WEEK 16 NFL POWER RANKINGS

The week 16 NFL Power Rankings are in and  I am pretty excited to have a knowledgeable football analyst with me to help with the rankings. We have taken the average of the two analysts votes. Each analyst has ranked the teams as they choose 1-32 and we have added comments for each team. I am Sam Brief, of Sam’s Sports Brief, a 14 year old who created Sam’s Sports Brief to give you a refreshing new perspective on the wild world of sports. I hope someday become a sports broadcaster or a sports writer and am following my dreams, providing readers with a wealth of information and keen perspective.

Joining me today is JB Knox of 1313 Sports, who keeps readers informed with the latest news in the sports world, and provides us with opinionated analysis and has a very polished site. I highly recommend checking his site out to brush up on your sports knowledge through the eyes of JB Knox.

So without further ado, here are the NFL Week 16 Power Rankings. Comments and debates are highly recommended and encouraged on these websites!!! Hope You Enjoy!!!

It was that kind of day for the Packers, who lost their first game in 364 days last Sunday. I guess perfection sure has its blemishes.

RANK TEAM RECORD TREND COMMENTS

1

Packers 13-1

So, they finally had a hiccup. Being a Pats’ fan from New England, I can honestly tell you that it was the best thing that could’ve happened to them. Now they can regroup and worry about home-field & the playoffs. (Knox)

2

Saints 11-3

The surging Saints are currently living under the radar. With Tim Tebow and the Packers getting all of the attention, the Saints are continuing their 6-game winning streak, and Drew Brees is continuing his pursuit of Dan Marino’s passing yardage record. (Brief)

3

Patriots 11-3
They seem to have more running backs than defensive backs yet they are 14th in points allowed and are 3rd in the NFL & 1st in the AFC with a +12 turnover ratio. Oh yeah, and Brady and Gronkowski are breaking records. (Knox)

4

49ers 11-3 There is no doubt about how big of a win the 49ers scored on Monday Night over the Steelers. The power outages at Candlestick Park did more than darken the stadium lights, they shut down the Steelers’ offense. The 49ers defense is the first since the 1920 Decatur Staleys to play their first 14 games without allowing a rushing touchdown. (Brief)

5

Ravens 10-4

They yielded seven sacks against the Chargers last week on their way to getting routed. Their offensive line has some serious issues, and they aren’t giving Flacco nearly enough time to find his talented WR’s. (Knox)

6

Steelers 10-4

The men of Steel missed a giant opportunity to not only take the AFC North division lead, but be the AFC’s first seed for the time being. Big Ben should rest his ankle this week, so he’s in top-shape for the playoffs. (Brief)

7

Texans 10-4

Get-well cards have been plentiful for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as the Texans hope he returns to the sidelines soon. Yates’ inconsistencies are allowing defenses to stack the box, creating third-and-longs and rushing the pocket. (Knox)

8

Falcons 9-5

The Falcons embarrassed the Jaguars Thursday Night, winning 41-14 a week after the Jaguars beat the Buccaneers 41-14. So, if the Falcons played the Buccaneers, would the score be 81-7? One more win puts the Falcons in the playoffs for a second straight season. (Brief)

9

Lions 9-5

Suh is back and Megatron looks unstoppable, as always. If they can control their tempers and win one of their last two games, then they’re in the playoffs. Stafford continues to baffle me with his ability to throw TDs off his back foot. (Knox)

10

Chargers 7-7 The Chargers continue their second-half surge, as they now are only one game out of first place in the AFC West. If Phillip Rivers & Co can squeeze into the playoffs, they’re a team that everyone should fear. (Brief)

11

Cowboys 8-6 A huge redemption game for the ‘Boys this week vs the Eagles. Romo has thrown 22 TDs/4 INTs in his last 10 games. Dallas is ranked 11th or higher in three of four major yardage categories. Too bad this isn’t a Fantasy Football League. (Knox)

12

Broncos 8-6

The Tebowmania movement took a hit this week as the Broncos got pounded by the Patriots, 41-23, at Mile-High. Expect Tebow and the Broncos to rebound this week as one victory in their next two games puts them in the postseason–because Tebow never quits. (Brief)

13

Bengals 8-6

The Bengals still are alive due to the electrifying talents of A.J. Green, but the late game loss to the Texans has to be haunting their rearview mirrors right now. The red hot Arizona Cardinals visit this week. Can they stay in the hunt? (Knox)

14

Seahawks 7-7 The Seahawks have finally come in to their own, as they have taken five of their past six games. Marshawn Lynch (A.K.A. Beast Mode) has been a force for the Seahawks with 100 yards or more in five of his past seven games. Sadly, it may be too little too late for the Seahawks, who need lots to happen if they want to make it to the postseason. (Brief)

15

Jets 8-6

Rex Ryan…stop it. Joe Namath…stop it. Let the men play the games. You’re in New York and there’s no need for unnecessary added pressure, with the playoffs on the line, and a game against your roommate, the New York Giants. (Knox)

16

Cardinals 7-7 The Cardinals are yet another team that has made a late-season charge. John Skelton & Co have won six of their past seven after starting the season 1-6. They are 2-6 with Kevin Kolb starting, and 5-1 with Skelton. (Brief)

17

Giants 7-7

Can we get these wide receivers some Stick ‘Em? How about some pine-tar? Wrap it in a bow and let them open it the day before Christmas. Hakeem Nicks looks like he’s catching knuckleballs out there, and the miscommunications between Eli and his corps is starting to hurt team morale. (Knox)

18

Eagles 6-8 Believe it or not, the Eagles, after dismantling the Jets, have a chance at the playoffs. If they win out, the Jets beat the Giants, and the Giants beat the Cowboys in Week 17, the Dream Team is in the playoffs; and certainly is not a force to be reckoned with. (Brief)

19

Raiders 7-7

Will the real Oakland Raiders please stand up? There will be heads rolling if this Carson Palmer thing blows up in your face. Heyward-Bey has been stellar; so has the running game. But the defense? C’mon, man! (Knox)

20

Titans 7-7

Why, Titans, why? This week, the Titans did the most embarrassing thing that an NFL team can do: they lost to an 0-13 team. That’s all I can say on that matter. (Brief)

21

Chiefs 6-8 Congratulations to both Romeo Crennel for the huge win and starting Kyle Orton, who looks as if he appreciated throwing to a real receiving tandem. Romeo…the job is yours to lose at this point. (Knox)

22

Bears 7-7

Since Jay Cutler broke his thumb, the Bears are 0-4, and are benching Caleb Hanie this week against the 13-1 Packers. Proven-terrible quarterback Josh McCown will give it a go, in what could potentially be one of the biggest blowouts of the season. (Brief)

23

Dolphins 5-9 The red-hot Miami Dolphins have Reggie Bush running between the tackles and look to have a huge morale victory in the hopes of finishing the season strong. This team may be just two players away from division contenders. A QB and a legit pass-rusher would mean a lot. (Knox)

24

Redskins 5-9 The Redskins are actually playing good football. I repeat, the Redskins are actually playing good football. In the past three games, they played the Jets close, they nearly upset the Patriots and they shocked the Giants at the Meadowlands. (Brief)

25

Panthers 5-9

The Panthers went into Houston and laid a whooping on the top ranked defensive unit. If they ever come up with some defensive talent next off-season, look out because there is no stopping Cam. (Knox)

26

Bills 5-9

What has happened to the Bills? Since starting the season 5-2, they have lost seven straight games, and with their remaining match-ups against the Broncos and Patriots, the Bills easily could end the season on a nine-game slide. In the event that you didn’t know, that’s really bad. (Brief)

27

Browns 4-10

With one win in their past eight games, a concussed QB, and a disgruntled RB, the lone bright spot has been the passing defense. As Sam Cooke once said, “A Change is Gonna Come.” Get your resumes ready people. (Knox)

28

Jaguars 4-10

The offensively-limited Jaguars got demolished on Thursday Night in Atlanta. The issue with the team’s offense is that Blaine Gabbert tries too hard (and fails) not to make mistakes. (Brief)

29

Vikings 2-12

Honestly, you gotta give credit to Adrian Peterson for even trying to play, but why risk the injury with the season in shambles? Both sides of the line need help, and yes, a new head coach is mandatory. I’m sorry, but, Leslie Frazier just isn’t NFL material. (Knox)

30

Buccaneers 4-10

The Buccaneers are a glum story. After starting the season 4-2, they’re on an 8-game losing streak. Their defense is the issue; the defense is allowing over nine yards per touch over ‘The Streak,’ the worst in NFL history. (Brief)

31

Rams 2-12

If the Colts win on Thursday, do the Rams tank their season and trade Sam Bradford for some picks to go along with the possibility of getting Andrew Luck? If not, I would seriously think about moving Steven Jackson for a boatload of help. He doesn’t deserve to be on teams this bad. (Knox)

32

Colts 1-13

Colts fans rejoice: the Colts have won a game! Yes. You. Can. (Brief)

On Sunday, the Colts tasted victory for the first time in 350 days. "Do you believe in miracles?"

As far as individual rankings go, there is a lot of diversity this week. Sam and JB flip-flopped the Patriots and 49ers, as Sam ranks 49ers 3rd and Patriots 4th, while JB does just the opposite. Sam valued the teams making late playoff pushes, ranking the Seahawks and Cardinals 14th and 15th, while ranking the Chargers 10th and the Eagles 16th. JB was less radical, ranking the Seahawks and Cardinals 17th and 18th, and the Chargers and Eagles 14th and 19th. Sam was tough on the New York teams, ranking the Giants and Jets at 17th and 18th, while JB ranks them at 16 and 13. JB solidified the AFC middle-class teams more than Sam, as he ranked the Bengals, Jets, Chargers, and Raiders all in spots 12-15. Sam has them all over the place, as they fall anywhere from spots 10-20. Both Sam and JB were very harsh on teams with major losing streaks, as they both put the Rams (5 games), Bills (6 games), Rams (6 games), and Buccaneers (8 games) at an average ranking of 29.
As you can see, most of the movement this week came in the middle of the pack (spots 10-24). The playoff spots are really wide-open right now, as there are 15 teams whose playoff fate has yet to be decided. Any team from the Falcons to the Chiefs can make it. Any team from the Lions to the Titans can make it. Every single team in the AFC West can win the division, and, at week 16, that is remarkable. There has never been a more bizarre end of the regular season in the NFL. There are teams on the rise (Cardinals, Seahawks), and there are teams on the fall (Bills, Buccaneers), but every team will be prying to close the season strong.
By Sam Brief
By JB Knox
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26 thoughts on “WEEK 16 NFL POWER RANKINGS

  1. Excellent job as usual — this is my favorite of all the power rankings out there. “So, if the Falcons played the Buccaneers, would the score be 81-7?” You crack me up!

    I find myself agreeing with most all of your comments, but do you really think Packers/Bears could be ” one of the biggest blowouts of the season”? The Bears defense is relatively healthy, although the one weak spot is safety — which means Aaron R. could have a feast. Still, defense and special teams should allow the Bears to avoid total humiliation — although I fear they will fail to cover the 13-point spread.

    BTW, I love the new formatting of the rankings — especially the up/down arrows. One idea is to do a double arrow for teams moving up or down more than 5 (or something) spots.

    • Thanks! I think that the lacking Bears offense will have trouble keeping up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, who will feast on the Bears weak secondary battered with injury (mainly at the safety position).

      I’m not buying Josh McCown AT ALL.

      The double arrow idea is a good one, especially for teams like the Chargers or Buccaneers.

  2. Love the red and green arrows! lol

    I think its going to be intresting to see how the Niners do in the playoffs.

    I think the race between the big three is going to be great.

    Keep it up Sam!

    • Thanks Bobby! I don’t think the Niners will go far in the playoffs, as my prediction is that they will lose in the first round. I think the Saints will win the race of the ‘Big 3’ and the NFC.

  3. Hey Sam,

    Wow, the fact that you are 14 yrs. old and already focused on what you want to do is commendable. Anyway, I love your rankings, however I do think people are sleeping on the Houston Texans. I don’t know.. while it seems like the Texans are the weakest out of the 10-4 teams, if there were RBs that could gain yardage regardless of the defense stacking the box, it would be Foster and Ben Tate. Foster already has 1000 yds and two more good outings by Tate and he will break 1000 as well. Similar to the Panther RBs from the past.

    I am saying the Ravens/Steelers are good, but with Flacco being inconsistent and losing to beatable teams… Steelers have their main man Big Ben hurt with a high ankle sprain, who knows the Texans don’t look as bad… Great rankings!

    Stop by our website and maybe you would be inclined to speak your mind as well. Keep it up kiddo!

    http://www.blogsurface.com

    • Thank you so much. I surely have a clear path that I plan to take to get to my goal of being a sportscaster. Thanks for your support.

      The Texans are a complete team, but I think that the Texans’ ranking took a hit since the two Matts (Schaub and Leinart) got injured. They do have the #1 defense and a stellar run game, but I doubt their ability to go far in the playoffs with T.J. Yates.

      I think that while the Ravens are inconsistent and lose to beatable teams, they always beat the tough teams in must win situations– a perfect equation for playoff success. For the Steelers, we know how good Big Ben and their defense plays down the stretch, while the Texans remain a mystery.

      I will be sure to check out your website, thanks!!

  4. The Texans may well be a complete team when Schaub and Johnson are on the field but the overall lack of postseason experience will hinder their playoff ambitions this postseason .

    • Even Schaub and Johnson haven’t played a postseason game. For them to make a run, their #1 rated defense better play out of this world, because T.J. Yates won’t take them far, even with a prolific running game.

      • brief You may well be right but as I alluded to it’s the experience that counts . It’s rare for a team to make the sort of run expected with little if any postseason experience on their roster not just from the playing standpoint but also in terms of the coaching as well . Will Rodgers get some love from the NFL writers in terms of the league MVP ? Or will it all go Brees because of his breaking Marino’s record ? . tophatal ………..

      • I think Rodgers will win the MVP. This is mainly because of his teams success, and while The Saints are 12-3, the Packers are having a historic season. Rodgers should be the MVP.

  5. brif I certainly don’t mind which of the aforementioned duo actually wins ! That being said the writers who adjudicate the award have been known to make “some rather odd decisions “ over the years . tophatal ..

    • Yes, both Rodgers and Brees deserve the award equally. I think that most of the writers will go with Rodgers, but some will certainly go with Brees because of the record he broke.

  6. brief

    Comeback Player has to be Alex Smith ! It’s his body of work over the course of the season and leading the Niners in to the playoffs as the second seed within the NFC . As a Pats’ fan I’ve got to admit that Gronk’ has been impressive throughout the season and when measured against the other TE’s in the league this season he stands head and shoulders above the rest , albeit that the Saints’ Jimmy Graham has been just as impressive .

    tophatal ……..

  7. Harbaugh’s predecessor pretty much had that defense but the team sucked last season in the NFL . It’s been about the defense …… yes but above all it’s been about what Harbaugh has bough to the team as a coach and hence the main reason for their success . Dilfer was a decent quarterback and he won himself a Superbowl with the Ravens . ‘nough said !

    tophatal ………………….

  8. First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Thanks!

    Armando

    • Before you write, make sure to develop a clear idea of not only what you want the article to be about, but also of how you want to convey your point. Any editorial or opinionated piece should have a clear point that you are trying to convince your reader of and you should make sure to figure out how you will go about that. One strategy I like to use is too simply jot or say out loud an argument and try to see if it sounds convincing. Also, organize, organize, organize! If you sit down at the computer and immediately begin to write, the product will be nothing but a bunch of bologna and it will be hyperbolic mess. Have a plan. Do your prewriting. Revise + edit afterwards. Read it aloud to yourself at least 2-3 times.

      Good luck, Armando, I sincerely hope this helps!!

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