO BILLS!!

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Well, which team has a better opportunity at the playoffs? The Dolphins can get in this weekend, while the Bills will not be anywhere near the postseason.

      • chas territo

        Yeah, crappy Miami might get to a play off berth, MIGHT! Not a guarantee, at all. I would rank Them only a few spots ahead of Buffalo. your ranking and hate for mmy Bills sucks, but until next year when we tear up the AFC East and who ever is on our schedule, hate is all you got! GO BILLS!!

  • Harbaughs a PUD!

    I think the 49ers put up a pretty sub-par performance last night against the Atlanta Falcons. Take away that lucky bounce into Bowman’s hands at the end of the game and then where do you rank this team?

    • Justen Rosenberg

      I think the 49′ers are a top 3 team even if they lost. I try not to look so much at just their records. The Falcons are a much better team than their four wins show. Outside of a few games they have given their opponents great competition. I really like the 49′ers headed into the postseason. They have the experience and as long as Kaepernick continues to make good decisions this team WILL go to the NFC Championship. Will they beat the Seahawks? That remains to be seen. But I think they’re the second best team in the NFC and fourth behind only New England and Denver.

  • Bill Nichols

    Bolts beat the Colts, Eagles, KC, and the Donkeys!!………… Please, 49ers #1, yeah you should catch plenty of heat, Falcons suck, and they barely got out of there with the W. Keep on trying, San Fran is going nowhere this year. Bolts Up!!

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Realistically speaking, where do you have San Diego? Please, no bias answer.

      • Bill Nichols

        Where else… Number 1 baby!! Kidding, but, I think in the top 10 somewhere, maybe number 8 is as high as I could go currently. Our loses were ridiculous. Washington, and Titans especially, but that is of no consequence now. We need the right things to happen to get in, but who knows.

  • Cyteria Knight

    Justen, what on earth are you basing these rankings on? This list has to be based on who your favorites are versus who deserves to be ranked in a particular spot for this week. How did San Francisco get the top spot being ranked above Denver, Seattle, and the Panthers? I understand it if this was a column about who your favorite teams are but if you are going to continue to consider yourself a professional you will need to become less biased. With all due respect, GET REAL!

  • Cyteria Knight

    I get it now Justen, you’re an aspiring journalist and you just happen to be from Florida. As a former Communications undergraduate major, here is a tip. Take the emotion and bias out of your work and try to stick to the facts. You will find yourself a much more credible journalist. Good luck with your future career.