2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

Updated: December 22, 2015, 12:04 PM ET

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Week 15 was a success for everyone in our previous top 10 — except the Broncos. After a second straight loss, Gary Kubiak’s squad dropped three spots to No. 8, its lowest mark of the season.

Besides Denver’s slide and Pittsburgh’s two-spot jump to No. 4, the upper tier of these Power Rankings doesn’t look much different. But the status quo could be significantly altered in Week 16, as the schedule features at least four games with shake-up potential.

The Jets (No. 10), who host the No. 3 Patriots, appear to have the biggest opportunity. A victory over 12-2 New England would likely put New York in contention for a top-five spot, rarefied air for a team that opened the 2015 season at No. 26. Green Bay (No. 6) would almost certainly crack the top five if it’s able to knock off No. 2 Arizona, which has won eight straight.

Week 16 also pits the struggling Broncos against the Bengals (No. 5) on Monday night. A third consecutive Denver loss could put the team in jeopardy of being passed by teams such as Kansas City, the Jets and Minnesota. Another potential swing game is Washington-Philadelphia. The Redskins (No. 12) could take another step toward the NFC East crown — and a potential top-10 spot here — with a win. A loss would likely halt their momentum with ESPN’s Power Panel.

Note: The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

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2015 Power Rankings: Week 16
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

Ted Ginn had 11 career receiving touchdowns from 2007 to 2014. He has 10 this season, making him the first Panthers receiver to reach double digits since Steve Smith in 2005.
2

Last Week: 2

The Cardinals have set franchise records for wins (12) and points scored (445) this season, and there are still two games to play. Home games against the Packers and Seahawks await.
3

Last Week: 3

The Patriots have clinched a first-round bye for the sixth straight season. According to Elias, it’s the longest such streak under the current playoff format (which started in 1990).
4

2
Last Week: 6

The Steelers have scored 30 points in a franchise-record six straight games, and have scored in a franchise-record 21 consecutive quarters. Needless to say, the offense is rolling.
5
Bengals
11-3

1
Last Week: 4

The Bengals won with AJ McCarron at quarterback Sunday, but the defense is mostly to thank. The Bengals had a season-high four takeaways, scoring 14 of their 24 points off turnovers.
6
Packers
10-4

1
Last Week: 7

The Packers have clinched a playoff spot for the seventh consecutive season, the longest streak in franchise history. QB Aaron Rodgers has made the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons as starter.
7

1
Last Week: 8

Doug Baldwin now has 10 touchdown receptions in the last four games he played. The only other player with 10 receiving touchdowns in a four-game span in a single season according to Elias? Jerry Rice.
8
Broncos
10-4

3
Last Week: 5

The Broncos outscored opponents by 40 points in the first half of their past three games. Problem is, they’ve been shut out 36-0 in the second half of those games.
9
Chiefs
9-5

Last Week: 9

Sunday’s win over the Ravens was the eighth time this season the Chiefs didn’t commit a turnover, tied for the most such games this season. The Chiefs are 7-1 in those games.
10
Jets
9-5

Last Week: 10

The Jets have clinched their first winning season since 2010 but are the “odd man out” of the AFC playoffs. ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) gives the Jets a 26 percent chance to make the playoffs.
11

Last Week: 11

Teddy Bridgewater stepped up on Sunday after Adrian Peterson’s injury. He threw more touchdown passes (4) than incompletions (3) and matched the number of touchdown passes he had in his previous seven games combined.
12

3
Last Week: 15

Kirk Cousins currently leads the NFL in completion percentage (69.7). The last Redskins quarterback to lead the NFL in completion percentage was Sonny Jurgensen in 1970 (59.9 percent).
13
Texans
7-7

Last Week: 13

Brandon Weeden will likely get the start on Sunday, which means the Texans will be on their fourth starting quarterback of the season. Five different Texans have thrown a touchdown pass this season.
14

Last Week: 14

The Raiders were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, but Amari Cooper posted the first 1,000-yard receiving season for the Raiders since Randy Moss in 2005.
15
Giants
6-8

2
Last Week: 17

The Giants have clinched a non-winning season for the third straight season, their longest streak since 1973-80. The Giants have lost five times in the final 10 seconds of the game (regulation or overtime) this season.
16

11
Last Week: 27

The Falcons snapped their six-game losing streak by getting Devonte Freeman and Julio Jones back in the end zone. Jones snapped a five-game streak without a score and Freeman snapped a three-game streak.
17

1
Last Week: 18

Mike Evans is just the fourth receiver in Buccaneers history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Evans, Jameis Winston and Doug Martin make a promising trio.
18
Bills
6-8

2
Last Week: 16

The Bills were eliminated from the playoffs with their loss to the Redskins. That extends their playoff drought to 16 straight seasons, the longest active streak in the NFL.
19
Eagles
6-8

7
Last Week: 12

The Eagles have allowed 40 points in three of their past five games. They’ve lost by 21 points each time, tied for the second-most losses by 21 or more points this season.
20

1
Last Week: 21

The Jaguars lost on Sunday, but Allen Robinson nabbed his 13th touchdown reception, tied for the league lead. No Jaguar has ever led the league in receiving touchdowns.
21
Colts
6-8

1
Last Week: 20

The Colts lost to the Texans at home for the first time ever on Sunday, their third straight loss. The Colts are averaging 12.0 points per game during their losing streak.
22
Rams
6-8

4
Last Week: 26

Tavon Austin is quietly putting together a big season. He has 10 touchdowns (including returns) and he has nearly as many rushing yards (390) as receiving yards (427).
23
Saints
5-9

1
Last Week: 22

After allowing 35 points to the Lions, the Saints have allowed the most points in the NFL this season. They haven’t finished last in scoring defense since 1980.
24
Bears
5-9

5
Last Week: 19

Jay Cutler really isn’t to blame for the Bears’ recent swoon. This season, for the first time in his career, Cutler is averaging at least two touchdown passes for every interception thrown.
25

2
Last Week: 23

Since dropping 44 points on the Texans in Week 7, the Dolphins have gone 2-6, averaging 16.4 points per game. They haven’t scored more than 24 points in a game in that time.
26
Lions
5-9

1
Last Week: 25

The Lions rushed for 150 yards on Monday night and have eclipsed 100 yards rushing as a team in each of their past five games (3-2). Before that streak, the Lions had one 100-yard team rushing game (2-7).
27

1
Last Week: 28

Danny Woodhead scored four touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins. He’s the first Charger to do so since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007.
28
Ravens
4-10

1
Last Week: 29

Since losing Joe Flacco for the season, the Ravens have scored five offensive touchdowns in four games. Opposing defenses have scored four touchdowns in those games.
29
Cowboys
4-10

5
Last Week: 24

The Cowboys have used four quarterbacks this season and three have more interceptions than touchdowns. The only one who doesn’t? Brandon Weeden (2 TDs, 2 INTs), who is starting for the Texans in Week 16.
30
49ers
4-10

1
Last Week: 31

The 49ers have lost 10 games for the first time since 2010 and currently rank last in scoring and total offense. They haven’t ranked last in each of those categories since 2007.
31
Titans
3-11

1
Last Week: 30

The Titans are currently tied with the Browns, a team they lost to earlier this season, for the worst record in the NFL (3-11). Even with only three wins, the Titans still surpassed their win total from last season (2).
32
Browns
3-11

Last Week: 32

At 3-11, the Browns are currently on pace to earn a top-two draft pick. The Browns haven’t picked in the top two of the draft since 2000, when they took DE Courtney Brown first overall.
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