NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Patriots, Falcons Remain At Top But Eagles, Jets Getting Closer

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Eagles, Jets Soar After Big Wins

SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 16 are complete and to no one's surprise the Patriots and Falcons remain at the top. Both teams have separated themselves in their respective conference and get closer to wrapping up the No. 1 seed.

The Eagles and Jets both made big jumps this week after their victories of the weekend. Those two were involved in arguably the two best games of the week as Philly beat New York on DeSean Jackson's punt return touchdown as time expired and the Jets went into Pittsburgh and won.

Here are our power rankings for No. 21-32 and No. 11-20. And below is No. 1-10:

1. New England Patriots (12-2): They made things interesting against the Packers but this is clearly the best team in the NFL. LW: 1

2. Atlanta Falcons (12-2): This has to be one the quietest 12-2 seasons we've seen. Don't get me wrong -- the Falcons aren't a "surprise" by any means but what they're doing is almost as impressive as New England. LW: 2

3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4): This team is incredible. Michael Vick is incredible. That fourth quarter comeback was one for the ages. Can you make an argument this is the best team in the NFC? LW: 6

4. Baltimore Ravens (10-4): The Ravens survive but they need Pittsburgh to slip up one more time to win the division. Either way, this team is making the playoffs.. LW: 5

5. New York Jets (10-4): I thought the Jets were getting exposed by barely beating some teams over the last month. As it turns out, they just like close games. Their Pittsburgh win was impressive and maybe a playoff preview. LW: 11

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4): Tough loss to the Jets but this team will be OK moving forward. They've got as good of a shot as anyone, especially if they can win the division and get a game in Pittsburgh. LW: 3

7. New Orleans Saints (10-4): As if Baltimore wasn't tough enough, the Saints now face the Falcons. Talk about a tough stretch. LW: 4

8. Chicago Bears (10-4): The Bears become the first team in the NFL to win their division. The Bears! I certainly didn't see this coming but they're going to make some team's playoff game a nightmare with this defense. They'll drop slightly because the Jets and Eagles jumped them but they're still right in the mix for that elite group of teams. LW: 7

9. San Diego Chargers (8-6): We've now moved the Chargers from 16 to 9 and 9 again. They're one of the NFL's hottest teams and they'll be scary....if they get into the playoffs. LW: 9

10. New York Giants (9-5): The Giants played well for three and a half quarters. Unfortunately you have to play 60 minutes when facing Michael Vick. They now face their biggest game of the year against the Packers. LW: 8


NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Chiefs, Colts Move Up; Packers Fall After Loss To Patriots

SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 16 rolls on with No. 11-20. Here we have the Chiefs, who are behind the Chargers in the latest power rankings. The Chiefs control the AFC West right now but the Chargers are playing lights out right now. Also making an appearance in this set is the Colts who beat the Jaguars to take control of the AFC South.

Click here for No. 21-32. Here are No. 11-20:

11. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5): The Chiefs control their own destiny for another week as they beat the Rams. Two more wins and the Chiefs are in. Simple as that. LW: 14

12. Indianapolis Colts (8-6): The Colts victory over the Jaguars opened the door to the playoffs and the AFC South title. I expect the Colts to win out and take the division. LW: 13

13. Green Bay Packers (8-6): The Packers showdown with the Giants next week is now a huge one. Matt Flynn showed this week that they can still be competitive without Aaron Rodgers. LW: 12

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6): Tough break for the Jags. A win would have secured the division for them. Now they're left needing help from others to get into the playoffs. LW: 10

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6): If you're trying to make the playoffs you don't lose to the Lions in Week 15. LW: 15

16. Miami Dolphins (7-7): The Dolphins are now eliminated from the playoffs. Tough luck falling in the same division as the Patriots and Jets. LW: 16

17. Tennessee Titans (6-8): Nice win for the Titans. They're still mathematically alive for the playoffs (but it's closer to impossible for them to make it). LW: 20

18. Houston Texans (5-9): This team is too good to tear it all down and start again but, man, when will they finally get over the hurdle? LW: 17

19. Oakland Raiders (7-7): The Raiders beat up on the Broncos, 39-23. Is beating the Broncos by two scores even impressive anymore? LW: 18

20. Cleveland Browns (5-9): Oy...losing to the team that's lost 10 in a row. That hurts. Still, I like where this team is headed. The only question is whether Eric Mangini will be leading them there next year. LW: 19


NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Cowboys Win Again; Cardinals, Broncos At The Bottom

The 2010 NFL season hasn't been kind to the teams in the bottom third of our rankings. The Cowboys got off to a horrible start but have looked better in the Jason Garrett era while the Rams and Seahawks are battling for the NFC West -- and by "battling" I mean "trying to avoid winning the division". That's the way it seems at least.

The Broncos and Cardinals hold up the rear as they both looked pretty bad on Sunday losing again. The Panthers meanwhile won but are still on track to take the top spot in the draft.

Here are No. 21-32 in our NFL power rankings for Week 16. No. 1-20 will be released later today.

21. Dallas Cowboys (5-9): The Cowboys got an ugly win against Washington. They (read: Jason Garrett) needs these late season wins.  LW: 21

22. St. Louis Rams (6-8): The Rams lost by 14 and the Seahawks lost by 16 so St. Louis moves ahead of them. I'm not sure how else to separate these two. They'll meet in Week 17 for the division title. LW: 23

23. Seattle Seahawks (6-8): It seems that no one wants to win the NFC West. The best case scenario at this point would be an 8-8 winner. LW: 22

24. Buffalo Bills (4-10): Buffalo's closer than people think. I'm not going to say they'll be a contender next year but this team clearly isn't an easy out. They get their fourth win of the season against Miami.   LW: 25

25. Detroit Lions (4-10): That's two in a row now for Detroit. These wins at the end of the season could provide some momentum heading into next year. LW: 29

26. San Francisco 49ers (5-9): That was an ugly game against the Chargers on Thursday night. Somehow, the 49ers are still alive in the NFC West at 5-9. LW: 24

27. Minnesota Vikings (5-9): Is that it for Brett Favre? He left Monday night's game with a concussion and the Joe Webb era doesn't look incredibly promising. This isn't a bad team. They just don't have a quarterback. LW: 26

28. Washington Redskins (5-9): Whose the fool that thought this team had a shot at the playoffs? Oh, yeah, me.... LW: 27

29. Cincinnati Bengals (3-11): Hey now, there's a victory! The losing streak is snapped! This season can't get over soon enough for the Bengals. LW: 30

30. Carolina Panthers (2-12): Watch it, Carolina. You're ruining your draft position. They should still come down with the No.1  pick. LW: 31

31. Arizona Cardinals (4-10): When you lose to a team that's won once in 13 tries, it can't be a good thing. The Cardinals need to find a quarterback. LW: 29

32. Denver Broncos (3-11): Just when you think it can't get any worse the Raiders hang 39 on you. LW: 32

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