NFL Power Rankings entering Week 16 after the Chiefs big win and the Jets first win.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The holiday season is upon us, sure; but more importantly, the 2020 NFL season is winding down. Subsequently, every win and every loss means more as it can have a serious impact on not only the playoff race but the 2021 NFL Draft order as well. And that was all in play in a wild Week 15, which was bound to shake up our NFL Power Rankings.
Not only did we get a potential Super Bowl preview with the Kansas City Chiefs facing the New Orleans Saints, a clash narrowly won by the former, but we also saw the lone winless team remaining in the NFL, the New York Jets, get their first taste of victory in 2020. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, the win came convincingly against a likely playoff team in the Los Angeles Rams.
So with all but the Monday Night Football matchup between the ailing Cincinnati Bengals and playoff-bound Pittsburgh Steelers left to be played, let’s check in on the 2020 NFL Power Rankings once again to see where things stand as we enter the final two weeks of the regular season.
New NFL Power Rankings for Week 16 of the 2020 season
Last rank: 31
On the field, nothing went the way of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday as they paid a visit to M&T Bank Stadium. Lamar Jackson, aside from one early interception, had his way with the young Jags defense and Gardner Minshew couldn’t mount any kind of consistent movement when he had the ball.
The end result was a 40-14 loss that drops the Jaguars to 1-13 on the season. It’s clear that this team will not only be moving on from head coach Doug Marrone after the 2020 season but that they will be looking for a new quarterback to guide the franchise into the future.
But while the team lost on the field, they were one of the big winners of the week in regards to getting their potential franchise quarterback. With the Jets winning their first game of the season to now have a matching record, the Jaguars are now currently in possession of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
If things continue on their current trajectory for the Jaguars — namely, not winning football games — they are likely going to get Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 and also have a first-round pick owed to them by the Rams. Things might be bleak now but the future could be bright in Duval County.