With 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.