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NFL power rankings: Bears, Cowboys rising as playoff hopefuls; Rams, Eagles, Raiders tumble for Week 16

With two weeks left within the 2020 NFL common season, a transparent hierarchy has been created. Greater than a 3rd of the league (13 groups) have 9 wins or higher, guaranteeing a successful season and justifying the enlargement to 14 playoff entries.

Wanting on the outcomes of Week 15 , they did not actually trigger a lot shakeup on the prime rolling into Week 16, however there are just a few contenders who took some massive hits and a few doormats who delivered brilliant spots to hold over into subsequent season.

From 1-32, here is our newest have a look at how each NFL group stacks up towards one another:

MORE: Updated NFL playoff picture after Week 15  | Updated 2021 NFL draft order

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NFL energy rankings

1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 13-1 (final week: 1)

The Chiefs hold wanting higher of their quest to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions. Patrick Mahomes has locked into the MVP and the protection is beginning to rise for the event of a robust playoff tuneup. Kansas Metropolis is a large favourite vs. the sphere now.

2. Inexperienced Bay Packers 11-3 (2)

The Packers did not get many fashion factors for surviving the Panthers and Aaron Rodgers was the primary to level that out. This group appears decided to each get to 13-3 once more and likewise show it will not be a playoff pushover this time round.

MORE: How Packers can clinch top seed in NFC playoffs

3. Buffalo Payments 11-3 (3)

The Payments are locked in offensively due to Josh Allen doing all the pieces effectively once more. For a second straight sport, their protection performed off that prowess to make massive performs to complete off groups. They’ve developed as one of the best AFC risk to the Chiefs.

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4. Seattle Seahawks 10-4 (7)

The Seahawks confirmed their defensive grit and operating prowess in taking down Washington with out a lot from Russell Wilson. That is essential for them to be extra full for a playoff run. They have to observe by beating the Rams with an analogous fashion in Week 16.

5. New Orleans Saints 10-4 (5)

The Saints made the quarterback change from Taysom Hil to Drew Brees with blended outcomes, given that they had a shorthanded receiving corps. They nonetheless fought till the top towards the Chiefs and did as greatest as they might defensively. The Saints want a Steelers-like tuneup after dropping two straight, too.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers 11-3 (4) 

The Steelers did not get effectively towards the Bengals after wanting misplaced offensively towards Washington and the Payments. Neglect catching the Chiefs — they only want to wash up sloppy play so they do not drop into dangerous first-round playoff matchup with out a division title.

7. Cleveland Browns 10-4 (8)

The Browns took care of the Giants as anticipated on Sunday evening, an important win realizing all the opposite AFC wild-card contenders one. Baker Mayfield has settled down effectively and their protection retains overachieving at crucial instances.

MORE: How Browns can officially clinch an AFC playoff spot

8. Tennessee Titans 10-4 (9)

The Titans rediscovered their explosive, methodical offense to roll over the Lions. They might want to hold that up with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry when going through Aaron Rodgers and the Packers subsequent Sunday evening.

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9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-5 (10)

The Buccaneers dug themselves a giant gap but it surely was scary how straightforward it was for Tom Brady and the offense to dig them out of it, helped by robust second-half protection. There are sufficient holes within the different NFC contenders to suppose Tampa may save its easiest for the playoffs.

10. Indianapolis Colts 10-4 (11)

The Colts held on towards the Texans for the second time in three weeks with well timed massive defensive performs to match those made offensively by Philip Rivers and the operating sport. Frank Reich’s group cannot be forgotten as a harmful floater within the AFC playoff discipline.

11. Miami Dolphins 9-5 (12)  

The Dolphins did a greater job grinding with their athletic quarterback and their operating sport than the Patriots did on Sunday. In a approach, Brian Flores out-Belichicked Invoice Belichick in a battle of attrition. It nonetheless can be exhausting to carry off the surging Ravens for the final AFC playoff spot.

12. Baltimore Ravens 9-5 (13) 

The Ravens are discovering their offensive groove with Lamar Jackson and the standard operating sport now that they’ve featured J.Ok. Dobbins. Additionally they are more healthy up entrance defensively to assist a secondary with some harm points. They’d be a brutal opening matchup for the No. 2 or No. 3 seed.

MORE: How Ravens can clinch an AFC wild-card spot

13. Los Angeles Rams 9-5 (6)

What was that? Sean McVay one way or the other bought out-coached by Adam Gase on the worst doable time. The Rams got here out sluggish towards the Jets and did not give themselves sufficient time to get well. That is the type of terrible AFC loss that makes one lose all religion of their NFC playoff possibilities.

14. Arizona Cardinals 8-6 (14)

The Cardinals are sizzling once more offensively on the ideally suited time with Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins and their move rush has all of the sudden come alive with Haason Reddick and others. Arizona seems like it will likely be going by the playoff entrance door vs. backing in.

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15. Chicago Bears 7-7 (18)

The Bears can’t be discounted, now that Mitchell Trubisky and David Montgomery are serving to Matt Nagy’s offense attain its potential, balancing out extra points for the protection. Simply think about in the event that they shore up issues towards the run and move once more.

16. Las Vegas Raiders 7-7 (15)

The Raiders discovered alternative ways to remain within the sport towards the Chargers, solely digging deep to discover a strategy to lose. The defensive issues have caught as much as them, taking away something Derek Carr or Marcus Mariota can do for the offense.

17. Minnesota Vikings 6-8 (16)

The Vikings had been asking for a foul shut dwelling loss after how they escaped the Panthers and Jaguars. The unhappy defensive and passing efficiency added to the frustration of the Week 14 stumble in Tampa Bay. Appears like they are going to be becoming a member of the 49ers and Eagles in lacking out on a playoff return.

18. Washington Soccer Staff 6-8 (17)

Washington did its greatest to beat the Seahawks with powerful protection towards Wilson and higher than anticipated play from Dwayne Haskins. However the lack of offensive firepower stays evident with the accidents, leaving no margin for error in attempting to take the NFC East.

19. New England Patriots 6-8 (19)

The Patriots did their greatest to battle till the top in Miami, however their dangerous offense continues to place an excessive amount of stress on the protection, and that was taken to a complete new degree subbing Brady for Cam Newton. Belichick should discover his new franchise QB, stat.

20. Dallas Cowboys 5-9 (26)

The Cowboys have gained two in a row to breathe late life into their as soon as misplaced season. Their offense has regarded higher with Andy Dalton spreading the ball round effectively and Tony Pollard offering a significant spark. The protection continues to be a large number, but it surely’s doing much less breaking and extra bending of late.

MORE: Examining Cowboys’ slim playoff chances

21. Los Angeles Chargers 5-9 (28)

The Chargers have traded shut losses for shut wins towards the Falcons and Raiders. Anthony Lynn is getting his group to reply late and learn to win. The short improvement of Justin Herbert ought to imply they follow Lynn at head coach, for higher or worse.

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22. San Francisco 49ers 5-9 (20)

The 49ers will not be defending their NFC championship after dropping to the Cowboys, too, finishing their Tremendous Bowl hangover tied to their ridiculous rash of accidents. They’ll come again harmful subsequent season with higher quarterback play and a extra well-rounded protection.

23. New York Giants 5-9 (21)

The Giants’ offensive woes have dragged down their good work on protection. Colt McCoy or Daniel Jones, they only do not have sufficient pop as a run-based group.

24. Detroit Lions 5-9 (22)

The Lions have confirmed some coronary heart and battle with Matt Patricia gone but it surely’s not sufficient with their defensive ineptitude holding again no matter constructive offensive vibes they’ve.

25. Denver Broncos 5-9 (23)

The Broncos’ protection has grow to be a shell of what it might have been with Vic Fangio and paired with inconsistent offense, for this reason they’re this low.

26. Philadelphia Eagles 4-9-1 (24)

The Eagles’ offense has come alive with Jalen Hurts after which some, but it surely’s exhausting to make up for all of the defensive accidents that they had towards the Cardinals.

27. Houston Texans 4-10 (25)

The Texans hold doing their greatest with whoever’s round Deshaun Watson however the issue is none of them can assist the protection.

28. Carolina Panthers 4-10 (27)

Matt Rhule’s rookie season is not having an inspiring end with Teddy Bridgewater having ups and downs. Now the Panthers draw their former coach Ron Rivera in Washington.

29. Atlanta Falcons 4-10 (29)

The Falcons went up massive on a group that had Brady at quarterback and nonetheless misplaced. Inform us one thing new.

30. Cincinnati Bengals 2-10-1 (30)

The Bengals are in free fall with out Joe Burrow regardless of higher defensive play. Issues will not change with Ryan Finley needing to get one other nod.


31. New York Jets 1-13 (32)

The Jets deserved to get out of the cellar as their win over the Rams was extra spectacular than the Jaguars’ Week 1 win over the Colts.

MORE: Explaining the Jets-Jaguars NFL draft tiebreaker

32. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-13 (31)

It is exhausting to consider, regardless of having a rookie operating again nearly as good as James Robinson, they’ve been unfortunate sufficient to lose 13 consecutive video games. Minshew Mania has two extra video games earlier than Lawrence Lunacy.

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