Week 17 within the NFL is right here. That is the final likelihood for all 32 groups to both enhance or damage their energy place in relation to the remainder of the league within the 2020 common season.
With a slew of double-digit win groups headed to the playoffs, it has been a top-heavy 12 months because the calendar prepares to flip to 2021 with the playoffs towards Tremendous Bowl 55 proper across the nook. On the flip facet, a number of different groups maintain sinking towards the underside.
Here is our newest and final big-picture have a look at the league’s hierarchy earlier than the battle to turn into No. 1 when it counts most begins:
NFL energy rankings
1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 14-1 (final week: 1)
The Chiefs’ offense had a tough day towards the Falcons. However they acquired the job accomplished with protection and particular groups to remind everybody they’re full contender in making an attempt to win Tremendous Bowl 55, too.
2. Inexperienced Bay Packers 12-3 (2)
Aaron Rodgers and the operating led an offensive romp towards the Titans. The protection additionally had one other wanted top-notch efficiency in holding down the Titans’ passing and operating video games.
3. Buffalo Payments 11-3 (3)
The Payments have taken care of the AFC East title and now must tune up so that they place themselves nicely between the Chiefs and Steelers to remain longer within the playoffs with Josh Allen.
4. Seattle Seahawks 11-4 (4)
The Seahawks have turn into stronger defensively all-around as they’ve gotten more healthy and now their operating recreation is kicking in to assist Russell Wilson. Going into the playoffs because the NFC West champions helps with no less than one house recreation this time.
5. New Orleans Saints 11-4 (5)
The Saints destroyed the Vikings with their operating recreation and well timed huge cross performs, which is their successful components with both Drew Brees or Taysom Hill. The protection wants to start out taking part in just a little higher in time for the playoffs, nevertheless.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-3 (6)
The Steelers dug themselves a deep gap towards the Colts and it awakened Ben Roethlisberger and the offense, whereas the protection additionally went into complete centered shutdown mode. That is the type of crew that may be harmful within the playoffs vs. the short out from the earlier three weeks.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-5 (9)
The Buccaneers discovered their full offense towards the Lions, needing just one spectacular half from Tom Brady. They’re peaking and functioning on the highest stage on the perfect time with a wild-card playoff ticket punched.
8. Baltimore Ravens 10-5 (12)
The Ravens are rising to be their 2019 type with Lamar Jackson and now it appears to be like like they are going to be within the playoffs with the remainder of the offense discovering its groove. The defensive accidents are one thing they nonetheless want to beat towards higher opponents, nevertheless.
9. Miami Dolphins 10-5 (11)
The Dolphins pulled off a magical epic comeback with Ryan Fitzpatrick to maintain their wild-card playoff hopes robust. They may hope to get a break from the Payments in Week 17 to save lots of them.
10. Tennessee Titans 10-5 (8)
The Titans did not appear prepared defensively for the Packers and so they’re not constructed to play from behind. They can not take the Texans calmly in making an attempt to safe the AFC South in Week 17.
11. Indianapolis Colts 10-5 (10)
The Colts took their playoff probabilities out of their very own palms by blowing the massive lead towards the Steelers. They’re a robust crew who might give the heavyweights issues so everybody else within the AFC would be glad if they do not make it.
12. Cleveland Browns 10-5 (7)
The Browns acquired burned by the Jets due to their huge receiver COVID-19 points and Baker Mayfield making an attempt to make it work with inexperienced alternative choices. Their protection is not ok to beat that.
13. Los Angeles Rams 9-6 (13)
The Rams appeared good to win the NFC West just a few weeks in the past, then the losses to the 49ers, Jets and Seahawks occurred. Now Jared Goff is damage and so they is perhaps out of playoff luck with a loss to the Cardinals in Week 17.
14. Chicago Bears 8-7 (15)
The Bears appeared like they could not get well from blowing their 5-1 begin to turn into a playoff crew, however then they made the choice to start out Mitchell Trubisky once more and it awakened David Montgomery and the remainder of the offense engaged on a positive closing schedule. Do not forget the protection stays daunting, too.
15. Arizona Cardinals 8-7 (14)
The Cardinals can not seem to get constant, good protection, as their work towards the run can drag down their pass-rush potential. That additionally places extra strain on Kyler Murray and the offense to be pinpoint, and that group is inconsistent, too.
16. Las Vegas Raiders 7-8 (16)
The Raiders could not get it accomplished with Jon Gruden for a playoff run regardless of a promising first half that included wins over the Saints and Chiefs. Sadly, it appears to be like the protection wants one more overhaul.
17. New England Patriots 6-8 (19)
The Patriots have performed OK cross protection, however they’ve wilted towards the run and their offense is third-rate in relation to the remainder of the league with out Brady and with Cm Newton.
18. Dallas Cowboys 6-9 (20)
How about them Cowboys with Andy Dalton? That is the type of regular offense utilizing the huge receivers and operating recreation nicely that one anticipated after Dak Prescott went down. It simply took some time.
19. Minnesota Vikings 6-9 (17)
The Vikings have been making an attempt to maintain their younger and injury-riddled protection along with duct tape and zone protection but it surely’s caught as much as them towards the run, too. Kirk Cousins and the offense did as a lot as they might below the circumstances.
20. Los Angeles Chargers 6-9 (21)
The Chargers acquired one other shut win over the Broncos. It is unlucky they’ve gotten the dangle of this one-possession factor with Anthony Lynn and Justin Herbert so late within the season.
21. Washington Soccer Crew 6-9 (18)
Ron Rivera has accomplished his greatest to navigate by a nasty quarterback scenario and it would not assist different offensive accidents have additionally been a problem. They’ve yet another week to show they’re playoff-worthy due to protection.
22. San Francisco 49ers 6-9 (22)
The 49ers have fought onerous regardless that their dream of returning to the Tremendous Bowl has been dashed. Search for a giant wholesome rebound in 2021.
23. Carolina Panthers 5-10 (28)
The Panthers have been on a curler coaster within the first season of Matt Rhule. Their accidents have not helped, however simply think about in the event that they shake off their general inconsistency on either side of the ball in 2021.
24. New York Giants 5-10 (23)
The Giants do not actually belong within the playoffs with their run protection remaining shaky and their offense remaining inept. However they nonetheless can get there with the sport of the season towards the Cowboys
25. Denver Broncos 5-10 (25)
Drew Lock retains making it onerous to know whether or not he is the man, buying and selling some huge errors for some huge performs. Credit score the protection for grinding nicely all season with out Von Miller.
26. Detroit Lions 5-10 (24)
The Lions could not repair any a part of their protection and that was the explanation for the short downfall of Matt Patricia. In addition they want to think about some huge offensive modifications round D’Andre Swift and Kenny Golladay in 2021.
27. Philadelphia Eagles 4-10-1 (26)
The Eagles now are caught going through that dreaded offseason resolution after elimination: What do they do at quarterback subsequent season between Jalen Hurts and Carson Wentz? There is not any straightforward reply there, and there is additionally a query about coach Doug Pederson, too.
28. Atlanta Falcons 4-11 (29)
The Falcons have fought till the top with Raheem Morris getting significantly better play from their protection. They proceed to have close-game and blown-lead woes, nevertheless, one thing that must be corrected with the brand new coach, whether or not it is Morris or another person.
29. Houston Texans 4-11 (27)
The Texans’ protection went into the tank and J.J. Watt has each motive to be embarrassed to be related to the 2020 model. Deshaun Watson is nice, however he isn’t a miracle employee.
30. Cincinnati Bengals 3-10-1 (30)
How about them Bengals, successful two in a row to get some good vibes for subsequent season when presumably Joe Burrow is again to take them to a better stage from quarterback. The surge may need confirmed Zac Taylor is getting a 3rd season.
31. New York Jets 2-13 (31)
Adam Gase can be teaching the Jets higher however the Rams and Browns wins now make us wonder if the Jets had been overachieving with him all season for a lot of the season. Both means, he cannot keep, can he?
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-14 (32)
The Jaguars misplaced once more, like they’ve accomplished in each recreation since Week 1. However in addition they gained Trevor Lawrence, so there’s that.