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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