NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

After a bizarre week across the league, we only have two weeks left to shake out the playoff picture. The difference between a playoff spot and an early offseason is this thickness of a note card. This week’s NFL Week 16 Power Rankings:

19. Oakland Raiders (6-8) [LW: 19]

  • Week 15: L 17-20 vs DAL
  • Week 16: @ PHI (MON)
  • Quote: “Just stretch the chain and if (the ball is) inside, if there’s space, it goes the other way. I saw space and in my opinion, it should have gone the other way. I haven’t had a chance to call and get the explanation. I’m sure there’ll be some kind of explanation. But whatever it is, I’m going to disagree with it.” – Jags HC Jack Del Rio

18. Miami Dolphins (6-8) [LW: 18]

  • Week 15: L 16-24 @ BUF
  • Week 16: @ KC
  • Quote: “I would hope they would be very motivated. They are playing for their jobs.” – Dolphins HC Adam Gase

17. Tennessee Titans (8-6) [LW: 13]

  • Week 15: L 23-25 @ SF
  • Week 16: vs LAR
  • Quote: “It’s the difference between winning and losing every week. It is a big emphasis. We talk about it, and it’s on the board every week. It is a huge emphasis, and we need to start doing it. You can talk all you want about it, put it all over the message board, but we need to start making the plays.” – Titans HC Mike Mularkey

16. Buffalo Bills (8-6) [LW: 17]

  • Week 15: W 24-16 vs MIA
  • Week 16: @ NE
  • Quote: “We’ve got too much work to do. And this is too good of an opponent for us to, A, talk about it, or B, even think about it. The weeks go by too fast for us to do anything but focus on what we’ve got to do and the New England Patriots.” – Bills HC Sean McDermott

15. Dallas Cowboys (8-6) [LW: 16]

  • Week 15: W 20-17 vs OAK
  • Week 16: vs SEA
  • Quote: “I hadn’t seen that before. The biggest thing that I was looking at from my vantage point — it seemed like the first down marker was kind of on an angle. I thought if we had straightened it up, we would’ve had a better chance of making that thing. Eventually, they got it straight and he pulled out that index card and it worked out well for us.” – Cowboys HC Jason Garrett

14. Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) [LW: 11]

  • Week 15: L 13-30 @ KC
  • Week 16: @ NYJ
  • Quote: “None of those scenarios matter if we don’t win Sunday. That’s the message to the team.” – Chargers HC Anthony Lynn

13. Detroit Lions (8-6) [LW: 15]

  • Week 15: W 20-10 vs CHI
  • Week 16: @ CIN
  • Quote: “Does that have anything to do with Cincinnati? That’s all I’m worried about. All I’m worried about is Cincinnati, Cincinnati, and Cincinnati. That’s it.” – Lions HC Jim Caldwell

12. Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) [LW: 14]

  • Week 15: W 30-13 vs LAC
  • Week 16: vs MIA
  • Quote: “He had a heck of a game. Ran hard. The offensive line, it all starts with them. They did a great job. I thought Matt Nagy and Andy Heck had a nice plan, Andy with the run game and Matt with the pass game.” – Chiefs HC Andy Reid on Kareem Hunt

11. Seattle Seahawks (8-6) [LW: 10]

  • Week 15: L 7-42 vs LAR
  • Week 16: @ DAL
  • Quote: “It didn’t go at all like we had thought. We ran into the Rams, who were on it. They played a great football game, they took advantage of the opportunities that were there, they made some things happen, then they were able to really cash in on a day that really went their way in a lot of ways.”- Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

10. Baltimore Ravens (8-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 15: W 27-10 vs CLE
  • Week 16: vs IND (SAT)
  • Quote“It was like being in your basement, like being in your man cave with all your best friends. Most of us, you probably know who we’re rooting against. But that’s just human nature. It’s just crazy. The NFL, that’s why people love it. We were in one of those games a week before. So, we know how it goes.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh on the team’s emotion after finding out the Patriots beat the Steelers

9. Atlanta Falcons (9-5) [LW: 9]

  • Week 15: W 24-21 @ TB
  • Week 16: @ NO
  • Quote: “We had a sense that this was going to be a big night for him. In fact, we talked about that before the game. We thought he’d have his opportunities and if he could get on the next level, the second level and on to a linebacker, safety or corner, make sure that he had a plan on how he wanted to finish.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn of DeVonta Freeman’s MNF performance

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) [LW: 8]

  • Week 15: W 45-7 vs HOU
  • Week 16: @ SF
  • Quote: “This team has done a good job of bouncing back, of being able to celebrate a win and then get back to work.” – Jags HC Doug Marrone on clinching the AFC South title

7. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) [LW: 6]

  • Week 15: W 34-7 vs CIN
  • Week 16: @ GB (SAT)
  • Quote: “We’re focused on Green Bay and trying to figure out how we can win another game. It’s a great rivalry and they’re an excellent football team and a great organization. We’ll have to play really good to win. If we don’t win this game and the next game, it really doesn’t matter about all that stuff.” – Vikes HC Mike Zimmer

6. Carolina Panthers (10-4) [LW: 5]

  • Week 15: W 31-24 vs GB
  • Week 16: vs TB
  • Quote: “Disappointed obviously for the news. But we most certainly will go forward.” – Panthers HC Ron Rivera on the news Jerry Richardson would soon sell the team

5. Los Angeles Rams (10-4) [LW: 7]

  • Week 15: W 42-7 @ SEA
  • Week 16: @ TEN
  • Quote: “With Todd’s success, that is a reflection of our offensive unit, but I think it’s a great honor for him. I think he certainly has put himself into legitimate (MVP) conversations with that, just based on the production and what he has meant to our team.” – Rams HC Sean McVay

4. Philadelphia Eagles (12-2) [LW: 1]

  • Week 15: W 34-29 @ NYG
  • Week 16: vs OAK
  • Quote: “I do know this: It’s been a rough three games. We’ve been on the road. There was a West Coast trip in there with Seattle and L.A., and then (we were) up in New York. I think back to when we played the Broncos. I believe the Broncos were on the road for three games in a row at the time we played them and you saw what happened there.” – Eagles HC Doug Pederson to his team after Sunday’s win

3. New Orleans Saints (10-4) [LW: 4]

  • Week 15: W 31-19 @ NYJ
  • Week 16: vs ATL
  • Quote: “We’re just going to play Saints football. We will have our team meeting on Wednesday and coach is going to give us the keys to victory. From those keys to victory, we’re going to do whatever it takes from that Wednesday immediately to Sunday when we get to perform. We will try to do as much as we can to get those keys to victory almost 100 percent, if not 100 percent, by game day.” – Saints WR Michael Thomas

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) [LW: 3]

  • Week 15: L 24-27 vs NE
  • Week 16: @ HOU
  • Quote: “I think that we all can acknowledge that all of this needs to be revisited. It’s not just that play. We’re having similar discussions week in and week out. So as a member of the committee, I acknowledge that we’ve got our work cut out for us this offseason regarding a number of those things.” – Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on the NFL’s catch rule

1. New England Patriots (11-3) [LW: 1]

  • Week 15: W 27-24 @ PIT
  • Week 16: vs BUF
  • Quote: “The catch in the end zone is very clearly stated, so you’ve got to complete a catch. It’s pretty clear. Whether there’s a better way to do that, I don’t know. It’s a tough rule. It’s a bang-bang play. It could go either way, so I think you have to have a philosophy and whatever philosophy you have then there will be people on the other side with a different philosophy and then it really gets back into that whole discussion.” – Pats HC Bill Belichick


  • Cleveland Browns (0-14)
  • New York Giants (2-12)
  • Indianapolis Colts (3-11)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10)
  • San Francisco 49ers (4-10)
  • Houston Texans (4-10)
  • Chicago Bears (4-10)
  • New York Jets (5-9)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (5-9)
  • Denver Broncos (5-9)
  • Washington Redskins (6-8)
  • Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
  • Green Bay Packers (7-7)

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