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May 14, 2017

2017 NFL Power Rankings: Tennessee Titans Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Tennessee Titans/a> rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 11th
  • Average score: 11.6
  • Best rank/site: 9th (SI.com/Fox)
  • Lowest rank/site: 16th (CBS)

Based on where the Tennessee Titans stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 9th

Marcus Mariota’s season-cratering fractured fibula and the Texans’ multi-game stay in the playoffs has overshadowed the fact that the Titans were the most talented team in the AFC South by the end of last season. Nos. 1 and 15 on the FBS’s all-time receiving yards leaderboard, Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor, will be waiting for him when he returns to full health.​​​​​

Fox Sports: 9th

The Titans went into the draft with two glaring needs: cornerback and wide receiver. They hit on both in the first three rounds with Corey Davis, Adoree’ Jackson and Taywan Taylor. Davis is a true No. 1 receiver, while Jackson can contribute in all three phases of the game. the Titans got significantly better in the draft and are on the rise in the up-and-coming AFC South.

ESPN: 12th

Two AFC South teams in the top 12? Feels like a stretch, but the Titans sure did load up with new faces (Logan Ryan, Adoree' Jackson) in the secondary and a first-round wide receiver (Corey Davis) for quarterback Marcus Mariota. They were last season's surprise, which sometimes means you have to take a step back before moving forward again. But it's not as if they're in the AFC West.

NFL.com: 12th

Call this a display of confidence in the Titans. Even if first-round pick Corey Davis doesn't work out, Tennessee is in position to make a January run. On that note, Davis hasn't been able to work out for Tennessee -- or anyone else -- because of an ankle injury. Thus, he's a small risk with huge talent. One facet of his game he'll have to develop -- something he barely had to fuss over while toasting every dude who thought he could play corner in the MAC -- is blocking. Make no mistake, the Titans will run the rock. TE Jonnu Smith (Round 3) could be a real add in that area, too.

CBS Sports: 16th

They clearly drafted with an eye on getting quarterback Marcus Mariota more weapons. Now comes the biggest question for Mike Mularkey: Will he be allowed to use them?

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Green Bay Packers Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Green Bay Packers rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 3rd
  • Average score: 4.4
  • Best rank/site: 3rd (ESPN/CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 7th (Fox)

Based on where the Green Bay Packers stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 3rd

They handed Aaron Rodgers a Martellus Bennett signing in March before spending their first four draft picks on the defense. Rodgers seems like a big-picture guy, so he probably understands that helping the defense helps him indirectly. And if he complains, Ted Thompson will just say, "Martellus Bennett though."

CBS Sports: 3rd

They added some much-needed help on defense in the draft at positions of need. If that side of the ball takes a big step forward, they will be back in the Super Bowl.

SI.com: 4th

​​​​As Aaron Rodgers torched the league down the stretch, the thought was impossible to ignore: How ridiculous would this offense be with a fully functional running back on the active roster? Versatile speedster Ty Montgomery will still have a big role to play, but fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams is built like a tank and ran like one at BYU. He looks the part of a potential bellcow.​

NFL.com: 5th

Tough to decide precisely which team should sit here in the Power Rankings. For now, we're going with the Packers, who are better at the quarterback position than the Cowboys and were able to contribute to a lineup that plays NOW, beginning with cornerback Kevin King, an outstanding pick at 33rd overall (he could've gone 10 spots earlier) who could end up starting over Davon House, or at least playing in nickel packages. Expect fellow second-round pick Josh Jones to be getting in on dime packages, as well. Third-round defensive tackle Montravius Adams should play right away, too.

Fox Sports: 7th

The Packers moved out of the first round to No. 33 in a trade with the Browns, landing Kevin King – a tall, rangy cornerback who fills a need perfectly. They continued to go defense with safety Josh Jones, a physical specimen, as well as defensive tackle Montravius Adams and outside linebacker Vince Biegel. All four players will contribute right away as Green Bay vastly improved its pass defense — good news for GM Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Kansas City Chiefs rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 9th
  • Average score: 9.6
  • Best rank/site: 8th (Multiple)
  • Lowest rank/site: 13th (Fox)

Based on where the Kansas City Chiefs stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 8th

​​​​If the Chiefs have any interest in consolidating their backfield workload, they made the right call in spending a third-round pick on Toledo RB Kareem Hunt, who surpassed 300 touches and came into his own as a passing game weapon last year. If he can wrest the starting role from Spencer Ware, who failed to top 100 total yards in a game from November on, the Chiefs’ offense might look a little less busy.​

ESPN: 8th

How many times do you have to beat a team in a season before you can rank ahead of them in the following May's Power Rankings? Apparently, the answer is more than two. The Chiefs are so good that they traded this year's and next year's first-round picks for a quarterback who isn't going to play this coming season.

NFL.com: 8th

Andy Reid and Co. valued Patrick Mahomes' talent enough to pay a future first-round pick to get him. If the best time to look for a quarterback is when you don't need one, then Kansas City was right to go after the rubber-band-armed Mahomes. On the other hand, that saying presupposes that a talented quarterback falls to a team, not that the team will move up (and pay a pretty penny) to acquire him. In essence, what the Chiefs did was no different than what the Bears did to take Mitchell Trubisky, or what the Texans did to obtain Deshaun Watson. Bad move? Nope. A little strange, given that K.C. is a Super Bowl contender with a decent quarterback already? Hmm. What do you think, #ChiefsKingdom? (@HarrisonNFL)

CBS Sports: 11th

Wonder how Alex Smith will play this season knowing they traded up in the first round to get his replacement in Patrick Mahomes? Was that the right move?

Fox Sports: 13th

The Chiefs didn’t do a lot to improve in 2017. Patrick Mahomes is a project quarterback who likely will start in 2018, and their second-round pick, Tanoh Kpassagnon, is a developmental pass rusher who’s a year away from contributing consistently. Kareem Hunt will join the Chiefs’ crowded backfield and get some touches, but he’s not a big difference maker right off the bat.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Seattle Seahawks rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 8th
  • Average score: 7.4
  • Best rank/site: 4th (CBS/Fox)
  • Lowest rank/site: 13th (SI.com)

Based on where the Seattle Seahawks stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 4th

They got help on the offensive line in the draft, which was a must. The time is now for this group, especially with the way they drafted in the secondary.

Fox Sports: 4th

The Seahawks went heavy on the defense in the first four rounds, drafting five players on that side of the ball. They added some depth at cornerback in Shaq Griffin, while also addressing the future at safety with Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson. Their best pick was Malik McDowell, a talented defensive lineman who needs to have a fire lit under him to maximize his potential. Sounds like a job for John GM Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.

ESPN: 6th

Earl Thomas didn't retire. Richard Sherman didn't get traded. Russell Wilson has probably healed from all the injuries he suffered last season behind John Schneider's revolutionary four-man offensive line. So all that is good news. The bad is that the Seahawks didn't do much about the line. Again.

NFL.com: 10th

The Seahawks remain in the top 10, although they've been leapfrogged by the pesky Bucs -- a team Seattle lost to last year when Russell Wilson couldn't get a pass off. Six sacks later, Seattle was on the wrong end of a 14-5 score. (Jay Buhner hit three solo HRs, though.) Why is that important? Because as well as GM John Schneider did in the draft -- with solid picks like DE Malik McDowell and S Tedric Thompson -- Seattle didn't scoop up any help at tackle until the 11th hour. Unless Tom Cable can work magic, the swarming around Wilson will continue -- and the Seahawks will get bounced in the playoffs.

SI.com: 13th

As long as bargain signing Luke Joeckel gets back in time from knee surgery, the Seahawks could be starting a pair of tackles who played guard last season in Week 1. Probably not ideal, but it’d be an upgrade over forcing George Fant to man to blind side again while he continues to learn football on the fly.​​​​​

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Minnesota Vikings Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Minnesota Vikings rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 22nd
  • Average score: 21.2
  • Best rank/site: 18th (SI.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 23rd (CBS)

Based on where the Minnesota Vikings stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 18th

​​​​Declining Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option this week is mostly just a sign of how far he still has to go in his recovery: His contract, including the option, tolls to 2018 if he spends at least the first six games of this year on the PUP list. The addition of Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook (and the subtraction of LT Matt Kalil) could make Sam Bradford’s life a little easier, to say nothing of having more than a week of preseason prep to learn the offense.​

ESPN: 21st

The Vikings think they upgraded at offensive tackle, and I guess you could make the argument that they could have signed two recliners and not been any worse off there than they were last season. But Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are in the prove-it zone, and the success of Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook is tied to theirs.

NFL.com: 22nd

Like the Ravens, the Vikings are probably too low on our league rundown. Unfortunately, we can't put a whole gaggle of teams at No. 16 -- there are about 10 that belong there. Seen a lot of chatter about Minnesota's attention to the run game in the draft (SEE: running back Dalvin Cook in Round 2, center Pat Elflein in Round 3). That's been discussed ad nauseam. Meanwhile, fourth-round pick Jaleel Johnson could contribute in the D-line rotation immediately. Another value pick: TE Bucky Hodges in Round 6. The Vikes might not be this low for long.

Fox Sports: 22nd

Without a first-round pick, the Vikings’ haul was a bit weak. They didn’t improve noticeably at any position, mostly notably filling their hole at running back with Dalvin Cook. Pat Elflein will compete at center and guard, but as a third-round pick, there’s no guarantee he starts. Mike Zimmer's team still has issues on the offensive line, which once again will haunt them in 2017.

CBS Sports: 23rd

They've improved their offensive line and this offseason and added a feature back in Dalvin Cook. But they aren't close to being as good as the Packers.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Oakland Raiders Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Oakland Raiders rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 6th
  • Average score: 5.6
  • Best rank/site: 3rd (NFL.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 7th (ESPN/CBS)

Based on where the Oakland Raiders stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

NFL.com: 3rd

The Marshawn Lynch acquisition is no small deal. Beast Mode might be over 30, but he is playing for love more than the money and adds a much-needed component to this team: the four-minute offense. He will be the Dennis Eckersley for this ball club. Lynch really is the modern-day John Riggins. Two of the best true power backs to ever live (next to Earl Campbell), both of whom dominated in the postseason. Each has his own signature run: Riggins to close out Super Bowl XVII, Lynch to Beastquake the Saints. Both were mildly, wildly, eccentric. And both retired in what was supposed to be their 10th year, only to want to return to the brutality. As for the Raiders' draft? B to A-minus. Loved the Obi Melifonwu choice. The Gareon Conley pick was certainly controversial, and we'll have to see how that plays out.

SI.com: 5th

​​​​The jury’s still out on the net effects of the Raiders’ defense-heavy spending spree from a year ago. No high-impact moves were made to beef up the front seven that failed to sack Brock Osweiler in a humbling wild-card round loss to the Texans, and first-rounder Gareon Conley’s contributions to an underwhelming cornerback group as a rookie are contingent on his avoiding charges in the wake of rape allegations the week of the draft. Whether Oakland’s relatively quiet spring was an indicator of patience or a lack of easy answers remains to be seen.​

Fox Sports: 6th

It remains to be seen how the Raiders’ first-round pick will play out with CB Gareon Conley still being investigated for sexual assault, but if he’s cleared, he could be one of the biggest steals of the draft. Obi Melifonwu will be a fun piece next to Karl Joseph at safety despite being a bit of a raw player. The success of Oakland’s draft haul will come down to Conley’s status, though, which is a big risk for GM Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio.

ESPN: 7th

Jared Cook and Marshawn Lynch add some attitude to the offense. Derek Carr looks to build on his breakout season. The Raiders went 12-4 but washed out early in the playoffs because of Carr's ill-timed broken leg. So they're all-in for a title before they head off to Las Vegas in a couple of years.

CBS Sports: 7th

Getting Derek Carr back healthy is the most important thing about their offseason. If he's back, they should win the AFC West.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Carolina Panthers Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Carolina Panthers rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 18th (T-IND)
  • Average score: 18.4
  • Best rank/site: 17th (ESPN/CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 20th (SI.com)

Based on where the Carolina Panthers stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 17th

With all due respect to Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel and anybody else the Panthers added, the most important people in this Carolina offseason are the surgeons who worked on Cam Newton's shoulder last month. When and how effectively Cam can return is the only story here.

CBS Sports: 17th

Here's another team that drafted with the idea of helping their quarterback, Cam Newton. They got two versatile runner-pass catchers in the first two rounds. I still worry about their pass rush with so much age.

NFL.com: 19th

Don't anticipate the old Panthers going 6-10 again. Cam Newton has a freshly repaired shoulder. He also has a shiny new toy in Christian McCaffrey. Jonathan Stewart ain't shiny, but he will be good as new in games where he is not asked to shoulder the full load (with McCaffrey around). Curtis Samuel is like Cobra Commander -- not as cool a figure as Storm Shadow (McCaffrey), but ready to rock 'n' roll out of the second round and into Mike Shula's offense. Third-round pick Daeshon Hall is poised to contribute on the other side of the ball, as are new/old faces Julius Peppers and Captain Munnerlyn. Slowly getting excited about Riverboat Ron's group.

Fox Sports: 19th

The Panthers went from having a slow offense that lacked explosiveness to having two players with outstanding versatility and speed. RB Christian McCaffrey and WR Curtis Samuel should be contributors in all three phases right away, giving Cam Newton playmakers to work with on offense. They addressed their biggest needs with guard Taylor Moton and defensive end Daeshon Hall, too. The Panthers are headed in the right direction.

SI.com: 20th

Christian McCaffrey is more runner than receiver, Curtis Samuel is more receiver than runner, and together they should allow Mike Shula to cook up some weird backfield combinations down the road. Undersized fifth-round pick Corn Elder and veteran Captain Munnerlyn were the only significant additions to the cornerback group, a sign of faith in the three players Dave Gettleman drafted there last year in the wake of the Josh Norman breakup.​

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Chargers Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Los Angeles Chargers rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 25th
  • Average score: 23.6
  • Best rank/site: 19th (CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 27th (Fox)

Based on where the Los Angeles Chargers stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 19th

They drafted with the idea of making one last fling with Philip Rivers before he retires, which was the right thing to do. The offensive line will be much improved and adding a big target in Mike Williams will help.

SI.com: 23rd

​​​​Gus Bradley might have been L.A.’s best acquisition of the spring—the defense might threaten top-10 numbers under the direction of the ex-Jaguars coach. The Chargers couldn’t help themselves in the first round of the draft, grabbing Mike Williams to give Philip Rivers yet another big target, but the rest of their moves were quiet and necessary, particularly the second-day selections of interior linemen Forrest Lamp (provided his services aren’t needed at tackle) and Dan Feeney.​

NFL.com: 24th

Already moving these guys up. Receiver Mike Williams (Round 1, No. 7 overall) could make a difference from Day 1, specifically for Philip Rivers. The franchise QB has been throwing to backups, other teams' leftovers and "upside" guys for too long. Tyrell Williams has potential, but Keenan Allen has been hurt and the team has given the Stevie Johnsons of the world too many looks. Going beyond WR, the fact the front office is helping its 35-year-old signal caller by fortifying the line up front (three of Los Angeles' seven picks were used on offensive linemen) was encouraging, too. Am I too encouraged if I say the L.A. Chargers could eke out a wild-card spot if -- if -- they stay healthy? Please stay healthy.

ESPN: 25th

Every other team in the AFC West is in the top 10. None of their quarterbacks is as good as this team's is. Philip Rivers needs help, and the Chargers got him some with Mike Williams and a couple of guards in the first three rounds of the draft. This team blew a lot of fourth-quarter leads last season; hold half of them and this ranking is way too low.

Fox Sports: 27th

Philip Rivers has to be one of the happiest men around as the Chargers gave him another weapon in Mike Williams. He’ll expand the offense as a possession receiver next to Keenan Allen. Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney both will have a good chance to start on the offensive line this season, as will Desmond King at safety and nickel corner. The Chargers did well on all three days and will be competitive next season.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Philadelphia Eagles Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Philadelphia Eagles rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 24th
  • Average score: 22.8
  • Best rank/site: 18th (NFL.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 25th (SI.com/CBS)

Based on where the Philadelphia Eagles stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

NFL.com: 18th

Much props to the city of Philadelphia for the warm, er, enthusiastic reception to the draft. With all the ballyhoo regarding the event landing in the historic city for the first time in decades, few around the country seemed to notice the Eagles' specific draft. This defense is going to be legit. The unit already was legit at home last season, but the additions of defensive end Derek Barnett, cornerback Sidney Jones and cornerback Rasul Douglas must have felt like Christmas gifts (in the city that booed Santa) for DC Jim Schwartz. I know QB Carson Wentz is still the focal point for this organization. Betcha the defense will win the team as many games.

ESPN: 22nd

Howie Roseman is still playing the long game with very young draft picks and one guy (Sidney Jones) who might not help until 2018. But the Eagles feel like they hit on Carson Wentz, and they got him Alshon Jeffery to help his second year along. So, there's nothing wrong with the long game. Fans just have to be patient. Is that a problem?

Fox Sports: 24th

The Eagles’ biggest issues were on offense last season, and they didn’t take a single player on that side of the ball until Saturday. The defense got better with Derek Barnett and Rasul Douglas, but Sidney Jones may not contribute much in 2017 after suffering a torn Achilles at his pro day. He was a risky pick in the second round for a team in need of cornerback help. I didn’t think that was a chance the Eagles could take.

CBS Sports: 25th

They will be improved from a year ago with the growth of Carson Wentz, but I think it's one more year before they push for the division title.

SI.com: 25th

According to Philly.com, Jordan Matthews is one of just eight receivers since 2000 to top 60 catches and 700 yards in each of his first three seasons. It will be fascinating to see how many targets free-agent signees Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith siphon away from Matthews this fall, especially if he gets passed over for a contract extension ahead of the final year of his rookie deal.​​​​​

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Jacksonville Jaguars Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Jacksonville Jaguars rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 27th
  • Average score: 26.8
  • Best rank/site: 26th (NFL.com/Fox)
  • Lowest rank/site: 28th (SI.com)

Based on where the Jacksonville Jaguars stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

Fox Sports: 26th

The Jaguars finally have an identity on offense thanks to the addition of Leonard Fournette. He can be the bruiser Jacksonville desperately needed, while Cam Robinson can compete at left tackle, right tackle and guard. The Jaguars had a good weekend in Philadelphia, but they still have Blake Bortles at quarterback, which is a big issue.

NFL.com: 26th

Thought the Jaguars did well in the draft. More importantly, a change is coming in Jacksonville. It might not come at quarterback, but the Leonard Fournette and Cam Robinson selections signaled a certain reduction in Blake Bortles' pass attempts this year. EVP Tom Coughlin won his first Super Bowl ring as an assistant with a Giants team (under Bill Parcells) that ran the hell out of the ball. Coughlin won his second ring as the head coach of a Big Blue team that ran the hell out of the ball. You get the point.

CBS Sports: 27th

They have a running game now with Leonard Fournette and the defense should be good. So, as usual, it's all on quarterback Blake Bortles.

ESPN: 27th

The annual kings of free agency try once again for that elusive six-win season. Was A.J. Bouye a one-year wonder or a cornerstone signing? Is Leonard Fournette this year's Ezekiel Elliott? Is Cam Robinson ready? Lots of questions in Jacksonville, where the answers always seem elusive.

SI.com: 28th

​​​​That O-line could still crater Blake Bortles’s make-or-break season in Jacksonville, but by grabbing Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 pick the Jags are trying to leave no doubt their QB has been given every resource for success. Bortles may have to put the team on his shoulders anyway early on: Five of the Jaguars’ first six opponents ranked in the top half of the league in rushing yards allowed per attempt last year.​

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 10th
  • Average score: 10.8
  • Best rank/site: 8th (CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 14th (ESPN)

Based on where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 8th

They've had a heck of an offseason, and with Jameis Winston entering his third season they are poised to push for the division title.

NFL.com: 9th

Better start paying attention to what the Bucs have been doing. Everyone, including your hack writer, is singing the praises of the O.J. Howard pick (even if Tampa simply was enjoying the wonderful luck of having the tight end fall to 19). Second-round pick Justin Evans should help immediately at safety. Spoke with my producer on "Total Access," an avid pirate-ship fan who was not happy GM Jason Licht didn't take a running back ... like Dalvin Cook. Welp, Cook (who went to the Vikings at 41st overall) wasn't going to be there when Tampa came up in the second round (50th overall). Could they have taken, say, Kareem Hunt (86th overall pick to the Chiefs) instead of wide receiver Chris Godwin (No. 84) in the third? Maybe. But remember, rookie running backs who can't pass protect will get the quarterback killed. Jameis Winston is the future of this franchise. Thus, it's Doug, Jacquizz and Chuck for now at RB.

Fox Sports: 11th

O.J. Howard will have a huge impact for the Buccaneers in Year 1, giving Jameis Winston yet another weapon on offense. The Alabama tight end could wind up being the steal of the draft after falling to No. 19. In the subsequent rounds, the Bucs added safety depth with Justin Evans – a big need – and took a chance on Kendell Beckwith, a linebacker coming off of an ACL injury. Coach Dirk Koetter's Bucs got much, much better this weekend.

SI.com: 12th

Allow me to be the only person on the internet to tell you to hold your horses on the coronation of O.J. Howard. He caught just seven touchdowns in four years at Alabama; you have to go back 10 years to find a draft where the first tight end off the board scored less often in college. On the other hand, that tight end was Greg Olsen, who found the end zone six times in three years at Miami. Either way, Tampa Bay was wise to load Jameis Winston up with options this spring outside of their athletic first-round pick.​​​​​

ESPN: 14th

It was as if the Bucs and the Titans were having a contest to see who could gather more weapons for their third-year star quarterback. Jameis Winston picked up DeSean Jackson in free agency and O.J. Howard in the draft's first round. Not bad. What Mariota still has over Winston is someone to take his handoffs.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: San Francisco 49ers Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the San Francisco 49ers rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 30th
  • Average score: 30.0
  • Best rank/site: 28th (Fox)
  • Lowest rank/site: 31st (ESPN/CBS)

Based on where the San Francisco 49ers stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

Fox Sports: 28th

John Lynch absolutely crushed his first draft as a GM, landing both Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster in the first round. The 49ers got much better, but the roster is still awful. They don’t have a franchise quarterback and the offense lacks playmakers. They’re still a year away from competing.

NFL.com: 30th

Boy, that John Lynch sure is shy, huh? The rookie GM didn't hesitate when it came to pushing his chips to the middle of the table or bluffing. (Did he really have another big offer for that No. 2 pick, Bears fans? Whew boy.) The 49ers made themselves better -- if not today, then in the future. You can't build it all in a day, something Lynch knows better than most, as he sat through three lean seasons with the Bucs as a player before Tony Dungy was hired in 1996. Even with the Hall of Fame coach, Tampa still went 6-10 before becoming a contender. First-round pick Solomon Thomas should be at least one player who contributes right away in San Francisco. Ditto Brian Hoyer -- i.e., I applaud the Niners for not getting QB-panicky.

SI.com: 30th

​​​​The lasting question from Peter King’s must-read behind-the-scenes look at how the 49ers grabbed two of the draft’s top five defensive talents in Round 1: Was C.J. Beathard, who capped his college career with a 7-for-23, 55-yard, three-interception performance in Iowa’s blowout Outback Bowl loss, really the only quarterback Kyle Shanahan would take out of this year’s draft class?​

CBS Sports: 31st

John Lynch is off to a fast start as general manager, but this team has a long way to go. There will be a lot of growing pains.

ESPN: 31st

Sure, the 49ers fleeced the Bears in the draft and came up with top-10 players at picks 2 and 31. But they still don't have a quarterback. What coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch do have is time. With a pair of six-year contracts in hand, they know their quarterback could still be in high school.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Indianapolis Colts Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Indianapolis Colts rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 18th (T-CAR)
  • Average score: 18.4
  • Best rank/site: 14th (SI.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 22nd (CBS)

Based on where the Indianapolis Colts stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 14th

​​​​Indy spent the first two days of the draft on defense, stopping ballhawking safety Malik Hooker’s slide into the middle of Round 1. On the other side of the ball, don’t sleep on Kamar Aiken, who signed a pretty modest one-year, $2.6 million deal after falling off the radar in Baltimore but could vault the crowded field vying for No. 2 duties behind T.Y. Hilton.​

Fox Sports: 17th

In a year or two, we’ll probably be talking about the Colts as the draft’s biggest winners. How they came away with safety Malik Hooker and cornerback Quincy Jones at 15 and 46 is beyond me, but Chris Ballard should be doing backflips in his first year as GM. The Colts got substantially better with those two players, in addition to defensive end Tarell Basham, right tackle Zach Banner and running back Marlon Mack. The Colts improved dramatically in the draft.

ESPN: 19th

The Colts appear to have upgraded at general manager, and new guy Chris Ballard justifiably went defense heavy in the draft. Keeping Andrew Luck off the field a little bit more isn't a bad way to try to keep Andrew Luck safe.

NFL.com: 20th

New GM Chris Ballard didn't get cute. The defense contributed to many things last year. Winning wasn't one of them. The Colts finished 30th in total defense. So Ballard got to work, adding Jabaal Sheard and Johnathan Hankins in free agency before taking highly touted safety Malik Hooker in the first round. Adding Quincy Wilson (Round 2) and Tarell Basham (Round 3) furthers the point here. In layman's terms, Andrew Luck won't have to put up 30 points to win games.

CBS Sports: 22nd

It's all about improvement on defense with this team, and adding free safety Malik Hooker in the first round and corner Quincy Wilson in the second were nice picks. But they have to get a lot better on that side of the ball.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: New York Giants Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the New York Giants rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 7th
  • Average score: 7.2
  • Best rank/site: 5th (CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 9th (ESPN)

Based on where the New York Giants stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 5th

Their time to push for a title with Eli Manning is shrinking, which is why taking his replacement in the third round in Davis Webb was an odd move. I do think giving him the added weapons they have will help.

SI.com: 7th

​​​​Signing Brandon Marshall, drafting Evan Engram and handing the running game over to Paul Perkins should make New York’s offense consistently fun. But will the defense still have Dallas’s number without Johnathan Hankins in the middle? Lucky for us, NBC and the NFL have no sense of imagination when it comes to scheduling, so that question will be answered on Sunday Night Football to cap Week 1.​

NFL.com: 7th

Small move down for the Giants, though they did not suffer an off-point draft class. Rather, New York's draft strategy was not as consistent with fortifying the team today as Green Bay's and Dallas'. Case in point: First-round pick Evan Engram should contribute immediately at tight end, but how much is the question. With slot receiver Sterling Shepard (drafted last year) and new signee Brandon Marshall taking their share of targets, Engram might make less of an impact, even accounting for Big Blue's recent blues at TE. Case in point No. 2: Third-round pick Davis Webb, the former Cal QB. An obvious, smart pick for the future, but it doesn't help the product on the field now as much as an offensive lineman would have.

Fox Sports: 8th

Coach Ben McAdoo and the Giants addressed needs right off the bat, drafting tight end Evan Engram and Dalvin Tomlinson in the first and second rounds. Engram is similar to a wide receiver, but he’ll be a seam-buster in New York’s dynamic offense. Tomlinson will replace Johnathan Hankins at 3-technique defensive tackle. QB Davis Webb won’t have an impact in 2017 or maybe even 2018, but he’s a long-term investment. Adding RB Wayne Gallman in the fourth round is good value as he has starter potential.

ESPN: 9th

The Giants brought back almost the exact same defense that dominated for them last season, which is good. They added Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram to the passing game, which is good. They didn't do much at running back or offensive line, which is potentially disastrous. But at least they know how to beat the Cowboys.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Chicago Bears rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 29th
  • Average score: 29.6
  • Best rank/site: 29th (Multiple)
  • Lowest rank/site: 31st (SI.com)

Based on where the Chicago Bears stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 29th

Sign the Buccaneers' backup quarterback and trade a cartload of picks to move up to No. 2 and draft a quarterback? The Bears look like they're trying to replicate last year's Eagles quarterback moves, except with worse players. If Mitchell Trubisky is a franchise QB, the price won't have mattered. In similar news, if I pick the correct six lottery numbers, this will be my final column.

NFL.com: 29th

Heard GM Ryan Pace on Sirius XM radio Monday discussing his thinking in terms of the whys and hows of moving up to acquire Mitch Trubisky. Pace took a slightly different approach. Instead of providing the usual everyone is trying to find THE guy explanation, Pace mentioned wanting to upgrade the ENTIRE position group, including having a productive quarterback room. Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez and Mitch Trubisky are all new in Chicago. RE: Tarik Cohen, fourth-round pick, Pace spoke of his time in New Orleans and the issues Saints opponents had matching up with Darren Sproles. There is your friendly rationale for that pick.

Fox Sports: 29th

It’s hard to blame the Bears for going up to get Mitchell Trubisky, but it’s a questionable move after giving Mike Glennon $45 million. They aren’t going to scare any teams offensively, and the defense is filled with holes, particularly at safety and cornerback.

CBS Sports: 30th

Why pay Mike Glennon if you are going to go big at quarterback in the draft, trading up to take Mitchell Trubisky? Coach John Fox couldn't be happy about that.

SI.com: 31st

Mitchell Trubisky vs. Mike Glennon is the early favorite to be this summer’s saddest quarterback competition, but the post-Alshon Jeffrey receiving corps could end up being the ball and chain that keeps this offense from making noise, especially if Kevin White again can’t stay healthy.​​​​​

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Houston Texans Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

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With that said, here is where the Houston Texans rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 14th
  • Average score: 15.0
  • Best rank/site: 11th (ESPN)
  • Lowest rank/site: 21st (CBS)

Based on where the Houston Texans stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 11th

Two of the quarterbacks the Texans considered -- Tony Romo and Jay Cutler -- took broadcasting jobs instead. They ended up with Deshaun Watson, and given Bill O'Brien's quarterback-shuffling proclivities, Watson is sure to start six or eight games this year -- just maybe not in a row.

Fox Sports: 12th

The Texans made a huge push in the right direction by trading up for Deshaun Watson, likely their starting quarterback in 2017. He fits Bill O’Brien’s system perfectly and should have success from Day 1 with all the weapons he has around him. The addition of Zach Cunningham in the second round was huge, too, as he’s a rangy linebacker who loves to hit. The Texans had a really good haul this weekend.

SI.com: 15th

​​​​The Brock Osweiler trade showed the Texans were done being passive about their standing within the upper mediocrity of the AFC, and they came out of the first three rounds with three productive college stars in Deshaun Watson, D’Onta Foreman and Zach Cunningham, all three of which should make them better immediately. If Watson wins the starting job coming out of the preseason, he should have the inside track to Rookie of the Year.​

NFL.com: 16th

So much was made about the effort to find a quarterback of the future and then ultimately landing Deshaun Watson that the rest of the Texans' draft was obscured. Second-round pick Zach Cunningham might not be a thumper, but he could be an excellent pursuit linebacker. While he was thought to be a WLB in a 4-3, Romeo Crennel's defense is a bit unorthodox, with "DE" Jadeveon Clowney often standing up. Cunningham should play in front of Brennan Scarlett and others. Loved the D'Onta Foreman pick. He will be a nice yin to Lamar Miller's yang. And his story ...

CBS Sports: 21st

They say Tom Savage will be the starting quarterback, but do you really trade up to get Deshaun Watson in the first round if that's the case? I don't think so.

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May 13, 2017

2017 NFL Power Rankings: Dallas Cowboys Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Dallas Cowboys rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 4th (T-PIT)
  • Average score: 5.0
  • Best rank/site: 2nd (SI.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 9th (CBS)

Based on where the Dallas Cowboys stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 2nd

​​​​Get ready to hear a lot about Chaz Green. After Dallas passed on drafting any O-linemen, he’s the assumed front-runner to assume starting right tackle duties from the retired Doug Free. Green was a third-round pick in 2015 but has managed just two starts and four total appearances in the two seasons since—back surgery landed him on IR in December. Free-agent pickup Byron Bell or mauling guard La’el Collins could step in if Green can’t meet that unit’s high standards.​

Fox Sports: 3rd

Jerry Jones' Cowboys completely overhauled their secondary in one night, drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis on Day 2. They’ll team with Taco Charlton, who will provide some much-needed help at defensive end. Dallas addressed all of its biggest needs on defense after there were serious concerns about the cornerback position entering the draft. They may have gotten better in the secondary despite losing four starters at defensive back.

ESPN: 5th

The Cowboys went 8-8 three years in a row from 2011 to 2013. Their win totals the past three years are 12, 4 and 13. That pattern doesn't bode well, but that offensive line travels, so I guess that keeps the Cowboys here. Nobody seems to care that no one in their secondary is finished with finals yet.

NFL.com: 6th

Like the Packers, the Cowboys took care of business for the 2017 season and then some. Knowing they had to have a pass rusher, Dallas nabbed Taco Charlton in the first round. The taco salad came when the Joneses saddled up with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Xavier Woods in the secondary, in that the fortunes of the pass rush can't be separated from those of the secondary. The only disappointment might have been team brass avoiding offensive line, meaning Chaz Green will be the RT next year.

One more note on Taco: Taco Bell is famous. Californians swear by Del Taco. And the Greenville Ave crowd in Big D frequents Taco Cabana at 2 AM when they're three sheets. For my money, give me the bean burritos at Taco Bueno.

CBS Sports: 9th

They had a nice draft on the defensive side, but they need those guys to make an impact right away. I just think they are taking a step back this time around.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Denver Broncos Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Denver Broncos rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 13th
  • Average score: 13.8
  • Best rank/site: 10th (ESPN/Fox)
  • Lowest rank/site: 21st (SI.com)

Based on where the Denver Broncos stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 10th

How good a job is coach Vance Joseph walking into? The next-highest-ranked team that changed coaches this offseason is ranked 25th. If Garett Bolles can start right away at left tackle, that's good news for Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Trevon Synch, Paxtor Lymian ... whoever their quarterback ends up being.

Fox Sports: 10th

The Broncos addressed their biggest need at left tackle with the 20th pick, taking Garett Bolles out of Utah. DeMarcus Walker seemed like a bit of a reach in the second round, but he’ll find snaps in Denver’s rotation at defensive end. Carlos Henderson is a shifty receiver who’s slippery after the catch, but wideout wasn’t a huge need for Denver. Their season will come down to the quarterback play of Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch.

NFL.com: 14th

The Broncos' draft was viable. Signing Jamaal Charles? Admirable. It seems the vast majority of folks in the football world have moved on from the former Kansas City phenom. But do we all have collective amnesia about the all-time leader in yards per carry among running backs with 1,000 or more attempts? His 5.5 career average can't be touched by Adrian Peterson. The beloved Barry Sanders falls a half-yard short (5.0). That robust mark even has the greatest of them all, Jim Brown, looking up at Charles. Yet, after nine years in the league and some knee injuries, people think he's done. We'll see. John Elway will kick the tires on any player who could help the team win. Add in the Ronald Leary signing and the drafting of Garett Bolles, and Denver's run game will provide much better support for whoever the young QB is in 2017.

CBS Sports: 14th

Who plays quarterback? That's the main question, and whether it's Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, the second question is this: Are they good enough to push for a division title?

SI.com: 21st

​​​​Denver was the first team to dip into the offensive tackle pool at the draft and just signed longtime Broncos fan Jamaal Charles, so whichever QB wins the starti— wait, longtime Broncos fan Jamaal Charles? Actually, you know what, this makes sense, carry on.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

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With that said, here is where the Atlanta Falcons rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 2nd
  • Average score: 2.2
  • Best rank/site: 2nd (Multiple)
  • Lowest rank/site: 3rd (SI.com)

Based on where the Atlanta Falcons stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 2nd

No truth to the rumor that the Falcons had a 25-spot lead with a day and a half to go and coughed it up. Too soon? Well, so was the Falcons' slow-down game plan in the second half of the Super Bowl. In all honesty, they should be fine, unless Kyle Shanahan's playcalling was the key to the whole thing.

NFL.com: 2nd

Enough with the Super Bowl LI talk. Does anyone piss on "Star Wars" because of "Attack of the Clones" and the really bad choice for Darth Vader's grandkid in "The Force Awakens"? No. Let's quit viewing the Falcons' 2016 campaign negatively just because of the bum ending. Those guys balled out, and this team hasn't gotten any worse. First-round pick Takkarist McKinley and free-agent signees Dontari Poe and Jack Crawford are going to help the front seven. Ditto third-round pick Duke Riley. And don't forget that five rookies made a huge impact last year (Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, Austin Hooper, De'Vondre Campbell and Brian Poole). The personnel department is on a hot streak. In Hotlanta. You're welcome.

CBS Sports: 2nd

We know the offense is going to be explosive again, but they've added some nice pieces to the defense. They will be even faster on that side of the ball.

Fox Sports: 2nd

The Falcons traded up to land Takk McKinley in the first round, a fiery, raw pass rusher out of UCLA. He may start the year on the PUP list, but in the second half of the season, expect Dan Quinn to unleash him opposite Vic Beasley. LB Duke Riley gives Atlanta even more speed on defense, too – a good selection in the third. They're among the best teams in the league.

SI.com: 3rd

​​​​Atlanta didn’t need to mess with much on the roster, but Dontari Poe and first-rounder Takk McKinley add stoutness and speed, respectively, to a defensive line that nearly made the difference in the Super Bowl. Kyle Shanahan’s departure is the big question mark, but you don’t have to go back very far to find a contender that won it all with two first-year coordinators: The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 the same year Rick Dennison and Wade Phillips were tabbed to replace Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio when they got head coaching gigs.​

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 21st
  • Average score: 20.6
  • Best rank/site: 13th (CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 24th (ESPN)

Based on where the New Orleans Saints stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 13th

They've had one of the best offseasons of any team in the league. They are ready to make a push again for a division title -- and more -- with Drew Brees getting help around him.

Fox Sports: 21st

Sean Payton and the Saints thought about trading for Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, but you can bet they’re happy they didn’t. Marshon Lattimore fell all the way to 11, filling the Saints’ biggest need with the top cornerback in the draft. OT Ryan Ramczyk and safety Marcus Williams also will be early starters, while RB Alvin Kamara is an ideal complement to the power of Adrian Peterson and Melvin Ingram. The Saints improved more than most teams this weekend.

SI.com: 22nd

​​​​If both stay healthy, first-rounder Marshon Lattimore and third-year pro Delvin Breaux could be New Orleans’s best cornerback tandem in a long time. Lattimore is physical enough to grow into a worthy adversary for divisional rivals like Julio Jones and Mike Evans, and Breaux has come a long way since this gif from two years ago.

NFL.com: 23rd

The Sean Payton-Mickey Loomis partnership has been at the grind for over 10 years now, but not so long that these two can't shift their approach. Look for the Saints to grind more games out in lieu of playing Arena Ball en route to another 7-9 record. Five of their seven picks were used on defense, with a first-round choice spent on offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk and a third-round slot spent on running back Alvin Kamara. The team dropped a little coin on Adrian Peterson, too. This is with Mark Ingram still in-house. No more chuck it 45 times and hope the defense gets one stop per half stuff ...

ESPN: 24th

No team treads water like the Saints. Did you know they've been 7-9 three years in a row and four of the past five? They're something like a non-team at this point, stuck here in Power Rankings purgatory without Brandin Cooks, without Malcolm Butler, without a pass rush and somehow with the husk of Adrian Peterson. And you wonder why coach Sean Payton seems to want out every year.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Arizona Cardinals Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Arizona Cardinals rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 16th
  • Average score: 16.0
  • Best rank/site: 10th (CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 18th (ESPN/Fox)

Based on where the Arizona Cardinals stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 10th

They were top-10 in offense and defense last year, which tells you they had talent. They've added some nice players as well, but this will be about Carson Palmer staying on the field and playing well.

NFL.com: 17th

Difficult to surmise who the Cardinals are in May. Are they the contenders we saw two seasons ago who played their worst game in January? Or the middling bunch that couldn't get out of its own way last year? The answer lies somewhere in between, but even after a relatively strong draft, the question is ... If the Cards can't overtake Seattle, will Arizona string enough wins together to grab a wild-card spot? The offense could've used a wideout, but I can't wait to see all-heart safety Budda Baker (Round 2) team with All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu and all-hit Deone Bucannon.

SI.com: 17th

​​​​By passing on a quarterback in the draft, Arizona is betting on Carson Palmer’s ability to age gracefully, although at 37 last year he posted his lowest yards per attempt (7.1) since 2012, his final season as a Raider. Speedy linebacker Haason Reddick and hyperactive safety Budda Baker are early-round coups for Arizona’s aggressive defense.​

ESPN: 18th

We did this a year ago. The Cardinals were No. 5, and I ranted about how crazy it was that they weren't higher. I was ... wrong. So while I like what they did on defense with their first couple of picks, prove to me that quarterback Carson Palmer has something left before I buy in again, please.

Fox Sports: 18th

Bruce Arians and the Cardinals didn’t add a cornerback with any of their early picks, which was a bit surprising and could wind up costing them down the line. They did, however, add two ball hawks in Haason Reddick and Budda Baker. They’re going to be a lot of fun to watch on defense this season with both expected to start in Week 1. They still need offensive line and cornerback help, though.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Pittsburgh Steelers rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 4th (T-DAL)
  • Average score: 5.0
  • Best rank/site: 4th (Multiple)
  • Lowest rank/site: 6th (Multiple)

Based on where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 4th

The Steelers' biggest offseason addition might be a guy they already had. If Martavis Bryant can stay off suspension, the offense gets even more dynamic and next offseason's Ben Roethlisberger retirement hints become a little bit easier to handle.

NFL.com: 4th

Interesting draft for the Steelers, who look to return to the AFC Championship Game this year, but partially drafted for next. While T.J. Watt could contribute right away, according to our NFL.com scout Lance Zierlein, his lack of a powerful base could be problematic ... think about going against power-running teams. The debatable pick came in Round 2, when Pittsburgh took receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Certainly not a terrible pick, but with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Le'Veon Bell (who will catch 60 balls as a running back) on the roster, Smith-Schuster will be the fourth option -- at best.

Putting the draft aside, the Steelers and the NFL lost a giant with Dan Rooney's passing. The Rooney family in general has stewarded this franchise with the utmost class and humility, something our current world -- at least in the U.S. -- is missing. There's no need for me to remind anyone of the Rooney Rule here, but I would be remiss if I wrote about this without acknowledging the passing of a wonderful human being.

Fox Sports: 5th

T.J. Watt fell into Pittsburgh’s lap at No. 30, filling a need at edge rusher. The Steelers' next pick was a bit questionable, though, adding another wide receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster. He’s a physical receiver, but coach Mike Tomlin and the Steelers are deeper than just about every team at that position. Cameron Sutton should contribute right away at cornerback, though, and running back James Conner is a nice complement for Le’Veon Bell.

CBS Sports: 6th

Getting pass rusher T.J. Watt in the first round will help a defense that needs more from the edge. With Ben Roethlisberger back -- was he really going anywhere? -- they will again be in the Super mix.

SI.com: 6th

​​​​With no major holes to fill, the Steelers paid Antonio Brown (four-year extension) and Le’Veon Bell (franchise tag), and Ben Roethlisberger put his nebulous retirement plans on hold. Their rookie class could provide the depth (at some positions they were already pretty strong in) to widen the gap in the AFC North, but will Pittsburgh’s Big Three ever all make it to January in one piece?​

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May 12, 2017

2017 NFL Power Rankings: Cleveland Browns Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Cleveland Browns rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 32nd
  • Average score: 31.0
  • Best rank/site: 29th (CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 32nd (Multiple)

Based on where the Cleveland Browns stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 29th

I think they had a nice draft, adding a lot of talent, but it's all about second-round passer DeShone Kizer. If he's good, they might win six games.

NFL.com: 31st

Strange thing happened in Philly: Myles Garrett, that rare player who was almost universally considered the top talent in the draft, was barely discussed after his selection by the Browns with the first overall pick. He was the Andrew Luck of his year, the Earl Campbell -- the rich man's version of any player. And yet, it was like he was another ho-hum first-round choice. Garrett and the rest of Cleveland's Grade A draft haul (we grade these things, you see; very important) leave much room for optimism among the Brian Sipe faithful. What's more surprising than Garrett barely being celebrated or David Njoku being handed the keys to the tight end position shortly after being drafted? The Browns being up a spot in the Power Rankings.

Fox Sports: 31st

Don’t get me wrong, the Browns did a lot of good things in the draft. However, their roster is still one of the weakest in the NFL. DeShone Kizer isn’t going to start in Week 1, so they still have a question at quarterback. At least they added three Day 1 starters in Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku. They did improve in those three areas — defense, special teams and tight end — this weekend.

SI.com: 32nd

But just barely, and largely on the strength of not messing up the Myles Garrett pick at No. 1. Garrett and Swiss army knife Jabrill Peppers can fill a few different holes in the defense, but not nearly all of them. DeShone Kizer taking in the entire 2017 campaign from the sidelines would be the Browns’ best-case scenario, and in cutting ties with Gary Barnidge they’re showing faith in David Njoku’s NFL readiness that many draft analysts don’t share.​​​​​

ESPN: 32nd

When you can triple your previous season's win total and still have a good shot at the No. 1 overall pick, you're in a ... good spot? Not sure, but the Browns got three fun players in the first round of the draft and somehow kept Jamie Collins from leaving in free agency. I say give Brock Osweiler a shot, but they probably won't.

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Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings: Cincinnati Bengals Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Cincinnati Bengals rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 23rd
  • Average score: 22.4
  • Best rank/site: 15th (CBS)
  • Lowest rank/site: 26th (SI.com)

Based on where the Cincinnati Bengals stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

CBS Sports: 15th

They had a really good draft, adding a lot of talented players, some with risk, but they could pay off big. If that happens, they could be a playoff team again.

ESPN: 23rd

Really? Way down here at No. 23? I mean, I guess the offensive line is an issue minus Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth. But it's easy to forget that this team made the playoffs five years in a row before last season's crater, and the crater could well turn out to be an aberration.

Fox Sports: 23rd

After adding an offensive playmaker in receiver John Ross (pictured), the Bengals took a chance on controversial running back Joe Mixon. Right or not, the Bengals got significantly better on offense with those two players, and they should spark a unit that was lackluster in 2016. Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson were steals in the third and fourth rounds, helping the pass rush. Still, the Bengals aren’t a complete team and aren’t expected to be a Super Bowl contender next season.

NFL.com: 25th

Consider the Bengals' top picks high-risk/high-reward, if not exactly filling team needs. First-round pick John Ross can run faster than sponsors from Fox News. Joe Mixon is arguably as talented as any running back in the draft, but he obviously arrives with his own unique set of issues. The real question worth asking here is, what about the offensive line? Granted, where Cincy picked in the second round (48th overall) was not conducive to getting a top-notch guy, especially after the Chargers took Forrest Lamp 38th overall. But for a group that didn't perform too well last year, losing Pro Bowler Andrew Whitworth and almost-Pro Bowler Kevin Zeitler to free agency calls for some movement on Day 1 or 2, no? Bengals fans?

SI.com: 26th

​​​​After playing the Redskins to a draw in London in Week 8, the Bengals lost five games by five points or less down the stretch. That likely informed the back-to-back selections of the best playmaker available in John Ross and Joe Mixon with Cincy’s first two draft picks. Maybe there was a push from above to give the offense under Andy Dalton one more jolt before patience runs out with Marvin Lewis, who has only posted back-to-back losing seasons once in 14 years as Bengals coach.​

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May 10, 2017

Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings: Baltimore Ravens Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Baltimore Ravens rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 20th
  • Average score: 20.2
  • Best rank/site: 16th (ESPN)
  • Lowest rank/site: 24th (SI.com)

Based on where the Baltimore Ravens stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

ESPN: 16th

Baltimore is another team that used its first four picks on defense. Which is fine, when you have to play the Steelers twice a season. But man, are they seeing something in this wide receiver corps that the rest of us aren't? Like, for instance, wide receivers?

CBS Sports: 20th

Have they done enough to get back into the playoffs? I'm not sure they have, but they did add some good players in the draft.

Fox Sports: 20th

Defense, defense, defense. That was the motto of the first two days of Baltimore’s draft, bringing in four players who could potentially start as rookies. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey addresses Baltimore’s biggest need, while Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams provide explosiveness and athleticism off the edge as outside linebackers. Chris Wormley has a high ceiling as a defensive end in a 3-4, too, so he’s a perfect fit. John Harbaugh still needs help at wide receiver, which is a big knock on this class.

NFL.com: 21st

A rejiggering of the teams leaves Baltimore as the odd squad out, sliding a few rungs down. The drop is more a reflection of what the Eagles and Colts did in the draft as opposed to what the Ravens didn't do. That said, the criticism for not taking a wideout is fair. Losing Kamar Aiken to free agency and Steve Smith Sr. to retirement leaves the passing game in the hands of Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman. Which means that Danny Woodhead will catch approximately 180 balls. Not all is negative, as 11-22 on these rankings is awfully tight. As was the Chris Wormley pick. He's going to help right away.

SI.com: 24th

​​​​The inches by which Antonio Brown broke the plane of the goal line on Christmas night turned a season of contention into a misleading three-game gap between Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the final standings. The Ravens had been creeping toward the bottom third of the league in sacks over the past few years, and Day 2 picks Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams can help turn that trend around immediately off the edge.​

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Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the New England Patriots rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 1st
  • Average score: 1.0
  • Best rank/site: 1st (Unanimous)
  • Lowest rank/site: 1st (Unanimous)

Based on where the New England Patriots stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 1st

​​​The defending champs were so aggressive addressing both sides of the ball this spring it felt like they were sending a message. In burning their first-round pick to get Brandon Cooks from the Saints, the Pats continued to make their style of play ever harder to duplicate: Cooks is 5' 10", just like New England’s top two 2016 receptions leaders Julian Edelman and James White. ​

ESPN: 1st

Unchanged at the top, where the champions of January and February also emerged as the champions of March and April. No months off! No months off! New England's aggressive trade and free-agency approach was that of a team determined to win as many Tom Brady titles as it can while it can.

NFL.com: 1st

Loved loved loved the Patriots' draft. Yes, I know they barely drafted anyone. Who cares? They used their picks as capital to acquire more victories. At the end of the day, that is all the draft's about. What use is there in developing players if they don't contribute to success or leave via free agency? New England has the nucleus of a Super Bowl winning team intact. No reason to think too far ahead when the Pats are the best team in the league, the starting quarterback turns 40 in August and a window exists now to win another Lombardi (or two). Thus, no issues here for spending a draft pick to acquire Brandin Cooks ... or Kony Ealy ... or Dwayne Allen ... or Mike Gillislee. All good moves in my book.

CBS Sports: 1st

They've actually improved in the offseason, which is downright scary for the rest of the league. As long as Tom Brady is upright, they are the clear favorites again.

Fox Sports: 1st

Bill Belichick and the Patriots had one of the quietest drafts of any team, but that won’t be enough to bump them from the top spot. Their top draft picks essentially were Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen, which is a nice haul in retrospect. They also added DE Derek Rivers in the third round and DE Deatrich Wise, providing Matt Patricia with more pass rushers to unleash.

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Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings: New York Jets Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the New York Jets rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 31st
  • Average score: 30.6
  • Best rank/site: 27th (SI.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 32nd (Multiple)

Based on where the New York Jets stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 27th

This feels high, right? For the forward-thinking Jets fan, the most frustrating part of handing the starting quarterback job to Josh McCown may be that it ensures New York won’t be the worst team in the league this year. Jordan Leggett, ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen are intriguing rookie targets for whoever is under center, but the Jets didn’t lack for speedy receivers even before Devin Smith tore his ACL.​​​

ESPN: 30th

Jamal Adams should be a great player. He is not, however, a quarterback. The Jets are forever the Jets, the rare team that finds itself (A) rebuilding and (B) with its coach and general manager somehow on the hot seat at the same time. Maybe owner Woody Johnson will bring some nice Tower of London souvenirs back.

NFL.com: 32nd

People are speculating that the Jets have the most talent-resistant roster in the league. Well, this team doesn't resist talent, but it did avoid the quarterback auction going on Thursday night. And for that, the Jets deserve precisely zero criticism. What was the point of taking Bryce Petty in 2015 or rolling the dice on Christian Hackenberg in the second round last year if neither quarterback was going to get the opportunity to play? Draft the best players available, sink or swim with the pups under center and go get 'em next year when you can stockpile even more talent. Now, going S-S-WR-WR was a bit gnarly, but I love the Jamal Adams hire.

CBS Sports: 32nd

They made some interesting picks in the draft, but it's all about quarterback. And that's a problem with this team, which is why they are down here at the bottom.

Fox Sports: 32nd

Put simply, the Jets are going to be competing for the first overall pick next year. Jamal Adams was a great selection, and Marcus Maye will contribute at the other safety spot, but that wasn’t New York’s biggest issue. The offensive line, quarterback and cornerbacks were their biggest needs, and they did little to address them. It was a questionable draft for the Jets – again.

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Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings: Miami Dolphins Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Miami Dolphins rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 12th
  • Average score: 12.0
  • Best rank/site: 10th (SI.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 14th (Fox Sports)

Based on where the Miami Dolphins stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 10th

​Miami was the last team in the draft to spend a pick on an offensive player (athletic guard Isaac Asiata went No. 164), a sign that the organization believes the midseason run Ryan Tannehill was on before his left knee injury (69.1% completion rate, 13 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 7–1 record—with a big, big assist from Jay Ajayi) was a glimpse of something sustainable under the direction of Adam Gase.​

NFL.com: 11th

The Dolphins' draft went under the radar compared to those of other playoff teams, despite a solid effort from the personnel department. In fact, I didn't address them in the "Best and most worrisome picks," the Odyssey-length manifesto I posted after Day 3 wrapped. First-round pick Charles Harris should be able to play with his hand in the dirt, helping Miami forget the Mario Williams experiment (rather, debacle) and the Dion Jordan pick several years ago. Second-rounder Raekwon McMillan further bolsters the linebacking crew, which suddenly appears to be a strength. Perhaps most important is what my buddy Marc Sessler said to me in the newsroom: "Adam Gase gives that team hope. They were D.O.A. when he got there." Agreed. Don't be surprised if Miami gets a do-over in Pittsburgh after January's playoff defeat.

CBS Sports: 12th

They are doing a nice job building this roster, having a nice draft to go with their free-agency moves. They are clearly the second-best team in the AFC East.

ESPN: 13th

Last season was big for the Dolphins, as first-year coach Adam Gase seemed to figure out how to minimize Ryan Tannehill's weaknesses. They added some important pieces at linebacker to solidify the defense. But it all comes down to the offensive line, and there has been some shuffling there. We'll see how it all comes together.

Fox Sports: 14th

I really like what the Dolphins did. Charles Harris is a Day 1 starter at defensive end, while Raekwon McMillan will fill holes at linebacker next to Kiko Alonso. He loves to play downhill and hit ball carriers, allowing Alonso to play weak-side linebacker. Add in CB Cordrea Tankersley, a third-round pick, and Adam Gase and the Dolphins did a ton to improve their defense as a whole.

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Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings: Buffalo Bills Power Rankings Roundup

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

In addition to gathering data on a league-wide basis, we will post individual team roundups so fans of teams can see where their team stacks up and what the national media is writing about them.

With that said, here is where the Buffalo Bills rank in the post-draft edition of our Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

  • Rank: 26th
  • Average score: 24.6
  • Best rank/site: 19th (SI.com)
  • Lowest rank/site: 27th (NFL.com)

Based on where the Buffalo Bills stand in this update, here is a roundup from the sources that are included in our consensus power rankings (sorted by best ranking to worst ranking):

SI.com: 19th

The Bills may very well be a mess, but with a strong draft in the books, Tyrod Taylor under center and new coach Sean McDermott calling the shots—both on the field and up and down the roster, at least until the team finds a replacement for ex-GM Doug Whaley—they could easily be a 9–7, playoff-contending mess. There are wins to be had on that schedule before December, when Buffalo crams in two games each against the Patriots and Dolphins.​

Fox Sports: 25th

The Bills didn’t waste any time addressing their biggest needs at cornerback and receiver, taking Tre’Davious White and Zay Jones with their first two picks. They then added guard Dion Dawkins, who can compete inside or at right tackle. As a whole, the Bills got much better for new coach Sean McDermott, but questions still remain at quarterback with Tyrod Taylor.

ESPN: 26th

New head coach run! Sean McDermott has consolidated power in a very short time. And he came out of the first two rounds with a new cornerback, a new wide receiver and one of the draft's top guards. Buffalo likes both of its lines, and if quarterback Tyrod Taylor is reliable, the Bills could surprise. One of these years, they'll surprise. Right?

CBS Sports: 26th

New coach Sean McDermott is clearly running things with general manager Doug Whaley out. They had a solid draft, but they are the third team in the division.

NFL.com: 27th

Timing is a strange thing. It derives from the word "time," which is completely man-made. Our thoughts are comprised of quantum waves, which are not bound by our interpretation of time. Yet, considering we do live in a 24-hour day with weeks and months tabulated, and football teams are run by people, then it is completely in-bounds to say letting GM Doug Whaley go now was odd timing, at best. The argument for firing him at this juncture would be that the draft really finishes the year-long cycle for the personnel department. On the other hand, why not do it on Black Monday, closer to when previous coach Rex Ryan was let go? Why have Whaley be involved in the hiring of new coach Sean McDermott? All that said, the firing wasn't nearly as surprising as the timing. By the way ... I like the Nathan Peterman pick.

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May 08, 2017

2017 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots Unanimous Top Team in Post-Draft Consensus Power Rankings

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for NFL teams to turn their full attention to getting ready for the upcoming season.

In previous seasons, we have published our own version of NFL Power Rankings.

Starting in 2017, we’ve decided to post a weekly consensus NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Even though the media is far from perfect in ranking teams, the goal of aggregating power rankings from various sites is to arrive at a consensus outlook for teams.

Considering most sites have published a post-draft update to their power rankings, we figured now would be a great time to begin posting the consensus rankings.

Below are the post-draft Consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings:

RankTeamRecordLastChg.Avg.ESPNNFLSICBSFox
1New England Patriots0-0--111111
2Atlanta Falcons0-0--2.222322
3Green Bay Packers0-0--4.435437
4Pittsburgh Steelers0-0--544665
4Dallas Cowboys0-0--556293
6Oakland Raiders0-0--5.673576
7New York Giants0-0--7.297758
8Seattle Seahawks0-0--7.46101344
9Kansas City Chiefs0-0--9.68881113
10Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-0--10.814912811
11Tennessee Titans0-0--11.612129169
12Miami Dolphins0-0--121311101214
13Denver Broncos0-0--13.81014211410
14Houston Texans0-0--151116152112
15Detroit Lions0-0--15.61513112415
16Arizona Cardinals0-0--161817171018
17Washington Redskins0-0--172015161816
18Carolina Panthers0-0--18.41719201719
18Indianapolis Colts0-0--18.41920142217
20Baltimore Ravens0-0--20.21621242020
21New Orleans Saints0-0--20.62423221321
22Minnesota Vikings0-0--21.22122182322
23Cincinnati Bengals0-0--22.42325261523
24Philadelphia Eagles0-0--22.82218252524
25Los Angeles Chargers0-0--23.62524231927
26Buffalo Bills0-0--24.62627192625
27Jacksonville Jaguars0-0--26.82726282726
28Los Angeles Rams0-0--28.62828292830
29Chicago Bears0-0--29.62929313029
30San Francisco 49ers0-0--303130303128
31New York Jets0-0--30.63032273232
32Cleveland Browns0-0--313231322931
Sources: ESPN, NFL.com, SI.com, CBS Sports and Fox Sports.

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September 15, 2016

2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 2



Here are our Week 2 NFL Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (Record: 1-0; Last: 3)

With Tom Brady suspended and Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) inactive, things went better for Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots than anyone could have expected as they escaped with a road win in the desert. There is a chance that the Patriots emerge from Brady's suspension with a 4-0 record as they have three winnable home games against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills over the next three weeks.

2. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 1-0; Last: 1)

It took a last-minute touchdown from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin (31 seconds to go) to avoid a home loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. There was some worry that Wilson (ankle) might miss Week 2, but he has returned to practice and is considered a "full go" for Week 2.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 1-0; Last: 4)

Once again, no Le'Veon Bell, no problem. The oldest running back in the NFL at 33, Williams racked up 171 yards from scrimmage and scored twice in the team's MNF win. Not that it's a good thing to be without a talent like Bell, but perhaps the suspension will turn out to be a blessing in disguise -- keeping him fresh for a full season (once he returns).

4. Green Bay Packers (Record: 1-0; Last: 5)

Aaron Rodgers threw for only 199 yards, but he accounted for three touchdowns -- two passing (one to Jordy Nelson) and one rushing -- in the team's 27-23 win over the Jags.

5. Denver Broncos (Record: 1-0; Last: 8)

C.J. Anderson averaged an RB-high 6.35 yards per carry from Weeks 7 to 17 last season and he picked up where he left off in Week 1. Anderson racked up a total of 139 yards and two scores on 24 touches against a stingy Panthers defense. Inexperience at quarterback is a concern, but the Broncos will rely heavily on their rushing attack and defense.

6. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 0-1; Last: 2)

Like last season, Larry Fitzgerald has begun the year with a hot start with 81 yards and two scores, but it wasn't enough. It was a disappointing loss in the opener against a Brady-less, Gronk-less Patriots, but the Cardinals are one of the most-balanced and talented teams in the NFL.

7. Carolina Panthers (Record: 0-1; Last: 6)

After a tough loss in a Super Bowl rematch, the Panthers are this week's biggest favorites and projected to score the most points based on Vegas odds.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 1-0; Last: 7)

Even though Andy Dalton was sacked seven times, A.J. Green went off with a 12/180/1 line against the Jets as the Bengals escaped with a one-point victory.

9. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 1-0; Last: 9)

Despite a slow start from Adrian Peterson (19 carries for 31 yards), the Vikings defense scored two more touchdowns than the Vikings offense in Week 1.

10. Oakland Raiders (Record: 1-0; Last: 10)

Trailing by a point in the final minute, it was a gutsy call to go for two, but it made sense considering the amount of offense (and lack of defense) in the team's 35-34 win over the Saints.

11. Houston Texans (Record: 1-0; Last: 12)

Under-utilized in Miami, Lamar Miller carried the ball a career-high 28 times for 106 yards and added four catches for 11 yards in his Texans debut.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 1-0; Last: 13)

Overcoming a 17-point deficit on Sunday, the Chiefs set a franchise record with their largest come-from-behind victory. Accounting for nearly 200 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, Spencer Ware led the team in both rushing (11/70/1) and receiving (7/129/0) in Week 1 against the Chargers.

13. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 1-0; Last: 18)

Since leaving the Steelers for free agency after the 2012 season, Wallace set a four-year high for his long reception (66 yards) in his first game with the Ravens.

14. New York Jets (Record: 0-1; Last: 11)

The good news? The Jets sacked Andy Dalton seven times. The bad news? They still lost and have a difficult upcoming schedule with the Bills on Thursday Night Football and then four consecutive 2015 playoff teams: Chiefs, Seahawks, Steelers and Cardinals.

15. New York Giants (Record: 1-0; Last: 21)

Eli Manning threw three touchdowns as the Giants beat the Cowboys by a point. This week, the Giants host the Saints, who have surrendered 10 passing touchdowns to Manning in his past two games against them.

16. Detroit Lions (Record: 1-0; Last: 22)

Winning a shootout against a bad and banged-up Colts defense, Matthew Stafford completed 31-of-39 pass attempts for 340 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 1. In his past seven games, Stafford has thrown 20 touchdowns and one interception.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 1-0; Last: 25)

2015 No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston threw four TDs in the season opener as the Bucs beat division-rival Atlanta. It was the second-most touchdown passes Winston has thrown in his young career.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-1; Last: 15)

With Chris Ivory scratched, T.J. Yeldon managed only 39 rushing yards on 21 carries (1.9 YPC) against the Packers in Week 1. It seems unlikely that Ivory will play this week, but the Chargers gave up 199 YFS to Spencer Ware last week.

19. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-1; Last: 14)

Andrew Luck and the passing offense could be great this year. Their defense won't be.

20. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 0-1; Last: 16)

Rookie Ezekiel Elliott described his play as "average" in the opener. Not quite "average," Elliott gained just 51 yards on his 20 carries (2.55 YPC).

21. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 1-0; Last: 30)

Rookie Carson Wentz played well (278 yards and two TDs) in his NFL debut and Wentz and the Eagles will face the Bears in prime time in Week 2.

22. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-1; Last: 17)

In Washington's MNF loss, they ran the ball only 12 times (a league-low 21.82 percent of their plays). Game flow obviously influenced that, but one of the concerns for Washington's offense this season will be their effectiveness (or lack therof) running the ball.

23. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-1; Last: 19)

Drew Brees threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints opened the season with a 35-34 loss. As always, it's the defense, not offense, that is the problem and the Saints have lost their best cornerback, Devin Breaux, to a fractured fibula.

24. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-1; Last: 20)

Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense got off to a slow start. Depending on the health of Sammy Watkins' foot, there is potential that the Bills offense underachieves all season.

25. Tennessee Titans (Record: 0-1; Last: 24)

The good news? The Titans defense did not allow any touchdowns in Week 1. The bad news? Their offense allowed two of them.

26. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-1; Last: 26)

After nearly pulling off the upset in Seattle, the Dolphins head to New England for another tough road game. Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 300-plus yards in three consecutive (and four of his past five) games agianst the Patriots.

27. San Diego Chargers (Record: 0-1; Last: 28)

On pace for 134 catches last season before suffering a season-ending kidney injury, Keenan Allen will miss even more time in 2016 as he suffered a torn ACL in Week 1. It's a devastating blow to the Chargers offense and hopefully Allen will be able to stay healthy in 2017, but he will play only 38 total games in his first four NFL seasons combined.

28. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 0-1; Last: 27)

The Falcons ranked last in the NFL in sacks (19) last season. In Week 1, they failed to sack Jameis Winston.

29. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-1; Last: 29)

The team's offensive line struggled as Jay Cutler was sacked five times in the opener.

30. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 1-0; Last: 32)

Things went MUCH better than expected for the 49ers in Week 1. They should came back down to earth this week following a tough matchup against the Panthers in Week 2.

31. Los Angeles Rams (Record: 0-1; Last: 23)

With Jared Goff inactive, Case Keenum and the Rams generated no points and virtually no offense against the 49ers.

32. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-1; Last: 31)

With RG3 placed on Injured Reserve, the Browns turn (back) to Josh McCown. McCown threw 12 touchdowns to four interceptions in eight games last season and he set a career high with 457 passing yards last year against this week's opponent (Baltimore).

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May 08, 2016

2016 NFL Power Rankings: Post-Draft Power Rankings

Here are my post-draft NFL Power Rankings:

1. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 0-0; Last: 1)More talented than the 29th player overall, Robert Nkemdiche was a nice value for the Cardinals, who also added Chandler Jones before the draft in exchange for their second-round pick (and Jonathan Cooper). The addition of both significantly boosts their defensive line talent and rotation.

2. New England Patriots (Record: 0-0; Last: 2)Without a first-round pick, the Patriots had some solid value picks in the draft. Even though Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games, at least currently, the Pats remain the favorite (15/2) in Vegas (via Sportsbook.ag) to win Super Bowl LI.

3. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 0-0; Last: 6)For the first time since 2012 (Bruce Irvin), the Seahawks actually made a first-round selection in the draft (Germain Ifedi). The Seahawks need reinforcements on their offensive line so Ifedi addresses one of their bigger needs and they got excellent value with their next two picks -- Jarran Reed (Round 2) and C.J. Prosise (Round 3) -- as well.

4. Carolina Panthers (Record: 0-0; Last: 3)Typical for Dave Gettleman, the Panthers drafted a defensive lineman -- Louisana Tech's Vernon Butler -- in the first round. Then the team proceeded to draft cornerbacks with their next three picks -- James Bradberry (Round 2), Daryl Worley (Round 3) and Zack Sanchez (Round 5).

5. Denver Broncos (Record: 0-0; Last: 4)While he may not start any games this season, the Broncos got their long-term replacement for Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler in the draft as they traded up for Paxton Lynch. You could argue that Lynch has as much upside as any quarterback prospect in this draft class based on his tools and he is an excellent system fit for Denver's offense.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 0-0; Last: 5)The Steelers double-dipped by selecting defensive backs -- Artie Burns and Sean Davis -- with their first- and second-round picks. Both are a bit raw, but possess outstanding athleticism, length and upside.

7. Green Bay Packers (Record: 0-0; Last: 7)The Packers addressed several needs in the draft with two defensive linemen and two linebackers among their first five picks. They also traded up to get athletic left tackle Jason Spriggs in the second round.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 0-0; Last: 8)The Bengals stayed put with each of their draft pick slots and got some good values throughout including Baylor's Andrew Billings in the fourth round and Arizona State's Christian Westerman in the fifth round. Pitt's Tyler Boyd will help fill the void at receiver left by free-agent departures from Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

9. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 0-0; Last: 10)Not only did the Vikings arguably add the best receiver in this year's draft class with Laquon Treadwell, but Mackensie Alexander was a nice value with the 54th overall pick as well. And Moritz Boehringer, the first-ever player drafted out of Europe, joins his favorite team after taking up the sport as a 17-year-old impressed by an Adrian Peterson YouTube video.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 0-0; Last: 9)With their first pick (a second-rounder), the Chiefs selected Mississippi State's Chris Jones, who has first-round talent if he can play with consistent effort and technique. The Chiefs lost Sean Smith in free agency, but they drafted three cornerbacks, and they also selected Stanford's Kevin Hogan to replace Chase Daniel as the team's backup quarterback.

11. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 0-0; Last: 12)The Ravens passed on Laremy Tunsil for Ronnie Stanley, but their grades are very similar, and the Ravens loaded up on positions of need throughout the draft -- two offensive tackles, three defensive ends/edge rushers, two cornerbacks and a pair of running backs including one of my favorite prospects in this class, LA Tech's Kenneth Dixon.

12. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-0; Last: 13)In a season where Andrew Luck played only seven games, the Colts offensive line allowed a total of 118 QB Hits, second-most after the Browns. Using the draft to reinforce their offensive line, the Colts drafted four offensive linemen including center Ryan Kelly with the 18th overall pick.

13. Oakland Raiders (Record: 0-0; Last: 14)Continuing the momentum they built in free agency, the Raiders added safety Karl Joseph and a pair of pass-rushers with their first three picks. They should have four newcomers as starters on the defensive side of the ball in 2016. The Raiders last winning season was the 2002 season when they lost in the Super Bowl, but this is their most talented roster since that point.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-0; Last: 17)Their strong offseason continued into the draft as the Jags were able to land Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, both of whom are top-five prospects when healthy. Of course, there are concerns with Jack's knee, but the their defense should be much improved in 2016.

15. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 0-0; Last: 11)Clearly, Ezekial Elliott is the best running back prospect in this year's draft class, but the Cowboys would have been better off drafting Jalen Ramsey in the first round. Meanwhile, Jaylon Smith was a top-five prospect before his knee injury, but he's expected to miss all of 2016.

16. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-0; Last: 16)Washington had only three top-150 picks in the NFL Draft and they got value with each of them: Josh Doctson (Round 1), Su'a Cravens (Round 2) and Kendall Fuller (Round 3).

17. Houston Texans (Record: 0-0; Last: 15)Not only did the Texans sign Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller in free agency, but they continued to re-make themselves on offense by drafting WR Will Fuller, G/C Nick Martin, WR Braxton Miller and RB Tyler Ervin with their first four picks.

18. New York Giants (Record: 0-0; Last: 18)Perhaps a little early with their first-round pick, Eli Apple, as the Bears jumped ahead of them to take Leonard Floyd, the Giants made several value picks later in the draft.

19. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-0; Last: 19)The Bills made a few value picks on the defensive side of the ball early as Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland slipped to them in the first and second rounds, respectively. Given their lukewarm commitment to Tyrod Taylor, fourth-rounder Cardale Jones could be the team's quarterback of the future.

20. New York Jets (Record: 0-0; Last: 21)The Jets drafted a quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, in the second round, but unless (or until) they re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, their quarterback situation remains shaky at best with Geno Smith currently the projected starter.

21. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 0-0; Last: 20)Selecting prospects in the draft that address some of their team needs, the Falcons did not add much pass-rush help and they ranked last in the NFL in sacks (19) last season.

22. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-0; Last: 26)Arguably the most talented prospect of this year's draft class, Laremy Tunsil fell to the Dolphins at No. 13 after his Twitter account was hacked. In addition, the Dolphins also addressed some other needs with early picks as well -- Xavien Howard at cornerback and Kenyan Drake at running back.

23. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-0; Last: 25)The Bears traded up two spots to get in front of the Giants and take Leonard Floyd, who has a lot of potential as a pass-rusher, but I really liked their Day 2 value picks -- Cody Whitehair, a left tackle in college that will move inside to guard, and Jonathan Bullard, a versatile defensive lineman from Florida.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 0-0; Last: 28)With Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence as their first two picks, the Buccaneers addressed some needs. And while they upgraded their placekicking, the Bucs gave up a third- and fourth-round pick to trade up to take Roberto Aguayo in the second round. Aguayo is only the fourth kicker selected in the first two rounds in the past 25 years.

25. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-0; Last: 22)The Saints had only five picks in this year's draft and Sheldon Rankins and Vonn Bell should help improve a defense that ranked last in the NFL. In addition, they drafted receiver Michael Thomas, who will likely assume Marques Colston's old role. That said, it's possible that the Saints will be picking within the top 5-10 picks in 2017.

26. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 0-0; Last: 23)Given the amount of compensation given to move up to No. 2, Philadelphia's draft class will be evaluated almost exclusively on Carson Wentz' development. At least at the moment, Wentz will sit behind a quarterback that doesn't want to be on the team.

27. Los Angeles Rams (Record: 0-0; Last: 24)The good news is that the Rams now have their quarterback of the future. The bad news is the amount of draft-pick compensation surrendered to move up 14 spots. If Jared Goff turns into a true franchise quarterback, however, it will be all worth it.

28. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-0; Last: 27)For a second consecutive draft and the third in five drafts, the Lions used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman -- this year, Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker. Whether they use Decker at left or right tackle, he instantly makes the offensive line better. But the retirement this offseason of Calvin Johnson will make this a much less dynamic offense in 2016 and beyond.

29. Tennessee Titans (Record: 0-0; Last: 30)Using the second overall pick last season, the Titans have their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota. This offseason, however, they added some significant pieces to improve their rushing attack -- DeMarco Murray before the draft as well as Jack Conklin and Derrick Henry in the draft. In addition, they added some key contributors to their defensive line rotation with Kevin Dodd and Austin Johnson in Round 2.

30. San Diego Chargers (Record: 0-0; Last: 29)Adding Joey Bosa will help improve a pass rush that ranked in the bottom 10 in the league last season and Hunter Henry, the top tight end prospect in this year's draft class, gives the Chargers a long-term replacement for Antonio Gates. That said, the Chargers are now the least talented team in the AFC West despite having the best quarterback.

31. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 0-0; Last: 31)One of the least surprising picks of the weekend, Chip Kelly reunited with Oregon's DeForest Buckner with the seventh overall pick and he represented good value. But one of the biggest surprises of the draft was the team trading back into the first round for Stanford guard Joshua Garnett.

32. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-0; Last: 32)Tying a seven-round record with 14 draft picks, the Browns added a total of four receivers including Corey Coleman with the 15th-overall pick and used three top-99 picks on edge rushers. They also drafted USC's Cody Kessler in the third round, but it's possible (likely) that they draft a franchise quarterback should they finish with the first overall pick in 2016.

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April 26, 2016

2016 NFL Power Rankings: Pre-Draft Power Rankings

Here are our initial 2016 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Cardinals led the NFL in scoring offense and Carson Palmer had a career season — 4,671 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, 104.6 passer rating, etc. were all career highs — even though he comitted six turnovers in the NFC Championship Game. And going into the 2016 NFL season, you could argue that the Cardinals are the league's most balanced team.

2. New England Patriots (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Over the past six seasons, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick & Co. have posted a 75-21 regular-season record with a minimum of 12 wins every year. Only the Colts (7, 2003-2009) have a longer streak of seasons with 12-plus victories. Even with Brady's four-game suspension reinstated, Vegas still has the Pats as Super Bowl LI favorites (15/2).

3. Carolina Panthers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Coming off a career-best season, Cam Newton became the ninth Heisman Trophy winner to also win an NFL MVP award and the first to do since Barry Sanders (1997). On defense, the Panthers have one of the league's best front-sevens, but they rescinded their franchise tag on shutdown corner Josh Norman, who signed a free-agent deal with Washington.

4. Denver Broncos (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Although they field last year's top-ranked defense, the defending champs go into the draft without either first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning or presumed 2016 starter Brock Osweiler, who signed a free-agent deal with Houston. Perhaps they will be able to work out a deal for Colin Kaepernick; otherwise, Mark Sanchez currently tops their quarterback depth chart.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While it hurts that Martavis Bryant (suspension) will miss all of 2016, the Steelers were without Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell for multiple games in 2015 yet finished third in total offense (395.4 YPG) and tied for fourth in scoring offense (26.4 PPG). Adding upgrades and reinforcements to a leaky pass defense will be key area of emphasis in the draft.

6. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While he and the team (4-5 in first nine games) started slowly, Russell Wilson compiled a 24-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio over the team's final seven regular-season games. Oddly enough, Wilson's passing-game success happened primarily with Jimmy Graham (knee) out of the lineup.

7. Green Bay Packers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) hurt the team's offense as Aaron Rodgers averaged just 238.8 YPG and 6.7 Y/A with a 60.7 completion percentage, all of which were career lows as a starter. With the return of Nelson and a fitter Eddie Lacy, the Packers offense, which ranked 23rd in 2015, should bounce back in 2016.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The good news is that the Bengals have made the postseason in five consecutive seasons. While Andy Dalton (thumb) missed the playoff game, the Bengals have now lost all seven of Marvin Lewis' playoff games.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While the Chiefs got off to a horrible start (1-5 and an ACL injury to Jamaal Charles), Andy Reid is now 3-for-3 in winning seasons in Kansas City as the Chiefs won their final 10 regular-season games.

10. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Minnesota's Adrian Peterson led the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards and he rushed for 11 touchdowns. Excluding his one-game 2014 season, Peterson has rushed for double-digit touchdowns in all eight of his other nine seasons. Currently 10th all-time in rushing touchdowns (97), AP is currently 13 rushing scores behind Walter Payton (110, fourth all-time).

11. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While the Cowboys have a top-four pick in this month's NFL Draft, they also have the best odds (among NFC East teams) to win Super Bowl LI at 20/1, per sportsbook.ag. Of course, the key to their success will be the health of quarterback Tony Romo, as he played in just four games (3-1) last season. They were 1-11 in their other 12 games.

12. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)For the first time in the eight seasons that John Harbaugh has been head coach, the Ravens finished with a losing record (5-11). The team suffered numerous season-ending injuries -- Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, etc. -- but you could argue this is the least talented roster that Harbaugh has had.

13. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)In four seasons as quarterback, Andrew Luck has lost exactly five games every season. The bad news is that he played only seven games last year. Clearly the franchise needs to surround him with better talent, but Luck, who turned the ball over 15 times in seven games, needs to take better care of the football.

14. Oakland Raiders (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Few teams made as significant of an improvement to their roster in free agency as the Raiders. Not only did Oakland re-sign Donald Penn and Aldon Smith, but they signed Kelechi Osemele, Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson as well.

15. Houston Texans (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Texans gave Brock Osweiler a four-year, $72 million contract to replace Brian Hoyer as their starter and signed free-agent running back Lamar Miller to take over for Arian Foster. Underutilized in Miami, Miller has been highly productive on a per-touch basis (4.59 YPC and 7.58 Y/R). Since entering the league in 2012, Miller is one of just five backs to average 4.5 YPC (min: 500 carries) and 7.5 Y/R (min: 100 catches).

16. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)In a division where they were expected, by most, to finish in last place, Washington won the NFC East with strong quarterback play from full-time starter Kirk Cousins. Designated with the franchise tag, Cousins is under contract for at least one more season provided a long-term deal isn't reached prior to the July 15th cutoff. Not only did Cousins lead the NFL in completion percentage (69.8), he posted a 23:3 TD-to-INT ratio over his final 10 games of the regular season.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Since the 2000 NFL season, the Jaguars had made the playoffs twice (2005 and 2007). Since their last playoff berth, the Jags have gone eight seasons without a winning record and five consecutive seasons with five or fewer wins. Third-year quarterback Blake Bortles will need to limit the turnovers, but the team should be better on defense with free-agent additions Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson and last year's first-rounder Dante Fowler (ACL) set to make his NFL debut. They may be a year away from finishing above .500, but they are a team poised to take a step (or two) forward in 2016.

18. New York Giants (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)With Tom Coughlin no longer the coach, Eli Manning and the offense have continuity as Ben McAdoo takes over. The Giants made a number of signings on the defensive side of the ball in free agency, and that side of the ball should determine how much success they will have in 2016.

19. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Since Rex Ryan became Baltimore's defensive coordinator in 2005, he had never finished worse than 11th in total defense -- until last year, that is. In his first season in Buffalo, the Bills ranked 19th in total defense. The G-Men ranked 32nd in total defense and 30th in scoring defense in 2015.

20. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Julio Jones led the NFL with 1,871 receiving yards, which was the second-most all-time to Calvin Johnson's 1,964 in 2012. Over the past two seasons, Jones has 240 catches for 3,464 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Falcons signed, or overpaid, free-agent receiver Mohamed Sanu, but they could still use an upgrade as a No. 2 option to Jones.

21. New York Jets (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)In his lone season as Jets starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 31 touchdowns, a single-season franchise record. Still a free agent, Fitzpatrick appears unlikely to agree to a new contract with the Jets prior to the draft although GM Dave Maccagnan has said re-signing Fitzpatrick is a priority.

22. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)For the fourth time in five seasons, Drew Brees led the NFL in passing yards although his 4,870 yards was a five-year low. In addition, his 32 touchdowns were an eight-year low. Only 458 passing yards behind Dan Marino, Brees should move into third place all-time by Week 2.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford and signed free agent Chase Daniel, but their quarterback of the future won't be on their roster until Thursday evening. The Eagles gave up a lot to move from No. 8 to No. 2 in the 2016 NFL Draft, but they are expected to use the pick on North Dakota State quarterback prospect Carson Wentz.

24. Los Angeles Rams (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Rams are back in L.A., but they still lack the most important "star" power as Case Keenum currently tops the quarterback depth chart. But that will change in the coming days with the club trading up to the No. 1 pick for the right to select a franchise quarterback (expected to be Jared Goff).

25. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Since entering the league in 2008, no player has more yards from scrimmage than Matt Forte (12,718). With Forte signing a free-agent deal with the Jets, the Bears will rely on Jeremy Langford to lead the backfield barring a high pick on a running back in the 2016 NFL Draft. Langford averaged just 3.6 yards per carry as a rookie.

26. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)High-priced free agents don't always pay off and it was a disappointing season for Ndamukong Suh and Byron Maxwell, who was acquired via trade with Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon in free agency as the Giants gave him an $85 million contract.

27. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Closing the season with strong momentum, Detroit won six of their final eight regular-season games. The Lions signed Marvin Jones, the top available 2016 free-agent wide receiver, but they lost Megatron to early retirement. Or in other words, they lost much more than they received.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Tied for a league-high 4.8 yards per carry, the Buccaneers ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing offense (135.1 yards per game) and they re-signed Doug Martin in free agency. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston threw 16 touchdowns to only eight interceptions over his final 12 games as a rookie.

29. San Diego Chargers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Chargers agreed to a long-term contract with Philip Rivers, but their offensive line remains among the worst in the NFL. In fact, PFF graded San Diego's line the worst in the league. With quarterbacks the presumed first and second pick in the draft, the Chargers have an opportunity to draft one of the best left tackle prospects in years, which I project in 2016 NFL Mock Draft.

30. Tennessee Titans (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)By trading back in this year's draft, the Titans now have a total of 11 draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Draft. Considering they drafted a franchise quarterback (Marcus Mariota), they are in position to turn their franchise around over the next couple of years.

31. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Only the Texans and Colts averaged fewer yards per play than the 49ers last season. Only the Rams and Vikings averaged fewer offensive plays per game than the 49ers in 2015. At a minimum, the Chip Kelly-led 49ers should rank near the top of the league in terms of plays per game, but the roster has been significantly stripped of talent compared to their recent NFC Championship Game appearances.

32. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Quarterback. The most important position in football. Correction: The most important position in sports. With 24 quarterbacks to start since professional football returned to Cleveland, the Browns signed RG3 to a two-year deal and there's a decent chance that they will draft a quarterback at some point as well. By trading down from the second overall pick, the Browns now have six top-100 selections in this year's draft.

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December 30, 2015

2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

Here are our Week 17 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 13-2; Last: 2)No team is more complete than the Cardinals, who have won nine consecutive games and own the league's best scoring differential (+206). Not only do Carson Palmer and the Cardinals lead the NFL in total offense (420.1 yards per game), but they rank fifth in total defense (319.5 YPG allowed).

2. Carolina Panthers (Record: 14-1; Last: 1)The Panthers first loss of the season may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as they play for a championship without the added pressure (distraction) of trying to play for perfection. Going into the final week of the season, Cam Newton has to be the favorite for league MVP. Despite a lack of skill-position talent around him, Newton has thrown for 3,544 yards and a career-high 33 touchdowns and rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns.

3. New England Patriots (Record: 12-3; Last: 3)With a win on Sunday, the AFC playoffs will run through Foxboro. The Patriots continue to lose players to injuries, but as long as they have a healthy Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski with Bill Belichick on the sideline (coin-toss decisions aside), they will be the prohibitive favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

4. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 9-6; Last: 4)Extending his touchdown streak to five games, Doug Baldwin finished with a season-high eight catches and exceeded 100 yards for the third time in seven games. His 14 receiving touchdowns this season have set a franchise record.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 11-4; Last: 5)With Andy Dalton (thumb) not expected to be ready for the Wild Card round, the Bengals are perhaps fortunate that A.J. McCarron (wrist) is considered "day to day." After losing to Denver on Monday Night Football, the Bengals could still earn a first-round bye with a win (and Denver loss) on Sunday.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 10-5; Last: 6)After starting the season with a 1-5 record, the Chiefs extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over the Browns. If the Chiefs beat the Raiders (and the Broncos lose), they would win the AFC West.

7. Denver Broncos (Record: 11-4; Last: 8)With Brock Osweiler leading the Broncos to a come-from-behind win over the Bengals on Monday Night Football, he has already been confirmed the Week 17 starter. Clinching a playoff berth, the MNF win puts the Broncos in the driver's seat for a first-round bye with an outside chance at the No. 1 seed.

8. New York Jets (Record: 10-5; Last: 10)Brandon Marshall exceeded 100 yards for the fourth time in five games and he caught a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's OT win over the Patriots. In the process, Marshall set the franchise's single-season record for receptions (101) and set a career high in touchdowns (13).

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 9-6; Last: 7)The Steelers laid an egg against the Ravens in Week 16. Favored by double digits against a leaky secondary, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 215 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Not only do they need a Week 17 win, but they need help from the Chiefs and/or Jets to get into the playoffs.

10. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 10-5; Last: 11)Not only did Adrian Peterson rush for 104 yards and a touchdown, but Jerick McKinnon ran for 89 yards and two late touchdowns as the Vikings scored a season-high 49 points in Week 16. The Vikings head to Lambeau Field in Week 17 for the division. In 15 regular-season games against Green Bay, AP has 1,911 yards from scrimmage, 5.37 YPC and 13 total touchdowns.

Here are the best of the rest:

11. Washington Redskins (Record: 8-7; Last: 12)
12. Green Bay Packers (Record: 10-5; Last: 9)
13. Houston Texans (Record: 8-7; Last: 13)
14. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 8-7; Last: 20)
15. Oakland Raiders (Record: 7-8; Last: 18)
16. Buffalo Bills (Record: 7-8; Last: 14)
17. New York Giants (Record: 6-9; Last: 15)
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 6-9; Last: 16)
19. St. Louis Rams (Record: 7-8; Last: 22)
20. Detroit Lions (Record: 6-9; Last: 19)
21. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 7-8; Last: 17)
22. New Orleans Saints (Record: 6-9; Last: 25)
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 5-10; Last: 23)
24. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 6-9; Last: 21)
25. Chicago Bears (Record: 6-9; Last: 24)
26. Miami Dolphins (Record: 5-10; Last: 28)
27. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 5-10; Last: 30)
28. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 4-11; Last: 29)
29. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 4-11; Last: 26)
30. San Diego Chargers (Record: 4-11; Last: 27)
31. Cleveland Browns (Record: 3-12; Last: 31)
32. Tennessee Titans (Record: 3-12; Last: 32)

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December 22, 2015

2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

Here are our Week 16 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Carolina Panthers (Record: 14-0; Last: 1)Despite the more exciting ending than expected on Sunday, the Panthers improved to 14-0 and have now won 18 consecutive regular-season games. Meanwhile, Cam Newton threw for 340 yards, five touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards to exceed 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards for an NFL-best fifth consecutive season.

2. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 12-2; Last: 2)With a convincing win over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, the Cardinals set a franchise record with their 12th regular-season win.
3. New England Patriots (Record: 12-2; Last: 3)Picking up another sack on Sunday, Chandler Jones tied his career high with 11.5 on the season. The only Patriots with more in franchise history are Andre Tippett (three separate times) and Mike Vrabel (12.5).

4. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 9-5; Last: 4)Once again, Doug Baldwin hauled in multiple touchdown receptions. Over his past four games, Baldwin now has 10 touchdowns.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 11-3; Last: 5)In his first start, A.J. McCarron was efficient (15-of-21 for 192 yards and a touchdown) with Andy Dalton sidelined. Ultimately, their Week 16 showdown with the Broncos could determine whether or not they earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 9-5; Last: 7)With a 20-point victory over the Ravens, the Chiefs won their eighth consecutive regular-season game. Six of those eight wins have been by double digits.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 9-5; Last: 9)The Steelers have scored 30-plus points in six consecutive games, which is tied for the fifth-longest streak in the NFL since 1970. Pittsburgh is 5-1 during that span and they overcame a 17-point deficit. In those six games, Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 365.8 passing yards per game and Antonio Brown has an insane stat line of 64/868/6.

8. Denver Broncos (Record: 10-4; Last: 6)Peyton Manning called a report that he wouldn't accept being a backup, when healthy, as "insulting," but the Broncos have lost four of their past seven games as they play for a first-round bye on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, Kubiak said that the team is "starting from scratch" this week in regards to its quarterback situation.

9. Green Bay Packers (Record: 10-4; Last: 8)In his past five games, Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 273 yards or less in every game and he's failed to even reach 220 yards in four of the five. It's the first time in Rodgers tenure as a starter that he has thrown for 275 yards or less in more than four consecutive games. The Packers have an outside shot a first-round bye and coincidentally they face the team currently in the No. 2 spot this week.

10. New York Jets (Record: 9-5; Last: 10)Tied with Joe Namath, Mark Sanchez and Al Dorow, Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown the second-most single-season touchdowns (26) in franchise history. The franchise record is within reach (Vinny Testaverde, 29 in 1998). More than likely, Fitz will have a chance to work his "magic" for the Jets in 2016.

Here are the best of the rest:

11. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 9-5; Last: 11)
12. Washington Redskins (Record: 7-7; Last: 15)
13. Houston Texans (Record: 7-7; Last: 20)
14. Buffalo Bills (Record: 6-8; Last: 12)
15. New York Giants (Record: 6-8; Last: 14)
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 6-8; Last: 16)
17. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 6-8; Last: 13)
18. Oakland Raiders (Record: 6-8; Last: 18)
19. Detroit Lions (Record: 5-9; Last: 19)
20. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 7-7; Last: 17)
21. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 6-8; Last: 22)
22. St. Louis Rams (Record: 6-8; Last: 21)
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 5-9; Last: 24)
24. Chicago Bears (Record: 5-9; Last: 23)
25. New Orleans Saints (Record: 5-9; Last: 26)
26. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 4-10; Last: 28)
27. San Diego Chargers (Record: 4-10; Last: 30)
28. Miami Dolphins (Record: 5-9; Last: 25)
29. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 4-10; Last: 27)
30. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 4-10; Last: 29)
31. Cleveland Browns (Record: 3-11; Last: 32)
32. Tennessee Titans (Record: 3-11; Last: 31)

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November 29, 2015

Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (Record: 10-0; Last: 1)The defending Super Bowl champs carry an unblemished 10-0 record into Denver for Sunday Night Football against the league's top-ranked defense. Of all the teams that Tom Brady has faced at least five times during the regular season, the Broncos are the only team against which Tom Brady does not have a winning record (5-5, .500).

2. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 8-2; Last: 2)Although they are not unbeaten, no team is more complete than the Cardinals. Arizona ranks in the top-nine in the NFL in rush offense (9th), pass offense (4th), rush defense (7th) and pass defense (9th). In addition, they rank first in yardage differential.

3. Carolina Panthers (Record: 11-0; Last: 3)With a pair of pick-sixes of Cowboys (injured again) quarterback Tony Romo, the Panthers remained unbeaten this season and have now won 15 consecutive regular-season games going back to last season.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 8-2; Last: 4)After beginning the year with a perfect 8-0 record, Andy Dalton and the Bengals have lost back-to-back primetime games. With 315 yards and two touchdowns, Sunday's loss wasn't (only) Dalton's fault, but he is now 4-9 in regular-season night games.

5. Denver Broncos (Record: 8-2; Last: 5)It's unclear when (or if) Peyton Manning will play his next game this season, but Brock Osweiler played well in his first start (20-of-27, 250 yards, two TDs).

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 6-4; Last: 6)Playing with his own injury (foot), Ben Roethlisberger replaced an injured Landry Jones against the Browns and threw for a season-high 379 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Antonio Brown has a total of 27/423/2 over his past two games.

7. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 7-3; Last: 7)Not only does Adrian Peterson lead the NFL in rushing, but the Vikings rank third in rushing offense (141.9/G) and second in yards per carry (4.9). In turn, the Vikings have been stingy on defense, allowing the third-fewest points per game (18.4/G).

8. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 5-5; Last: 16)Not only have the Chiefs won four straight games and by a margin of 130-39, they have a great schedule down the stretch. None of their remaining six games are against teams with a winning record.

9. Green Bay Packers (Record: 7-4; Last: 8)Since starting 6-0, the Packers have lost four of their past five games. In their past five games, Aaron Rodgers and the offense has averaged just 19.6 points per game (compared to 27.3 through their first six games).

10. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 5-5; Last: 9)The trade of Max Unger for Jimmy Graham has not given the Seahawks a dominant presence in the red zone (no TDs for Graham since Week 3) and Russell Wilson has been sacked a league-high 35 times. One positive is that Thomas Rawls has 100-plus yards in three of four games with 15-plus carries, which means there won't be much (or any) downgrade from the injured Marshawn Lynch.

Here are the best of the rest:

11. New York Jets (Record: 5-5; Last: 10)
12. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 6-4; Last: 11)
13. Buffalo Bills (Record: 5-5; Last: 12)
14. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 5-5; Last: 18)
15. New York Giants (Record: 5-5; Last: 13)
16. Oakland Raiders (Record: 4-6; Last: 14)
17. St. Louis Rams (Record: 4-6; Last: 17)
18. Chicago Bears (Record: 5-6; Last: 20)
19. Washington Redskins (Record: 4-6; Last: 19)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 5-5; Last: 23)
21. New Orleans Saints (Record: 4-6; Last: 21)
22. Detroit Lions (Record: 4-7; Last: 29)
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 4-6; Last: 24)
24. Miami Dolphins (Record: 4-6; Last: 22)
25. Houston Texans (Record: 5-5; Last: 25)
26. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 4-7; Last: 15)
27. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 3-7; Last: 27)
28. San Diego Chargers (Record: 2-8; Last: 28)
29. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 3-8; Last: 26)
30. Tennessee Titans (Record: 2-8; Last: 31)
31. Cleveland Browns (Record: 2-8; Last: 30)
32. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 3-7; Last: 32)

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October 11, 2015

2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

Here are my Week 5 NFL Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (Record: 3-0; Last: 1)Over the past 15 seasons, the Patriots are 11-4 in their game following the bye but are just 2-2 in their past four games coming off the bye. No team is a bigger favorite than the Patriots (-9.5) this week.

2. Green Bay Packers (Record: 4-0; Last: 2)Aaron Rodgers has thrown 574 pass attempts at home since his last interception. Over that 19-game span counting the playoffs, Rodgers has thrown 48 touchdowns.


3. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 4-0; Last: 4)Bengals QB Andy Dalton has a difficult Week 5 matchup against the Seahawks, but he currently leads the NFL in yards per attempt (10.2) and has posted a 9-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio through four weeks. His lowest passer rating in those four games was 115.9 in Week 1.

4. Denver Broncos (Record: 4-0; Last: 5)The Broncos are now 24-2 at home since 2012 including 10 consecutive wins. In addition, they will take a 13-game road winning streak against AFC West opponents into Oakland on Sunday.

5. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 3-1; Last: 3)Through four games, Larry Fitzgerald has a 30/432/5 stat line with a minimum of six catches and 87 yards in every game. Fitzgerald had just three 6/87 games in all of 2014.
6. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 2-2; Last: 6)With Kam Chancellor on the field, the Seahawks have not allowed a touchdown during the regular season for 18 consecutive quarters.

7. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 4-0; Last: 7)Not only did Devonta Freeman rush for three scores in Week 3, but he did so again in Week 4 against the Texans. Freeman became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson (2006) to rush for three scores in back-to-back games.

8. Carolina Panthers (Record: 4-0; Last: 8)Obviously, you can only play the teams on your schedule, but the Panthers opponents through TNF in Week 5 have a combined 4-13 record. Their next four opponents all won double-digit games last season -- Seahawks, Eagles, Colts and Packers.

9. Buffalo Bills (Record: 2-2; Last: 9)The Bills rank last in the NFL in penalties -- 11.8 penalties and 107.0 penalty yards per game -- this season.

10. New York Jets (Record: 3-1; Last: 10)Brandon Marshall exceeded the 100-yard mark for his third consecutive game; the longest streak by a Jet since 1988 (Al Toon). Through four games, Marshall has 30 catches for 400 yards and three touchdowns, which equates to a 16-game pace of 120/1,600/12.

11. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 2-2; Last: 12)No team has a larger share of their offensive yardage come from rushing than the Vikings (45.24 percent) and no team is averaging more yards per carry than the Vikings (4.9 YPC).

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 2-2; Last: 13)The Ravens had a streak of 29 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, but Le'Veon Bell broke the streak on Thursday Night Football. With Ben Roethlisberger still sidelined, the Steelers should give Bell another large (or larger) workload on Monday Night Football.

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June 11, 2015

Initial 2015 NFL Power Rankings

With NFL teams now holding their mandatory mini-camps, we are only about six weeks away from the start of training camp and we're less than two months away from the first preseason game.

With that said, here are our initial 2015 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Since Russell Wilson was drafted in the third round in 2012, no team has fewer pass attempts than Seattle (1,279). Despite leading a run-dominant offense, Wilson has thrown 20-plus TDs with 10 or fewer interceptions in each of his first three seasons. No other QB in league history has done that more than once in his first three seasons. And now Wilson finally has an elite weapon in the passing game with Jimmy Graham.

2. Green Bay Packers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

By re-signing right tackle Bryan Bulaga and wide receiver Randall Cobb, the Packers return all 11 offensive starters from the league's highest-scoring offense (30.4/G). Of course, the most important returning starter is league MVP Aaron Rodgers. Since becoming the team's starter in 2008, Rodgers leads the NFL in passer rating (106.6) and is one of three quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100.0; Peyton Manning (101.6) and Drew Brees (100.5) are the others.

3. New England Patriots (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

It's unclear if Tom Brady's four-game suspension will get reduced (and by how much), but the biggest (full-season) concern with the Patriots will be on the defensive side of the ball. Four of their top corners from last season including Darrelle Revis are no longer on the roster. The Patriots have often been a bend-don't-break defense (much better in scoring defense than total defense), but they ranked 13th in total defense last season after finishing 25th or worse in the previous four seasons.

4. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Finishing with an 11-5 record in each of his first three seasons, Andrew Luck set career highs last season with 4,761 passing yards and a league-high 40 passing touchdowns. Only Russell Wilson (36) has more regular-season wins than Luck (33) in the first three seasons of a career. (Luck is tied with Dan Marino and Matt Ryan for second.) Based on odds from Sportsbook.ag, the Colts (+750) have the best odds among AFC teams to win the Super Bowl.

5. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

The Cowboys won the NFC East and got their first playoff victory since 2009. (And they were a dumb rule taking away a Dez Bryant catch away from getting to the NFC Championship Game). Not only did DeMarco Murray lead the NFL in rushing (1,845), but he broke Emmitt Smith's single-season franchise record. While Murray is gone, the Cowboys still have (one of) the league's best offensive line(s). Their defense was better, but not by much; their 5.809 yards per play allowed was eighth-worst in the NFL. (They were third-worst in 2013 at 6.074.)

6. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Breaking out as a 29-year-old, Justin Forsett re-signed with the Ravens for three years. His 1,266 rushing yards more than doubled his previous career high (619 in 2009) and only Russell Wilson (7.2 YPC) and Colin Kaepernick (6.1) averaged more yards per carry than Forsett (5.4). The hire of Marc Trestman to run the offense means that Forsett may end up doubling his career high in receptions (44, 2014).

7. Denver Broncos (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Peyton Manning is back for another season with a restructured contract tied to a postseason bonus. Over his illustrious career, Manning is 11-13 in 24 playoff games. In three postseasons with the Broncos, the Manning-led Broncos are one-and-done twice with an embarrassing 43-8 Super Bowl loss in the other postseason. The team's offensive line struggled a bit last year and losses due to injury and free agency make it only worse for the slow-footed Manning.

8. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

With injuries decimating their quarterback depth chart, the Cardinals scored less than 20 points in all of their final eight games counting their playoff loss with an average of just 12.88/G over that span. In their final three games (losses), however, they allowed 661 rushing yards (6.12 YPC). On a positive note, Carson Palmer (ACL) has already been cleared for 11-on-11 drills.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Considering how eventful the offseason was for the Eagles, the NFL Draft was a bit boring. Nelson Agholor fills the void of Jeremy Maclin, but there was no blockbuster trade for Marcus Mariota. Trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford could pay off if Bradford can stay healthy, but he has played just seven games over the past two seasons combined.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have their offense firing on all cylinders, but 2014 was the first time that the defense finished outside the top half of the league in total defense (18th) or scoring defense (18th) since 1991 (Chuck Noll's last season). The Steelers used six of their eight draft picks on the defensive side of the ball including edge rusher Bud Dupree (22nd overall) and cornerback Senquez Golson (56th) with their first two picks.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

The good news? Andy Dalton had led the Bengals to the postseason in each of his four seasons. The bad news? Dalton has yet to win a playoff game. In fact, the offense hasn't scored more than 13 points in any of those four playoff losses and he has a combined one-to-six TD-to-INT ratio in the postseason. Dalton threw a career-low 481 pass attempts, but his interception rate (3.5 percent) set a career high. Over the final nine games of the season, no running back rushed for more yards than Jeremy Hill (929; Marshawn Lynch was second, 824) and they will continue to lean heavily on their rushing attack in 2015.

12. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

The Dolphins made a huge free-agent splash by signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but Ryan Tannehill has made strides in each of his three seasons. All three non-Patriots teams in the AFC East have strong defenses, but the Dolphins have the best quarterback situation out of the group to challenge Brady & Co.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Not only did the Chiefs wide receivers have zero touchdowns in 2014, but they also had zero 100-yard games. Of the 208 100-yard receiving games last season in the NFL, tight end Travis Kelce had the Chiefs only 100-yard game. In addition, he had four of the team's nine games with 80-plus receiving yards. With Jeremy Maclin replacing Dwayne Bowe as the team's top receiver, the receiving corps should catch some touchdowns and have some 100-yard games, but Maclin was arguably the biggest free-agency "loser" in terms of his 2015 fantasy football outlook.

14. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Not only did the Lions lose Ndamukong Suh in free agency, but they lost all three of their top defensive tackles from last season. Fortunately, they traded for Haloti Ngata and selected Auburn's Gabe Wright in the fourth round to fill part of the void, but no team allowed fewer rushing yards (69.3 YPG, 3.2 YPC) than the Lions last season.

15. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

No team has a longer playoff drought than the Bills (15 seasons), but they posted their first winning season (9-7) since 2004 (also 9-7). In addition, last year's second-place finish ended a streak of six consecutive last-place finishes in the AFC East. There are a lot of new pieces in place (LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, Charles Clay in addition to head coach Rex Ryan), but the most important addition may be Matt Cassel as quarterback is clearly the team's biggest weakness.

16. San Diego Chargers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Despite statements to the contrary prior to the NFL Draft, Philip Rivers appears open to the possibility of a long-term contract extension with the San Diego (Los Angeles?) Chargers as he enters the final year of his deal. The selection of Melvin Gordon in the first round should help take some pressure off Rivers as the Bolts averaged only 3.4 yards per carry (31st in NFL) last season.

17. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

The Vikings did well, all things considered, in 2014 with a 7-9 record. With a rookie head coach (Mike Zimmer), rookie quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater) and no Adrian Peterson after Week 1, the Vikings closed the season with a 5-4 record. Four of the Vikes' nine losses last year were by three points or less, which was tied for the most such losses in the NFL. With their strong 2015 draft class and the return of Peterson, the Vikings could be much higher in our Power Rankings by the end of the season.

18. St. Louis Rams (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Since the Rams hired Jeff Fisher (2012), they rank second in the NFL in sacks (145) and passing touchdowns allowed (55). While the defense hasn't been a problem, Sam Bradford, now in Philadelphia, has played only seven games in the past two years combined. With better health from their starter, now Nick Foles, and a true foundation back in rookie Todd Gurley, the offense should be better in 2015 and beyond.

19. Carolina Panthers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

The latest $100 Million quarterback, Cam Newton is now under contract through the 2020 season. In his four NFL seasons, Newton has thrown for 3,000-plus yards and rushed for 500-plus yards every season. No other quarterback in NFL history has as many such seasons; Randall Cunningham is second with three.

20. Houston Texans (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

No team ran the ball more than the Texans (551 carries) last season. Of the four teams with at least 500 rush attempts, however, the Texans (3.9 YPC) were the only team that averaged less than 4.5 YPC. That said, Arian Foster averaged 4.8 YPC and rushed for 95.8 yards per game, both of which were the second-highest of his career. Provided Foster can stay healthy, the offense's biggest concern remains the quarterback play as Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer battle it out for the starting gig.

21. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Drew Brees has half of the eight 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history. Although his three-year streak of 5,000-plus yards ended last season, Brees was tied for the NFL lead (4,952). With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills in Seattle and Miami, respectively, the Saints transition to more of a run-based offense should begin in earnest this year.

22. New York Giants (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Playing only 12 games, Odell Beckham led the NFL in receiving yards per game (108.8). Over the final nine games, ODB reached 90-plus yards every week and posted a nine-game stat line of 81/1,199/9. Only 11 other receivers had that many yards over the entire season.

23. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Over the past three seasons, the Falcons have a total of 83 sacks -- fewest in the NFL over that span. The selection of edge rusher Vic Beasley eighth overall is a step towards improving their pass rush. The last pass-rusher the Falcons selected in the first round was draft bust Jamaal Anderson (2007, 8th overall).

24. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Following in the footsteps of Jim Harbaugh, who took the Niners to three NFC Championship Games in four seasons, Jim Tomsula begins his head coaching career with lots of changes to the team's roster. On defense, they lost Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith to retirement, both starting cornerbacks in free agency, plus Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Anthony Davis and Michael Crabtree on offense.

25. New York Jets (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Not only did Leonard Williams, arguably the best prospect in the draft, fall to them at No. 6 to improve an already strong defensive line, but the return of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie will help shore up an atrocious secondary that allowed 31 passing touchdowns with only six interceptions. That said, any hope of ending a four-year playoff drought falls squarely on the shoulders of Geno Smith and his development in Year 3.

26. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Since the return of professional football to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns have only three quarterbacks that have won double-digit games: Tim Couch (22), Derek Anderson (16) and Brian Hoyer (10). In fact, Hoyer (10-6) is the only Browns quarterback to post a winning record since 1999 (via Pro Football Reference).

27. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Clearly, the Bears have "buyer's remorse" on the seven-year extension given to Jay Cutler by the previous regime. No quarterback had more multi-interception games than Cutler (seven) last season.

28. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Not only did RG3 miss multiple games due to injury, he was also benched at one point as well. Lacking the trust of his head coach, RG3 likely has a short leash heading into the 2015 season and threw just four touchdowns (to six interceptions) in 214 pass attempts last season.

29. Oakland Raiders (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

The Raiders have now gone 12 seasons without a winning record following their Super Bowl loss to the Bucs. During that span, they have won five or less games 10 times. The Raiders have had their fare share of misses on high draft picks during that span, but Khalil Mack (last year) and Amari Cooper (this year) are helping to turn the tide.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

Obviously, the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston to be their franchise quarterback for the next decade or more. Of the 130 seasons of 4,000-plus passing yards, the Bucs account for just one -- Josh Freeman (4,065 in 2012). Making the transition easier for Winston, the Bucs have trees for pass-catchers in Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, all 6-foot-5 or taller, and they invested in their offensive line with a pair of second-round selections -- Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

While I believe the Jags are a team heading in the right direction, it's tough that the third-overall pick (Dante Fowler) will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL during rookie mini-camp. Their past five first-round picks (all in the top 10, four in top five) are Blaine Gabbert, Justin Blackmon, Luke Joeckel, Blake Bortles and Fowler. Gabbert was released, Blackmon remains indefinitely suspended and Joeckel has disappointed.

32. Tennessee Titans (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)

No team has lower Super Bowl 50 odds than the Titans (+20,000). While the Titans used the second-overall pick on Marcus Mariota and seven of their nine picks on offense, their defense allowed 27.4 PPG (tied for 29th in NFL) and 373.0 YPG (27th). On a positive note, reviews of Mariota have been glowing.

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December 25, 2014

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

Heading into Week 17, there are three games this Sunday that will directly determine which team wins their division -- and in turn gets to host (at least) a playoff game.

In two of those three games, the loser will still get into the playoffs but face the tougher challenge of having to win on the road. In the other game (Panthers at Falcons), the loser will be watching the playoffs from their homes like the rest of us.

At the moment, the Panthers have a narrow lead in the NFC South, but they will have to go to Atlanta to face the Falcons in what is essentially a playoff game -- win and you're in. (Lose and you're out.)

Following a six-game losing streak, the Panthers have won three consecutive games with quarterback Cam Newton missing the game in the middle. While Derek Anderson played reasonably well in his spot start (and is now a perfect 2-0 against the Bucs this season), Newton has shown the dual-threat abilities that make him tough to defend in the other two games. Not only does he have a 4:1 TD-to-INT ratio in those two games, but he has rushed 24 times for 146 yards and two scores as well.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart has been running the ball extremely well with DeAngelo Williams out of the lineup. Over the past four games, The Daily Show has rushed 78 times for 437 yards (5.60 yards per carry) and a touchdown.

During their three-game winning streak, their defense has held their opponents to an average 13.3 points per game and no more than 17 in any of those three games. Of course, two of those opponents are the low-scoring Buccaneers and Browns, but nonetheless they are playing better defense.

Meanwhile, the Falcons offense has been firing on all cylinders as Matt Ryan has thrown for more than 300 yards in four consecutive games. During that span, he has averaged 342 yards per game with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

Although Julio Jones missed one of those four games, he has exceeded 100 yards in all three of the other games during that stretch and has 28 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns in those games.

Over the past five games, the Panthers pass defense has been playing better and no wide receiver has more than 75 yards against them during that span. Coincidentally, the receiver with the 75 yards was Atlanta's Roddy White.

Regardless of who wins this game, the NFC South champion will have an under-.500 record and get to host a playoff game. The other five teams in the NFC playoffs will all have 11 or more wins.

While I think all eight division winners should get into the playoffs regardless of their records, I'd be in favor of seeding the teams based on their records, which would mean the NFC South team would be the No. 6 seed (not the No. 4 seed in this case).

Division, Possible No. 1 seed on line at Lambeau Field

More than likely, the Seattle Seahawks, who are double-digit favorites over the Rams, will own home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. And with the Seahawks playing their best football of the season, winning at Century Link will be an uphill battle for any team.

If the Seahawks lose, however, the winner of this game will be the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Either way, the winner will earn a first-round bye. On the flip side, the loser of this game will be the No. 6 seed.

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP-caliber season and he's playing much better at home. Not only are the Packers are a perfect 7-0 at home, but Rodgers has a perfect 23:0 TD-to-INT at Lambeau this season. Rodgers is also averaging two yards more per attempt at home (9.67 Y/A at home vs. 7.31 Y/A on the road).

With balance on offense, the Packers have two receivers (Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb) with 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns as well as a 1,000-yard rusher (Eddie Lacy). Over the past eight games, Lacy has 670 rushing yards, 26 receptions for 315 yards and a total of nine touchdowns. In addition, Lacy has 100-plus YFS in all eight of those games. Lacy got off to a slow start this season and rushed for only 36 yards in his first matchup against the Lions in Week 3.

The Lions rank second in the NFL in both total defense and scoring defense and it's the first time they have ranked inside the top 10 in either category since they finished sixth in total defense in 1993.

From December 2000 to October 2013, the Packers have had the Lions' number. During that span, the Lions were 3-23 head-to-head against the Packers. Since then, however, they have won two consecutive games against the Packers by a combined margin of 59-17 although both of those games were in Detroit.

This week, the Lions are more than a touchdown underdog (-7.5) to the Packers, based on odds from sportsbook.ag.

Sunday Night Football for the AFC North Title

Regardless of his lack of success in the postseason, Cincinnati's Andy Dalton will lead the Bengals into the postseason for all four of his NFL seasons. Or maybe it's they advance to the postseason in spite of him.

Over the past four seasons, Dalton has a total of 14,514 passing yards (12th most), 97 touchdowns (11th most) and 64 interceptions (tied for second most).

In back-to-back wins over the Browns and Broncos, rookie running back Jeremy Hill has rushed for 25/148/2 and 22/147/1. Over his past eight games, Hill has four games with at least 147 rushing yards. During that eight-game span, Hill has racked up 829 rushing yards and six rushing scores while averaging 5.56 yards per carry.

On the other side, the Steelers have arguably the league's best running back in second-year back Le'Veon Bell.

Although Bell has rushed 40 times for only 110 yards in his past two games, he scored three touchdowns in those games and has a total of eight scores in the past five games.

On the year, Bell has 282 carries for 1,341 yards and eight touchdowns plus 77 receptions for 774 yards and three scores. Bell's 2,115 yards from scrimmage is a franchise single-season record.

In his first matchup against the Bengals, Bell rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns and added six catches for 50 yards and another score in a 42-21 win on the road. If Bell has another game like he did three weeks ago, a reversal of fortune for the Bengals would seem unlikely.

Here are my Week 17 NFL power rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 11-4, Last Update: No. 1
2. New England Patriots - Record: 12-3, Last Update: No. 2
3. Green Bay Packers - Record: 11-4, Last Update: No. 4
4. Detroit Lions - Record: 11-4, Last Update: No. 5
5. Denver Broncos - Record: 11-4, Last Update: No. 3
6. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 11-4, Last Update: No. 8
7. Cincinnati Bengals - Record: 10-4-1, Last Update: No. 10
8. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 11-4, Last Update: No. 6
9. Pittsburgh Steelers - Record: 10-5, Last Update: No. 12
10. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 10-5, Last Update: No. 7
11. San Diego Chargers - Record: 9-6, Last Update: No. 16
12. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 9-6, Last Update: No. 11
13. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 9-6, Last Update: No. 9
14. Kansas City Chiefs - Record: 8-7, Last Update: No. 14
15. Carolina Panthers - Record: 6-8-1, Last Update: No. 20
16. Buffalo Bills - Record: 8-7, Last Update: No. 13
17. Miami Dolphins - Record: 8-7, Last Update: No. 17
18. Atlanta Falcons - Record: 6-9, Last Update: No. 23
19. Houston Texans - Record: 8-7, Last Update: No. 19
20. St. Louis Rams - Record: 6-9, Last Update: No. 18
21. New York Giants - Record: 6-9, Last Update: No. 25
22. New Orleans Saints - Record: 6-9, Last Update: No. 15
23. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 7-8, Last Update: No. 21
24. Cleveland Browns - Record: 7-8, Last Update: No. 22
25. Minnesota Vikings - Record: 6-9, Last Update: No. 24
26. Washington Redskins - Record: 4-11, Last Update: No. 28
27. Chicago Bears - Record: 5-10, Last Update: No. 26
28. Oakland Raiders - Record: 3-12, Last Update: No. 31
29. New York Jets - Record: 3-12, Last Update: No. 27
30. Jacksonville Jaguars - Record: 3-12, Last Update: No. 29
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Record: 2-13, Last Update: No. 30
32. Tennessee Titans - Record: 2-13, Last Update: No. 32

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December 17, 2014

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

Despite missing the first four games of the season, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continues to put up impressive numbers.

In last week's win over Washington, ODB finished with 12 receptions for 143 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Beckham now has double-digit receptions and 100-plus yards in back-to-back games as well as in three of his past four games.

Since Nov. 3rd, Beckham has a minimum of six receptions and 90 yards in seven consecutive games.

While Demaryius Thomas had a 6/90 line in seven consecutive games earlier this season, Beckham, Thomas and Isaac Bruce are all tied for the longest such streak in NFL history.

With two weeks to go this season, ODB is a lock, barring injury, to reach the relatively elusive 1,000-yard milestone for rookie receivers. On the season, he has 71 receptions for 972 yards and nine touchdowns plus six rush attempts for 35 yards.

Beckham Jr. won't be the only rookie receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard milestone, though.

Both Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin and Tampa's Mike Evans are 48 and 52 yards shy of the mark with two games to go. In addition, Buffalo's Sammy Watkins is 150 yards shy of the milestone. Although he is on pace for 971 yards given his current average of 60.7 yards per game, Watkins has had his share of big games earlier this season.

Even if Watkins falls short but the other three do not, 2014 will be the first time that more than two rookie receivers had 1,000-plus yards in a season. The only other time in league history that we saw more than one 1,000-yard rookie receiver was in 1996 when Bill Brooks and Ernest Givins both eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.

Here are some more NFL notes heading into Week 15:

  • I get the reason behind the line, but the Cardinals, one of only three 11-win teams, are nearly double-digit underdogs (-9.0) at home this week. Bruce Arians has done a remarkable coaching job, but the injuries continue to rack up for the Cardinals. As Ryan Lindley (career 0:7 TD-to-INT ratio) makes his fifth career NFL start, the Cardinals are projected by Vegas to score the fewest points (13.75) this week.

  • Things could not have gone much worse for Johnny Manziel in his debut start (10/18, 80 yards, no TDs and two INTs). That said, the Browns have thrown zero touchdowns and two-plus interceptions in four consecutive games. The last time a team did that was in 1977 (Tampa Bay).

  • Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has a franchise-record 115 receptions for a league-leading 1,498 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns. While the overall numbers are impressive, they pale in comparison to his consistency. Brown has a minimum of five catches and 74 yards in all 14 games this season. In the 30 games since the start of last season, Brown has had at least five receptions and 50 yards every single week.

  • Back in 2010, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe led the NFL with 15 receiving touchdowns. Fast forward to 2014, Bowe and all of his fellow Chiefs wide receivers have zero touchdowns.

  • Deja vu all over again -- the Patriots clinched their sixth consecutive AFC East title and have now won 11 of the past 12 division titles.

  • Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt against the Colts even though it appears likely that he'll give it a go. Murray is currently 86 yards from tying Emmitt Smith's single-season franchise record of 1,773 rushing yards set in 1995, which was the last time the Cowboys won the Super Bowl.

  • Heading into Week 16, four teams have better Super Bowl odds than the Cowboys (via Sportsbook.ag): Patriots (5/2), Seahawks (3/1), Packers (5/1) and Broncos (6/1). The Cowboys have 12/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. At 22/1, the Colts have the next lowest odds.

Here are my Week 16 NFL power rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 2
2. New England Patriots - Record: 11-3, Last Update: No. 4
3. Denver Broncos - Record: 11-3, Last Update: No. 3
4. Green Bay Packers - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 1
5. Detroit Lions - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 8
6. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 11-3, Last Update: No. 6
7. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 5
8. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 9
9. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 9-5, Last Update: No. 7
10. Cincinnati Bengals - Record: 9-4-1, Last Update: No. 11
11. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 9-5, Last Update: No. 10
12. Pittsburgh Steelers - Record: 9-5, Last Update: No. 12
13. Buffalo Bills - Record: 8-6, Last Update: No. 21
14. Kansas City Chiefs - Record: 8-6, Last Update: No. 16
15. New Orleans Saints - Record: 6-8, Last Update: No. 24
16. San Diego Chargers - Record: 8-6, Last Update: No. 13
17. Miami Dolphins - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 14
18. St. Louis Rams - Record: 6-8, Last Update: No. 17
19. Houston Texans - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 15
20. Carolina Panthers - Record: 5-8-1, Last Update: No. 23
21. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 18
22. Cleveland Browns - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 19
23. Atlanta Falcons - Record: 5-9, Last Update: No. 22
24. Minnesota Vikings - Record: 6-8, Last Update: No. 20
25. New York Giants - Record: 5-9, Last Update: No. 25
26. Chicago Bears - Record: 5-9, Last Update: No. 26
27. New York Jets - Record: 3-11, Last Update: No. 30
28. Washington Redskins - Record: 3-11, Last Update: No. 27
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 29
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 28
31. Oakland Raiders - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 31
32. Tennessee Titans - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 32

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December 10, 2014

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 15

While it's not mathematically impossible, the likelihood of the San Francisco 49ers getting to their fourth consecutive NFC Championship Game is slim to none.

If the 49ers were to win out, as unlikely as that seems given their recent struggles, they would also need help to sneak into the playoffs.

In a Thanksgiving Day rematch against their biggest division rivals, the 49ers will head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. Scoring just three points in their loss two weeks ago, the 49ers will obviously need a much better offensive showing if they have a chance on Sunday.

That said, the Niners have been limited to 17 points or less in four consecutive games and six of their past seven games. As the 49ers struggle to score, it should come as no surprise that they have lost four of those seven games.

Not only are they struggling to score, but they are struggling to move the ball. During that span, only the Raiders (4.3649) have averaged fewer yards per offensive play than the 49ers (4.5057).

Meanwhile, the Seahawks have turned things around after their 3-3 start as they have won six of their past seven games. While Russell Wilson is playing well, the biggest key to that turnaround is the defense is once again playing stifling defense.

During the same span over which the 49ers offense has struggled, the Seahawks defense leads the NFL in fewest yards per play allowed (4.5359). And last week, they limited Chip Kelly's high-flying offense to their lowest output (139 yards) since he took over as coach in 2013.

Excluding the Panthers-Buccaneers game, which has no line, the 49ers are projected to score the fewest points this week at 14.25 based on early Vegas odds.

And if it comes down to the fourth quarter with the game on the line, here's an interesting stat that does not bode well for the 49ers: Colin Kaepernick has zero fourth-quarter touchdowns this season.

Here are some more NFL notes heading into Week 15:

  • The Cowboys and Eagles will meet in a rematch of their Thanksgiving Day showdown with identical 9-4 records in a game that could go a long way in deciding the division. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is 394 yards away from the 2,000-yard milestone, but Murray had a season-low 73 yards in his first matchup against the Eagles. [Poll: Will Murray get to 2,000 rushing yards this year?]

  • As great as Murray has been this season, Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell has been nearly as good. Over the past three games, Bell has eclipsed 200 yards from scrimmage in each game. The only other player in NFL history to have such a streak is the late, great Walter Payton. As Bell and the Steelers face the Falcons, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs, Bell should be in store for another monster day in Week 15.

  • One week after a career-best day (10/189/1), Atlanta's Julio Jones set the franchise's single-game receiving record with 259 yards on 11 receptions (17 targets). As Atlanta fights to win the NFC South, it's unclear whether they will have Jones for Week 15 against the Steelers.

  • This just in: Aaron Rodgers is good. Starting his 100th career game, Rodgers was once again dominant as he threw for 327 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Rodgers has a 35:3 TD-to-INT ratio this season and 223:55 ratio over his career. Rodgers has no thrown 396 passes and 36 touchdowns at home since his last interception.

  • Although Oakland and Washington have offenses that have struggled, the Rams have shutouts in back-to-back games as they have outscored the Raiders and Redskins by a combined 76-0. They will host the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football and the Cardinals have managed to score just 52 points in their past four games combined without Carson Palmer.

  • There are also plenty of surprises every NFL season, but the Saints struggles at home is one of the bigger surprises. New Orleans has now lost four consecutive home games by a combined margin of 59 points including a 31-point loss on Sunday to the Panthers.

  • The Panthers had one of their best games of the season, but they will be without Cam Newton, who was involved in a car accident on Tuesday. Considering his truck flipped multiple times, he appears to be lucky to have escaped with nothing more serious than the two transverse process fractures Newton has in his lower back. That's the same injury that Tony Romo suffered and kept him out of just one game.

Here are my Week 15 NFL power rankings:

1. Green Bay Packers - Record: 10-3, Last Update: No. 1
2. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 9-4, Last Update: No. 5
3. Denver Broncos - Record: 10-3, Last Update: No. 2
4. New England Patriots - Record: 10-3, Last Update: No. 3
5. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 9-4, Last Update: No. 7
6. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 10-3, Last Update: No. 6
7. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 9-4, Last Update: No. 4
8. Detroit Lions - Record: 9-4, Last Update: No. 8
9. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 9-4, Last Update: No. 9
10. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 8-5, Last Update: No. 15
11. Cincinnati Bengals - Record: 8-4-1, Last Update: No. 10
12. Pittsburgh Steelers - Record: 8-5, Last Update: No. 16
13. San Diego Chargers - Record: 8-5, Last Update: No. 11
14. Miami Dolphins - Record: 7-6, Last Update: No. 13
15. Houston Texans - Record: 7-6, Last Update: No. 19
16. Kansas City Chiefs - Record: 7-6, Last Update: No. 14
17. St. Louis Rams - Record: 6-7, Last Update: No. 21
18. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 7-6, Last Update: No. 12
19. Cleveland Browns - Record: 7-6, Last Update: No. 17
20. Minnesota Vikings - Record: 6-7, Last Update: No. 23
21. Buffalo Bills - Record: 7-6, Last Update: No. 20
22. Atlanta Falcons - Record: 5-8, Last Update: No. 22
23. Carolina Panthers - Record: 4-8-1, Last Update: No. 25
24. New Orleans Saints - Record: 5-8, Last Update: No. 18
25. New York Giants - Record: 4-9, Last Update: No. 26
26. Chicago Bears - Record: 5-8, Last Update: No. 24
27. Washington Redskins - Record: 3-10, Last Update: No. 27
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Record: 2-11, Last Update: No. 28
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Record: 2-11, Last Update: No. 30
30. New York Jets - Record: 2-11, Last Update: No. 31
31. Oakland Raiders - Record: 2-11, Last Update: No. 32
32. Tennessee Titans - Record: 2-11, Last Update: No. 29

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December 04, 2014

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

In case you haven't looked at a calendar recently, the month of December is now upon us.

Given the lack of success in the season's final month in recent history, many Cowboy fans would probably prefer to turn the clock (calendar) back to November.

Since becoming a starter in 2006, Tony Romo has posted a 12-17 record in the month of December. Of course, all of those losses aren't exclusively Romo's fault, but that split is one of the main reasons many believe an inevitable Cowboys' collapse could be on the horizon.

A glimmer of hope that history does not repeat itself is Romo's better results on the road in the month of December as well as the team's overall success on the road up to December this season.

While Romo has posted a 3-10 record in December at home, the Cowboys have won nine of his 16 road starts in December. And not only are the Cowboys the only unbeaten road team (5-0) this season, but Romo's road stats have been as good as anyone's this year.

In his five road games, Romo has completed 70.07 percent of his pass attempts for 8.5 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 122.0. In addition, he has posted a 12:1 TD-to-INT ratio on the road this season as well.

With the exception of hosting Andrew Luck and the Colts in Week 16, the Cowboys other three December games are on the road including tonight's matchup against the Bears.

Here are some more NFL notes heading into Week 14:

  • Given that the Browns are still in the playoff hunt, I think it makes sense to stick with Brian Hoyer (vs. Johnny Manziel) at quarterback, but Hoyer has a 1:6 TD-to-INT ratio over his past three games. It wouldn't surprise me if Hoyer has a short leash should the team's offense struggle against the Colts this week.

  • Ex-Browns (and current Colts) running back Trent Richardson says that he will jump into the Dawg Pound if he scores a touchdown against his former team this weekend. Perhaps he should set his sights a little lower than a touchdown like, say, a four-yard run. T-Rich gained 12 yards on eight carries last week with a long run of three yards. Over his past three games, he's averaging 2.0 YPC (27 carries for 54 yards).

  • The Cowboys are the only unbeaten team on the road this season. Meanwhile, the Bucs are the only winless team at home (0-6). The good news, I guess, is that the Bucs play on the road this week and next.

  • The Chargers have historically had strong December finishes to their season, but they have a brutal four-game schedule this month. The Chargers host the Patriots and Broncos and then have to play the 49ers and Chiefs on the road.

  • Through Week 13, there are four 1,000-yard rushers so far this season with Justin Forsett being the biggest surprise among the bunch. Forsett has 1,009 rushing yards on 179 carries and leads all running backs in YPC (5.6) as well as number of 20-yard runs (13).

  • Green Bay's Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb now have 10 receiving touchdowns each to become the franchise's first receiving duo to each have double-digit touchdowns. Nelson is on pace for 86/1,337/12 and Cobb is on pace for 80/1,135/12.

  • Houston's J.J. Watt has now scored five touchdowns this season. FIVE! Only DeAndre Hopkins (six) and Arian Foster (four) have more receiving touchdowns than Watt (three). And on defense, Watt has 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and an interception (that he returned 80 yards for a score).

  • This could be a week of blowouts. Based on odds from Sportsbook.ag, there are currently four games with double-digit spreads: Saints over Panthers, Lions over Bucs (maybe going on the road isn't so great), Broncos over Bills and Packers over Falcons. In addition, the 49ers are nine-point favorites over the Bay Area counterparts.

  • Then again, if the Raiders lose by only nine points, it will be a 43-point improvement over last week. After a long 16-game stretch without winning any games, the Raiders won their first game in Week 12. Any positive emotions from that win was completely wiped out after last week's 52-0 beatdown by the Rams.

Here are my Week 14 NFL power rankings:

1. Green Bay Packers - Record: 9-3, Last Update: No. 3
2. Denver Broncos - Record: 9-3, Last Update: No. 4
3. New England Patriots - Record: 9-3, Last Update: No. 1
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 9-3, Last Update: No. 6
5. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 8-4, Last Update: No. 7
6. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 9-3, Last Update: No. 2
7. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 8-4, Last Update: No. 9
8. Detroit Lions - Record: 8-4, Last Update: No. 13
9. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 8-4, Last Update: No. 5
10. Cincinnati Bengals - Record: 8-3-1, Last Update: No. 10
11. San Diego Chargers - Record: 8-4, Last Update: No. 17
12. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 7-5, Last Update: No. 8
13. Miami Dolphins - Record: 7-5, Last Update: No. 16
14. Kansas City Chiefs - Record: 7-5, Last Update: No. 11
15. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 7-5, Last Update: No. 15
16. Pittsburgh Steelers - Record: 7-5, Last Update: No. 12
17. Cleveland Browns - Record: 7-5, Last Update: No. 14
18. New Orleans Saints - Record: 5-7, Last Update: No. 20
19. Houston Texans - Record: 6-6, Last Update: No. 18
20. Buffalo Bills - Record: 7-5, Last Update: No. 19
21. St. Louis Rams - Record: 5-7, Last Update: No. 22
22. Atlanta Falcons - Record: 5-7, Last Update: No. 24
23. Minnesota Vikings - Record: 5-7, Last Update: No. 23
24. Chicago Bears - Record: 5-7, Last Update: No. 21
25. Carolina Panthers - Record: 3-8-1, Last Update: No. 26
26. New York Giants - Record: 3-9, Last Update: No. 25
27. Washington Redskins - Record: 3-9, Last Update: No. 27
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Record: 2-10, Last Update: No. 28
29. Tennessee Titans - Record: 2-10, Last Update: No. 29
30. Jacksonville Jaguars - Record: 2-10, Last Update: No. 31
31. New York Jets - Record: 2-10, Last Update: No. 30
32. Oakland Raiders - Record: 1-11, Last Update: No. 32

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