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NFL Power Rankings: A holiday change at the top

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Jaguars.com Senior Writer John Oehser ranks the 32 NFL teams before Week 17.

JACKSONVILLE – Here are the jaguars.com pre-Week 17 2013 power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

1.Denver Broncos (12-3) | 2 | Are they best in conference? We’ll find out soon enough

2.Seattle Seahawks (12-3) | 1 | Is the home mystique over? Likely not

3.New England Patriots (11-4) | 3 |Need a Denver loss to have chance at top seed

4.San Francisco 49ers (11-4) | 6 | Somehow still alive for No. 1 seed in NFC

5.Carolina Panthers (11-4) | 7 | Will win division if they win in Atlanta Sunday

6.Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) | 5 | Loss at home to Indy cost them almost nothing

7.New Orleans Saints (10-5) | 4 | Sub-.500 road record could cost them division

8.Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) |8 | Clinched AFC North Sunday

9.Indianapolis Colts (11-4) | 9 | Starting to make necessary improvement

10.Arizona Cardinals (10-5) |10 | Still not in control of their destiny, but really good

11.Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) | 12 | It’s all about Sunday in Big ‘D’

12.Chicago Bears (8-7) | 11 | Blown out with a chance to clinch NFC North.

13.Green Bay Packers (7-7-1) | 13 | Will win NFC North with victory at Chicago Sunday

14.Miami Dolphins (8-7) | 14 | They can get in, but after shutout loss at Buffalo they need help

15.Baltimore Ravens (8-7) | 15 | Need to win and have either Miami or San Diego lose Sunday

16.San Diego Chargers (8-7) | 17 | Need to win and have Baltimore and Miami lose

17.Dallas Cowboys (8-7) | 18 | No Romo … oh no

19.Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) | 19 | Can get in with a win and SD, Miami and Baltimore losses

20.St. Louis Rams (7-8) | 20 | Better than you think; not good enough for postseason

21.Detroit Lions (7-8) | 16 | Playoff hopes ended with a stunning thud Sunday

22.New York Giants (6-9) | 21 | Played the spoiler in Detroit on Sunday

23.New York Jets (7-8) | 22 | Could a .500 season save the staff?

24.Buffalo Bills (6-9) | 24 | Mauling Miami could set tone for future

24.Tennessee Titans (6-9) | 23 | Clinched second place in AFC South Sunday

25.Cleveland Browns (4-11) | 25| Defense has struggled down the stretch

26.Oakland Raiders (4-11) | 26 | Reports of offseason change in Oakland

27.Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1) | 27 | Changes probably coming here, too

28.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) | 28 | Second-half surge ran out of steam

29.Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11) | 29 | Injuries have slowed second-half turnaround

30.Atlanta Falcons (4-11) | 30 | Nothing has gone right all season

31.Washington Redskins (3-12) | 31 | Nearly ended Dallas’ season Sunday. Nearly.

32.Houston Texans (2-13) | 32 | Thirteen consecutive losses and counting

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