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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