2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 16

david-johnson-cardinalsWith only two games left, the NFL Playoff picture is starting to become clearer. But one thing that’s still not clear is the league hierarchy, with high-profile matchups between the Patriots vs. Jets, Green Bay vs. Arizona, and Broncos vs. Bengals set to shake things up. See how all 32 teams rank this week, and take a look at our Week 15 power rankings here.

1. Carolina Panthers (14-0); beat NY Giants 38-35, same spot – Tedd Ginn grabbed his 10th touchdown this season, becoming the first Panther receiver since Steve Smith (2005) to reach double-digit TD’s.

2. Arizona Cardinals (12-2); beat Arizona 40-17, same spot – Arizona set their record for most wins in a season. Can they add to it with tough games against Green Bay and Seattle remaining?

3. New England Patriots (12-2); beat Tennessee 33-16, same spot – The Patriots have become the first NFL team to clinch a first-round bye in six straight seasons since the current playoff format began in 1990.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (11-3); beat San Francisco 24-14, same spot – The defense supplied most of the offense here, scoring 14 points and causing a season-high four turnovers.

5. Seattle Seahawks (9-5); beat Cleveland 30-13, up 1 spot – Doug Baldwin is really taking advantage of Russell Wilson’s hot streak, scoring 10 TD’s in the last four games.

eddie-lacy-rookie-of-the-year6. Green Bay Packers (10-4); beat Oakland 30-20, up 1 spot – This is the seventh-straight year that Green Bay has earned a playoff spot, which is a franchise record.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5); beat Denver 34-27, up 1 spot  – Pittsburgh has also set a franchise record this season, scoring 30+ points for the sixth-consecutive game.

8. Denver Broncos (10-4); lost to Pittsburgh 34-27, down 3 spots – The first and second-half scores in Denver’s past thee games: First Half, Denver 56 – Opponents 16; Second Half, Denver 0 – Opponents 36.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5); beat Baltimore 34-14, same spot – Kansas City has had eight different games where they didn’t commit one single turnover – tied for best in the league.

10. New York Jets (9-5); beat Dallas 19-16, same spot – Despite clinching a winning season with two games left, the Jets don’t control their own playoff destiny.

11. Minnesota Vikings (9-5); beat Chicago 38-17, same spot – Teddy Bridgewater really turned around his slump, throwing four TD’s – the same amount he’d thrown in his previous seven games.

12. Houston Texans (7-7); beat Indianapolis 16-10, up 4 spots – Houston will probably start Brandon Weeden, who would be their fourth starting QB of the season.

kirk-cousins-nfl13. Washington Redskins (7-7); beat Buffalo 35-25, up 5 spots – Kirk Cousins is now leading the NFL in completion percentage at a 69.7 clip.

14. Atlanta Falcons (7-7); beat Jacksonville 23-17, up 6 spots – Atlanta finally snaps their six-game losing streak, but it might be too late to make the playoffs.

15. Buffalo Bills (6-8); lost to Washington 35-25, down 3 spots – There are now rumors that Rex Ryan could be fired after just one season in Buffalo.

16. Oakland Raiders (6-8); lost to Green Bay 30-20, down 3 spots – Amari Cooper becomes the first Raider receiver to top 1,000 yards since Randy Moss (2005).

17. New York Giants (6-8); lost to Carolina 38-35, down 3 spots – The Giants have now lost five times within the last minute of regulation or overtime.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (6-8); lost to Arizona 40-17, down 3 spots  – Philadelphia has lost by 21+ points three times this season – tied for second most.

19. Indianapolis Colts (6-8); lost to Houston 16-10, down 2 spots – This is the Colts’ third-straight loss, and they’re only scoring 12.0 PPG during this period.

Rams 49ers Football20. St. Louis Rams (6-8); beat Tampa Bay 31-23, down 3 spots – Tavon Austin has gone under the radar with 10 TD’s and 817 yards from scrimmage this season.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8); lost to St. Louis 31-23, down 2 spots – While Tampa Bay won’t make the playoffs, their offense has plenty of promise moving forward.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9); lost to Atlanta 23-17, down 1 spot – Allen Robinson is now leading the league with 13 TD’s, and he could become the first Jaguar receiver to ever finish first in this category.

23. Detroit Lions (5-9); beat New Orleans 35-27, up 3 spots – The Lions have rushed for over 100 yards in five straight games; before this, they’d only done so once in their first nine games.

24. New Orleans Saints (5-9); lost to Detroit 35-27, down 2 spots – Tim Hightower went from not playing a game since 2011 to rushing 28 times in this victory.

25. Chicago Bears (5-9); lost to Minnesota 38-17, down 1 spot – Despite the team record, Jay Cutler had a pretty solid season with 18 TD’s against 8 INT’s.

26. Miami Dolphins (5-9); lost to San Diego 30-14, down 1 spot – The Dolphins are just 2-6 in their last eight games, meaning interim coach Dan Campbell probably won’t become full-time.

danny-woodhead-chargers27. San Diego Chargers (4-10); beat Miami 30-14, up 5 spots – Danny Woodhead exploded for four TD’s, becoming the first Charger to do so since LaDainian Tomlinson (2007).

28. Dallas Cowboys (4-10); lost to NY Jets 19-16, down 2 spots – DeMarco Murray wants off the Eagles badly so he can return to Dallas. Will it happen?.

29. San Francisco 49ers (4-10); lost to Cincinnati 24-14, down 1 spot – This is the first time the Niners have lost 10 games since 2010.

30. Baltimore Ravens (4-10); lost to Kansas City 34-14, down 1 spot – Since Joe Flacco was lost for the season, the Ravens have scored five TD’s in their past four games, while opposing defenses have scored 4 TD’s.

31. Tennessee Titans (3-11); lost to New England 33-16, down 1 spot – Despite winning three games, the Titans already beat their victory total from last season (2).

32. Cleveland Browns (3-11); lost to Seattle 30-13, same spot – The Browns could be looking at their first top overall draft pick since 2000, when they took DE Courtney Brown.

2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 8

tom-bradyThere’s not much change at the top this week, with New England remaining number one again. Overall, there are still five unbeatens, though this is guaranteed to change when the Broncos and Packers meet on Sunday. See where everybody ranks in our NFL Week 8 power rankings. Also, check out our Week 7 rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (6-0); beat NY Jets 30-23, same spot – The AFC East looked to be a tough division this year…until the Patriots blew it wide open.

2. Green Bay Packers (6-0); bye week, same spot – Much is made about Aaron Rodgers and the offense. But did you know that Green Bay’s defense is giving up an NFL-best 16.8 PPG?

3. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0); bye week, same spot – This seems like a new Andy Dalton; but he has just a 32.9 career-QBR against his next two opponents, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

4. Denver Broncos (6-0); bye week, same spot – Denver will face off against Green Bay in what’s sure to be the biggest game of the week.

5. Carolina Panthers (6-0); beat Philadelphia 27-16, same spot – While Cam Newton has the lowest QBR of his career up to this point, this is also his best start record-wise.

chris-johnson-cardinals6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2); beat Baltimore 26-18, same spot – Chris Johnson (30) has had a career resurgence, as he’s second in rushing with 567 yards.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-1); beat Tennessee 10-7, up 1 spot – It wasn’t a pretty win, but Atlanta was at least able to keep pace with Carolina in the NFC South race.

8. New York Jets (4-2); lost to New England 30-23, up 1 spot – The key for the Jets: run the ball. They’ve rushed for 170+ yards in all four of their wins.

9. Seattle Seahawks (3-4); beat San Francisco 20-3, up 4 spots – Seattle isn’t out of it yet! They play the banged-up Cowboys in Dallas, then three straight home games.

10. Minnesota Vikings (4-2); beat Detroit Lions 28-19, up 4 spots – Minnesota is truly one of the league’s surprise teams. And their defense is the anchor, giving up just 17.0 PPG.

ben-roethlisberger-ravens11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3); lost to Kansas City 23-13, down 2 spots  – Pittsburgh split four games in Big Ben’s absence. Now they have a tough road ahead to the playoffs.

12. New York Giants (4-3); beat Dallas Cowboys 27-20, up 3 spots – It’s almost a wonder that New York isn’t even better when considering their +10 turnover differential.

13. St. Louis Rams (3-3); beat Cleveland 24-6, up 4 spots – Todd Gurley now has three straight games with 150+ yards from scrimmage; he’s the first Rams player to do this since Marshall Faulk in 2002.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3); beat Houston 44-26, up 6 spots – Miami took care of business the last two games; but they have a road game against New England coming up.

15. New Orleans Saints (3-4); beat Indianapolis 27-21, up 4 spots – After starting 0-3, New Orleans has put themselves back within striking distance of a postseason berth.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4); lost to Carolina 27-16, down 6 spots  – Sam Bradford has not played well, turning the ball over 11 times and featuring a league-low 29.6 QBR.

17. Indianapolis Colts (3-4); lost to New Orleans 27-21, down 5 spots – The road only gets worse from here with Carolina, Denver and Atlanta coming up on the schedule.

amari-cooper-raiders18. Oakland Raiders (2-3); beat San Diego 37-29, up 7 spots – Amari Cooper is now the first rookie since Mike Ditka (1961) to have 100-yard receiving performances in his first six games.

19. Buffalo Bills (3-4); lost to Jacksonville 34-31, down 8 spots – The dropoff from Tyrod Taylor to EJ Manuel has been immense for Buffalo.

20. Dallas Cowboys (2-4); lost to NY Giants 27-20, down 4 spots – First the Greg Hardy debacle, now the Joseph Randle controversy…

21. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5); beat Pittsburgh 23-13, up 6 spots – The Chiefs (+1) and Eagles (+4) are the only teams with positive turnover differentials that are under .500.

22. Washington Redskins (3-4); beat Tampa Bay 31-30, up 4 spots – Kirk Cousins didn’t throw an interception for the third game this season, and the Redskins won for the third time in as many games.

23. San Diego Chargers (2-5); beat Oakland 37-29, down 5 spots – Drafting Melvin Gordon in the first round has done little to change San Diego’s passing ways. Philip Rivers has passed 123 times in the last 2 games.

24. Chicago Bears (2-4); bye week, down 1 spot – One sign that Matt Forte is carrying this team: he’s gained 33.4% of the team’s yards, which is highest in the NFL.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-5); lost to St. Louis 24-6, down 4 spots – Cleveland has only scored a TD in 35% of their red-zone trips this year, second worst in the NFL.

colin-kaepernick26. San Francisco (2-5); lost to Seattle 20-3, down 2 spots – When the Niners lose, they lose big! They now have four losses by 14+ points, two more than any other team.

27. Houston Texans (2-5); lost to Miami 44-26, down 1 spot – Houston has been battered in the first three quarters of games, giving up 101 total points.

28. Detroit Lions (1-6); lost to Minnesota 28-19, down 6 spots – Detroit has held an 11-point lead or better and still lost twice this season; the rest of the NFL is 73-9 in these situations.

29. Baltimore Ravens (1-6); lost to Ariozna 26-18, same spot – Baltimore has given up 188 points in their first seven games, worst since 1996, when they allowed 196 points.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5); beat Buffalo 34-31, up 2 spots – Even with a 2-5 record, Jacksonville is off to their best start since 2011.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4); bye week, down 1 spot – The defense is giving up a league-worst 29.8 PPG.

32. Tennessee Titans (1-5); lost to Atlanta 10-7, down 1 spot – This loss drops the Titans to 1-15 over the past 16 games, with their lone win being against Tampa Bay.