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.

2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 2

Indianapolis Colts v New England PatriotsThe Denver Broncos emerged from Arrowhead Stadium with a tough win over the Chiefs on Thursday night. Many wondered what to expect from Peyton Manning as the great nears 40. And Manning turned back the clock a little, becoming the second player ever to surpass 70,000 passing yards while engineering a big victory. See how this affects both the Broncos and Chiefs in our Week 2 NFL power rankings (Week 1 rankings here).

1. New England Patriots (1-0); beat Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21, up 1 spot – The Brady-to-Gronkowski connection is already going strong, with Gronk’s 3 touchdown catches leading the Patriots to a solid win.

2. Green Bay Packers (1-0); beat Chicago Bears 31-23, up 1 spot – Aaron Rodgers and Co. head home after a division win over Chicago. But the bad thing is that they’ll kick off their home opener against the Seahawks, who’ve beaten them three straight times.

3. Seattle Seahawks (0-1); lost to St. Louis Rams 34-31 (OT), drops 2 spots – Russell Wilson has never been good in St. Louis, going 1-3 there in his career. He is 35-10 in every other game, so Seattle’s Super Bowl hopes are definitely not diminished.

4. Denver Broncos (2-0); beat Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 (Thursday), up 3 spots – So much for that run-heavy offense. When it’s crunch time, Manning will take over.

5. Dallas Cowboys (1-0); beat NY Giants 27-26, up 1 spot – It wasn’t pretty, much like their home opener against San Francisco last year; but this one resulted in a win. It also resulted in the loss of Dez Bryant for 4-6 weeks, though.

Carson Palmer6. Arizona Cardinals (1-0); beat New Orleans 31-19, up 3 spots – Carson Palmer drives this team, sporting an 88.0 QBR in the fourth quarter the past couple years – best in NFL. So the loss of RB Andre Ellington isn’t cause for panic.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1); lost to New England Patriots 28-21, drops 2 spots  – One more game without RB Le’Veon Bell, and two more without WR Martavis Bryant.

8. Indianapolis Colts (0-1); lost to Buffalo Bills 27-14, down 4 spots – This wasn’t exactly the opener that an improved Colts team had in mind. But playing in rain against a tough Buffalo front line is far from ideal conditions for Andrew Luck.

9. Miami Dolphins (1-0); beat Washington Redskins 17-10, up 3 spots – Not an overly impressive win over one of the league’s worst teams. But Miami still figures to be really good this year.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0); beat Oakland Raiders 33-13, up 4 spots – Tyler Eifert gives this team one more big weapon, along with A.J. Green, Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard.

jamaal-charles11. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1); lost to Denver Broncos 31-24, same spot – Can Kansas City survive a brutal early season schedule? They face Green Bay at Lambeau Field next week.

12. Buffalo Bills (1-0); beat Indianapolis Colts 27-14, up 6 spots – Buffalo makes the biggest jump here after stifling Andrew Luck and the Colts. Can they do the same to Tom Brady?

13. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1); lost to Atlanta Falcons 26-24, down 5 spots  – The Eagles’ vaunted rushing attack only got a combined 13 yards on 11 carries from DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews.

14. San Diego Chargers (1-0); beat Detroit 33-28, up 4 spots – Philip Rivers definitely played up to his contract in the second half, throwing for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

15. Baltimore Ravens (0-1); lost to Denver Broncos 19-13, down 5 spots – Only gaining 173 total yards and losing Terrell Suggs is a terrible way to begin the season.

NFL: AUG 16 Pre-Season Colts v Falcons16. Atlanta Falcons (1-0); beat Philadelphia 26-24, up 4 spots – An excellent first half combined with shut-down run defense was the formula for Atlanta’s victory.

17. Detroit Lions (0-1); lost to San Diego 33-28, down 4 spots – Detroit looked to have a Week 1 victory sealed….then they blew an 18-point lead.

18. New Orleans Saints (0-1); lost to Arizona 31-19, down 3 spots – Playing at Arizona is a very tough test, but Drew Brees still threw for 355 yards.

19. Carolina Panthers (1-0); beat Jacksonville 20-9, up 2 spots – Carolina now has five straight regular-season victories going back to last year.

20. St. Louis Rams (1-0); beat Seattle 34-31 (OT), up 3 spots – The Rams pass rush tallied six sacks against a normally elusive Russell Wilson. This is definitely a unit to be feared going forward.

21. San Francisco (1-0); beat Minnesota Vikings 20-3, up 4 spots – Few expected Carlos Hyde to break out for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his first start.

adrian-peterson-rushing-record22. Minnesota Vikings (0-1); lost to San Francisco 20-3, down 6 spots – Amazing that a team with Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson was the only one in the NFL to not score a TD in Week 1.

23. Chicago Bears (0-1); lost to Green Bay 31-23, down 1 spot – This marks the sixth straight loss for Chicago going back to 2014.

24. New York Jets (1-0); beat Cleveland Browns 31-10, up 3 spots – The formula for New York looks simple: run the ball and play defense.

25. New York Giants (0-1); lost to Dallas Cowboys 27-26, down 6 spots – Tom Coughlin’s promise to shock the world is a little behind schedule now.

26. Tennessee Titans (1-0); beat Tampa Bay 42-14, up 3 spots – Even it came against Tampa, Tennessee looks to be a much-better team with Marcus Mariota under center.

jj-watt-mvp27. Houston Texans (0-1); lost to Kansas City 27-20, down 5 spots – At least it looks like the Texans solved their QB issue early, replacing Brian Hoyer with Ryan Mallett.

28. Cleveland Browns (0-1); lost to NY Jets 31-10, down 2 spots – Cleveland is already going to be bad, so it’s worth letting Johnny Manizel get more starts to see if he can be a franchise QB.

29. Oakland Raiders (0-1); lost to Cincinnati 33-13, down 1 spot – The rebuilding process will be long for Oakland.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1); lost to Tennessee 42-14, same spot – Jameis Winston didn’t get off to a good start, throwing a pick-6 on his first-ever pass.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1); lost to Tennessee 20-9, same spot – The first half was competitive; then Jacksonville looked like last year’s team in the second half.

32. Washington Redskins (0-1); lost to Miami 17-10, same spot – Kirk Cousins is now just 2-8 as a starter.