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NFL Power Rankings for Week 16 (Final)

[Editor’s note: Now that Week 15 is fully and completely in the books, here are the final Week 16 power rankings.]

1. Al Hazmoun (11-3, last week No. 1): He was the team’s number one and best player last Aaron Rodgers in hand. Can they finish the job this year?

2. The Chiefs (10-4, No. 5): Three-game winning streak in the Super Bowl is suddenly out of the question.

3. The Rams (10-4, No. 4): After three straight losses, three straight wins. How much more will there be?

4. Cowboys (10-4, No. 7): Ugly wins are still the wins, especially when other high-end NFC contenders lose.

5. The Patriots (9-5, No. 2): The lack of energy in the first half was almost as uncharacteristic as Bill Belichick’s apology for treating reporters the same way he’s treated them for 22 years.

6. The Buccaneers (10-4, #3): Season 17 is a war of attrition, and the Bucs lost a massive battle Sunday night.

7. Colts (8-6, No. 10): They will go further Jonathan Taylor take them.

8. Cardinals (10-4, No. 6): From a single seed to a potential wild card, within six days.

9. Titans (9-5, No. 8): Thursday night’s match became crucial to their desire to finally seal the deal in South Asia.

10. 49ers (8-6, No. 12): They’re the NFC ponies, the team no one would want to play in the postseason.

11. BILLS (8-6, No. 13): It’s all coming Sunday in New England.

12. Bengals (8-6, No. 14): Up and down and up and down and up again.

13. The Ravens (8-6, No. 9): Going for two has fueled their current three-game losing streak.

14. Chargers (8-6, No. 11): The future is bright. The present is ambiguous.

15. VIKINGS (7-7, No. 16): At least he didn’t come down to the last play, again.

16. Dolphins (7-7, No. 17): The winning streak can be up to seven. The last two matches will determine whether or not they make it to the playoffs.

17. Brown (7-7, No. 15): Now or Never for Browns. With a trip to Lambeau Field on deck, the clock may never be about to strike.

18. Steelers (7-6-1, No. 19): That draw will only push them or keep them away.

19. The Eagles (7-7, No. 20): They’re good enough to reach the playoffs. Are they good enough to win if they get there?

20. The Saints (7-7, No. 22): If only they could play bucks every week.

21. Broncos (7-7, No. 18): Can you barely miss the playoffs save Vic Fangio?

22. WASHINGTON (6-8, No. 23): We may have run out of time on what was likely to be a post-season berth.

23. The Hawks (6-8, #21): They are laying a good foundation for 2022. The question is whether their cap position will allow them to build on it.

24. The Raiders (7-7, No. 24): They still don’t look like the playoff team.

25. Seahawks (5-9, No. 25): The first non-winning record in a decade will likely bring some significant changes in Seattle. It remains to be seen what they will be, and to what extent they will resonate.

26. Panthers (5-9, No. 26): The clock is ticking on Matt Rhule.

27. The Giants (4-10, No. 27): There’s still time to get Ellie back.

28. Bears (4-10, No. 28): Like any other opponent, the Vikings let them hang around. Unlike any other opponent, the Bears couldn’t pay Minnesota for it.

29. Lions (2-11-1, No. 30): Sunday’s win is that great golf shot that makes one runner come back for another round.

30. Texas (3-11, No. 31): They’re the team that can’t roll straight.

31. Jets (3-11, No. 29): The Giants gave season ticket holders a free medium soda. The Jets gives season ticket holders another mental tip.

32. Jaguar (2-12, No. 32): The first pick in the bag. Will they spoil it?