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NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Patriots Continue As Top Team In NFL

SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 17 are out.

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NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Patriots Remain Leaders; Falcons, Eagles Fall

SB Nation's NFL power ranking for Week 17 are complete and to no one's surprise the Patriots remain the top team. There was a lot of movement at the top with both the Falcons (No. 2 last week) and Eagles (No. 3 last week) losing. The Saints, Ravens and Steelers move up and the Bears continue to surprise as they wrap up a first round bye.

Here are our rankings for No. 21-32, and for No. 11-20 and now No. 1-10:

1. New England Patriots (13-2): The best team in the NFL? Confirmed. LW: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (11-4): Big time win for the Saints over the Falcons in their house on Monday night. That's the type of game that makes us things the Saints will make it back to the Super Bowl. LW: 7

3. Baltimore Ravens (11-4): The Ravens likely won't win the division but they're going to make some division winner (Chiefs, Colts or Jags) very miserable on opening weekend. LW: 4

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4): The Steelers should take home the AFC North next week and secure a first round bye. LW: 6

5. Atlanta Falcons (12-3): Tough loss for the Falcons but they should still secure a first round bye. That loss to the Saints makes you wonder how far they can go. LW: 2

6. Chicago Bears (11-4): Big win for the Bears, and even bigger loss for the Eagles, which now gives Chicago a first round bye. Anyone else expect the Bears to be in the running for the top seed in the NFC? LW: 8

7. Philadelphia Eagles (10-5): Hmm...what to make of these Eagles. When they're on, it looks like only the Patriots can beat them. When they're off, Joe Webb can beat them. LW: 3

8. New York Jets (10-5): Who figured two of the best defenses would create a game with 72 points scored. If the Chiefs win on Sunday, they will likely travel to Kansas City in the wildcard round. LW:  5

9. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5): The Chiefs clinched the division in Week 16. After winning 10 games in the last three years, the Chiefs have won 10 of their first 15 this year. LW: 11

10. Green Bay Packers (9-6): The Packers need to win to get into the playoffs. This team is much better than their record suggests. LW: 13


NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Giants, Chargers Fall; Packers, Colts Rise

SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 17 continue. Here are No. 21-32 and below are No. 11-20.

11. Indianapolis Colts (9-6): The Colts put the Raiders away and it appears they're on the verge of winning the division once again. LW: 12

12. New York Giants (9-6): The Giants were beat up against the Packers when the playoffs were on the line. Now New York needs help to get in. LW:10

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7): The Jags had a chance to control their own destiny but lost it two weeks ago. It doesn't look like the Colts are giving it back.  LW: 14

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6): Playoffs or not, this has been one heck of a season for the Bucs. Josh Freeman has turned into one of the better young quarterbacks in the game. LW: 15

15. San Diego Chargers (8-7): What a disappointing loss and season for the Chargers. Most folks figured they would win their final two putting pressure on the Chiefs to win out as well. The Chiefs won but the Chargers didn't so San Diego is staying at home this year. LW: 9

16. Miami Dolphins (7-8): The Dolphins lost again on Sunday leading to more speculation about the job security of Tony Sparano. LW: 16

17. Tennessee Titans (6-9): The Titans were dominated by the Chiefs much of the game and they fall to 6-9 LW: 17

18. Oakland Raiders (7-8): The Raiders hung with the Colts but couldn't get it done. They can go 6-0 in the division -- and not make the playoffs -- by beating the Chiefs Sunday. LW: 19

19. St. Louis Rams (7-8): Well it all comes down to Week 17. If the Rams beat the Seahawks, they're in. If they don't, they're not. LW:  22

20. Detroit Lions (5-10): Whoa now, the Lions have won three games in a row. This team is very close to turning the corner.  A healthy Matthew Stafford next year and who knows. LW: 25


NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Vikings, Redskins Move Up; Cowboys, Texans Tumble

SB Nation's Week 17 NFL power rankings are coming out and we've got a new team at No. 32 -- Panthers. Considering how they've played they probably should have been there all year but they're taking up the last spot. Falling out of the top 20 is the Texans, who I had overrated all year, and the Browns, who were probably ranked too high last week.

Here's No. 21-32 in our power rankings with No. 1-20 coming shortly.

21. Minnesota Vikings (6-9): Too bad the Vikings couldn't play all year like they did Tuesday night shutting down Michael Vick and the Eagles. Games like that are what make you think there's no reason to blow this thing up. LW: 27

22. Washington Redskins (6-9): Kudos to the Redskins for winning a meaningless game. But, hey, a win is a win. We'll see if Week 17 is the last time we see Donovan McNabb in a Redskins uniform. LW: 28

23. Dallas Cowboys (5-10): The Cowboys had the game against the Cardinals won and then....poof. It's gone. Sort of like their season.  LW: 21

24. Seattle Seahawks (6-9): This team could be in the playoffs. Seriously, if they beat the Rams next week this team is in the playoffs.  LW: 23

25. Houston Texans (5-10): I've had this team overrated all year. I keep thinking they're better than 5-10 but as they continue to lose I'm realizing I've been wrong. LW: 18

26. Cleveland Browns (5-10): I still like where this team is headed next year. They're on the right track. LW: 20

27. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11): Big time win for the Bengals against the Chargers, who needed to win to stay in the playoff race. And they did it without Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco. Hmm... LW: 29

28. Arizona Cardinals (5-10): They beat the Cowboys but their long-term outlook is still bleak, even in the NFC West. LW: 31

29. Denver Broncos (4-11): Tim Tebow is the future? After Sunday's game, I can see that argument. LW: 32

30. Buffalo Bills (4-11): Tough loss against the Patriots but who hasn't had a tough loss against them this year. The Bills will be better next year. LW: 24

31. San Francisco 49ers (5-10): See ya, Mike Singletary. The 49ers fired their coach after they lost in a must-win game against the Rams. LW: 26

32. Carolina Panthers (2-13): Carolina secures the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Now will they be Lucky? LW: 30

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