Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: Eagles Remain Strong, Bengals Rise, and Vikings Break Records

The NFL Power Rankings return for Week 17 with little movement, but some teams have made significant moves in their most recent matchups. The NFL’s elite teams have separated themselves from the pack, but a few Tier 3 teams could surprise us down the stretch and into the playoffs.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 17: Eagles Remain Strong, Bengals Rise, and Vikings Break Records

NFL Power Rankings for Week 17: Eagles Remain Strong, Bengals Rise, and Vikings Break Records

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SUMMARY

  •  Houston Texans
  • Chicago Bears
  • Arizona Cardinals
  •  Denver Broncos
  •  Indianapolis Colts
  • Los Angeles Rams
  •  Cleveland Browns
  •  Atlanta Falcons
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New Orleans Saints
  •  Carolina Panthers
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  •  Seattle Seahawks
  • New York Jets
  • Green Bay Packers
  •  Tennessee Titans
  • New England Patriots
  •  Washington Commanders
  • New York Giants
  • Detroit Lions
  •  Jacksonville Jaguars
  •  Los Angeles Chargers
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Buffalo Bills
  •  Kansas City Chiefs
  • Philadelphia Eagles

Let’s get started.

32. Houston Texans

The Houston Texans did not secure the top pick in the NFL Draft following their win over the Tennessee Titans, but they are still on track to select a future quarterback, and they have played some respectable football over the past three weeks.

31. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears kept the game close, but once the game got going, they never had a chance against the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo’s defense didn’t let up, allowing only 11 first downs and coming up with clutch stops after too many offensive turnovers.

30. Arizona Cardinals

At this point, the Arizona Cardinals are a complete dumpster fire both on and off the field.

After a tumultuous few weeks that included firing their offensive line coach in Mexico the day before a game, Kyler Murray tearing his ACL, their general manager taking a “health-related” leave of absence, and a scathing ESPN article that painted exactly zero people inside the Cardinals organization in a positive light, fans must be hoping that the rest of the season can be skipped.

29. Denver Broncos

The Broncos had a season they’d rather forget, especially given the offseason moves they made and the performance of their defense in 2022.

They are 28th in offensive DVOA and dead last in special teams DVOA, but they are fourth in the league in defense.

28. Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have taken over one of our prime-time television slots for the third time in five weeks.

On Monday night, the 4-9-1 Colts will start Nick Foles instead of Matt Ryan, effectively ensuring that Ryan has played his final NFL snaps.

27. Los Angeles Rams

Fans of the Los Angeles Rams can take solace in Matthew Stafford’s announcement this week that he will return for the 2023 NFL season.

While their Super Bowl hangover was one of the worst in recent memory, they still have the firepower to make another run in 2023 if they stay healthy.

 26. Cleveland Browns

It was surprising to see the Cleveland Browns throw the ball 31 times in weather that would be unkind to a polar bear.

Deshaun Watson hasn’t played well since returning from a 700-day football hiatus, and he’s not going to set the world on fire in Cleveland.

 25. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons need Drake London and Kyle Pitts on the field together next season, and Arthur Smith must figure out how to take advantage of the enormous size advantages both players provide the Falcons’ offense.

If they can continue to gash teams on the ground like they have this season in 2023, combined with an improved passing attack, they could have one of the league’s funniest offenses.

24. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders could have given up in the middle of November, but they didn’t. Instead, they had won four of their previous five games, including victories over the Seahawks, Chargers, and Patriots.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers would need a series of miracles to make the playoffs, but they are still within striking distance of avoiding a losing season for Mike Tomlin’s 16th consecutive year.

They are 7-8 after starting the season 2-6 and are now 5-2 in their last six games.

22. New Orleans Saints

The warm-weather, dome-equipped Saints went into the frozen tundra of Cleveland on Saturday and came away with an ugly 17-10 win to keep their NFC South pillow fight alive.

 21. Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers arrived prepared for the cold weather and blasted through the Detroit Lions defense for four quarters. They accumulated 570 offensive yards, averaging more than seven yards per rush and more than 11 yards per attempt.

The Panthers haven’t had the same kind of winning streak as their opponent, but they’ve been a much better team since taking over for Matt Rhule, and the NFC South has remained mediocre.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers had lost three of their previous four games entering Week 16, and their offense couldn’t seem to get out of its own way.

They turned the ball over on five consecutive possessions against the Bengals and had five turnovers the week before against the 49ers.

 19. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks offense didn’t get going until late in the second quarter, but it was too late by then.

They finished the day with 19 first downs but only six in the first half, with five of those six coming on the final drive of the half.

18. New York Jets

They are still in the playoff hunt, but they must win their final two games to have a chance.

Unfortunately, with the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins still on the schedule, that will be a difficult task.

17. Green Bay Packers

Following the Packers’ victory over the Dolphins, FiveThirtyEight now gives the Packers a 27% chance of making the playoffs.

Green Bay needs to win and get some help along the way, but they’re getting dangerously close.

16. Tennessee Titans

With their loss to the NFL’s worst team on Saturday, the Tennessee Titans lost their divisional lead.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have risen to a new level of excellence in the last six weeks. The Titans have disintegrated due to injuries on both the defensive and offensive lines.

Read more: The latest injury status for Jeff Wilson Jr. of the Miami Dolphins

15. New England Patriots

The Patriots’ offense sucked for the better part of 45 minutes against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Six punts, four first downs, and the end of the first half capped off their first seven drives. The offense didn’t come alive until the fourth quarter, and it took a Joe Burrow pick-six to light a fire under the Patriots.

 14. Washington Commanders

On Saturday, Washington faced a buzzsaw in the form of the San Francisco 49ers. The Commanders fought hard to keep the game close, making it a one-possession game before halftime, as any Taylor Heinicke team would.

The floodgates then opened, and the 49ers demonstrated to everyone how dominant they are heading into the final stretch of the season.

13. New York Giants

The Giants’ game against the Minnesota Vikings summed up their season and revealed who the better Cinderella team is.

The Vikings won in the final seconds on a 61-yard field goal. In the end, it was the Giants’ injured secondary that gave up the ground, allowing Minnesota to kick it.

12. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions were humiliated in Carolina. On Saturday, the Lions offense, which usually runs the ball well, was unable to do so.

Despite Jared Goff’s big day through the air and despite the cold weather, they punted on five consecutive possessions and fell behind 31-7 in a hurry.

 11. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars still have work to do if they want to replace the Tennessee Titans as AFC South division champions, but Thursday was a big step in the right direction.

They dominated the New York Jets throughout the game, and the score was only kept close because the Jaguars struggled to score in the red zone.

 10. Los Angeles Chargers

With the Colts, Rams, and Broncos remaining on the schedule, the Chargers are in a great position to make a playoff push and win 10 or 11 games.

9. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have now lost four straight games. In these games, Tagovailoa has completed just 52.6% of his passes with six touchdowns, five interceptions, and a passer rating of 80.6.

That latter number is almost impossible to do when you average 8.5 yards per attempt, as Tagovaioa has during that stretch.

8. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens won an ugly game against the Atlanta Falcons and can finally breathe a sigh of relief because the win puts them in the playoffs.

They obviously want to win the division, but they’ll have to get past the Steelers and Bengals first. For the time being, they simply want to see Lamar Jackson back on the field.

7. Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings may be the greatest team ever. No team has ever won 11 one-score games in a single season, and the Vikings are unbeaten in such contests.

Justin Jefferson broke the Vikings’ single-season reception record, and Kirk Cousins’ eighth fourth-quarter comeback and game-winning drive are both franchise records.

6. Dallas Cowboys

The Minnesota Vikings may be the greatest team ever. No team has ever won 11 one-score games in a single season, and the Vikings are unbeaten in such contests.

Justin Jefferson broke the Vikings’ single-season reception record, and Kirk Cousins’ eighth fourth-quarter comeback and game-winning drive are both franchise records.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Since their Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the best teams in the NFL.

They dominated New England for the majority of the game, but a Joe Burrow pick-six changed the complexion of what appeared to be a blowout.

4. San Francisco 49ers

We’re still waiting for the league to catch up to Brock Purdy’s 49ers offense, but we might have to wait until the playoffs. Brock Purdy looks fantastic, and the 49ers gained 371 yards on just 51 offensive plays.

3. Buffalo Bills

The Bills have arguably the most talented team in the NFL, and their run game appears to be coming together.

However, they continue to rely on their foreign quarterback to carry them to victory, which could come back to haunt them in a one-game playoff sample.

 2. Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes manages to be the best player, the most underappreciated player, and the most elusive athlete all at the same time.

It’s a shame he’s not winning the MVP award, given how much he means to the Kansas City Chiefs.

1. Philadelphia Eagles

Despite their loss to Dallas, the Philadelphia Eagles remain the best team in the NFL. Yes, the Dallas offense absolutely blasted the defense, but the Dallas offense has been doing that pretty consistently lately.