See if the Cowboys hang on to the top spot in our Week 15 NFL power rankings, and check out last week’s rankings here.
1. Dallas Cowboys (11-2); lost to NY Giants 10-7, same spot – Dak Prescott hasn’t looked good over the last couple of weeks, and calls are already growing for Tony Romo. Even still, Dallas is the closest team to securing a first-round playoff bye. They’ll probably also get the NFC’s top seed.
2. New England Patriots (11-2); beat Baltimore 30-23, same spot – After jumping out to a 23-3 lead, it took Tom Brady’s heroics to keep from blowing this game. Nevertheless, a win over a hungry Baltimore team bodes well for New England, which lost Gronk and is still missing Danny Amendola.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3); beat Oakland 21-13, up 1 spot – The Chiefs used their brand of football (defense, conservative offense) to muscle past Oakland for the AFC West lead. KC is also in line for a first-round bye right now.
4. Oakland Raiders (10-3); lost to KC 21-13, down 1 spot – Derek Carr had a nightmare 17-for-41 game against the Chiefs. But he wasn’t helped by Seth Roberts (drops) and Amari Cooper (bad routes). Oakland should still be good as long as the weather is warmer than 0 degrees.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5); beat Buffalo 27-20, up 2 spots – Ben Roethlisberger’s road struggles continue, but that means little when Le’Veon Bell is racking up records.
6. New York Giants (9-4); beat Dallas 10-7, up 3 spots – The Giants complete a season sweep of the Cowboys, and they’re also the only team to beat Dallas this year.
7. Atlanta Falcons (8-5); beat L.A. 42-14, up 1 spot – No Julio Jones, no problem for the Falcons as they continued their strong season. The chances of them winning again are high as they face San Francisco this week.
8. Denver Broncos (8-5); lost to Tennessee 13-10, down 2 spots – Denver is missing ILB Brandon Marshall more than anybody knows after giving up 194 rushing yards to the Titans.
9. Detroit Lions (9-4); beat Chicago 20-17, up 1 spot – The Lions are masters of close games, winning yet another contest decided by a touchdown or less.
10. Green Bay Packers (7-6); beat Seattle 38-10, up 1 spot – Ever since Aaron Rodgers predicted that Green Bay would run the table, they’re 3-0. This blowout win over Seattle shows that his words have some merit.
11. Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1); lost to Green Bay 38-10, down 6 spots – The Seahawks played terrible against Green Bay, but they’re still only 1 win from clinching the NFC West.
12. Washington Redskins (7-5-1); beat Philadelphia 27-22, up 1 spot – Kirk Cousins may have thrown an interception to help Philly get back into this one. But then he came down and threw the game-winning score with the pressure on.
13. Miami Dolphins (8-5); beat Arizona 26-23, up 1 spot – Ryan Tannehill only sprained his ACL and MCL joints, rather than tearing his ACL as first suspected. But he’s still set to miss multiple games at a crucial juncture where Miami is fighting for a playoff spot.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5); beat New Orleans 16-11, up 1 spot – The improvement shown by Tampa Bay’s defense over the past few weeks has been remarkable.
15. Baltimore Ravens (7-6); lost to New England 30-23, down 3 spots – Baltimore made a valiant comeback effort. But they still lost, which puts them in a difficult situation as far as making the postseason.
16. Minnesota Vikings (7-6); beat Jacksonville 25-16, same spot – Minnesota’s offense finally got something going in this game.
18. Houston Texans (7-6); beat Indianapolis 22-17, up 2 spots – Jadeveon Clowney had the biggest game of his career and helped Houston win a crucial game.
19. Buffalo Bills (6-7); lost to Pittsburgh 27-20, down 2 spots – Facing a second-straight season without a playoff berth, Rex Ryan now has to worry about his job status.
20. Indianapolis Colts (6-7); lost to Houston 22-17, down 2 spots – With this loss, Indianapolis now has two teams to chase in the AFC South race.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1); beat Cleveland 23-10, up 2 spots – Cincinnati has strung together a couple of wins, but it’s too little too late now.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8); lost to Washington 27-22, down 1 spot – The Eagles looked like they might have a win here, but it slipped through their fingers in the final minutes.
23. Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1); lost to Miami 26-23, down 1 spot – Coach Bruce Arians has accused Miami of cheating, alleging that they mimicked Arizona’s snap count and caused Chandler Catanzaro to miss a field goal.
24. Carolina Panthers (5-8); beat San Diego 28-16, up 2 spots – Cam Newton was only 10-of-27 passing, but the Carolina defense picked Philip Rivers off three times.
25. San Diego Chargers (5-8); lost to Carolina 28-16, down 1 spot – Any slim postseason chances have disappeared for San Diego. The goal for next season will be staying healthy after losing Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead early on.
26. New Orleans Saints (5-8); lost to Tampa Bay 16-11, same spot – Any magic that Drew Brees and New Orleans had in the middle of the season is gone.
27. Chicago Bears (3-10); lost to Detroit 20-17, same spot – With little to cheer for regarding the Bears, the focus has switched to whether or not Matt Barkley has earned the starting QB role next season.
28. New York Jets (4-9); beat San Francisco 23-17, up 1 spot – Bilal Powell had a career game, rushing for 145 yards, adding 34 receiving yards, and scoring twice.
29. LA Rams (4-9); lost to Atlanta 42-14, down 1 spot – It seems an odd time to fire Jeff Fisher, given that L.A. has to quickly turn around and play Seattle on Thursday.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11); lost to Minnesota 25-16, same spot – The regression that this Jacksonville squad has shown in 2016 is terrible.
31. San Francisco (1-12); lost to NY Jets 23-17, same spot – The Niners are playing so bad that many accuse them of tanking to ensure that they get a top pick.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-13); lost to Cincinnati 23-10, same spot – Robert Griffin III’s first game back from a season-opening injury didn’t offer Cleveland any more hope than Josh McCown and Cody Kessler have.