Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

Note: If you’re wondering why I only have the Week 17 Power Rankings, it’s because this week is my first time joining Sam and JB in the Rankings. I had a ton of fun and hopefully I’ll be a part of it more often. 

The week 17 NFL Power Rankings are in and I am pretty excited to have two knowledgeable football analysts with me to help with the rankings. We have taken the average of the three analysts’ votes. Each analyst has ranked the teams as they choose 1-32 and we have added comments for each team. With me is Sam Brief, of Sam’s Sports Brief, a 14 year old who created Sam’s Sports Brief to give you a refreshing new perspective on the wild world of sports. He hopes someday become a sports broadcaster or a sports writer and is following his dreams, providing readers with a wealth of information and keen perspective.

Joining me today is JB Knox of 1313 Sports, who keeps readers informed with the latest news in the sports world, and provides us with opinionated analysis and has a very polished site. I highly recommend checking his site out to brush up on your sports knowledge through the eyes of JB Knox.

Also joining Sam and JB today for the first time is Nik of The News of Sports, who brings readers the latest sports news, and has opinionated posts about the biggest sports stories. He has 2 other sites, which I recommend to all: Fresh Fantasy Help and Video Games Guide.

So without further ado, here are the NFL Week 17 Power Rankings. Comments and debates are highly recommended and encouraged on these websites!!! Hope You Enjoy!!!

Congratulations to Drew Brees- The NFL’s single-season passing leader.

RANK TEAM RECORD TREND COMMENTS

1

Packers 14-1

Aaron Rodgers has a quarterback rating of 122.5 on the season and is on pace to break Peyton Manning’s 2004 record of 121.1. The defense is second with a +22 Turnover ratio and their 29 interceptions are more than all but five NFL teams total touchdown passes this season. That stat is flat out ridiculous. (Knox)

2

Saints 12-3

Drew Brees passed Dan Marino for the most single season passing yards, the Saints defense held Matt Ryan and the Falcons to 16 points. The Saints have locked up they NFC South. (Nik of The News of Sports)

3

Patriots 12-3 The Patriots eked out a 27-24 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. If they beat the Bills this week, then they will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If the Patriots can get their run-game going, then they will be a dangerous team in the playoffs. (Brief)

4

49ers 12-3 They have the least amount of turnovers in the NFL at ten, they have the best turnover ratio in the NFL at +26 and they lead the league in rushing defense at a paltry 75.1 yards per game. and they lead the NFC in Time of Possession at 31:47 per game. That’s a recipe for winning I’d say. (Knox)

5

Ravens 11-4

Their playoff spot is punched, but all they’re fighting for right now is the AFC North division title with the Steelers. Even if it was only a six point victory over the lowly Browns, a win is a win, is it not? (Nik of The News of Sports)

6

Steelers 11-4

Even though they were without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers still managed to shut-out the Rams, 27-0. That is a testament as to how loaded their offense and defense is, or to how bad the Rams really are. (Brief)

7

Lions 10-5

A very big game at Green Bay this week will decide the #5 or #6 seed. The #5 takes on the NFC East winner and the #6 meats at SF or New Orleans. I would take door #1. Can their one-dimensional offense continue to carry this team to victory in the playoffs? (Knox)

8

Bengals 9-6

The Bengals (The BENGALS!) are 9-6 after a seven-point win over the Cardinals, but the fact that they are in the AFC North hurts them, because it is one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. Still, rookie QB Andy Dalton continues to shine on the field, and the defense has been impressive as well. Kudos to them for holding up all season, unlike some teams (cough, Bills, cough). (Nik of The News of Sports)

9

Texans 10-5

The Texans became the second-straight team to lose to the Colts. Arian Foster had a great game, T.J. Yates did his job, and the defense only allowed 1 touchdown. How they managed to lose remains a mystery to me and the Texans coaching staff. (Brief)

10

Falcons 9-6

I think they have proven that their secondary is no match for teams such as the Saints and yet they refuse to eat the clock by running Turner even when they are trailing. I don’t care if you are down by two touchdowns your best bet to beat big time passing attacks if you have a weak defensive backfield is to run the heck out of the ball, not to try and throw with them. (Knox)

11

Giants 8-7 It all comes down to this. After a fantastic win over their cross-town rivals, the Giants have the upper hand and a win against the Cowboys this week will book them a playoff spot. But that’s IF they win. If the lose? See ya, they’re going home for what will be a long winter for Eli Manning and Co. (Nik of The News of Sports)

12

Cowboys 8-7

The Cowboys were downed by the Eagles, 20-7 in a game where they really never had a chance. With Tony Romo banged up with a bruised right hand, the questions are plentiful for the Cowboys, who are going in to a win-or-go-home game against the Giants this Sunday Night. (Brief)

13

Raiders 8-7

The Raiders are 25th in the NFL in third-down conversions per game. They rank dead last at 10.3 penalties per game. They also are 27th in 1st quarter pts/gm. You can’t expect this karma to keep going well for you, not when your defense is yielding 435 yards to a lowly offense like the Chiefs. Try that versus the Chargers and see what that final score looks like. (Knox)

14

Seahawks 7-8

Here come the Seahawks! From out of pretty much nowhere, Seattle could finish the season .500. They lost to the division leading 49ers in Week 16, but only by two points and they had the edge throughout the game before San Francisco showed them who was boss. Still, with a 3-2 record in their last five games, there is a rising confidence within the organization. (Nik of The News of Sports)

15

Broncos 8-7

It seems as if Tebowmania has taken a quick break, because Tim Tebow and the Broncos were exposed this week during a 40-14 loss to the Bills. Tebow turned the ball over four times, and two times in Tebowtime, when he’s at his best. With a win, the Broncos are headed to the playoffs, where both Tebow and their defense will be tested to their fullest. (Brief)

16

Eagles 7-8 Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. “Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent…” -Calvin Coolidge. There is more to this quote, but this is the part that should be read by all Eagles players and coaching staff. All skill and no heart. That is the definition of the 2011 Eagles. (Knox)

17

Cardinals 7-8

The first three quarters of their Week 16 game against Cincinnati were a disaster, being outscored by the Bengals 23-0. However, they showed resolve and gritty determination in the final quarter, shutting out Cincinnati and scoring all 16 points, falling just short by a touchdown. Things are looking upward as well for Arizona. A few things need to fall in place and they could be playoff bound in just a few short years. (Nik of The News of Sports)

18

Jets 8-7

The Jets lost to the Cross-town rival Giants this week. It seems as if the Jets talked the talk, but surely did not walk the walk. They now rest on a long-shot chance at making the playoffs. (Brief)

19

Titans 8-7

With a faint chance to still get in, this team needs to make changes and starting Jake Locker this week would be a wise move for them moving forward. They need to fix their offensive line’s ability to run-block and pass-protect. Another weapon at the wide receiver position is much needed as well. (Knox)

20

Chargers 7-8

Ah, the Chargers. The biggest disappointment, and also the most confusing team. They struggled throughout the season, but just when you thought they were turning the corner after winning three of their past four games quite handily, they laid an egg against the Lions, who are celebrating their first postseason appearance since 1999. The 38-10 game was ugly to watch, and even uglier to look at on paper. Matthew Stafford ran all over the San Diego defense, throwing for 373 yards, completing 29 of 36 passing attempts, and throwing for three touchdowns. Talk about a beatdown. (Nik of The News of Sports)

21

Chiefs 6-9

The Chiefs’ long-shot playoff chances were put to rest with a 16-13 loss to the Raiders. Romeo Crennel will most likely get the job as the Chiefs’ head coach, and when they are fully healthy, this is a team that could be a playoff threat as soon as next year. (Brief)

22

Bears 7-8

Mike Martz needs to be fired. If the starting QB is the only guy that understands your offense and even he seems confused half of the time, then it is time to go. Needed for next year: a contract extension for Forte and a wide receiver that can stretch the defense as well as a left tackle that can keep Jay Cutler upright. (Knox)

23

Panthers 6-9
In what was supposed to be a game that nobody would watch, Cam Newton made at least some people watch them thrash the worst team in the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, by a score of 48-16. The Panthers made the Buccaneers look like they weren’t even in the same league. If Raheem Morris was angry by his team’s performances before this game, I can’t imagine how furious he is now. (Nik of The News of Sports)

24

Dolphins 5-10

The Dolphins barely lost to the Patriots this week, but they showed that they meant business, as they lead 17-0 at one point. If they hadn’t started the season 0-7, this would be a playoff team right now. (Brief)

25

Bills 6-9

Honestly, I’m not mad at the Bills. They were overachieving early on, but once Fred Jackson went down and the defense stopped creating turnovers, reality struck. They have some talent, but need pass-rushers badly. 1.7 sacks per game isn’t going to cut it when Tom Brady is in the same division. (Knox)

26

Redskins 5-10

Can’t excuse a loss to one of the league’s worst teams, without their starting QB and definitely (not arguably, definitely) the best RB in the NFL, Adrian Peterson. 33 points? Are you kidding me? (Nik of The News of Sports)

27

Browns 4-11

The Browns nearly slayed the all mighty Ravens in Baltimore this week. Listen, the Browns are a mess. They are severely lacking in the talent department, and are not going to be a playoff threat anytime in the next five years. (Brief)

28

Jaguars 4-11

Yet another Pro-Bowl season for Maurice Jones-Drew!!! Congratulations to him. I want this man to get traded to a contender more than any other player in the league. If you average 14.9 points per game and you have the leading rusher in the NFL, it shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to plan your off-season. If they select any player on the defensive side of the ball, the General Manager should be the first General Manager fired while still drafting in the 2nd round. (Knox)

29

Vikings 3-12

While they did lose their two of their best offensive players, the Vikings looked great against the Redskins. Toby Gerhart stepped up big time with the absence of Adrian Peterson. And also, four for five for 84 yards and two touchdowns? Can’t ask much more of Joe Webb coming in relief of Christian Ponder. All compliments aside, the real thoughts in the Vikings organization should be about Adrian Peterson, who should come back for Week 1 of next season with a torn ACL and MCL. (Nik of The News of Sports)

30

Buccaneers 4-11

The Buccaneers are officially out of control. They have dropped to 4-11, and are on a nine-game losing streak. This week, I ranked them #32, as they have 34 points per game during ‘The streak,’ which is worst in the NFL. I guess being outscored 304-150 over the course of 9 games is not the winning formula.(Brief)

31

Colts 2-13 Peyton Manning’s absence may have actually helped this team’s future for many reasons. 1) They realized that Jim Caldwell can’t coach. 2) It shone a bright light on the rest of the team’s defensive weaknesses 3) They need a running game to help keep Manning’s neck in order. The Colts have a lot to think about before the April draft. (Knox)

32

Rams 2-13

The Rams could be the new “Yo Mamma” jokes. Such as, “The Rams are so bad that Charlie Batch could beat them.” OK, not that good, but can you come up with better ones? (Nik of The News of Sports)
There’s a new kid in town: The Rams are 2-13 and have claimed the bottom spot in our rankings for the first time all year.

Only four playoff spots remain up-for-grabs: The NFC East, The AFC West, and one more AFC Wild Card spot.

The winner of Sunday Night’s Cowboys-Giants matchup wins the NFC East.

The Broncos win the AFC West with a win over the Chiefs OR a Raiders’ loss to the Chargers.

The Raiders win the AFC West with a win AND a Broncos’ loss.

The Bengals clinch a wild-card spot with a win

The Raiders clinch a wild-card spot with a win AND a Bengals’ loss AND a Jets’ loss.

The Jets clinch a wild-card spot with a win AND a Bengals’ loss AND a Titans’ loss AND a Raiders’ loss.

The Titans clinch a wild-card spot with a win AND a Bengals’ loss AND a Jets’ win AND a Raiders’ loss.

(Click here for more)

There is a lot of variation in the individual rankings this week. Sam and JB both rank the Patriots, 49ers, and Ravens 3rd, 4th, and 5th while Nik changes up the order as his 3,4,5 order is 49ers, Ravens, Patriots. Nik ranks the Seahawks 10th, while Sam and JB both have them at 18th. Sam and Nik rank the Eagles 13th and 14th, respectively, while JB ranks them 17th. JB and Sam rank the Raiders 13th and 14th, and Nik ranks them 19th. One of the biggest shocks was that Nik ranks the Vikings 21st, while Sam and JB rank them 29th and 30th. Sam and JB also rank the Bears 22nd, while Nik has them in the trenches, 26th. Same with the Chiefs, Nik has them at 27th, while Sam and JB have them at 21st. One of the biggest challenges was how to manage the Colts, who lost their first 13 games, but have won their last 2. Nik ranks them 28th, Sam ranks them 30th, and JB ranks them 31st. So, who is the worst team in the league? JB and Nik say Rams, and Sam says Buccaneers.

By Sam Brief- Sam’s Sports Brief @SamsSportsBrief

By JB Knox- 1313 Sports @TheKnoxScore

By Nik- The News of Sports Fresh Fantasy Help Video Games Guide

 

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11 Responses to Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

  1. brief22 says:

    Great job on your part Nik!!!!
    You can do them again next week for the final power rankings and NBA rankings. Our rankings were very different, what do you think of me having the Bucs 32nd?

    • Thanks! I had tons of fun! Great, the NBA Rankings will be awesome. Yeah, our rankings were very different, especially with my Vikings rating. I didn’t think you and JB would rate them so low. The Bucs last makes tons of sense, it’s definitely them or the Rams as the worst.

      • Jb Knox says:

        Agreed, Thanks for joining up!!! Enjoyed the comments you provided. Last week of rankings up-coming. I haven’t written any NBA articles just yet, but I feel a few in the makings soon. Lots of baseball scouting reports soon as well. Look forward to reading more of your posts

      • It was great last week, can’t wait to do more! Thanks, same to you, I was kinda off on the Vikings though haha. I was telling Sam we could do some rankings in other sports, meaning basketball for sure and maybe more. I really enjoyed it. Hopefully I can join you guys often. That’s good, I’ll be checking out your site often and I’ll read your NBA and baseball articles! Looking forward to your posts as well!

  2. So surprised the Pats finished off so well this year despite having the worst defense in the league. That just shows how great of an offense they still have, how great of a coach Bill is to adjust the defense with benchwarmers and still win the division. Great revenge was had in the second game with the Buffalo Bills this season too.

    Will they have the same playoff success? It’s going to be a lot tougher but they’re not going out without a fight. Would love to see them beat the Packers this year.

    • Jb Knox says:

      The worst defense in the league is a bit misleading. They are worst in the league in yards allowed, but when you look at their +15 turnover ratio, their PPG allowed and their red-zone defense , you can see why the still win a lot of games. And yes, of course that offense helps keep them refreshed on the sidelines. It is a testament to Belicheck’s coaching abilities that these players are cross-trained well enough to come off the bench and step into new roles to help out the team. I am psyched that Slater was voted to the Pro-Bowl from the special teams unit. He has had a few big catches as a WR this year and even played some DB. Amazing if you ask me.

      • Great point. They are all over the place on the field, but when the other team is in the red zone, they lock down, and that’s why the Pats are where they are, with a few more wins then they would’ve had if the defense hadn’t been good in the red zone. It’s kind of the same with the Packers with turnovers caused even though they give up a bunch of yards. It is amazing, Belichick’s an amazing coach, you can’t deny that. There are few coaches in sports like him.

    • I’m a little surprised, but you have to remember who their QB is. Exactly right, Brady and Belichick should get all the credit for what they’ve done and have been doing for years now. I don’t think that the Patriots are obviously the worst defense though, they’re definitely in the mix however. Yeah, I think the Packers and Patriots will face each other in the Super Bowl, but if a team can stop Brady, then the Pats have no chance.

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