Despite having a tough time against the New York Jets on Sunday, the New England Patriots remain on top of most power rankings around the Internet, heading into the final week of the regular season. New England is 12-3 after a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets, their AFC East rivals. It wasn't that big a surprise seeing the league's top team struggle against one of its worst, as the Jets generally give them a run for their money at least once per season.
New England is now guaranteed a first-round bye in the postseason. On the other side, the Seattle Seahawks took the top seed in the NFC and they'll keep their No. 2 spot in the consensus power rankings. There was always a chance that they'd take over the top spot, thanks to the fact that they absolutely dominated the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals, 35-6, but New England didn't do enough to lose their spot.
Seattle can secure the NFC West and a first-round bye with a win in Week 17.
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The Dallas Cowboys were among those teams moving up overall. Needing a win over the tough Indianapolis Colts to secure the NFC East, they got it, and in convincing fashion. Dallas won that game, 42-7, and have now moved up in SB Nation's own rankings, and in the consensus rankings.
|Team||Record||SB Nation||ESPN||NFL.com||Football Outsiders||Average|
|New England Patriots||12-3||1||1||2||3||1.8|
|Green Bay Packers||11-4||5||3||3||4||3.8|
|San Diego Chargers||9-6||11||11||12||16||12.5|
|Kansas City Chiefs||8-7||16||14||14||9||13.3|
|San Francisco 49ers||7-8||20||18||18||14||17.5|
|New York Giants||6-9||21||22||22||21||21.5|
|St. Louis Rams||6-9||22||25||19||19||21.3|
|New Orleans Saints||6-9||23||24||25||17||22.3|
|New York Jets||3-12||29||29||29||27||28.5|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2-13||30||31||31||32||31.0|
The four polls we use:
We use four different rankings to compile our weekly average. The idea behind that is to try to get a wider sense of where all 32 teams are being valued with three weeks of play in the books. Our power rankings sources are from our in-house rankings, ESPNand NFL.com. We also factor in the DVOA rankings from Football Outsiders to add an objective statistical measurement to the formula.