2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 17

von-miller-broncosThe Carolina Panthers’ quest for an undefeated season is now over after a 20-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. But will this lone loss knock the Panthers from the top spot in our Week 17 power rankings? See below, and check out last week’s power rankings here.

1. Arizona Cardinals (12-2); beat Green Bay, up 1 spot – Arizona is riding a nine-game winning streak heading into their meeting with Seattle, which had a five-game win streak snapped.

2. Carolina Panthers (14-1); lost to Atlanta Falcons 20-13, down 1 spot – There’s no incentive for the Panthers to rest because a loss could allow the Cardinals to claim the NFC’s No. 1 seed.

3. New England Patriots (12-3); lost to NY Jets 26-20 (OT), same spot – This is the third loss in five games for the Pats. Are their injuries too much to overcome for a title shot?

4. Denver Broncos (11-4); beat Cincinnati 20-17 (OT), up 4 spots – After not scoring a second-half point in three straight games, the Broncos got 17 in the second half/OT to claim this contest.

aj-mccarron-bengals5. Cincinnati Bengals (11-4); lost to Denver 20-17 (OT), down 1 spot – The Bengals are only scoring on 30% of their possessions with AJ McCarron; they scored 43% of the time with Andy Dalton.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5); beat Cleveland 17-13, up 3 spots – Along with the 1986 Jets, Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 games and have a five-game losing streak in the same season.

7. Seattle Seahawks (9-6); lost to St. Louis 23-17, down 2 spots – Seattle couldn’t overcome their bleak 3-point first half to beat the Rams.

8. New York Jets (10-5); beat New England 26-20 (OT), up 2 spots – The Jets got a huge victory over the Pats, but they must still win on Sunday to guarantee themselves a playoff spot.

9. Green Bay Packers (10-5); lost to Arizona 38-8, down 3 spots – This is the second time in the past four games that Green Bay has been shut out in the first half.

10. Minnesota Vikings (10-5); beat NY Giants 49-17, up 1 spot – While Minnesota’s offense has struggled at times, the 49 points here is their most since 1998.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6); lost to Baltimore 20-17, down 4 spots  – While Pittsburgh may no longer control their own playoff destiny, they at least face the 3-12 Browns in Week 17.

brandon-weeden-texans12. Houston Texans (8-7); beat Tennessee 34-6, same spot – The way Brandon Weeden played last week has to make the Cowboys wonder if they made the right move by cutting him.

13. Washington Redskins (8-7); beat Philadelphia 38-24, same spot – In the last nine games, Kirk Cousins has thrown for 20 TD’s, 3 INT’s and completed 72% of his passes.

14. Atlanta Falcons (8-7); beat Carolina 20-13, same spot – Atlanta lost their way after a 6-0 start, but this huge victory helps make up for missing the playoffs.

15. Buffalo Bills (7-8); beat Dallas 16-6, same spot – If Buffalo beats the Jets, they’ll have strung together non-losing seasons for the first time since 1999-2000.

16. Oakland Raiders (7-8); beat San Diego 23-20 (OT), same spot – If Derek Carr gets three more passing TD’s in the final week, he’ll tie Daryle Lamonica’s franchise record of 34 TD’s.

17. Indianapolis Colts (7-8); beat Miami 18-12, up 2 spots – Indianapolis can still win the AFC South, but they need Houston and multiple other teams to lose to do so.

todd-gurley-rams18. St. Louis Rams (7-8); beat Seattle 23-17, up 2 spots – Todd Gurley is the first Rams running back to top 1,000 yards and score 10 TD’s since Eric Dickerson in 1983.

19. New York Giants (7-8); lost to Minnesota 49-17, down 2 spots – Eli Manning sure missed Odell Beckham since he completed just 5-of-14 passes to wideouts and had 3 interceptions.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (6-9); lost to Washington 38-24, down 2 spots  – The Chip Kelly era comes to a tumultuous end after he was fired yesterday.

21. New Orleans Saints (6-9); beat Jacksonville 38-27, up 3 spots – Drew Brees has been his old self the past three games, tossing 8 TD’s and zero interceptions while averaging 355 passing yards.

22. Chicago Bears (6-9); beat Tampa Bay 26-21, up 3 spots – Will Matt Forte be back next year? Jeremy Langford has equaled or out-snapped him three weeks straight.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9); lost to Chicago 26-21, down 2 spots – The Bucs were .500 three weeks ago; since then, they’ve allowed an 89.8 Total QBR to opponents and lost three straight.

24. Detroit Lions (6-9); beat San Francisco 32-17, up 1 spot – The Lions have committed just 4 turnovers in the last seven games, going 5-2 in this span.

allen-robinson25. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10); lost to New Orleans 38-27, down 3 spots – Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are the first Jaguars receivers to top 1,000 yards since Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell in 2001.

26. Baltimore Ravens (5-10); beat Pittsburgh 20-17 (OT), up 4 spots – Baltimore swept the Steelers for just the second time in franchise history.

27. Miami Dolphins (5-10); lost to Indianapolis 18-12, down 1 spot – Miami is 2-7 in this last nine games, losing by a combined 102 points.

28. San Diego Chargers (4-11); lost to Oakland 23-20 (OT), down 1 spot – San Diego lost eight times by eight points or fewer this season.

29. Dallas Cowboys (4-11); lost to Buffalo 16-6, down 1 spot – Dez Bryant has predictably been shut down for the season and will undergo foot surgery.

30. San Francisco 49ers (4-11); lost to Detroit 32-17, down 1 spot – DuJuan Harris led the rushing effort last week; he was working as a car salesman in 2012.

31. Tennessee Titans (3-12); lost to Houston 34-6, same spot – Tennessee has committed 32 turnovers this season, which leads the league.

32. Cleveland Browns (3-12); lost to Kansas City 17-13, same spot – Johnny Manziel is being evaluated for a concussion and might not play Sunday.

Thursday Night Football Preview: Jaguars vs. Titans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Jacksonville JaguarsEverybody is still alive in the AFC South, and that includes the Tennessee Titans (2-7) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6). On Thursday night (Nov. 19), both teams will look to keep pace with the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts (4-5) and Houston Texans(4-5). Assuming you’re interested in betting on this Thursday Night Football contest, here’s a look at all the details you need to know along with some game analysis.

Kickoff Time and Network

EverBank Field (Jacksonville) on Nov. 19th at 8:25pm EST. The game will be broadcasted on the NFL Network, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action.

GTBets.eu Line
Tennessee (-118)
Jacksonville -3 (-102)

Game Over 43 (-110)
Game Under 43 (-110)

Tennessee Titans Game Preview

The Titans are playing their third game in 12 days under new head coach Mike Mularkey, who replaced Ken Whisenhunt after a 1-5 start. In this short time, Mularkey has guided Tennessee to a 34-28 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints and a 27-10 loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. Despite being largely handled by the Panthers, Tennessee’s defense did tally five sacks — the most against Carolina all season.

marcus-mariotaThe offense has been pretty inconsistent in Mularkey’s short tenure as the Titans’ coach. Against the Saints, rookie QB Marcus Mariota had 371 passing yards, 4 TD’s and no interceptions; against Carolina, he had just 184 passing yards, 0 TD’s and an interception. Much of this has to do with the quality of defense moving from New Orleans to the Panthers, but it also shows that Mariota has some improvement to make before helping the team compete against the league’s elite.

Tennessee’s anemic running game is partly to blame as well. Despite a 25-yard touchdown run by Dexter McCluster, the team managed just 64 rushing yards against Carolina. However, the run attack could get a boost since rookie David Cobb will play his first game of the season after coming off the IR. Perhaps Cobb will be just the player to help the Titans beat the spread on Thursday.

Jacksonville Jaguars Game Preview

The Jaguars are coming off an emotional 22-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. Baltimore was called for a controversial facemask penalty on what would have been the last play of the game; this set Jacksonville up for a game-winning field goal and their second victory in the last three games.

Much like Tennessee, the Jaguars are still a team in rebuilding mode. But it’s clear that progress has been made in 2015, given that the team has already matched last season’s win total. What’s more is that coach Gus Bradley’s defense is currently ranked sixth against the run (93.7 YPG), and they are allowing the fewest yards per carry (3.3).

allen-robinsonBut the key to the game for the Jaguars could be their passing attack, which is one of the league’s best young units. QB Blake Bortles, WR Allen Hurns and WR Allen Robinson are all just in their second year in the league. Robinson and Hurns are projected for well over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD’s each, while Bortles is on pace to pass for over 4,000 yards and 35 TD’s  this season. If the passing game gets going, then Jacksonville has an excellent shot to win this contest.

Final Analysis

Neither the Titans nor Jaguars played great last weekend, although the latter came away with a win. So it’s not like either team is on fire heading into Thursday. In fact, both teams seem pretty even when everything is taken into account. However, the Jaguars seem to have a more-complete offensive unit and they’re playing at home. These two elements could be the deciding factor when they meet on Nov. 19.

Score Prediction: Jacksonville wins 31-23