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NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

uspw_6767332_crop_exactWhile some teams have already clinched division titles and playoff spots, others are in tight battles to find their way into the postseason. Find out where your team ranks with only two weeks left in the regular season.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (2-12): Kansas City was shutout by the Raiders defense which has allowed a league-high 402 points this season. -AD

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12): Maurice Jones-Drew might return but he won’t be able to help Jacksonville’s defense against Tom Brady on Sunday. -RT

30. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10): While the other three teams in the NFC East are fighting for a shot at the playoffs, the Eagles remain irrelevant. Is Nick Foles the future in Philly? -AD

29. Oakland Raiders (4-10): Oakland’s four victories have been against three opponents with a combined record of 11-31, with seven of those wins coming from one team, the Steelers. -RT

28. New York Jets (6-8): Mark Sanchez has thrown more interceptions this season (13) than touchdowns (12). There’s no way Rex Ryan starts him next week after that abysmal Monday Night performance, right? -AD

27. Tennessee Titans (5-9): Going out on a limb here: Titans-Jets had to be the lowest-rated Monday Night Football game of all-time. -RT

26. Detroit Lions (4-10): Calvin Johnson is 182 receiving yards shy of breaking Jerry Rice’s single-season record of 1,848 yards. Detroit is ranked 1st in passing yards, yet Matthew Stafford has thrown 15 interceptions. That sums up the Lions’ season in a nutshell. -AD

25. Arizona Cardinals (5-9): How did this team beat New England? -RT

24. Buffalo Bills (5-9): The Buffalo Bills have not had a winning season since 2004. The Buffalo Bills have not been to the playoffs since 1999. The Buffalo Bills have not won a playoff game since 1995. The Buffalo Bills are terrible. -AD

23. San Diego Chargers (5-9): Norv Turner is likely out but will Philip Rivers join him? -RT

22. Carolina Panthers (5-9): Carolina has scored 61 points in its last two games. A little late for that now. -AD

21. Cleveland Browns (5-9): The Browns have plenty of young talent but with the Ravens, Steelers and Bengals in their division, it doesn’t seem like they’ll move out of the AFC North basement any time soon. -RT

20. Miami Dolphins (6-8): Ryan Tannehill beat former Dolphins QB Chad Henne and the Jaguars on Sunday. But for the third consecutive week, Dan Carpenter kicked more field goals than Miami’s offense scored touchdowns. That’s not something to be proud of. -AD

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8): How do you not score a single point against the New Orleans Saints defense? -RT

18. St. Louis Rams (6-7-1): Rams RB Steven Jackson needs just 91 rushing yards to record his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season. -AD

17. New Orleans Saints (6-8): All the BountyGate suspensions have been rescinded. Unfortunately, New Orleans can’t rescind this season. -RT

16. Chicago Bears (8-6): After getting off to a 7-1 start this season, Chicago has now lost five of its last six games. The Bears are still in the playoff hunt but they certainly don’t seem like they belong there. -AD

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7): 1-4 in the last five games but if they beat the Bengals on Sunday, all of that won’t matter. -RT

14. Indianapolis Colts (9-5): Houston clinched the division with a 29-17 win over the Colts this weekend, but Indy will have its chance for revenge in two weeks … and maybe even in the playoffs. -AD

13. Baltimore Ravens (9-5): Three straight losses and soon to be four. The Ravens are in a world of trouble. -RT

12. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6): The Bengals last two games of the season are against the Steelers and Ravens. Cincinnati could still win the AFC North or clinch a wild card spot, but could also be eliminated from playoff contention. It’s hit or miss. -AD

11. Minnesota Vikings (8-6): Adrian Peterson is not human. Not even one year removed from tearing is ACL, he’s nearing Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record and the Vikings towards a playoff spot. -RT

10. Dallas Cowboys (8-6): A rejuvenated Cowboys team could possibly be playing for the division title against the Redskins on the last week of the season. However, don’t look past this Sunday’s game against New Orleans which has crucial playoff implications for the NFC. -AD

9. New York Giants (8-6): After a complete no-show in Atlanta, Tom Coughlin will probably play the “Nobody believes in us” card and destroy the Ravens on Sunday. -RT

8. Washington Redskins (8-6): Washington is a couple of wins away from its first NFC East title since 1999, but could the Redskins get it done with RGIII nursing that knee injury? -AD

7. Seattle Seahawks (9-5): The Seahawks have dropped 108 points in the past two weeks behind Russell Wilson, who leads all rookie quarterbacks with 21 passing touchdowns and a QB rating of 95.5 -RT

6. Atlanta Falcons (12-2): The Falcons are 7-0 at home this season and haven’t lost a game at the Georgia Dome since November 13, 2011. What they do in January is what’s important, though. -AD

5. Houston Texans (12-2): The Texans are a win away from clinching home-field advantage for the playoffs. Making Tom Brady and/or Peyton Manning come into your house will certainly change the dynamics of the AFC playoffs. -RT

4. Green Bay Packers (10-4): Aaron Rodgers has thrown 32 touchdowns this season, leading Green Bay to its second consecutive NFC North title. MVP? -AD

3. New England Patriots (10-4): As much as I would like to see New England get back to the Super Bowl and avenge their two losses to the Giants, a Patriots-Niners rematch seems much better. -RT

2. Denver Broncos (11-3): The last time Denver lost was ten weeks ago in Foxboro. It’s quite possible we will be seeing a Manning vs. Brady rematch in the playoffs. -AD

1. San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1): If your football team is out of the playoff picture and you don’t want a New England-San Francisco Super Bowl, then you are not a football fan. -RT

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