Let’s discuss this along with where teams rank heading into the final week of the regular season. Also, take a look at last week’s power rankings here.
1. Dallas Cowboys (13-2); beat Detroit 42-21, same spot – Even with the NFC’s No. 1 seed wrapped up, Dallas has no plans to rest starters Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.
2. New England Patriots (13-2); beat NY Jets 41-3, same spot – Despite being a game better than everybody else in the AFC, New England still needs a win or a Raiders loss to clinch the No. 1 seed.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5); beat Baltimore 31-27, up 1 spot – One of our Super Bowl favorites to start the year, Pittsburgh is playing like it now. A big reason why is Le’Veon Bell, who’s racked up almost 2,000 yards from scrimmage in just 13 games.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4); beat Denver 33-10, up 2 spots – Receiver Tyreek Hill has emerged as a dangerous threat to catch or run the ball. He’s helped make the Chiefs more than just a defensive team.
5. Oakland Raiders (12-3); beat Indianapolis 33-25, down 2 spots – While the Raiders can still gain the AFC’s top seed with a win and a New England loss, their Super Bowl odds took a huge hit after losing Derek Carr.
6. New York Giants (10-5); lost to Philadelphia 24-19, down 1 spot – New York is in the playoffs, but they would’ve liked to make it with a victory over their rivals.
7. Atlanta Falcons (10-5); beat Carolina 33-16, same spot – Atlanta wraps up the NFC South with a win over Carolina and Tampa Bay’s loss. This will be a tough team in the playoffs.
8. Green Bay Packers (9-6); beat Minnesota 38-25, same spot – Aaron Rodgers has played amazing over the last several weeks, throwing for another 347 yards and four touchdowns in this game.
9. Miami Dolphins (10-5); beat Buffalo 34-31, up 3 spots – Some wondered if Miami would even make the playoffs when Ryan Tannehill got injured. They’ve since won two straight games and have wrapped up a Wild Card slot. An additional note is that Jay Ajayi had his third 200-yard rushing performance of the season.
10. Seattle Seahawks (9-5-1); lost to Arizona 34-31, down 1 spot – Seattle secured the NFC West a while ago. But they struggled against rival Arizona this year, losing one game and tying another.
11. Washington Redskins (8-6-1); beat Chicago 41-21, up 4 spots – For Washington, the playoff picture is clear: beat the Giants and you’re in.
12. Detroit Lions (9-6); lost to Dallas 42-21, down 1 spot – Losing to the Cowboys puts Detroit in the difficult position of having to beat their division-rival Green Bay to win the NFC North and make the playoffs. Is anybody betting on the Lions here?
13. Houston Texans (9-6); beat Cincinnati 12-10, up 4 spots – Nobody sees Houston as the AFC favorites. But the Texans deserve some credit for winning the AFC South with subpar quarterback play.
14. Denver Broncos (8-7); lost to Kansas City 33-10, down 4 spots – Now out of the postseason hunt, the defending champions may give Paxton Lynch one more look.
15. Baltimore Ravens (8-7); lost to Pittsburgh 31-27, down 2 spots – No longer in the playoff race, Baltimore’s biggest story right now is whether Steve Smith will retire.
16. Tennessee Titans (8-7); lost to Jacksonville 38-17, down 2 spots – Despite the blowout loss to Jacksonville and Marcus Mariota getting injured, Tennessee can be proud of this season after winning just 3 games last year.
17. New Orleans Saints (7-8); beat Tampa Bay 31-24, up 5 spots – This season has to be considered an overall win for New Orleans, who weren’t expected to win this many games.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7); lost to New Orleans 31-24, down 2 spots – The loss to New Orleans all but eliminates Tampa Bay from making the playoffs. Their postseason odds are so long that they even need AFC teams to lose for strength-of-schedule purposes.
19. Buffalo Bills (7-8); lost to Miami 34-31, down 1 spot – Many expected Rex Ryan to be fired, and he was. But we also find out that Tyrod Taylor will be benched for the finale. The reason why is because of a contract clause where he’s due $30.75 million if he gets injured.
20. Indianapolis Colts (7-8); lost to Oakland 33-25, down 1 spot – Will Chuck Pagano keep his job after this year? Everything is up for question heading into Indianapolis’ offseason.
21. Minnesota Vikings (7-8); lost to Green Bay 38-25, down 1 spot – A season that began with so much promise and an 5-0 record will end with a whimper, win or lose, against the Bears.
22. Arizona Cardinals (6-8-1); beat Seattle 34-31, up 3 spots – Arizona is the most-disappointing team from this season. We had them ranked No. 1 in our original power rankings, but they won’t even reach .500 this season. At least they got a victory over their division rivals last weekend.
23. Philadelphia Eagles (6-9); beat NY Giants 24-19, up 1 spot – The Eagles were able to snap a five-game losing streak with this victory.
24. Carolina Panthers (6-9); lost to Atlanta 33-16, down 3 spots – Carolina is right there with the Cardinals in terms of teams that expected much more from 2016.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (5-9-1); lost to Houston 12-10, down 2 spots – Expected to fight with Pittsburgh and Baltimore for the AFC North crown, Cincinnati was nowhere close to the team everybody expected.
26. San Diego Chargers (5-10); lost to Cleveland 20-17, same spot – We know he’s good, but does Melvin Gordon’s injury have this much impact?
28. New York Jets (4-11); lost to New England 41-3, same spot – This score was the total opposite of the competitive game between the Jets and Patriots a few weeks ago. Seems that New York has mailed it in already.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-12); beat Tennessee 38-17, up 1 spot – Doug Marrone may actually be considered for the Jacksonville job if he can win again.
30. San Francisco (2-13); beat L.A. Rams 22-21, up 1 spot – San Francisco may only have two wins, but they both came against L.A., making them the superior team.
31. LA Rams (4-11); lost to Seattle 24-3, same spot – What an embarrassing first season in Los Angeles for the Rams.
32. Cleveland Browns (1-14); beat San Diego 20-17, same spot – Given that Cleveland has no chance of winning in Pittsburgh next week, it’s good that they got their lone victory at home against San Diego.