NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

Mike and Mike weigh in on week 16 of the ESPN NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

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So much for the Packers going the distance at No. 1.

 

After a surprising loss in Buffalo, Green Bay was knocked out of the top spot by New England, which pummeled Miami on Sunday. It’s the second go-around for the Patriots, who last reigned supreme from Weeks 10 to 12.

 

ESPN’s Power Panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities) dropped the Packers to No. 4, behind the Broncos and Seahawks. The Cowboys rose two spots to No. 6, while the Eagles fell two spots to No. 9.

 

Green Bay appeared to have a favorable enough closing schedule to stay the course at No. 1, but Sunday’s rare dud opened the door for change. Now we’ll see if the Patriots, who finish the regular season against the lowly Jets (No. 27) and dangerous Bills (No. 15), can maintain their rule for the final two weeks.

 

2014 Power Rankings: Week 16
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1
Last Week: 2

Tom Brady averaged 9.6 yards per attempt targeting Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, much better than the Week 1 loss to Miami (5.2).
2
Broncos
11-3
 

1
Last Week: 3

Peyton Manning was 5-of-7 for 156 yards and a TD on throws at least 15 yards downfield Sunday, tied for his second-most deep completions in a game this season.
3
 

1
Last Week: 4

The two highest rushing yards and yards-after-contact totals allowed by the 49ers’ defense this season have come in the two games against the Seahawks.
4
Packers
10-4
 

3
Last Week: 1

The Packers had seven drops Sunday by seven receivers after entering the game with 13 drops on the season. None was bigger than Jordy Nelson’s third-quarter dropped deep ball.
5

Last Week: 5

They’re in. Ryan Lindley hasn’t posted a QBR above 22.5 in four career starts, and there’s a good chance he will start a playoff game this season.
6
Cowboys
10-4
 

2
Last Week: 8

Pay that man his money. Dez Bryant had three touchdown catches, bringing his league-leading total to 13 receiving touchdowns. Thirty-seven wide receivers had a higher cap hit this year than Bryant.
7
Colts
10-4
 

1
Last Week: 6

Andrew Luck started Sunday 2-of-8, including a pick-six, but finished 16-of-26 with two touchdowns. So a pick-six sparked improvement in two straight weeks. Don’t make it a habit.
8
Lions
10-4
 

1
Last Week: 9

In the 11 games where each team attempted a field goal, Sunday was the first time the Lions actually had a higher field goal percentage than their opponent.
9
Eagles
9-5
 

2
Last Week: 7

Even with wins at the Redskins and Giants, an 11-win Eagles team could be out of the playoffs with a little bad luck. Thank the horrific NFC South.
10

Last Week: 10

Ben Roethlisberger was 10-of-10 for 123 yards targeting Antonio Brown Sunday, the third game of Brown’s career with a perfect catch percentage on at least 10 targets.
11
Bengals
9-4-1
 

2
Last Week: 13

Money signs for everyone! The Bengals’ defense pitched its first shutout since a 14-0 win over the Browns in Week 16 of 2008, Johnny Manziel’s sophomore season — in high school.
12
Ravens
9-5

Last Week: 12

One of six AFC teams with at least nine wins, Baltimore just needs to beat the 7-7 Texans and 7-7 Browns to punch a ticket into the playoffs.
13
Chiefs
8-6
 

1
Last Week: 14

Even Alex Smith loves the running game. Smith was 10-of-13 for 125 yards and a touchdown off play-action Sunday, bringing his league-leading completions total to 104 on play-action passes.
14
 

3
Last Week: 11

Philip Rivers did not complete a pass in the first quarter (0-for-3) Sunday, the first time since Weeks 15 and 16 of 2006 Rivers did not complete a first-quarter pass.
15
Bills
8-6
 

2
Last Week: 17

That’s how you close out a season at home. The Bills have both remaining games on the road. It could be Buffalo’s first season since 2004 with a positive point differential.
16
 

1
Last Week: 15

Ryan Tannehill can beat the blitz, so the Patriots kept it simple Sunday. The Pats sent four or fewer pass-rushers after Tannehill on 47 of 51 dropbacks (92 percent), his highest percentage faced this season.
17
49ers
7-7
 

1
Last Week: 16

Injuries to Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde didn’t help Sunday, and the 49ers are out. A forgettable season for San Francisco could get worse against the 8-6 Chargers and 11-3 Cardinals.
18
Texans
7-7

Last Week: 18

J.J. Watt recorded two sacks and had a batted pass against Andrew Luck Sunday, his fourth game this season with multiple sacks and a batted pass (including two against Indy).
19
Saints
6-8
 

4
Last Week: 23

Drew Brees had three touchdowns and one incompletion (17-of-18) when facing a standard pass rush Monday night. Does any playoff team really want to face the Saints in the Superdome?
20
Rams
6-8

Last Week: 20

With a defense ranked sixth in efficiency, there are clearly pieces in place for the Rams. What will the Rams’ offense look like in Week 1 next season?
21
Browns
7-7
 

2
Last Week: 19

Only Geno Smith in Week 8 (0.04) had a worse QBR in a start this season than Johnny Manziel’s 1.0. Cleveland was shut out for the first time since 2009.
22
Panthers
5-8-1
 

2
Last Week: 24

The Panthers, with their minus-70 point margin (eighth worst in the league), can possibly host a playoff game this season.
23
 

1
Last Week: 22

Teddy Bridgewater looked pretty good Sunday, posting a career-high 75.6 completion percentage and recording his third 300-yard game, as many as the rest of this year’s rookie class combined.
24
 

3
Last Week: 21

Harry Douglas stepped up Sunday with Julio Jones sidelined, catching 10 of his 14 targets. Both numbers were the second best in a game of Douglas’ career.
25
Giants
5-9
 

1
Last Week: 26

Odell Beckham Jr. had 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, only 13 yards short of the rest of the Giants’ offense combined (156 yards).
26
Bears
5-9
 

1
Last Week: 25

Jay Cutler was sacked seven times Monday night, second most in his career. Cutler completed more passes to the Saints (three) than the Bears (two) on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield.
27
Jets
3-11
 

1
Last Week: 28

The Jets would pick sixth if the season ended today. Scouts, Inc. currently ranks Marcus Mariota as the second-best draft prospect. Who would pick second? Tennessee — because of Sunday.
28
 

1
Last Week: 27

With the last two games against division rivals with a combined 19-9 record, the prognosis isn’t positive for the end of a dismal 2014 season. Where does the offseason begin?
29
 

1
Last Week: 30

The first overall pick is Tampa Bay’s to “lose.” The Buccaneers finish with the Packers and Saints, two very losable games before draft decision time.
30
Jaguars
2-12
 

1
Last Week: 31

Blake Bortles’ minus-1.7 yards per dropback average against the blitz Sunday was the third-lowest average by any quarterback with at least 10 dropbacks in the past nine seasons.
31
Raiders
2-12
 

2
Last Week: 29

Among 24 rookies to start a game since 2006, only Mark Sanchez and Jay Cutler had a lower rookie-season QBR than Derek Carr (41.6) and have records above .500.
32
Titans
2-12

Last Week: 32

One “test” is in the rearview mirror, with Tennessee losing to the Jets. The big one comes Thursday night — a loss to 2-12 Jacksonville is critical for draft slot.
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12 Responses to “NFL Power Rankings: Week 16”

  1. ck says:

    Well, the Jag’s Fans are really happy w/2-12 I bet…could’ve had a winner w/T2. They need to dismantle the whole stadium etc. impo due to being unable to turn around their business plan which is definitely not working. If it were a FOR PROFIT INSTEAD OF THE NOT FOR PROFIT CORRUPT NFL, they would have already been bankrupt and then some. The taxpayers ARE GETTING HOSED!!! GLAD I STOPPED BUYING TICKETS AS THEY ARE DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT AND REFUSE TO WATCH ON TV!!!

    • Brandi says:

      Shad has a new boat. Please lay off the Jags. They’re better off without the hicks.

      • ck says:

        Brandi: What hicks are you talking about? So now, everyone from Jax is in that category or ones that don’t buy tickets anymore?!!! Hmmmmmmmmm…:(

        • Brandi says:

          It was a joke. Maybe I should have put a smiley face on it. 🙂 The Jaguars, hopefully by accident, bad advice and bad advisers, have taken on the air of their snootiest bloc of Fans. We’re the cool kids and everyone else is an idiot. More specifically, we don’t need those dumb country hicks that have given us an image of backwater.

          I don’t think they intended to do it. But their most influential group of Fans damn sure did. And it looks like they pulled it off. Now you’re either part of the DUVAL! Cool Kids Club or your just those kind of people we had to put up with. But not anymore. YEAH! WEE!

        • The Major says:

          You’re forgetting CK, old Bob here has a billion bucks and mobile stadia to offer Tim:

          “We are beginning now to have the Marketers and Affiliates begin distributing the flyers. This will be via social media, their email and newsletter lists, social media and in some cases directly to their existing businesses customers face to face, as well as friends, associates, etc.

          The Affiliates are in over 200 Countries and Territories. Most are small digital and direct marketers and many will be working in similar fashion as the Students when we begin the hands on work with the small Businesses.”

          https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-League/660135317404636

          Lol.

      • ck says:

        Brandi: Not sure what to think now…global?

        • Brandi says:

          It’s been global all along. The Project Manager is in the UK and has extensive experience in much of the world. Particularly Africa & Eastern Europe. It’s only the “football people” who decided nobody existed. 🙂 This has never been a football project and I never wanted to start a league. But it became that when the various people starting leagues never have.

          • jason says:

            It’s a complete lie is what it is brandi, leanne or whatever. You lie is all you do. People here can get mad or say whatever but i don’t lie. You do BITC……..

            Vote me out for being honest buzzy cause we know you care nothing about what she is only how she makes you feel.

            Buzzy Says : You were not Voted out or you would be able to post as i have said before you sure fired up some comments. I am not Pro Brandi But she does comment and you both have been warned about picking on other users.

  2. jason says:

    Last time i checked it was about football and replacing the NFL which was a lie or scam from day one because you were angry over not getting your way in football brandi. I asked you many times to breakdown one play and you can’t cause as stated you don’t nor do most people who post here know pro ball. They just get mad at best lol.
    How did you get here again brandi?

    • Brandi says:

      Jason, what I’ve been working on has never been about Football and certainly not about “replacing the NFL.” I’ve said many times, it all started with Baseball. I’ve sen folks many times to our project manager’s site. But you and others like you just can’t wrap your heads around the idea that Football isn’t just so big it’s got to be the only thing anyone ever thinks about.

      Some of you got ideas in your own heads and have refused to believe anything your little minds can’t wrap themselves around just cannot possibly be and therefore must be a lie. The “delusional” ones have been you and your little friends. Always have. Including about Football and the NFL. I said years ago Football was in trouble, had already hit its peak here and was beginning to slide backwards and if it couldn’t go global it would slide back much further. You said “delusional”. Now the head of Marketing for the NFL says the exact same thing…all to big ignore buttons.

      I started doing Football stuff specifically and ONLY because of that very thing. Because it was clear to anyone not sucked into the vortex of Football’s lies that the Game is in trouble. And there are people who legitimately love the Game. You aren’t one of them.

    • Brandi says:

      Try to wrap your little brain around this… http://uk-resource.co.uk/?page_id=28

      Not that you or anyone else is going to look because your stupid little spitting contests are all you or anyone else who spends any time on any Football Forum cares about. One forum even says it’s an “alternative football” forum and has decided it’s mission in life is to make sure there never is any because they’re going to outdo you in the bs department Jason.

      But whether Football makes it or nit, this project will because unlike football it has serious people working it.

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